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Matt Cooper: Rail review puts us on right track – but some fear Greens are taking us down wrong road

Many in the main government parties are suspicious that their coalition partners are trying to shift the balance away from driving to public transport

Commuters at Heuston station: The speeds on the core intercity railway network would increase to 200km/h under the plan. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Independent TDs – of various guises – have the Green Party in their sights as convenient scapegoats for the perceived woes of rural Ireland: some will hurl whatever mud they like in their desire to make it stick.

Trump-like in their approach of not letting the facts interfere with a good smear, it is likely to be of some benefit to these independents if they can convince a section of the electorate that changes to ...