Michael McDowell: A rail feasibility study is always good for a positive headline

We really do need a truthful feasibility study on the many planned, shelved, semi-shelved and promised rail projects

The people of Lucan got their very positive Luas feasibility study 10 years ago – and nothing since. Finglas and Charlestown on Dublin’s north side are due their Luas feasibility study too. Light-rail feasibility studies are due in Cork and Galway. Photograph: Getty Images

The people of Lucan got their very positive Luas feasibility study 10 years ago – and nothing since. Finglas and Charlestown on Dublin’s north side are due their Luas feasibility study too. Light-rail feasibility studies are due in Cork and Galway. Photograph: Getty Images

These pages used to accommodate intermittent comical pieces in which Myles na gCopaleen posed as an exasperated steam engine savant and generously handed out highly amusing technical advice to railway operators, engineers and engine drivers on optimal operation of mainline steam locomotives.

I hope I am not becoming a bore on the subject of government plans for rail transport but I regret to inform readers that they are rapidly approaching a level of comic farce that would have attracted the attention of the pen of the great Myles.

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