A petition has been launched in the hopes of stopping the destruction of a locally loved park in the North Inner City.
The petition is to save the Four Masters’ Park on Berkeley Road in Phibsborough, which is expected to be uprooted to make way for a MetroLink station.
Beloved by the local community, the green space was given to the area by the Sisters of Mercy for the benefit of residents in the North Inner City, and is one of very few green spaces in the inner city.
Under new MetroLink plans, a substantial part of the green space is to be absorbed for a new metro station.
However, as detailed in the petition, a station was already constructed under the old Metro North plans in 2012, underneath The Mater Hospital’s Mater Whitty building – less than 500 metres away from Four Masters’ Park – when current Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was Minister for Transport.
In April, the National Transport Authority defended plans to build the new station, despite the €12 million spend on a ‘station box’ to Journal.ie, saying that as the MetroLink has taken on a revised route from the Metro North plans, it would be difficult to disrupt the hospital to access the previously constructed stop box, and that the angle of the approach toward the hospital has shifted from old plans.
The petition against the decision to destroy the Four Masters’ Park has already garnered 264 signatures, with one signatory saying they grew up in the area using the park, and feel that planners aren’t putting enough value on Dublin’s green spaces.