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25 February 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


Anti-Dumping Initiative: Applications are now open for local groups to apply under the Anti-Dumping Initiative with an increased funding allocation of €2 million this year. Our local Tidy Towns, residents groups and local Council are reclaiming our rivers, parks, laneways and country roadsides from illegal dumpers. Funding is being provided by Government for surveillance and smart technology including drones and satellites, as well as the installation of CCTV cameras, to provide support better enforcement and prosecution.

Suicide Prevention Action Plan: I attended the launch of the HSE Ireland Dublin South Connecting for Life Suicide Prevention Plan this week. This is a local suicide prevention action plan and sets out a vision where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and wellbeing. I look forward to this plan being implemented locally.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Luas to Lucan not being considered until post 2027 - Very disappointing after the launch of the Government’s National Development Plan – Project Ireland 2040 - last week that the Luas to Lucan project will not be considered until after 2027 and with no firm date set. I understand this will frustrate commuters and residents stuck in traffic congestion in Lucan. I raised this issue in the Dáil this week during a Fianna Fáil Motion on Traffic in Dublin.

Primary Care Facilities in Lucan - I have been advised by the HSE that they have recently completed the tendering process to develop Primary Care Facilities in Lucan and a preferred site has been selected. While I have not been informed as yet where this site is, I will continue to follow up on this and keep you informed.


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

Public Lighting: I have contacted the ESB in relation to public lighting in a number of estates including Beech Grove, Esker Lawns, Elmbrook and Castle Riada where public lights are not operating for a prolonged period due to a lack of power. The lack of light often leaves homes vulnerable to burglary and I have asked that they take action promptly.

National Planning Framework 2040: The confirmation this week that projects such as LUAS for Lucan and the DART Underground will not proceed for at least 15 years is yet another indication of the short sightedness of the current government in relation to Lucan and the Dublin Mid-West area.


Mayor Paul Gogarty

Working with Cllrs Liona O’Toole and Guss O’Connell
Tel: 087-2752489

Passports for over 70s: I’ve called on the Minister to revisit charging over 70s for passports. As a first step I’ve asked why forms can’t be sent in good time using normal envelopes as opposed to the Passport Express service which costs an additional €9.50 on top of the minimum €80 rate. Older people tend to plan things out well in advance so why should they have to pay a surcharge on these fees when they generally facilitate smooth workflow in the passport office?

Lights out in Elmbrook Crescent: These have been out for some time now and I’ve asked for repairs to be progressed.

ORR/Willsbrook/Ballyowen Road Junction safety: I’ve asked for additional pedestrian safety features following reports of cars skimming pedestrian islands.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Electoral Area Location of Upgrade for Led Lights in Lucan: Earlsfort 137 Moy Glas 124 Finnstown Abbey 57 Esker Meadows 51 Esker Woods 31Mount Bellew 32 Larkfield 66 Finnslawn 100.

Attention Lucan Residents with Ptsb Mortgages: Permanent TSB plans to sell loans connected to 14,000 private homes as part of its attempt to reduce the number of non-performing loans on its books. There is a possibility that these loans will be sold to vulture funds. This should not happen to families who have fallen into arrears due to job losses or wage cuts, which were a result of the economic collapse under the Fianna Fail/ Green Party Government. Also, the present Government should have legislation in place, regulating vulture funds in line with the policy of the Central Bank. Alas they do not. If you are in this category contact the bank.


Transport Users

In the new development plan project 2040 Luas for Lucan is still on track. It now depends on the cost and efficiency of Metro North Link. As its proposed the cost efficiency is so high all other projects will be put in jeopardy or delayed many more years. This ego project will give very little benefit to Dublin as it is designed for the city centre in radial form like all other transport modes. If Metro Link came into operation in the morning it would have very little impact on the city's congestion as very little of the traffic on the M50 is heading for the city centre. This Metro project can be adjusted to ease Dublin's traffic congestion and make our city great for all. There are many great elements in the plan and it would be a pity for it to fail because of the influence of a few powerful groups in the city centre.

T. Newton 086 3127364