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Harold’s Cross Festival 2017

Posted May 10th, 2017

This week Harold’s Cross is hosting its eighth annual community festival.

There will be activities of all sorts: music; magic; history tours; zip lines; yoga; dog shows; sports; and balloons, there is bound to be something to entertain you!

If you have some free time, why not get invovled in organising the events, volunteers are needed.

Check out the full schedule here.

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Great news on local schools

Posted May 5th, 2017

For parents in the Dublin Bay South constituency, the issue of school places for local children is of paramount importance and one that I will continue to prioritise as your local TD.

As such, I wholeheartedly welcome the confirmation by my colleague Richard Bruton that an offer has been made to buy the site of the former greyhound stadium at Harold’s Cross and that this has been accepted by Bord na gCon.

While the purchase has to go through the standard approval process, the Department of Education and Skills has made clear that its intention is to use the site to provide additional schools infrastructure for south Dublin city.

This is terrific news for local families. We now need to further increase the range of schooling options available to parents by enhancing diversity – such as Educate Together schools, for instance –  liberalising and secularising admissions policies and guaranteeing places for the children of past pupils.

You can read Minister Bruton’s statement here.

Listen to my explanation of why we need a fairer admissions policy here (44 minutes in).

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Educate Together have been awarded patronage of a new primary school which will serve Dublin 2,4 & 6. It will open in September 2018.

The location of the new school is not yet known, this will be agreed upon by the Department of Education and Educate Together. It is possible that it will be located on the site of the old Garda Station at Harcourt Terrace.

For more information on the Harcourt Terrace site, go here.

For parents interested in enrolling thier children; there will be a form to register your interest on their site in the next 7 days, here, or you can email info@educatetogether.ie to be notified once the form is available.

To see Minister Bruton’s press release on this announcement, go here.

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29 November 2016

The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, has called for school bodies to apply for patronage of a new primary school to open in 2018 which will serve Dublin 2, 4 & 6.

For more information on schools for the area go here.

To see the full statement from the Department of Education, go here.

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The new Educate Together Secondary School for the area will be opening online enrolments, for entry into First Year for the year 2018/2019,  next Monday 8th May 2017.

The location still TBC, but there is an expectation that it will be in the Sandymount area.

You will be able to sign up via Educate Together’s website, here.

For more information on this school, see my previous posts below.

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3 November 2016

Educate Together has been awarded patronage for the new post primary school that was announced for the area last year, serving Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 8.

The school is due to open in 2018. It is likely to be in temporary accommodation to begin with before moving to a permanent site, to be discussed and decided upon by Educate Together and the Department of Education.

The school will cater for up to 1,000 students once complete, but will only take in first years initially.

In the next few days Educate Together will open applications on their website here. If you previously expressed interest in this school, they will be in touch with you shortly.

To see a press release about the announcement of this school, and other schools nationally,  go here.

For news on a potential new campus for a primary and a secondary school in the area go here.

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12 May 2016

Educate Together will be applying for a new secondary school in South Dublin for 2018. The exact location of the school is not yet known. This was announced as part of a major school building programme last year; go here for full details of the programme.

If you would like to express your interest in placing your child in this school, or if you would like to help with the campaign, please go here.

For five years I have been pushing for new schools for the area, and for a Schools Admissions Bill. We still need more schools but I am very happy to see progress being made.

A new primary school will open in Harcourt Terrace (see here) and Shellybanks has opened in Dublin 4, for which a permanent location is currently being sought. Planning permission at Haddington Road has been applied for, 8 new classrooms are being added to St Mary’s in Donnybrook and a special school in Rathgar will be built. There are currently no plans for a new school in Milltown and Terenure but I will continue to work towards this.

To find out about my work on the Schools Admissions Bill go here.

 

Incinerator

Following on from the information we circulated yesterday (below); we received some further details from Covanta and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency):

The EPA has confirmed that they undertook an unannounced site visit on 3rd May and that the testing (steam blowing activity which generated the steam emissions) was completed.  The EPA confirmed that no waste incineration has taken place and only a very limited quantity of waste has been accepted at the facility and remains in the waste bunker.

For more information on this site visit and the report to come, go here.

See some information about the recent ‘steam blows’, provided by Covanta, here.

