Dublin Bay South
Last week I was delighted to attend and present awards at the Ringsend & District Response to Drugs (RDRD) Graduation Event. Well done and thank you to everyone involved. It was an important night for the community.
The event is a graduation ceremony for people in the community that the RDRD recognise to have made outstanding efforts in the battle against drug addiction – not just individual and personal efforts but community efforts too.
Everyone involved with the RDRD, including the network of community groups who have supported them, members of the community who have availed of their personal and family support services, well-wishers from the area and local Gardaí were also present.
Contact details for the programme are here.
There are lots of local events happening for the Bloomsday weekend. Head along and enjoy the family fun.
On Saturday you can go to Rathgar for jazz, readings and a village party, more details are here.
On Sunday head to Belgrave for the Fair in the Bloomin’ Square – there will be a recitals, a dog show and face painting. See full details here.
Check out more events around the city here.
There are lots of family and community events happening across the constituency over the next month. They are being organised and run in association with Dublin City Council.
There will be music, poetry readings, dog shows, plant sales and family fun days. Take a look and see what takes your fancy.
Full details of events are here.
The Harold’s Cross annual community festival is back on starting today. It’s always a fun and entertaining list of events, and it’s a great sunny week to be out and about! There will be music, dancing, sports and family fun.
Check out the full schedule here. If you would like to get involved and volunteer, contact Ben O’Reilly – 085 755 3658 / email@example.com.
A new playground in Sean Moore Park on Strand Road will be ready this summer.
The Sandymount Tidy Towns Association applied for a grant for the project and it will be funded by the The Dublin Waste to Energy Community Gain Projects Grant Scheme.
Work will commence this Monday the 29th April 2019 and is due to be completed on 14th June 2019.
For full details, go here.
Over the last few weeks we have been out and about in the constituency meeting people and canvassing for the local elections on 24th May. Drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to get involved – we will be out every week for the next 6 weeks.
See below the Fine Gael candidates for your area:
South East Inner City: Danny Byrne (here)
The National Transport Authority and Transport Infrastructure Ireland have announced details of the ‘Preferred (second) Route’ for the MetroLink project, This is following on from public consultation on the ‘Emerging Preferred Route’ which was published in March 2018.
The major change to the original proposal is that the underground Metro will terminate at the Charlemont LUAS station – it will not have an impact on the existing Green Line. Metro users wishing to travel further south of Charlemont will transfer to the LUAS. The underground tunnel will however be extended just beyond Ranelagh so that the Metro can potentially be connected to the Green Line in the future. The extension will also allow trains to change lines & be stored.
LUAS tram length and frequency will be increased to tackle the increasing demand, it is believed that these measures will provide the necessary extra capacity for the next ten to twenty years.
Another round of public consultation is now open until 21st May 2019. You can see the full updated plan and give your feedback here.
A public information evening is planned for Hilton Hotel, Charlemont, Monday 8 April 2pm-8pm, details of more events are here.
Last week I met with the National Transport Authority to discuss the Bus Connects plan and to enquire about the status of the Metrolink project. It is expected that the next phase – the publishing of an updated ‘preferred route’ and a further round of public consultation – is due to happen in the next few weeks. The publishing date has been pushed back several times due to the level of feedback.
The project is expected to proceed as follows: another round of public consultation occurs when the updated plan is published; final revisions are made to the scheme; a business case is prepared for Government approval; an Environmental Impact Assessment Report is prepared (this includes how communities will be affected), and finally, if those stages are passed; an application is made to An Bord Pleanála.
To see information I have previously shared on this, go here.
The Core Bus Corridor (phase 3) plan was published this week; the project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin to provide a faster, safer & more efficient transport network. Phase 3 affects Merrion, Donnybrook, Ballsbridge, Ringsend, & the City Centre – and other areas indirectly.
Significant traffic changes are being proposed – new & altered cycle routes, different access to roads, removal of off-street parking etc.
A public consultation is open and will end on 30th April. I would advise taking a look at the detailed proposals for your area & regular transport routes to see how they may change. Consider the best options for the future of local traffic and give your feedback – here. Details of information events are here.
Some compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) will be used to acquire lands – in this case some businesses and parts of gardens will be affected; no homes will be acquired. Those who may be affected by CPOs will have already received a letter with the contact details of a liaison in the National Transport Authority.
See below a link to all of the information I have shared on phase 2, which followed the same process.
27th February 2019
On Monday a community forum was established for bus corridor #10 (Tallaght to Terenure). A representative from my office attended to hear people’s concerns and feedback. To see some issues that have been raised, responses that the National Transport Authority have given and the best ways to engage in the process, go here. Details of upcoming public information evenings are here.
To see more information I have recently shared on the bus corridors, go here.
This weekend there will be disruptions to water services in areas in Dublin 2, 4 & 6 due to repair works being carried out to fix a leak. Irish Water is encouraging customers to conserve water while these repairs are underway. If you have any queries you can contact Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278.
The areas that may be impacted include Booterstown, Mt. Merrion Avenue, Seafield, Nutley Park, Anglesea Road, Merrion Road North, Merrion Road South, Bath Avenue, Gilford Road, Pembroke Road, Mespil Road, Sussex Terrace, Belmont, Richmond Hill, UCD, and the City Centre.
For further details, go here.