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Dart station lift finally back working after 96 days

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The ‘temporary’ stairwell to Clongriffin Dart Station, which has been in place for 13 years, now has its lift back working again following 96 days of anger and frustration for residents.

The access point, privately owned by the developer Richmond Homes, has been operational since April 2010.

Samantha O’Flanagan, from Myrtle the Coast Residents Association, has been campaigning since the beginning of the year to address both the long and short-term access issues.

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“It’s taken 96 days to get the lift working, which is a disgrace in itself. Even though it’s currently working, it’s still not fit for purpose,” she said.

“It’s covered in rust, and the floor is so uneven that it’s surely dangerous for people with mobility issues. I wouldn’t dream of getting into it unless absolutely necessary.

“Unfortunately, for our mobility-impaired community members, they have no choice but to use it. It’s only a matter of time before it breaks again.

“We’re still campaigning for it to be replaced with a more secure lift in the short term, and then also for permanent ramp access to be prioritised as a matter of urgency.

“We have requested the Minister For Transport come out to see for himself just how bad things are here, as it really needs to be seen to be believed.”

Last week, TDs Richard Bruton and Aodhán O Ríordáin brought forward what they described as a “major issue” in the Dáil.

Mr O Ríordáin pleaded with the Minister For Transport Eamon Ryan to visit the site to reassure people in the area that the matter is being taken seriously.

Members of Myrtle The Coast Residents Association at the stairwell earlier this year. Pic: Mark Condren

Green Party Councillor David Healy also expressed his frustration with the condition of the lift.

“It’s really shocking that after three months of the lift being out of order for repairs, this is the condition that Richmond Homes offers for public use,” he said.

“The last thing people expected is that the lift would be reopened, looking like that. It’s just incredible that they haven’t simply replaced the floor and just cleaned it or picked up the rubbish.

“It’s really up to them to try and explain how they think this is acceptable. This is a responsibility they took on when they bought the land; it’s not something that’s appeared out of nowhere.”

Richmond Homes has been contacted for comment.

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