Monday 19 August 2019

'Slow cycle': Group of climate activists delay commuters

Pedal power: Extinction Rebellion activist Leontien Friel Darrell, from Tipperary, during a slow cycle from Heuston Station to the 3Arena. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Pedal power: Extinction Rebellion activist Leontien Friel Darrell, from Tipperary, during a slow cycle from Heuston Station to the 3Arena. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

Dozens of climate activists held up traffic in Dublin city centre yesterday during a 'slow cycle' from Hueston Station to the 3Arena.

A total of 35 members of Extinction Rebellion used their bicycles to create a barricade across the quays in protest over carbon emissions from vehicle traffic.

Taking place from 12.30pm to 1.45pm, hundreds of people in cars, buses and taxis were delayed as a result of the demonstration.

However, according to Extinction Rebellion member Manuel Salazar, the vast majority of motorists had their support.

"Drivers were behind us beeping as a sign of support," he said.

"At no point did we stop and bring traffic to a standstill.

"We kept moving very slowly to combat carbon emissions and the Government's inaction over the climate emergency."

On Monday, the group staged a 'die-out' at the National Museum of Ireland on Merrion Street, before carrying out temporary road blockades around Tara Street and Bachelors Walk.

Irish Independent

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