Hopes for an end to rail strikes as unions to bal­lot mem­bers

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THERE was some good news for Louth rail com­muters as news emerged that trade unions rep­re­sent­ing Iarn­ród Éire­ann ac­cepted an of­fer from the com­pany and will now bal­lot their mem­bers.

The wel­come de­vel­op­ment came af­ter the sec­ond of five planned one-day strikes by work­ers.

Louth TD Imelda Mun­ster wel­come the move, say­ing: ‘Ev­ery­one wants to see a res­o­lu­tion to this dis­pute. I am hope­ful that both sides can work to­wards a res­o­lu­tion in the com­ing days.’

‘ The wider is­sue of un­der-in­vest­ment in rail in­fra­struc­ture still needs to be ad­dressed, and only the gov­ern­ment can do that.’

‘We need Min­is­ter Ross to step up to the mark in his brief and to pay at­ten­tion to the cri­sis in Ir­ish Rail,’ said the Louth Deputy.

She added: ‘He has been aware of the fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion at Iarn­ród Éire­ann for over a year now, yet he has failed to do any­thing about it.’

‘He promised to con­vene a stake­hold­ers fo­rum af­ter the Bus Éire­ann strike back in April, and he has yet to do so.’

Mem­bers of the Na­tional Bus & Rail Union on the picket line at Clarke Sta­tion, Dun­dalk last week.

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