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Posted July 6th, 2018

 

I know that there has been a lot of concern surrounding the MetroLink proposal that was recently announced – I share these concerns and agree that we must find an alternative solution. I believe that Dublin needs a Metro, and we need extra capacity on the Green Line, but both of these objectives can be achieved without dividing the neighbourhood, which is my chief concern.

I have raised the matter with both the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach. I have also met with consultants in the area of transport planning. Last week I met with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to discuss the project.

I can confirm that the NTA and TII are looking seriously at alternative options that will not see the community segregated at either the Beechwood or Cowper LUAS stops – that is, new proposals that will see both cars and people being able to continue to cross the line at Beechwood and people to be able to continue to cross the line at Cowper without any major disruption to current movement patterns.

I requested that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport meet with representatives of the community to hear about concerns with the current proposal, before an updated ‘preferred route’ is produced. The Committee have agreed to this request. I will also be meeting with residents’ groups next week to discuss the situation further.

See details about timelines & process here.

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17 May 2018

We have had a lot of representations about this and people are very concerned about the potential changes, as am I. My team met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and have been in regular contact with them regarding these concerns.

I do not think that the proposal for south of Charlemont St. is viable; I believe that it would have a disproportionately negative impact on the community, particularly for the large and demographically diverse population in the Ranelagh area, notwithstanding the significant numbers that travel through the area.

An alternative solution needs to be found and I have expressed this view to TII. I believe that given the obvious problems with the proposed closure of access from Beechwood Road to Dunville Avenue, a different proposal will have to be fully examined and put forward.

If you would like to have a look at my formal submission, go here.

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Youth Creativity Day

Posted June 21st, 2018

Lots of creative activities will be happening across the community tomorrow, Saturday 23 June 2018, as part of Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg. It is a national day of creativity for children and young people on Saturday June 23rd, 2018, and Dublin has fantastic things planned! 

 

There will be picnics, miniature landscaping, trad music, archaeology and more.

 

The focus for Dublin City Council’s Cruinniú na nÓg 2018 is on activities taking place in the city’s suburbs, neighbourhoods and villages, enabling young people to access creativity where they live, in their communities, with their friends and family.

 

For details of what’s going on locally, go here (for Ballsbridge / Ringsend) and here (for South City).

 

For more info on the initiative, go here.

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Merrion Flyover Cancelled

Posted May 31st, 2018

The National Transport Authority (NTA) sent a report to Dublin City Council last week with the recommendation that the Merrion Gate flyover not proceed at the moment.

The public consultation for the proposal ran from October 2016 to January 2017. In response to the public consultation the NTA received 680 submissions – the main issue raised was the flyover at Merrion Church concerning 49% of the submissions.

‘In the circumstances of the response to the public consultation and the issues that it identified, it would appear that the NTA has taken the view that the proposal to build a flyover at Merrion Church is now redundant, at least in the short term, until such time as an alternative scheme can be put together.’

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8th March 2017

I have been in touch with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to get an update on the status of the proposal.

There were 700 submissions received during the public consultation phase, one of the highest amount for any public consultations carried out by the NTA. Due to the large numbers of submissions, the review will be going on well into April.

A consultation report will be produced at the end of the review. Following this the NTA will make its recommendation on whether to go ahead with the plan, amend the current plan or suggest something different. There will be further public consultation at that stage.

We will keep you updated on any further details as they become available.

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20 December 2016

The consultation period for the National Transport Authority traffic proposal has been extended until the 31st January 2017.

To find details of the proposals and how you can make a submission, see below.

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8 November 2016

I have been in touch with the National Transport Authority (NTA) to request that  a public information evening be held to discuss the proposed traffic management plan for the Merrion Gates area (see more on this below).

They have agreed to hold two meetings on the 22nd and 23rd November 2016 in the Tara Towers Hotel from 7 – 9.30pm.

For more information on the meetings and details on how to submit feedback to the plan, see a note I circulated here.

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27 October 2016

The National Transport Authority (NTA) have come up with proposals to ease the worsening traffic issues in the Merrion Gate area, likely to become more acute as the frequency of the DART  increases. They want to hear your thoughts on this.

