Cautious welcome for IKEA to Carrickmines – Cllr. Chris Curran
Sinn Féin Councillor for Sandyford Glencullen, Chris Curran, has issued a cautious welcome to IKEA after news of the company's decision to take up residency in The Park, Carrickmines.
Cllr Curran said:
“For many residents in Carrickmines, traffic is already a serious issue. However, jobs are a serious issue too, therefore I welcome the announcement. So let me be one of the first to welcome IKEA to South Dublin.
"However as things stand, the road network can barely manage the current traffic flow at weekends and suffers badly at Christmas time.
“To add such a prestigious retailer even into an existing unit will undoubted bring an increased traffic and this may need to be examined.
“Road works are planned for the area and it's my hope that the works will alleviate the concerns of local residents.
“Furthermore, it’s a shame that the LUAS line doesn't have direct access to The Park, Carrickmines, to enable visitors to use public transport, reducing the need to drive to The Park.
“At the moment, the Ballyogan Wood stop is closest but pedestrians need to walk about a kilometre to reach the shops.
“I have submitted the following question to the Chief Executive of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, "to ask the Chief Executive to prepare a report and remedies into the likely traffic increase in Carrickmines, given the news that IKEA expect to move into the area".