Ergo: Iarnrod Eireann kicks off badly needed Dart plan
When it comes to the increasingly strained public transport system in and around the capital, all attention in recent times has focused on controversy surrounding the new metro, the expanded Luas system and the proposed Bus Connects.
Meanwhile, the trains - electric Darts and diesel commuters - have continued to trundle across the Loop Line Bridge in Dublin city centre, doing what they have always done.
Ergo was pleased therefore to note a call for tender from Iarnrod Eireann for a multi-disciplinary consultancy team to support it in the proposed Dart Expansion Programme.
It is seeking a team to support the proposed expansion of the Maynooth line. Ergo has learned that similar tenders will follow this year for the Kildare and Drogheda lines too.
It means that the train company is finally kicking off the undoubtedly long Railway Order process - the equivalent of planning permission - on the badly needed Dart expansion project.
The project will have positive benefits in terms of Ireland's impact on climate change as it takes more diesel out of the ever busier commuter rail network.
It also in time should help with housing issues as it provides for much better transport infrastructure to parts of Greater Dublin that could then sustain further development.
Of course, ultimately, it will be for a far-seeing government in the future to go the whole way and build the tunnel from Spencer Dock to Heuston Station that will deliver the benefits of a fully interconnected 21st century public transport system to Dublin.
Musgrave dumps food waste for charity tie-up
Wholesale giant Musgrave has cut out tonnes of wasted food through its tie-up with FoodCloud, a social enterprise that links businesses who have excess food to charities in need.
The SuperValu owner has delivered more than half a million meals to charities since it established its partnership with FoodCloud back in 2016.
The company says the donations have saved charities as much as €750,000 and avoided 250 tonnes of food waste.
Musgrave’s Marketplace arm donates the meals from its central distribution unit in Blanchardstown in Dublin as well as its seven branches nationwide.
Musgrave’s human resource director Catherine Lambe said: “Through our partnership with FoodCloud we have helped provide quality, fresh produce to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
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The Camden Court Hotel has finally been given the green light in its bid to meet the enormous demand of Dublin city.
The capital is in dire need of additional beds, according to industry voices, and the hotel has been cleared to build upwards.
Owners Brondsway Ltd had been knocked back by Dublin City Council last year in its bid to hoist the development up to a 322-room hotel.
Now, An Bord Pleanala has given the all-clear for two more storeys at the hotel on Camden Street in Dublin’s south inner city.
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