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Another Dublin street blocked off by activists in car-free demonstration

Councillors are due to vote next week on a proposal to permanently pedestrianise this section of the street.

Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie

A GROUP OF activists blocked off a section of Lower Liffey Street today, declaring it a “clean-air zone” as part of a campaign to pedestrianise more areas of Dublin City.

The occupation was organised as part of the Streets Are for People movement, which involves members of the Dublin Cycling Campaign, Dublin Commuter Coalition, the Irish Pedestrian Network and Extinction Rebellion.

Green Party councillor Neasa Hourigan, one of the organisers of the event, said there is already a proposal before Dublin City Council to pedestrianise this section of the street. The council is due to vote on the proposal on Monday. 

“There’s only 1,000 cars that go down this street every day,” she said.

“It would be a prime area to carve out for some kind of low emissions zone so that people with kids, people who want to go have a sandwich, have safe climate-friendly place to be.”

Artists Impression of proposed Liffey Street Lower Plaza (1) An artist's impression of the proposed Liffey Street Lower plaza.

In July, the same activists blocked off Dublin’s South William Street from traffic, a day Hourigan described as “hugely successful”.

She said the groups plan to occupy a number of other streets across the city in the future as part of the campaign.

Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie

“We’re not trying to close down the city to all cars, we’re just trying to show what’s possible and show what spaces should be pedestrianised, should be better for people and more accessible – places to rest, places that are just that bit further away from congestion,” she said. 

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