Seanad debates

Thursday, 5 May 2022

Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters

Rail Network

10:30 am

Photo of Frank FeighanFrank Feighan (Sligo-Leitrim, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

I will certainly convey the Senators' views to the Minister. Nevertheless, subsequent fleet orders for DART+ will be deployed in line with infrastructure development under the DART+ programme. I have been advised the public consultation on DART+ Coastal South, which seeks to enhance capacity on the southern coastal route, will commence later this year. This consultation will examine options for the southside DART line to facilitate improved frequency, which will benefit Rosslare-Dublin rail services, as I mentioned.Senator Byrne rightly said we are coming closer to France. I see the French embassy on Merrion Square has a banner up saying "France, your closest EU neighbour". There are nearly 41 direct services between Ireland and the Continent now. It makes sense for the foot passengers and people coming on bikes and so on to have a service from Dublin to Rosslare. The Senators make a very strong case and I will bring their views back to the Minister.


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