Saturday 10 December 2016

Time to invest in infrastructure

Published 09/01/2010 | 05:00

Being among the last of the 180 people who donated blood in the Claremorris clinic on Wednesday evening, I happened to meet the driver who was bringing these donations back to Dublin on a near impassable N60.

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The thought occurred to me that should weather conditions worsen, railways truly will be the only way to get these life-saving supplies to the patients in Dublin, Louth and Carlow.

Keynesian economic theory argues that in times like these, government should invest in infrastructure and particularly capital-intensive infrastructure projects. I welcome the rebuilding of the Western Rail Corridor and for more reasons than ever, rebuilding of this railway between Limerick, Galway, Mayo and Sligo must be a priority, together with Athlone-Mullingar, Dublin-Clonsilla and any other railway line that remains intact in Ireland today.

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