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Weekend strike to hit Irish rail travel

Enterprise train
Image caption The Enterprise will only operate between Belfast and Newry

Thousands of travellers in the Republic of Ireland face disruption on Sunday and Monday because of a rail strike at Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).

No rail services apart from the Luas in Dublin will run - due to a two-day stoppage in a row over pay cuts.

Enterprise train services are operating between Newry and Belfast.

The strike is one of four days of industrial action planned by Siptu and National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) members over pay cuts.

Fans heading to Croke Park in Dublin for Sunday's football semi-final between Kerry and Mayo were forced to travel by road.

Further strikes are planned for 7 and 21 September.

These dates coincide with the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals.

Unions say these dates were chosen to minimise the impact on people travelling to work and school.

The proposals for pay cuts were accepted by three trade unions but were rejected by Siptu and the NBRU.

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