The Royal Canal meets the River Liffey at Spencer Dock (more or less: older OSI maps suggest that the section between Sheriff Street and the Liffey is Royal Canal Docks, with Spender Docks north of Sheriff Street). Much development has been proposed, and perhaps undertaken, in the area, where CIE (the public transport authority) owned much land.
Now, the Sunday Business Post tells us [perhaps behind a paywall], CIE’s subsidiary Irish Rail, which runs railways, is to sell land at Spencer Dock to a “private sector buyer”. The proceeds will enable Irish Rail to get rid of another 120 workers: it planned to lay off 300 workers this year but only 89 left because Irish Rail could not afford the terms of a voluntary redundancy scheme. The departures will reduce its wage bill.
I don’t really understand why CIE doesn’t simply shut down Irish Rail altogether, with the possible exception of the Dublin commuter services. Even its main-line trains are surely unnecessary now that most major conurbations are linked by motorways, on many (if not all) of which Bus Éireann, another subsidiary of CIE, runs express services. Lunatic ideas like the Western Rail Corridor don’t help, of course, but when, as the SBP reports,
[…] a train was recently left stranded in Galway after a local supplier refused to provide further credit […]
and when the company (again according to the SBP) cannot afford toilet rolls or receipt rolls for credit card machines, it may be that the market is trying to give the owners of the business a message: “close down now”.
Posted in Ashore, Built heritage, Economic activities, Engineering and construction, Extant waterways, Industrial heritage, Ireland, Non-waterway, Operations, Politics, Rail, Restoration and rebuilding, waterways
Tagged Bus Eireann, canal, CIE, Dublin, Ireland, Irish Rai, motorway, railways, Royal Canal, Spencer Dock, Sunday Business Post
An article in the Irish Times about railway restoration has prompted me to set out my views on waterways restoration. Essentially, I don’t believe public funds should be spent on projects that won’t provide a decent return, but I do favour small-scale conservation, opening up walking and cycling routes along waterways and marketing them to industrial heritage enthusiasts (and others).
Posted in Ashore, Economic activities, Extant waterways, Forgotten navigations, Industrial heritage, Irish waterways general, Non-waterway, Rail
Tagged Ardnacrusha, artefacts, Athenry, boats, Brendan Quinn, bridge, Burma Road, Bus Eireann, canal, Castleconnell, CIE, Clones, conservation, Department of Community Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Department of Finance, Enda Kenny, Ennis, Erne, ESB, Galway, Grand Canal, greenway, Iarnrod Eireann, industrial heritage, Ireland, Killaloe, lakelands and inland waterways, Limerick, Limerick Navigation, lock, lost, Lough Allen Canal, Lough Derg, Lough Neagh, Montpelier, N18, O'Briensbridge, Operations, Parteen Villa Weir, Plassey, Plassey-Errina Canal, Royal Canal, Shannon, Shannon-Erne Waterway, Ulster Canal, Waterford Limerick & Western Railway, waterways, Waterways Ireland, Western Rail Corridor, Western Railway Corridor