by Our Rail Correspondent Dee Lais
THE controversial MetroLink plan through Ranelagh is now expected to be shelved indefinitely due to growing opposition from local residents.
Despite the National Transport Authority’s initial claims that the €3 billion project would boost the economy by an enormous made-up number, prominent political figures have been lining up to express their concerns about the proposals.
“Everyone agrees that we desperately need an expensive state-of-the-art, high-speed link between leafy Dublin South and other parts of leafy Dublin South,” said Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell. “But do we need it immediately? That said, it’s absolutely essential for talented politicians like myself who are going nowhere fast.”
Meanwhile Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has also condemned the proposed link, saying, “It’s completely unsound on vague environmental grounds – particularly because it does not involve eco-friendly bamboo rickshaws.”
THAT METROLINK (IN FULL)
- Intricate system of costly rail tunnels
- €90 billion 16-lane motorway flyover
- High-rise bandwagon for Eoghan Murphy
- No noisy disruption near the homes of TDs