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Resolution urgently needed in Rail dispute- Humphreys

1 November 2017

Statement by Senator Kevin Humphreys
Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Labour Transport spokesperson, Senator Kevin Humphreys, has said that every possible effort must be made to avoid further days of travel chaos for Irish Rail passengers in the run up to Christmas.

Senator Humphreys said:

“It’s clear we have a complete breakdown in trust between both sides in this dispute.

“Management needs to enter negotiations with no pre-conditions and a view to resolving this dispute to avoid any further disruption to the travelling public.

"No one wants to see strike action, least of all the hard working staff on the picket line.

“Unfortunately the breakdown in talks last month has caused a huge inconvenience the thousands of passengers who rely on Irish Rail services, and every effort must be made in the coming days to find a resolution.

“Minister Ross must take some responsibility for his lack of leadership in delaying to appoint a Chairperson to the Board.

“We urgently need to get both sides back to the talks table without preconditions, and I again call on the Minister for Transport to facilitate this dialogue.

“With Christmas just around the corner the travelling public needs to be assured there will be no further disruption to this vital public service.”