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Green Party welcome College Green plans

The Green Party has welcomed the unveiling of plans for College Green in Dublin City Centre. The plans for a car-free plaza with a central fountain were published by Dublin City Council this morning.

Cllr. Ciaran Cuffe, chair of the Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee said: “These plans will restore College Green as the city’s living room. This civic plaza with new trees, seating and a fountain will be attractive for young and old. I am pleased that careful consideration has been given to the needs of all users. The principles of Universal Design will help ensure that people of all ages and abilities can comfortably use the plaza and surroundings.

“For too long motorised traffic has dominated the city centre. This design is all about giving College Green back to the citizens of Dublin, as well as attracting visitors from home and abroad. I have no doubt that it will become a place for celebrations and protest, and will become once more a civic heart for the city.

“Over time I hope that the former Parliament House now occupied by the Bank of Ireland will become a civic building, and I believe the Minister for Heritage Heather Humphreys TD should reopen this discussion with the bank itself, but that is a matter for another day.

“The plans will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala later this month, and will allow for six weeks of public consultation. If they approve the plans, we are hopeful that construction can commence early next year.”

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Issued 8th May 2017, page last updated 12th May 2017

Green Party welcomes opening of Dublin Bay Walking and Cycling Route

 

Sutton to Sandycove Walking and Cycling Route, 5th May 2017

The Green Party has welcomed the opening of the first phase of the Sutton to Sandycove (S2S) promenade and cycleway running along the shore of Dublin Bay.

Green Party Spokesperson for Transport Cllr Ciarán Cuffe today called on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross to release further funding so that the project can be extended.

The Clontarf section opened at 10am this morning, 5th May. It is hoped that the plans will eventually extend approximately 22 kilometres from Sandycove to Sutton, linking where appropriate existing walkways and cycle-ways.

Speaking today, Cllr Ciarán Cuffe said: “This is the start of a safe, child-friendly and pollution free promenade for all Dubliners. I believe it is an excellent visionary proposal. I pay tribute to the ‘Sutton 2 Sandycove promenade and Cycleway Campaign’ (www.s2s.ie) group who are promoting this proposal.

“The Green Party’s vision is that similar walking and cycleways are needed along our rivers, canals and coastline, and that these links would extend as far as the River Shannon from Dublin and beyond. Such projects would create employment and attract visitors to both urban and rural Ireland.

“This is an environmentally friendly and achievable project that deserves support. The proposal involves some stretches of new promenade and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge in Ringsend, but it consists mostly of the joining together of stretches of existing walkway.

“It is relatively inexpensive project and I shall continue to promote the project through Dublin City Council.

“Fifteen years ago to the day I issued an almost identical press release  supporting the project. It shows that good ideas take time to come to fruition. I pay tribute to Michael Collins who first approached me about the project back in 2002 and I salute him and his team of volunteers who have stuck with the project through good times and bad. Congratulations also to Christopher Manzira Senior Executive Engineer with Dublin City Council who has made this section of the route a reality.”

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Page last updated 5th May 2017

Green Party Sees Amber on Dublin City Traffic Measures

Mixed traffic at Eden Quay 2nd May 2017

The Green Party has expressed concern about traffic proposals for Dublin City centre that will still allow car traffic to travel down Eden Quay.

The proposals are contained within a report that will be presented to Dublin City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee (SPC) next Wednesday afternoon at 3.30pm in City Hall. The proposals are due to come into effect next August if approved by the Council.
Green Party Transport Spokesperson and Chair of the Transportation SPC Councillor Ciarán Cuffe said;
“People need to access the city centre but these measures will delay bus users at the expense of car drivers. There is a real danger that we’re being too generous to the car driver and in doing so discriminating against those who use public transport. Bus and tram users should not be treated like second-class citizens.
“The report states that it  may be necessary in the future that Eden Quay will have to become public transport only. Certainly if buses or trams are delayed due to car traffic then we will have to take cars off Eden Quay and introduce a bus gate, particularly during the morning rush. The new trams on order for the Luas cross-city are 55m long, that’s 180 feet. They can carry 369 people and if they get delayed by cars carrying one or two people it would make a travesty of our €368m investment in linking the two Luas lines.”
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Page last updated 28th April 2017