One of Dublin’s leading business organisations have criticised the building paraphernalia that has been left residing at the end of Grafton Street for over a year.
Head of Public Affairs at Dublin Chamber, Graeme McQueen, tweeted a picture criticising the area, with TD Noel Rock calling the current state of the road ‘absurd’.
The condition of the road has been similar for the past 11 months, as works continue to be carried out in relation to Luas Cross City.
McQueen told Dublin Gazette that the multiple barriers and various other building paraphernalia at the location is ‘an eyesore’ and is symptomatic of other areas in the city centre.
McQueen said: “The mess at the bottom of Grafton Street is symptomatic of what we see across the wider city centre at the moment. There are a lot of areas that could do with some attention. It’s puzzling that almost a year after the Luas Cross City line went live, the area at the bottom of Grafton Street still looks like a building site.
“Grafton Street is the country’s premium shopping street. It’s a shame for both locals, who have to face this eyesore every day, and for the thousands of tens of thousands of tourists who’ve visited Dublin this year. It presents a poor image of the city.”
It’ll soon be 12 months since Luas Cross City opened. Yet the bottom of Grafton St still looks like a building site. pic.twitter.com/GGm78BXeSw
— Graeme McQueen (@GraemeMcQ) October 18, 2018
McQueen also said that the ‘building site’ conditions of the end of Grafton Street, and throughout the city, are unfair on businesses who pay a lot in commercial rates to trade in the city centre.
“Businesses in Dublin pay a lot of money in commercial rates – they deserve a better streetscape than this. The Dublin economy is buoyant at the moment – and has been for some time – but sadly we’re not seeing this reflected in many areas of the city.
“We need to take better care of our public areas. We hear from Dubliners all the time that they want to see less clutter on their streets and for the city to be much cleaner and tidier.“
Dublin City Council told Dublin Gazette that the condition at the junction of Grafton Street and Suffolk Street is due to works that have recently been completed by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).
A spokesperson for the council said: “TII have recently completed their works at this location and intend to demobilise the site over the next few weeks. Planters have been ordered by Dublin City Council for this location and these are scheduled to be in situ by early November.”