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29 May 2022

No intercity rail catering available until 2023

No intercity rail catering  available until 2023

Rail passengers will not be able to avail of catering services on intercity routes until at least next year.

Iarnród Éireann issued a statement saying it regrets to inform customers that their catering provider, RailGourmet has advised that it is no longer able to provide catering services on Iarnród Éireann’s Intercity network.

According to Iarnród Éireann, extensive efforts by both Iarnród Éireann and RailGourmet to see on-board catering services resume, following their enforced absence for two years of the pandemic, have failed. 

They said “since the lifting of face covering regulations in February 2022, RailGourmet has not been in a position to resume services, primarily due to the challenges in resolving staffing issues, and significant additional costs.”

As a result, a termination of the contract with RailGourmet has been agreed, and catering services will remain suspended.  

Irish Rail said “catering services on Enterprise, under a separate contract with Corporate Catering Services Ltd, are continuing to operate on a limited basis."

“We will quickly commence the process to tender for a new catering contract.  However, this will mean that catering services are unlikely to be available on board until at least early 2023,” Iarnród Éireann stated.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and look forward to the resumption of on-board catering as soon as possible,” they said. 

“Many of our Intercity stations have existing retail / catering facilities available for customers, and Iarnród Éireann will work with CIÉ Property in the interim to further enhance, where possible, station based retail and catering options for customers,” Iarnród Éireann added.

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