Adams calls for re-opening
of Western Rail Corridor
Thursday January 29th 2004
The President of Sinn Féin, Mr. Gerry Adams M.P.
has issued a strong statement of support for the re-opening
of the Western Rail Corridor. Speaking following a meeting
with representatives of the West on Track campaign in Galway
on Thursday evening 29th January, Mr. Adams said that there
was no longer any justification for telling people in the
West that their transport and infrastructural needs would
have to wait.
"We in Sinn Féin are unequivocally in support of
the massive community campaign being co-ordinated by West on
Track and we want to see this railway re-opened as a vote of
confidence in the people of the West and in the economic
future of the entire region," said Mr. Adams.
"The re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor on a phased
basis offers a gilt-edged opportunity to the Government to
begin to address the unacceptable imbalance in regional
development and to give a vote of confidence to the economic
future of towns, cities and communities from Sligo to Galway
and Limerick," said Mr. Adams.
Mr.Adams stated that Sinn Féin would support any
positive initiative from Minister for Transport, Mr.
Séamus Brennan leading to the re-opening of the rail
corridor but urged the Minister to act quickly while the
National Development Plan was still being implemented.
A spokesman for West on Track welcomed the statement by
the Sinn Féin leader and noted that all of the
opposition political leaders had now indicated their strong
support for an initiative from the Government.