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Adams calls for re-opening of Western Rail Corridor

Press Release
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.








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