Kelly, Richard J. 'The Irish railway problem'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIV No. 1, 1919/1920, pp90-112
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIV No. 1 1919/1920
Probably one of the most serious of the many important
economic problems urgently calling for a settlement is the
future of the Irish railways. What is to be their fate?
They certainly cannot go on as they are, for Government
control, first exercised in August, 1914, under the provisions
of the Regulation of Forces Act, 1871, by universal
assent, is not a success or proving satisfactory to any
person or interest, and it obviously must soon cease and
determine; and the sooner, therefore, the inevitable is
faced by the Irish public the better for all parties concerned.
In this question three interests are involved and
have to be reconciled. Those are, first, the interests of
the travelling and trading public, the community in general,
their right to obtain the best service at the cheapest possible
rates compatible with a fair remuneration to labour, and
a just return on the private capital supplied for construction
and working, without which capital the lines would
never have been built. Secondly, are the fair and just
cliadms of labour for adequate remuneration; and, lastly,
the interests of those who represent the money originally
sunk in the enterprises.
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