Green Party TD Marc Ó Cathasaigh has said the order to reopen almost all gates and roads in the Phoenix Park to through traffic is a "poor decision, made in haste" and he wants to see it "revisited at the earliest opportunity".

The Office of Public Works reopened the perimeter gates to the Phoenix Park, with the exception of Knockmaroon Gate, on Friday. The decision was announced the day before.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the OPW had closed the park gates to traffic since early March with the exception of the Castleknock and Parkgate Street entrances.

Speaking on RTÉ's The Week in Politics programme,  Mr Ó Cathasaigh said reopening the gates to traffic was a step in the wrong direction.

On the same programme the Minister for State, Patrick O'Donovan, said he had not been lobbied by the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar or Minister for State Jack Chambers, who both represent the Dublin West constituency beside the park.

However, he said had sought to inform the four Government ministers in the Dublin West and Dublin Central constituencies about his decision as soon as he made it.

He said he also wanted to see a reduction in traffic in the park "but you have to be realistic" and he would be starting a process of public consultation on the issue.