A crippling bus strike that left tens of thousands of people around the country stranded has been suspended for 48 hours. Up to 95% of Bus Eireann services had been cancelled as a result of the strike, which was provoked by a plan to save 5 million euros.
Bus Eireann management and the National Bus and Rail Union held exploratory talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) without preconditions. More than 70,000 passengers a day were being affected by the strike, which ran for two days and cost the company 400,000 euros. A company spokesman confirmed workers would lift the pickets and return to work to allow for "two days of intensive talks".