Wednesday 12 December 2018

No train lines will close while I'm Taoiseach, vows Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Collins
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Picture: Collins
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

No railway lines will be closed under his leadership, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil.

Despite the financial pressures facing Irish Rail, Mr Varadkar insisted no services face the axe.

"In the past 10 years, much of which was a very difficult period of budget cutbacks, we did not close any railway lines in rural Ireland or any other part of Ireland.

"Now we are in a position to invest in our railways again and to increase Iarnród Éireann's subvention, which has increased by 35pc in three years. Deputies can be absolutely assured that having got through the worst recession in a generation without closing any railways, we are certainly not going to start doing it now," he said.

Mr Varadkar was responding to Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin who said the Government was "caught short" on funding for rail services.

Irish Independent

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