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8 December 2019
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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 Shane Moynihan, Fianna Fail (Palmerstown-Fonthill)

Ph: 087 7840898
Twitter: @shanemoynihan

By-election: Thanks to everyone in Lucan who trusted me with their vote, no matter what preference, in the by-election. Many people raised individual issues with me which I'll be pursuing with the Council so you will hear back from me over the coming weeks.

Cycle lanes: I have raised a number of issues relating to cycling infrastructure around Lucan with the Council, including the need for proper signage on the cycle lanes on St Loman's Road and the need to clear debris from cycle-lanes, with the increasingly cold and wet weather. I was also delighted to attend the inaugural meeting of the South Dublin Cycling Campaign recently.

Griffeen Park Changing Rooms Pavilion: I was delighted to learn that this project will proceed to the next phase. This will be a hugely important facility for clubs that currently play in Griffeen Park.


Cllr Paul Gogarty, Independent and Green-minded

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489

Bus Connects: Deadline extended to 10th December. Submissions can be made at

Esker Cemetery: The developer hopes to resume works in January after holding off during a rainy November. 'The cemetery is still going full steam ahead,' he told me. But with no burials in Lucan for months, I am also chasing up the wider issue as to what the Council is doing in terms of contingency plans.

By-election result: Thanks to all for their support in the recent Dublin Mid-West by-election. I ended up just 225 votes away from near-certain election on transfers and polled more votes than any candidate in Lucan and Palmerstown. This puts me in a very good position in the upcoming general election, with your ongoing support. Congratulations to Mark Ward TD on his election.


John Curran T.D, Fianna Fail

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Know of a Vacant House? You can anonymously notify a vacant/abandoned home at - This is a government website. Any homes notified; SDCC will see if they can find the owners and if they can they will discuss with them the possibility of bringing the houses back into use for social housing.

Carbon Monoxide Scheme 2019/2020 - SDCC is again running a scheme in 2019/2020 to provide Carbon Monoxide alarms free to residents in SDCC area providing they meet certain criteria. The closing date for receipt of fully completed application forms is Thursday 16th January 2020 at 4pm. For further details please contact Community Services on 01 4149270 or email

Recent By-Elections -Thank you to all Lucan Residents for such a warm and welcoming reception on 'The Doors' during the Dublin Mid-West by-election campaign.


Cllr. Ed O Brien, Fianna Fail

Constituency Office, 8A The Village Centre.
Ph: 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Fianna Fail Group Leader on South Dublin County Council

Pedestrian Bridge at Cherbury Park: After making a number of representations I have received confirmation from SDCC that they will examine safety measures at the pedestrian bridge at Cherbury Park to guard against mopeds and and motorbikes speeding over it. I have also requested bollards to seggregated the cycle path from the pedestrian path.

No progress on Primary Care Centre: I was disappointed to hear this week that no progress has been made in efforts to provide a primary health centre for the Lucan area. I am repeatedly contacted by residents who can't access GP care in Lucan due to ever increasing demand and the primary care centre is now essential to ease this burden.


Cllr. Emer Higgins, Fine Gael

78 The Orchard, Lucan
087 921 7741

Thank you: A huge thank you to everyone who put a number next to my name on their ballot paper last Friday, in particular to everyone who gave me their number 1 vote.

Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be for me this time round and I came second after Sinn Fein's Mark Ward.

We now have 2 Sinn Fein, 1 People Before Profit and 1 Fianna Fail TD representing us in Dáil Eireann.

I intend to stand in the next General Election and look forward to engaging with residents ahead of it.

Thanks for your ongoing support and please be assured of my support on the local issues that matter to Lucan.


Cllr Joanna Tuffy, Labour

Lucan Electoral Area.
Phone 0876339077.
Facebook @joannatuffylabour
Twitter @joannatuffy

By-Election Results: I would like to thank everyone who supported me in the election last week. I got a great vote in Lucan according to the tallies. Tallies involve scrutiny of votes as they are opened from individual boxes from each polling station. It is a long tradition in Irish politics that helps ensure openness and transparency in the counting process as all candidates are able to send volunteers to the count to tally the votes and to get a picture of how their candidate did in each part of the constituency. Thank you to all residents for their courtesy to me and my canvassers during the election campaign and also for any constructive criticism. Congratulations to the winner Mark Ward and commiserations to all the candidates who put their names forward but like me didn't succeed on this occasion. Thanks to all involved in our democratic process including the staff who work at the local polling stations and at the count centre.


Transport Users

An unintended consequence of the new L-Driver laws is an increase in people getting motor bikes as they don't need to have an accompanying driver while they are learning. Most drivers find it impossible to get an accompanying driver at all times. Motor bikes are considered to be more dangerous even for experienced drivers than motor cars, yet the Road Safety Authority insists the car learner must have a accompanying driver while ignoring the motor bike learners considered more dangerous. The set up of the testing system and the back log will drive more people to the dangerous motor bike at the learning stage. To avoid the problem of more accidents and deaths on the road with this increase of motor bikes, the back log for L-Drivers must be cleared (not been done at the moment) and a test failure should be repeated within a few weeks as has been done very successfully with bus training. The RSA should put safety first in all areas, not using their authority for further punishment. By reduce the waiting list statistically puts L-Drivers in a safer category.

T. Newton 086 3127364