Help us Make Dublin’s Roads Safer for All

30Dublin City Council is reviewing speed limits and we want your views on the proposed expansion of the 30km/hr speed limit zones in certain residential areas in the City.

The Council proposes to continue its rollout of 30km/hr speed zones which were first introduced to Dublin in 2005 with a further expansion in 2010, by the adoption of the Special Speed Limit Bye-Laws 2016.  A Public Consultation process will take place from 13th July to 24th August, 2016 whereby the public are invited to view the proposed Bye-Laws and make submissions on their thoughts and ideas.

According to Ciarán Cuffe, Chairperson, Transportation Strategic Policy Committee, Dublin City Council:

“Speed is a major contributory factor to road deaths in the Republic of Ireland.  21% of all road deaths every year are caused by excessive speed with 54% of those fatalities being pedestrians. London has already introduced 20 mph speed limits in wide areas and Edinburgh has begun to roll out 20 mph speed limits this summer to cover 80% of the city. A number of other European cities are progressing to introduce speed limits similar to our 30km/hr proposal such as Paris, Lyon, Manchester and many cities and towns in Switzerland and Spain. Lower speed limits save lives and improve the quality of life in our cities.”

The Council is also looking for feedback in relation to identifying possible additional roads and streets for the next phases of the proposal. Expansion details can be viewed at: www.dublincity.ie/speedreview  The website includes graphics, stats and interesting facts and FAQs.

Currently there is a 30km/hr speed limit in the City Centre in Dublin 1, Dublin 2, Marino in Dublin 3 and Irishtown and Ballsbridge in Dublin 4.  These areas can be located on a map available at the link previously mentioned. The map will also show the proposed expansion of the 30km/hr speed limit in yellow and light blue ( Phase 1 and 2). These phases will not affect the arterial roads in and out of Dublin City Centre.

“Ireland as a nation needs to stand up and except that speed is a huge problem in road safety.  The number of cars, blind spots and the population of Ireland is growing, so if this is an issue now can you imagine it again in 5 to 10 years.  We need to act now for prevention of more senseless deaths.  We ask you to support Dublin City Council’s proposal to reduce the speed limit from 50km/hrs to 30km/hrs in residential areas.  It adds a little time to your journey, but trust me, that’s a lot better than a life sentence of knowing you took an innocent life.  Whether you’re a driver or not, just witnessing someone getting knocked down and lose their life is enough to change your life forever, believe me, I know firsthand.  It’s been proven time and time again that less speed , means fewer injuries.  A massive thank you to Dublin City Council for what they are trying to achieve”, said Roseanne Brennan, founder of Jakes Legacy, and mother of an innocent life taken on our roads due to speeding.

“Dublin City Council is committed to assessing the appropriate speed limits for our roads and streets. The overriding principle that must inform any decision to change a default speed limit should be Road Safety. In addition, to be effective, a speed limit should be self enforcing and regarded as appropriate by road users and should not be imposed on a road unless there is a clear justification for doing so. By self enforcing we mean that the road layout and the behaviour or mindset of motorists must complement each other and support any introduction of a revised speed limit, such as additional 30km/hr speed zones”, said Declan Wallace, Director of Traffic, Dublin City Council.

We would really appreciate your views and comments on these proposals as your thoughts and opinions are vital to the success of the Bye-Laws.  Submissions should be made by 17.00hrs on Wednesday, 24th August. 2016.  All details including how to make submissions are available at www.dublincity.ie/speedreview

Page last updated: 12th July 2016

Green Party welcome Dublin City Council motion to reject TTIP

TTIP

The Green Party has welcomed the 4th July 2016  decision by Dublin City Council to reject the TTIP Trade proposal and called for a closer link between trade deals and action on climate change.

The decision was on foot of a motion submitted by the Green Party and was approved by a large majority of the council.

Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said: “International trade is hugely important to Ireland’s economy, but we need to ensure that labour rights and the climate are protected, and we don’t pursue trade at all costs.

“The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is a race to the bottom for the environment and workers’ rights. The competitive advantage of Irish goods would be undermined by produce from States where no minimum wage applies. Irish meat would be threatened by imports heavy on antibiotics, and social and environmental criteria in public tenders could be challenged.

“Free trade has allowed the world economy to expand over the centuries, but if we wish to tackle climate change and protect workers’ rights we must insist on a trade deal that places these issues at the heart of the negotiating process. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership proposal does not do this, and in its current form must be rejected.”

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Green Party Motion agreed by Dublin City Council at its monthly meeting on 4th July 2016 follows:

“This council believes that:

1. The proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) could have a detrimental impact on local services, employment, suppliers and decision making.

2. A thorough impact assessment of TTIP/CETA on local authorities must be undertaken before the negotiations can be concluded.

3. The proposed Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism has been used by corporations to overturn democratic decisions by all levels of governments at significant public cost. Local decision-making must be protected from ISDS.

4. The EU’s food, environmental and labour standards are generally better than those in the US and TTIP/CETA negotiations must raise and not lower these standards across the EU and USA.

5. Sourcing supplies and employment locally is important to strengthening local economies and meeting local needs. TTIP must not impact on local authorities’ ability to act in the best interests its communities.

This council resolves:

1. To write to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan TD and all Dublin MEPs raising our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP/CETA on local authorities and the secrecy of the negotiating process.

2. To write to the Association of Irish Local Government to raise our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on local authorities and ask them to raise these with government on our behalf.

3. To call for an impact assessment on the impact of TTIP/CETA on local authorities.

4. To publicise the council’s concerns about TTIP/CETA; join with other local authorities which are opposed to TTIP/CETA across Europe and work with local campaigners to raise awareness about the problems of TTIP/CETA, and rejects the current proposal.”

Page last updated 11th July 2016

Cuffe Calls for Dublin Minister in wake of gang deaths

Cumberland StreetDirectly elected Mayor for Dublin also required to take the lead on managing city and tackling crime and deprivation

The Green Party has called on the Taoiseach to appoint a Minister with responsibility for the City of Dublin. It has accused the new Government on prioritising the policing needs of rural communities ahead of the capital City.

Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, Green Party Councillor for Dublin’s North Inner City stated today:

“There is no Minister with responsibility for Dublin. Our Minister for Urban Renewal is only a Minister of State whose constituency’s largest town of Navan has a population of under 30,000.  I represent Dublin’s North Inner City which has a population of 67,000, just over twice that of Navan.  In the last 105 days four people have suffered violent deaths within one square mile. Communities are living in fear and require a response that goes beyond addressing their immediate policing needs.

“Urgent Government action is required to address the serious anti-community violence and drug crime that is afflicting local communities in Dublin City. We also must address the causes of gang violence that include the entrenched and intergenerational poverty, inequality and social exclusion in parts of Dublin. In these areas of multiple deprivation there are deep-seated housing, health, education, policing and environmental needs. A co-ordinated approach is needed to address this. We must break the cycle of violence, addiction and drug dealing that is so damaging to the community.

“An immediate response is required from Government to give a Dublin Minister responsibility for the city’s needs. In the longer term a directly elected Mayor is required as is common in other cities. That Mayor should have responsibilities to coordinate and manage the needs of our Capital City as is the place in other countries. Our current ‘revolving-door’ system of year-long mayors is not helping us in providing a political response to generations of neglect that in some instances go back to the foundation of the State. Dublin’s needs are being neglected in the Government’s rush towards parochial politics.

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