Smarter Travel, Smarter Drimnagh

Drimnagh lost out in the final stage of the Smarter Travel competition. I first wrote about Smarter Travel, Smarter Drimnagh in March 2010. As you can imagine it is so disappointing, a lot of hard work went into submitting the proposal by a lot of Drimnagh volunteers.

Letter from Minister

Here’s a copy of the letter from Minister Alan Kelly the Minister of State for Public and Commuter Transport.
1201 31 STA Results Minister Kelly (1)

Note from Dublin City Council

Further correspondence below was received from the Dublin City Council officials who also worked hard in getting the proposal ready for submission. And I know they are equally gutted that Drimnagh was not selected.

We are writing to you to let you know the outcome of the Smarter Travel Areas Competition of which we had word yesterday. The attached letter from Minister Alan Kelly refers. Unfortunately Drimnagh was not successful, the successful bids being Westport, Limerick and Dungarvan.

Dublin City Council is committed to continuing to work with the Drimnagh community and the relevant agencies to keep Smarter Travel Drimnagh alive. Alternative funding sources are being explored and in the meantime we will give as much time as possible to working with the community and schools etc. to promote smarter travel in the area.

We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard with us to develop an excellent Smarter Travel Plan for the area and who contributed to implementing the first stage of the plan last year. Drimnagh should be proud of its strong active community which is working every day to positively influence the area.

We look forward to continuing to work with you and to strengthen the relationships that have grown over the last two years.


We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dungarvan, Westport and Limerick City on their win. It will be a great boost for their areas and we look forward to seeing how it develops.

What Next

Drimnagh Forum, the resident associations and members will be pursuing this further with our local representatives and with the Drimnagh Integrated Area Plan committee. As we believe that Drimnagh can be a great Smarter Travel community. We will keep you informed on correspondence received from our elected TDs and councillors in relation to this matter.

About the author

Pauline Sargent Pauline Sargent is the founder of Drimnagh is Good a hyperlocal community website bog for the people of Drimnagh. Connect with Pauline on Google + me on Google+

  1. una on Saturday 4, 2012

    I was very disapponted with the Smarter travel bid result as I know alot of hard work from many dedicated people went into that process. However I am also sure that Drimnagh deserves better and we will demand better.

  2. Vera Hussey on Saturday 4, 2012

    I agree totally Una. Very dissapointing. Thanks Pauline for all the information above