Dublin City Council has announced that the existing distinctive red paving on Grafton Street is to be ripped up and replaced by grey granite paving at a cost of €4 million. This work will start just as the tourist season begins and will disrupt the city's main shopping street for over a year. The results will be to make the surface of Grafton Street look more or less the same as the dull grey granite of Henry Street.
The council cites, as justification for this mutilation of the highly distinctive and much admired Grafton Street surface, the fact that many of the existing red bricks have to be replaced from time to time (due to the council's poor supervision of roadworks by third parties) and that this maintenance is too expensive. Hardly more expensive, however, than the €4 million they propose to spend to make the street look worse. How expensive can it be to replace and re-position a few hundred (at worst) red paving bricks of the kind found in thousands of domestic driveways?
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It this destructive plan based on the expectation by the council of receiving a big influx of funds from the new Local Propery Tax now being introduced in such a draconian fashion by the Minister for Finance?