Both sides in the Dublin bus dispute will attend talks today in a bid to resolve the row over pay.
A further 13 days of strike action have been scheduled – with stoppages due tomorrow, on Wednesday and on Saturday – the day of the All-Ireland final replay featuring Dublin and Mayo.
Unions have said they will only suspend the strikes if they are convinced that management is prepared to engage seriously on pay demands.
The National Bus and Rail Workers’ Union General Secretary this morning said he believes the union has been reasonable in its case.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’ Rourke, Dermot O’Leary said if the same degree of reason is applied by the other side in the debate, then he would be confident that the dispute could be resolved.
Mr O’Leary said that he would not set preconditions but that all sides need to hear the company, supported by the department, agree that the settlement of this dispute will have to go beyond what was recommended by the Labour Court.