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.

Some words to the Irish Parking Association

Ciarán Cuffe Chair, Dublin City Council Transportation Strategic Policy Committee with Nigel Williams Chair of the British Parking Association Board, Gibson Hotel Dublin, 29th November 2016

Speech to Irish Parking Association lunch, Gibson Hotel, 29th November 2016

Fellow motorists, public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians,

It is an honour to be invited here, and I hope to make it out of alive. I’ve never spoken before a sword swallower before but I will try and impress you with my rapier wit. I won’t run through my parking jokes, but I will make one observation, you never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

I guess I’m one of those in-betweeners. I’m old enough to remember driving down Grafton Street and getting away with parking with the hazard lights on.

Green Party welcomes Phoenix Park Tunnel opening, calls for further stations

phoenix-park-tunnel A view from Conygham Road of one of the first passenger trains entering the Phoenix Park tunnel

The Green Party has welcomed the opening of the Phoenix Park Rail Tunnel to scheduled passenger services for the first time in its 139 year history. However it has also called for further stations to be opened on the line in order to improve rail services in Dublin.