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Commuters into Ireland’s capital city are facing serious disruption as Dublin Bus services are cancelled due to a 48-hour strike over pay.

Over 400,000 passengers each day will have to make alternative travel arrangements, while city retailers have warned of the economic impact on businesses.

The first of a series of two-day Dublin Bus strikes officially began at midnight, although services were wound down from 9pm as the fleet returned to the company’s depots around the city.

The dispute arose after Dublin Bus unions rejected a Labour Court recommendation of a general 8.25{69229a139f3e1b809067d1c116a3d49b6b56689d153508a4700eadd9dd2fd1c3} pay award for all its 3,364 employees over three years (or 2.75{69229a139f3e1b809067d1c116a3d49b6b56689d153508a4700eadd9dd2fd1c3} per year) without productivity changes.

Dublin Bus has said it accepts the recommendation, which it said will add €30 million to payroll costs over that period.

However, the company calculates that the 15{69229a139f3e1b809067d1c116a3d49b6b56689d153508a4700eadd9dd2fd1c3} sought by the unions would cost at least €50 million, which it says it simply cannot afford.

Unions want the Government to review the 24{69229a139f3e1b809067d1c116a3d49b6b56689d153508a4700eadd9dd2fd1c3} cut in the State subvention, arguing an increase could go towards funding their pay claim.

But Minister for Transport Shane Ross is adamant that the Government will not fork out additional funds to resolve this row.

With the parties remaining so far apart, there is no immediate prospect of an intervention to break the deadlock. Two further strikes are are planned for later this month.

Meanwhile, the Luas Green Line is currently running limited services between St Stephen’s Green and Carrickmines only due to a technical fault. The Red Line is operating as normal.

Gardaí have also warned that bus lanes will operate as normal during the industrial action.

With all of the disruption in the city, let us take away your travel headache. If you need something delivering, give us a call on 01 450 5844 and we will be happy to help.


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Legendary Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane will bid farewell to Ireland fans at the Aviva Stadium this evening as he makes his final appearance in a green shirt against Oman.

The Tallaght goalscorer’s 146th cap will be his final one in an international career which started in March 1998 and saw him go on to score 67 goals, a tally which he will be hoping to add to this evening.

The Dubliner appeared in three major international tournaments (2002 World Cup, and Euro 2012 and 2016) and scored in 15 consecutive years to place him 15th on the list of all-time international goalscorers. Keane announced his retirement last week and went on to state:

“It has been a wonderful journey for me to have played with the Irish national team for over eighteen years since I made my senior international debut back in 1998.  I have enjoyed it all.

“It has also been a great honour, for both me and my family, to have been given the opportunity to captain my country for over ten years.

“As a young boy growing up in Dublin playing football on the street I could never have imagined the path my life would take – it has exceeded my wildest expectations.

“I have been extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to play for and captain my country – it was my ultimate goal all those years ago and it has been, by far, my greatest achievement.”

His retirement marks the end of an era for Irish football with stalwarts such as Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane all hanging up their international boots in recent times.

Ireland face Oman in Robbie Keane’s last international appearance at the Aviva Stadium tonight. Kick-off is 7:45pm. If you have tickets for the match but need them couriering across the city to you, we can help! Call us on 01 450 5844 and make sure that you don’t miss this emotional evening for this Irish legend.


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Relay Express are delighted to launch our new-look website, offering users a better experience than ever before. Whether you are viewing our site on a PC, tablet or mobile phone, we have aimed to make your visit as user friendly as possible. Our customers can still book our services online and if you are viewing from a mobile, you can click on the phone icon to call us directly. If you are a new customer thinking of using us (or a customer with a query), you can request a quote, give us a call or even live chat with us and we will answer any questions you may have.

Our new site aims to maintain our position as Dublin’s premier on-demand courier company. We were the first to bring you online booking and tracking over 10 years ago and we are constantly improving our systems to give our customers the very best service we can.

We love our new site and we hope you do too. Please let us know your thoughts, we are always looking for feedback. You can contact us here

Happy browsing!


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Here in the Relay Express Head Office we are all talking about Euro 2016. The sweepstake is done (I got Iceland), Martin O’Neill has extended his contract and the squad today depart for France in preparation for Monday night’s opening match against Sweden at the Stade de France.

For the few of you that don’t know, the tournament kicks off on Friday when host nation France entertain Romania and this is followed by a football feast on Saturday as Albania take on Switzerland, Wales play Slovakia and England face Russia. If you are not a footy lover, you wont be pleased to hear that Sunday and Monday also see 3 fixtures per day, with Northern Ireland playing on Sunday before Republic of Ireland’s opener on Monday.

But don’t worry, euro-fever may have gripped us here in the office but out on the road our couriers will be working tirelessly as ever to ensure on-time deliveries for all of our clients (and they will even do it with a smile whatever the scoreline may be!)

Who will you be supporting in the Euros? Let us know! You can comment below, tweet us (@RelayExpressLtd), or comment on our Facebook page  (/relayexpressltd). In the meantime, come on Iceland. I mean Ireland.

If you need a courier during the Euros, give us a shout on 01 450 5844 and we will look after you.

 

 


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May and June will see yet more travel chaos as LUAS drivers plan more strike action in their ongoing feud with LUAS operator Transdev. Here are the planned strike dates for the remainder of May and during June:

– Friday 20th May 2016

– Thursday 26th May 2016 – 4 hour stoppage (3-7pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 27th May 2016 – *update – strike cancelled

– Thursday 2nd June – 4 hour stoppage (3-7pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 3rd June – 4 hour stoppage (9am-1pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Tuesday 7th June – 4 hour stoppage (9am-1pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Wednesday 8th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Thursday 9th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

– Friday 10th June – 4 hour stoppage (6-10pm) *update – strike cancelled

Transdev have warned users that due to the requirement to wind down the service for a 4 hour stoppage and then ramp up the service to full capacity afterwards a 4 hour stoppage impacts Luas service for 1.5 hours before and 1.5 hours after the 4 hour stoppage.

Relay Express may not be able to resolve the Luas-Transdev row but we can help you get what you need from A to B during the travel chaos. Our helpful staff are always on hand to take your booking and our equally helpful couriers will ensure that your parcel is collected and delivered promptly. Whether it is Dublin city or county delivery, a nationwide service or something even farther afield, Relay Express will get it there.

Call us now on 01 450 5844 or click here to get a quote.


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