Friday’s Train Strike: How It Will Affect You


A PLANNED stoppage of services by Irish Rail between the hours of 6am and 9am is expected to cause traffic havoc tomorrow, after talks aimed at avoiding industrial action broke down today.

If you avail of train services during your commute, you may need to be aware of how this stoppage will affect you:

You have a perfect excuse to be late. If your workplace knows that you depend on rail services to get to work, they’re bound to be OK with the fact that you may not make it to work on time. You can use this to your advantage, by rolling into the office at whatever time you feel like, and just blaming it on the “bloody trains”.

You could probably get away with landing to work at lunchtime, and just say that even though the strike finished at 9, everything was “all backed up”.

You’ll have something to talk about for the rest of the day. Forced to partake in small talk with a co-worker you have nothing in common with? Now you’ve got at least ten minutes of conversation to rely on! The trains, how late the trains were, when are they going to sort out the trains.

Basically, if you can swing the conversation to your commute in any way at all, you should be able to bore the other person enough so that they leave you alone for the rest of the day and let you get back to nursing a hangover.

You can go on the rip tonight. Yeah, why not? You don’t have to be up early for work tomorrow, there’s no trains. It’s like an unofficial bank holiday! Head out and get locked, and then you can just argue that the trains made you late. You may need to explain why you stink of drink though.