Planned protest for this weekend re 123 route diversion averted

Following confirmation that buses wil not be diverted down Mourne Rd

by Rose Barrett
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A planned protest today and tomorrow to block buses going down Mourne Road in Drimnagh has now been cancelled, says Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF).

Following a huge outcry from locals, Cllr Doolan told the Dublin Gazette that the scheduled changes to the 123 bus route will not now be diverted.

“Having spoken to management and unions,they have given commitment to visit Drimnagh next week and resolve the issues.
Hence, there will be no protest today” he said.

Dublin Bus were planning to divert the 123 route away from Galtymore Road and down Mourne Road because of traffic congestion.

Residents were planning to block buses going down Mourne Road in Drimnagh in an attempt to get Dublin Bus to reverse the decision. 

Cllr Doolan (above) welcomed the confirmation as local residents were feeling very frustrated by the Dublin Bus decision. Residents feel they have no option but to protest today and again on Monday at 9am. The protest intended to block the buses going down Mourne Road so as to get Dublin Bus to reverse the decision. 

“I had spoken with the NBRU and emphasised that the protest was not aimed at the drivers. Residents fully appreciate they provide a great service to the public. In fact the union confirmed they too have been raising this issue of traffic congestion with management since 2022. Unfortunately no action has been taken.

“I also contacted Dublin Bus area manager appealing to him to reverse the kneejerk decision to divert the bus down Mourne Road but now, at least, there has been communication and confirmation that the divertion will not take place.” 

“I have urged Dublin Bus to engage directly with Dublin City Council, Gardaí and residents in an attempt to resolve this situation as a matter of urgency and look forward to the outcome of further negotiations.”

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