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Proposal to place petrol station next to school rejected by Dublin City Council

Parents and children from Gaelscoil Cholmcille protested outside Dublin City Council over the plan, which was proposed as part of the extension of Dublin’s Luas line.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

A PROPOSAL TO relocate a petrol station near a primary school in Dublin 17 in order to accommodate the extension of the city’s Luas line has been rejected by Dublin City Councillors this evening.

Earlier this evening, parents and children from Gaelscoil Cholmcille protested outside Dublin City Council over the proposals, which would have seen a Maxol Petrol Station relocated close to the primary school on the Oscar Traynor Road.

Parents and local residents opposed to the plans said the relocation of the petrol station would lead to heavy traffic in the area – increasing the risk of injury and accidents – as well as high levels of car fumes, leading to environmental pollution and health problems.

Speaking ahead of the vote, several councillors deemed the entire matter the responsibility of DIT, the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) and Maxol to agree upon – either through negotiation or a CPO – and questioned why it had gotten to the stage of Dublin City Councillors being involved.

Cllr Mannix Flynn said the proposals would impose “something unacceptable” on a generation of children and said he would have to “side with the people” on the matter.

However councillors who supported the proposals said the relocation was essential for the development project which would be a major boost to the city. Cllr Aine Clancy said Luas extension project would create “4,000 jobs in construction” in the early stages.

The motion was defeated following a vote which saw 24 councillors against and 21 in favour, with three abstaining and four absent.

Read: Luas passenger numbers up with nearly 30 million journeys last year
Read: Work to start on €370m Luas link-up next year

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