The aim of the proposals is to deliver benefits to bus and rail passengers, cyclists, pedestrians, and all road users.  A bridge for vehicles would be built along with an underpass for pedestrians and cyclists.

The plan would allow for the completion of the East Coast Trail including a two way cycle track from the city centre to Blackrock and also suggests a boardwalk along Sandymount Strand.

Read an RTE article on the topic here.

You can see the full NTA plan and give your feedback here. The closing date for submissions is 16th December 2016.

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Sandymount Traffic Review

Posted May 31st, 2018

Local Dublin City Councillors were recently presented with a report detailing a study of the Sandymount Green area with a view to implementing traffic calming measures.

Some of the measure being considered are: controlled pedestrian crossings or zebra crossings, barrier protections, buildouts, alterations to footpaths,  in order for pedestrians to enter Sandymount Green Park in a safe manner.

The Area Engineer has requested for a preliminary design to be made by a Traffic Consultant, this is now part of the Works Programme 2018. This will likely be put forward and reviewed in October.

To see a copy of the report, go here.

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Solar Compactor Bins

Posted May 18th, 2018

I’m very happy to see the further roll out of the Bigbelly solar compactor bins. This is something I progressed when a Dublin City Councillor (see below).

Essentially the bins can take far more waste because solar panels compact the waste in the bin itself. This means less chance of it overflowing on a busy weekend. But even as it fills a smart chip texts the Council to let it know that it needs emptying. Or the public can do this via QR codes on the bin. Better and smarter for the environment all round.

A contract was recently concluded for the supply of solar compactor bins: 50 bins are in place in the Baggot Street, Sandymount and Temple Bar areas and 100 additional bins are due for delivery.

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25 March 2010

I think I might have actually achieved something today.

For months now I have been pushing this idea of a solar compactor bin for Dublin’s city streets (read about it here). Today the Environment Strategic Policy Committee met and the issue was on the agenda for discussion thanks to my motion. It was great to finally get to discuss it, to talk through the merits of this new approach to our litter bins and waste collection services. I think I made some good points but I never really retain what I’m saying when speaking in public.

My colleagues were very supportive, the officials gave a report and were positive about it and we got the result that we came for. A trial scheme is to be implemented this year using the new bins.

Hopefully it’s just the beginning and we will see roll out proper not before too long. It took me 5 months to get here but I have finally gotten a piece of policy, small though it is, adopted.

We do things every day for our constituents in our area, but this is something for the whole City. I’m kind of proud of that. This is kind of what it’s all about, from the very first day on the campaign trail – influencing the direction of the City in what you believe to be a new and positive way…now let’s hope they work!

On a separate note, this evening the 12 members of Fine Gael on the City Council chose our nominees for Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor. The Council will vote and elect both in June and we are almost certain of success. Interesting times ahead once we are in the hot seat.

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MetroLink Public Consultation

Posted May 17th, 2018

We have had a lot of representations about this and people are very concerned about the potential changes, as am I. My team met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and have been in regular contact with them regarding these concerns.

I do not think that the proposal for south of Charlemont St. is viable; I believe that it would have a disproportionately negative impact on the community, particularly for the large and demographically diverse population in the Ranelagh area, notwithstanding the significant numbers that travel through the area.

An alternative solution needs to be found and I have expressed this view to TII. I believe that given the obvious problems with the proposed closure of access from Beechwood Road to Dunville Avenue, a different proposal will have to be fully examined and put forward.

If you would like to have a look at my formal submission, go here.

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28 March 2018

The National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) have announced details of the Emerging Preferred Route for MetroLink, the metro service that will run from Estuary north of Swords to Sandyford. It is expected to be operational in 2027.

There will be a local information evening on Monday, 16th April at the Hilton Hotel,Charlemont, Dublin 6 from 2pm – 8pm. It will have a big impact on our area – take a look at the plans and have your say on the proposal.

A public consultation is open – submissions can be made before 5pm on Friday 11th May2018.

