I wish the Minister well and thank him for meeting the very important road safety groups in recent weeks and committing to a programme of action in this area. On the question before us, which is about metro north, as the Minister knows the north and west sides of Dublin and Fingal were totally shafted in the planning and construction of the Luas. There was to be a north side line but it never happened. Here we are 15 or 20 years later trying to get the whole project back on track. We had a pre-election promise from Fine Gael last September that metro north would happen and now we are told it will be in 2025 or 2026.
Early this year I made a submission to the Public Consultation of the National Transport Authority (NTA) on their North Dublin Transport Study. I noted then that the study areas of Dublin Bay North and Dublin North West from Drumcondra to Dublin Airport and Swords had “a longstanding profound need for a fixed line public transport system”. I argued that “the preferred option of my Dublin Bay North constituents and myself has always been for the Metro North proposal.”