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

I accept all that. What I am saying is that more particularly, that box should have been the one up to €1 billion - between €1 billion and €2 billion or possibly €2 billion to €3 billion. Regarding the fact that it gave rise to such confusion, Mr. Walsh clarified the costings. If I am correct, I think the current price is between €7 million to €8 million per kilometre. With 80 km, the figure is of the order of €800 million. To upgrade the rail link between Limerick Junction and Limerick city, and Irish Rail is on record on this, it would cost about €60 million. This is way off €3 billion. Mr. Walsh has clarified the points. I know where I am at. Under current prices, and I think it is a reasonable question, would it cost more than €1 billion?


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