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Sinn Féin to discuss LUAS operators refusal to remove overhead cables with City Manager

14 March, 2005

Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillor, Killian Forde, has expressed his and his nine fellow Sinn Fein Dublin City Councillors deep disappointment by the refusal of Connex, the operators for the LUAS to remove the overhead cables crossing O'Connell Street for the passing of the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Thursday.

Councillor Forde said:

"Connex's refusal to temporarily remove the cables means that the maximum height allowed of any of the floats is now 4 metres. Last year, some of the floats were up to 12 metres high and they were visually and artistically brilliant. The St Patrick's Parade over the past decade has been transformed into a dynamic showcase of some of the best street theatre and art in the world. Connex selfish stance will limit the development and expansion of the parade and the festival.

"All over the Island community groups and artist have been toiling to design and build floats and now as this late hour many groups have to

make massive changes to their construction due to the shortsightnees of this private company.

Sinn Fein councillors have requested an urgent meeting with the City Manager to explore the options available to the Council to get Connex to comply with the festival organiser's request."ENDS

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