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30 July 2017
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Political notes

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Politicians please note

Due to pressure of space, each representative is limited to 150 words in their report (including name and contact details).
Please keep reports relevant to Lucan
Please note: Wednesday 10pm is the weekly deadline.


Mayor Paul Gogarty – Independent

Tel: 087-2752489

Weston Airport and Lucan Swimming Pool consultations: The public meetings organised in conjunction with the PPN on the above two projects may be completed but people still have a chance to have their say. The Weston review closes on 24th August while the pool plan submissions close on 28th August. See for more details.

I'm mentioning this now as the Lucan Newsletter closes for August. I hope all staff and readers going on holidays have a lovely break. Please feel free to contact myself or colleagues Cllrs Liona O'Toole and Guss O'Connell if you have any queries.

Litter and dumping continues apace. I've raised issues in relation to the new playground at Griffeen and ask that all dumping offenders spotted anywhere be reported to the Litter Warden.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Lucan Community College - Some good news this week after South Dublin County Council granted permission for the proposed improvement and extension works at Lucan Community College. Works include a new entrance, a new one/two storey extension for a Special Education Needs Unit, PE hall, 92 permanent car spaces and 100 bicycle spaces, 6 new ball courts, a secure play area and links to the adjacent parkland/playing fields.

Welcomed changes to Fuel Allowance - As Chair of the Social Protection Committee I have welcomed the announcement that those in receipt of the Fuel Allowance will now be given the option to receive it in two lump sum payments – in October and again in January at €292.50 each, with an annual value of €585.00. If you require any further information in relation these changes, feel free to contact my office.


Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 01 6217623 / 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.
Lucan Area Committee Chairperson.

Footpaths at Ardeevin: Following contact from a number of residents in Ardeevin I have contacted South Dublin County Council to carry out further repairs in areas of the estate which have not been completed satisfactorily.

Footpaths and Grass Verges at Beech Park/Beech Grove: I have asked SDCC to pay particular attention to the grass verges and the area around the paths between these estates when carrying out grass cutting. The matter of the lack of grass cutting to the side of Beech Grove is being investigated.

Public Consultations: Please feel free to contact me for information about consultations ongoing in relation to the swimming pool project and Weston airport.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole - Independent member of Community Alliance

Griffeen Park Playground: Since the opening of the playground I have made representations to the management highlighting the issues that have been raised with me. They have taken all the feedback on board and will be monitoring the playground and will make adjustments as required.

Petition/Increased Garda: Many people have raised the issue of Garda presence in our area, I have started a petition on-line and it can be signed at the following link:

Important Submissions: I encourage all to make their submissions on the following: Weston Airport review closes on 24th August / Lucan Swimming Pool closes on 28th August. See for more details. I can assist residents on these submissions.

Tandy’s Lane grass cutting: Thanks to resident for contacting me re overgrown grass on corner Tandy’s Lane, I have asked that this be addressed immediately.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

New Bin Charges in September: We had a very well attended meeting in Lucan last Thursday on the new bin charges, due to be implemented this coming September. I would like to thank all who attended. The consensus of the room was unanimous in understanding that the privatisation of refuse collection has failed. Last year South Dublin Co Council spent €420 thousand on illegal dumping, while privatisation has led to profiteering. It was agreed we will have another meeting in September when new prices are revealed, and we will look at the options of starting a campaign akin to the water charges campaign.

Tree of Hope in Griffeen Valley Park: We planted the Tree Of Hope in Griffeen Valley on Saturday. Thank you to all who attended. The Tree will be a focal point in the community as a symbol to all affected by a suicide. I would like to thank Noeleen and Niall Fulham for everything.


Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Local Councillor for Lucan
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan

Planning permission for Lucan Community College: As Chairman of the Board of Management, I welcome the decision to grant planning permission for our long-awaited and much-needed extension. I wish to thank the entire school community for their support for the campaign for our extension. I hope to see the project moving speedily to the next stage so that building works can start.

Tubber Lane planning application: I have lodged an objection to excessive plans for 5 story apartment blocks on lands adjoining Tubber Lane. While I support sustainable housing development at Adamstown, this proposal represents unacceptable over-development in a rural area.

Lucan Tidy Towns: Congratulations to all the volunteers who have carried-out amazing work in Lucan over the Summer. I was happy to help with initiatives on water conservation and protecting the River Griffeen.


Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation. Fine Gael

457 7712

Lucan Community College: I am delighted to that planning permission was granted for the extension to LCC this week. The planning was approved following sanction by my colleague, Minister for Education Richard Bruton to move to Stage 2B detailed design stage earlier this year. I am pleased this long-awaited building project continues to make progress and I will continue to keep in close contact with Minister Bruton to ensure its timely advancement.

Childcare Services: Funding of over €116,000 has been provided to local childcare services from the Department of Children. The money go towards providing further childcare places, maintenance and building work as well as outdoor play areas and is available for immediate draw-down by local providers. This financial boost comes at a key moment in Ireland’s move to accessible affordable quality childcare.


Transport Users

It was very unfair for the NCT car test to change the rules for cars over ten year old to do the test every year, especially as the owner is responsible for road wordiness on a daily basis and that older cars are involved in very few accidents due to this. To add insult to injury they held on to a retest charge as if the cost of motoring is not high enough. This effects the less well off more than any other group of people. The State should not be a money grabber all the time. These bodies that are set up to better society should act more fairly. In older cars the retest should be free of charge as the State is already getting a yearly amount from older cars.
T. Newton 086 3127364