Thursday 22 March 2018

Greens leader says Dublin Bus, RTÉ, Nama lands could house homeless

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin at RTÉ
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan and deputy leader Catherine Martin at RTÉ

John Brennan

Lands from RTÉ, Dublin Bus and Nama could be used to ease the housing crisis in Dublin, according to Eamon Ryan. The Green Party leader echoed the findings of an NTMA report published in April.

The report said the RTÉ studio in Donnybrook was "not optimal (20pc is undeveloped, 21pc comprises of car spaces)".

Mr Ryan said: "RTÉ have to (move) anyway, they have to change their whole studio system... it's time for RTÉ to invest and move to a new premises."

He denied that his appearance outside RTÉ studios yesterday was a publicity stunt and demanded that Communications Minister Alex White (left)state "what his vision of the future of RTÉ is".

Mr Ryan said the city centre was in the middle of a "transport crisis" and would face "gridlock" within two years if five bus garages weren't moved.

He proposed that Dublin Bus garages at Summerhill, Conyngham Road, Ringsend, Donnybrook and Broadstone should be moved to the "periphery of the city".

"Put the buses and bus stations where they're needed to make an efficient servic - at the start of the route," he said.

The Green Party leader also said that Nama had to deliver a social return to the State and not just an economic one.

He also called for the Irish Glass Bottle (IGB) site in Ringsend, which has "been idle for four years", to be developed.

The 25-acre site was bought for over €400m nearly 10 years ago.

Irish Independent

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