Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has sought the details related to the decision to determine the preferred route for Metrolink in North Dublin through a Freedom of Information Request.
Mary was speaking following last night’s public information session on Metrolink which was held in the Helix, Dublin City University and attended by more than 1,500 locals specifically concerned with the loss of grounds at Na Fianna GAA Club.
She said, “The development of a Metrolink rail line between Swords and Santry will be an essential addition to the city’s transport infrastructure.
“However, there are a number of serious and legitimate concerns which have been raised by many of the 3,000 members, management, players and those associated with the Na Fianna GAA Club in Glasnevin.
“Under the current proposed plans, the main playing fields belonging to the sports club, which have been used in the heart of the community for 60 off years, will be used to facilitate the construction.
“The popular club are expected to find alternative facilities despite only being told two days before the route was announced by Minister Shane Ross.
“In my opinion, those in the club that are set to be adversely affected by the decision to announce the preferred route for Metrolink are entitled to copies of the correspondence and details related to the commencement of the public consultation process.
“I have requested that the National Transport Authority provide the correspondence that has been exchanged between the NTA, the Minister and his Department and the projects contractors.
“Last night’s huge attendance is indicative of how frustrated members and local residents are with the lack of consideration given by the Minister to their club and its facilities.
She concluded, “Those locally have my full support in reaching a better outcome and examining alternative sites for use in the construction of the Metro North.”