Dublin Bay South


Fine Gael Cllr Paddy Smyth will hold a public meeting to promote his idea for a ‘Quietway’ across much of south Dublin, enabling children to travel safely and healthily to school.

It will take place in the Three Patrons Church Parish Hall, Rathgar Road at 7.30pm next Tuesday, 28th March 2017.

Paddy’s proposal is for a route from Terenure to Ballsbridge, where it will link up with the Dodder Greenway at Herbert Park. The idea is to link up a succession of vehicular cul de sacs, which will ensure that children will be free to walk and cycle without having to compete with commuters, buses and trucks.

The additional advantage for residents is that the plan will also reduce the use of residential streets being used as ‘rat runs’.

The proposal has already been evaluated and costed by consultants engaged by Dublin City Council and they have approved its feasibility.

For more info, including the proposed route and feasibility report, go here.

Ranelagh Arts

Ranelagh Arts Public Meeting

Posted March 16th, 2017

The Ranelagh Arts Centre are holding a meeting next Monday, 20th March at 8pm in Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School.

They want to hear from our community: friends, well-wishers, bright young things, enthusiasts of the arts, long time residents, and anyone who has an idea to contribute, all are welcome.

Board members and staff of the Arts Centre will be present to discuss a shared vision of the future of the Centre’s role in the community and to answer your questions.

For more information on the Ranelagh Arts Centre go here.


I was delighted to speak at the Ulster Bank / Early Learning Initiative (ELI) book launch in the Docklands this week.

The book, which teaches children about money and finance, is a collection of stories written by local primary school kids. Children as young as 5 writing and illustrating their stories about the use of money in everyday life. It’s a great publication and includes such classics as “The Super Saving Hot Dog” and “Robots, Kids and Money”.

The ELI is a fantastic initiative that combats educational underachievement in marginalised communities. Ulster Bank’s Skills and Opportunities Fund provided resources for the Finance Literary Programme which was run as part of the After Schools programme.

You can find out more about the ELI here.

See some pics from the event here.



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.


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.


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.


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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Childcare Survey

Posted March 3rd, 2017

How we care for our children – the provision of childcare – is an important issue for all young families. A lot has been done to make things a little bit easier, including bringing in a second year of free pre-school and improving paternity leave & home carer’s tax credits.

But we would like to do more.

Help us to develop our childcare policy – take the quick survey to tell us about your needs and priorities.

Go here to find out more and give your feedback.

Small biz

Funding to help small businesses get online

Posted February 22nd, 2017

If you or someone you know has a small business and need help getting online, supports are available.

You could be eligible for training, support and a grant of up to €2,500 to help with getting your business online / improving your virtual presence, advertising and developing apps etc.

For full information go here.

The Trading Online Voucher Scheme is an initiative designed to support small Irish businesses to trade online by offering them training coupled with a financial incentive to develop their trading online capability.


A proposal has been put forward for a co-location of the National Maternity Hospital on St Vincent’s Hospital Campus.

There will be a public information evening next Monday, 13th February 2017 at the Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road at 6.30pm. Pop in if you would like to take a look at the proposed design, ask questions or give some feedback.

More information about the proposal and the public meeting are here.

Synge Street Primary School

Synge St Primary starting Co-Ed as Gaeilge

Posted February 2nd, 2017

In September 2017, Synge Street Primary School will begin to take in boys and girls for junior infants. These children will receive their education through Irish as they progress through the school.

There will be no change to the enrolment of boys only from Second to Sixth class, taught through the medium of English.

There will be an open information evening for interested parents next Wednesday, 8th February at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room in Bunscoil Sancta Maria, Synge Street.

For more information and how to apply, go here.


Dublin’s Diving Bell

Posted February 2nd, 2017

An illustrated lecture on the Diving Bell will take place at The Poolbeg Yacht Club, South Bank, Pigeon House Road, Dublin 4 on Wednesday February 8th 2017 at 20:00.

After the lecture there will be an update on the progress towards the goal of youth development using a new tall ship.

For full details of the lecture go here.

To find out about previous lectures, see below.


24 November 2015

The long history of Dublin’s diving bell is well worth hearing about.

After the success of Joe’s first lecture on the bell (see below), another has been organised. This will take place in Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club on Thursday 26 November at 8pm.

Click here for full details.


20 October 2015

An illustrated lecture on the Diving Bell will take place at Dublin Port Company, Port Centre, Alexandra Road, Dublin 1 on Wed Oct 28th at 8pm.

Head down and discover the fascinating history behind the bell which was first put into service in 1871.

For full details on the event go here.

There will also be an update on the progress towards the goal of youth development using a new tall ship.


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Works for the new playground will commence next Monday, 30th January. They are due to be completed in approximately five weeks.

The entrance opposite the LUAS station will generally be closed during this period, the other access points will occasionally be restricted.

To see a plan of where the playground will be located, go here.

To see full details of the works, go here.

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