Council wants assurance in writing from Irish Rail on Sligo-Dublin line

Sligo County Council wants a statement in writing from Irish Rail early in the New Year stating that there is no threat to the Sligo-Dublin rail line.

Discussion on the rail line arose at the December monthly meeting as a result of a motion from Independent Councillor Margaret Gormley.

The council agreed to a motion from Cllr Gormley calling on Transport Minister Shane Ross to ensure the rail line is maintained as a vital part of the county’s infrastructure.

In relation to what was described as recent ‘scaremongering’ about the rail line, Cllr Gormley says people have a right to voice their concerns.

She added that there was no smoke without fire, and if people sat back, it would send the wrong signals.

Sinn Fein Councillor Thomas Healy says it would be nice if Irish Rail wrote to the council, saying there was no threat to the line.