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29 July 2018
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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.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


Bus Connects: The National Transport Authority is holding a public consultation session on the proposed Bus Connects strategy in Liffey Valley on Friday the 17th August from 2 to 8pm.

Tackling Ticket Touts: New legislation to ban ticket touting and the use of bot software to buy up available tickets has been agreed by Government.

Mesh Safety: Having raised concerns with the Minister for Health regarding issues experienced by women who have had trans-vaginal mesh procedures for incontinence and prolapse, I welcome the announcement that all procedures involving mesh have been paused until further safety measures are in place.

Voucher Consultation: Government want to introduce a 5 year minimum term for gift vouchers and resolve the issue of maintenance fees that see costs charged against the card the longer it remains unused. To have your say, visit


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Bus Connects - The National Transport Authority's proposed changes to the Dublin Bus Network - public consultation has begun and there will be a Public Consultation presentation day at Liffey Valley, Friday 17th August from 2pm - 8pm, which I would encourage you to please attend so as to understand the changes to your local route. I understand that there will be further dates/locations in September for further public consultation meetings and I have been in contact with the NTA requesting that they consider better local venues for Lucan residents as Liffey Valley is not as easy to get to for everyone. I will keep you informed of these further dates and locations.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

Transvaginal Mesh Implants. I was pleased that the Government have initiated a pause on using transvaginal mesh implants in surgical procedures following recent moves by the NHS in the Britain and Northern Ireland to do likewise.

I recently submitted a parliamentary question to the Minister for Health Simon Harris on the matter. Transvaginal mesh has caused many painful issues for women who have had operations to deal with certain medical conditions. I would like to pay tribute to the Mesh Survivors Ireland support group of women and the Dublin Mid-West constituents who got in touch with me and who are continuing to highlight this important women's health issue.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole & Cllr. Guss O’Connell, Independents 087-2795274 087-6838254

Embankment Castle Riada/Moy Glas: Residents contacted me in 2017 regarding ongoing issues along the embankment between Castle Riada and Moy Glas estates. I have raised this with council management at area committee meetings over the last year and I arranged a very productive onsite meeting with residents of Castle Riada and Moy Glas and Lucan Gardai in April. I submitted a report of the meeting to Council Management and discussed options which resulted in interim measures including the removal of shrubs, hedges etc that were damaged by vandalism and fires recently. The laneway has been cleared and the overgrown debris scrapped back to widen the road. Plans for a further meeting offsite with stakeholders is being arranged. I will continue to keep residents updated. I would like to thank residents, Council Management and Dublin Fire Brigade for the assistance to-date.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Clonburris. Recently a few Councillors have appealed the Clonburris SDZ plan to An Bord Pleanala. I feel these Councillors are using Clonburris for political gain, as it is not a popular situation with a lot of residents having reservations about the development. What I feel is not been publicised is, if the SDZ is scrapped the planning will revert to a plan that was put into place in 2008. This will include high rise buildings. The developers will not be obliged to put in any infrastructure and can just apply for planning permission to build on their land. 74% of the land is privately owned and will be developed whether we like it or not. I am confident the SDZ is the better option for all concerned.


Transport Users

Lucan rail station at Adamstown is a step nearer to complete its full potential with the opening of the new access roads into Adamstown. There are now three access roads to this station with an ideal cycle and pedestrian way as well. This is a great facility for Lucan. This station will have direct access from all areas of Lucan by public transport in time. Adamstown could be the ideal location for a medical centre that Lucan needs with its easy accessibility by car bus and rail.

T. Newton 086 3127364