As mentioned previously – trucks taking waste to the incinerator must use the port tunnel and eastern bypass, not local roads (except for transporting waste produced in this area). If residents notice waste trucks from a wider area using local roads, they should contact the City Council or, failing that, my office.

To see a map of the area mentioned above, go here (the yellow part of map).

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3 May 2017

There has been a lot of concern regarding the emanations from the Poolbeg Incinerator over the last few days and I have received many calls and emails from constituents.

Today and yesterday we have been in touch with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Dublin City Council (DCC) and Covanta. Please see below the main information that was provided to us.

– The plumes that were coming from the plant was steam, not smoke. The reason for the very large amount of it at the moment is that the pipes and other equipment are being cleaned prior to full operation of the plant. During normal operations the emissions will not be so great, it will be an odourless vapour and will be coming from the stacks rather than vents in the building. According to Covanta, yesterday was the last day of the ‘steam blows’.

– An EPA inspector is visiting the site today to ensure that what is occurring is safe.

– The EPA have a mobile emissions testing station near the incinerator. They expect it to be fully operational and providing data online at the end of this week.

For more information, including contact details for Covanta, DCC and the EPA, go here.

For a note from the EPA, go here.

We will follow up on the results of today’s site visit and let you know the findings.

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31 March 2017

THE Poolbeg incinerator is about to start burning waste and its operation will be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the plant meets the conditions of its licence, particularly emissions limits.

All enforcement records, such as site visit reports, will be available at the EPA’s website, here. The operating company, Covanta, is also obliged to put all monitoring data, including emissions reports, online here. If you are unable to resolve any issues with either the company or the EPA, do not hesitate to contact my office.

Trucks taking waste to the incinerator must use the port tunnel and eastern bypass, not local roads (except for transporting waste produced in this area). If residents notice waste trucks from a wider area using local roads, they should contact the City Council or, failing that, my office.

For more details, go here.

 

 

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Poolbeg Incinerator – Update

Posted May 3rd, 2017

There has been a lot of concern regarding the emanations from the Poolbeg Incinerator over the last few days and I have received many calls and emails from constituents.

Today and yesterday we have been in touch with the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Dublin City Council (DCC) and Covanta. Please see below the main information that was provided to us.

 – The plumes that were coming from the plant was steam, not smoke. The reason for the very large amount of it at the moment is that the pipes and other equipment are being cleaned prior to full operation of the plant. During normal operations the emissions will not be so great, it will be an odourless vapour and will be coming from the stacks rather than vents in the building. According to Covanta, yesterday was the last day of the ‘steam blows’.

 – An EPA inspector is visiting the site today to ensure that what is occurring is safe.

 – The EPA have a mobile emissions testing station near the incinerator. They expect it to be fully operational and providing data online at the end of this week.

For more information, including contact details for Covanta, DCC and the EPA, go here.

For a note from the EPA, go here.

We will follow up on the results of today’s site visit and let you know the findings.

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31 March 2017

THE Poolbeg incinerator is about to start burning waste and its operation will be monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that the plant meets the conditions of its licence, particularly emissions limits.

All enforcement records, such as site visit reports, will be available at the EPA’s website, here. The operating company, Covanta, is also obliged to put all monitoring data, including emissions reports, online here. If you are unable to resolve any issues with either the company or the EPA, do not hesitate to contact my office.

Trucks taking waste to the incinerator must use the port tunnel and eastern bypass, not local roads (except for transporting waste produced in this area). If residents notice waste trucks from a wider area using local roads, they should contact the City Council or, failing that, my office.

For more details, go here.

