wearnicehats wrote:Surely 2021 is the appropriate time to celebrate our first century of independence?
Fair point wearnicehats, celebrate a century of independence on the centenary and not five years early. However, 2016 will not be about celebrating 100 years of independence, it will be about marking the deaths of people who fought and willingly died for it. Who cares is the rising was a bit half arsed in the end, taking over a mill and a post office hardly struck fear into the hearts of the British. Im sure most will agree marking the deaths of some of our greatest patriots is more important then the signing of a piece of paper.
Easter 1916 is a date that is and always will be etched into the hearts and minds of Irish people and this should be celebrated. Just like the millennium was celebrated on 31st December 1999 (at the end of 1999 years, not 2000 which would have been a millennium), it offers a date which is easier to understand and easier to sell.
Anyway, getting back to the point at hand, "Pedestrianise College Green", 2016 offers a set date to work towards. We all know that a definite completion date which can not be overrun is vitally important to completing publicly funded projects on time. Unfortunately the original budget is usually blown out of the water to ensure the project is completed in time.
As for a tunnel, why go to such lengths to accommodate drivers? The city centre should be kept car free, so far as is possible. Drivers traveling from north to south or south to north should be forced to use the M50, instead of cutting through town to avoid the toll, or all the money spent on upgrades is just a waste. Improved public transport would allow for this, such as Metro and extended Luas Green Line north. Again 2016 gives a set date to achieve this. If we are still just talking about it by then we should just give up on it all.