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Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Rail Network

8:00 pm

Photo of Dan NevilleDan Neville (Limerick, Fine Gael)
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Question 554: To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if existing legislation allows a third party to purchase or lease existing mothballed or redundant railway lines from Iarnroid Eireann/C.I.E.; and if not if he will consider introducing legislation to allow new operators to take over such lines. [17192/11]

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Minister, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Dublin West, Fine Gael)
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I have not yet considered proposals to introduce legislation regarding alternative operators taking over existing or redundant railway lines.

The purchase or lease of existing or redundant railway lines is a matter for CIE. I have referred the Deputy's question to CIE for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.


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