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Use common sense and get rid of city limit, council told

DUBLIN City Council is being asked to scrap the 30kph speed limit in the city centre "in the interests of common sense".

A group of 12 city councillors has submitted a motion for next Monday's monthly council meeting calling for the limit to be abandoned.

The controversial 30kph zone was brought in on January 31, but attracted major criticism from the public, the AA and city centre businesses.

The 12 councillors who have put their name to Monday's motion are: Louise Minihan (Ind), Nial Ring (FG), Christy Burke (Ind), Pat Crimmins (FG), Catherine Noone (FG), Naoise O Muiri (FG), Declan Flanagan (FG), Bill Tormey (FG), Ray McAdam (FG), Dessie Ellis (SF), Damian O'Farrell (Ind) and Edie Wynne (FG).

The motion asks for the suspension of standing orders and any relevant standing operating procedures "to allow a roll call vote to reverse and abandon the 31st January imposition of a 30kph speed limit in part of the core city centre in the interests of common sense".

It adds that it is also in response to the "clear will of the people of the city and country as reflected in the overwhelming media reaction in print and on the airwaves and the road safety comments of the AA".

The 30kph speed limit was originally brought in by Labour councillors and received cross party support, but there has been widespread opposition to the new limit, including that of Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.

Labour councillors then felt there was a lack of information about the area affected, with many people believing it covered the entire city centre.

Councillors have also called on legal changes to allow different speed limits at different times of the day. In a recent report to the transport committee, city council executive manager Tim Sullivan said the new limit had not caused any traffic congestion and added just one and a half minutes to a 2km journey time.

Lower speed limits had proven to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists, he said.

Research indicated that the percentage of pedestrians killed when in a collision with a vehicle travelling at 50kph is 45pc but reduces to 5pc when the vehicle speed is 30kph, the Council said when introducing the new limit.