15 November 2016

Labour TD for Tipperary has slammed Minister Shane Ross for his total lack of strategy to support and invest in our rail services and called for him to immediately publish the review by the NTA and Iarnród Éireann.

“It is incredible that Minister Ross is trying to find ways to shut down rural train services when he should be seeking the investment needed to improve the speed and reliability of services.”

“He is covering up for his lack of strategy and failure to secure funds in the Budget to support our rail lines by attacking me with leaks from an unpublished report.”

“Normally, when Government makes a proposal to shut down rural infrastructure, there is an immediate examination of the total negative impacts on rural communities and that should be the case here too.”

“The idea that only profitable public transport routes should be maintained would lead to the withdrawal of public transport from whole swathes of both urban and rural Ireland.”

“That such a suggestion is coming from a Government that promised to revive rural communities by reopening facilities in those communities is bizarre.”

“That he won’t stand up for public transport in rural communities is incredible, and all the more so given the commitment in the Programme for Government to extend the Western Rail corridor as supported by Minister Sean Canney.”

“I would be very interested to know if the same Minister Canney would support Minister Ross in attempting any closure.”

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