LISTEN: Local Irish Rail workers express frustration over pay row strike

Irish Rail workers on strike in the Shannosndie region have expressed their frustration at being on the picket line this morning.

No train services of any kind are running today across the region, as NBRU and SIPTU workers stage the first of five planned days of industrial action at Irish Rail in a row with management over a proposed pay rise.

Drivers have taken to the picket lines demanding a no strings attached pay rise, but Irish Irish Rail says it’s unaffordable.

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Commuters hoping to access bus services are being warned that pick ups at train stations, including at Longford, are unlikely to be from the regular stops,.

The Bus Eireann service manager in the Midlands has advised that:

  • All Athlone departures and arrivals are operating to/from Athlone Bus Station as per normal.
  • All Longford departures and arrivals serving Athlone are operating from Heatons Department store on Main street not the Train station.
  • Roscommon Arrivals and Departures are at the bus stop on the Mart Road as per normal.

Derek Nolan from the NBRU spoke to Shannonside FM outside Longford train station this morning: