Dublin Bay South

NO REPRO FEE 05/12/2016. "Dublin City Council, SEAI, Codema, Watt Less and St Patrick's Credit Union all gathered with staff from St Andrew's Resource Centre to mark the Better Energy Communities project which upgraded 120 lights in the centre to LEDs and will result in energy savings of over euro15,000 per year." You might want to add as an aside that they can contact suzanne.fitzpatrick@codema.ie for further info on this project. Photography: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

St Andrew’s Resource Centre

Posted November 22nd, 2017

This week St Andrew’s, based on Pearse Street, got a write up in the Irish Times outlining their services and what great supports they offer to the community. There is a fantastic group of over 200 people working there to help locals of all ages to improve their lives.

They offer help with childcare, youth care, re-training & employment services, family supports and welfare advice. They also have a food bank for those in need. Entertainment and interaction is provided for seniors, hobbies like horticulture can be learned. The National Gallery provides art tutors and Trinity students give grinds to secondary school students.

I am very happy to have been able to work with the Centre on many occasions over the last few years and I fully support them in the fine work they do for the area. More people should be aware of the spectacular contribution they make.

To read the article, go here.

For contact details and more information on what is offered at the Centre, go here.

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Hallowe’en Fun

Posted October 25th, 2017

This Hallowe’en there’s lots to entertain and terrify!

Check out the parade and street party in Ringsend – part of the Dockers and Demons Festival. Full details are here.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a family fun day in Bushy Park, here.

Sandymount Green will host a scarecrow and pumpkin festival from 3-6 pm, Friday until Tuesday.

The Bram Stoker Festival is on here.

Have a great Hallowe’en! Tips for a safe night are here.

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Local Schools Update

Posted October 19th, 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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Sandymount Disruptions – Irish Water

Posted October 19th, 2017

I met with Irish Water in Clanna Gael last night to get some clarity on the upcoming works in Sandymount.

They confirmed to me that:

  • -Businesses in the village will not be affected before Christmas
  • -No water supply will be turned off before 9am, so preparing for school or work shouldn’t be a problem
  • -When the water is turned off, it should just be for a few hours
  • -The main disruption will be to traffic – stop/go systems will be in place
  • -More localised information will be delivered in advance

For more info and Irish Water contact details, see below.

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13th October 2017

As part of a project to replace and upgrade pipes, Irish Water will be carrying out works in Sandymount over a 12 -14 week period, beginning  in two weeks (approximately 30th October).

A drop-in public information evening will be held next Wednesday, 18th October from 3 – 7pm in the Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club on Sean Moore Road.

Households will be notified two weeks in advance of disruptions to service and works on their road being carried out. A reminder will be sent two days beforehand.

The project will be carried out on a phased basis. The first phase of the project will involve the replacement of ageing water mains and shared backyard service connections along Gilford Drive, Gilford Park, Gilford Road, Gilford Avenue, Lea Road and Lea Crescent, Sandymount Castle Road, Sandymount Castle Drive and Sandymount Castle Park. The second phase of the project will commence in January 2018 and will involve the replacement of water mains and shared backyard services along Sandymount Road, Seafort Avenue and Wilford Park.

Call in to the Irish Water information session if you have any questions, or you can contact their customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Updates will also be available on www.water.ieand on Twitter @IWCare.

To see the full notice from Irish Water, go here.

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As part of a project to replace and upgrade pipes, Irish Water will be carrying out works in Sandymount over a 12 -14 week period, beginning  in two weeks (approximately 30th October).

A drop-in public information evening will be held next Wednesday, 18th October from 3 – 7pm in the Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club on Sean Moore Road.

Households will be notified two weeks in advance of disruptions to service and works on their road being carried out. A reminder will be sent two days beforehand.

The project will be carried out on a phased bases. The first phase of the project will involve the replacement of ageing water mains and shared backyard service connections along Gilford Drive, Gilford Park, Gilford Road, Gilford Avenue, Lea Road and Lea Crescent, Sandymount Castle Road, Sandymount Castle Drive and Sandymount Castle Park. The second phase of the project will commence in January 2018 and will involve the replacement of water mains and shared backyard services along Sandymount Road, Seafort Avenue and Wilford Park.

Call in to the Irish Water information session if you have any questions, or you can contact their customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Updates will also be available on www.water.ie and on Twitter @IWCare.

To see the full notice from Irish Water, go here.

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Ranelagh Arts Festival 2017

Posted September 29th, 2017

Its that time of year again – Ranelagh will be immersed in culture for the next week or so, the Arts Festival is back again to bring inspiration, music and a cornucopia of creativity to the area.

I was honoured to be asked to launch this year’s Festival.

Plays, poetry, portraits, blues, Ska bands, dogs, historical walks and a lot more… There is bound to be something to tickle your fancy, so head to Ranelagh and get your Art on!

To see a full list of what’s happening, go here.

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Seanad Transition Year Debate Competition

Posted September 12th, 2017

As part of the Vótáil100 programme of events, celebrating the 2018 centenary of women gaining the right to vote, the Oireachtas are running a competition that will see transition year students getting a chance to speak in the Seanad Chamber.

The students finally selected will be mentored in public speaking, and participation will give students the opportunity to develop their confidence to present in front of an audience. They are inviting students with an interest in History, English, Irish, & Politics, who want to engage in a lively debate about important social and political issues to apply with a short letter of 300 words or less.

Closing date for entries is Friday 29th September. This is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in politics to get involved and start to discuss their views.

For more info and how to apply, go here.

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National Heritage Week

Posted August 22nd, 2017

National Heritage Week is being celebrated all over the country at the moment and will continue on until 27th August. It is being organised by the Heritage Council and includes over 2,000 events.

There are lots of family-friendly things to do and see in the constituency, including nature trails, yoga in City Hall, archaeological excavations and more.

To see the full list of events, go here.

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Traffic Changes on the Quays

Posted August 17th, 2017

From this Sunday, 20th August 2017, there will be permanent changes made to the traffic system at several points along the Quays in Dublin City Centre. These changes are being introduced now to coincide with the Luas Cross City tram testing and to ensure that these permanent changes have time to bed down before regular day time tram testing starts in September.

There will be no right turn for traffic from Bachelors Walk to O’Connell Bridge, except for buses,taxis and bicycles. There will also be an increase of bus lanes and a reduction of general traffic lanes in multiple locations as well as other adjustments.

To see full details of the changes, go here.

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Incinerator to begin Waste-Burning

Posted July 14th, 2017

We have been in touch with Covanta and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to get an update on the operations of the incinerator. Oil burning is taking place at the moment and if tests go as planned, waste-burning will begin over the next few days.

There will likely be periods of activity and shut downs over the coming weeks as further tests are carried out. There should be no extra visible effects from the incinerator as the move from oil-burning to waste-burning occurs. The EPA will have someone on site at this point to ensure that monitoring equipment is functioning properly and temperatures and abatement levels are correct.

Temperature levels are currently online, here. As full operations commence emission levels will be available also.

To see the communication we from Covanta, go here. To see their notice about the commencement, go here.

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4 May 2017

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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