The Government has been urged to build railways and improve the roads in west Cork.

The call came from Rural Independent Group TD Michael Collins of the during Leaders Questions in the Dáil.

At a time when Ireland is facing problems meeting its climate targets, Cork South-West TD Mr Collins said there was a time when there were railways around the area but they were now closed.

The roads in the area were also in a very poor condition and money needed to be spent repairing and improving them.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar acknowledged that Ireland is facing a struggle to meet its climate emissions target. Investment in transport would be a mix of rail and bus, as well as in the roads network, and it was not possible to do both.