Wednesday, 6 December 1989
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. McGrath: asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport, with regard to many of the locomotives and carriages in the Iarnród Éireann fleet, in view of their poor condition and old age, their tendency to failure, the gross over-crowding on some provincial services at weekends and in the interests of safety, if he intends to provide Iarnród Éireann with sufficient funds in 1990 to replace obsolete stock; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Mr. Allen: asked the Minister for Tourism and Transport if the Government will be required to give any financial assistance or guarantees to CIE for the replacement of some of their rolling stock; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Iarnród Éireann have recently completed their carriage building programme at Inchicore and provision has been made in their capital programme for 1990 for the acquisition of further rolling stock. The company have assured me that every effort is made, within the resources available to them, to provide an efficient and reliable rail transport service.
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