Nothing to stop Dunleer station from reopening
LAST WEEK'S public meeting in relation to opening the train station in Dunleer – to serve both mid-Louth and further afield – was an eye opener in many ways.
But the bottom line is that there is nothing to stop the venture becoming a runner.
All the aspects of reopening the station and any obstacles put forward can be sorted out.
One of the speakers, Tommy Farrelly, made a comment that made total sense: if there's an issue with parking and access, etc, there is a large car park up by Clinton's old shop on the Barn Road that is completely unused.
It belongs to Glen Dimplex and could house 300 cars.
Cllr. Colm Markey also spoke well, stating that a business case might help their cause. Others hoped Glen Dimplex and Suretank, major Irish companies, might support the call.
'I think this needs to be a park and ride facility and it can be accessed off the Barn Road. There's also parking in the yard area for 100 cars,' Cllr. Markey remarked.
Every would-be councillor going out to canvass in mid-Louth was asked to get a petition signed at every door, calling for the reopening.
Easy access to Dunleer for motorists from a vast area was highlighted by Hugh Conlon. The road network means getting to Dunleer is now pretty easy.
Gerry Dowd felt the amount of money needed to reopen the station would not be huge, given the investment being made on the line.
Eileen Young said she'd written to the minister and the Taoiseach and others and the reply she got was that it would be cheaper to open another station in Drogheda than Dunleer.
Dermot Smith mentioned developing a new station at Charleville on a green field site while another speaker said that for the sake of 650 young people in Scoil Ui Mhuiri, considering Third Level in the future, it should be opened.
It was also great to hear Paddy Boyle's name being mentioned and indeed he called for the station to be kept open after his days with CIE.
The chairman of the new group is Niall Gallen, Aidan Rigney, secretary, and PRO, Damien Purcell. Also, Frank Godfrey, Dolores Minogue, Pearse McGeough, Peter Fitzpatrick, Gerard Dowd, Hugh D. Conlon, Lily Treadwell, Jim Levins, Finnan McCoy, Liz Hughes, Colm Markey and Gerry Crilly.