Minister Ross must ‘think outside the box’ to protect Expressway services

Bus Éireann Buses in Galway

Bus Éireann Buses in Galway

The Green Party today called on Transport Minister Shane Ross and his Government colleagues to think ‘outside the box’ and protect core services in any changes at Bus Éireann.

Time for clean air zones in our cities and towns?

Walkers and cyclists caught in early morning fog on Dublin’s Old Cabra Road

As newly published research* shows a link between major traffic proximity and dementia, the Green Party has called on Government to consider limiting certain vehicles from Irish urban centres. The call comes as Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency measured poor air quality in certain towns over the holiday period. The Party has also said that Minister Ross must now give local authorities the power to ban polluting vehicles from urban centres so as to improve air quality.

Cuffe calls for Coveney and Keegan to act on vacant sites

vsCllr. Ciarán Cuffe outside derelict homes on Dublin’s Benburb Street with Luas in background. Owners of sites this size won’t even have to pay the levy under the terms of the legislation.

The Green Party has written to Dublin City Council’s Chief Executive Owen Keegan, calling for more action on vacant sites in the city.

As a new law requiring planning authorities to establish a Vacant Sites Register comes into effect from 1st January 2017, many Council have published blank Registers. The Green Party has warned that this is counter-productive and will not achieve urban regeneration. While Dublin City Council and other Planning Authorities have published a register on 1st January, they contain no entries.