Positive mood as West on Track Celebrates 10 years
Press Release Monday May 13th 2013
L-R Collr Peter Feeney Athenry, Paddy McGuinness Western Development Commission, Archbishop Michael Neary, Collr Eamonn Kitt, Mayor of Tuam, Howard Knott, Irish Exporters Association, Gerry Finn, BMW Assembly.
Members of the West on Track Community Campaign from across the region attended a special West on Track Seminar in the Ardrí Hotel, Tuam on Saturday last to mark the 10th Anniversary of the foundation of West on Track.
L-R Deputy Micheal Kitt TD Leas Ceann Comhairle, Martin Cunniffe Claremorris Chamber, Deputy John O’Mahony TD.
The event which coincided with the Tuam 400 Celebrations was officially opened by the Mayor of Tuam, Collr. Eamonn Kitt.
L-R Paddy McGuinness Western Development Commission, Archbishop Michael Neary, Collr Eamonn Kitt, Mayor of Tuam, Fr. Micheal MacGreil, Howard Knott, Irish Exporters Association.
Speakers included Mr. Paddy McGuinness WDC, Mr. Gerry Finn BMW Assembly, Collr. Peter Feeney and Fr. Mícheál Mac Gréil West on Track.
L-R Collr Pete Roche Tuam, Chris Joyce Milltown, Sarah Roarty Tuam.
The attendance also included Archbishop Michael Neary, Leas Ceann Comhairle Deputy Micheal Kitt TD, Deputy Paul Connaughton TD, Deputy John O’Mahony TD as well as many councillors from across the west.
Collr Eamonn Kitt, Mayor of Tuam
Members viewed a presentation on the potential of the Tuam-Galway Commuter Rail link and heard that Oranmore railway station which is part of Phase 1 of the Western Rail corridor project is expected to open in July, with Crusheen station to follow in 2014.
Clare delegates: L-R Collr. Michael Kelly, Sean Keahan, Michael O’Doherty & James Barry
The keynote address was given by Mr. Howard Knott of the Irish Exporters Association who predicted that the Western Rail Corridor would play a major role in the development of the rail freight business in Ireland over the next number of years. Describing the corridor as a vital link in the state’s public transport infrastructure he pointed to the continuing growth of rail freight as the most efficient method of moving goods in the future to ports such as Waterford and Foynes which is to be reconnected to the rail network including the Western Rail Corridor.
L-R Sligo delegates: Collr Michael Flemming, Ronan Walsh, Helen Rochford Brennan, Paul O’Connor and Peter Bowen Walsh.
The reopening of the Claremorris-Athenry section of the line for freight traffic would be of enormous benefit to economic development in the west, allowing businesses to move their goods competitively and directly to southern ports.
L-R Sean Keahan (Crusheen), Collr Michael Connolly (Tuam), Collr Eamonn Kitt, Mayor of Tuam, Frank Dawson Co. Manager Roscommon, Collr. Tom Reilly (Tuam), Leas Ceann Comhairle Deputy Micheal Kitt TD.
L-R Michael Comer (Swinford), Martin Cunniffe Claremorris Chamber, Collr Sean Canney (Tuam).
L-R Pat Ginnelly (Claremorris) Colm Casey and Jimmy Flynn Claremorris Chamber.
L-R Gerry McGarry (Ballyhaunis) Sarah Roarty (Tuam), Michael Fox (Swinford), Bill Cunningham (Roscommon).
L-R Peter Bowen Walsh (Collooney) & Collr. Peter Feeney (Athenry)