The Taoiseach has promised that no railway lines will be closed under his leadership.

Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Leo Varadkar insisted that no rail services are facing the axe, despite the financial pressures facing Irish Rail.

He was responding to reports earlier this week that a number of Intercity services could close, unless a significant investment was allocated by Government.

The Taoiseach pointed out that in the past ten years, much of which was a very difficult period of budget cutbacks, no railway lines were closed in rural Ireland or any other part of the country.

He said we are now in a position to invest in our railways again and to increase Iarnród Éireann's subvention, which has increased by 35pc in three years.

The Taoiseach assured Deputies that, “having got through the worst recession in a generation without closing any railways, we are not going to start doing it now".

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