21 January 2011

Iarnród Eireann  Deny Impact of Dart Underground on City Residents

Protect East Wall, representing the East Wall community at the Dart Underground Oral Hearing at Croke Park, were shocked to hear Dart Underground project manager, Peter Muldoon stated that tunnelling in the East Wall area would have no impact on the community.

The initial strategy to tunnel from both Inchicore and East Wall was overturned in April, 2010. The controversial decision to tunnel only from East Wall is a key issue of contention for residents.

There is huge concern among residents that this reversal of strategy, so late in the project, has not been assessed fully.  Although this decision means that all the spoil from the tunnel will be transported through the residential community of East Wall, Mr. Muldoon, in response to Cllr. Cieran Perry’s oral submission to An Bord Pleanála this evening, stated “I don’t believe it is a huge change for the East Wall residents.”

Iarnród Eireann clearly does not believe locating Dart Underground tunnelling only at East Wall will have any impact on East Wall. This is simply not the case. In fact, this decision will double the impacts the community will have to bear.
Angela Broderick, Vice Chairman of East Wall Residents’ Association stated “It appears that it is possible to skirt around the truth at an Oral Hearing.  Ambiguous statements such as this should not be tolerated.” 

The beleaguered community continues to set out its concerns about Dart Underground to the Hearing despite Iarnród Eireann’s denials of impacts to their area.

For more information contact:

Angela Broderick         087 9418087