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Council invites Murphy for rail talks 04.09.08

THE North's Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy is to visit Donegal next month to discuss the potential establishment of rail links in the county.
Mr Murphy is to attend a "crucial forum meeting" organised by Donegal County Council following a motion by Sinn Féin county councillor, Pádraig MacLochlainn.
He has called for a cross party and all-Ireland approach to delivering a rail network to and through Donegal in the future.
“The news that Minister Conor Murphy is to attend the forum is a huge boost to the objectives of Donegal County Council to advance the case for a rail link to Donegal. I wish to commend all the elected members of Donegal County Council and relevant staff for their endeavours in this regard. Their all party and all-Ireland approach is the only way that we can deliver on our goal," said Senator Pearse Doherty.
He said Sinn Féin had argued the case for an adequate rail link for the region for many years.
"West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty first organised a seminar and published a campaigning document on the subject almost a decade ago and since then we have maintained the focus, including a meeting with the EU Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot in Strasbourg a few years back.
"I am therefore delighted that Minister Murphy will be attending this forum demonstrating his genuine commitment to equality of access to transport infrastructure for all people and communities on the island. He has in the recent past joined me in meeting with rail campaign groups in Donegal and this is yet another sign of his goodwill," added Senator Doherty.
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