Iarnrod Eireann

  • A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann has confirmed to Midwest News today that while 150 million euro has been approved by government for the purchase of 41 new rail carriages, to be in place by the end of 2021 – all of these new carriages will be based in Dublin, for use in the greater Dublin area.

    Last month representatives of Iarnrod Eireann addressed the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council where they told elected councillors about their plan for the new carriages, but stated that one of these new carriages would be added to the intercity Mayo- Dublin service, a service where there is often complaints over overcrowding on trains, and passengers are forced to stand for excessive periods.

    When Midwest News  asked Iarnrod Eireann why it’s not delivering what was promised to the county last month, the spokesperson said the new carriages will have “cascading benefits into the regions”. Pushed to clarify further, the spokesperson concluded, “old carriages will become available as a result”.

    The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy told Midwest News this afternoon that this is not an acceptable response.

  • Iarnrod Eireann has apologised to the passengers at Ballyhaunis station this morning at 6am who could not access the platform and had to revert to jumping over a wall to catch the 6.03am train to Dublin.

    A spokesperson for the company said there was “a rostering problem” at Ballyhaunis this morning.

    The spokesperson said there actually was access from a carpark onto platform 2, but accepts that this is not a well known entrance onto the platform.

    She apologised to the customers affected.

    The station was opened at 7am this morning.

    One of the passengers at the station this morning was Mary Regan. She told Midwest News today that when she arrived at the train station at 5.45am this morning, heading to Dublin airport, she found the gates locked. She said they were still locked at 6.01 when the train pulled into the station and the intending passengers were unable to access the platform in the usual way.

    Instead they were forced to climb over a high wall and assist each other in getting down the other side and boarding the train.

  • Iarnród Eireann has invited members of the public and interested organisations to participate in a public consultation as part of a financial and economic appraisal of proposals to extend the Western Rail Corridor.

    The purpose of the appraisal is to establish if the proposed extension from Athenry to Tuam and from Tuam to Claremorris represents value for money to the Irish public.

    People will have the opportunity to fill out an online survey as part of the public consultation process which will remain open for six weeks until July 17th.

  • Iarnrod Eireann is apologising to customers experiencing long delays on trains in and out of Mayo today.

    There was a machine working at the Ballyhaunis track that experienced a mechanical problem and it is now preventing the train from entering the station from either side.

    The 9.12am  Athlone to Westport train was held up as a result, as is the 9.45am Westport to Dublin  train.

    A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eirean told  Midwest News this lunchtime  that the matter is being addressed and passengers should be on their way shortly.

    However, some delays into Mayo for the rest of the afternoon can be expected.

  • Iarnrod Éireann issues a statement to remind customers in Mayo that there will be no alcohol permitted on the Dublin bound services.

    It comes as Mayo prepare to make the journey to Croke Park to play Meath this Sunday afternoon in the Super 8’s.

    A spokesperson from Irish Rail revealed that all normal train services for Sunday on the Dublin-bound route are booked out; however, there are a limited number of seats remaining on the match day train which departs Westport at 8:25.

    To book a seat on the train visit www.irishrail.ie or call 1850 366 222.

  • It is expected that the Dublin Mayo clash will be a sell-out in GAA HQ with tickets on sale from GAA clubs, Ticketmaster, and selected Supervalu and centra stores as of 10 o’clock this morning.

    Iarnrod Eireann is refusing as of yet to confirm special train services for the Mayo match this weekend.

    A spokesperson for the company told Midwest News that there were no details as of yet for extra services this Saturday but that information will be put up across all their social media in the coming days.

    In previous years extra train services have been added to Iarnrod Eireann services for big football clashes in Croke Park involving Mayo sides.

    This Saturday fans are hoping that additional services will be added to Iarnrod Eireann's train schedule if the train is to be an option with a throw-in at 5pm.

  • Commuters won't have to start confirming all of their journeys but Irish Rail says it is looking at adding more 'pre-book only' services.

    Passenger numbers are currently at record levels causing overcrowding on a number of routes, including the Mayo to Dublin line, but more carriages are not expected for another two years at least.

    Barry Kenny from Irish Rail says they already have some services such as on All Ireland Final days, where a ticket is required in advance.

  • A train driver and a teenage girl were both assaulted by a man who was travelling on the Dublin to Westport train yesterday evening.

    The incidents occurred close to Claremorris train station.

     Gardai are investigating the incidents.

    Passengers travelling on the Dublin to Westport evening train told Midwest News today that a teenage girl was assaulted in some manner by a male passenger on the train and the emergency alarm was sounded on the train, and about a mile outside Claremorris, the driver advised passengers that they would be stopping at the station.

    The driver then came back through the train to assist the teenager and accompanied the man on to the platform.

    The man subsequently physically assaulted the train driver, and a number of youths came to the train driver’s assistance and the assailant was detained until the gardai arrived. He was taken into custody.

    Ambulances also arrived on the scene.

    The train was delayed for close to two hours at Claremorris.

    A number of listeners to Midwest news who were on board the train have questioned Iarnroid Eireann security in light of what occurred. It appeared to passengers that the only member of staff on the train was the driver.

    Midwest news sought a comment on the incident from Iarnroid Eireann.

    In a statement a spokesperson said they would not comment on security around a specific incident but did confirm that the Driver of the 18:15 Heuston Westport sustained injuries as a result of an assault last evening.

    They say the gardaí in Claremorris are investigating.

    The company says it take assaults against its staff very seriously, but stressed that they are extremely rare.

    It has CCTV onboard all of its services for security reasons and communications buttons in each carriage.

    The spokesperson said they are currently in the process of recruiting onboard customer service agents for intercity services, and added that violence towards staff or customers is taken extremely seriously.



  • Iarnród Éireann services across the country are affected by track renewal works today.

    DARTS are suspended between Bray and Greystones in County Wickow, with bus transfers in place.

    There are also bridge works between Athenry and Galway, with bus transfers.

    Iarnród Éireann spokesperson, Barry Kenny says services to and from Heuston in Dublin will be impacted.

  • Train services are back on schedule after delays this morning in and out of Dublin’s Hueston Station.

    All services to and from Hueston were delayed by up to an hour earlier this morning due to an issue on the line in Co Kildare.

    Services in and out of the city from the west of Ireland were impacted as a result.

    However, a spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann told Midwest News that the full service has again resumed and trains are running on schedule now.

  • Iarnród Éireann is reminding the general public and interested organisations that the deadline to participate in a public consultation on proposals to extend the Western Rail Corridor is next Wednesday 17th July.

     Working to terms of reference specified by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Iarnród Éireann has appointed consultants EY-DKM Economic Advisory to undertake the independent financial and economic appraisal of the proposals, and public and stakeholder consultation. 

    The purpose of the appraisal is to establish if the proposed extension from Athenry to Tuam (phase 2) and from Tuam to Claremorris (phase 3) represents value for money to the Irish public.

    EY-DKM will present the report including findings and recommendations to Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport by the end of September, 2019. 

    It has established an online survey to allow members of the public and interested organisations to express their views.  This survey is available at http://bit.ly/wrcconsultation and has been active since 5th June 2019 for a period of six weeks until 17th July 2019.