Irish Rail: We’ll consider special Longford-Sligo trains

Irish Rail says it will look at the prospect of putting on early morning commuter trains from Longford to Sligo if the demand is there.

The comment comes in the wake of a call from Sligo County Council chairman Seamus Kilgannon, who says the recent Central Statistics Office figures show more people coming into Sligo to work than travelling out of it.

The council chairman says he will be raising the matter at the Northern and Western Regional Assembly in an effort to progress the matter.

In a statement, Irish Rail says it did receive some requests for such a service at the height of the Celtic Tiger, but there’ve been none in recent years.

The statement from the company says it regularly reviews timetables with the National Transport Authority and assess demand for possible new services.

It says when the next such review takes place, the company will consult the public, including public representatives, to look at what is proposed and suggest alterations or alternatives.