Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.1 - Passenger rail transport, interurban

450 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 June 2012
Employment effect (start)
9 July 2012
Foreseen end date
9 July 2016


Ireland's state rail company, Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) has announced up to 450 redundancies over the next four years. The redundancies, which the company says are part of a cost containment programme aimed at reducing a deficit of €45.3m, constitute nearly 11% of the organizations' labour force. The implementation will take place starting on 9 July 2012.

Staff also face cuts in sick leave entitlements, subsistence allowances, and overtime under the restructuring plan.

Since 2002, staff numbers have fallen by a third to 4,100. Iarnrod Eireann has opened a voluntary redundancy scheme aimed at achieving the 450 redundancies required over the next four years.


  • 2 June 2012: RTE news


Eurofound (2012), Iarnrod Eireann, Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 73772, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73772.