Acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said he had hoped that union leaders would have called off the Luas strike planned for Easter Sunday and Easter Monday as an act of good faith.

He said it was a "real shame" that that was not forthcoming.

Mr Donohoe said that it would have made it easier for those travelling to the 1916 commemorative events on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, but said there would be public transport available with bus and train services in place.

He said that given the magnitude of the rejection of the pay deal by Luas staff, Transdev had said it needed to take stock and would not make a knee jerk reaction.

Mr Donohoe said that he thought it was very important that all parties did the same, adding that he did not want to see any party doing something next week that could "make the situation worse."

Yesterday, SIPTU President Jack O’Connor said he was ready to engage with anyone on the Luas dispute, but management had to improve their offer.