This is an interesting concept that’s been put forward by the civil group S2S, advocating a promenade and cycleway from Sutton to Sandycove. You can check out their proposal here. It reminds me of the New York High Line, which I blogged about here.
Of course, from a political perspective, a scheme like this always underlines to me the surreal way that decisions are made in Ireland. In New York, they lobbied the Mayor. In Dublin, you lobby the regional authority (whomever that is), the four county councils, the departments of transport and environment, the county managers, and any one of them can tell you that the responsibility actually lies with one of the others.
Secondly, even if an idea like this is implemented, someone has to be designated to make it work. If one looks at the boardwalk in Dublin city centre, it’s a prime example of a great idea permitted to be hijacked by a collection of drunks, thugs and junkies.
It would be a great shame if an idea like this is lost up in the “not my job” morass of Irish public decision making.