Unofficial strike by road freight workers at Ceannt Station leaves Galway without bus and train transport.

The unofficial strike began over a dispute about who should manage a new goods shed at Ceannt Station in Galway city.

Train drivers in Galway refused to pass the unofficial picket escalating the disruption to transport in the city further.

By evening, CIÉ was estimating that up to 12,000 people had been effected by the freight operative strike action.

Twenty express bus services were impacted meaning that passengers intending to travel to Galway could not get there. In addition, there were no train services after lunchtime and only a handful of local buses were operating. CIÉ is now refusing to accept any more rail freight for Galway as there is already a backlog of over 200 tonnes of foodstuffs, clothing and industrial components. It is anticipated that postal services will be seriously disrupted tomorrow as there will be no mail train leaving Galway tonight.

The Galway City Chamber of Commerce is extremely concerned about the escalation of this dispute and says that it could have disastrous consequences particularly for the building trade. The Chamber of Commerce is seeking an immediate meeting between the company and the road freight operatives.

So far, there have been no negotiations.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 26 January 1982. The reporter is Jim Fahy.