Fine Gael Cllr. Regina Doherty has today described how my initial joy on hearing that Iarnrod Eireann has received funding to commence works on the preparation of a Railway Order to extend the railway line in Meath from Dunboyne to Navan, was replaced with huge disappointment with the Department of Transports decision to recommend proceeding with Rout A, 4 miles west of Dunshaughlin Village.
The railway is a facility for the whole county and to alienate the potential commuters of Dunshaughlin, Ratoath and Ashbourne is not only economic foolishness, it is another example of this governments short-sightedness when it comes to infrastructural planning.
Meath County Council unanimously chose Route B last year as our preferred choice which would have had consideration for commuters in Dunshaughlin to be able to walk or cycle to the new station. It would also be a lot more convenient for the potential commuters of Ratoath and Ashbourne to access the station to the East side of Dunshaughlin village . Now we will have to cross over the new M3 Motorway – this makes no sense.
I have written to Minister Noel Dempsey this morning asking him to provide a complete explanation at his departments decision.