Young people will be able to travel to France by sail and rail next summer with single cheaper ticket, says Taoiseach Micheál Martin

Young people will be able to travel to France from Ireland next summer by sail and rail using just a single cheaper ticket, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said.

r Martin discussed the development of such a ticket with French president Emmanuel Macron in his meeting in Paris today.

It is not clear yet what ages the ticket will apply to and officials are currently working to have it in place by summer.

“We discussed the idea of a sail/rail one ticket, particularly targeted towards young people, between Ireland and France. So, literally, Dublin to Paris with one ticket or Cork to Paris with one ticket, by train and sea on a competitive price,” said Mr Martin in Paris.

“Our officials have been working on that and we’ve a very ambitious target of hoping to do it next summer, but we have to work hard to make systems work in relation to that. That is a sustainable way of travel into the future, it dovetails into the climate agenda.

“And also in terms of facilitating young people travelling between Ireland and France.”

Mr Martin and Mr Macron also discussed the “shocking” war in Ukraine, as well as Ireland’s relationship with France, which has “tremendous energy”, the Taoiseach said.

The two men will tomorrow sign off on the Celtic Interconnector, a 700W direct-current submarine power cable between the southern coast of Ireland and the north-west coast of France.
It is the first interconnector between the two countries.

“We discussed how we could perhaps discuss joint approaches in terms of offshore wind energy into the future, not just the placing of offshore wind farms but the eco system that is around all of that,” said Mr Martin.

He said he wished France well in next year’s hosting of the Rugby World Cup and the Olympics in 2024.

The Taoiseach said Ireland will be represented at an international conference on assistance to Ukraine in Paris, which will be held during his last week as Taoiseach on December 13.

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