Surely a line that has operated for decades and managed to survive in all weathers can be protected in the 21st century. Rail to ports are a national asset in terms of strategic infrastructure and should be maintained as a priority. Instead we get such a warning without any plan to prevent the problem and preserve the line. CIE are masters at undermining the network firstly they claim a line is hard to maintain, then they reduce the service to a point where it is not adequate and then due to falling passenger numbers they propose closure. Rosslare is a critical port and more so now as a Brexit option for freight export avoiding UK. We should be opening lines to Rosslare not warning of closures. To think there was a Cork to Rosslare line in the 1960s that was a jewel running alongside the Blackwater river one can imagine what CIE is capable of deciding.