Super train the solution

THE provision of a super train travelling between the airports in Shannon and Dublin, with an estimated journey time of just 45 minutes, would be a sure-fire solution to the problems of access and regionality impacting on the industry, Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae told delegates at the AIB Let’s Talk Tourism forum.

He said it would open up the whole west of Ireland and it would provide a great boost for the entire western seaboard.

“It would be a shame and a scandal and a disgrace if one more euro was spent on improving Dublin Airport. We need to break this Red Cow barrier and this proposal makes perfect sense.

He said the new line could be provided immediately over the existing rail line between Limerick and Dublin and that would eliminate any need to acquire land or enforce compulsory purchase orders.

Deputy Healy-Rae also urged the government to sanction €2 million to safeguard the future of the Valentia Ferry.

”It’s a no-brainer for Kerry. It we lose that ferry  we would lose the whole ring from Valentia Island across to Portmagee,” he said.