Train derailment is the second major disaster to hit the Irish public transport system this year.
The Irish Times can reveal that an entire train was derailed in Co Wicklow last week, the third major disaster in as many weeks to hit Irish rail networks.
The train was travelling from Wicklow to Londonderry on Saturday when it veered off the rails at a junction near Londonde and the track collapsed, leaving the train trapped and stranded.
The accident has caused huge damage to the surrounding area, including a major sinkhole, and is expected to take weeks to clean up.
It has also left more than 30,000 people without a job, and a large part of the population living without access to electricity and water.
On Monday, the Government announced that it would provide £6 million for the recovery of the rail network, but the total amount will not be known until the end of the week.
It is expected that the Government will provide £1.2 million to cover the costs of repairs to damaged sections of the network.
It will also invest up to £20 million to rebuild rail connections, improve signalling and ensure that all tracks remain in good condition.
The State has already spent £1 billion on rail infrastructure, including £100 million on the Wicklow-Londondondonde line, but this will be reduced to £500 million, as part of a package to pay for repairs.
The Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, said: “Today’s accident is a massive loss to the people of Wicklow, but it is a miracle that it has happened in the first place.”
It is very difficult to imagine a scenario in which a train derailments on this scale.
“We have seen this train wreck before, so I’m confident that we will recover quickly.”
I can’t stress enough the importance of the public transport network.
“In order to do that, we have to have a clear understanding of what we have done wrong, and how we can do it better.”
If we don’t understand that, then we cannot fix the problem.
“Our focus will now be to restore our rail network and the people will have a second chance.”
A number of major incidents have occurred over the last year, including an accident on the Cork-Dublin line, a rail disaster in Dublin, and an explosion on the Dáil Éireann.
The latest tragedy occurred on Monday, when a train carrying Irish Railways passengers derailed on a small section of the line, killing at least four people.
The company has since announced that a third train will be running in Wicklow.