Originally Posted by berneyarms
You all need to start asking government TDs why they voted in favour of cutting the CIE Group PSO Subsidy. That is what is forcing the companies to make these changes, because they can't afford to keep operating all of the sets in the old configurations.
There is no great mystery. One of our local government TDs voted against the closure of Mullingar barracks and lost the whip and a junior minstry as a result. Those that remain need to bide their time in case moves are made to downgrade Mullingar hospital or other critical infrastructure.
Several of us have made our TDs aware of the issue but I wouldn't expect any great changes. The fact is that for at least the next year, Irish Rail need to find ways to better use the resources they have. While they have made good progress over the last few years, one can see a hell of a lot of ways in which things could be improved.
Also, bear in mind that Irish Rail have just had close to a 10% increase in fares from long-haul commuters this year.