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Friday 20 April 2018

Cormac Murphy: Montague to drive home his transport agenda

DUBLINERS can expect transport to be at the centre of the agenda for the city's new Lord Mayor Andrew Montague.

The Labour councillor, who represents the Artane/Whitehall ward in north Dublin, is chair of the local authority's transport and traffic committee.

Many of the initiatives the 43-year-old has been associated with in recent years have centred on the capital's gridlocked streets.

However, he wasn't exactly the darling of the car lobby after championing the controversial 30kph speed limit on the Liffey quays.

Mr Montague was pivotal in arguing for the go-slow zone and even appeared at odds with party leader Eamon Gilmore who questioned the wisdom of the measure when the row erupted.

But the new occupant of the Mansion House stuck to his guns and was dubbed 'Mr Slow' for his troubles.

In the end, a small reduction of the 30kph zone was eventually agreed but much of it remains in place.

Mr Montague, a keen cyclist and chair of the city's cycling forum, was also the main mover behind the far more popular Dublin bike scheme.

Outlining his plans, Mr Montague made clear he wants to make Dublin a more attractive city to both students and tourists, while also expanding the number of markets throughout the city. It's a lot of work in just one year.

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