The pedestrianisation of two streets in Dublin city centre is to end after this weekend, Dublin City Council has announced.
The local authority announced on Twitter that this weekend is the final scheduled weekend for pedestrianisation of Capel Street and Parliament Street.
DCC said that more than 300,000 people "have experienced the traffic-free streets" over the last 11 weeks.
Over the last 11 weeks, more than 300,000 people have experienced the traffic-free streets of Capel St & Parliament St. This weekend is the final scheduled weekend so be sure to check it out! #Dublin #CityRecovery #Pedestrianisation pic.twitter.com/SxRtCYXr2E— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) August 23, 2021
The streets were made traffic-free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings for a trial period over the summer to facilitate outdoor dining.
This also involved the removal of some on-street parking spaces to allow 'buildouts' to the pavement.
The decision to end pedestrianisation has been criticised by some Government TDs, with Fine Gael's Ciaran Cannon and Josepha Madigan both expressing disappointment.
Mr Cannon tweeted that he "really thought that we were on the cusp of a vastly better capital city, where people come before cars".
The owner of Panti Bar on Capel Street, Rory O'Neill aka Panti Bliss, also criticised the decision, saying it was "absolutely enraging" and called on Dublin City Council to make the pedestrianisation permanent.
Former Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, who is a Green Party councillor, said: "If it works, we should keep it. I'll be asking DCC tomorrow how we can keep it going."
Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam said he would also be speaking with officials to "at least extend the scheme until we secure approval from something further at our September Dublin City Council meeting".