Greens claim cement trains to be stopped

Greens claim cement trains to be stopped
Published: 13 January 2006

Mounting speculation in Ireland that Iarnród Éireann will axe its cement transport operation into Cork within months. The Green Party said it has information that the company plans to stop daily transport of up to 1200t of cement to Horgan’s Quay by mid-spring. The company takes two trainloads of cement daily from Limerick and Drogheda.

Green TD Dan Boyle said he feared any such decision would force an extra 80 cement tankers per day onto Cork and Limerick roads. But the company denied the speculation last night. Spokesman Barry Kenny said the company has no plans to cut the cement transport operation. But Mr Boyle said he stood over his information. “This is very negative news for Ireland’s rail infrastructure,” he said.