Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Robert Troy TD has called on unions and management at Irish Rail to re-enter talks in order to avoid damaging strike action at the company.

Deputy Troy made the comments after talks between unions and management broke down yesterday at the eleventh hour.

Deputy Troy said, “The latest developments at Irish Rail are disturbing, especially considering passengers are now facing significant disruption as industrial action could occur on a rolling basis from the October bank holiday weekend onwards. Passengers should not be used as pawns in these negotiations, especially in the run up to the busy Christmas period.

“Pursuing industrial action will be in no party’s best interest. It will cause hardship for workers, difficulties for the core financial position of Irish Rail and chaos for passengers. Every effort must be made from preventing strike action from occurring.

“It’s deeply disappointing to see Minister Ross continue to take a hands off approach to dealing with the significant challenges facing public transport operators. Minister Ross pledged to establish a multi-stakeholder forum to help prevent industrial action from occurring. However he is yet to act on this commitment and passengers are the ones that are left to suffer,” concluded Deputy Troy.