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Doherty secures Seanad debate on need for rail in Donegal

18 October, 2007

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has secured a debate in the Seanad with the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey on the infrastructure needs of the West.

Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Doherty said, "I am calling for a debate in the house on the need for rail in Donegal. Donegal is one of the five derailed counties in Ireland, the others being Cavan, Monaghan, Tyrone and Fermanagh.

"I also want to call on the Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey to address the Seanad and give an update on progress of the Transport 21 project and clarification on the Western Area's Atlantic Road Corridor and the NRA's plans.

"Last year as a Councillor I put in the County Development Plan the provision for a feasibility study on rail in Donegal. This had to be done within one year of the adoption of the plan and should be presented soon.

"The Minister needs to take on board the other county council proposals in Border Regions and coordinate a plan for rail to ensure rail links from Donegal, Derry to Dublin connecting Sligo as well to ensure an all-Ireland rail loop." ENDS

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