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16 September 2018
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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.

 

John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Email: John.curran@oireachtas.ie
Ph: 01 6183792.
facebook.com/john.curranff
Twitter: @curranjohna

Free GP Visit Card for Carers starting September 1st - 14,000 adult carers have become eligible for free family doctor visits following the extension of the GP visit scheme. An online system has been set up for carers to register .www.mymedicalcard.ie. or paper registration forms are also available from my office. I can post one directly to you by phoning 01 618 3792 or email john.curran@oireachtas.ie - The estimated time for completion is 15 working days.

Fuel Allowance - The 2018-2019 Fuel Allowance season will begin in October 2018. The Fuel Allowance is €22.50 per week. New applicants for Fuel Allowance need to fill in application form NFS 1. This application form is also available from your local post office. You can also request it by texting FORM FUEL followed by your name and address to 51909. For more information on how to apply go to http://www.citizensinformation.ie

 

Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email – gino.kenny@oir.ie

Next week the Dail reconvenes after the summer recess. My priorities and People Before Profit’s for this term is to continue to highlight the social calamity of the lack of housing for our citizens. On October 3rd there will be major protest outside the Dail that will start at 1pm to expose the government’s failed policy on housing. Other issues which we will be raising is Workers Rights, abortion legislation and legislative change on Cannabis for medical use.

 

Cllr Paul Gogarty - Independent

“Not just at election time”
Tel: 087-2752489
Email:info@paulgogarty.com

Upcoming Council meetings: Because of the shameful decision of a majority of Councillors to scupper proposed broadcasts and recordings of meetings, the only way people can see what goes on is to sit in the public gallery. Those who attended the Clonburris SDZ meetings were astounded at what can sometimes go on and the things that are said (or not said) with no media present. Equally, work being done on your behalf can go unnoticed because people aren’t aware.

The Lucan Area Committee is meeting on Tuesday 25th from 3-6pm in County Hall, Tallaght and it would be great to see some local residents at it. Our Organisation, Procedure and Finance Meeting on the 20th is normally “in camera” but (any remaining) presidential hopefuls have been invited to put their cases forward afterwards. Perhaps of interest.

 

Cllr. Liona O’Toole - Independent

lotoole@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
087-2795274

Advice Clinics: My advice clinics take place on Saturday mornings, Lord Lucan. Please contact me for an appointment.

Bus Connects: I’m available to meet/discuss the proposed plans. You contact me at the above details to arrange a time. You can check www.busconnects.ie or this week’s Dublin Gazette for more details.

Dodsborough Post Office: The closure of this Post Office is not welcomed by many residents living in Lucan. I have spoken with residents on this matter and have been in contact with the owner of Spar giving my support to the petition. I will continue to pursue this with An Post.

Adamstown Youth & Community Centre: Well done to all involved with the setting up of the many groups in the new centre. Delighted that ‘Adamstown Parent & Baby Group’ are in their new venue, Glad to work with Jackie throughout the process.

 

Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030
Email ruthnolan@cllrs.sdubloncoco.ie

New Lighting for Lucan- Newlands Road (Jet Hill): Over the summer the Council have installed new lighting on the road known locally as Jet Hill. This will be widely welcomed coming into winter and was badly needed. I have continuously lobbied to have this work carried out, the last time in March this year when I tabled a motion to have this new improved lighting installed.

Bus Connects: Thank you to all who turned out to the demonstration at the council offices on Monday to protest at the new proposals for our bus transport system. The National Road Authority another Government quango paid €400,000 of our money, to a Canadian to tear our bus service to shreds. Our service in Lucan will diminish. Already the NTA have sold off 10% of our service to an English private firm. This is designed, in my opinion as the next step to privatisation. Don’t let this happen.

 

Transport Users

Route 25 is one of the oldest routes in Dublin. It was a bus route since 1945 and before that it was a tram number to Lucan back to the previous century. Now Lucan is to loose this number in the Bus Connects plan. It has been a very successful route all this time with little or no complaints. If its not broken don't fix it. Lucan suffers badly in this plan, no direct route to the city centre from Dodsboro anymore, replaced by a route just to Lucan St. Marys Church. A short extension of route 25 to Lucan Adamstown rail station would make this a great route for Lucan. The very successful Route 25D from Adamstown via the Lucan By-Pass must remain. This is what users want, so far omitted in Bus Connects. Interested parties have until Friday 28th September 2018 to make their views known by writing to NTA Harcourt Lane D2 or by e-mail to, consultations@busconnects.ie

T. Newton 086 3127364