Fine Gael will complete Western Rail Corridor
Friday May 28th 2010
Fine Gael TDs from along the western sea board have pledged that the party will work to complete the western rail corridor when Fine Gael is elected to Government after the next general election.
Party TDs representing Clare, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal met in Leinster House on a number of occasions recently to discuss Fine Gael’s long-term commitment to this ambitious project.
Speaking on behalf of TDs, Mayo Fine Gael Deputy John O’Mahony said: “Fine Gael fully endorses the continuation and extension of the Western Railway with a view to eventually linking Limerick city and Derry City.
“Fine Gael would utilise the savings that were made during the construction of the most recently opened section of this corridor (approx €40m) to develop the next stage, which will be less expensive because fewer level crossings and bridges of roads will be required.
“Fine Gael recognises the potential of bridging the Border and is ambitious to link Derry to Galway City via Sligo and Co. Mayo. The finalisation of the Galway-Limerick line together with the link to the north-west will complete the all island rail grid.
“Fine Gael calls for an immediate start to works on the next stage of this project. We commit that in Government