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Let the train take the strain….or not…


For complicated reasons I found myself earlier this week having to drive to Waterville, Country Kerry and leave the car there. This involved then getting back to Sallins, by public transport. To go there I drove, which took a tad over 4 1/2 hours. Coming back was somewhat different. I got a bus from Waterville at 0735 (€17.50), a five minute walk from the house. which left me at Killarney Railway station for a train at 0936 (a whopping €62 for this one) This ancient rattletrap eventually dropped us all at Mallow and we joined another train getting into Heuston at 1255. I got a train to Sallins at 1320 (€7) which dropped me at 1350 getting me back to my door at 1400.  A total time from door to door 0725-1400 or 6h 35m.

As to cost : well I have the car so its the additional running cost that matters for this journey. I topped up the tank with just under €30 of petrol in a petrol station on the Sallins Road. This topup was almost gone on arrival. Contrast that with €86.50 …

Yes, I know billions have gone into roads. Yes, I know that. I also know that when it takes three times as much money and half as long again on bus and train which mode of transport I would suggest to people. If we want people to use public transport, lets make it a viable alternative – if its going to be slower make it cheaper, if its going to be more expensive make it faster than going one ones own.


What sectors have contracted most in the crash?

The CSO produced a very good set of tables on value added by sector 2002-9

The data tables contained in this release can be downloaded in excel from this link.

Summary : in terms of output the economy was 13% smaller in 2009 than 2002.  Service industries and agri have been hit hard, as with construction. Below are falls from peak.


Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities -18%
Forestry and logging -25%
Fishing and aquaculture -20%
Total agriculture, forestry and fishing -18%
Production industries
Mining and quarrying -34%
Manufacturing industries
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products -8%
Manufacture of textiles, wearing apparel and leather products -38%
Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials -58%
Manufacture of paper and paper products -42%
Printing and reproduction of recorded media -29%
Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products; Chemical industry -43%
Manufacture of pharmaceutical products 0%
Manufacture of rubber and plastic products -25%
Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products -49%
Manufacture of basic metals -50%
Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment -31%
Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products -18%
Manufacture of electrical equipment -44%
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c. -15%
Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers -40%
Manufacture of other transport equipment -26%
Manufacture of furniture; Other manufacturing 0%
Repair and installation of machinery and equipment -40%
Total manufacturing industries -5%
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning supply -10%
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
Water collection, treatment and supply 0%
Sewerage, waste management and remediation activities -15%
Total water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities -13%
Total production industries -5%
Construction -57%
Service industries
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles -32%
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles -17%
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles -8%
Total wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles -11%
Transportation and storage
Land transport and transport via pipelines -15%
Water transport -32%
Air transport -6%
Warehousing and support activities for transportation -17%
Postal and courier activities -12%
Total transportation and storage -12%
Accommodation; food and beverage service activities -13%
Information and communication
Publishing, audiovisual and broadcasting activities -14%
Telecommunications -32%
Computer programming, consultancy and related activities; information service activities 0%
Total information and communication -3%
Financial and insurance activities
Financial service activities, except insurance and pension funding -17%
Insurance, reinsurance and pension funding, except compulsory social security -23%
Activities auxiliary to financial services and insurance activities -25%
Total financial and insurance activities -20%
Real estate activities -18%
Professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities
Legal and accounting activities; activities of head offices; management consultancy activities -28%
Architectural and engineering services; technical testing and analysis -21%
Scientific research and development -5%
Advertising and market research -36%
Other professional, scientific and technical activities; veterinary activities -17%
Rental and leasing activities -5%
Employment activities -33%
Travel agency, tour operator and other reservation services and related activities -38%
Security and investigation activities; services to buildings and landscape activities; office administrative, office support and other business support activities -11%
Total professional, scientific and technical activities; administrative and support service activities -14%
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security -10%
Education 0%
Human health activities; Social work activities 0%
Arts, entertainment and recreation activities and other services
Creative, arts and entertainment activities; libraries, archives, museums and other cultural activities; gambling and betting activities -9%
Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities -26%
Activities of membership organisations -4%
Repair of computers and personal and household goods -67%
Other personal service activities -4%
Activities of households as employers of domestic personnel; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use -43%
Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies 0%
Total arts, entertainment and recreation activities and other services -10%
Total service industries -7%
All NACE economic sectors -12%