Western rail corridor
The infrastructure that is already in place now along the corridor could never be put in place today because of costs etc yet there is no political motivation to get the line running. The naysayers condemned the Limerick Galway opening yet it has attracted passengers and offers an alternative to the car. In addition all these routes have a huge freight option to ports in the south like Limerick , Cork and Rosslare. Ireland is not meeting the UN sustainable Development 20130 goals that we signed up to mainly because of our use of fossil fuels. We are unique in the amount of oil we import as a country yet we still encourage car use and send freight on roads. The rest of europe use the rail at night for freight which reduces the cost of rail and increases traffick. Western rail corridor is infrastructure that is invaluable and unique but the political vision is missing and the car/road lobby too powerful.