Interestingly there is the following paragraph about rail on p.16 of the report
Rail is an important component of the overall network
The quality of rail services is important to a county's mobility, in particular attracting travellers, especially long distance travellers, to switch from car. The current rail network could be greater utilised to provide an attractive public transport alternative. This could include earlier morning and later departures into cities and key towns and re-opening disused stations and building new ones on existing lines. Better integration with bus services to distribute rail users within townsis also required as rail stations are often not located adjacent to where people want to go within a town.
PS: the Connecting Ireland public consultation closes on Friday 10th December.