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27 May 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.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


Adamstown Community Meeting: I attended a local community meeting in Adamstown to discuss issues affecting the area. I will be following up on some of the estate management and transport issues raised and will keep residents updated. On the issue of anti-social behaviour the local Community Gardaí were able to provide statistics showing the low rates of crime in Adamstown. They have asked residents to report anti-social behaviour so that they can interrupt and establish patterns- advice that applies to all areas in Lucan.

Boost to Community Policing: Lucan Garda Station’s community unit has 8 Gardaí and 1 Sergeant as of March this year. Since re-opening the Garda College as Minister for Justice, our local stations are receiving new recruits year on year. This year, the number of new recruits into the Gardaí should catch up with the numbers retiring.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

I would like to thank the students of Lucan Community College Amnesty International group in their Sleep Out Homelessness Campaign last Friday. I was made very welcome and really enjoyed the initiative and hearing students’ views of many subjects on the night.


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

Swimming Pool: SDCC have confirmed to me that the tender for construction of the pool is due to be advertised in the coming weeks bringing completion one step closer.

Traffic congestion: I was happy to meet recently with Robert Troy the Fianna Fail frontbench spokesperson to discuss the increasing traffic congestion in Lucan and will continue to work with him to try to alleviate the logjam in the area.

Clinics: Clinics continue as usual in my constituency office from 4.30 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday


Mayor Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Scrambler bikes, mopeds, quads etc: With the good weather and long evenings we have seen the scourge of irresponsible and in many cases illegal riding of scrambler bikes and other motorised vehicles. For safety reasons the Gardai do not always intervene immediately and there are still some legal constraints regarding seizures. I’ve asked that the quarterly Joint Policing Committee meeting next Friday 25th May should have this issue on the agenda and I’m seeking an update on the measures that can and should be taken.

Comhairle na nOg Fun Run and Cross Country Finals Day: As Mayor I was honoured to be present at both these events involving children from Lucan and beyond, the former also including discussions and presentations on health and wellbeing. There was a large participation on both days. Well done to all.


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

Advice Clinic: Advice clinic on Saturday mornings from 11am-12pm in the Lord Lucan on Newcastle Road, you can drop-in or call me for an appointment. Teen Survey: I have consistently campaigned for facilities for teenagers since 2014, and welcomed the council management ‘Preliminary Report on the Teenage Study’. Well done to everyone who sent in submissions (500 in total). Copies of the report available. Water Quality/Pressure: Further to the issues raised by residents in relation to water quality/pressure I have tabled a motion for next week’s Lucan meeting requesting a letter be sent to Irish Water to place a designated person to the Lucan area. Adamstown Youth and Community Centre: Following enquiries into the new Adamstown hall I can report that it’s planned to hand over the keys to the council this week. Details on the official opening/launch will be available soon, updates to follow.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Sleepout at Lucan Community College. I would like to thank the 6th form students who had a sleepout in Lucan Community College, highlighting the housing crisis we are experiencing. They collected 700 signatures for Minister Eoghan Murphy calling on him to address the crisis. I was invited along on the night and had an opportunity to discuss this crisis that is affecting most families. The sense of social policy the students had was heart-warming and great to see our future adults have such a sense of responsibility.

Yellow Boxes for Roundabout. I have requested that the council put yellow boxes on the roundabout at the Kissogue - Adamstown road roundabout at the outer ring road. This road is extremely busy at peak times, drivers are not allowing motorists entering the roundabout from the Adamstown Road onto the junction. Yellow boxes should help this situation.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Scrambler & Quad Bikes: I am continuing to follow up on the serious issue of anti social behaviour with the illegal use of quad and scrambler bikes in our parks and public spaces, especially the use of these vehicles by minors. It was very sad to hear of the recent incident in Lucan involving these bikes. There was a cross agency meeting held on this issue recently with the Minister for Justice, Minister for Transport and their officials and Local Authorities. I will keep you up to date on whatever proposals they seem to be following to improve public safety on the matter.

Sad death of Anastasia Kriegel in Lucan: Foremost my thoughts and sympathies are with Anastasia’s parents, extended family, friends and class mates who are coming to terms with the tragic loss of their loved one.


Transport Users

In an effort to make our roads safer and to be fair to Learners Drivers I am proposing a new form of training, it is group training where more than one is trained at the same time. This allows for mental training that is needed in the event of an accident when the brain can react instantaneously instead of freezing. When one person is driving the other is observing, this is the mental part of training as a person can’t observe while driving. This system has operated in CIE for bus drivers for over seventy years and the safety record is second to none. The present driving instructors are of such a high standard they should be allowed to certify a learner to drive on their own after they complete the course satisfactorily until the do the test. This would be good for all, address most of the problems, make roads safer and keep cost down for leaner drivers. Its solutions we need not penalties.

T. Newton 086 3127364