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Grafton Street in Dublin to be repaved in new colours

The capital’s iconic shopping street will be completely resurfaced and the red brickwork replaced with granite.

Grafton Street's brickwork will be replaced by granite slabs
Grafton Street's brickwork will be replaced by granite slabs
Image: James Horan/Photocall Ireland

GRAFTON STREET IN Dublin is set to be completely repaved under plans drawn up by Dublin City Council.

Under proposals adopted by councillors last night, the pedestrian shopping street will see its redbrick paving removed and replaced by a pink and grey granite scheme.

The current brickwork has been badly damaged and needs to be repaired on “an almost daily basis”, according to a report drawn up by area manager Michael O’Neill which states:

The replacement of its existing paving material is an imperative for the street and the city.

Grafton Street’s proposed new colour scheme is designed to fit with the paving currently in use on O’Connell Street and Henry Street on the city’s north side.

Most of the street will be a “mid-grey” granite, with a dark stone pathway along one side and pink granite detailing intersections and shop fronts.

The work will involve the removal and replacement of all the current street furniture, including lampposts, bins, bollards and signage from the junction of Nassau Street and Suffolk Street to the building line at St Stephen’s Green.

However, the report states that it will be carried out on a “phased” basis to minimise disruption to traders. No cost estimate was given in the document.

It’s anticipated that the repaving will begin in January 2013. The council will first lodge a planning permission application, and then tender for the works.

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