To submit feedback:

– Email consultations@metrolink.ie. Or;

– Write to the following address: MetroLink Consultations, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Parkgate Business Centre, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8, D08 DK10

Phone calls are not considered official feedback. A lengthy submission is not necessary.

To see full details of the project, go here.

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Portobello Harbour Festival

Posted May 2nd, 2018

The Portobello Harbour Festival will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018. This is a small community festival set up to celebrate and promote Dublin’s Grand Canal during the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland’s Dublin Boat Rally.

There will be barge trips, story-telling, music, workshops, stand up paddle boarding and more.

Go here for the full schedule.

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Harold’s Cross Schools

Posted April 26th, 2018

Great news for local schools; the Harold’s Cross greyhound site has been acquired and will house a 16 class primary school and a 1,000 student secondary school. The catchment area will be Dublin 6/Clonskeagh and Dublin 6W.

It is hoped that the primary school will open in 2019 and the secondary in 2020. The patronage of these schools is yet to be determined. Applications are not open at present. I will share more information as soon as it becomes available.

Read Minister Bruton’s statement below.

Minister Bruton today confirmed that contracts have been signed for the acquisition of the former Harold’s Cross stadium. The transaction is due to close shortly at which stage the property will transfer into the Minister’s ownership.

Continue reading here.

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13 April 2018 

Great news for our area! Minister Bruton has announced new schools to be established by 2022.

Several schools are planned for the constituency:

– Two new primary schools; one in Dublin 6, to open in 2019; one in Dublin 2/4, to open by 2021.

– Two new secondary schools; one in Dublin 6, opening in 2020; one in Dublin 2/4, to open by 2021.

The location and patronage of these schools is yet to be determined. Applications are not open at this point. I have requested more information from the Department of Education and will share it with you as soon as it is available.

To see the full list of schools planned, including those already announced, go here.

To read the full announcement from Minister Bruton, go here.

The temporary location of the new Educate Together Primary School, whose permanent location will be Harcourt Terrace, has not yet been finalised.

A construction tender is being reviewed for St Christopher’s National School on Haddington Road, building is expected to recommence next month.

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The Dublin South City Educate Together Secondary School, which will be located in Dublin 4, is now taking applications for 1st and 2nd year entrants for the 2019 / 2020 school year.

The catchment area is Dublin 2,4,6 & 8. The school will likely be located in the Ballsbridge area for the next year or two before moving to the Roslyn Park site in Sandymount.

The closing date for completed application forms will be Friday 24th August 2018.

To fill out an application or find out more, go here.

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19th October 2017

Shellybanks Educate Together National School will be moving in to a temporary building at the Roslyn Park site in Sandymount in September 2018. It will then move to its permanent building on site in 2019 when construction is complete.

The Educate Together post primary school for the constituency will open in an unconfirmed Dublin 4 location in 2018 before moving to Roslyn Park in 2019.

The Department of Education is at an advanced stage of acquisition of the Greyhound site in Harold’s Cross. If this goes ahead as planned; the site will house a school/s. The type and patronage of school to be housed here will be determined by the outcome of a national review of demographics.

To read the full information from Minister Bruton, go here.

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5th May 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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New Schools in the Constituency

Posted April 13th, 2018

Great news for our area! Minister Bruton has announced new schools to be established by 2022.

Several schools are planned for the constituency:

– Two new primary schools; one in Dublin 6, to open in 2019; one in Dublin 2/4, to open by 2021.

– Two new secondary schools; one in Dublin 6, opening in 2020; one in Dublin 2/4, to open by 2021.

The location and patronage of these schools is yet to be determined. Applications are not open at this point. I have requested more information from the Department of Education and will share it with you as soon as it is available.

To see the full list of schools planned, including those already announced, go here.

To read the full announcement from Minister Bruton, go here.

The temporary location of the new Educate Together Primary School, whose permanent location will be Harcourt Terrace, has not yet been finalised.

A construction tender is being reviewed for St Christopher’s National School on Haddington Road, building is expected to recommence next month.

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