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Warm Reception for West on Track at Oireachtas joint Committee

Press Release
November 13th 2003

Representatives from the West on Track community campaign for the re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor were afforded a warm welcome by a packed gallery of T.D.'s and Senators when they attended a sitting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport on Wednesday November 12th.

The delegation was led by Fr. Mícheál MacGréil and included Collr Michael McGreal of Roscommon a member of the Monitoring Committee of the National Development Plan, and by Martin Cunniffe and Colmán Ó Raghallaigh of the West on track Steering Committee. A detailed powerpoint presentation was followed by a series of contributions and questions from members of the committee, who expressed strong support for the campaign to re-open the Western rail line as a major infrastructural development for the region.

The session which lasted three hours in total was chaired by Deputy John Ellis of Sligo-Leitrim. Among the Deputies and Senators who participated were Denis Naughten , Róisín Shorthall , Peter Power, Tom Morrisey, Timmy Dooley, Marian Harkin, Jim Higgins, Éamon Ryan and Gerry Cowley.

Other presentations were made by the Shannon Rail project promoting a link to the re-opened Western Rail Corridor and by Iarnród Éireann who were questioned severely by Deputies and Senators about their perceived lack of enthusiasm for the Western Rail Corridor and inaccuracies in their presentation.

A spokesman for West on Track said they were well pleased with the day's proceedings and felt that the campaign had moved into a new phase. They were particularly pleased that the Minister for Transport, Mr. Seamus Brennan TD had stated in an interview with MWRFM that he was very much in favour of re-opening the line and was willing to meet the group and visit the line in person.

He added that it was also significant Mr. Joe Meagher of Iarnród Éireann had confirmed that the company had the capacity to re-open the line if instructed by the Minister. The spokesman added that they had agreed to meet with the Iarnród Éireann delegation again in the West within the next few weeks.

A full report of the proceeding of the committee will be issued next week by West on Track and a copy will be posted on their website at www.westontrack.com.








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