Greens’ vision on the double

THE Greens launched their Vision for Dublin strategy yesterday, but insisted progress had been made since they launched documents of the same name before the 2004 and 2007 elections.

The documents contain many similar pledges. For example, the 2004 document promised to introduce 20m/h speed limits in residential areas, establish College Green as a “car-free public piazza” and establish a Liffey Valley park.

Similarly, the document launched yesterday promises to “provide speed limits of 30km/h [20m/h] in residential areas”, “provide a car-free College Green” and “create a Liffey Valley national park”.

But Green leader John Gormley denied the party was reheating an old strategy because it had run out of things to launch in the election campaign.

And he insisted progress was being made on the strategy, pointing to the Liffey Valley park as an example.

“Since I’ve gone in as Minister for the Environment I’ve progressed this and we’re well on the way to actually achieving this,” he said at a press conference in Dublin city centre.

“I’ve written to the county managers and they have come back [and] we have created a special amenity order for the area – for the first time that has happened.”

Elsewhere in yesterday’s document, the party pledged to:

* Plant trees on every residential street in the capital.

* Provide more allotments and community gardens.

* Build Luas lines from Poolbeg to Rathfarnham and Tallaght to Saggart.

Speaking about the plan, Green Euro election candidate Deirdre de Burca said rezoning in Dublin city and surrounding areas “should be a thing of the past”.

But while the party was holding its press conference, former Green MEP Patricia McKenna was calling on the Greens to pull out of Government.

Ms McKenna, who is standing as an Independent in the European elections against Ms de Burca in the Dublin constituency, said the “further squandering” of taxpayers’ money on Anglo Irish Bank was “reckless”.

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