Letters to the Editor: 'Dublin businesses Dún for if council doesn't park its plans'
A lot of people love the feel of shopping in Dublin city centre more than the out-of-town malls, but equally they say that getting into town is too difficult by either public transport or private car, and it’s not helped by one-ways, confusing signage, and now parking charges increased by up to 70pc if they do have to use their cars.
There are very simple solutions but unfortunately Dublin City Council’s roads and traffic department seem hell-bent on following Dún Laoghaire’s example of starving its business life, which is great if you want a utopia for cyclists, but how many paper shopping bags can you safely hang off your handlebars in the rain?
Dublin’s traders pay commercial rates to the council, but the council uses some of those rates to starve the traders of customers by discouraging parking and closing off vital streets.
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Sadly the city traders don’t seem to have any powerful voice to speak up for them or take protest action against the council.
I see traffic congestion on a daily basis in Dublin, places where the city council allows one or two vehicles to legally park, but it has the effect of restricting the flow along those streets. In other places there’s room for two or three lanes of traffic but absent road markings mean drivers just form one lane, and in other areas the council has slapped a bike parking station blocking the junction.
If you need to use a taxi ,the location of a lot of taxi ranks means the taxi can be stuck in traffic for up to 20 minutes just trying to exit the taxi rank location.
Major UK cities have had red routes and green ways for nearly 30 years, yet Dublin still wants to follow some crazy, environmentally destructive plan to chop hundreds of perfectly good trees just to basically allow a few cyclists more room on the road. If you take Baggot Street as one example, there are three lanes available in each direction if you remove parking, yet the lovely trees in the centre of the street are marked for destruction.
With a bit of road marking paint, good signage, and common sense Dublin could be an environmentally great place to live and conduct business. But with the current ‘leadership’ of the council, Dublin is set to die commercially, just like Dún Laoghaire.
Bray, Co Wicklow
Morgan’s finally on song, but fans still getting it all wrong
I never thought I would see the day.
Eoin Morgan has finally sung the anthem, and with gusto to boot.
It fair brought tears to my eyes, and a lump to my throat.
For years he has resisted, no doubt not wanting to offend Irish nationalists.
It was wonderful to hear a good choral version too: perhaps it will soon be de rigueur for the football team.
Then the fans would stop singing ‘God save our queen’ in the third and last line, and instead sing the correct wording of ‘God save the queen’.
Time to march for the plight of the bald, short and tall
The country is undergoing a plethora of ‘Pride’ parades.
I cannot see how having a sexual orientation needs to be marked by marches and carrying a haughty title and waving colourful flags which pretends power and defiance against anyone who take notice of such regularity.
Why are there no pride marches for other sections of society who could easily claim discrimination with equal vehemence for lives either mocked or ridiculed?
I’m thinking along the lines of balding folk who endure the comments and the snickers of society – including the gay community. They might also be overweight and middle aged, but it’s not a prerequisite.
Prejudice is a broad brush and for adults of short stature, men especially, both gay and straight of under say 5ft 4in, are singled out for bigotry.
The same holds for people who are extra tall and are similarly criticised on a daily basis.
These people who hold hurt from lifelong jokes and jibes directed against them might also feel aggrieved they are not included either through governmental approval or public recognition.
Because of their physical appearance and not an abstract concept, regarding hate crimes and related safeguards for the gay community, all citizens are deserving of equal consideration.
Is it at all possible that a flag could be manufactured that everyone who wishes to draw attention to the plight of a very large section of the Irish population who are continuing to suffer in silence, can gather under for protection?
There would be no compunction to be defiant and ungrateful that our politicians would work on their behalf, I can assure you, and would continue to pay their taxes.
Bantry, Co Cork