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Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan: The idea that Donegal’s connectivity needs with the rest of the Republic could be satisfied by a rail link via Derry, Coleraine and Newry is bonkers. Photograph: Getty Images

Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment Eamon Ryan: The idea that Donegal’s connectivity needs with the rest of the Republic could be satisfied by a rail link via Derry, Coleraine and Newry is bonkers. Photograph: Getty Images

Eamon Ryan chose this week to make two eye-catching pronouncements. He first hinted that he was contemplating a change in the Government’s renewable energy target (currently 70 per cent by 2030) to 80 per cent by 2030. We weren’t told whether this had been agreed between the parties in the coalition.

The Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment than indicated that he was considering creating a railway link between Derry and Letterkenny with a view to providing rail connectivity between Donegal and Cork, via Derry , Coleraine, Antrim, Belfast, Dundalk, Dublin, and on to Cork and other places on the Republic’s rail network. There was to be a joint North-South study done on the Derry-Letterkenny railway idea. The Green Party’s Donegal branch is very keen on this idea.

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