European Car Free Day in Dublin is marred by heavy traffic on the city roads.

Green Party TDs were among the few who chose to leave their cars at home as they cycled to Leinster House.

Green Party TD Trevor Sargent says that the government has not got the message that more investment is needed in public transport and facilities for cyclists. As a result he claims that people are finding it very difficult to manage without cars. 

Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann were encouraging people to use their services by offering free transport on a number of routes. 

Unlike other European cities, there are no streets in the capital closed off to traffic for Car Free Day.

Dublin City Council has been accused of failing to close off streets in an effort to avoid shutting down traffic. A tombstone was unveiled outside Dublin City Council offices at Wood Quay by Dublin Cycling Campaign, marking what they referred to as the death of car free day in Dublin.  

David Maher of the Dublin Cycling Campaign says that in Ireland Car Free Day should be called Gridlock Day.

Nothing has been done to encourage people to switch from car dependency.

Protesters from 'Reclaim the Streets' and 'Critical Mass' gathered on Dublin's O'Connell Street, intending to repaint the streets with more cycle lanes and pedestrian crossings. However, a large number of Gardaí were on duty for the demonstration. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 September 2003. The reporter is Eileen Whelan.