— Fianna Fáil, Labour, Sinn Féin and independent councillors vote against walking and cycling route.
Dublin’s South East area councillors have voted against holding public consultation on the South Dublin Quietway at a local area meeting in the last few minutes.
Five voted in favour of the walking and cycling route, but eight voted against and one abstained. Because public consultation for the route was voted down, there’s no clear path for progress to be made on the route.
The route was proposed to run from Terenure to Ballsbridge mainly on residential streets. There was lobbying on both sides before the vote.
The main measures used in Quietways are traffic calming and bollards or planters to stop rat running motorists while allowing access for residents’ cars. Quietways only include small sections of cycle path usually where the routes intersect with larger roads to allow for safe crossing of such road.
A number of councillors speaking against the project today said they were pro-cycling but proceeded to voted against the route and others said the project did not include public consultation but then voted against public consultation.
The following councillors voted against the public consultation: Councillors Chris Andrews (Sinn Féin), Mannix Flynn (independent), Frank Kennedy (Fianna Fáil), Dermot Lacey (Labour), Sonya Stapleton, Mary Freehill (Labour), Ruairi McGinley (Independent) Claire O’Connor (Fianna Fáil).
While councillors Claire Byrne (Green Party), Paddy McCartan (Fine Gael), Patrick Costello (Green Party), Anne Feeney (Fine Gael), and Paddy Smyth (Fine Gael) voted to support public consultation.
Cllr Kieran Binchy (Fine Gael) abstained.
In the next day or so, IrishCycle.com will have a long report covering what the councillors said in detail.
IMAGE: The councillors with their hands raised voting for the route.