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Saturday 10 December 2016

Grafton Street faces more work as cracks emerge in new paving

Work on the new pavement on Grafton Street in June 2014
Work on the new pavement on Grafton Street in June 2014

Grafton Street's pavement is set for another going-over as Dublin City Council moves to repair cracks that have emerged since its latest renovation.

Dublin's thoroughfare was repaved just 18 months ago at a cost of €4m.

Despite this, council officials say they are now carrying out remedial work after some areas "unexpectedly deteriorated".

It is understood that a section of the street at the junction with South Anne Street and Harry Street has suffered recent damage.

Work began on repairing the pavement in that area last Monday.

A spokesperson for the council said the new paving had become cracked and damaged, "likely as a result of heavy vehicular movements at this particular junction".

A Dublin City Council spokesperson stated that "the works will take place in stages, in order to keep disruption to a minimum for retailers, pedestrians and necessary vehicular traffic".

"Local businesses have been notified and every effort will continue to be made to minimise disruption during these essential works," they said.

It comes at a difficult time for city centre retailers, as the Luas Cross City works continue around key shopping areas.

Grafton Street also faces competition from other retail attractions outside of the city such as Dundrum Town Centre, and Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.

The paving renovation is not expected to interfere with the all-important Christmas shopping season, with work expected to be completed in six weeks' time.

The original repaving of Grafton Street first began in 2014 and finished in mid-2015.

Important

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr said the council should seek answers from those who carried out the repaving.

"If the work was carried out by a contractor, then the city council should be working to follow up with them on the work," he told the Herald.

"Grafton Street is our national street. It's a very important street for retail, and any work should be carried out well. Dubliners are paying for this work, and we would expect that the work would be of a high standard," he added.

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