Establishing quick and efficient public transportation connecting Swords and Dublin Airport to the city centre is a top priority. Public transportation should not be privatized and should be offered at affordable prices.

The Reasons

Convenient and efficient public transportation is used by many sectors of society: commuters, the elderly, schoolchildren, families with young children, and tourists. It is an essential part of public infrastructure that allows people to travel to work, school and commercial areas in an environmentally sustainable fashion, and a lifeline to those unable to afford their own vehicles. Despite long being the fastest-growing area in Ireland, public transportation has not kept pace in Fingal.

In Swords, the largest town in our constituency, commuters must rely on buses to reach their workplace downtown, which can take over an hour in each direction in heavy traffic. These commuting times could be cut in half with a regular DART service. Furthermore, Dublin Airport remains difficult to access for tourists, business travellers, and for airport and airline employees. Improving access to the airport through a regular DART service would improve efficiency for all of these groups and contribute to Dublin’s positive image as an attractive leisure and business destination.

Details / Frequently Asked Questions

The most cost-effective plan for Metro North is the construction of a “spur” from Clongriffin Station passing through Dublin Airport and up to Swords, where it is envisaged to include two stops. This would cost an estimated 790 million Euro and could eventually service future commercial and residential developments along its route. It would also effectively provide a rail link from all major towns in Fingal constituency (Malahide, Portmarnock, Balbriggan, Skerries and Donabate) to the airport, as it would be possible to simply transfer from the existing rail line at Clongriffin. This spur could be completed relatively quickly and easily (as opposed to other options under consideration which are expected to take seven to ten years to complete) while still leaving open the possibility for more extensive transportation networks to be developed in future.