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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Director Capital Programmes

  • Job added:   20 December 2018
  • Salary:   Negotiable
  • County:   Dublin
  • Job Type:   Contract
  • Reference:   IE DCP
  • Company:   MERC Partners
  • Contact:   John Glenny
  • Telephone:   0035312066713
  • Website:

Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail is a subsidiary company of Córas Iompair Éireann which is the publicly owned transport company of Ireland. Its role is to provide rail transport services within the State of Ireland and its network consists of Intercity, Commuter and DART (Dublin metro) services.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the appointee to this newly created position will lead the delivery of all rail‐based capital investment programmes planned by the National Development Plan 2018‐2027. Investment in recent years has delivered major benefits, including: Renewed infrastructure; New Intercity, Commuter and DART fleet; New stations, and upgraded existing stations; New rail lines, including Cork‐Midleton, Ennis‐Athenry, Clonsilla‐M3 Parkway. The appointee will lead on all major capital programme activities and will enable a team of colleagues to deliver a portfolio of programmes. This will involve planning, design, procurement, delivery and operational start‐up of all programmes. The delivery of initiatives will involve partnership with many stakeholders at national and local level – local authorities, the NTA, business groups and the public.

This is a key appointment and candidates will have held senior leadership experience in a comparable operationally complex business with responsibility for significant complex capital programmes. Previous rail experience is desirable to allow the appointee quickly contribute across all priorities but in particular provide insight into the discussions that relate to all rail‐based capital investment

The role requires well‐honed influencing skills, coupled with a track record of leadership and management, ideally gained within a comparable transport or operationally complex environment.  Innovative thinkers with strategic vision and flair, candidates must be exceptional communicators with the ability to engage and influence at all levels. Core competencies include strategic thinking ability coupled with a strong delivery/execution focus, commercial awareness, influencing and leadership, as well as the ability to contribute and inspire at the highest level. 

How To Apply

To express an interest in this opportunity, please contact John Glenny of MERC Partners in strictest confidence, quoting reference IE DCP, enclosing a curriculum vitae and cover note outlining how you meet the requirements. MERC Partners, 11/12 Richview Office Park, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, Ireland. Email: [email protected] Telephone: +353 1 206 670. Closing date for applications is 11th of January 2019.

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