Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Lahart has urged South Dublin County Council to urgently carry out the works necessary to re-open the Edmondstown Road in Rathfarnham.

The Deputy was informed this week that South Dublin County Council has made the decision to injunct the third party that is responsible for the closure of the road.

Commenting following last night’s public meeting on the matter in Wanderer’s GAA Club, Rathfarnham he said, “Edmondstown Road is one of the principal tourism and business gateways to the Dublin Mountains as well as a primary residential transport artery.

The road has remained closed since excavation works were carried out on private lands adjacent to the road last year which caused damage to the road foundation. As a precaution, SDCC closed the road to traffic but have not made any effort to reopen it since.

“The Council’s decision to now commence legal proceedings will mean that the road will likely remain closed indefinitely. In fact there is no telling how long a legal action will take or if it will even be successful.

“Meanwhile, local businesses continue to be adversely affected by the closure and local residents are justifiably frustrated from being discommoded.

“It is disappointing that there was such little political representation present at the well-attended meeting last night. That fact that my party colleague Cllr Emma Murphy and I were the only local politicians present is just not good enough.

“Re-opening this road requires the full backing of all political representatives and I am urging the Council ensure to undertake the work required and seek the costs retrospectively.

“The fact is that if this was in any other location or more of the public were directly affected, action would have been taken more swiftly but because this is a predominantly rural area, some politicians don’t seem to be fazed.

“I fully support the community in their effort to escalate their action and organise a protest at the Council offices – this has impacted countless South Dubliners and even more members of the public who rely on this road, for over 12 months. It must be urgently re-opened,”concluded Lahart.