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20 September 2020
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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.


Cllr Paul Gogarty, Independent and Green-minded

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489

Covid-19 measures: Confusing or not, the latest rules need to be looked at closely. This continuing spike in numbers of Covid-19 infections across Dublin means we should all be acting extremely carefully. Act responsibly and think about others in a more vulnerable position. Keep that extra step away from people and always wear a mask in shops or wherever there are groups close together.

Grass cutting: The normal schedule was curtailed due to reduced staffing levels and social distance measures. The recent spell of good weather has helped to speed up delayed works and several areas are scheduled to be completed shortly. I've also requested that Esker Cemetery be tidied up at this time.


Cllr Shane Moynihan, Fianna Fail (Palmerstown-Fonthill)

Ph: 087 7840898
Twitter: @shanemoynihan

Tree Planting Programme: I have been informed that tree-planting due to take place in March should take place in November/December this year. If you would like an update on planned tree-planting for your area, please contact me.

Public housing voids: I welcome the provision of 3.5m euro to South Dublin County Council (SDCC) to bring almost 250 void public housing units into use by year-end.

Griffeen Community College: I have been informed by the Minister for Education that provision has been made for five classrooms for Griffeen CC from November this year to be located on Kishogue CC campus. Further classrooms and specialist rooms will also be provided for 2021/22. Contingency measures are being put in place by both schools until November. I will continue to liaise with the Minister and SDCC for the need for a permanent home for Griffeen CC.


Cllr. Ed O Brien, Fianna Fail

Constituency Office, 8A The Village Centre.
Ph: 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Mayor of South Dublin County Council

LPT: The Fianna Fail group on SDCC confirmed a reduction of 15% on this years LPT charge. The decision was taken in light of the current uncertainty caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. It is near impossible to tell if the Council could put the funds to use in the manner which residents wish it to be spent and this underpinned our position.

Parklets: I welcome the installation of the first parklet in the village outside the River Cafe. I believe this is the first tentative step towards making the village a more pleasant place to visit.

Ministerial Visit: I want to thank Minister Darragh O'Brien for accepting my invitation to visit the constituency to oversee new housing developments in Adamstown.


Emer Higgins TD, Fine Gael

Ph: 087 921 7741
The Orchard, Lucan

Covid test delays in Lucan: Residents from Lucan were experiencing delays in getting a Covid test, this was in turn impacting the efficiency of contact tracing. Thank you to everyone who got in touch. I highlighted the problems to the HSE and addressed the Covid Committee in the Dail on the issue. I have posted my contribution to my FB page (\EmerHigginsTD). Delays have decreased, although demand is still high.

Housing: 248 families in our area will receive homes due to 3.3 million euro grant to Council to refurbish social housing. 3.3m euro is the highest allocation in the country, to refurbish social housing units which will be re-let to individuals struggling with homelessness or on a housing list. As part of the July Stimulus Programme the Government announced over 40m euro for social housing that requires refurbishment.


Liona O'Toole Independent


Litter Bins/Solar Bins: Following my requests to install Solar Bins within our County, a very detailed report on a pilot scheme carried out was provided to me this week. The report detailed that 160 Solar bins could cost 1 million. Staff currently assigned to the current bin programme could be substantially reduced and re-assigned for other work. The vehicles currently in operation could also be deployed elsewhere. Overall there's a reduction in many areas and considerable savings. The detailed report is available upon request, I will continue to work on this proposal.

Local Property Tax: I voted to reduce the local property tax by the maximum 15% this year. A total of 18 submissions were submitted through the public consultation process, most of which came from the Lucan area. The overwhelming requests were to reduce to maximum 15%.