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Ryanair pilots’ strike after last-ditch talks fail

Up to 30 Ryanair flights have been cancelled on Thursday due to the strike by pilots. Credit: PA

A strike by Ryanair pilots based in the Republic of Ireland has gone ahead after last-ditch talks between their union and management failed.

Up to 30 flights between the Republic and UK have been cancelled due to the 24-hour industrial action, although routes to mainland Europe remain unaffected.

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action last month, over pay and conditions, issues over seniority and how annual leave is dealt with.

The talks aimed at resolving the dispute broke down on Wednesday after seven hours of discussions.

Ryanair said it has contacted passengers affected by the strike by text and email and they will be offered a refund.

The budget airline also said it has made alternative travel arrangements – both flights and ferries – for almost 5,000 passengers.

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