Sunday 17 June 2018

'Even the plants are crying out' - Row erupts over 'inferior' new plant pots in Dublin's northside

Wooden plant boxes on Dublin's Grafton Street. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Wooden plant boxes on Dublin's Grafton Street. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath

Ian Begley

A row has erupted between Dublin City Council and one of its councillors over new plant pots on the northside and southside of the capital.

The plant pots on Dublin's Henry Street on the northside "look like they were thrown together by a first-year metal work student", according to Councillor Nial Ring.

Dublin City Council (DCC) has been accused of installing inferior planter boxes on Henry Street compared to the "beautiful veneer" wooden ones placed on Grafton Street.

The council recently fitted the plant boxes in the two pedestrian zones at a cost of €50,000 to provide improved protection.

Metal plant boxes on Dublin's Henry Street. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Metal plant boxes on Dublin's Henry Street. Picture Credit: Frank Mc Grath

Councillor Nial Ring said that he believed the Henry Street pots look "absolutely appalling".

"DCC seem to have a mind-set that these are good enough for the likes of the northside. It's just not good enough.

"Even the olive plants inside them look like they're crying out saying 'look what we've been put into'.

"They look like they were thrown together by a first-year metal work student."

The Independent councillor added that the plant boxes south of the city look like they were handcrafted by "master carpenters".

"They look really nice and act as a sufficient barrier. However, the flower pots on Henry Street are not lined up compared to the ones on Grafton Street.

"A person can still drive past them and get access to the street if they really wanted to. The security aspect there is completely ignored."

Cllr Ring added that he's been informed that DCC are replacing the northside planters barriers in the near future.

A spokesperson from DCC denied any discrimination.

"The Planters were put in place to provide improved protection to two pedestrian zones. Unfortunately in the timeframe available we did not have enough similar planters for both locations," they said.

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