Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

Revised National Development Plan: Discussion

Photo of Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

Dare I say it but it is the full responsibility of TII. My views are well known. I have debated this many times. We get a once in a lifetime chance and we must get this right in terms of the motorway from Cork to Limerick, a significant percentage of which has no hard shoulder based on TII's proposal. We have one chance in terms of a proper Atlantic corridor. Common sense must prevail on the rail route. We should upgrade the existing line from Limerick Junction to Limerick city with a double line in. We would be using existing resources, which makes eminent sense. There was no modelling of the other two routes in the original document either in terms of cost or any other factor. I think that will be done now. The old line from Charleville to Croom to Patrickswell and the one from Charleville to Killonan that was never under consideration should not be under consideration. The line from Limerick Junction to Limerick city is the key one.


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