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Iarnrod Eireann

Iarnród Éireann (IÉ), a subsidiary company of a state owned company, Coras Iompair Éireann (CIÉ), and is responsible for operating rail services in Ireland. Iarnród Éireann falls under the Department of Transport and the Marine.

The company operates passenger rail services nationwide and provides commuter rail services, including the DART service in Dublin and the Commuter services from Dublin to Kildare, Drogheda, Maynooth and Gorey. From the company’s formation in 1987, it was expected to use its existing resources effectively to generate additional business.

The late 1990s brought to an end the era of large scale line closures and cutbacks as a means of trying to rectify financial difficulties. In the last year, Iarnród Éireann achieved record increases in passenger numbers; it carried 45.5 million passengers – an increase of 5% - and is Europe’s fastest-growing railway. The rail company’s passenger revenue also increased to €230.3 million from €227.7 million in 2006.

Iarnród Éireann is undertaking the largest investment programme in the history of Irish railways, to improve the service to customers. Transport 21 is the title of the government’s ten-year infrastructure investment programme. This aims to expand the rail services to allow the railway to play its full role in the economic and social development of the country.

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