A long-standing rail freight service between Ballina and Dublin has ceased operating, without warning.
The freight service, with up to 7 return runs each week, has been operating for the past 10 years, carrying up to eighteen 45 ft containers, and facilitating many local industries who have moved their goods from road to rail.
Irish Rail says Dublin Port ceased facilitating the rail freight service last Thursday, for operational reasons, without consulting with it or IWT - the company that runs the service.
The issue was raised today at the monthly meeting of Ballina Municipal District and local councillors condemned the move by Dublin Port and insisted that it must be reversed.
Fianna Fail cllr Annie Mae Reape asked why should it be Ballina that loses the service?