Only when Dublin is saved will we be able to love it again

I refer to Pól Ó Conghaile’s article (“It’s Time to Love Dublin Again”, Weekend Magazine, September 10), which encourages readers not to lose faith in the capital. This is a laudable idea, but the example is top-down.

The officials entrusted with the administration and maintenance of Dublin do not appear to take pride in the appearance of the city, particularly the city centre.

It is surely high time for Dublin to have a directly elected mayor, with a mayoral office, real mayoral office and real budget. A team must be assembled that is passionate about the city and a vision and plan must be created in consultation with the public.

I – and certainly countless others – want to be proud of our capital. Right now, embarrassment and shame are better words to describe what I’m feeling.

Gerry Kelly
Ratgar, Dublin

Cheap travel would bring more problems than benefits

The Labor Party called for a 9-euro monthly ticket for public transport at their round of thought. That would be similar to Germany and is superficially a sensible suggestion.

Unfortunately, there was no consultation with the workers and representatives at the longwall. If that had been the case, they could have informed the Labor Party that radical investments beyond the billions proposed for BusConnects, Metro and Dart Plus are essential before introducing a cheap ticket.

The public transport network does not have the ability or capacity to serve a large influx of new customers. Certain bus and train journeys are carried out with sardine-like loads.

Before there are incentives to use public transport, the bus and train network must be able to accommodate additional customers.

Being radical and creative means opening new rail lines and reopening old ones. We need to explore the discussed costs of Metro and see where BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) can be introduced quickly and cheaply.

More space on the streets must be made available for public transport. Bus services in rural Ireland are heavily dependent on commercial operators which is not a sustainable model.

Heavily subsidized public transport is not a realistic solution without massive investment.

Thomas O’Connor
National Bus and Railway Association, Dublin

Tax on gifts from parents to children takes the biscuit

Is it double, triple or maybe even quadruple taxation? The government is now trying to further reduce the tax allowance for gifts of money from parents to children (“Family inheritance at risk as state said it would take a larger share”, Irish Independent, 12th September). For real?

We already pay a wealth tax, a universal Social Security tax, a crippling personal income tax, and an ever-increasing food and beverage tax, to name a few. After a lifetime of work, when we’ve managed to put a little extra aside to help our kids, they rush in and grab their share of it, too.

Also, keep in mind that our pathetic banking system has left us with the burden of watching over our meager savings for the past several years. No wonder young people are fleeing.

Eamon Kearney
Ayrfield Road, Dublin 13

Ireland benefits from the British monarchy so tread carefully

Queen Elizabeth’s death has sparked an anti-monarchist wave of Irish Republicans. Why? The same people do not want to advise Andorra, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway or Sweden – other states with hereditary heads of state.

The British royal family offers an attraction that attracts tourists from all over the world. Quite a few of these visitors include Ireland on their itinerary. So we benefit too. Long may it go on like this.

Cal Hyland
Rosscarbery, Co Cork

A tailor-made method to make paths safe for cyclists and pedestrians

Donough O’Reilly is perhaps too young to remember when Dublin was a giant cycle lane (“Life has never been better for the cyclists of Dublin”, letters, 12th September). There would be seven bikes side by side around College Green and you would jaywalk at your own risk.

Mr O’Reilly expresses his frustration at cyclists who do not have a bell on their bike to warn pedestrians of their arrival.

As a possible solution to this, perhaps bikes should come with some sort of noisemaker. This might be a modern day equivalent of the folded cigarette box we used to fasten so the spokes would hit it and make a buzzing sound. Better still, maybe someone could come up with a hat with wing mirrors to be worn by hikers on shared trails.

Paul Griffin
Merseyside, UK Only when Dublin is saved will we be able to love it again

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