Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has urged local residents affected by the preferred Metrolink route to make a submission to the public consultation process which ends later today.

She commented, “The public consultation process regarding the proposed Metrolink project has placed a stressful burden on residents in the area. Both the National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland failed to provide sufficient information to allow the public to make detailed and constructive submissions.

“The Government must appoint an independent expert to support local residents and community groups to vocalise their concerns.

“Dublin’s Northside is being short-changed under this proposal; losing two schools, one of country’s largest GAA Clubs, a leading soccer club, a historic pub, numerous homes and other important infrastructure in the community. Under the current proposal, the Southside of the city stands to gain the most and without having to forgo any vital facilities or services.

“The LUAS Green Line from Charlemont to Sandyford will be upgraded without much upheaval for locals. It couldn’t be more the opposite the case for the urban community in Drumcondra.

“The NTA and TII must go back to the drawing board and explore the feasibility of upgrading the entire LUAS Green Line from Sandyford to Broombridge and properly review the possibility of extending it to the airport.This alternative proposal would build on existing infrastructure/investment while imposing minimum disruption.

“Should both agencies be determined to ignore the concerns of local residents and progress with this proposal then they must clearly set out how they are going to guarantee the future of the schools and clubs and appropriately compensate them for the interim disruption.

“It is crucial at this juncture of the project that people living in the area who have any constructive feedback or wish to join in our objection, take time today to draft a letter and submit it via www.metrolink.ie or by post to MetroLink Consultations, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Parkgate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8 ,” she concluded.