The redevelopment of Cork city could make the pedestrianisation of St Patrick's Street a reality.
In 1944 Ben Dunne senior’s first ever Dunnes Stores opened at at 105 St Patrick Street in Cork city centre. Now in spectacular €35 million revamp, all that remains of the store is the building’s facade.
It’s a shock to the system alright but sure I suppose everything has to move on really doesn’t it?
This is one of two major projects under way in the heart of Cork city. The other being an O'Callaghan Properties redevelopment of the former site of the Irish Examiner offices on St Patrick’s Street-Academy Street.
Since 2001 St Patrick’s Street has undergone huge development works under the auspices of Spanish architect Beth Gali. With the two major developments underway, it is now possible for plans for the pedestrianisation of St Patrick’s Street to be realised.
Head of Transport Planning, Cork City Council Noel Tummon explains how pedestrianisation would work. It would see private cars banded from Cork's main street for certain periods of the day,
But will allow in public transport and taxis.
City centre traders once opposed pedestrianisation but now agree it works. The proposal has also received a warm welcome from An Garda Síochána.
Plans have also been lodged to develop an entire block of St Patrick's Street to include a new city library. Nearby Grand Parade’s face-lift is expected to be finished by the end of 2007.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 August 2007. The reporter is Jennie O Sullivan.