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Minister must clarify funding for Irish Rail - Ellis

15 October, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister for Transport to clarify the position of Irish Rail following the release of budget details yesterday. Budget 2015 gave no hint of any increase to funding for the rail network despite bosses at Irish Rail saying that current funding levels were not sustainable into the future.

Deputy Ellis continued:

"We need the Minister to be clear about his plans for public transport but in particular how this budget will provide funding which will help to maintain services at Irish Rail.

Over the last three years the government has made numerous cuts to the funding for CIE and the public transport companies under it. This has resulted in companies like Irish Rail altering services and coming into dispute with their workers which is not in their interest. The previous Transport Minister Leo Varadkar promised that no more cuts would be made to subvention, but in the case of Irish Rail this is not good enough.

After many years of the state under funding basic service provision Irish Rail is not in a good position. Those at the top of the company say that current funding levels are not sustainable. If this is the case then the Minister needs to be clear about what is in store this year for the company and how he intends to ensure their long term sustainability."

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