Iarnród Éireann, also known as Irish Rail in English, is the operator of the national railway network of Ireland.
Caroline O’Doherty’s excellent article on the proposed future of Irish Rail (‘Overcrowded trains will soon be a thing of the past’, Letters, February 21), certainly appears to point to a future where this type of public transport will be much more amenable, and should remove a good number of cars from the nation’s roads.
First, let’s look at the Ryanair comparisons. How come a flight to (you can insert any number of European cities here) can be had for the price of a pint and a bag of crisps but it costs (insert outrageous figure here) to get to Dublin by train?
These days it’s the headquarters of Bus Éireann, but for almost a century, Broadstone was one of Dublin’s main railway stations, the capital’s gateway to the west coast. On the first floor of this imposing neoclassical building in Phibsborough Road, virtually unchanged in 160 years, is an office with a dark secret.
It’s hardly surprising that big tech and e-commerce, sectors that have a reputation for valuing their employees, feature prominently in Ireland’s 150 Best Employers 2021. Google (1st), LinkedIn (10th) and eBay (16th) all make the top 25. But it’s not just ‘new’ industries that lead up the list – so too do a wide range of sectors including transport, healthcare, electronics, aviation, construction, aviation and retail.
As his Dart emerges from Dalkey tunnel, south of Dublin city, driver Rob Stapleton smiles to himself. He does the same journey every day and yet travelling along the stunning coastline and taking in those magnificent sea views approaching Killiney never gets tiring.
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