Council axe falls disproportionately on Inchicore
Article Posted: Saturday 22nd November, 2008
A striking proportion of the cutbacks announced by Dublin City Council in response to the economic slowdown affect the South Central area, of which Inchicore is part.
The council says it is cutting spending on infrastructural projects by €330 million over the next three years. Yet of 18 cutbacks publicised in The Irish Times recently, no fewer than 10 will affect projects in this area.
No explanation has been offered why Inchicore and surrounding areas are having to bear the brunt of the cost-cutting. It might be worth putting the question to the party members currently shaping up to run for the various political parties in this area in next year's local elections.
Among the long-awaited projects which have now been axed or deferred are the Kilmainham/Inchicore urban space project, the Rialto project, the Lutyens Gateway to the Memorial Gardens, the Inchicore environmental improvements, CAMAC Greenlink, Cork Street regeneration, the footbridge over the Liffey at Chapelizod, Thomas Street environmental improvements, the open space at Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre and School Street car park.