Fianna Fáil TD for Tipperary, Jackie Cahill has said that any attempts to close the Limerick to Ballybrophy train line will be met by fierce opposition by the people of North Tipperary.

“We all know there are challenges with the train service, but just because something is difficult doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.”

“We can increase capacity through a variety of measures – change the operating times to reflect working times and increaseing the frequency of services.”

“One of the biggest mistakes this country ever made was ripping up hundreds of miles of railway lines across the country in the 1950s.”

“Entire generations of people across rural Ireland have not had the opportunity to develop a relationship with the train network. This takes time, and effort and support, and the communities living along the Limerick to Ballybrophy should be encouraged, not discouraged, from using the train service.”

“Minister Ross needs to understand that an Ireland exists beyond the M50, and that communities in rural North Tipperary deserve access to commuter rail services as much as anywhere else.”

“Before the Minister attempts to close this rail connection, he needs to ask himself ‘Has everything been done to increase passenger numbers that can be done, and can changes be made to the frequency to entice passengers out of their cars and onto trains?” asked Cahill.