A good news day in the long running Luas saga.

Minister Mary O'Rourke is at an International Transport Exhibition in London to see the first Luas tram. At 30 metres long with a driver's cab at each end, the tram can carry up to 235 passengers. Trial runs of the new service are due to commence in Dublin in 2002. Forty of these trams are being supplied by the French company Alstom at a total cost of £84 million. The exact same model is already in use in ten other cities including Montpellier and Melbourne.

After checking out the driver's cab for size, Mary O'Rourke defends the delays in the provision of the service and says

The Luas is coming to Dublin and it's going to make a great difference.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 May 2001. The reporter is Brian O'Connell.