IT looks like any hope of a railway line returning to Enniskillen has come to the end of the line if remarks by Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy are anything to go by.

Minister Kennedy was asked about extending the railway line from Portadown to Dungannon, Omagh, Enniskillen and Sligo.

He said he was committed to the future development of the rail network and would explore all funding opportunities but said the extent to which feasibility studies could be taken forward would “be very much dependent upon the availability of additional funding in future budgets”.

“Furthermore extending rail links across the Border into Donegal and Sligo would only be an option if the Irish Government created the lines to link with those in Northern Ireland. I note that Irish Rail in the company’s ‘2030 Rail Network Strategy Review’ stated that the proposal to create new rail connections from the west into Northern Ireland would not be economically viable,” he said.