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Sinn Féin's Joe Reilly calls for imaginative approach to Navan-Dublin railway line

8 February, 2005

Sinn Féin Meath Councillor and by-election candidate Joe Reilly has today called for an "imaginative approach" to the rail link between Dublin and Pace, Co Meath. Cllr Reilly made his comments after last night's meeting of the Meath County Council.

Iarnrod Eireann presented yesterday's Council meeting with a feasibility study into the reinstatement of the rail line between Clonsilla, Dublin and Pace.

Speaking today Cllr Reilly said:

"I want to welcome the current discussions around the Dublin-Meath rail link. Sinn Féin has consistently called for the reinstatement of the rail link between Dublin and Pace. An efficient public transport system is required to service the population in Meath.

"The cost of the rail-link has been estimated at approximately 156 million euro. Sinn Féin is calling upon the government to fund this venture. 156 million euros out of the government budget is not a huge amount of money.

"I believe that Iarnrod Eireann and the government need to look outside of the box. Extension of the line to as far as Kells should be considered as areas of substantial population growth in recent years. In fact, Meath is the fastest growing county in the state in population terms.

"The feasibility study indicated that the project was 'economically viable'‚ particularly in relation to environmental benefits, time and accident savings. In an era of heavy reliance on private transport, it is incumbent upon this government to provide the people of Meath and those visiting the county, with a first class rail-link." ENDS

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