The Minister for the Environment, Climate Communications and Transport Eamon Ryan says the North West Rail Corridor could still have a future in Freight movement when it comes to transporting goods to and from counties such as Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.
A report published last year by economist Dr John Bradley claims there is a strong business case for the restoration of the 74.5 kilometre railway line from Claremorris in County Mayo to Collooney in County Sligo.
Minster Ryan says such a facility could be key in addressing the climate challenge that the country facing.
The Green Party Leader party acknowledged reviving such rail networks would be expensive and difficult due to the massive investment in roads infrastructure, however he says former railway corridors could still have a future.
Meanwhile a Sligo Drumcliff Councillor will table a motion at Monday’s meeting of the local authority in Sligo calling for Transport Minister to include the west of Ireland from funding under the Core TEN –T Network.
Cllr Thomas Healy claims that this funding could play a vital part in developing the western and Northern regions
Speaking to Ocean FM News the Sinn Fein Councillor says the funding would be vital for railways roads ports and airports.