The Italian ambassador to Ireland has expressed concern about delays to the MetroLink for Dublin.
Paolo Serpi, whose time in office is coming to an end, has offered the help of the Italians to get the underground line built.
He hosted a conference yesterday on the MetroLink, that brought together industrialists, transport specialists as well as reps from the NTA and TII.
The outgoing ambassador says five metro lines have been built in Rome despite it being difficult to construct infrastructure in the historic city.
He asked the head of National Transport Authority whether Italians can do something to help build Dublin's metro, which he said has been postponed now for more than 20 years.
The Irish Times reports Anne Graham responded saying the underground line is not postponed and it was hoped the metro would be operational in the early 2030s.
While Peter Walsh from Transport Infrastructure Ireland said the project needed genuine commitment to get over the line in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
He said he was keen to learn from Italian cities that put up with the expenditure and the pain of building infrastructure of this nature.