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Mayo hoteliers this week welcomed the setting up by Minister Mary Hanafin of an industry wide group to oversee and drive actions on measures to support tourism in Ireland. Fergal Ryan, Chairman of the Mayo branch of Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), stated that tourism must remain to the fore of Government policy and decision making if Ireland’s largest indigenous industry is to play its full role in the recovery of the Irish economy. In particular, Mr Ryan welcomed the commitment shown by Minister Hanafin in chairing the renewal implementation group and the Government’s acknowledgement of the importance of maintaining investment in overseas marketing. He also congratulated local hotelier John Raftery, chairman of the IHF Marketing Committee and proprietor of the Downhill Inn Hotel, Ballina, on his appointment to the Group.
There has been widespread condemnation of the Government’s omission of the third stage of the Western Rail Corridor,from the newly announced capital investment programme, by opposition politicians in the county. The third stage of the corridor, which would link Claremorris to Tuam, was not included in the new capital investment programme which will run until 2016.
A Westport area councillor said that the news that the Government is to stall the Western Rail Corridors construction from Tuam to Claremorris would be a “great shame” for the county and region.
The Midlands Gateway Chamber has welcomed the publication of the report of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group, noting that if implemented quickly, many of the recommendations could deliver much needed savings to local authorities.
Both Ballina and Claremorris saw their hopes for improved rail connectivity dashed this week following revelations that long sought after new train links are no longer a priority. Ballina’s hopes for an early bird Dublin train service are no longer in the running after Irish Rail confirmed this week there are no plans to connect the north Mayo town with the early bird train service that currently runs from Westport each day at 5.15am, arriving in Dublin just before 9am.
Bias against the west of Ireland and favouritism towards the east is evident in the Government’s decision to “indefinitely suspend” work on the final completion of the Western Rail corridor.
The next section of the Western Rail Corridor is going ahead according to Green senator Niall Ó Brolcháin, who has rubbished claims saying cutbacks in funding had stalled progress.
Recent reports suggesting that the next phase of the Western Rail Corridor is in doubt is deeply worrying and the Transport Minister Noel Dempsey must clarify the matter immediately, according to Labour’s Dr. Jerry Cowley.
Passenger numbers for the newly reopened €106.5 million Limerick-Galway line have ‘exceeded expectations’ according to new figures released by Irish Rail this week.
Last week, the Midlands Gateway Chamber hosted over 100 business leaders from the Midlands Region, from key business and service sectors, and representatives of the three town chambers Athlone, Tullamore, and Mullingar at a workshop to seek their assistance in mapping out the best route forward for the economic development of the Midlands Gateway Region.