GE2020 where do parties and candidates stand on Metro South

Fine Gael Manifesto

(Investing in Public Transport, page 75)

“We will work with the NTA to conclude a new Greater Dublin Area Transport Strategy for the period 2021 to 2036, within the first year of being returned to office. We will ensure the extension of the Luas to Finglas is considered within that process, as well as extensions to Poolbeg, Bray and Lucan and the rail link into Navan. We will also explore the feasibility of extending MetroLink to other locations including UCD, south-west Dublin; extending the Luas network to Hazelhatch and Booterstown; explore other transport options to reduce dependency on the private car and evaluate the need for underground metro routes within the M50.”

Candidate Response – Eoghan Murphy:

Extract Eoghan Murphy’s Ministerial Order signed January 14th. Ministerial Direction in relation to the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES) for the Eastern and Midland Region referenced in letter above:

“• Complete construction of Metrolink from Swords to Sandyford, including underground extensions to UCD and Knocklyon from Charlemont

• LUAS Green Line Capacity Enhancement in advance of Metrolink”

For full document see second document in link: https://emra.ie/draft-ministerial-direction-relation-rses/

Candidate Response to Questions – Kate O’Connell:


Fianna Fail Manifesto

(Putting in place a strong public infrastructure for a sustainable future, page 133-134)

“Explore the feasibility of Metro South West

Ensuring our capital city is efficient is critical to the quality of life its citizens and the economic prosperity of the region. We will strengthen public transport and undertake a feasibility study into constructing Metro South West as a potential key future project. We will allocate €19m for this detailed study.”

“Start DART Underground

The DART Underground project has been described by the NTA as the “missing link’’ in the country’s rail infrastructure. We believe that the DART Underground project is essential for the future economic health and liveability of the capital city and in the next government, Fianna Fáil is committed to recommencing the project as a matter of priority. This is a long-term capital project.

We are committing to an initial capital cost of €200m over the next five years as part of the full implementation of the DART Underground.”

Candidate Response to Questions – Jim O’Callaghan:


Green Party Manifesto

(Section 3.4 Business & Rail, page 17)

“Commence construction of Metro North from North of Swords to the South of Ranelagh Luas station and initiate an immediate review of the three options for extending the Metro further South from there.”

“Reconsider the case for advancing the planning for the Interconnector (DART Underground) between Spencer dock and Inchicore.”

Candidate Response to Questions – Eamon Ryan:


Labour Manifesto

(Transport Infrastructure, page 40)

“Labour will prioritise infrastructure projects needed for the economic development of cities and large towns outside of Dublin, such as the North Ring Road in Cork, raising Rosslare Europort to Tier 1 status and the Metro to Dublin Airport/Swords/Fingal.”

Candidate Response to Questions – Kevin Humphreys:


Sinn Fein Manifesto

(Investing in our rail network, page 95)

“Progressing the extension of the Luas to Bray, Finglas, Lucan and Poolbeg, the DART underground, and completing the Dublin Metro by 2027”.


Social Democrats Manifesto

Investing in Quality Public Transport – not yet launched their Website.

Note on doorstep canvassing Sarah Durcan has been supportive of MetroLink position.


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