Dublin Bay South
As Minister with the responsibility for water services I was delighted to be in Ringsend to mark the start of an €80m investment in the largest wastewater treatment plant in the country. Currently the plant services over 40% of the national population and is treating wastewater for the equivalent of 1.9 million people.
This is a hugely important and modernising step for our national and regional wastewater infrastructure. This investment is preparing our capital city for future growth. It will ensure that the highest treatment standards are being deployed and utilised in Dublin, that we are preparing for future housing, population and economic growth and that we meet the stringent requirements of the EU’s Wastewater Treatment directives.
We all know, only too well, that for decades the water infrastructure in Ireland has not received the necessary and sustained investment funding that is required to ensure Ireland can provide a safe, clean, reliable water supply to every home and business in the country and to stop the discharge of untreated wastewater water into our rivers, lakes and seas.
To read more about the upgrade, go here.
From next Monday, 19th February the playground in Bushy Park will be closed for upgrades. It is due to open after four weeks.
Works will include replacing the playground surface and resolving drainage issues. A new mounded grass area will be created also, and will include tunnels and rope bridges. A sand play area will be installed with a digger, crane and play tables. Existing playground equipment will be refurbished and some new play pieces will also be added, including a zip-line.
My thanks to Terenure 2030 for the information.
Next Monday, 12th February there will be an annual public information night and AGM in Bective RFC at 7:30pm.
This is an open event where all Donnybrook businesses, community groups, residents, Dublin City Council officials and public reps are invited to come together to review Donnybrook TidyTowns 2017 activities and feed into plans for 2018.
It will be a relaxed format of presentation and open discussion, usually no more than one and a half hours. It is a good opportunity for new committee members and volunteers to come on board and meet others on the team.
Take a look at the agenda here.
I was very happy to host Claire Gregg from Loreto on the Green at my Department this morning to present her fine work on analysing the housing shortage which earned her the runner up prize at this year’s Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.
Another winning group from Loreto also came in to talk about their project on the voting age, very impressive!
It’s fantastic to see so many bright young people getting involved. I visited the exhibition in the RDS and was incredibly impressed by the entries. The future is in safe hands! Congratulations to everyone involved.
To see pictures of the visit and some local entries, go here.
I was delighted to present certificates for a great local programme run in Dublin Port on Friday. Most of the graduates have gone from long term unemployed to certified in construction skills, the majority of whom have secured jobs already. Congratulations to the graduates of the fifth Eastside Docklands LES Construction Skills Course.
This is a fantastic Docklands initiative run by St. Andrews Resource Centre and hosted in Dublin Port. As the construction sector becomes busier more labour will be required – retraining local unemployed people is to be supported and encouraged.
See some pictures here.
I was delighted to officially open a new sports hall in Marian College today.
The building of the new facility started in August 2016 and was completed in the autumn of 2017. The venture has been a great success and the facility is now ready for use by the school and by the community of south east Dublin.
With the land and a loan from the Marist Brothers, and with grant aid from the Department of Education and Skills, the Aviva Stadium Community Fund and the Covanta Waste to Energy Community Fund, as well as fund raising from parents, staff, pupils and past pupils, the Sportshall has been completed.
Yesterday I went to the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in the RDS to check out the projects of some of the local entrants.
It’s fantastic to see so many bright young people getting involved. I was incredibly impressed by the local entries. The enthusiasm and intelligence in the room was very reassuring, the future is in safe hands! Congratulations to everyone involved.
Well done to Claire Gregg from Loreto on the Green who won the individual runner up prize for her remarkable work on analysing the housing shortage. More on Claire’s project is here.
You can see some pictures here.
Christmas trees will be accepted free of charge from the 2nd to 21st January 2018 at locations in Rathmines and Ringsend. You can see the opening hours and details here.
Today €56m in funding was announced for sports clubs around the country under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme. This is the primary means of providing Government funding for capital projects to sport and community organisations at local, regional and national level.
I was delighted to see that all of the clubs in the constituency that had a valid application was awarded the full amount requested (within the allowed limits).
For a list of local clubs and their grants, go here.
Over the next few weeks villages will be lighting up for Christmas all across the constituency. Santa on his horse drawn sleigh and special guests will be making appearances. There will be choir singing, ukulele music, face-painting and hot drinks to keep you warm.
Get in to the mood and head down for some merriment and craic! You can find details and other local events here.