A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann has confirmed to Midwest News today that while 150 million euro has been approved by government for the purchase of 41 new rail carriages, to be in place by the end of 2021 – all of these new carriages will be based in Dublin, for use in the greater Dublin area.

Last month representatives of Iarnrod Eireann addressed the monthly meeting of Mayo County Council where they told elected councillors about their plan for the new carriages, but stated that one of these new carriages would be added to the intercity Mayo- Dublin service, a service where there is often complaints over overcrowding on trains, and passengers are forced to stand for excessive periods.

When Midwest News  asked Iarnrod Eireann why it’s not delivering what was promised to the county last month, the spokesperson said the new carriages will have “cascading benefits into the regions”. Pushed to clarify further, the spokesperson concluded, “old carriages will become available as a result”.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy told Midwest News this afternoon that this is not an acceptable response.

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