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25 March 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.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

St Marys BNS Lucan: I have written to Minister Bruton on behalf of the Board of Management of St. Marys BNS Lucan. They had received a grant of €55,000 to build two new resource rooms in the school. Currently there are three resource teachers working out of one room. This is extremely unsatisfactory for the special needs students that need these resources. Unfortunately the grant amount falls substantially short of any quote they have received for constructing two new rooms.
I have asked the minister to consider increasing the grant to cover the actual cost of construction.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Serious lack of investment to meet growing demand on Dublin Bus in Lucan – I am very disappointed with the low level of investment in Dublin Bus to expand its fleet to meet growing demand and provide for extra services especially in Lucan. I asked the Minister to outline his plans for capital expenditure in 2018 to increase public transport capacity and in his reply he boasts of funding being provided for 76 new buses to be purchased in 2018 for Dublin Bus.
After making subsequent calls to the NTA, I have now been informed that only 15 out of the 76 new buses are to expand the Dublin Bus Fleet to meet demand for the service; the remaining 61 buses are to replace older buses.


Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan

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Traffic delays on N4: I attended The Clayton Hotel on Tuesday to see the proposed plans for development of Vincent Byrne site to include approx. 300 apartments. It's clear that the long delayed flyover is urgently required to allow Lucan residents avoid even longer delays at Palmerstown junctions. Please contact SDCC to put forward your view about significant developments and traffic on the N4 without first providing the long awaited flyover. A number of people have already spoken to me about this.

Parking in Lucan: On 16th March, I received an email from SDCC in response to a query regarding parking in the village and the free half hour. I have been told that if you think you will go over the 30 minutes, you should pay the amount and that 30 minutes will be included. In other words you get 90 minutes for one euro. Is this your experience?


Mayor Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Have your say €300k fruit trees: This week I planted the first of the fruit trees voted for by residents of Lucan and Palmerstown at a ceremony in Vesey Park. I was assisted by sixth class students of Scoil Aine Naofa. The other areas where the trees are being planted are Lucan Demesne, Griffeen Valley Park Extension, Willsbrook Park and Waterstown Park.

Clonburris SDZ next stage up on display: Visit for more details or see at Lucan Library. Submissions at this stage of the plan can ONLY be made on motions that were passed, not motions that were voted down by other Councillors (and there were a lot of them on phasing and providing additional amenity space). It’s imperative that people have a look and let their views be known as it impacts all of us.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


St. Patrick’s Day 2018: Thank you to all the volunteers behind Lucan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade for putting together an excellent showcase of Lucan and its community spirit.

Sports Stars: Well done to Colaiste Padraig CBS on winning the Senior B Football Championship this week and to Harrier’s own Carol Kearney and Annette Durkin for recording personal bests at the European Indoor Championships.

Autism Friendly Shopping: This week Lidl announced that they will be rolling out their Autism Aware Quiet Evenings to ALL their stores in Ireland. Starting on World Autism Day on the 2nd of April, stores will make sensory adjustments and provide extra Autism friendly assistance in store every Tuesday from 6-8pm.

Super SuperValu: Congratulations to Ian Lynam and the staff of SuperValu on becoming the SuperValu Store of the Year!


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

Clonburris: Members of the public can now make final submissions on Clonburris SDZ. Details are available on Deadline Friday 20th April 4pm. As before I will be working with residents and groups during this final public consultation process. I have engaged with numbers of residents to date. Anyone seeking further information can get in touch with South Dublin County Council planning section or myself directly.

Adamstown: Residents have informed me that the handover of housing within Adamstown has been delayed due to the ESB delaying the removal of overhead lines. I will be raising this again with the council management, updates to follow.

Newcastle Road repairs: I have requested that council management repair the damaged sections/potholes along the Newcastle road and replace the existing orange bollards which have been damaged and covered in dust.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Waste Management: I will be putting a motion down at the next full council meeting to lobby Minister for Communications, Climate Change and Environment Denis Naughten to halt all pay-by-weight bin charges and to return waste management control to local councils. In January, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission confirmed it was investigating fresh complaints of a waste industry cartel operating in the Dublin region. This can’t be tolerated. Also it has been announced that some companies will be charging for recycling. Hopefully this motion will be supported by the majority of councillors in the chamber.

SDCC Community Infrastructure Fund 2018: Applications are invited for South Dublin County Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund from Monday 19th March 2018. The Community Infrastructure Fund is a fund of €250,000 which offers Community Groups (including Sports Clubs) the opportunity to apply for funding.


Transport Users

Suddenly a new Luas line is on top of the list, for years Lucan Luas was at the top. Population growth, new housing in the area and congested roads justly put Lucan right up there. Now suddenly a new line has emerged as the top runner, Finglas Luas. This Luas line may be the next line to be built. This has come about due to the recently opened Cross City Luas and a short extension would complete it into Finglas. There is mounting pressure for this to happen from users in the Finglas area on a number of fronts mainly the short distance. Is Lucan Luas to be put back again. This can happen again and again if other shorter routes emerge, the next short one may be Poolebeg Luas. An overall plan must be drawn up to prevent this unfairness.

T. Newton 086 3127364