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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Residents' anger at closure of 'gateway to Dublin Mountains'

Residents Margareth Kearney, Stephanie O'Toole, Miriam Mason and Valerie Keogh protest over the road closure
Residents Margareth Kearney, Stephanie O'Toole, Miriam Mason and Valerie Keogh protest over the road closure

A small community in South Dublin has spoken out after the closure of a key road in the area almost eight months ago.

Edmondstown Road, dubbed the "gateway" to the Dublin Mountains, lies on the outskirts of Rathfarnham in Dublin 16.

The road was closed by South Dublin County Council (SDCC) in November 2017 following alleged unauthorised excavation works, hindering residents from going about their everyday lives.

"We are the forgotten people," one local Valerie Keogh told the Herald.

"The council erected barriers and closed the road. They have done nothing on the ground since. No information has been relayed to the local community.

"To all the visitors that come - the tourism business, summer camps, funerals, sporting clubs, Gaelic clubs, and all the amenity users of the Dublin Mountains.

Resolution

"The gateway to the Dublin Mountains is closed by South Dublin County Council with no sign or resolution in sight."

According to SDCC, the road was closed for "safety reasons".

"In relation to the ongoing closure of Edmondstown Road for safety reasons, the council's engineers have agreed the design provided of the works needed to repair the slope," it said.

But locals who are spending an extra 20 minutes per journey just to go to the local shops are frustrated.

"If I go to buy a pint of milk, it's an extra 10km a day," said Miriam Mason.

"Emergency services have to do a 5km detour, so it puts people at risk."

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