Ciarán Lynch TD
Dáil Candidate for Cork South Central

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Free Wi-Fi across Irish Rail services to be welcomed- Lynch

Issued : Wednesday 26 October, 2011

Cork South Central TD and Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Ciaran Lynch, has welcomed the announcement that free Wi-Fi is now available in all 67 carriages of the Intercity fleet on the Dublin to Cork route.

"More and more people are using mobile internet be it on their smartphones, tablets or laptops and as a result, the provision of free Wi-Fi factors in to how people ultimately decide how to travel. This announcement by Irish Rail therefore, is to be warmly welcomed.

"By making free Wi-Fi available, Irish Rail is encouraging customers to travel by rail, making their journey more environmentally friendly than other modes of transport.

"I am also encouraged to hear that Irish Rail intends to extend this service further. By 2012, it is anticipated that the Intercity railcars which operate Dublin to Sligo, Westport, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Waterford & Rosslare; plus Cork-Tralee will all have free Wi-Fi. So too will the DART and Commuter services and the Dublin/Belfast Enterprise.

"The fact that Irish Rail is extending its Wi-Fi services illustrates that they are listening to customers and are adapting to their needs. They have also made the service easy to use as customers simply turn their device on and connect to 'Free_Train_WI-FI'. The service is provided by FleetConnect and they provide a Wi-Fi support team to help customers with any problems they encounter. See www.fleetconnect.ie for more information."