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South Dublin needs more electric car charging points- Eoin Ó Broin

20 October, 2015 - by Eoin O'Broin

Sinn Féin Clondalkin Cllr Eoin Ó Broin has called on South Dublin County Council to ‘do more to increase the number of electric car charging points across the county.’

The call comes after Cllr Ó Broin had a motion passed at the October Council meeting supporting the demand.

Cllr Ó Broin said:

‘Reducing carbon emissions is central to tackling climate change. Local government has a key role to plan in this. South Dublin County Council has demonstrated a commitment to play its part by including climate change as a key element of its Environment directorate.

‘An important part of reducing carbon emissions lies in promoting greater use of electric cars. Councils and other public bodies including ESB can assist in this by increasing the number of electric car charging points to make the choice of electric cars more viable for drivers.

‘The Council, the ESB and An Gardaí also need to ensure that electric car charging points are properly marked and not used as car-parking spaced by petrol/diesel cars.

‘Last year I had a motion passed by Council urging the management to do more in conjunction with ESB to increase the number of charging points and to police them better.

‘Progress to date has been slow and in my view the Council need to do more to increase the number of electric car charging points across the county.

‘In order to highlight the issue again I tabled a motion at this month’s council meeting which was unanimously passed. I will also be tracking progress on work promised at the monthly council meetings.

‘Tackling climate change should be one of the priorities of both local and central government. Making it easier for the public to choose carbon neutral forms of transport is key to this. I hope in the coming year we will see a significant improvement in the number of electric car charging points in South Dublin. 

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