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20 January 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.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Lucan newsletter’s readers a very peaceful and prosperous coming year.

The Dail reconvened last Tuesday and some of the priorities for me in the next few months will be to continue to highlight the ongoing housing crisis, BusConnects in the general Lucan area, access to medicinal cannabis and showing solidarity to striking nurses.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Council’s Shop Front Grant Scheme 2019 - South Dublin County Council this month will launch the Shopfront Grant Scheme for 2019 in the coming weeks. The scheme is intended to improve the appearance of independently owned shops fronting public streets. Grants up to a maximum of €8,500 are available. The Council are committed to paying 50% of the overall cost. Example Grant with overall approved costs of €1,200: SDCC pay €600 - you pay €600. You can get all the relevant information and application forms from the Council’s website or contact the County Promotion Unit if you have any queries on 01- 4149000 Ext: 4631 where they would be happy to assist you on your application.

New Position: I am delighted to have been recently appointed to the Fianna Fáil Front Bench as Spokesperson for Drugs Policy and Urban Renewal.


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

Post Office Closure: Despite some assurances it appears that An Post and the Department of Communications are proceeding with plans to close the Post Office in Dodsboro. This is a disgraceful decision showing utter disregard for the community of Dodsboro. I am contacting the CEO of AN Post and The Minister for Communications to call on both of them to intervene to ensure the closure does not proceed.

Clinics: I am available to discuss any issues residents may have at my constituency office Monday through Thursday


Cllr Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Clonburris SDZ Appeal – Oral Hearing Commences this Tuesday: As Mayor one of my last actions was to appeal this 8,000 housing unit plan to An Bord Pleanála to try and make it better and at least have the same phasing requirements for transport, infrastructure and facilities as the Adamstown Plan. Along with my Council colleagues Liona and Guss I will be putting the case forward to ABP to make the plan better. It can’t be halted but with Lucan gridlocked and under-resourced historically, plonking up houses without adequate amenities makes no sense.

Violence in Lucan: While we are still one of the safer parts of Dublin there has been an upsurge in reported attacks by gangs in the area. I’ve requested a special headed item at the upcoming Joint Policing Committee to see what actions can be taken.


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

087 6838254

Visitors: Some readers will be aware that we have had come Travellers parked in the former Primary School site at Balgaddy since before Christmas. More recently, we had another encampment of Families on Lynch’s lane opposite Lucan Sarsfields. Following an intervention I made as Chair of the Traveller Advisory Committee, the Council agreed not to move Balgaddy Travellers before Christmas, to provide a skip and to keep the surrounding area clean. Last Monday I supported a motion that the Council work with other Local Authorities to seek a solution. Suffice to say that the Traveller Accommodation programme suffered an 80% cut nationally as opposed to 40% other funding streams following the Celtic Tiger Collapse, We now have a huge Traveller Accommodation Problem, Nationally. The system for housing Travellers is unfair, and I ask for patience from residents while a solution is found.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole - Independent

Teenager Facilities: Final report on the Teenage Study with recommendations was presented at our council meeting last Monday. Glad to confirm that Lucan is included in the plans providing much needed facilities for the area. I have campaigned for these facilities since 2014 including the provision of €500K in the Budget for 2019/20, and hope that we can continue funding for teenage facilities in future budgets.

Irish Sign Language classes: Further to my requests to introduce Irish Sign Language classes in the Lucan area I’m glad to report that these classes are now taking place in the Lucan library. If you’re interested you can contact the library directly.

Tandy’s Lane road closure: To facilitate construction of a new road in Adamstown SDZ there will be a temporary closure of Tandy’s Lane from 24th January – 23rd December 2019. Further details available on my facebook @cllrlionaotoole


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Dodsboro Post Office: Following inquiries about the Dodsboro Post Office, I can unfortunately confirm, it is scheduled to close. It has been confirmed the new post master is Luke Moriarty from SuperValu Palmerstown. Again, unfortunately the new premises to open in SuperValu Lucan will not be ready for a few months and customers are expected to travel to Ballyowen in the meantime. The owner of the Spar in Dodsboro has done everything in his power to hold the post office there but the bigger fish have prevailed. Our TD's fell short in the campaign to secure the service in Dodsboro. As a matter of fact, in my opinion they did nothing to secure it in Dodsboro.


Transport Users

The NTA have confirmed that a new access bus stop will be built on the Chapelizod By-Pass to access Chapelizod Village and for easy access to Ballyfermot. This will allow most buses from the Lucan area in the future to go in via the Chapelizod By-Pass due to this a new access bus stop. I looked for this access stop when the By-Pass was being built and was told it would never done, finally they planners saw the benefit of this access stop. It will be of great benefit to users from the Lucan area that use 66 and 67 bus routes.

T. Newton 086 3127364