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O’Reilly disappointed at Fianna Fáil failure to support amendment to extend Metro North to Balbriggan

19 May, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking following a vote on a Private Members Bill (PMB) regarding transport for the Dublin area, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly has said she is quite disappointed that Fianna Fáil opposed a Sinn Féin amendment to the Bill seeking to extend Metro North to Balbriggan.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“A PMB came before the Dáil last week in relation to transport in Dublin and suggestions for improving the transport situation in general. Sinn Féin tabled an amendment to the Bill in order to improve it, in particular to strengthen it for the people of north county Dublin where included a section calling for the extension of Metro North to Balbriggan.  

“During the debates on the Bill, I spoke in favour of the improved amendment and the extension of Metro North to Balbriggan. The main crux of my argument was that Metro North would not only hugely benefit commuters from north Dublin who struggle on packed trains every day to get to and from the city, but it would also decrease traffic congestion and reduce pollution.

“The reason we included a section calling for the extension of Metro North to Balbriggan in our amendment and why I spoke so passionately about why this needs to be done is because, in addition to benefiting commuters it would also open up Balbriggan and north county Dublin and help it realise its huge potential through economic growth and tourism.

“Therefore, I was extremely disappointed to see Fianna Fail, as well as Fine Gael, fail to support this progressive and sensible suggestion.

“I hope that if a similar proposal comes before the Dáil again that both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael will support it and not abandon the people of Balbriggan and north county Dublin for petty political reasons.” 

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