Anger as Ballina-Dublin Port rail freight service dropped

‘Decision made without warning’

Sligo News File

Ballina’s public representatives are up in arms over the ending of the rail freight service linking the town with Dublin port – but the protest has come after the operation was discontinued.

Irish Rail has described the decision, made without warning, as disappointing.

The rail operator is quoted as saying that Dublin Port last week dropped the service for operational reasons without notice to the company managing the service.

A Group responsible for handling rail containers at the Port is understood to have said they can no longer manage the train service as ship work takes priority

The service out of Ballina moved nearly 10,000 containers last year.

Local councillors have vowed to fight the cessation of the service which was already scheduled to be officially wound down from 2023.