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Leinster House Shouldn’t Be Surrounded By Concrete And Cars

Posted on: November 9th, 2007

Leinster Lawn was once a lovely park, a green space, which was made into a car park some years ago. This was supposed to be a temporary arrangement until a long term solution could be found. However it remains a car park to this day, and it is us Members of the Oireachtas who are to blame for failing to restore Leinster Lawn to its former glory. Here’s what I told the Seanad:

Much has been said recently about the Oireachtas setting a bad example on pay and expenses, when we are asking the general public to restrict themselves in the weeks and months to come. We might take this a little further. I drove into Leinster House, just as I suppose everybody else did.

Leinster lawn was once a lovely park, a green space, which was temporarily made into a car park some years ago. We are all at fault because we all drive and the car park is chock a block every single day. We could give an example to the public if we were to put restrictions on ourselves and on the staff of this House.

We look after the internal fabric of Leinster House magnificently. The staff and the OPW have done phenomenally good work, but the outside is a desecration of the past. We are not looking after the heritage of the house. It is a disgrace that there are hundreds of cars there everyday. The Oireachtas Members and staff should be prepared to make some sort of sacrifice to restore it to its former glory as a green area, of which people of Dublin could be proud.