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31 May 2020
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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.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816

The passing of Melanie Hill Rutherford: I want to convey my sincere condolences to Melanie Hill Rutherford's family and friends. Melanie was originally from Cork but had been living in Moyglass Lucan for the past decade. Melanie passed away last week at the age of 45. I had got to know Melanie through her advocacy for access to cannabis for medical reasons. She was a great advocate for medical cannabis as she was using it to treat her pain from cancer.
Ar Dheis De go raibh a hanam.


Emer Higgins TD, Fine Gael

Ph: 087 921 7741
The Orchard, Lucan

Spike of Abuse of Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) Many of you have seen these gas canisters in parks or streets and may have heard about this recent trend among young teens using laughing gas or hippy crack. When inhaling directly from tanks or whippets (bulbs), the gas is intensely cold (-40C degrees) and can cause frostbite to the nose, lips and throat (including vocal cords). As the gas is also under constant pressure, it can cause ruptures in lung tissue when inhaled directly from these containers. To report any worrying activities, please phone the Gardai. More information at

Small Business Support: Applications for Restart Grant for Small Businesses is now open. There are several other supports for small businesses during this difficult time, please contact me if you require more details relating to your business recovery.


Cllr. Ed O Brien, Fianna Fail

Constituency Office, 8A The Village Centre.
Ph: 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Fianna Fail Group Leader on South Dublin County Council

Fallen Trees: I have contacted SDCC about a number of fallen trees and branches which came down during the strong winds earlier in the week. Some of these have been cleared away already and I will follow up in relation to any which remain.

Village Traffic: I am currently engaging with local business to see if there is an opportunity to completely revise the flow of traffic through the village. Due to social distancing, more space is required for pedestrians and cyclists and it may be opportune to look at a one-way system or pedestrianising the village. If you have thoughts please let me know.


Cllr Shane Moynihan, Fianna Fail (Palmerstown-Fonthill)

Ph: 087 7840898
Twitter: @shanemoynihan

Foxborough: I was delighted to see the installation of yellow boxes at the junction of Foxborough Road and Griffeen Avenue this week. This follows my representations on this issue since being elected, and will provide some relief for residents in the area.

Restart Grant for Small Businesses: Grants of up to 10,000 euro are available from South Dublin County Council, targeted at small businesses employing fewer than 50 people. For more information on this and supports available to businesses, contact me or visit

Nitrous oxide 'bullets': This week, I drew attention to the harmful effects of the misuse of these items. Discarded containers are becoming increasingly prevalent– please be vigilant and report any suspected misuse to Gardai.

Online clinics & e-newsletter: Contact me if you would like to make an appointment for my online clinic, or to subscribe to my email newsletter.


Caitriona McClean Fianna Fail

086 3898327
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Leaving Certificate: Best wishes to all LC students and their families who would have had this bank holiday as a major focus for so long. Hoping that the transition works well for all in these new arrangements.

Government formation: We need a functional government to respond to necessary legislation as well as the EU initiative. The caretaker government is now dysfunctional as unable to pass legislation. Working with Tom Newton, I have submitted transport and housing suggestions for Programme for Government.

Back to school allowance: I have put forward the suggestion that those still on covid19 payments at end of July should automatically qualify.

Old Celbridge Rd: Nettles alongside the footpath are causing concern to walkers. I have asked SDCC to rectify.