Transport Minister says Rising celebrations have been "sole focus" as Luas strike continues

Four more stoppages are planned during the month of April

The acting Transport Minister says the only thing people have been focusing on over the past few days, is the 1916 centenary commemorations.

Luas drivers have staged a 48 hour work stoppage since yesterday morning, to coincide with the State's Easter Rising commemoration events.

Last week Luas drivers voted against a proposed pay deal of almost 19%, brokered after lengthy negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission. They cited the reduction of entrants' pay levels, increased productivity demands and a lack of trust as reasons behind declining the deal.

Four more stoppages are planned during the month of April.

Acting Transport Minister Pascal Donohue refused to directly address the issue while speaking to reporters at a 1916 wreath laying ceremony in Dublin this afternoon:

Mark Gleeson from the Rail Users Ireland says that these strikes are a major inconvenience, especially for residents of some south Dublin areas and visiting tourists: