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2 October 2022
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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

Swimming pool update: SDCC outlined the outstanding works on the pool during discussion on my motion at Area Committee last Tuesday. Most of these works involve sub-contractors and the Spring 2023 delayed opening date is now dependent on these suppliers being available. I once again raised the need for former users to be able to use the leisure centre along with Esker Boxing Club. The new management company should be appointed in October. Meanwhile, SDCC said it would get its architects to examine the optimum time for a site visit by Councillors.

Esker Cemetery: Automated gates are planned in the near future due to serious dumping issues, however Council management has agreed to our request to ensure sufficient advertised day time hours are available for users who are infirm, have disabilities or are carrying heavy items to be able to access graves by car.


Gino Kenny TD, People Before Profit

Phone: 085 7211574

School Refurbishments in the Lucan Area: My colleague Cllr Madeleine Johansson attended an event this week in St Thomas JNS in Lucan. We have been informed that the school is still waiting to get their new building. It's unacceptable that schools should have to wait almost 20 years for necessary refurbishments or new buildings. I have submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Department of Education regarding St Thomas's school and am waiting for a reply. We need investment in more school places in Lucan as the area keeps growing.

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre Car Parking Charges for Workers: Over the summer Liffey Valley announced that car parking charges would be introduced for both customers and workers that work in the shopping centre. Controversially workers are now been asked to pay up to E600 per year in car park charges.


Emer Higgins TD, Fine Gael

Ph. 01 4013416
78 The Orchard, Lucan

Italian Embassy Wall: I met with the new Italian Ambassador in the Dail last week to discuss a number of issues, including the ongoing saga of the fallen wall. The Embassy maintain that the Council caused the damage to the wall, the Council maintain that the Embassy have responsibility for the wall. In order to resolve the impasse they have agreed to jointly commission a costing assessment to be completed before Christmas. This will enable concrete discussions around payment of the repairs to finally begin.
He also confirmed that it is his intention to have Lucan House more publicly accessible and that he is exploring the idea of a monthly open day to allow the people of Lucan enjoy this space.

Budget 2023: If you would like a copy of my budget briefing please email or phone my office.


Cllr. Liona O Toole Independent


Lucan Swimming Pool: Update I received as per my question at this weeks area committee meeting: 'As there are still significant works outstanding a completion date in Spring 2023 is the likely outcome. A detailed report is available on my facebook page, and a commitment has been given to update councillors further in the coming weeks.'

School Master House: Many have asked me for an update regarding the sale of this building see below official response, 'Terms and conditions have been agreed on the purchase of this property. Unfortunately the matter has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The Councils efforts and engagement on the mater are ongoing.'

Esker Cemetery: My motion passed at this week's area committee meeting ensured that councillors would be kept informed of changes regarding access into the cemetery and that local needs would be taken into consideration.