Re-opening of Western Rail
Irish Independent - Friday
7th May 2004
By Treacy Hogan
THE Government yesterday appointed an expert working
group to find out if it is feasible to re-open a western
rail corridor linking Sligo, Galway, Limerick and Cork.
The group will be chaired by Pat McCann, chief executive
of Jurys Doyle Hotel Group. Transport Minister Seamus
Brennan said yesterday the rail corridor had the potential
to play a vital strategic role in the eventual rebalancing
of the west coast with the east coast as part of the
implementation of the National Spatial Strategy.
"The Strategic Rail Review did not include the corridor
in its recommended investment strategy but I declined to
accept that finding as final," said Mr Brennan.
He said the working group was charged with examining the
proposal from a range of aspects.