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As thousands of Bus Éireann passengers face a fourth day with no service due to a strike, the National Bus and Rail Union is calling on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to set up a forum for talks. The indefinite strike began last Friday in a dispute over management's decision to implement a survival plan for the State-owned company without union agreement. Up to 100,000 people have been affected by this dispute since Friday when Bus Éireann services, with the exception of school busses, stopped. Rail services were also disrupted in a number of locations last week as Iarnród Éireann workers did not pass pickets at depots they share with bus workers. Train services returned to normal at the weekend and Iarnród Éireann says all its services are operating on all routes today.
Sinn Féin is to publish a motion of no confidence in Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan. It follows revelations that more than 14,500 people who were prosecuted for road traffic offences are to have their convictions quashed because of garda error. It was also revealed that from 2011 to 2016, the number of drink-driving tests gardaí claimed to have carried out was hugely exaggerated, by over 937,000. The Government has said it continues to have confidence in Commissioner O'Sullivan but Fianna Fáil yesterday said it cannot express confidence in her at this time. Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said there is an absence of leadership in An Garda Síochána.
Dry today but with a little more cloud about - spells of hazy sunshine and mostly light easterly breezes. A cool start, particularly inland, but milder by early afternoon with maximum temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees