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Return of full rail service expected by November

Broadmeadow railway bridge, mid-September 2009 (Image: C.Finn)

Broadmeadow railway bridge, mid-September 2009 (Image: C.Finn)

Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann has confirmed to local TD and Minister Trevor Sargent that a full rail service on the Belfast line is due to resume by the end of November.

Minister Sargent with Barry Kenny, Head of Public Relations, Iarnród Éireann

Minister Sargent with Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann

Minister Sargent visited the site of the viaduct span collapse this week where he met with Mr Kenny and various railway engineers who confirmed the good news. The recent spell of benign weather and the sound nature of the viaduct each side of the collapsed section means that the repairs are less onerous than initially feared.

The Minister said, “I understand that the rapid deterioration of the weak pier which collapsed was caused it seems by 60% of the water leaving the estuary being funnelled under one of the 12 spans supporting the rail line. To prevent any reoccurrence of this disaster each remaining pier is being reinforced. An ecologist and hydrologist are working with the engineers to also ensure the estuary environment is protected and the water level restored.”

Minister Sargent is briefed by Barry Kenny and Eammon Ballance, Chief Civil Engineer, Iaranroid Eireann

Minister Sargent is briefed by Barry Kenny and Eammon Ballance, Chief Civil Engineer, Iaranroid Eireann

The Minister continued, “I thank God for the vigilance of the train driver and the fact that all passengers survived unscathed. Had the driver braked even slightly, I dread to think what might have happened”.


– Northern Rail Line Bridge Collapse

23 August 2009

Alternative travel arrangements for commuters urgently needed

The railway bridge at the Broadmeadow estuary

The railway bridge at the Broadmeadow estuary

With the sudden collapse of the railway bridge on the Broadmeadow estuary north of Malahide, commuters using the Northern railway line face months of serious travel difficulties. As an interim response, Iarnród Éireann  have published details of alternative bus arragements on their website here.

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The damage to the bridge will take months to repair

The damage to the bridge will take months to repair

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12 June 2009

Minister Trevor Sargent TD has welcomed news from Fingal County Council that the extension of the allotments at Turvey Avenue Donabate is to be completed in the coming weeks.

Minister Sargent said, ‘I am delighted with the County Manager’s response informing me that the works at Turvey will be completed soon to give people on the waiting list an opportunity to take up an allotment.’

The council said that a contractor has been informed that his tender has been successful under the “Works Programme of Parks Division 2009”. This is being fast tracked as it one of the relatively low-expenditure projects that has the potential to benefit a good number of people and can proceed without delay. Those on the waiting list are currently being contacted so they can be on site as soon as the works are complete.

The Minister concluded, ‘This allotment has the potential of providing an even better facility for the many people in Dublin North who want to grow their own fruit and vegetables and enjoy the camaraderie of others working their plot of land.’


– DART Extension by 2015

3 March 2009


Following representations from local TD Trevor Sargent and Minister for Food & Horticulture, Iarnród Éireann have confirmed that the extension of the DART network in Dublin North is still on the cards.

Richard Fearn, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, has written to the Minister confirming that the DART extension north of Malahide remains a key part of the Transport 21 capital investment programme for rail. As part of the programme, there are also plans to provide a rail tunnel from Docklands to Heuston and the Maynooth line DART extension. They are all planned to be completed by 2015.

Minister Sargent commented, “This project will be a major boost for the many commuters using Donabate, Rush & Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan stations. It will create a direct link from these northern suburban towns to the heart of Dublin city. I’m also reassured that Mr Fearn of Iarnród Éireann has stressed the importance of the future of the DART link to Balbriggan.”


– Control of Horse Fouling on Donabate Beach

6 August 2008

Minister for Food & Horticulture and local T.D., Trevor Sargent has welcomed a recent statement by Fingal County Council regarding the control of horses on beaches. This follows representations made by the Minister on behalf of Donabate residents concerned at the health implications of faeces contamination on their local beach.

The council have also reiterated that it is an offence to have a horse or pony on Fingal beaches between 11 am and 8 pm during June, July and August. It is permitted during the rest of the year at these times except at weekends and Public Holidays. It is necessary that the person or persons in charge of the animal ensure the following:

  • It is under adequate control.
  • Not causing annoyance to any person using the beach or disturbing any animals.
  • Removal of faeces and depositing it in a litterbin.
  • Horses are prohibited in S.A.C. and S.P.A.’s except where bridle paths are provided.
  • Every person bringing a horse or pony is liable for any damage or injury caused by it.

Any contravention of these byelaws shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €1,250. (The above does not apply to horses kept by An Garda Síochána while on duty). 

Fingal County Council has ensured that Environment staff will visit the beach on a more frequent basis during the summer months to monitor the enforcement of these byelaws.


– Council to seek alternative site for soccer academy

13 May 2008


Green Party members in Dublin North have welcomed the decision by Fingal County Council to seek an alternative site for the Soccer Academy.


Minister for Food and Horticulture Trevor Sargent T.D.  said ‘the many groups and individuals who made submissions were very much in favour of the Soccer Academy as it will be a an important future community amenity, but they had concerns that it should not be built in an area already designated as a SPA (Special Protected Area) and a SAC (Special Area of Conservation)’.


Minister Sargent said ‘I have met with the County Manager about this matter.  I am assured that the need for sports facilities will continue to be a priority for  Fingal County Council, but meanwhile, I am also glad to say that fears about possible negative impacts on the Rogerstown Estuary hinterland have been allayed’.


– Double-decker Trains on Northern Line?

26 March 2008


Minister Sargent asks Iarnród Éireann to consider double decker trains on Northern line


Regular rail commuters and local Minister Trevor Sargent T.D, is continuing to press for improvements and additional capacity on the Northern Line.


“The growth of population in the towns along the line will require far greater capacity on the trains than is available at present. Accordingly, I have asked Mr. Richard Fearn, the CEO of Iarnród Éireann to plan for this huge growth in demand considering all options including double decker trains” said Minister Trevor Sargent.


In response Mr. Fearn said “ A number of European rail operators do use double decker carriages and obviously more people can be seated in a double decker carriage than a single decker one. However, the number of seats is not twice that of a single decker carriage because of the space taken up by stairways. Also, very little vestibule standing space is available which limits overall peak period carrying capacity. Users of double decker carriages also find that station dwell times for joining and alighting tend to be longer due to the time taken for people to come down from the upper floor. This is less of an issue however for limited stop longer distance commuter services.


To summarise, in preparing our submissions for further commuter rolling stock as part of Transport 21 investment plan, we intend to review the rolling stock supply market very thoroughly, and to consider carefully the advantages and disadvantages of double deck railcars.”


In conclusion, Minister Sargent said “I will be continuing the ongoing communication with Iarnród Éireann and all public transport providers to increase capacity for passengers. However, I am also working in government to encourage and attract new employment and enterprise to Fingal towns so as to avoid adding to commuting pressure.


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