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Protest planned for Clontarf Dart station over broken lifts


The protest at Clontarf aims to highlight issues with broken lifts at several Dart stations

The protest at Clontarf aims to highlight issues with broken lifts at several Dart stations

The protest at Clontarf aims to highlight issues with broken lifts at several Dart stations

Members of a disability campaign group will hold a protest outside a Dublin Dart station next week over “unresolved” issues with broken lifts along the rail network.

Access for All Ireland claimed lifts were out of service at several train stations yesterday at Sandycove, Seapoint, Killiney, Grand Canal Dock, Clondalkin Fonthill, Howth Junction and Balbriggan.

According to the group, display screens also stated that the lift at Skerries was not working, despite reports it was still in operation.

They said no online information was available this morning, with station displays listing Dunboyne, Balbriggan, Skerries, Clondalkin Fonthill and Sandycove as having lifts out of order.

Bernard Mulvany, co-founder of Access for All Ireland, told Independent.ie that a protest to highlight their grievances would take place at Clontarf Dart station on Friday, August 19.

“This is not just about lifts being regularly out of service, but also the reliability of the information we are presented with by Irish Rail,” he said.

“People are continuing to depend on our Twitter account for updates about broken lifts at train stations.

“Our rally will address the poor delivery of promised upgrades along the Dart line and how it’s impacting the disability and caring community during a cost of living crisis.”

Mr Mulvany said intermittent problems at Dart stations are continuing, even where lifts had already been upgraded, such as Clontarf.

He claimed their members have also encountered issues with the monitored call system put in place at some stations.

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“A reliable lift system is required if people with disabilities are to have confidence in our rail system,” he added.

Irish Rail is now in the third year of a five-year programme that will see lifts replaced or upgraded in more than 50 stations.

Up to 15 stations are due to benefit from the works this year. A further 16 stations will see a lift call system installed, which Irish Rail says has been successful in reducing instances of vandalism.

A spokesperson said: “Any issue with lift availability is regretted. Our lift investment programme since 2020 has seen a significant improvement in lift availability.

“Where faults arise due to vandalism or other issues, the vast majority of lifts are returned to service within hours of the issue being reported, and we work to ensure that information is kept up to date.”