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Dublin Port inquiry ends

EXPERTS LEADING the public inquiry into the proposed Dublin Port road tunnel are considering evidence from the 21-day hearing.

Inspectors are expected to take up two months before submitting a recommendation to the Irish Minister for the Environment & Local Government Noel Dempsey. Dempsey will then decide whether to go ahead with the £156M, 4.5km twin- bore road tunnel which links the busy Dublin port with the country's motorway network.

Opponents say the NATM-designed scheme is unsafe. This view was backed by evidence from Trinity College Dublin geologist Professor Adrian Philips who told the inquiry that the tunnels would go through ground that was likely to be more fractured than had so far been discovered by the Corporation's site investigation.

However this evidence was contradicted by that of Irmina Porschle, a geologist with Austrian tunnelling consultant Geoconsult, who with Ove Arup are acting as consultants to client Dublin Corporation.

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