Dublin Bay South

Hallowe’en Fun 2018

Posted October 26th, 2018

This Hallowe’en there is lots of freaky family fun in the constituency; scarecrow and pumpkin competitions; lantern making; cabaret; a street feast; and even a zombie disco!

Find out what’s happening in your area here.

For full info on the Dockers & Demons Festival, go here.

Mount Pleasant Traffic Change

Posted October 23rd, 2018

Mount Pleasant Avenue Upper will, for a trial period, become a one-way road from next Monday 29th October. Traffic moving southward from the canal will not be able to continue past Richmond Hill. Cyclists will not be affected by the restrictions.

The trial will last until 12th April 2019. The reason cited for the change is health and safety – reports were made of vehicles mounting the pavement because of insufficient space for two-way traffic.

You can see full details about the change here.

If you have any comments on the initiative, please send your feedback to mountpleasantavenueuppertrial@dublincity.ie.


Number 1 Bus Improvement

Posted October 19th, 2018

From this Sunday 21 October, there will be improvements to the timetable for Route 1 – 56 extra journeys each week. This represents an increase in peak and off-peak frequency Monday to Friday, earlier start times each morning and significant increases to weekend services. It is hoped that the expansion will not only improve the frequency and punctuality of the route, but will also help ease capacity issues for constituents in Dublin Bay South.

Full details of the new timetable are available here .


Sandymount Traffic Changes

Posted October 5th, 2018

Dublin City Council recently commissioned a report to improve the traffic conditions around Sandymount Green. This report outlines a number of works to improve the pedestrian facilities and permeability to and from the Green.

The measures being proposed aim to enhance the user experience of the Green to
make it a safer and more attractive recreational space. By improving provision for pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable road users, it should create a pedestrian friendly environment and enhance the village feeling and the permeability between the Green and the Village.

It is expected that these measures will result in a corresponding increase in footfall which will be mutually beneficial for residents, visitors, and the businesses located around the perimeter of the Green.

You can see the proposed changes here.

Portobello WalkingTrail

Posted October 5th, 2018

The Portobello Walking Trail will be launched this Sunday, 7th October at 2.30pm (meeting at Portobello Harbour) with a tour led by historian, Pat Liddy.

The tour will take you through Dublin’s “Little Jerusalem”, past the former homes of Leopold Bloom and many famous writers, actors, politicians and artists before finishing at the ancient graveyard in St. Kevin’s Park.

Head along and check out the rich history of the area that includes George Bernard Shaw, former lord mayors, the story of the canals and more.

Find out more about the trail here.

Metro – Updated Timelines

Posted August 31st, 2018

I was in touch with the NTA (National Transport Authority) today to get the latest information on the Metro proposal.

The original plan was for the updated ‘preferred route’ to be announced in August. Due to the level of submissions received and issues that have had to be considered, it is approximated that another 4 to 6 weeks will be required to go through those issues and consider alternatives. Once this work is done, it will likely take another month before the information will be collated in a publishable format.

It is expected that the next stage of the process – the ‘preferred route’ being published and the second round of public consultation – will take place some time in November 2018.

I will be meeting with the NTA at the end of September to get an update.

I will share more information as it becomes available.


6 July 2018

I know that there has been a lot of concern surrounding the MetroLink proposal that was recently announced – I share these concerns and agree that we must find an alternative solution. I believe that Dublin needs a Metro, and we need extra capacity on the Green Line, but both of these objectives can be achieved without dividing the neighbourhood, which is my chief concern.

I have raised the matter with both the Minister for Finance and the Taoiseach. I have also met with consultants in the area of transport planning. Last week I met with the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to discuss the project.

I can confirm that the NTA and TII are looking seriously at alternative options that will not see the community segregated at either the Beechwood or Cowper LUAS stops – that is, new proposals that will see both cars and people being able to continue to cross the line at Beechwood and people to be able to continue to cross the line at Cowper without any major disruption to current movement patterns.

I requested that the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport meet with representatives of the community to hear about concerns with the current proposal, before an updated ‘preferred route’ is produced. The Committee have agreed to this request. I will also be meeting with residents’ groups next week to discuss the situation further.

See details about timelines & process here.


17 May 2018

We have had a lot of representations about this and people are very concerned about the potential changes, as am I. My team met with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and have been in regular contact with them regarding these concerns.

I do not think that the proposal for south of Charlemont St. is viable; I believe that it would have a disproportionately negative impact on the community, particularly for the large and demographically diverse population in the Ranelagh area, notwithstanding the significant numbers that travel through the area.

An alternative solution needs to be found and I have expressed this view to TII. I believe that given the obvious problems with the proposed closure of access from Beechwood Road to Dunville Avenue, a different proposal will have to be fully examined and put forward.

If you would like to have a look at my formal submission, go here.


Terenure Family Fun Day

Posted August 28th, 2018

The annual I Love Terenure 2030 Annual Family Fun Day is back on Saturday 8th Sept 2018 in Bushy Park. The Market will start at 10am and the festivities will begin from 1pm.

There will be lots to entertain: zip lines, bouncy castles, music and circus action! This will be a good day out for all of the family.

For more information, go here.

Fitzwilliam Cycle Route – Info Evening

Posted August 27th, 2018

The proposed Fitzwillaim Cycle Route, which would be the first ‘parking protected cycle lane’ in the country, is a 1k route extending from Leeson St to Mount St Lower. It is expected that there will be a public consultation on the scheme in September, with construction beginning in early 2019.

Dublin City Council will be holding a public information evening where members of the design team will be on hand to discuss the project. It will take place on Thursday, 30th August from 6-8pm in the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

For further information, go here. The agenda for the evening is here.

Bus Changes – Info Sessions

Posted August 23rd, 2018

A lot of people are unclear about what the Dublin Bus changes will mean for them – information sessions are being held around Dublin. I would suggest attending one of the sessions or following the link below to find out more.

Two will be held in the constituency:

  •  – The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road on the 31st August, 2 – 8pm
  •  – The Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road on the 11th September, 3 – 7pm


For full details of the sessions, go here.


3rd August 2018

The National Transport Authority are currently redesigning the bus network in Dublin. There will be very significant changes made to the bus routes, frequency and accessibility – the entire network will be changed.

I would  encourage you to take a look at the plans and see how this may affect you. A public consultation is currently open to give your feedback. The consultation closes on 28th September 2018.

You can find out more and register your feedback here.

Plays in the Park

Posted August 17th, 2018

Merrion Square, Dartmouth Square and Ranelagh will host some Shakespearean fun next week. The Ranelagh Arts Centre will be putting on their version of ‘The Comedy of Errors’ from Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25th.

This new version has country and western theme in small-town Ireland with songs including Stand by Your Man, Friends in Low Places, Rhinestone Cowboy and 9 to 5.

For full information, go here.

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