Lack of trains for Clonmel ‘a disgrace’

Eamonn Wynne

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Eamonn Wynne

It was “an absolute disgrace” that a town the size of Clonmel hadn’t a better rail service, a meeting of Clonmel Borough District was told.

It was “an absolute disgrace” that a town the size of Clonmel hadn’t a better rail service, a meeting of Clonmel Borough District was told.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose, who made that claim, acknowledged that it was possible to get a train connection from Clonmel to Dublin. But the times of those trains weren’t conducive to when people needed the service, and outside of those times you had to travel to either Thurles or Kilkenny to get a connection to Dublin.

She also said that most of those who availed of the rail service from Clonmel had free travel.

Support for Cllr. Ambrose’s comments was voiced by Cllr. Pat English.

District Administrator Michael O’Brien had stated that he had been informed by Irish Rail that no funding was available for improvement works at the Clonmel station.

If funding did become available repairs to the footbridge would be a priority.

He also said the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) had applied to take over the remaining derelict building at the station.

There were no proposals for any work at the Cahir station either, although Irish Rail said that part of it had been painted in 2011, Mr. O’Brien added.

Cllr. Andy Moloney suggested that it was 1911, and not 2011 when the Cahir station had been painted.

Showgrounds roundabout

A road safety audit is to be carried out on the revised proposals for the roundabout at The Showgrounds shopping centre in Clonmel, the monthly meeting of Clonmel Borough District has been told.

Cllr. Siobhan Ambrose said there had been a few accidents there and the roundabout needed to be upgraded to alleviate the current difficulties. She said she was delighted that this audit would be carried out.