Bus and rail services in Ennis affected by strike

Bus and rail services in Ennis affected by strike

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Striking staff at Ennis bus and rail station today – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Thousands of commuters across the country have been affected by todays strike by Bus Éireann staff while some rail services have also been cancelled.

National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) members fear they could be on the picket line for the ‘long haul’.

Staff striking outside Ennis rail and bus station say they don’t want to be there but were left with no choice.

“We’ve been getting great support from the public who ultimately are the ones worst affected by this strike. It shouldn’t have been allowed get to this point and the company has to stand up now. The ball is in their court,” one striking bus driver said.

Fianna Fáil’s communications spokesman met with striking workers at the entrance to Ennis station this afternoon.

Shannon Airport has always advised airlines of the strike here and how it can affected passengers.

Apart from bus services to and from Ennis, there were no train services between Limerick and Galway today.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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