Statement by Seán
Ó Neachtain MEP
Wednesday March 31st
Sean O Neachtain, Fianna Fail MEP has today called on the
Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan TD to immediately set
up the Expert Working Group to examine the potential of a
Western Rail Corridor.
The establishment of an Expert Working Group has been a
commitment that has been given by the Minister of Transport
with regard to what is a very important proposal for the
people living in the west of Ireland.
The fact of the matter is that the Western Rail Corridor
does accord with the aims and objectives of the National
Spatial Strategy. And it is of critical importance that any
future rail proposals are incorporated in regional, county
and local development plans in the appropriate areas.
I very much support the Western Rail Corridor proposal. I
believe that it would positively contribute to the
development of the west of Ireland and is a critical
That is why I am calling on the Minister for Transport to
establish this Working Group with immediate effect. This is
a policy matter that commands widespread political support
from the people in the west of Ireland and it is an issue
that must be given the most careful examination.