Reinventing Dublin: the feedback
‘Many houses along the Liffey need TLC’
Could the compulsory purchase of old derelict buildings for conversion into council dwellings be beneficial? This would alleviate the need for land development which can have a knock-on effect. It can prevent natural drainage sometimes and it is too often the cause of flooding.
Many of the houses along the River Liffey are rundown and badly need new windows while the stonework needs some TLC.
The Government needs to introduce a duty-of-care bill to make the owners of properties in and around the city centre maintain the houses to a certain standard.
They must not allow the buildings to fall into disrepair, because when that happens it makes the city seem much more run down.
REROUTE THE BUSES
Buses half empty most of the time
There are far too many buses in Dublin. And the routes are beyond confusing. There should be no reason for every single bus to pass through the centre of the city.
The double-deckers are noisy, drive too fast and are often a hazard to pedestrians and cyclists – 80 per cent of the buses should just be single-decker anyway: most are half empty most of the time.
Speedy solution to traffic jams
Congestion charging takes 15 to 40 per cent of cars off city-centre roads. This increases the speed of public transport by a much higher percentage, as buses are a lot more efficient in their use of space.
Good riddance to bad rubbish
It would be great if there was a possibility of an on-the-spot prize for picking up litter. Litter wardens could grant a cash prize or voucher for being a good citizen as well as fines for being a litterbug. That would teach . . . a generation of Dubliners to think differently about how we can take care of our own environment.
Mary Kate O'Flanagan