The National Transport Authority (NTA) has entered into a Public Service Obligation Contract with Iarnród Éireann for the provision of rail passenger services in Ireland. We review Iarnród Éireann’s performance in this regard, and publish quarterly performance reports.


The contract outlines the performance requirements that Iarnród Éireann must meet in return for the payment of a public subsidy. A proportion of that subsidy payment is withheld and is only paid if the performance targets are met by Iarnród Éireann. The current contract with Iarnród Éireann is available below.

The original contract and schedules are available here:

Earlier Contracts

Effective from 1st December 2012 the Authority amended certain provisions of the Contract, revised Schedule D and inserted a new Schedule E.

The contract is divided into the following sections: 

  • Contract
  • Schedule A – Services and Service Levels to be Provided by the Operator
  • Schedule B – Performance Obligations
  • Schedule C – Reporting Requirements
  • Schedule D – Compensation
  • Schedule E – Framework Grant Agreement

The Authority has previously amended the performance obligations (Schedule B) and the current requirements are available here.

The contract provides for the approval by the Authority of any service changes outlined in Schedule A of the contract. The current Schedule A is here.

Iarnród Éireann is required to report quarterly on their performance against the targets set out in the Public Service Obligation Contract.