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26 September 2021
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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.


Emer Higgins TD, Fine Gael

Ph. 01 4013416
78 The Orchard, Lucan

Na Gaeil Oga GAA Funding: Comhghairdeas to Na Gaeil Oga who have been awarded funding of 150,000 euro, over a three year period to begin a games development programme and a community engagement programme. The community engagement programme will focus on providing Irish language supports to the families of club members. Parents and families will have the opportunity to learn the language and improve their Irish by playing an active role in the club. The games development programme, which will focus on providing all-Irish coaching and sporting events for Gaelscoil students in Dublin, has also begun. Lean ar aghaidh leis an dea obair!

Hospice Coffee morning: Well done to everyone who organised and attended coffee mornings this week, raising valuable funds for Harolds Cross Hospice. It's great to have events like this back up and running at last.


Gino Kenny TD, People Before Profit

Phone: 085 7211574

Closure of Lucan Leisure Centre: Lucan Leisure Centre at Griffeen Valley Park closed on the 27thth August to facilitate structural repairs. After the renovation it will form part of the new leisure and swimming pool complex. But the staff, many of whom have worked there for years, have not been offered their jobs back but are instead being moved to Clondalkin or Tallaght. The operation of the new complex, including the swimming pool, will be put out to tender by South Dublin County Council. This could mean that a private operator will come in to run the facilities which were funded by the taxpayer. This is unacceptable, this facility should be operated either directly by the council or a public body/subsidiary.


Caitriona McClean

twitter: @cmaemcclean

SDCC Draft Development Plan: I have submitted 12 observations and suggestions based on real conversations and observations. I am disturbed that over half of planning permissions are from An Bord Pleanala and are not based on actual local needs.

Student Housing Crisis: I have sent in a prebudget suggestion to Minister Michael McGrath that capital be available for colleges to buy up and convert hotels.

Better Maternity Care: I would encourage you to voice your concern and support the drive to acknowledge the role of partners in this campaign.

Booster Vaccines: I have written to Ministers Donnelly and Butler regarding booster shots for all those in their sixties. I am campaigning for this as an inclusive and cost-effective solution and will help reduce congestion in hospitals this winter.


Cllr Joanna Tuffy, Labour

Lucan Electoral Area. Phone 0876339077
Facebook @joannatuffylabour
Twitter @joannatuffy
Instagram @labouroflucan

Tandy's Lane Park and other Adamstown news: This Park opened fully to the public last week. It had opened partially during the summer, and it is to be officially opened next week by the Mayor of South Dublin Peter Kavanagh. It is part of the Adamstown SDZ Planning Scheme and received Government infrastructural funding. If you have not visited it yet, it has some features that are different to the longer established parks in Lucan. There is a lot of spaces with wildflower planting and a few play areas, including for teenagers. There are benches to sit and meet up. This is the first of three parks in Adamstown with Airlie Park due to open next year. The Crossings Phase 1 has started construction, and this will include several retail and eating venues. There is also a social housing development of about 45 homes due to come on stream before the end of this year.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or issues.


Cllr. Liona O Toole Independent


County Development draft plan: A total of 300 submissions have been submitted throughout the public consultation process. Core strategy and Settlement strategy received the most submissions followed by Community Infrastructure and Open Space. I will be studying these submissions and make amendments to the draft where necessary, thanks to everyone that made a submission on behalf of their groups, residents and independently.

Tandy's Lane Park: I received an invite to the official opening of Tandy's Lane Park on Wednesday 29th Sept which will be officially opened by Mayor of South Dublin County Council and Minister for Housing.

Tree Pruning: On behalf of residents I have made requests to council management to have their areas included for the tree pruning programme 2021/22. Contact me if you would like your area included.

Mattress Recycling: starts on Sept 27th free mattress recycling, further details available at