Updated: 31/03/17 : 07:20:43
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Nationwide transport chaos as wildcat strikes hit train, Dublin Bus and DART services

Irish Rail is warning there is going to be extensive disruption to its services today as a result of the Bus Éireann dispute.

All trains to and from Sligo have been cancelled indefinitely.

It what has been described as an orchestrated wildcat union action to cause the maximum disruption to the travelling public was taken at 4.30am this morning,

There are also cancellations expected on Intercity train routes.

Irish Rail has promised to update their Twitter account with the latest information on their services.

Rail workers are demonstrating solidarity with their Bus Éireann colleagues whose all-out strike over cuts has entered its eight day.

One very irate commuter was Oliver Leonard, pictured, from Tubbercurry, Co Sligo who is travelling later today to New York.

A farmer friend who had driven him to Ballymote Rail Station had to get a neighbour to look after his cattle while he undertook the gruelling six-hour return journey to ensure Oliver made his flight connection.

Yesterday Transport Minister Shane Ross was dubbed "the invisible minister" by Sinn Féin, over his handling of the dispute.

A number of rail services have been cancelled and passengers are advised to check with Iarnród Éireann before travelling.

All commuter trains in Cork and the Cork to Dublin service is cancelled as well as all services from Sligo, Maynooth, Portlaoise, Kildare, Athlone, Tralee and Westport.

Services are running from Drogheda/Dundalk to Dublin but no return service will run.

In the southeast there were early trains from Rosslare and Waterford to Dublin and Limerick Junction.

All Waterford services were cancelled apart from the 6am service to Heuston and the 6.30am from Carlow was also cancelled.

The Belfast to Dublin line is operating but with some cancellations northbound.

Dublin Bus has also warned of serious disruption to services "due to Bus Éireann pickets at depots".