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21 January 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.


Cllr. Vicki Casserly – Fine Gael

Peace Commissioner
Tel: 0858317982
Twitter: @vickicasserly

Medical Cards: I welcome the launch of new online application system for medical card which was launched by minister for health Simon Harris this week. The new system will enable patients to apply online for their medical card. With the new system applicants can submit all documents digitally and an online system will guide applicants step-by-step through the process. Further information can be found at

No Limits St Joseph’s College Lucan: Congratulations to Aoife, Katie and Caoimhe on the launch of the forth book A Royal Rescue. The series of books the girls have developed are based on characters who have a disability or illness. They have successfully created an inclusive range of fairy tales reflective of the norms of our communities. Congratulations!


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

People Before Profit Lucan are hosting a information Meeting on the issue of Transport and the Clonburris SDZ Plan.
Clonburris SDZ and Transport Public Meeting Thursday 25th January 8pm Penny Hill Pub, Ballyowen.
Speakers Cllr Madeleine Johansson and Gino Kenny TD.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

BT Young Scientist - Congratulations to the students from Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan who made it to this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition. It was a pleasure to meet them at this year's event and to see their wonderful projects.

Medical Card - From this week you will be able to apply for a medical card by taking pictures of the relevant documents and sending them online. A new site - - has been launched. The website will let people know straight away if they are eligible for a medical card and applications will be processed in 15 working days.

Dublin Bus - Improvements to Routes 26, 66 and 67 are set to kick in on Monday January 29th The improvements are to ensure a greater level of capacity, frequency of service and reliability for commuters.


Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 01 6217623 / 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.
Lucan Area Committee Chairperson.

Clonburris SDZ: The deadline for submitting motions to amend the plan has now passed. I have submitted in excess of 40 motions seeking changes to the plan including changes relating to public transport and general transport infrastructure. If these changes are adopted by councillors I believe it will provide for a workable development.

Increased Bus Departures: I welcome news this week of increased departures on bus routes serving the Lucan area. They are much needed and something I have pressed Dublin Bus on for some time.

Esker Lane Parking: I have again been contacted about cars parking all day in front of houses on Esker Lane and am raising the matter with SDCC again.


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

087 6838254

Clonburris: I have submitted a range of motions, both drafted personally and in collaboration with my colleagues, Cllr Liona O’Toole, Mayor Gogarty and Cllr Francis Timmons. The two big elephants in the room when we start to vote this coming Friday will be Housing and Traffic/Public Transport.

Given the housing emergency and the fact that Clonburris represents 25% of the housing units SDCC proposes to build in the current County Development Plan, and SDCC owns 26% of the land, and, that families are now making more to rent privately than to pay a monthly mortgage, we must build social and affordable homes.

Critically, public transport and the road network must be guaranteed and come on stream to meet each phase of Clonburris otherwise we will further cripple surrounding communities. I hope readers will follow the progress of the Clonburis SDZ.


Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan

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Members please note:
To mark the centenary of women's right to vote in Ireland, Fianna Fáil will hold a commemorative event at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 7th February 2018 in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. The Pillar Room is, of course, the room where Countess Markievicz's remains lay in State following her death in July 1927. Tickets for the event are €10 each for members and €20 each for others on a first come first served basis.

A cumann meeting will be held on Monday 22nd January in the Spa hotel. The Lucan cumann will lead the forthcoming CDC debate and the topic and speakers will be agreed on Monday. Congratulations to John Curran TD who was selected on the night of the convention to stand at the next GE. Thanks also to those who nominated and supported me.


Mayor Paul Gogarty - Independent

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

Tandy’s Lane closure: To facilitate cleaning and removal of fly tipped material from roadside verges and ditches on Tandy’s Lane, South Dublin County Council has made an order to temporarily close off a section from Dodsboro Cottages to Paddocks, Adamstown junction on Saturday 17th February 2018 from 5am-12pm. This is a regular event at this stage although dumping is also taking place elsewhere too. If you catch anyone dumping some photographic evidence would be useful and a the very least a car reg number (and willingness to make a statement).

Clonburris SDZ: Several hundred motions were tabled in relation to the SDZ plan by Councillors ahead of the deadline. The first meeting takes place in SDCC Tallaght HQ on Friday 26th January at 3-10pm. All welcome.. Myself, Liona, Guss and Francis Timmons have co-signed each other’s detailed motions. We’ve almost 150 collectively.


Frances Fitzgerald TD – Fine Gael


New Medical Card Service: A new online service has been launched this week - This new service enables people for the first time to apply online for a Medical Card quickly and easily, using the step by step guide. Users can find out if they are eligible for a Medical Card immediately, and if they are, the application should be processed in 15 working days. For more information please do get in touch with my office.

No Limits Book Launch: Congratulations to the girls from St Josephs on the launch of their 5th book this week. The four books are fairytales promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities. Wishing Aoife, Katie and Caoimhe continued success with this project.


Cllr Ruth Nolan – Independents 4 Change

Lucan & Palmerstown. Ph: 0868540030

Pension Swindle: In 2012, when Labour, with FG, were rolling over in Government to the demands of the money markets and big banks, Joan Burton made changes to the way pensions were calculated that are having devastating consequences. She fiddled with peoples pension entitlements and left thousands, mostly women, massively out of pocket. And of course FG voted for this. Now they say this will be rectified in 2021. Not good enough. We need and want it rectified now. Contact your Dublin Mid West Td’s and put the pressure on to address this urgently. There was a demonstration outside the Dail this week. Keep the pressure on.

Independents 4 Change: Our team in Lucan is out delivering our winter newsletter. Anyone who wants to help out please contact me.


Transport Users

This wonder cross city Luas is causing a lot of problems already. Lucan and all other routes are experiencing unnecessary delays at peak times. The problem is caused by the authorities who insisted all public transport should pass in front of Trinity College in such a small space. Underground is also proposed by them to pass in front of Trinity. The problem will only get worse when the longer Luas is introduced. I pointed this problem out to them many years ago as did the late Garreth Fitzgerald. This problem can still be solved if they are prepared to look at the Quay Bus Contra-flow that allows the bus free access through the city.

T. Newton 086 3127364