A €1.8bn light rail network has been approved by the Irish government for a series of routes in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Wicklow, Roscommon, Kerry and Mayo.
The Government is also looking at a second light rail route in County Cork, where the route will run from the city centre to Londonderry and Cork city.
It is believed that the final route will go through the centre of the city, but the final decisions will depend on the route being built on the city’s periphery.
The proposed routes will stretch from Kildare Street to the River Shannon, through Co Meath, Kildalough and Cork, along with the proposed route to Limerick and Co Meo.
It will also connect to Dublin city and county hospitals, the Mayo Civic Health Partnership, Mayo County Council, and other key healthcare services.
The new route will be built on a platform that will allow the tram line to be extended from Kells to the city.
Dublin-Dublins light rail will have its first test run next year, followed by its second and final test run in 2018.
Dubliner’s Mayor Joe Hogan said he is delighted with the outcome, saying the project will create thousands of jobs and improve the quality of life for commuters.
“This project has been an absolute dream for everyone involved, and we are all very proud of the way that it has turned out,” he said.
“The whole world will now be able to take the journey to work, play, visit the shops and cafes, and the public will be able more easily travel to and from work and play.”
He said the new routes will improve the city by reducing congestion on the streets and will help create jobs for the residents of the area.
The tram line will run through the city at the western end of Dublin, linking the city with the Irish National Railways.
It will connect with the new metro lines in the capital.