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Dublin residents reject independent expert

DUBLIN RESIDENTS opposed to the construction of a 2.6km road tunnel under Dublin Port have rejected the geotechnical expert nominated by the Institution of Engineers of Ireland to check site investigation work (NCE 2 March).

The Marino Development Action Group vetoed Trinity College senior lecturer Dr Trevor Orr because, it claimed, he was not sufficiently independent.

MDAG secretary Fintan Cassidy told NCE: 'We have rejected him. When we approached him four years ago to carry out work for us, he turned us down because he said he might get work from Dublin Corporation.'

However, both Orr and Corporation project engineer Dr Gerald Bonner said MDAG had misunderstood the situation. Bonner hoped to meet with Cassidy this week to clarify matters.

Orr is a specialist in soft ground tunnelling and was secretary of the drafting panel for European geotechnical engineering code Eurocode 7.

The Marino Development Action Group has been forced to drop plans for a judicial review of the Government decision to approve the £180M project.

MDAG secretary Fintan Cassidy said the organisation could not raise the £30,000 needed for the appeal.

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