Updated: 31/10/17 : 06:28:26
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All-out rail strike from midnight tonight 'inevitable'

Sligo rail commuters face major disruption as Irish Rail faces a nationwide shutdown from midnight tonight, Tuesday, as staff at the transport company prepare for a one day strike over pay.

Nationally the stoppage will disrupt the travel plans of 155,000 passengers and cost the company €900,000 per day.

With no sign of any intervention, both management and unions now say the stoppage is inevitable.

Tomorrow's strike will hit 70,000 Dart passengers, 45,000 users of commuter services, and 40,000 Intercity customers.

It will cost Iarnród Éireann €600,000 in fare revenue and a further €300,000 in National Transport Authority penalties - though some of that will be offset by savings on payroll and fuel.

Staff who have not had a pay rise for almost a decade, want a "no strings attached" increase of 3.75% per year.

However, the loss-making firm insists pay hikes must be contingent on productivity - and that strikes will only make matters worse for company, staff and passengers alike.

Further strikes are scheduled for 7 November, 14 November - the day of the Ireland-Denmark World Cup playoff - 23 November, and 8 December.

During the strikes, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann will not be accepting Iarnród Éireann tickets.