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19/4/2017
Politicians unite behind Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club 
in support of the “Darkness into Light” walk for Pieta House on May 6th 
Picture shows from left Politicians unite behind Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club in support of the “Darkness into Light” walk for Pieta House on May 6th  Deputy Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fáil);Minister Eoghan Murphy (Fine Gael);Maria O’Dea,Clanna Gael Fontenoy and Dublin minor footballer;Senator Kevin Humphreys (Labour) and Councillor Chris Andrews (Sinn Féin).
Minister Eoghan Murphy (Fine Gael), Deputy Jim O’Callaghan (Fianna Fáil), Senator Kevin Humphreys (Labour) and Councillor Chris Andrews (Sinn Féin) have set their party and constituency differences aside to form a united team behind the Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club’s support for the Pieta House “Darkness into Light” walk on 6th May.  
Straddling Ringsend and Sandymount in Dublin, the Clanna Gael Fontenoy club in Sean Moore Park will be the starting and finishing point for the very first “Darkness into Light” walk to take place in the Dublin City Council area.  More than 2,000 participants are expected to participate.  
As well as opening up the club facilities to the participants, Clanna Gael Fontenoy will also be providing a large number of volunteers to help ensure a successful event.  
“Darkness into Light” is the main fund raiser for Pieta House (www.pieta.ie ), a charity which raises awareness of self-harm and suicide and enables them to provide life-saving support to people in need.Pic:Naoise Culhane Photography-no fee
For Further Info:
Felix O’Regan
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Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club
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Darkness into Light

Posted April 28th, 2017

We were at Clanna Gael Fontenoy’s grounds recently to promote the forthcoming ‘Darkness Into Light’ fundraiser for Pieta House, the suicide-prevention charity.

Events will be taking place on Saturday, May 6 at around 150 venues. Here in south Dublin, the local walk starts and finishes at Seán Moore Park.

Pieta House now offers services right across Ireland, ranging from counselling for those at risk of self-harm to help for people bereaved by suicide. As well as generating much-needed funds for the charity, the annual event – now in its ninth year –  raises awareness of an issue that has sadly blighted many families.

There is still time to register for Darkness Into Light here.

Find out more about Pieta House’s lifesaving work here.

 

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Sean Moore Community Awards 2017

Posted April 13th, 2017

The Sean Moore awards, established in 1988, are back for 2017.  They are presented for “exceptional community service” and were inaugurated to honour the memory of the late Sean Moore, former Dail Deputy, Minister of State and Lord Mayor of Dublin.

Any person or organisation from the Dublin 2, 4 and 6 areas (where Moore represented) who have made an exceptional contribution to the community can be nominated. Applications will be adjudicated by an independent panel of judges, and awards will be presented on the 24th May at a ceremony in Clanna Gael Fontenoys clubhouse in Ringsend.

Nominees can be a good neighbour, a community or residents association leader, young or old, man or woman, you decide. Please send a letter outlining why your nominee should receive an award, no later than Friday 28th April, to:

The Chairperson,
Panel of Judges, Sean Moore Community Awards, c/o News Four,
13 a Fitzwilliam Street, Ringsend, Dublin 4

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Easter Events in Dublin Bay South

Posted April 7th, 2017

WITH egg hunts, tea dances, dog shows and bonnet parties on the horizon, spring is upon us and lots of Easter activities will be taking place. For a full list of community events in Dublin Bay South, go here.

Highlights include the Bushy Park market and the Sandymount Easter Festival, including a sunrise celebration and Easter egg hunt. The Community Walk and Talk group meets at 2pm on Thursdays at Sandymount Green. A special walk celebrating Handel’s Messiah takes place at 10.15am next Thursday, April 13.

Team Dublin’s big clean-up takes place on Good Friday, April 14, from 11am until 1pm. This is a terrific opportunity for a little spring cleaning of our neighbourhoods, with the city council providing the equipment and getting rid of litter collected.

Finally, the Ringsend Festival takes place over three days at the end of the month, so make sure the pooches are well groomed for dog shows at noon on the 29th, followed by Harold’s Cross on May 13th and Sandymount on May 27th.

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Luas Station Works

Posted April 7th, 2017

LUAS platforms between Stillorgan and Harcourt are being extended so they can accommodate bigger trams that will carry more passengers in the rush hours.

While the contractor carrying out the lengthening has pledged to try and avoid noisy construction outside the normal hours from 8am to 6pm, SIAC has warned that safety considerations may necessitate some work outside these hours. It has promised to give advance notice of any night-time work involving noise and to consult stakeholders.

Any residents who have concerns regarding the manner in which the work is being carried out can contact either SIAC (contact details here) or Luas Customer Care on 1800 300 604. If you are not satisfied with how your concerns are dealt with by the contractor or Luas, do not hesitate to contact my office.

Details of the ongoing work can be accessed here.

 

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