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Dublin review

LOCAL RESIDENTS have forced Dublin Corporation to ask the President of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland to appoint an independent expert reviewer for site investigation plans on the controversial Port Dublin Tunnel project.

The decision to bring in Professor Jane Grimson follows direct action by local residents from the Marino Development part of the city which prevented a to start site investigation on its ú160M ($253M) road tunnel.

Work has been suspended for up to four weeks while conditions for the borehole drilling are agreed.

The Marino Development Action Group has demanded a full structural survey of houses close to the borehole site before and after drilling at a cost of around ú100,000. But the Corporation insists there is no risk of damage to property. The residents have also demanded that site investigation be carried out by an independent company. Grimson's involvement, they said, goes some way to satisfying this.

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