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Rail link between Belfast and Dublin must be improved - Ó Donnghaile

7 June, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile


Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has said rail and road links between Ireland's two main cities needs to be improved.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile was speaking after it was revealed that Translink and Iarnród Éireann were working on a plan to see the travel time from Belfast to Dublin reduced and the timetables improved.

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said:

“I very much welcome plans to reduce travel time from Belfast to Dublin and to improve the timetable.

“Approximately one million passengers use the Enterprise annually and they deserve a quality service that would see more than eight daily departures and shorter travel times

"Business, retail and tourism sectors are also demanding this much-needed and no doubt transformative service to be developed especially with the unwanted repercussions of Brexit which threatens the economy of Ireland, north and south.

“Sinn Féin representatives in Belfast and Dublin have been working on this initiative as it makes economic, social and practical sense and would provide a major boost to the economy through better connectivity and job creation.

“I will be raising this with the Minister of State for Tourism Brendan Griffin in the Seanad on Tuesday during the ‘Statements on Tourism’.

“I will also be seeking a meeting with the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross to explore how all stakeholders can come together to help drive this much-needed initiative forward." 

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