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Doolan-Authority must not be an expensive talking shop

6 November, 2005

Sinn Féin's Dublin Spokesperson on the Environment Councillor Daithí Doolan, today welcomed, "the appointment of Prof Margaret O'Mahony as Chair of the new transport authority for the Greater Dublin area."

Speaking in Dublin today, Cllr. Doolan said:

"I welcome the appointment of Prof O'Mahony as part of the government's new transport plan, but I would call on her to ensure that the new authority does not become another expensive talking shop funded by the taxpayer. To ensure it's success the authority must be time framed, accountable, inclusive and answerable to the local authorities in Dublin. This will only happen if members of the 4 local authorities in Dublin are included on any authority. Also included on any authority must be the fire service so as to avoid the M5O fiasco, where we have a major stretch of road with no fire protection.

"The authority must be ready to take bold and brave decisions to tackle the causes and consequences of the grid lock across Dublin. The authority has a multi billion euro budget, the same old solutions will become a total waste of this money. The priorities for any authority must be road safety and both economic and environmental sustainability. This authority can not be allowed get away with simply navel gazing or reinventing the wheel. To discuss these priorities I am calling on Prof. O' Mahony to meet with the 4 local authorities, the Dublin TDs and the city's 4 MEPs as a matter of urgency."

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan said, " to ensure this meeting takes place I will be tabling a motion at tomorrow's night's City Council meeting, calling for a meeting with Prof. O'Mahony."

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