Almost 200 Malahide residents attended a virtual information meeting last week about the future of New Street.
The event was organised by the Save Malahide Village campaign, a coalition of local residents, retailers, restaurateurs and other businesses who have been campaigning for the last six months against the closure of the street to traffic.
The meeting was told of public order issues that have arisen as a direct result of the trial pedestrianisation including large gatherings over Christmas.
Some residents reported how the Garda Public Order Unit had been called on a number of occasions since the street closed last June.
Others recounted how it has become a haunt for unlawful public consumption of alcohol and public urination.
Majella Dunne, who lives on New Street with her housebound elderly mother, shared her experience of living with the street closure.
She explained that her family had lived in the house for generations, but now it was like living with Temple Bar on your doorstep 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with buskers, piped music, and street drinking.
SMV wants the local authority to re-open New Street to two way traffic, and implement the Malahide Public Realm Strategy which was developed collaboratively in 2014 with residents, businesses, community groups and the council.
Meeting co-organiser Jonathan Law said: “The full pedestrianisation and one way ‘trial’ have not worked. The impacts have been too severe. As the ‘trial’ has now run 22 weeks over the original committed time, the Save Malahide Village campaign seeks the re-opening of the street to two way traffic.