An unused train station built nearly 13 years ago will need a €3.8m refurbishment before it can open to the public, according to Iarnród Éireann.

The train station at Kishoge in West Dublin, which cost more than €6m in 2009, was built in expectation of significant development in the area.

Iarnród Éireann's communications executive Jane Cregan told RTÉ's News at One that it is anticipated it will be ready to open in the third quarter of 2023.

"You have to put it into the context that when this station was planned, and then when it was built, it was built on the premise that there would be significant development in that area," she said.

"That didn't occur, unfortunately, due to the economic climate. So for a long number of years there was no access into the station," she added.

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"We had a problem because we don't own the land around the station, so we had to get a license agreement to get access and car parking in there," Ms Cregan said.

That was completed in 2019 but there was a further delay due to the pandemic.

Ms Cregan said that significant work is now required to bring it up to modern standards.

Iarnród Éireann said it also needed repairs associated with wear and tear, significant damage due to vandalism and degradation that has occurred over time.