Residents of North Great Georges Street in Dublin are divided over plans to close off one end of the street with ornate gates.
Dublin Corporation is planning to close one end of North Great George's Street by building a granite wall, decorative wrought iron railings and double gates. The street is one of the finest surviving examples of a Georgian streetscape however critics of the proposal argue that it would create an isolated, gated community and take away from the integral role it has played in Dublin's inner city life.
Claims of elitism and exclusiveness are rejected by resident Senator David Norris who is in favour of erecting the gates. Critics of the proposal would prefer to see the erection of bollards and traffic calming measures which Senator Norris regards as inverted snobbery.
How dare people put something beautiful instead of something that is merely functional, the effect will be the same, the traffic cannot race though the streets, stolen cars cannot come through the streets, the pedestrians will be favoured.
However not all residents are in favour of the gates. Pauline Byrne disagrees with the plan to close off the vehicular traffic on North Great George’s Street as it is not part of a wider traffic plan in Dublin city centre.
City centre residents are also divided in their opinion about the proposed gates,
I think it’s ridiculous.
Another woman says when similar measures were introduced in her area, incidents of joyriding significantly decreased.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 April 2000. The reporter is Deirdre McCarthy.