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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.


Poolbeg West SDZ – Public Consultation

Posted January 27th, 2017

Dublin City Council has published a Draft Planning Scheme for the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone (SDZ). A public consultation has been opened; the closing date is the 8th March 2017.

The SDZ will have a big impact on the area so I would encourage everyone locally to view the plan and make a submission if you have any thoughts or feedback.

There will be a series of public information drop in sessions over the next few weeks. For details on the sessions or to make a submission, go here.

The full plan can be viewed here.




Ringsend Improvement Plan

Posted January 19th, 2017

The Draft Ringsend Irishtown Local Environment Improvement Plan (LEIP) is now open for public consultation for six weeks, the closing date is Tuesday 28th February 2017.

Have your say on how the area can be improved! To see the updated plan, submit comments and find out more, go here.

Following the consultation period the plan, as amended, will be brought to Dublin City Council for adoption in 2017.


1st December 2016

The plan, which started off as an attempt to improve the Library Plaza, has gained momentum and is now looking at how to improve the area as a whole. It was put forward earlier in the year, and since then, it has been updated following on from feedback from various departments and individuals.

Dublin City Council would like to hear from locals on their preferences, priorities and reaction to the updated plan at a public workshop next Wednesday, 7th December at 7pm in the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre.

Go here for full details.

Go here to see more information on the origin of the project.


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Terenure Energy Project Meeting

Posted January 19th, 2017

The I Love Terenure Energy Project will host a public meeting next Wednesday, 25th January at 7.30pm in Terenure College. The meeting will be about how members of the community can save money on energy bills via the SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) grants.

This project raised over 1 million Euro in grant funding for the community of Terenure in 2016. Many homes and business benefited from this grant money. If you would like to be part of the 2017 application, pop along to the meeting on the 25th where any questions will be answered.

All are very welcome to attend. With the success of last year’s project and the many requests from other communities to get involved, it is now being opened up to all surrounding areas of Terenure: Harolds Cross, Templeogue, Rathfarnham, Rathgar, Rathmines, Kimmage, Perrystown, Walkinstown.

For full information on the meeting, go here.


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.



Donnybrook Garda Station Cleaned

Posted December 15th, 2016

The Garda Station has been cleaned and it has made a big difference to the village.

10th November 2016

After a lot of communications with the Office of Public Works, the exterior of Donnybrook Garda Station is being cleaned. The works are expected to be completed by early December.  My thanks to Donnybrook Tidy Towns for helping to put this on the agenda.


13th October 2016

I received further correspondence from the Office of Public Works regarding the cleaning of Donnybrook Garda Station. Tenders have been received and works should commence shortly. You can see my most recent correspondence here.


30th September 2016

The façade of Donnybrook Garda Station is in much need of cleaning and restoration – it has been discoloured and coated with dirt by years of heavy traffic moving through the village.

Last year, after a number of years of lobbying, we received a commitment from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to power clean the exterior of the station in the first half of this year. This hasn’t happened yet and so we have been keeping the pressure on to make sure that it does happen.

You can see my most recent correspondence on this here.


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