Dublin Bay South

Young Scientist Exhibition 2019

Posted January 14th, 2019

I was very impressed by the standard of talent and ingenuity at this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. I visited some of the local school’s stands to check out the projects – from achieving a more representative Dáil, to teaching by personality type, talking with lasers, understanding magic and Winnie the Pooh & meditation – great work by all, well done.

A big congrats to the local winners from Muckross, Gonzaga, Synge St., St. Mary’s, Terenure College, St. Michael’s and Sandford Park. You can see a list of all of the prizewinners here.

To see some pictures from the event, go here, here and here.

School Patronage – Give Feedback

Posted December 13th, 2018

The Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, has invited parents to express their preference in relation to the patronage of 12 primary schools to be established in 2019. One of the schools is in the constituency and the catchment area covers Dublin 6, 6W and part of Dublin 4.

This system has been developed to provide objective information to all parents and guardians which will allow them to make an informed choice in expressing a preference for a patronage model and language of instruction for their child’s education.

Have your say on what type of local schools you want.

You can give feedback here.


Local Christmas Events

Posted November 22nd, 2018

The Christmas festivities are coming – the next few weeks will see music, parties and visits from the big man! Christmas trees will be lighting up villages across the constituency – see below for the switching-on ceremonies. Head along and get some (early) cheer in!

Harold’s Cross   Saturday, 24th November at 5pm

Ranelagh             Sunday, 25th November at 5pm

Rathmines          Tuesday, 27th November at 7pm

Sandymount      Friday, 30th November at 5pm

Terenure             Saturday, 1st December at 4pm

Donnybrook       Sunday, 2nd December at 7pm

For full details and more events, go here.

Cambridge Road Refurbishment

Posted November 21st, 2018

A second public workshop regarding the refurbishment of Cambridge Road will be held on Wednesday 28th November 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street, Dublin 4.

All members of the public who have an interest in the development are welcome to attend. At the first public workshop on 30th August the ideas and suggestions of the public were canvassed and from that a draft design has been developed for agreement before formally seeking planning permission.

Head down to take a look at the plans and give your feedback.


13 August 2018

Do you live in Ringsend / Irishtown? Have any ideas about how Library Square should be used? A public workshop has been arranged for Thursday 30th August 2018 at 7.30pm at the Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre, Thorncastle Street.

The Ringsend Irishtown Local Environment Improvement Plan (LEIP) was adopted at the June 2017 South East Area Committee meeting. Proposals for works at Library Square and Cambridge Road have now been included in the Capital Works Programme 2018-2020.

All members of public who have an interest in the development are welcome to attend. For the development of the design they are looking for as many ideas and suggestions as possible.

For more information, go here.

Bus Corridor Consultations

Posted November 16th, 2018

The National Transport Authority (NTA) announced the phasing yesterday for all of the core bus corridor publications. The core bus corridor project aims to deliver 230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors in Dublin. This will involve traffic and infrastructural changes along the routes.

4 of the 16 routes have been published and are open to public consultation. None of these 4 are within our area – the routes directly affecting Dublin Bay South will not be published until next year (phase 2 & 3, see here).

The NTA will hold public meetings and establish a Community Forum for each corridor (in tandem with the routes being announced) where there will be an opportunity to get informed and engaged during the public consultation process.

You can see the level of detail expected from the publication by checking out phase one, here. See more information here and here.

Metro Update

Posted October 26th, 2018

My office met with the National Transport Authority this week to clarify the status of the project. What we were told is:

– The next phase – the publishing of an updated ‘preferred route’ and a further round of public consultation – will most likely happen in January.

– It is expected that there will be changes made to the original plan – these changes include the Ranelagh / Rathmines area. Solutions are being considered at the moment but currently nothing has been finalised for the preferred route.

– The level of feedback to respond to and the necessary design work required for assessing changes are the reasons given for the delay.

– 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.

As soon as I have any more information I will let you know.


31 August 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.


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.

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