The goal of the CIÉ Group (“the Group”) is to deliver attractive sustainable public transport services, which supports the continued growth of the Irish economy and social cohesion. The Group has the unique capacity to manage a cost effective delivery of high quality public transport solutions across Ireland. The Group works in collaboration with its shareholder, the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport and with the regulator, the National Transport Authority (NTA).
As the leading provider of public transport services in the State, the CIÉ Group is committed to provision of accessible services for all of its customers.
Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is Ireland's national public transport provider with:
CIÉ will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2020. Under the Government’s National Development Plan through to 2027, CIÉ’s activities are linked to capital investment in excess of €4Bn.
Strategic direction, control and overall co-ordination of the Group is provided by the CIÉ Board, but each subsidiary has a high degree of operating autonomy in its day to day business. The CIÉ Board is appointed by the Government under Section 6 of the Transport Act 1950.
The boards of the Irish Operating Companies are appointed by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. The CIÉ Board appoint the Directors to CIÉ Tours International Inc.
CIÉ has the following subsidiaries:
Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus operates the vast majority of bus services in the greater Dublin area through a Direct Award Contract with the National Transport Authority. Bus Átha Cliath - Dublin Bus also operate certain commercial services such as an airport express service (Airlink) and sightseeing tours (Do Dublin).
Bus Éireann provides city, town and provincial bus services outside of Dublin through a Direct Award Contract with the National Transport Authority (NTA). It also provides schools services funded by the Department of Education and Science. It operates ‘Expressway’ services (Intercity bus services) on a fully commercial basis.
Iarnród Éireann provides passenger and some freight rail services as well as operating Rosslare Europort. All passenger services are provided through a Direct Award Contract with the National Transport Authority.
CIÉ Tours primarily operates guided tour vacations across Ireland and Great Britain. It also offers Private Driver, Self-Drive, Group bookings and Cruises. It represents the largest single generator of inward tourism from the USA to Ireland. In 2018 it procured over 400,000 hotel bed nights across Ireland.