Saturday 24 March 2018

Irish Rail handed €5m to repair storm-hit stations

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

THE Government is to provide Iarnrod Eireann with €5m in emergency funding to repair damage caused by recent storms.

The bulk of the money, €2.8m, will be spent repairing the roof at Cork's Kent Station, which was ripped off during high winds last December.

There is also funding to shore-up the rockface at Waterford's Plunkett Station, which was closed following a landslide on New Year's Eve.

Other minor works at stations including Pearse in Dublin will also be completed.

"This is a welcome move," Minister of State for Public Transport Alan Kelly said. "Having recently visited Cork station, some of the damage caused by the severe winds was quite dramatic.

"This funding will go towards the full repair of the roof with an additional €500,000 for renewal works on depot buildings.

"All transport operators must be safety conscious at all times and I look forward to the repair works being completed," he added.

A spokesman for Irish Rail welcomed the funding and said the money would help restore services to all stations.

The funding is part of a wider overall package of €70m recognising the widespread damage caused by the severe weather.

Irish Independent

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