David Franks

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Jim Meade: began his railway career as an apprentice fitter in 1979 and has worked in a range of roles at Iarnród Éireann since then

Iarnród Éireann has appointed Jim Meade, the group’s director of train operations, to be its new chief executive. Mr Meade has been acting chief exec(...)

Heuston Train Station in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

A ballot which was expected to see train drivers at Irish Rail back an all-out strike was postponed on Wednesday due to the adverse weather. The ball(...)

Heuston Train Station in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Train drivers at Irish Rail are expected to vote for strike action in ballots to be completed on Wednesday. The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) an(...)

The chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, David Franks, is leaving the company in the coming months to take up a new senior position in the public transport sector in Australia.

The chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, David Franks, is leaving the company as threats of industrial action ramp up from train drivers, who voted to (...)

The National Bus and Rail Union said Iarnród Éireann staff were unhappy their voucher could only be used at one retailer. Photograph: Eric Luke

A row over a tax-free €500 voucher for staff at Irish Rail, which formed part of a settlement to a dispute at the company before Christmas, could lead(...)

Striking rail workers outside Heuston train station in Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Talks are to take place at the Labour Court on Thursday in an attempt to avert further planned strikes on the country’s railways. Unions and managem(...)

Irish Rail staff are seen on a picket line outside Ceannt Station in Galway during Tuesday’s  24-hour rail strike. Photograph: PA

Unions representing staff at Irish Rail have accused the company’s chief executive of “ramping up” the current pay dispute which has brought mainline,(...)

Trains sit idle on the platforms at Heuston Station, Dublin, during a second  one-day strike by Irish Rail train drivers over pay and conditions. Photograph: PA

Irish Rail management warned its parent company as early as September that it could face a five-day strike that would cost it €1.5 million in lost pas(...)

 A deserted  Connolly Station with parked up trains  during the first of five 24-hour stoppages by Irish Rail workers on November 1st, 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The head of Irish Rail has expressed concern that a prolonged dispute on the country’s railways is becoming a possibility which would damage its busin(...)

The eight-page pamphlet distributed across trains on Monday morning describes the Minister in such terms as “Ross the Boss” and “Rocket Ross”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

One of the main unions involved in the Irish Rail pay dispute has published a pamphlet mocking Minister for Transport Shane Ross and describing the Na(...)

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