West on Track welcomes
Minister Brennan's Announcement of Working Group on
Thursday May 6th 2004
The West on Track Community Campaign has warmly welcomed
the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Mr.
Séamus Brennan of the membership of the Working Group
on the re-opening of the Western Rail Corridor.
"This Working Group is properly representative of the
statutory and voluntary sectors throughout the region as
well as the Department of Transport and Iarnród
Éireann," said a spokesman for the campaign, which
was launched in June of last year to seek the re-opening of
the rail line from Sligo to Limerick.
"The appointment of Mr. Pat McCann, Chief Executive of
Jury's Hotel Group, as Chairman of the Working Group is
particularly welcome," he continued. "Throughout his career,
Mr. McCann has had an outstanding record of positive
commitment to development in every part of the country and
has shown a keen understanding of the value of quality
infrastructure in the promotion of tourism and other
economic activity. His appointment will be particularly
welcomed in his native Sligo, a county which has played a
major role in the campaign for the restoration of the
Western Rail Corridor."
The West on Track spokesman went on to express the
group's appreciation of the interest shown by Minister
Brennan in the WRC project over the past year, despite the
many difficulties facing him in other areas of his brief. He
also commended Iarnród Éireann for what he
described as "their increasingly positive attitude in recent
months to the potential of the WRC."
"We now look forward to speedily progressing the plan for
the restoration of the WRC through positive and constructive
engagement with our colleagues in the Working Group," he
The West on Track representatives on the Working Group
will be Ms. Helen Rochford Brennan of Tubbercurry, Co.
Sligo, Mr. Martin Cunniffe, a prominent businessman from
Claremorris, Co. Mayo and Councillor Tom McHugh, Chairman of
Tuam Chamber of Commerce, who is the owner of a well-known
building company in Co. Galway.