Calleary hails new Ballina train despite concern of low demand

Link-up to early morning Westport-Dublin service had been ruled out due to insufficient demand

Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion and Digital and Company Regulation: has been lobbying for the early morning train service for years. Picture: Collins

Iarnród Éireann has announced a new 5am train service from the hometown of Dara Calleary, the junior minister, despite previously ruling it out in the past because there was not enough demand.

There has been a long running campaign for an early morning train service from Ballina to the Manulla junction station, so that it can link up with the early morning train from Westport to Dublin.

The Manulla junction station is one of the ...