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Ian Mallon: This snail's pace idea is about as nonsensical and damaging as the College Green car ban

The new laws reducing speed limits in Dublin to 30kph are completely barmy.

Dublin city centre is already one of the safest places in the country as things stand, and there is plenty of evidence to back this up.

Basically some ideologically unsound nincompoop felt that he had to fix something that wasn't broke, and he's gone and put another nail in the coffin of our almost deserted city centre.

Not content already with banning cars on College Green and thereby smashing a wrecking ball through the local economy, Dublin City Council and the Green Party have now ruled that any cars that actually bother coming into town will be almost useless when they get there.

Basically a bunch of overpaid mandarins from City Hall and their morally corrupt buddies in the Green Party will not rest until Dublin resembles a city under curfew.

Ban cars, destroy business and ruin local economies is the ethos of this unholy alliance of councillors and pseudo-environmentalists.

But perhaps the most repulsive act of all, in the introduction of woefully inadequate city centre traffic speeds, is the off-handed and disrespectful comments which the Green party aims at the experts.

When a body as esteemed and expert as the Automobile Association are accused of not caring about lives then that's quite disgusting.

Ciaran Cuffe, the Green Party Transport Spokesman has accused the AA of not caring about road safety, after Conor Faughnan described the new speed limits as "pointless".

Cuffe, who will no doubt spend the weekend basking in the glow of his dying Dublin sneered that the AA merely "professes to care about road safety".

Mr Cuffe though could not back up any of his press release with solid facts when contacted by the Herald today.

When we asked him just how many people were knocked down and killed in Dublin city centre last year, or the year before he didn't know.

The man who is most critical of traffic in Dublin city centre cannot and could not back up any of his moronic ramblings with solid facts or figures.

The Green Party and City Councillors need to get it into their oversized skulls that a car travelling at 45-50kph in Dublin city centre is not dangerous.

Careless driving is what kills people around towns, trucks turning onto cyclists being the biggest killer of all.

All we need is a visible Garda presence on the city centre's streets -- not a speed limit that will make journeys across town even longer.

Conor Faughnan of the AA is dead right, this is a little more about an ideology than a proper intelligent reason.