Time to Put West Back on
Fine Gael European Candidate pledges her support for the
Western Rail Corridor and castigates Government's dreadful
record on balanced regional development.
The commuters of Tuam and Galway City need trains, not
excuses, Madeleine Taylor Quinn, Fine Gael European
Parliament candidate, said this week.
Reopening the railway line between these two growing
urban centres is absolutely essential, she said, in a
statement to mark the launch in Tuam, of Cllr. Tom McHugh's
local election campaign.
"The people of Tuam and Galway City deserve better than
the appalling gridlock they face each day. On a human level,
people are paying in stress and denied family time. From an
economic perspective, it is a ridiculous situation.
"While the local and regional economies pay the cost of
congestion on the N17, the Western Rail Corridor is lying in
disuse," she said.
She was confident that any expert rail review would find
clear benefits in terms of growth to local business,
quality-of-life to users and - most importantly - safety for
But, the railway's reopening depends on a Government,
which has so far dithered and fudged its way out of balanced
and sustainable growth in the West and North Regions, she
"Half way through the National Development Plan, public
transport spending in the BMW region by this Government was
51 per cent of that promised under the Plan. At the same
time, in the South and East regions, spending ran at a
staggering 174 per cent.
"That is a shocking indictment of a Government
out-of-touch with reality. The facts demonstrate this
Government is about fiction and fudge, promises and
"This region needs sustainable solutions like the
railway. Real and unambiguous support for the railway's
reopening is just one way, which I as a candidate for the
European Parliament, and my party, Fine Gael are
demonstrating our utmost support for balanced regional
"Between now and polling day, June 11, I will be
unveiling my key strategy to further promote sustainable
growth in our region."