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Business Comment: Issue 348 24 Oct 2008

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Investment, Rail, First, Northern Ireland/Ireland

No appetite for Ireland’s railways but do operators want bite of open access cherry?

Privatisation has been on and off the cards in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland over the last few years. However, there is currently no real appetite for privatisation of bus or rail operations south of the border.

Ireland has a derogation from European Union policies aimed mainly at opening continental railways to on-rail competition. However, that will begin to change in 2010, when international open-access passenger operations are permitted across the EU. Ireland has one...

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