Speaking at the Transport Committee on Metro North proposals

I spoke at the Oireachtas Transport Committee yesterday on the impact the construction of Metro North will have on local communities,schools, clubs and residents and particularly in relation to the devasting effect it will have on clubs like Na Fianna and Home Farm if their grounds are used to store heavy boring equipment or work is commenced from there. The clubs, schools and residents made impassioned and thoughtful presentations to the committee. I hope the NTA and the TII have taken on board all these views and my suggestion to look at alternative locations for the commencement of work and the storing of equipment. Lets hope they have got the message that their current proposal is not acceptable and is unworkable.

Raising concerns in the Dáil on the impact the Metro North project will have on CLG Na Fianna, Home Farm football club and local schools and communities.

Today in the Dáil I told the Minister for Transport Deputy Ross that the proposal that the grounds and lands associated with Na Fianna GAA club and Home Farm football club on Mobhi Road, will be a staging post for the underground boring machinery and other works associated with this project is a totally unacceptable and a non-viable proposal. I have suggested to the minister today that the virgin lands north of Ballymun is a more reasonable proposal for the storing of this heavy boring equipment and where the works for the Metro North could be commenced from.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald also raised the issue with the Minister. See his response to our concerns and the concerns of the Clubs, residents and the local community.