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Children 'at risk in car park plans'

CHILDREN'S lives will be put at risk by a plan for parking charges at a Dublin beauty spot, a school principal warned.

The council wants to put 15 pay-and-display spaces at the seafront in Sandycove beside a play area.

Head teacher Mary Mitchell O'Connor, who is a member of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, said it would restrict the view of passing motorists.


The scheme would also seriously damage the scenic quality of the area for local families and visitors, she warned.

Cllr Mitchell O'Connor is vehemently opposing the plan at Newtownsmith Green. The proposal was expected to be presented to the council today.

She said: "Parking along the seafront will negatively impact on sea views and will seriously detract from the natural beauty of the Newtownsmith Green seafront area. It will impair the sea view enjoyed by those walking, living and travelling in the area. This is not acceptable and it will impact negatively on the views and it will also have serious safety issues."

Cllr Mitchell O'Connor, principal of the local Harold School, said: "Newtownsmith Green is a place where young people play football and other sports. This green is adjacent to the road and if cars are now going to park along the green, then I honestly believe that children's lives will be endangered because motorists' views will be further restricted.

"Last year a pupil from the Harold School was injured by a car when he stepped off the grass verge on to the road and I do not want this to happen again."