Analysis: Can Eamon Ryan reinvigorate Ireland’s railways with latest rail review?

Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Transport, brought the strategic rail review to cabinet today with the intention of reversing a century of rail decline.

Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Transport, wants to reopen some of the long closed railway lines in Ireland

There is a famous map that Irish railway enthusiasts regularly share online to show how much better things were under British rule.

The map from the Vice Regal Commission into Irish Railways in 1906 shows that the country had around 5,000 kilometres of railway lines, reaching remote communities in Connemara, Donegal, west Clare and west Cork.

Around a century later, less than half of that network is still in existence, with around 2,300 kilometers of ...