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22 April 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.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

650 older people waiting on Home Care Packages across Dublin Mid-West - It is deeply frustrating to hear that 650 older people in Dublin Mid-West and their families are waiting for funding for a Home Care Package from the HSE.

The HSE has confirmed to me that at the end of February there were 650 older people waiting for funding for a home care package in our constituency.

This is a staggering number of vulnerable people waiting for support that the HSE has already been deemed to be necessary.

The delay in these people accessing their home care package is down to nothing more than a lack of funding and an incompetency to budget for the Home Support Scheme appropriately.

I have called on the HSE and Minister for Health to provide additional funding to reduce waiting lists and waiting times for vulnerable older people.


Mayor Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Have Your Say €300k: Christmas Lights, books and fruit trees delivered. But there are some concerns about the timeline for several other projects. With this in mind I’ve tabled a motion for Tuesday’s Area Committee meeting. There has been progress on all projects; the official deadline is September.

Playing pitches: I’ve raised the need for drainage at the Hermitage Park Extension and the installation of promised goalposts in Willsbrook Park for Esker Celtic. With Clonburris second submissions stage now closed I’m also focusing on motions to retain the small number of additional pitch locations for all sports we managed to achieve by getting initial motions passed. A lot more will depend on An Bord Pleanala.

Lucan Road: Continue to raise safety issues here and most recently pot-holes.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


Reducing Hospital Wait Times: I welcome this week’s new Action plan to reduce the number of patients waiting for hospital operations or procedures. The aim of the plan is to reduce the wait list for inpatient or day case procedures and offer treatment in 2018 to patients who are waiting over 9 months for treatments such as cataract, hip and/or knee replacement, and gastrointestinal scopes.

Free GP Care for Carers: Work is underway to provide free GP care to our 14,000 plus carers by year end. The Minister for Health is working on legislation which will automatically entitle those in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or Carer’s Benefit to GP care without fees. Carers willingly give up a great deal to provide care to family members and others and I hope that this measure will help ‘care for our carers’.


Caitríona McClean - Fianna Fáil Lucan

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Members please note:
Arbour Hill
commemorations this Sunday (22nd April) at 12 noon. This is a good opportunity for new members to meet party leadership.

A cumann meeting will be held at 8pm in the Spa Hotel on Monday 23rd April. AGM to be scheduled.

Reminder - continuous membership required for voting rights and fees must be paid by June.

CDC meeting at 8.30pm on Tuesday 24th in Boomers Bar, Dutch village, Clondalkin.

New members who have joined on-line and former members rejoining please contact me as soon as possible for cumann introduction. Those recommending new members, please advise the officer board in advance.

House visits and memory lane meetings by arrangement. Thanks to those who have participated so far, your observations and insights are appreciated.


Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Local Councillor for Lucan
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan

Thanks to all those contacted me over my omission from a Fine Gael leaflet distributed in Lucan this week. I'm very happy to advise that I'm still a proud Fine Gael member. I’ve been officially advised that I was not included in the leaflet as I “had declined to vote with the (FG) group on Clonburris at the Council”. Under planning law there is no party whip on planning votes. I was the only councillor to vote against the controversial plans for over 8,000 new units at Clonburris as I felt this represented unsustainable over-development at a time when Lucan’s transport network is overstretched. I stand over my decision to stand with the local community. I am calling on fellow councillors, including from Fine Gael to vote against the plans when they next come up for a vote.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Lucan and Clondalkin Homeless Hub: I would like to thank Norah Finn and all the staff at the Alethea Holistic & Healing Services in Park West who held a fundraiser on Good Friday. They kindly donated €600 in Lidl vouchers to us at the Lucan Clondalkin Homeless hub. We give them to families in need locally this week. A very big thank you to all who generously donated.


Transport Users

With so many thousands new houses in the pipe line for Lucan and many more due to be built in adjoining counties, a new service road is needed to cope with the extra vehicle demand. This service road SR 51 would run from N7 at Rathcoole to the M1 via Adamstown rail station, initially as far as the M4. This road would ease congestion locally, for the new developments and the already overloaded M50. This road could fund itself. Authorities are totally opposed to this road. If it was built as a service for future business and activities in the Land Use Corridor on this route, the Metro Link would not be needed. Their idea has to be protected to save their ego while Lucan suffers.

T. Newton 086 3127364