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On The Buses: Strike over as Ardee woe ends

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The 167 Dundalk-Ardee bus at Dundalk Bus Station.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

After 21 days, the Bus Eireann strike is coming to end – for now at least – meaning locals in Ardee and Mid-Louth can resume their bus journeys as of tomorrow morning (Good Friday, April 14th).

On Thursday afternoon, the General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union Dermot O’Leary said that all pickets by Bus Éireann workers had been lifted after a recommendation to end the three-week dispute was issued by the Labour Court.

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While some services across the country are getting back to normal this evening, Bus Eireann say that the majority of nationwide services – including routes that cover Ardee – will resume on Friday morning. Despite it being Good Friday, normal Friday timetables will apply.

2,200 CIE employees took part in the strike which meant all Bus Eireann services, except school bus runs, had ceased for the three weeks of the all-out strike.

Now, all of Bus Eireann’s daily regional services which link Ardee to Drogheda, Dundalk and Monaghan are set to begin to run once again from Friday morning. Both the 167 and 182/182A which provide links between Ardee and Drogheda, Dundalk, Carrickmacross and Monaghan have all been out of action – but will resume and once again provide vital transport links from Ardee to schools, colleges, work and appointments.

These routes also provide local links between Ardee and Collon, Hunterstown, Tullyallen, Tallanstown and Louth Village. Also affected by the strike was the Expressway service from Dublin to Derry and Derry to Dublin which passes through Ardee on the bypass five times daily seven days a week. That it also set to resume as per normal on Good Friday.

NBRU’s O’Leary said today that once Bus Éireann can make it operational, there will be a full transport services available. The union chief said members will consider today’s Labour Court recommendation vote on it. The result of that ballot is expected to be known in a few weeks time.

In a statement, Bus Éireann said management and the company’s Board will give “due consideration to the very detailed Court recommendation document.”

On this Bank Holiday weekend, normal Saturday and Sunday services will run on Easter Saturday and Sunday respectively, while Sunday timetables will be running on Bank Holiday Easter Monday. If you are unsure if your bus is running, please contact Bus Eireann on 1850-836-611 or tweet @Buseireann.

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