is reader-funded journalism. To keep it going and free-to-view, it takes people like you to act now and subscribe today for €5, €10, or €20 per month.

Minister Ryan backs watered down mobility plan for Phoenix Park

A water down mobility plan for the Phoenix Park has been welcomed by Green Party leader Minister Eamon Ryan, when the plan has been derided by local Green Party representatives and campaigners said yesterday that the weakness of the plan raises doubts on Government’s ability to act on climate change.

Minister Ryan, who is the environment and transport minister, said: “The Phoenix Park is set to become more accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. Highlights include a 30kph speed limit, walking upgrades with Chesterfield Ave pedestrian crossings, 14km of new cycling routes, and a bus service linking Heuston and Broombridge stations.”

Ryan added: “Over 2,200 people responded to the public consultation informing the report published this morning. The level of engagement shows how much we all value the park, and I am delighted to support improvements to visitor experience.”

However, Ciarán Cuffe, Green Party MEP for Dublin who lives in and has previously represented the inner city, said: “Disappointing that Minister O’Donovan is going for bronze on the OPW traffic management plan for the Phoenix Park. Here’s hoping he might reconsider.”

A local Green Party TD, Deputy Neasa Hourigan said: “The long and short of it is that this is an entirely lost opportunity to protect and enhance our Phoenix Park. The influence of the minister in protecting its status as primarily a motorway is very obvious. It’s a shame.”

She added: “The results of the public consultation have been almost completely disregarded in this. Considering proposed changes to the planning process coming up in the next Dail term that’s a deeply worrying precedent.”

Cllr Janet Horner, a local Green Party Councillor for the North Inner City, said: “There are some really good, but moderate, common sense measures for the Phoenix Park. But the opportunity to meaningfully protect and treasure our city’s green lung has been butchered by Fine Gael’s desire to put roads ahead of people and parks.”

Cllr Michael Pidgeon, another local Green Party — who started a petition now signed by 7,564 people calling for a restriction commuter traffic in the park — tweeted a list of his views on the mesures. He said: “Lots of good stuff, but the Minister [O’Donovan] bottled it when it came to two of the gates.”

He added: “These improvements are welcome. They’ll make it a better park. But – * long sigh* – they still don’t deal with the core question: is the Phoenix Park a national park or a national road?”

MAIN IMAGE: The cycle lane on the main avenue is to be retained, where there used to be car parking until last year, but no details on designs at roundabouts are known at this stage — the OPW is seen to have a poor record at providing cycling and pedestrian priority.

You're read this much of the article... So, if you value our journalism, please subscribe today for €5, €10, or €20 per month.

ALSO READ: Phoenix Park plan raises doubts on Government’s ability to act on climate change, says campaigners is reader-funded journalism. That means it's funded by readers like you.

Subscription drive update: reached its target of 270 subscribers by the end of August -- thank you to all who have helped! Our new target is to have 300 subscribers by the end of 2022 -- originally this was hoped to be exceeded by the first year of running the site full time (end of October).

If you can help push above 300 subscribers, please subscribe today for €5 or more. If you have already done so -- thank you!

Please remember, every month there's a natural drop-off in subscriptions due to people getting new cards, cards stolen, Revolut not topped up etc.

*** is a reader-funded journalism publication. Effectively it's an online newspaper covering news and analyses of cycling and related issues, including cycle route designs, legal changes, and pollical and cultural issues.

There are examples, big and small, which show that the reader-funded or listener-funding model can work to support journalism -- from the Dublin Inquirer and The Guardian to many podcasts. To make it work for, it just needs enough people like you to believe!

Monthly subscriptions will give's journalism a dependable base of support. But please don't take free access for granted. Last year had an average of 15,800 readers per month and we know our readers include people who cycle and those who don't, politicians, officials and campaigners.

I know only a small percentage of readers will see the value of keeping this open enough to subscribe, that's the reality of the reader-funded model. But more support is needed to keep this show on the road.

The funding drive was started in November 2021 and, as of the start of June 2022, 250 readers have kindly become monthly subscribers -- thank you very much to all that have!

But currently, it's only around 1.6% of readers who subscribe. So, if you can, please join them and subscribe today via

Cian Ginty

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.