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ARRANGEMENT: Nial Ring

ARRANGEMENT: Nial Ring

ARRANGEMENT: Nial Ring

A CROKE Park ballot bus has been forced to go in two directions because of road closures this Friday ahead of the One Direction concert.

Approximately 2,300 residents around Ballybough and Summerhill will have their access to the polling station restricted by road closures.

The 900 residents on Tolka Road, Orchard Road and Clonliffe Gardens will not be able to travel by car in the evening to O’Connell School to vote because of road closures at Jones Road and traffic cordons on Clonliffe Road, Russell Street and North Circular Road.

There are a further 1,400 people living around Elizabeth Street, Fitzroy Avenue and Portland Street who will also have their access to the O’Connell School polling station restricted.

Around 80,000 fans are expected to descend upon Croke Park for the first of three One Direction concerts starting this Friday.

And local councillor Nial Ring has laid on a ballot bus to make sure residents will be able to vote at any time they want.

Jostled

“One Direction will not be interfering with people’s democratic right to vote. I had a list of dozens of people going to vote around tea time who would be totally cut off from their polling station because of the road closures,” explained Mr Ring.

“There will be times when no traffic will be allowed through barriers and I know a lot of the elderly residents are put off by the crowds of teenagers expected, fearing they will be jostled,” he added.

A local community group will donate their bus for the day to ferry people back and forth with their polling cards through the cordoned roads.

Mr Ring will personally drive the bus and pay for the insurance and petrol on the day. “One Direction will have to pay for the two directions,” said the councillor, who joked he will expense the costs to the boy band.

jfegan@herald.ie


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