Tuesday 25 October 2016

Jewel and darlin' Dublin is in danger of losing its sparkle

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

Drugs addicts leave their litter at St Audeon’s Park, in Dublin
Drugs addicts leave their litter at St Audeon’s Park, in Dublin

It is clear that Dublin as a capital city just does not work. This has become increasingly evident with issues such as the housing crisis, the lack of suitable office space, the impact of bus strikes and its image as junkie central.

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Dublin needs to increase its density between the canals. There should be a minimum height of eight storeys for new builds within this area.

Not everyone wants to live in a semi-detached house with a garden. There are many thousands of workers who have to commute (and are therefore held to ransom by our ramshackle transport services) into the city, who would prefer to live in apartments close to work.

Many of these have no desire to have children, pets, cars etc, but their needs are ignored.

There should be no height restrictions in the Docklands and around major transport hubs for office/residential developments. Dublin, apart from a few Georgian areas, is aesthetically appalling so the constant shouting about protecting its skyline is ridiculous.

The usual people will scream about 'overshadowing' and the need to maintain a human scale - so sprawl is okay, but upwards isn't?

Look at the boring examples of Ballymun, Finglas, Neilstown, Ballyfermot and Darndale, to name a tiny few, all very low density with barely anything over two stories high. Need I say more?

The reputation of the city centre is also getting an absolute battering because of the junkies who invade it every day.

I am absolutely mortified every time I see tourists looking on shocked at these hordes of living dead swarming around the city streets.

There is a very simple solution - relocate all the methadone clinics from the centre out to the areas that these people are travelling in from. It's not rocket science, people.

Dublin needs to change very soon or, make no mistake about it, it will get left behind.

James Grant

Lucan, Co. Dublin


Within a hair's breadth of post

Patrick Honohan says that a beard is perhaps one of the qualities needed in a new Central Bank Governor . . . no point in this writer applying so, I'd lose out by a whisker.

Tom Gilsenan

Beaumont D9


Ban on church photography

I was intrigued by your headline (Irish Independent, April 4) 'Church photos banned amid child abuse fears', especially since I believe that the ban is in place because of the inappropriateness and irreverence of such distracting behaviour.

It did not stop us taking class photos of our grandchildren's Confirmation in church with the bishop here in Killarney, only three weeks ago. Last year, at our grandchildren's First Communion ceremony, in Co Kilkenny, we were encouraged to take whole class and individual photos with the priest on the altar after the Mass.

And in Ballinasloe, we were told that there should be no photography during the Mass, other than by the official video-maker. However, again we were invited forward after Mass to take full class and individual photos. Last weekend in Killarney, the full service was available live on the cathedral website. There seems to be a lack of honesty in the real reasons behind the ban on photography at religious services.

Alan Whelan

Killarney, Co Kerry


Referendum and our economy

As a response to IDA chief Martin Shanahan's assertion that a 'No' vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum would have negative consequences to our economy, I have to ask the question: Does every principle in this world have to have a price tag on it? Does Mr Shanahan think we should change our church denomination to suit the global markets? Perhaps he should talk to the Department of Transport and request a change to the side of the road we drive on to suit our European and American cousins?

Darren Williams

Dublin 18


According to the chief of the IDA, Martin Shanahan, a 'Yes' vote in the referendum would be "good for business." This is a curious assertion because there is no evidence in any jurisdiction where same-sex marriage is lawful that it had any impact whatsoever on its vitality, prosperity or diversity.

No global commentator, such as the IMF, World Bank or European Commission, has ever claimed a correlation between the lawfulness of same-sex marriage and economic performance - perhaps because the number of same-sex marriages, where it is lawful, is so low.

It is noteworthy that Germany, Ireland's most important source of foreign direct investment on the continent, recognises civil partnerships but not same-sex marriage; while Spain, where same-sex marriage is lawful, is coping with an unemployment rate of 23pc.

Furthermore, the State has spent millions of euro promoting Ireland's economic interest in Asia-Pacific, where there are no laws facilitating same-sex marriage and the attitude to it in many of these countries is ambivalent.

Myles Duffy

Glenageary, Co Dublin


Spring Statement 'a joke'

Dan O'Brien, in his assessment of the 'Spring Statement' (Irish Independent May 2), tells us he "does not like raining on anyone's parade or sounding dismal". Fear not, Dan, the people have wised up considerably these past few years.

The 'Spring Statement' was a joke, an obviously contrived attempt by a Coalition falling in the polls to halt the slide. The people were neither amused nor fooled.

Jim O'Sullivan

Rathedmond, Sligo


NCT centres are like hospitals

Our NCT centres are reeking of inefficiency. A whopping three-month backlog is what drivers can expect when they attempt to book an appointment. After the wait, they can be failed for something as simple as a number plate bulb. They then have to get their vehicle retested.

The situation is so bad, that people are no longer given a test date but are told their "request for an appointment has being noted and that the NCT is working to source a date at a test centre".

People have to get on with their lives and not be held up on long waiting lists and so-called priority lists, just like our outmoded health service. Drivers and gardaí are now wasting time at the side of the road, having discussions about why a NCT disk is absent.

Maurice Fitzgerald

Shanbally, Co Cork


The Beatles at the Adelphi

On November 7, 1963, The Beatles arrived in Dublin to play two gigs at the Adelphi cinema.

The Irish Independent would like to hear from anyone who has any stories or pictures regarding the event. If you would like to get in touch, email yhogan@independent.ie or write to Yvonne Hogan, Irish Independent, 27-32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1.

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