Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that the mixed messages coming from Government regarding the emerging preferred route for Dublin’s MetroLink, are adding to the stress and anxiety for residents, parents, teachers, pupils and voluntary club members on Mobhí road, Glasnevin concerned for their community.

Speaking following her attendance at yesterday’s Special Oireachtas Transport Committee, she said, “The preferred route for MetroLink in North Dublin is still not clear and the issue continues to be a cause of concern for thousands of locals who worry about the possibly devastating impact on their community.

“Earlier this month, Fianna Fáil Party Leader Michéal Martin joined my local colleague, Cllr Paul McAuliffe and I on a visit to Na Fianna GAA and Homefarm FC where we listened to concerns regarding the proposed use of their school and sports grounds.

“These plans have already cost the taxpayer €100’s of millions of euro and the news that the FG representative in the area is claiming that he is pushing for an alternative tunnelling site s causing uncertainty and confusion.

“Is this a viable proposal from Deputy Rock and has he received positive indications from his party colleagues in Cabinet, or is it just another example of pointless PR and attention seeking?

“Deputy Rock has a responsibility not to create false hope. The Government has an obligation to respect citizens, not insult them by inviting them to engage in a consultation process if the outcome is already pre-determined and to ensure citizens are resourced to engage in the process.

“The Government must immediately clarify whether this alternative proposal is real or not.”