Irish Rail provides update on train’s snack trolley as Government eases Covid-19 restrictions

IRISH Rail has given customers an update on the train’s snack trolley – which has not worked during the pandemic.

Almost all Covid restrictions will be lifted from 6am tomorrow, but face coverings are still compulsory on public transport.


A rail service spokesperson provided an updateCredit: Alamy

Updating passengers, Irish Rail said regulations do not yet provide for people to remove their masks and eat on the train – ruining hopes of a return of the snack trolley.

A rail service spokesperson said: “We will act on the advice of the HSE in relation to the reintroduction of catering on board our services.

“The regulations governing face coverings on public transport do not provide for the removal of face coverings for eating and drinking, but for taking medication only at this time.”

The only rules that will remain in place from tomorrow will be face masks, self-isolation after testing positive for the virus and Covid passes for international travel.


As of 6am on Saturday 22nd January, the restrictions removed are as follows:

  • Guidelines for home visits have been removed.
  • The early closing time for reception and events has been removed.
  • Capacity restrictions for outdoor events, including sporting fixtures, are no longer in place.
  • Capacity restrictions for indoor events, including weddings, are gone.
  • Restrictions on nightclubs are removed – although nightclubs do not yet have a special exemption for staying open late and cannot return to normal hours until Wednesday.
  • Requirements to have a valid Covid digital certificate to enter various premises will be removed

In his moving address to the nation this evening, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said everyone should ‘take a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come’.


He said: “Appreciating the efforts and sacrifices of those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Remembering and appreciating the lives and contributions of those we lost.

“We are thinking of all those who have died from Covid and of course all those who have died in the last two years, that we have not been able to grieve as we would have liked or as they deserved.

He continued: “Spring is coming and I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward to one as much as this one.

“Humans are social beings and we Irish are more social than most. As we look forward to this spring, we need to see each other again.

“We need to see each other smile. We need to sing again. For all our flaws as a country, we’ve come a long way since that day in 1919.”

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