It is interesting that the price of intermediary like Charleville now cost more then longer distance intercity routes.
It seems that IR are trying to reduce the price of routes where they face competition from the new direct bus services, while pumping up the prices where they face no competition. Lovely!
Having said that it isn't a bad idea, if they can bring the normal price down to €43 and the speed down to at least 2 hours 30 minutes and even better 2 hours, then that would be reasonable and they might actually be able to compete with the new direct bus services.
BTW this pricing system was recommended by the consultants in the recent report into intercity travel. So it seems they are trialing it now. I assume in response to the extra competition.
However I think they need to be far more flexible on people changing their booking or taking earlier or later trains, only charging the price difference.
The bus companies are much more flexible about this IME, they seem to have no problem changing a booking to another day or time, and if you turn up early or late the drivers don't mind as long as there is space.
Also IR really need to drop the stupid booking fees. The bus companies don't require any booking fees for online booking.
Also IR need to drop the fee for carrying a bike, that is really a very nice advantage of the bus companies.
Isn't competition great