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Port of Waterford Freight Train Contract Ceases

Port of Waterford has confirmed that the contract held by DFDS with Irish Rail to operate a freight train between Belview Port and Ballina, Co Mayo ceases today.

As RTE News reports, the Port of Waterford Chief Executive Frank Ronan said they were sorry to see the end of the service.

“It was a nice addition to our portfolio and it was great to be able to provide a port service to stakeholders in the northwest region.

“As the volumes involved were relatively small and likely to be replaced, we do not expect that our throughput of containers will be negatively impacted.

“However, it is a shame to see something that can take trucks off the road and reduce carbon emissions ceasing rather than growing and prospering.

More information on the story can be found here.

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Go-Ahead Ireland Creates 425 Jobs With €8.5m Irish Investment

Go-Ahead Ireland has announced the creation of 425 jobs with its €8.5 million investment here.

The roles will be company-wide and include up to 350 bus drivers as well as engineers, maintenance support, mechanics, planners, operational and administrative personnel.

Drivers can expect to earn up to €32,000 per annum with opportunities for further earnings with overtime, a contributory pension scheme, free modern uniform, travel benefits, paid holiday with additional benefits.

Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland said:

“Since being awarded the contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last August, we have been building our Dublin operation in preparation for a phased rollout commencing September 2018.

“Creating these new 425 jobs and providing a financially secure and investment ready business is critical for our colleagues, our customers and our ambitious expansion plans. We are passionate about what we do and are focused on attracting the very best talent out there.”

Go-Ahead Ireland will cover the cost of bus driver training and acquiring the necessary D licence which equates to €4,000 per driver.

The €8.5 million investment will be spread across driver training, depot fit out and mobilisation.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross said:

“These 425 new jobs and the €8.5m investment being made by Go-Ahead Ireland is a very significant development for public transport in Ireland.  I welcome both.

“As public transport usage increases the Partnership Government remains committed to working with experienced companies who understand the sector and are eager to invest in its future to the benefit of all.”

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