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17 March 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.


John Curran T.D. – Fianna Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day: Wishing everyone in Lucan a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day. I am especially looking forward to the Lucan Parade this year. Well done to everyone involved in organising such a great event for the community.

Improvements to 25a and 25b Bus Services: Commuters in Lucan are set for much improved services on the 25a and 25b. Route 25a will benefit from an additional 46 departures per week and the 25b will gain a total of 32 extra trips. After making representations to Dublin Bus and bringing this issue to the floor of the Dáil in recent months I am delighted to report that I have received news that Lucan’s 25a and 25b will benefit from enhanced services, resulting in an overall enhanced timetable, particularly on week days and Saturdays.


Derren Ó Brádaigh - Sinn Féin Local Area Rep


Bus Service: Whilst I very much welcome the recent announcement for an increase to the 25A / 25B, I have now written to Dublin Bus stressing the need for an improvement to the 25 & 25x. I will keep you posted on any developments.

Meadowview Grove: Following contact from a number of residents, we have contacted the council to highlight some specific path repairs needed. If you have any queries regarding this or the tree maintenance work taking place at present please do contact me. I completed a recent 'Residents News-Leaflet' update on this matter in the area.

Voter Registration: With Local /EU elections in sight, I would remind everyone to check the register. RFA2 / RFA3 are the necessary forms needed for inclusion on the 'Supplementary Register' or recent 'Change of Address'. If you need assistance in this regard please contact me.


Kellie Sweeney - People Before Profit

Tel: 0858410833
Twitter: @KSweeneyPBP

Illegal dumping/waste management: South Dublin County Council spent almost €6 million over the past three years cleaning up litter that was illegally dumped. Illegal dumping has become a huge problem since bin charges were first introduced. However, since the privatization of bin services and the ever increasing prices set by private companies, the problem has become even worse. The only people benefitting are the waste management companies who are making huge profits off the backs of ordinary people. The only way to tackle illegal dumping, as well as stopping the companies exploiting customers, is to take waste services back into public ownership and in to the hands of local authorities. If this was done it is likely we would see a huge decrease in the level of illegal dumping all across Lucan and Dublin Mid West.


Cllr Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Some Bus Improvements: Improvements have been announced to the 25 A/B routes which comes after upgrades to the 66/67 routes. These follow representations from elected reps and members of the public. However one glaring omission is the 25 route. I suspect this may be due to current Bus Connects plan to make the 25 a feeder route looping at Chapel Hill. But with the increase in population in the northern part of Adamstown, maintaining a more central link from Adamstown/Dodsboro to Woodies at least and to the City Centre at peak times remains a key objective.

Litter and dumping: SDCC places mobile CCTV units in various locations. Litter wardens investigate dumped material. But witnesses are also important; if you spot an offence you will need to fill in a form to help prosecute culprits. Can forward on.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

Fibromyalgia and ME to be recognised as a disability: This week I submitted a motion to the Dail to recognise Fibromyalgia and ME as a disability and a long term illness. Over 90,000 live with Fibromyalgia in the state which has symptoms of chronic pain and fatigue. I’m hoping that the motion can start a debate about ways we can better understand the condition and its recognition as a long term illness.

Cannabis Access Programme: Over the past few years I have been highlighting the need for better access to cannabis for medical reasons. I believe we are close to a significant breakthrough in the coming month in getting cannabis for medicinal purposes rescheduled and prescribed by medical practitioners in the state. The current situation is unworkable for the many who could benefit from its reclassification.


Councillor Guss O’Connell, P.C. – Community Alliance

087 6838254

Climate Change I’m supporting the demonstration by school children this Friday (15th) outside the Dail. They recognise that Climate Change is for real. Urgent action is required. Dublin’s four local authorities, the Climate Change Regional Office, CARO, and the Dublin energy agency Codema have joined together to develop Climate Change Action Plans in response to the effect that climate change is having on the Dublin Region and its people.
South Dublin Council has published a Draft Climate Change Action Plan 2019-2024, which sets out how the Council will improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in its own buildings and operations..
The effects of climate change are already impacting South Dublin, heavy rainfall unusual flooding events and extreme temperatures, as witnessed in 2018. You can have your say, As an An Taisce Climate Ambassador I am working for today and the day after tomorrow.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


Second Addition of Bus Departures for Lucan in 2019: Further to Dublin Bus’ announcement of additional bus routes for Lucan in January, I was very pleased to receive confirmation that both the 25A & 25B routes will receive additional daily departures from 24th March. While this is great news for many Lucan residents, I believe that Dublin Bus needs to greatly further its enhancement of services across all bus routes in Lucan.

Extra funding for Home Adaptation Grants: €2.6M has been made available to support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues in South Dublin. This funding, which has increased by 16% for the area, will enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and will also facilitate early return from hospital. For more information on how to apply for these grants, please contact my office directly.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole - Independent

Flooding at Newcastle Road/Tandys Lane: Many residents have raised the issue with me concerning the continuous flooding at the traffic lights on Newcastle Road. I have reaised the matter with council management.

Community Grants: Groups can now apply for Community Grants and Community Infrastructure Funds with South Dublin County Council. Deadline is Friday 5th April 4.00pm, contact me if you need any assistance.

Airlie, Tobermaclugg & Tandy’s Lane Parks: Further to requests regarding updates on the planned parks in Adamstown, I received a report on all three parks. (1)Airlie Park: tender submissions are currently been considered. (2) Tobermaclugg: is waiting on an application to be submitted by the developer. (3)Tandy’s Lane: detailed design of the scheme has been progressing in a positive and efficient manner between SDCC and the consultant. More detailed report available upon request or check my website and Facebook page.


Transport Users

A new bus company has come to Lucan, named Go Ahead. It took over route 239 from Dublin Bus. The first thing this company did was to introduce a new timetable far better than provided by Dublin Bus with a new fleet of buses. An hourly service from early morning until late at night in both directions. It also provides a Sunday services on this route for the first time ever. Two additions that would further improve this route, if the company would serve Tesco Lucan in both directions and extend the route into Blanchardstown hospital. This would be a very welcomed addition for Lucan.

T. Newton 086 3127364