Second of five rail strikes taking place today as pay dispute continues

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"I am very disappointed that this strike is taking place".

"I believe any changes to terms and conditions should be agreed through the proper industrial relations process and in full consultation with the relevant trade unions". Despite this, the union is prepared to walk out for 48 hours next Wednesday and Thursday.

The action will affect Island Line, South Western Railway and Southern Railway services. This strike is a needless and selfish attempt to disrupt other peoples' lives.

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Speaking on the eve of the second day of national strike action at Irish Rail, Minister Shane Ross said: "I sincerely call on all parties to the Iarnród Éireann pay dispute to continue to use the services of the Labour Court and the WRC".

Although it is hoped talks will resume in the coming days many feel the Minister for Transport should be exclusively focused on issues within his own department rather than a peace mission to North Korea.

"We are, of course, sorry for any inconvenience this will cause to people attending one of Sheffield's most popular annual events".

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"The only person politicising this rail safety issue is Chris Grayling himself, who is stopping the London commuter rail companies from negotiating deals like the ones we have successfully struck in Wales and Scotland that‎ guarantee a guard on the trains".

"Our discussions have been around the introduction of a new fleet of suburban trains, which will start to arrive in 2019 and be fully introduced by December 2020". As part of these discussions we have guaranteed that we will roster a Guard on every train; and that those Guards will continue to be trained in safety procedures.

Dublin Bus will also be operating as usual.

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