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21 May 2017
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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.


Councillor Guss O’Connell, Mayor South Dublin County, PC, Independent Community

087 6838254

The historic Participative Budgeting Pilot is reaching a crescendo with electronic voting open from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th with old fashioned ballot-stations in St John the Evangelist School Adamstown and Lucan Leisure Centre from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 25th May.

The quality of ideas submitted was exceptional and the projects now put out for voting and final selection are each more than worthy of selection.

Each person may vote for as many project as they want up to €300K. The proposals that gets the MOST votes will be carried out.

On the 1st June at 7.00pm, the results will be announced in the Clarion Hotel, Liffey Valley.

This is an initiative that transcends political party –and not party- boundaries. For the first time in Ireland the public are offered the opportunity to participate in determining the budget of a local authority. PARTICIPATE!


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Lucan Primary Care Centre - In information acquired through a Parliamentary Question this week, the Minister for Health's commitment to build a primary care centre in Lucan remains at a standstill after the HSE waits over a year to return to the market to seek expressions of interest to develop this facility after refusal of planning permission by An Bord Pleanala. It is unbelievable that it has taken the HSE over a year to return the identified site to the market to seek expressions of interest for development of a Primary Care Centre for Lucan. This is unacceptable and I intend on further raising the development of the Lucan facility with the Minister.

Visit by Micháel Martin to Lucan - We had a very insightful ‘walk about’ in Beechpark and Beechgrove this week with Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin.


Anne Marie McNally Social Democrats Local Rep for Dublin Mid-West

There is a lot of concern locally regarding the proposal contained in the Fingal Development Plan to route a road through St. Catherine's Park. Along with my party colleagues, Cian O'Callaghan (Social Democrats Councillor on Fingal County Council) and Catherine Murphy TD on the Leixlip side of the park, we are monitoring this issue closely. St. Catherine's is a fantastic local amenity and must be protected from any such development.
As a resident of Lucan and someone who regularly canvasses doors across the area it is clear we have a real problem with crime. Almost every second person has experienced a break-in of either a home or a garden shed. The Garda statistics on crime in Lucan simply don't match the lived experiences of those of us affected. I have tabled a Parliamentary Question through Catherine Murphy TD requesting information on Garda resources in Lucan.


Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality. Fine Gael

457 7712

Kishoge CC official opening: I was delighted to officially open Kishoge Community College on Friday. Congratulations to Niall and all the staff, students and parents on a fantastic day of celebrations!

No Limbs No Limits: Congratulations to the students from St Joseph’s College on winning Silver Award at the YSI Final this week. Well done to the girls on all their hard work!

Have Your Say - 300K: The voting process for the shortlisted projects for this initiative will take place from the 22nd-26th May 2017. Voting is available online, or in person at various locations within the Lucan Electoral Area from 6.30pm-8.30 pm on Thursday 25th May. There is no age restriction for voting and you don’t have to be on the Register of Electors. See for a full list of the shortlisted initiatives.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

People Before Profit will launch the People Before Profit Housing Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Bill 2016 in the Dail this week.

The bill enacts emergency measures to close off loopholes and flaws in Simon Coveney’s current legislation, which are now being exploited by vulture funds and landlords to increase rents to unaffordable levels and evict tenants.

We are in the middle of a housing crisis and the government have refused to take action. There is a lack of public housing and landlords are pushing rents higher. If you have any questions on the bill please contact the PBP Dublin Mid- West office.


Cllr Paul Gogarty – Independent Community Alliance

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489.

300k participatory budget voting 22nd-26th May: The voting process for shortlisted projects commences on Monday 22nd to Friday 26th May. Residents can vote online during this period or in person at the voting locations listed below within the Lucan Electoral Area from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 25th May:
Adamstown – St. John the Evangelist NS
Lucan – Lucan Leisure Centre, Griffeen Valley Park
Palmerstown - Palmerstown Youth and Community Centre, Palmerstown Shopping Centre
Full list of projects and information is available at .

On street car rental pilot scheme: Delighted Lucan will be a pilot for on-street car hire by the hour (including electric vehicles hopefully) following on from the tabling of my motion some months back. Watch this space.

St Catherine’s Park Road proposals: Am liaising with Cllr Brendan young in relation to the Kildare Development Plan process and oppose this plan.


Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 01 6217623 / 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.

Flooding in Hillcrest Estate: I continue to pursue SDCC in relation to this issue and am following up to arrange further inspections of areas affected in the coming weeks.

Public Lighting Issues: I have requested upgraded public lighting in Rosewood and Foxborough estates after being contacted by residents in both estates this week.

Micháel Martin in Lucan: Thank you to residents in Beech Park and Beech Grove who engaged with my party leader on his visit to Lucan. I am following up with him in relation to a large number of issues which were raised as he accompanied me in these estates.

Clinics continue Monday and Wednesday this week by appointment.


Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan

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Lucan Community Bus: Thanks to those who have supported the Lucan Community Bus. There was huge support at the €300k public meetings for this project and therefore I will continue to pursue it. Thanks for all the chats on the doors and for your warm enthusiasm. We need to find a way to have our voices heard.

Members please note: 1. Membership fees are due before the end of June. If you do not renew on time, this will disqualify you from voting at Ard Fheis and at Convention. 2. The next Ard Fheis is a fully voting one and members should have received details. A cumann meeting will be held to debate resolutions and discuss nominations.

Go raibh maith agaibh: Thanks to those who have supported the Dublin fundraiser night at the races and BBQ next Thursday 25th.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent

Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee

Griffeen Park Community Clean-up: I was happy to assist and support this event. Well done to everyone in the community for helping out last Sunday. Big THANK YOU to Aoife for initiating the clean-up and to CENTRA Griffeen for providing the bottles water. Thanks to Park rangers and South Dublin County Council for ensuring the bags were collected on the same day.

Adamstown Sports/Community Hall: The developer has confirmed that the Pre-cast materials have been ordered for the Adamstown Sports/Community Hall, the contractor is due to be appointed shortly and it’s hoped site activity will be seen over the summer months. I will continue to work with all stakeholders

Newcastle Road/Adamstown Residents: Very productive meetings with residents in relation to traffic concerns around the Newcastle Road and Adamstown, glad to assist and facilitate these meetings.


Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Fine Gael Leader on SDCC, Chairman of SDCC Planning & Transport Committee
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan

Lucan Sarsfields - Hayden's Lane carpark: Further to my notes of two weeks ago, SDCC have handed over keys to Lucan Sarsfields to allow them to open/lock the gate to Hayden’s Lane carpark to mitigate problems of parking on the road. This is a temporary solution until a new electronic barrier is installed which I secured funding for.

Community spirit at its best! It was great to see so many volunteers helping to clean-up Griffeen Valley Park last Sunday! A big thanks to Aoife for organising. I was happy to help. Well done to all residents’ groups who carried-out estate clean-ups recently.


Transport Users

In 1999 I put forward a proposal for an outer ring road from N7 to M3. When this proposed road reached the Celbridge Road near Young's garage there were two options to cross over to the other side of the valley. Option 1 across through St. Catherine's Park. Option 2 across via Intel outside Leixlip. I carefully examined the two options and gave two out of ten for option one and nine out of ten for option two. On my findings the Intel option is by far the better option, less cost, more direct, less interference with the natural beauty of the landscape. An orbital road is needed to service the industrial corridor and ease traffic congestion for future house building. It makes no planning sense to put this road in the wrong place.
T. Newton 086 3127364