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13th August 2020 | Green Gazette

Council update: Cork Greens welcome work on Cork Luas as Dublin cycle routes expand

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The Green Party in Cork has welcomed the announcement that the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the National Transport Authority (NTA) have appointed engineers to begin planning the route for the proposed Cork Luas light rail line.

This proposed route will run from the eastern to the western suburbs of Cork and will serve a large number of significant destinations including Ballincollig, the Cork Science and Innovation Park (CSIP), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Cork University Hospital (CUH), University College Cork (UCC), Cork City Centre, Kent Station/Cork North Docklands, Cork South Docklands and Mahon.

Green Party Councillor for Cork City North East, Oliver Moran, highlighted the importance of this announcement: “This is long-awaited news for Cork with the announcement today to begin staking out the east-to-west light rail route for the city. This is the first step in the process, and it is important to see it progress swiftly so that there’s confidence and clarity in where the route will align. We will also need to safeguard the route for future development, probably first by initiating it as a dedicated high-frequency bus route.”

Dublin City Council is to implement a one-way car ban on for a 2.5km stretch of Strand Road in Sandymount to make room for two-way cycle track. The move is part of a larger project to create a safe cycle path along the Dublin Bay coast from Sutton to Sandycove. This move follows a string of successful measures to create safe spaces for cyclists in Dublin city, including a new path along the Liffey Quays and the creation of a one-way traffic system by from Blackrock to Sandycove.

The Green Party has welcomed two new councillors this week. Susan Crawford has been selected for a seat in Clare County Council in the Ennistymon LEA, and Colm Kenny has been selected for a seat Kildare County Council in the Naas LEA. The two new Councillors are replacing Roisín Garvey and Vincent P Martin respectively, who were recently nominated for the Seanad.

Susan Crawford is an autism activist with a PhD in Fundamental Movement Skills and Autism, and is a two-time Fulbright Award winner for her work on autism awareness. She was recently named Clare Person of Year after she ran the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way with her son Tomás, delivering Autism Awareness workshops in each county on the route as part of her Get Autism Active programme.

Colm Kenny is a medical laboratory scientist in Naas General Hospital. He is a cycling enthusiast and likes to go gliding over the Kildare countryside, crediting this unique view of Ireland’s landscapes for his love of nature and passion for environmental activism. He’s also known for having founded the Naas Serpents, the town’s basketball team.