An Irish Rail official has confirmed that 28 carriages that have been in storage for the past six years are of no use to the company at present.
North West MEP Marian Harkin had claimed it has cost €12m to store the carriages.
But the rail company’s corporate communications manager Barry Kenny said this figure was not for storage but an estimate for refurbishment.
The issue of the stored carriages arose after complaints to Ocean FM about overcrowding on the Sligo-Dublin line.
The stored carriages had been taken out of service during the economic downturn
Asked about Marian Harkin’s claims, Mr Kenny outlined what now is the situation with the stored carriages