Work began on the Luas Line to Tallaght on 19 August 1999. The first phase of the light rail project was intended to run from Middle Abbey St in Dublin City Centre to Tallaght Town Centre with a journey time of 38 minutes.
Róisín Duffy reports for RTÉ News from Cookstown, where the first phase of work involves clearing the ground. The ESB will then build four new transmission towers. Luas project director Donal Mangan says there will be disruption for residents, but management will be key in easing problems. Work on the 14km track will begin early next year.
While there is begrudgery towards public transport, minister Mary O'Rourke says it is important to put all that aside and make it available and attractive. Trams should be up and running by Spring 2003.
The Red Luas Line to Tallaght opened on 26 September 2004, running from Connolly Station. The Green Line between Sandyford and St Stephen's Green had been operating since 30 June 2004.