I should imagine that at the weekend, a huge proportion of people do so anyway if travelling between unmanned stations. Very little risk of getting caught. Particularly down the country where a return 25 miles journey can cost 20 euro and the fine is only a hundred.
The chance of being caught is very low - if there is a ticket checker, get in the right half of the train and he can't get to you. Even if you do get rumbled, you'll probably get away with it if you present a torn twenty euro note and don't behave like a complete toerag.
I am not for one moment suggesting that anybody do this. I personally have a pass and never travel anywhere that the pass doesn't cover. But I am suggesting that Irish Rail would probably more than offset any staffing costs by ensuring that there were enough staff to ensure that everyone has a ticket.
Last edited by James Howard : 19-03-2014 at 14:21.