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17 February 2019
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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.


Derren Ó Brádaigh - Sinn Féin Local Area Rep


Teen-Space: As the recently selected Sinn Féin local election candidate for the Lucan electoral area, I am delighted at the recent announcement from South Dublin County Council and welcome the decision to invest €120k on a new ‘Teenspace’ to be located in Griffeen Park, as part of a wider initiative across the county.

This follows a survey taken by the council of over 500 young people, into just exactly what it is that teenagers would ideally like to see in such a designated facility. This space will provide a meeting ‘hangout’ area with swings, climbing and zip lines, seating, wifi, toilets and a water font.

With Lucan having the highest number of school-going children in the state, I believe engaging with our youth in this inclusive manner and involving them in such projects is not only important but has longer term social benefits for our community as a whole.


Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

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

St Finians Church: I very much welcome the works carried out at on the site of St Finian’s Church and am asking the County Council to keep a regular roster of historical sites for cleansing and maintenance of those sites.

Willsbrook Park Playspace: I welcome commencement of construction of a playground in Willsbrook Park. Some residents have expressed some concerns about the works and I am contacting the County Council to ensure any disturbance to residents during construction is minimised.

Clinics: I am available to discuss any issues residents may have at my constituency office Monday through Thursday


John Curran T.D. – Fianna Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Shane Moynihan selected as Fianna Fáil candidate in Lucan Fonthill/Palmerstown - I was honoured to chair the Dublin Mid-West Fianna Fáil selection Convention recently for the upcoming local elections in May of this year. Shane Moynihan has been selected for the Palmerstown/Lucan-Fonthill area. Shane is a fantastic candidate and I wish him every success. Keep an eye out for Shane and his team in the area over the coming months.

Lucan Community College: I am continuing to follow up with the Minister for Education on the issues that are delaying the extension and refurbishment works at Lucan Community College. In my most recent reply from the Minister it was disappointing to hear of yet another delay in the delivery of this much needed extension work due to a quantity surveyor on the design team resigning.


Cllr. Vicki Casserly – Fine Gael

Peace Commissioner
Tel: 0858317982
Twitter: @vickicasserly

Lucan Swimming Pool: Following on from the tender assessment, an issue was identified relating to the second stage of the tender process and advice was sought from the Council’s Law Agent, Procurement Section and the project design team in relation to the issue. On the basis of advice received, it has been considered necessary and prudent to re-run stage two of the tender process to resolve the issue identified. The main and the specialist contractor tenderers were notified and second stage tenders were re-issued during the week commencing 21st January. A tender report including recommended contractor appointments will be ready in March with a view to construction starting as soon as practicable thereafter. While the delay is extremely regrettable it is unavoidable and mitigates against potential delays later in the process.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


Climate Change: Fine Gael is determined to deliver the targets which we have committed to for Carbon Reduction for 2030. This will require a substantial step up in ambition and in policy actions across all sectors. My colleague, Richard Bruton has agreed to develop a whole of government Action Plan by the end of March. I will continue to work with him and my Fine Gael colleagues to develop proposals, which will be time-lined and carefully monitored for effective implementation.

Dublin Regional Enterprise Plan: I recently attended the launch of the Regional Enterprise Plan for Dublin. This aims to build on the strong progress achieved under the Regional Action Plan for Jobs initiative towards achieving a 10-15% uplift of enterprise jobs – in all regions – by 2020.


Cllr Paul Gogarty - Independent

“Not just at election time”
Tel: 087-2752489

Willsbrook Park Play Space: The Council has commenced building the play area in the walled garden in Willsbrook Park. The project is expected to take about four weeks to complete.

Dumping and litter in Lucan: We’ve always had a problem with a few selfish individuals, but now it’s getting out of hand. DO NOT pay what seem to be bargain prices for door to door rubbish collections; they end up in ditches. REPORT anyone spotted dropping litter or dumping bags. Take school children dropping wrappers and bottles to task. Zero tolerance is required. For years I’ve been calling for the return of money back bottles and cans. Governments have cited the business body REPAK’s recycling scheme as an excuse for doing nothing. It’s not about recycling; it’s about litter management and would halve our litter problem overnight.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

Impending imposition of 23% VAT on food supplements: There is substantial mounting alarm among the general population and those working in the health food sector over the impending imposition of the 23% VAT rate on food supplements including vitamins and minerals. This is due to come into force on March 1st.

Currently, food supplements are zero VAT rated and according to many people who take food supplements to maintain their health, this increase of almost a quarter in the cost of health food products may mean that they can no longer afford to take them. This increase will disproportionately affect pensioners, people with disabilities and those in receipt of a social welfare payment or on limited budgets. A recent petition against the introduction of VAT on food supplements garnered over 28,000 signatures. The Minister can call for a review of this decision by the revenue.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Footpaths in Earlsfort: The Council were out this week in Earlsfort, putting in the new footpaths I requested, also they were pruning back the trees and bushes on Earlsfort Lawns. I requested this some time ago as residents were concerned about anti- social behaviour that was taking place there. With the work complete any parties there will be visible now.

Griffeen Community College: The Department of Education are committed to building a new post primary school in Lucan namely, Griffeen Community College. To date no work has begun. There are 79 1st and 2nd year students attending now. They are sharing with Kishoge Community College. Kishoge have allowed them to use the 3rd floor of their school. I have been approached by parents of children who are awaiting the construction of this school, with a view to starting a campaign to have it built.


Anne-Marie McNally – Social Democrats

Phone: 086-3754315
Facebook: @socdems
Twitter: @amomcnally
Instagram: socdems_dmw

Anne-Marie McNally has been formally selected as the Social Democrats candidate for the Lucan Electoral Area in the upcoming May 2019 local elections. At a meeting in Kenny’s, Lucan Village last week, Anne-Marie was formally endorsed by the Lucan branch of the Social Democrats.

Anne-Marie was the 2016 General Election candidate for the Social Democrats in the 2016 General Election where she narrowly missed out on seat coming 5th place in a 4 seater; an exceptionally strong result for a first time candidate and one Anne-Marie has continued to build on since that time. Anne-Marie has worked directly in the office of Catherine Murphy TD since 2012 and has been a close adviser to the Kildare North TD for the past 6 years and was also a founding member of the Social Democrats. She is currently the party’s political director.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole - Independent

Traffic Lights/Street Lights: I have requested further updates from council management regarding the lights that have yet to be switched on in Adamstown, and for traffic management measures be examined at the new traffic junctions.

Tree Removals: Trees in Hillcrest are currently been removed. This is part of the ‘Tree maintenace programme’ where requests would have been made to remove them for variuos reasons. If you would like a copy of the programme you can contact me or your residents association.

Footpath improvements: The council are continuing to repair footpath’s in the Lucan area. I have requsted that an engineer examines the damaged foothpath opoosite the village Topaz garage.

Haydens Lane Rubbish: I have requested council management continue to cleanse Haydens lane following complaints received from residents and regular users of this lane.

Contact me if you have issues in your area.


Transport Users

A major accident happened recently on one of the slip roads onto the M50. There are several problems on other roads linking the M50, They are not addressed until a major accident happens, this is too late. There are two major problems at the junction where the Lucan road N4 crosses the M50. 1. Traffic from the city on inside lane has to change lanes right under the bridge due to a bus lane. Eliminate the bus lane is the solution, this will cause no delay to buses. 2. Traffic from the Naas road direction for Palmerstown is forced into oncoming traffic from Lucan direction, right on the bridge. This can be solved by extending the vehicle lane right through the bridge. Why wait until a bad accident happens.

T. Newton 086 3127364