Dublin South East


Sports grants for local clubs

Posted July 3rd, 2014

Today the Minister for Sport Michael Ring TD announced €40 million in funding for sporting organisations and facilities around the country. This is the second sports capital grant programme from the government since 2011 and more than two thousand applications were received in this round.

Congratulations to the following applications in Dublin Bay South which were successful for different levels of funding:

Ashbrook Lawn Tennis Club, Donnybrook

CYM Sports & Social Club, Terenure

Lansdowne Lawn Tennis Club, Irishtown

Terenure College RFC, Terenure

YMCA Cricket Club, Sandymount

Old Wesley RFC, Donnybrook

Old Belvedere RFC, Ballsbridge

Pembroke Fencing Club, Ranelagh

Whitefriar Aikido Club, City centre

Whitefriar Archery Club, City centre

Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club, Donnybrook

Dartry Park (through DCC), Rathgar

Herzog Park (through DCC), Rathgar

Herbert Park tennis courts (through DCC), Donnybrook/Ballsbridge

Harcourt Terrace

New School for Harcourt Terrace

Posted June 26th, 2014

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced an architectural design competition for a new primary school in an urban setting.

A site at Harcourt Terrace, Dublin 2, is being acquired from the Office of Public Works and the competition will be for the award of an actual commission for this specific site. The site comprises the former Garda Station at Harcourt Terrace and Irish Film Censor Building, overlooking the Grand Canal. You may recall that I sought the purchase of this site by the department at the Public Accounts Committee in January (click here to see a video of my contribution -@2 min, 40sec). The site was actually secured for free.

The brief will be for a 24 classroom primary school, with a Special Needs Unit. The total floor size will be approximately 4,700 square metres.

This latest competition will be an architect-led full design team competition. The competition jury will select a shortlist of entries to go forward to Stage 2, where more detailed design responses will be required.

It follows on from the successful 2012 competition to design a new second-level school in Kingswood, Tallaght, and last year’s design ideas competition for a primary school.

The Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland will administer the competition on behalf of the Department.

Registration will open in early September.

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Get out and vote!

Posted May 22nd, 2014

Two elections are taking place in our constituency.

For Dublin, we are being asked to select our three candidates to represent the region in the European Parliament.

In Dublin Bay South we are being asked to pick fourteen people to represent our communities on Dublin City Council.

The purpose of this post is not to ask you to vote for a particular candidate or party (though of course I have my preference!), but to ask you to please do all that you can to make sure that your family and friends remember to go out and vote.

As you know, these elections are important, and so it is equally important that as many people as possible have their say and play their part in the democratic process. Every vote counts, particularly when it comes to local elections. As few as ten votes could be the difference between someone getting elected or missing out. You know ten people – you could make that difference.

It’s not easy to put yourself forward for election and I think we are fortunate to have such a strong selection of candidates standing across the constituency, and in Dublin, representing every party and none. They’ve done their part – now we have to do ours.

Polling booths open at 7am and close at 10pm. And while it would be helpful to have your voting card, a photo-ID licence or passport should suffice.

The very best of luck with your vote!

If someone you know still doesn’t think these elections are important, the following links may help change their minds;

- breakdown of how Dublin City Council spends your taxes

- what are the European elections all about?


Outdoor Gym Equipment for Sandymount Promenade

Posted May 12th, 2014

The gym equipment to be installed along Sandymount Promenade has now been finalised.

There is a good mixture of equipment at the workout stations and some of the equipment is wheelchair accessible. The initiative is in line with Dublin City Council’s promotion of Sport and Recreation for all its citizens by providing a range of activities aimed at encouraging physical exercise among people of all ages.

To see a map showing the six locations where the equipment is to be installed, click here.

For photos of the types of equipment to be located at each of the sites, click here.

Installation is expected any day now.

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Public consultation on water charges begins

Posted April 17th, 2014

The closing date for receipt of consultation responses is 16th May 2014.

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) will act as economic regulator of the public water sector and of Irish Water.

Today it has published three papers for public consultation. These are the first set in a series of consultations on the Water Charges Plan and a consultation on Irish Water’s Customer Handbook.

The first two papers focus on the principles of water tariff design and tariff structures for domestic and non-domestic customers. The third deals with proposals for the obligations to be placed on Irish Water regarding customer protection measures.

The titles and outlines of the three papers are as follows:

- Domestic Water Tariff Principles and Proposals – this paper concerns a set of proposals from Irish Water regarding the principles of design and structure of domestic water tariffs;

- Interim and Enduring Non-Domestic Water Tariff Proposals – this paper concerns a set of proposals from Irish Water regarding the principles of tariff design and treatment of non-domestic water customers;

- Consultation on the Irish Water Customer Handbook – this paper considers the obligations that the CER is proposing to put on Irish Water with regards to customer service.

