Tourists are unimpressed by travel delays

Tourists are unimpressed by travel delays
Spanish couple Juan Pedro Moreno and Teresa Molina, from Murcia, were left wandering if they would get to Galway on Friday as unofficial industrial action by Irish Rail workers brought Kent Station to a standstill.

People affected by the travel stoppages at Kent station yesterday expressed their anger at being delayed without notice due to the unofficial action by Irish Rail workers who joined their Bus Éireann colleagues in striking.

A number of tourists left hanging around waiting for news on the strike breaking were less than impressed.

Tourist, Christina Kramer from Toronto, said she was relieved to know she could sleep in the bed she had booked in Killarney having faced the prospect of being stranded in Cork with no accommodation.

“I found out the day after I arrived that there was a strike. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth and it's very upsetting because it's costing me, even more, to get around as I have to take taxis and hotels are more expensive,” she said.

Spanish couple, Teresa Molina and Juan Pedro Moreno were delayed on their journey to Galway and were hoping to see the Cliffs of Moher before they go home, but have experienced travel problems since they arrived in Ireland on Tuesday.

“On Wednesday we wanted to go to Dublin but there was also the strike, the same problem. We had to book another bus and another train to get to Kilkenny. It's very frustrating because we had a hotel booked,” said Teresa.

A bus driver, who did not want to be named, on the picket outside Kent Station said all his colleagues feel sorry for those affected.

“Unfortunately we have no other option but to resort to strike,” he said.

“I'd like to sincerely from the bottom of my heart apologise to all the passengers that have been discommoded,” he added.

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