Today the Irish Edition of The Times published an article about the greenway (you need to sign in). In the article was a statement from the OPW:
An OPW spokesman said the concerns over the development were misplaced. “The proposed greenway nearly completely falls within the lands owned by the HSE,” he said.
This is a deliberately misleading statement to make to the press. OPW lands are completely necessary to build the greenway, they can't pretend they are not.
OPW are not releasing any of the proposed development plans publicly. Not even the building outlines. So we'll have to resort to showing you sketches.
The proposed greenway route runs along the boundary between the OPW and HSE lands. In the picture, try and join the start marker at Heuston with the end marker on Military Road using only HSE lands. It's impossible. The HSE lands don't even touch Military Road. They are 50 meters short. A section of the greenway route has to run through OPW owned land. Land that is being unnecessarily developed over.
Let's zoom in to get a better look we can also sketch in two parts of the proposed plans that will make it impossible to join the greenway along the boundary between OPW and HSE to Military Road.
By building on this corner of the OPW land it will be impossible to ever build the proposed greenway through here. The OPW just need to move the ESB substation and the vehicle ramp a few meters. Then there will be enough space for the greenway route. That's all were asking for.
The OPW are attempting to deny any harm will come to the greenway if their proposed plans are grant planning permission. This is not true. Don't let them get away with it. Convince your friends to sign the petition and then send OPW a planning submission in two minutes.