College Green Described An 'Em...


College Green Described An 'Embarrassment' And A 'Disgrace'

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

10:18 20 Jul 2022

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Central Dublin has become a national disgrace and its former majestic views reduced to a spectacle of decline.

College Green, that's home to Trinity College and the old Central Bank, has been singled out and described as an embarrassment to the city, with empty trophy buildings and a series of utility boxes.

Columnist with The Sunday Independent, Liam Collins, says the area has been allowed to become a junction for traffic rather than a usable space for the public;

"I just observed how down at heel, tawdry, how awful the place looks and yet there are thousands of visitors milling around."

But CEO of business group Dublin Town, Richard Guiney disagrees that the area has become derelict but admits improvements are needed;

"I certainly wouldn't class it as an area that's gone into decline and I wouldn't be pessimistic about its future at all, it remains incredibly vibrant."

A long-running plan to pedestrianise College Green was rejected by An Bord Pleanála in 2018 over concerns about the impact it would have on bus movements and on traffic.

A new application is currently being put together by Dublin City Council that includes restricting traffic and creating a public plaza.

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