A new initiative being launched by the Department of Transport will see several paths in Dublin’s City Centre become tolled, meaning that pedestrians will have to fork out money to use them on a daily basis.
The plan is aimed at helping to raise revenue for the city council to aid repairs, redevelopments and compensation packages for overpaid senior members of staff.
The Dept of Transport have said that people should expect to help contribute to the repairs of the paths that they use and damage on a daily basis. In a statement released they said:
People use the paths everyday and are the single reason why they get destroyed and become unsafe. People can’t expect to walk all over these paths and not contribute to their up-keep. It’s not fair in an equal society and this new toll will help ensure that the paths are safe and maintained long into the future. And will ensure that our plan to make every single man, woman and child suffer even more than they have to because we haven’t got the economic knowledge or balls to affect any real change.
Leading this new project will be Donal O’Reilly, previously an investment banker from a now ruined Irish financial institution. Donal’s has absolutely no experience in this area, but does command a salary of over €660,000, so he must be good at something if the government are to yet again break their salary cap for executives and newly hired consultants.
The tolls will first be placed on Grafton Street, Henry Street, O’Connell Bridge and the entire south Quays. Each trip on these tolled paths should only cost pedestrians €1.20 and with the heavy footfall in Dublin, it is hoped that by the end of 2014, the paths themselves will be constructed out of actual gold.
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