Dublin South East
Dublin City Council proposes to construct a flood protection scheme along the southern campshires of the River Liffey. This will extend from Butt Bridge to a point east of Samuel Beckett Bridge and returns across Sir John Rogerson’s Quay just east of the new pedestrian crossing at Cardiff Lane.
The Council is holding an information meeting for local residents in order to outline the proposed project particulars and address any queries. This will take place on Monday 10th March 2014 at 7.30pm in Gloucester Street Sports Centre.
A presentation will be made by Dublin City Council’s design consultants and residents will be given an opportunity to ask questions. See here for further information.
The Commission for Energy Regulation has published a paper on its Water Consultation Plan – this summarises the expected timelines for water-related public consultations prior to the introduction of water charges in October 2014.
Consultations cover, inter alia, Irish Water’s plan for water charges; customer protection in the new water service sector; the principles to be applied to non-domestic tariffs; and the calculation of connection charges.
For more information on these consultations; click here.
Dublin City Council have published a new timetable for their ‘Walk and Talk’ programme, which offers free weekly walks and tours across the city. Tours are led by historian Pat Liddy and each focusses on a specific area of Dublin – you can learn about the Dodder’s role in the history of the area on a walk from Terenure to Templeogue Road or stroll along the Liffey’s quays and bridges on a tour that focuses on the literature and music of the city.
The weekly walks are led by community volunteers and include walks along the Dodder, the Grand Canal and Sandymount Strand. Each walk takes about 90 minutes.
All tours and walks are free and there is no advance booking necessary. For more information and to view the full timetable, click here.
The National Transport Authority will be installing 150 additional Real Time Passenger Information Displays at bus-stops this year. By the end of 2013 a total of 488 displays had been installed and locations have already been decided for 73 of the 2014 locations.
To see a full list of displays to be installed in the Greater Dublin Area this year, click here.
Locations in your area include:
Bus No. Stop Location
1 Adelaide Road Opposite Earlsfort Terrace
23 Donnybrook Garda Station
30 Lower Baggot Street Junction Pembroke Row
33 Lower Rathmines Road Junction Military Road
43 Merrion Road Junction Serpentine Avenue
44 Merrion Road Junction Simmonscourt Road
45 Morehampton Road Junction Bloomfield Avenue
46 Morehampton Road Opposite Bloomfield Avenue
53 Northumberland Road Junction Haddington Road
54 Pembroke Road Opposite Elgin Road
56 Rathgar Road Junction Lower Rathmines Road
57 Rathgar Road Junction Upper Garville Avenue
65 Terenure Road East Juntion Brighton Road
69 Upper Leeson Street Junction Appian Way
70 Upper Leeson Street Junction Mespil Road
The Department of Finance and the Trinity Economic Forum are seeking economic policy proposals from third level students who have a vision for Ireland’s future. Participants will submit a proposal on one of two economic policy topics and the winner will be offered a summer internship within the Department of Finance.
This is a very cool opportunity for students to help create policies that will shape the country’s future. Click here for more details about the policy topics and application procedures.
Click here to read my latest publication outlining changes made as part of Budget 2014: tax incentives and exemptions; options for the unemployed; healthcare entitlements; social welfare procedures and more.
I hope the information is helpful. Do get in touch if you would like to discuss anything detailed here.
The Sean Moore Community Awards for ‘exceptional community service’ are open for nominations. These awards are open to any person, or organisation, from the Dublin 2, 4 or 6 areas, who have made an exceptional contribution to the community. A nominee could be a good neighbour, a long serving youth/community leader or a resident’s association leader.
The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Clanna Gael Fontenoys on 20th February 2014.
If you or your organisation knows of someone who deserves this award, send your nomination outlining the reasons why your nominee should receive an award to the following address by Friday 7th February:
Panel of Judges, Sean Moore Community Awards,
c/o News Four,
Funding of €32.5 million has been allocated to 200 sustainable transport projects in the Dublin region. These projects are at various stages of design, planning and construction and will see improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and those using public transport.
- Ranelagh Village Improvements: Pedestrian Crossing at Chelmsford Road, the need for which was identified in a recent transport study of Ranelagh Village (€30,000)
- Expansion of DublinBikes: Completion of construction of the east-west expansion of the scheme (€600,000)
- Pedestrian Improvements (Charlemont Bridge at Canal Road): Construction of two north-south signalised crossings for pedestrians at the Ranelagh Canal Bridge (€50,000)
- Safety Improvements to Grand Canal Cycle Scheme: Design and construction of necessary safety improvements to the existing two way Grand Canal Cycle Scheme from Grand Canal St. to Portobello (€40,000)
- Grand Canal Cycle Route (Blackhorse to Portobello): This section of the overall Grand Canal Cycle Route will link to the new infrastructure from the west at Blackhorse and from the East at Portobello, providing a continuous route along the Grand Canal in the DCC administrative area, and on through the SDCC area. Preliminary design, Part VIII planning, detailed design and preparation of Tender Documents in 2014 (€100,000)
- City Centre High Density Cycle Parking & Strategy: Feasibility Study to assess the possible introduction of high density cycle parking at locations across City Centre (€40,000)
- Wayfinding Project 2013: Expansion of the Dublin Docklands Wayfinding scheme along the city’s historic radial routes and market streets and limited infilling of the existing scheme. Closeout of scheme finances (€50,000)
- Renewal of Road Markings on Bus and Cycle Lanes: Renewal of end of life road markings to protect investment in bus and cycle infrastructure. Including bus cages as identified by Dublin Bus (€100,000)
- Bus Priority at Traffic Signals: Deployment of IT systems and hardware to reduce bus delays through traffic signals, using Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) Technology (€200,000)
- Pedestrian Improvements (Kimmage Road Lwr at Mount Argus Park): Construct upgrade to this existing pedestrian crossing including dishing of kerbs, installation of tactile paving and upgrade of push button units (€70,000)
- Strategic Traffic Study: Finalisation of a collaborative study between NTA and Dublin City Council to review traffic management in the central area of Dublin City, & development of proposals based on agreed priorities for the City over the coming years (€200,000)
Dublin City Council’s Traffic Department is currently carrying out a review of the public area outside Scoil Bhride and Scoil Lios na nÓg on Oakley road. This review will consider all users of the roadway with a view to improving facilities.
The Council are inviting interested parties to make submissions outlining their views including difficulties encountered, potential opportunities and concerns regarding potential interventions.
The consultation will run until 17th January 2014 and you can share your submission by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by post (Dublin City Council, Traffic Administration, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Dublin 8) or via telephone (01 222 2251).
Click here for further information on the consultation.
Update: The Oireachtas Committee on Education & Social Protection has published its report on the draft Education Bill which seeks to reform the admission process for primary and secondary schools. You can read a summary of their findings here and the full report here.
The government has published the heads of a new Education Bill to reform the school admission process at primary and secondary level.
Consultation on the draft proposals is currently taking place, both at the Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection and elsewhere, thanks to new reforms to the legislative process. This allows for maximum input from all stakeholders before the enactment of legislation by Dáil Éireann. The Committee will hold hearings on submissions from interested parties in January 2014.
As part of this process I recently held a meeting in Donnybrook to explain to parents and educators the changes envisaged in the Bill. There was a full house on the night with a wide cross-section of participants and I was happy that so many members of the community took the time to take part in a discussion about the proposed legislation. It’s an important issue in Dublin Bay South, as it is around the country.
A report from the meeting has been issued to all in attendance, as well as to the Department of Education and the Oireachtas Joint Committee.
You can read the report here.