Deputy Smyth raised the issue at a meeting of the Committee last week.
“For far too many years Cavan has been without a rail line, and despite many reports and commitments, there are still no trains running between Cavan and Dublin. I believe this is a grave oversight which is limiting the potential of region”, said Deputy Smyth.
“The re-opening of the Kingscourt to Dublin line would not only provide a new and improved commuting option for the hundreds of people who travel from Cavan and Monaghan to the capital every day, it would also offer businesses and companies alternative transport options.
“I have written to the Clerk of the Oireachtas Committee on Rural & Community Development to invite representatives of Iarnród Éireann and the Department of Transport to come before Committee members to discuss the feasibility of reopening the Dublin to Kingscourt rail line, along with the cost and logistical issues associated with it.
“As we discuss the capital investment priorities for the coming decades, I want to make sure that the strategic interests of Cavan and Monaghan are recognised and given proper consideration. Sustainable public transport options for the region is an important part of that mix.”