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30kph speed limit in city centre will cost €1m says TD

The cost of slowing Dublin city down to 30kph could amount to as much as €1m, it was claimed today.

City officials are again in the firing line over the new restrictions which have received a hugely negative reaction from motorists.

Fianna Fail TD Cyprian Brady argues that the money used to introduce the new law would have been better spent funding community services and youth facilities, which were cut dramatically this year.

Unnecessary

The Dublin Central representative says that the “estimated cost of implementing and managing the introduction of the unnecessary 19mph speed limit could be up to €1 million and should be used to save jobs and lives in the city”.

A figure of €1m has been supplied to him by experts – but even this does not take into account the loss to business in terms of actual sales.

The standalone figure includes the cost of purchasing new signs and labour associated with putting them up and taking down the old ones, along with the garda time taken to enforce the limit and process the fines.

On the first day of the 30kph limit, last Monday, gardai set up speed checks along the quays and had a Gatso van in place before 7am.

“I think it is time that the people of Dublin called a halt to this ridiculous situation and demand that such funds are deployed to more pressing needs in the city,” said Mr Brady.

“Gardai should also be redeployed to reduce crime rather than policing a system that brings the city to a halt.”

He described the current situation as a “fiasco” adding:

“Surely it makes more sense to help shops and businesses in the city to attract customers into the centre and maintain employment.

“By doing so, you allow them grow their businesses and in turn pay the rates that ultimately keep the manager and his staff in employment.”

Criticised

Already the super-slow limits have been criticised by the Automobile Association and a selection of city councillors.

It is the brainchild of Labour councillor Andrew Montague and is heavily supported by the Green Party.

They argue that it will help make the city safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

But Mr Brady has hit back saying that city centre businesses are struggling to survive the difficult economic climate.

“Dublin City Council needs to wake up to reality and invest in jobs.

“The industry has responded to the economic downturn with sales and reduced car parking to attract new business.

“Yet the council continues to encourage shoppers to stay away,” he said.


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