The relation of the state to the railways
Citation:Murphy, Joseph John. 'The relation of the state to the railways'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. IV Part XXXII, 1866/1867, pp307- 316
A notion, however, appears still to exist, that State intervention for the purpose of making railways more useful would be "a relaxation of the strict principles of political economy, to be justified, if at all, only by the exceptional circumstances of Ireland." Now this is a double misconception. Ireland is, no doubt, a poorer qountry than Great Britain; but to relax the application of the principles of political economy in the case of a poor country, would be as reasonable as to relax the application of medical science in the case of a patient of weak constitution. And the intervention of the State for the purpose of providing the country with the most efficient railway communication possible is not opposed to the principles of political economy. In every country in the world stone roads are a matter of State concern, and are paid for out of the taxes. Every one regards this as a duty of the State, and it is impossible to give any good reason, other than one of mere convenience, why the same rule should not be applied to iron roads.
State owned railways
Publisher:Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Series/Report no:Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
Vol. IV Part XXXII 1866/1867
Description:Read Tuesday, 24th April, 1866