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Pearse Doherty calls upon Iarnród Éireann to extend travel promotion to all of Ireland

26 July, 2004

Donegal Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse Doherty has today called upon Iarnród Éireann to "extend its current travel promotion to all of Ireland." Mr Doherty made his comments after he contacted Iarnród Éireann's Marketing Department today to enquire why its travel promotion, which offers travel to a "choice of 87 destinations - selling for only 10 Euro, excludes the Six Counties."

Speaking today, Councillor Doherty said:

"I received a number of calls this morning from members of the public who had spotted advertising banners at Connolly Station in Dublin over the weekend stating that Iarnród Eireann had launced a travel promotion of 10 Euro a ticket for destinations throughout the country. When I contacted Iarnród Éireann‚s Marketing Department I was informed that the travel promotion does not apply to cross border routes. I believe that this promotion is disenfranchising citizens from the Six Counties and those who make daily trips between Belfast and Dublin.

"Sinn Féin is calling for the extension of this promotion to include all of Ireland. We are also actively campaigning for an all Ireland approach to travel, ensuring equality for those using public transport wherever they live in Ireland." ENDS

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