Senator Catherine Noone today welcomed the launch of the €4m redevelopment of Grafton Street, which involves the 1980’s red brick street surface being replaced with a more aesthetically pleasing and durable paving material. Senator Noone said: “I am delighted that the Council has acted on this issue. I know a great many businesses and business organisations have been working towards this outcome”.
Senator Noone added: “This redevelopment will rejuvenate Grafton Street, will ultimately make it easier for people with poor vision to walk down and, all in all, will improve the area and entice new shops onto the street”.
Senator Noone continued by outlining the challenges: “There are obviously a great many challenges for the retail sector, not least consumer confidence and upward-only rent reviews among them. However, the process for retail recovery is like the process for climbing a mountain: one step at a time. This redevelopment of Grafton Street, along with the commencement of the Luas ‘BXD’, or cross-city, project is another. The extension of Dublin Bikes is a third.
Senator Noone concluded: “All in all, our goal to rejuvenate Dublin City, and to improve it as a place for tourists, for businesses and for all Dubliners is now well underway and I welcome this step forward”.