The Luas number 5027, a 55 metre tram photographed on O’Connell Bridge blocking traffic recently. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Traffic congestion in Dublin City Centre and slow Luas speeds are partly due to a decision of the railway safety regulator to impose a 10 km/h speed l(...)

Iarnród Éireann  is responsible for an operational network of 1,700 route kilometres and 135 route kilometres of non-operational lines.

The railway regulator brought concerns over Irish Rail’s response to safety management issues to the Department of Transport after its already “strain(...)

Iarnród Éireann said it was committed to working with the commission to ensure the highest standards of safety were achieved. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The rail regulator has warned the Government of “strategic safety” issues arising on the railways over time unless senior management at Iarnród Éirean(...)

The rail regulator  says that from 2015 Iarnród Éireann began “taking a noticeably different approach towards safety regulation”

The rail regulator defines railways along with the aviation, nuclear, oil, gas and the petro-chemical sectors as “high hazard” industries. Chance eve(...)

The report said only Dart trains in the greater Dublin area have an automatic protection system in operation which automatically applies the brakes if a driver fails to obey a restrictive signal or speed limit. Photograph: David Sleator

Signalling systems for Irish trains do not offer the level of protection expected nowadays on passenger railways in a developed economy, the annual re(...)

A   train tests the  rebuilt Malahide Estuary Railway bridge in 2009.The Commission for Railway Regulation has criticised the company’s attitude to safety. Photograph: The Irish Times

The country’s railway regulator has strongly criticised the attitude of senior management in Iarnród Éireann to safety compliance issues. In its annu(...)

Iarnród Éireann said there were 89 incidents overall where a vehicle, person or property was struck by a train or barrier in 2015. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A pram being pushed under a descending railway level crossing barrier was just one of the dangerous incidents recorded at level crossings last year. (...)