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Murray - CIE land should not be sold

10 September, 2003

Sinn Féin County Councilor Gerry Murray has condemned a statement by Minster Sheamus Brennan suggesting that CIE should immediately start selling its property portfolio in order to fund its current capital spending. Minster Brennan was addressing a meeting of ISME when he made the statement.

Cllr Murray said.

"The selling of property at our Railway stations would very seriously compromise the future development of our Rail Network. In terms of the Western Rail Corridor it is extremely important that the CIE property along the line should not be sold, as it would compromise the opening of the railway. Minster Brennan seems to be more interested in pandering to the agenda of developers rather than making provision for the future transport needs of the country.

"The existing CIE land banks at our Railway stations should be left intact in order to allow for future expansion of our Rail Network. With more and more commuter, inter city and freight trains due to come into service, these land banks will be needed in order to make provision for car parking, warehouses and other services. I am astonished at the Minster's proposals and one must question his commitment to the future development of our Rail network."ENDS

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