Metrolink: Pool users and local residents vow to fight against plan

by Rachel Darcy

Residents advocating for Markievicz Pool and College Gate apartments to be saved are asking for a detailed explanation of why alternative plans for Metrolink wouldn’t work.

It was announced on Tuesday that despite the NTA looking into substitute plans for the Tara Street station of MetroLink, the original preferred route would remain, despite the demolition of 70 homes and a community leisure centre.

Sean De Burca, from the Save Markievicz Pool group, told Dublin Gazette that while they are in favour of transport for Dublin, they feel their community is not being considered.

He said: “We are in favour of significant investment in public transport for Dublin. After all, we are residents of Dublin 2, and the city deserves world-class transport infrastructure.

“So far, all MetroLink has offered this community is to destroy 70 homes and one of the city’s few public amenities.

“The communities of Dublin South were listened to. The GAA pitches of Na Fianna have been preserved, and rightly so. What about the residents of Dublin city?

“We will be protesting outside the Markievicz Pool this Saturday. We will engage fully in the public consultation process and submit our own proposals in due course,” De Burca said.

For more on the Markievicz Pool protest this Saturday, visit the Save Markievicz Pool Facebook page.

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