Editorial from The Western People: Fighting for what Matters

Fighting for what Matters Western People Editorial 12 February 2018 In 1964, the Committee in Defence of the West, a grassroots organisation comprising representatives from parishes across the western region, held its inaugural meeting in Ballina. Among the speakers was Fr Willie Davis, the Crossmolina-based priest who worked tirelessly in the 1950s to convince the…

Translink: warning on major service cuts

The Irish Railway Developments blog have been forwarded a Translink Briefing paper on imminent funding cuts. These cuts will have a significant impact on Translink’s ability to deliver rail and road services in Northern Ireland. Already Translink have the lowest subsidy of any transport operator in the UK. These cuts will result in the biggest…

The Atlantic Economic Corridor is more than just a Motorway

The Draft National Planning Framework highlights the strategic importance of the proposed Atlantic Economic Corridor for the West of Ireland but the document only speaks of the AEC as a motorway link. The motorway is only one component of the proposed Atlantic Economic Corridor which has the potential to completely transform how we do business…

The NTA Journey Planner is a complete mess

Have you ever tried to plan a journey using the NTA’s Journey Planner? Chances are you’ll be sent on your journey by bus even if there is a faster rail alternative. In this example the NTA Journey Planner is asked to plan a journey from Dublin to Belfast. Most options presented involved taking buses but…

Atlantic Economic Corridor Edging Closer

 Significant change may soon be on its way to the West following confirmation by the Minister for Regional Economic Development, Minister Michael Ring TD, that the process of bringing a major plan together for an Atlantic Economic Corridor was well underway and that he hoped to be in a position to announce details of the…