The Deputy is aware that the Programme for Government – Our Shared Future commits toward a fundamental change in the nature of transport in Ireland.
In relation to inter-urban rail, I can inform the Deputy that my Department is currently finalising the terms of reference for a comprehensive review of rail speeds, including the potential for high-speed rail, along the TEN-T Core Corridor of Belfast-Dublin-Limerick Junction-Cork.
This study will be a comprehensive assessment of the potential for high-speed rail on the island of Ireland and will be conducted in co-operation with the Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland. Importantly the study will also examine and consider the interactions and implications between the TEN-T Core Corridor and the wider rail network.
I look forward to the launch of the procurement process in the coming weeks and commencement of the study itself in due course.