Mary Lou McDonald TD raises MetroLink route with An Taoiseach in Dáil

Sinn Féin President and TD for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald has raised with An Taoiseach in the Dáil today the proposed route for MetroLink; which would cause major distribution in the Glasnevin area and for Na Fianna GAA club and local schools.

Teachta McDonald said:

“There is a general acceptance that the MetroLink proposal and the infrastructure is long overdue, but I want to raise with the Taoiseach the so-called emerging preferred route and the impact it will have specifically in Glasnevin – more specifically on St. Mobhi Road and more specifically again on Scoil Chaitríona, Scoil Mobhí and Na Fianna GAA club.

“The problem is that notice of the construction of a station and boring holes that are massive in dimension was unceremoniously delivered to the desks of the GAA club and the respective schools.

“There was absolutely no consideration of the fact that the proposal is to put a massive building site alongside two schools, a scoil lán-Ghaeilge and Scoil Mobhí, a bunscoil. There is a naíonra as well in the vicinity. Representatives of Na Fianna and the schools were before the Oireachtas Transport Committee last week and they set out the massive disruption and the threat to health and safety of very young children that this would represent.

“This is Bliain na Gaeilge and in that part of Glasnevin, almost a breac-Ghaeltacht has grown up, almost organically, between the games, the language and the schools. There is a deep resentment among parents and residents that all of this is to be disrupted.

“I bring this to the Taoiseach’s attention because he is a Dubliner and I am sure he knows Glasnevin pretty well. I know he is also keen on Gaeilge. I would like to hear his response to this proposal.

Speaking afterwards, Teachta McDonald welcomed An Taoiseach’s response:

“I want to welcome An Taoiseach’s remarks saying he favoured a re-routing of the project. The community must be heard on this extremely important matter and I would urge the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland to heed their concerns also.

“I would encourage members of the public to have their say by making a submission as part of the current public consultation, which they can do until 11th May on the MetroLink website.”