Press release: Dublin City’s Green Party councillors have called for a picnic on College Green on the three days it will pedestrianised this summer.

The councillors have called on Dubliners to celebrate the reclaiming of the Green, by bringing food, picnic mats, friends and family.

The historic space will be temporarily pedestrianised rom 7am to 7pm on Sunday 21st and 28th of July and on the 4th of August.

The Party has set up a Facebook event page for the picnic at: https://www.facebook.com/events/387508892115917/

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne, South East Inner City, said:

“This is a huge opportunity to highlight the need to pedestrianise College Green, which the Green Party have been pushing for for years. It’s a chance to reclaim the heart of our city for all Dubliners. Our city centre should be a clean, walkable, friendly space. It should be somewhere that everyone can enjoy, whether they’re young or old, cycling or walking, or a person with a disability. As it is, College Green isn’t working for anyone”

Green Party Councillor Patrick Costello, Kimmage-Rathmines, said:

“Dubliners were clearly disappointed with the failed planning application for permanent pedestrianisation. We fully support these trial days. I’m certain the trials will demonstrate beyond all doubt the value of this space as a real civic plaza.”

Green Party Councillor Michael Pidgeon, South West Inner City, said:

“Three days simply isn’t enough. It needs to be 365. Dubliners need to turn out in their droves to make these pedestrian trials an overwhelming success. This is exactly the sort of measure which will improve air quality in our city centre too.”