Let’s not quibble about numbers. Just for the sake of simplicity, let us assume that the population of the greater Dublin area is about 1.5 million. And just for simplicity, let us further assume that the population of the greater Limerick area is about a tenth of that. We’re talking round figures here.
Now, I see that the taxpayer is going to pay for a metro in Dublin which will cost about two billion eiros. This is a good thing. This was badly needed. Likewise, the taxpayer paid for the LUAS, which was also a good thing and badly needed. I don’t know what the DART cost, but the children of the judiciary need to get home to Blackrock somehow. The other two have a combined cost of about three billion eiros, and the purpose of these investments is to make travelling easier for those of our citizens who happen to live in Dublin The funding comes from all of us.
Now, going back to my first comment, when do you think the taxpayer will fund public transport in the Limerick region to a proportionate extent? When do you imagine the government will spend 300 million eiros on public transport to make travelling easier for those of our citizens who happen not to live in Dublin, but in Limerick? Or Cork. Or Galway. Or anyplace else.
Do you think it might happen soon? Think again.