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A report commissioned by the Department of Transport found that annual investment in the railways was €291m and that the situation was "not financially sustainable" given the low passenger numbers on some routes

A report commissioned by the Department of Transport found that annual investment in the railways was €291m and that the situation was "not financially sustainable" given the low passenger numbers on some routes

A report commissioned by the Department of Transport found that annual investment in the railways was €291m and that the situation was "not financially sustainable" given the low passenger numbers on some routes

Irish Rail workers are failing to report 'near misses' that could result in deaths or serious injuries for fear of being blamed by senior management, a damning safety audit reveals.

Safety experts have flagged a "lack of (trust) or a mistrust between frontline staff and management".

The independent audit - which has been seen by the Irish Independent - calls for significant improvements in the safety culture at Irish Rail.

Examples of non-reporting of near misses included incidents of over-speeding and marker boards (temporary speed restrictions) being out of position.

The report was also critical of poor morale and what it described as "a tendency for simple explanations to be put forward as a justification for inaction.

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