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Open the Gates: WAG Founded!

Posted on: February 1st, 2005

Last month, I announced I was setting up an action group to combat the tolls at the West Link Bridge. Here is the series of events which led up to the founding of this group:

3 Jan – The toll rises from €1.50 to €1.80.

10 Jan – The Sunday Independent reveals that George Redmond and Padraig Flynn signed off the original deal to build the toll bridge.

12 Jan – I announced that I am setting up an action group of like-minded individuals who are sick of queueing to pay the West Link toll. The Comptroller and Auditor General confirmed he is to conduct a pilot investigation into the 1987 deal to build the West Link toll bridge. If deemed appropriate, a full value for money investigation will then be launched.

17th Jan – the 1000th protest email is sent around lunchtime.

21st Jan – the 2,500th protest message is sent at 1.40pm.

27th Jan – There was standing room only in the Red Cow Inn at Wednesday night’s public meeting to protest against the tolls on the West Link Bridge. Chaired by Eamon Dunphy, the meeting heard the views of motorists and discussed ways to continue the campaign. I officially launched the campaign, and a steering committee was formed.