CIÉ Ireland - CIÉ Services - A

CIÉ Ireland - A
Córas Iompair Éireann (Irish Transport Company), or CIÉ, is a statutory corporation of Ireland, answerable to the Irish Government and responsible for most public transport within the republic and jointly with its Northern Ireland counterpart, the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company for the railway service between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The company is headquartered at Heuston Station, Dublin. It is a statutory corporation whose members are appointed by the Minister for Transport.
CIÉ Services
Since the enactment of the Transport (Re-organisation of Córas Iompair Éireann) Act, 1986 CIÉ has been the holding company for Bus Éireann, Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail, the three largest internal transport companies in Ireland. It was originally to have operated the Luas tram system in Dublin, but that project was transferred to the newly created Railway Procurement Agency.
CIÉ's services are provided through three operating companies:
  • Dublin Bus, which provides bus services in the Greater Dublin Area, including most bus services within Dublin city and the County Dublin.
  • Bus Éireann, which provides intercity and regional bus services outside Dublin city and county and from Dublin to the rest of the country, as well as operating the city buses in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, and Galway and a number of other small urban bus systems.
  • Iarnród Éireann, which operates InterCity, Commuter and DART trains, and - together with NI Railways - the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise train service. Iarnród Éireann also operates Rosslare Europort.
CIÉ is responsible for the overall strategy of the group. It owns all fixed assets used by the three companies, such as railway lines and stations, the latter being dealt with through the Group Property division. It also operates an international tour division, CIÉ Tours International. CIÉ's vast number of advertising sites are organised through Commuter Advertising Network (CAN), since the mid-1990s employing an external company (currently Exterion Media Ireland) to manage them. There are also a number of shared services provided by CIÉ to its three operating companies.
Other than in the railway sector CIÉ is not a monopoly provider of public transport services: a number of other operators exist, however, under the Transport Act, 1932, these may not compete directly on any route for which CIÉ has been granted a licence. However, legislation was enacted in 2013 to provide for the tendering of 10% of routes operated by Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. This public competition includes these two operators, along with private operators such as Go-Ahead Ireland, and was completed in January 2019.
CIÉ History
Córas Iompair Éireann was formed as a private company by the Transport Act 1944 and incorporated the Great Southern Railways Company and Dublin United Transport Company, adopting the logo of the latter company, the so-called "flying snail". Great Southern Railways (GSR) was incorporated in 1925, having been Great Southern Railway since 1924. Essentially the GSR became - especially as it started to broaden its business interests into road transport - a monopoly transport operator.
The Transport Act 1950 amalgamated CIÉ and the Grand Canal Company and formally nationalised CIÉ, changing its structure from that of a private limited company to a corporation under a board appointed by the Minister for Transport. The Northern Ireland Great Northern Railway Act, 1958 transferred the lines of Great Northern Railway Board south of the border to CIÉ. Until 1986 CIÉ operated as a single legal entity, although it was internally organised into rail services and two bus divisions - Dublin City Services and Provincial Services.
The vast majority of services were branded CIÉ, although long-distance provincial buses were branded "Expressway" and Dublin electric trains DART. In 1987 CIÉ was reorganised into a holding company and three operating companies. In 1990 it sold its nine Great Southern Hotels, including its hotel in Derry, Northern Ireland, to Aer Rianta, the airports authority.
The company does not run any services on Christmas Day. Due to Short days and long nights.
CIÉ Overview
CIÉ Type: Statutory Corporation
CIÉ Industry: Infrastructure & Public Transport State Administrator
CIÉ Predecessors:
Great Southern Railways
Dublin United Transport Company
Great Northern Railway (1958)
CIÉ Founded: 1 January 1945, 78 years ago
CIÉ Headquarters:
Dublin Heuston
Dublin 8
D08 E2CV
CIÉ Area Served: Ireland
CIÉ Key People: Fiona Ross (Non-Executive Chairman)
CIÉ Revenue Increase: €1.315 billion (2018)
CIÉ Operating Income: Increase €72.1 million (2018)
CIÉ Net Income: Increase -€35 million (2018)
CIÉ Owner: Government of Ireland (100%)
CIÉ Parent: Department of Transport
CIÉ Divisions: CIÉ Tours International
CIÉ Subsidiaries: Iarnród Éireann
Dublin Bus
Bus Éireann
Rail Holidays
Rail Vacations
Luxury Trains
Luxury Tours
International Trains
International Tours
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