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Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Central Mary Lou Mc Donald MEP calls for train stop for Croke Park

23 February, 2007


Dublin Central candidate Mary Lou Mc Donald MEP speaking ahead of tomorrow's Ireland vs. England rugby game has called on the provision of a train platform for Croke Park.

 

Ms Mc Donald, observed after the first rugby match in Croke Park that “it is clear that the traffic management arrangements for Croke Park are insufficient, with 33 events scheduled annually at the stadium it is high time a platform was constructed for the stadium”.

 

Mary Lou noted that “the new platform would channel match goers from all the railway lines into Dublin directly to the stadium, thereby assisting with crowd management and reducing the amount of vehicular traffic trying to find parking in the wider neighbourhood. After the Ireland France game, our local office received calls from local residents feeling once more hemmed in by the volume of traffic and parking on Sunday”

 

I see only compelling reasons for the “special” trains laid on at match times to journey all the way and directly to the station, it would bring fans to the footstep of the very stadium and provide a named link to what is now the defacto national stadium”

 

As an interim solution to the traffic problem Mary Lou has called on the Council, the GAA and the Gardaí to urgently introduce a Park and Ride facility for match events.

 

Pointing out the success of the Park and Ride for the Ryder Cup event in Kildare, Ms Mc Donald said “a short term urgently needed solution, pending the construction of a Croke Park platform, would be the provision of Park and Ride. It works well and there is a good choice of unused space within the Dublin docks area at the weekends. I am calling on the GAA and Dublin City Council to get together to apply a solution that will benefit the customers of Croke Park and the residents of the area.”

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