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Wednesday 22 August 2018

sTRIKE action by rail workers has damaged the country's reputation, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who issued a fresh plea for a resolution to the bitter dispute.

sTRIKE action by rail workers has damaged the country's reputation, according to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who issued a fresh plea for a resolution to the bitter dispute.

Mr Kenny last night stopped short of committing the government to intervene in the row over pay cuts as it threatens to disrupt thousands of fans hoping to travel to the capital for this Sunday's All Ireland hurling final.

The Taoiseach said he was relying on the "tried and tested" mechanisms of the State, including the Labour Relations Commission, to help both sides reach a solution.

Talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) were ongoing last night as hopes grew for a breakthrough.

While sources closed to the negotiations said at the weekend that the gap between the two sides was "seismic", the same sources admitted last night that progress was being made.

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