The plan aims to stop drivers using the city centre as a rat run to get to other destinations

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The traffic plan removes private cars from section of Dublin's quays. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Dublin city centre is gridlocked so why were traffic restrictions due to come into effect next month been watered down. Access to the quays is the key issue. The plan had been put to lengthy public consultation and met with approval and Dublin city councillors supported it.

So what’s the problem. Why, just weeks before it was due to be implemented, has opposition emerged demanding that the original plan be watered down. Who is objecting and who will win?

It’s a big test for new city chief Richard Shakespeare who is determined to make the city more pleasant for walkers, safer for cyclists and speedier for public transport.

What will happen next month when the plan was due to go into effect?


Dublin editor Olivia Kelly has followed the twists and turns in what should have been a simple plan for the capital’s roads.

Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Suzanne Brennan.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast