Local TD Helen McEntee was one of three ministers who last night called for the “short hop” zone for rail users to be changed, and if the goal posts are moved at least two Meath towns would benefit.

At the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party meeting, an extension of the zone was sought by the Minister for Justice and Meath East Deputy  to extend the zone to 55km from Dublin, which would include towns like Laytown, Drogheda and Enfield in the cheaper fare scheme.

The motion was unanimously agreed and the Irish Times is reporting that it was said it should be extended elsewhere in the country where commuter rail services exist.

The Minister was supported by the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Kildare South TD Martin Heydon, and the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Wicklow Deputy Simon Harris.