Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said he is hopeful that a disused railway station in west Dublin will be able to open for service soon.

Protesters today gathered to demand the opening of the €10m train station.

Irish Rail has said it built the station, but a developer did not finish its access roads preventing a full opening.

Leo Varadkar has said that agreement must be reached with land owners who control unfinished access roads, which the minister has now allocated €1m in funding to finish.

People living nearby say they watch as trains pass through the fully completed Hansfield Station on a daily basis.

Residents say the catchment area saw tens of thousands move to the surrounding villages of Clonee, Clonsilla and Mulhuddart and yet it has no dedicated rail service while its bus operations are facing cutbacks.