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More 24 hour public transport and safe taxi hubs among proposals to make Dublin ‘a more welcoming city’

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The document highlights issues in the city and contains proposed solutions under four headings: safety, transport, regeneration, and waste collection.

DublinTown stated that, following the November riots that brought attention to Dublin, they, as a business lobby group, felt it would be helpful to articulate the main points they believe would make Dublin “a more welcoming city”.

CEO, Richard Guiney, says businesses say that safety is a “significant issue” and likely the main reason why people don’t feel as comfortable in the city.

“Access to transport is a huge issue, and waste management, and one that encapsulates a lot of that is the redevelopment of Talbot Street,” he said.

“I think it does need to be regenerated; it’s likely the street with the lowest perceptions of safety in the city.

“We’re looking at one in ten people saying they feel safe on that street at night, which is a major issue as it is the transport hub for the north side of the city.”

He highlighted that Talbot Street connects to the likes of Connolly Station, Busáras, Dublin Bus Routes, and the interaction with Green and Red Luas lines.

The lobby group has received feedback from businesses on the street that their staff are not particularly comfortable being there waiting for public transport, “particularly at night”.

There have been several engagements from DublinTown with the council, Córas Iompair Éireann, and arts organisations on the potential regeneration of the area.

Dublin Town CEO Richard Guiney

In the submission is also the request that an increase in garda numbers is maintained.

Through several surveys and research carried out by DublinTown, they say they consistently find that people would be more enticed to spend more time in the city with more gardaí.

Another recommendation from the lobby group is to use car parks at night as taxi hubs.

Mr Guiney said that DublinTown had spoken to car park operators and that “it is something they are interested in”.

He suggests that having a system where people can safely access taxis through that vital period between 1.30 am and 3.30 am could significantly influence the number of people who frequent the city centre at night.

“We know quite a proportion of the public don’t go into the city because they are concerned about how they will get home,” he said.

The idea of using underutilised spaces like car parks at night where there is lighting is also suggested in the submission.

The concept of using technology, as other European countries do, where people heading in the same direction can share taxis to ensure people get home safely is also mentioned.

DublinTown also believes that the take-up on the 24-hour bus services shows that there is a demand for public transport at night, and they would like to see the other modes of transport being used in the same way.

Mr Guiney added that the way everyone came together after November 23 and the widespread riots is very positive.

“I think it’s great that a city coordination office has been set up by Dublin City Council and that ultimately that office will be what drives the regeneration of Dublin City,” he said.

“There are obvious issues at national government policy, but I think we as a business community also claim that too, so there is a unity of purpose here, and if we can build on that momentum, we can create a city where people feel happy to spend their time, and that’s ultimately what we all want.”

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