The tariff papers will feed into a further consultation in June on the final Water Charges Plan which will include the actual levels of costs and tariffs. The consultation documents are available at www.cer.ie.

Each paper contains contact details for where written submissions should be sent. The closing date for receipt of consultation responses is 16th May 2014. Please note that the CER may publish all responses to consultations unless marked as confidential.

Gully Manager now on Twitter

Gully Manager now on Twitter

Posted April 15th, 2014

Pass this on to anyone you know who lives on a street affected by flooding or water pooling. Follow @GullyManager on Twitter.

Technology is shifting the balance of power from the state to the citizen, empowering the individual and giving him or her more of an understanding (and thus a say) in how our democracy works. At the level of local government it is making it easier to communicate with the city council to get things done.

A good example of this is the fixmystreet app, which I brought to Minister Hogan’s attention and which is currently being piloted in South County Dublin.

A new example from Dublin City Council is the Gully Manager account on Twitter. This is being managed by the Gully Cleaning Section – soon to be ‘Surface Water Maintenance Unit’. It’s a very simple innovation for the Council to communicate with the public this way and it is very welcome.

You can follow the DCC Gully Manager @GullyManager on Twitter to receive regular information on their work cleaning, unblocking and repairing gullies in the city.



SurveyMonkey opens local office – recruitment starts now

Posted April 10th, 2014

More than 50 people will be employed over the next 12 months

Recruitment starts immediately

SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading online questionnaire platform, today announced that it will open an office in Dublin, employing more than 50 people in the first twelve months of operations to support the company’s many existing Irish and European customers.

New employees will join the existing international team that is relocating to Dublin from the company’s Lisbon office.

SurveyMonkey is trusted by millions of companies, organisations and individuals around the world to gather the feedback they need to make better decisions. These customers use SurveyMonkey’s online and mobile platform to create, send and analyse questionnaires on any given topic.  Beyond market research, some of the most popular uses of the product are to gauge customer satisfaction and conduct employee performance reviews.  SurveyMonkey’s robust analytics engine enables at-a-glance data analysis to make smart, fast decisions.

The company will be hiring for a wide variety of roles ranging from account management to customer support.  Recruitment starts immediately and job positions can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/job-listings/


€600k funding available from Social Entrepreneurs Ireland

Posted April 9th, 2014

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has launched their nationwide search for people who have innovative ideas and new solutions to solve some of Ireland’s social and environmental problems.

The annual competition, now in its tenth year, has backed 169 social entrepreneurs to date and invested €5.4 million in direct funding to projects in areas ranging from community and active citizenship, education and learning, environment and sustainability and mental and physical health.

Social Entrepreneurs Ireland is the country’s largest and most active funder of social entrepreneurship and is this year providing €420,000 in funding to nine social entrepreneurs. A further €180,000 worth of support will also be made available to successful applicants, ensuring that they are equipped to scale and grow their organisations in order to impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible.

Closing date for entries to the 2014 competition is 5pm on Monday, 28th April. Following a multi-stage review process, the winning nominees will be announced at a ceremony in November 2014.

For full details on the Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Awards Programme, and to access the application form itself, please visit www.socialentrepreneurs.ie


Love the Lanes Initiative - Temple Bar

How can we reclaim Temple Bar’s laneways?

Posted April 4th, 2014

Dublin City Council & the Temple Bar Company are seeking new ideas to activate the back lanes of Temple Bar. The project will involve an open call for ideas, some of which will be trialled on the laneways and may become permanent. You could propose an event, an installation, a market, creative lighting…anything that would rejuvenate the lanes for people to enjoy.

Four laneways have been chosen – Copper Alley, Crampton Court, Bedford Lane & Adair Lane. The deadline for submissions is April 22nd and you can get more details about the project and making a submission here.

Diaspora Review

Engagement with the Irish Abroad – Public Consultation

Posted April 1st, 2014

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade is undertaking a review of Ireland’s Diaspora policy to examine all elements of our engagement with the Irish abroad. The Department is inviting submissions from all those at home or abroad who are interested in and affected by issues of emigration. Submissions on the wider question of engagement with the Diaspora are also welcome. Topics under consideration include:

  • Identifying the trends in the ongoing development of the Diaspora
  • Understanding the needs of different emigrant and Diaspora communities overseas and how to respond to these. These include new emigrants, the undocumented in the US and ageing emigrant communities.
  • The role of the Diaspora in economic in social and economic development in Ireland.
  • The continued importance and role of the Diaspora for peace on this island.
  • The status, rights and entitlements of emigrants and returning emigrants.
  • How the Government can best connect with the Irish abroad

The deadline for submissions is 23rd April. For more details on the consultation process and on making a submission, see here.