Tuesday 17 October 2017

Railing against threat to trains

'I would also point out that though it's easy to pull something out (a railway line, for example), it is difficult to put it back. It also incredibly wasteful to take it out, only to restore it later' (stock photo)
'I would also point out that though it's easy to pull something out (a railway line, for example), it is difficult to put it back. It also incredibly wasteful to take it out, only to restore it later' (stock photo)

Carlo Gebler

I heard Leo Varadkar on the radio last year: he spoke of the mystique of the railway, boasted he'd actually been on a train earlier that day so knew of what he spoke, and then added (sternly) that all over the country of Ireland there were stations and lines that weren't being used and railway workers who were being paid to sit around doing nothing.

Obviously, he implied, he would like to cut all this waste out by closing lines and stations, which would spare the Irish taxpayer a great deal of unnecessary expense - though of course to do this he would need to be in power.

I commute from Sligo to work in Dublin at Trinity College and the American College.

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