A development plan advocates enormous changes for Dublin city centre.
Liam Skelly Fine Gael TD is supporting the Canadian backed proposal to build a shopping, entertainment and conference complex stretching from Jervis Street on the north side of Dublin to Dame Street on the south side. The expansion also includes linking Heuston Station and Connolly Station with an underground rail link .
RTÉ reporter Charlie Bird gives details of the project which promises to provide over 2000 construction jobs and 5000 permanent jobs upon completion. The original idea for this multi million pound redevelopment of Dublin city centre goes back to the mid 1960s. Then a report from a German traffic consultant Karl Schaecterle suggested building a central bus station this idea was incorporated into the Dublin transportation study.
The plans for the current redevelopment proposal have been with the government for eighteen months. The Canadian consortium says that if a decision is not made soon they may pull out of backing the project altogether.
The project threatens the very survival of the present coalition government
An RTÉ News Report broadcast 22 September 1986. The reporter is Charlie Bird.