Boy writes touching letter to Irish Rail urging them to keep Sligo route open for sick mum
Published 24/11/2016 | 09:39
An Irish boy has penned a note to Iarnród Éireann urging the company to continue running the Sligo to Dublin service, which is regularly used by his sick mum.
Darragh Walsh (6) from Sligo was upset to read about the potential closure of the route in the Sligo Champion, as his mother regularly uses the service to travel to the capital.
“To Irish Rail, I seen on the Sligo Champion that you are closing the Dublin-to-Sligo train,” Darragh wrote in the letter shared by a family member on Twitter.
“Please don’t, because my mum wants to get to the hospital to see the doctor. Please don’t close the train,” he wrote.
The letter comes as Irish Rail has warned that it is underfunded and may be forced to close some routes in the near future.
Speaking to the Sligo Champion a spokesperson for Irish Rail said: “Darragh’s letter was a timely reminder that behind discussions, about funding the future of rail transport and infrastructure are very human stories and realities.”
“Lots of people, including Darragh’s mother, rely on our services for essential travel, including hospital appointments.
“It was clear, from Darragh’s letter, that he is caring for, and looking after, his mother while her hospital visits continue,” the spokesperson said.
To thank Darragh for his letter, Irish offered him and his mum a free train journey.
“We’ve made contact and will set up the journey for whenever they choose to travel. We’re grateful Darragh took the time to write his excellent letter,” the spokesperson said.
A national review of rail services found €600m was needed to meet the funding gap over the next five years.