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25 June 2017
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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. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Fine Gael Leader on SDCC, Chairman of SDCC Planning & Transport Committee
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan

Entrance road to Lucan Heights/Esker Lawns: SDCC plan to install an improved public lighting scheme on the west side of the entrance road to Lucan Heights/Esker Lawns. Tree pruning is also planned. These works follow requests which I submitted on behalf of both local residents and pupils of St. Joseph's College.

Footpath repairs: Works underway at Woodville/Esker Lane and Beech Grove as I requested. I am following-up on outstanding requests in Beech Park/Chalet Gardens.

Investments in Lucan Village: Well done to the Kenny & Lynch families for their recent investments (Kenny’s of Lucan and Lynch’s Centra). Alongside the new medical centre and new ‘Coffee Works’ shop it’s great to see investment in our Village. The Council are revising proposals for the Village Green ahead of planned urban renewal works.


Cllr. Ruth Nolan, Independents4Change

Phone 0868540030

Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant Scheme 2017: South Dublin Co Council is now accepting applications for funding of projects which qualify as Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Initiatives. Anti-Litter and Anti-Graffiti Awareness Initiatives should seek to promote public awareness and education in relation to litter and/or graffiti. This Grant Scheme has a particular focus on voluntary initiatives by community and environmental groups, and on involving schools and young people in anti-litter and anti-graffiti awareness actions.
Only Applications with Education & Awareness Dimensions will be considered for funding.

How to Apply: Further information and an application form can be obtained from the Environmental Awareness Section, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Phone 01 4149000, email:
Applications must be made to South Dublin County Council no later than 5pm, Thursday 29th June 2017.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Lucan Play Spaces - SDCC has confirmed that they plan to prioritise Cannonbrook and Lucan Demesne as part of the planned Playspace Programme to be completed in 2018. These will be in addition to the playspaces that are already completed at Griffeen Avenue, Sarsfield Park, Hermitage Park and Riversdale Estate. Further locations proposed for playspaces in Lucan over the coming 3-5 years include Willsbrook Park, Glenaulin Park, Hillcrest x2, Ballyowen Park, Beechpark, Grange Park, Clonburris.

Lucan Luas Update - The Minister for Transport has confirmed to me that no progress will be made on the development of the East-West Luas line from Lucan within the lifetime of the current Capital Plan. While the project is part of the longer-term transport strategy for the Greater Dublin Area, it is very disappointing to not make any progress with the design or planning phase of this project before 2021.


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.

Public Lighting at St Josephs College: I welcome the confirmation that work is set to begin on upgrading the public lighting in Esker Lawns/Lucan Heights around the entrance to St Joseph’s College. Along with necessary tree pruning this should lead to a much safer area.

Public Drains in Lucan Village: SDCC have confirmed to me that will carry out an extensive drag and clean drains which are repeatedly causing a problem due to water spilling onto the surface. This work should take over the next couple of weeks.

Clinics: I am available at my office all this week, please phone in advance to make an appointment.


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

Repeal the 8th- People Before Profit Dublin Mid-West are hosting a coffee morning on Wednesday 28th of June at 12pm in Gino Kenny’s constituency Office. The discussion will be about “Everything you want to know about Repeal the 8th”. We will discuss what the 8th amendment is and how it affects women and all pregnancies in Ireland. It’s an informal event and all are welcome. For any further information please contact me on 01-403007


Cllr Paul Gogarty – Independent Community Alliance

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489.

Clonburris SDZ lands: With thousands of houses potentially planned here, its important residents have an input which is why myself and others successfully ensured the Council’s consultation process will take place in September and not the summer holidays.

Litter/dumping blackspots: Thanks to those who got in touch with me already. I have a motion down for the Area Committee this Tuesday 27th asking for a blitz of litter and dumping blackspots in Lucan. If you know of an area that still hasn’t been dealt with let me know and I will ensure it is raised with officials.

Thanks guys! This Friday 30th marks the end of Cllr Guss O’Connell’s term as Mayor of South Dublin and Liona O’Toole’s as Area Chair. He oversaw the rollout of the 300k pilot process and she facilitated many meetings with community groups. Well done both.


Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation. Fine Gael

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Special Olympics Awards: Congratulations to all the athletes and volunteers at the Special Olympics Ireland Eastern Region football event, including a number of athletes from Lucan. It was a pleasure to award the medals at the end of a successful and fun day for all involved!

Kerala House Festival: I was delighted to attend the annual Kerala House Festival with members of our local Indian community in Lucan. It was a great event with lots of activities for all ages including a cricket tournament, bouncy castles and face painting. A special mention goes to all those who worked hard to provide a taste of Indian culture.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Padraic Carney, former principal of Scoil Aine Naofa. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.


Councillor Guss O’Connell, Mayor South Dublin County, PC, Independent Community

087 6838254

Democratic Process or part of it , I will have served my term as Mayor on the 30th June when my successor will be elected! Just to say how much I enjoyed the year and how delighted I was to meet so many from this electoral area at the many function I was privileged to attend. I also witnessed at first hand the huge amount of work that is being done by the many voluntary groups across our communities. You think you know what’s going on but it’s when you are in a position such as Mayor that you really appreciate it. I was especially delighted to attend so many functions involving the “new Irish” and the 120 different nationalities that now make up our population in this County are well organised and becoming very involved and included in our community. But it is something we all have to work on, I like to say paraphrasing the 1916 Proclamation we must “cherish each other”. If we do that in Lucan and across all communities we will counteract the growth of hatred and division we see in other parts of Europe and elsewhere.
That is my hope.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent

Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee

Traffic Lights: Thanks to the residents from Paddocks for contacting me regarding the pedestrian’s lights on Newcastle Road/Tandy’s lane which were broken, the engineer has since informed me that they have been repaired.

Pedestrian Crossing: Following requests from residents to have a pedestrian crossing at the T-Junction of Hillcrest Walk/Dodsborough Road for safer crossing, I have asked the management to look into this location.

Woodies proposed removal of Right-turn Reminder: Submissions on Public Consultation Process Phase 2 of the N4 to City Centre Cycle scheme deadline 5pm 29th June.

Litter & Dumping: I have raised the issue of the continuous dumping of rubbish in our area, I have a motion down at our next Lucan Area Committee & I have asked that Lucan be considered for “Big Belly” bins which would help reduce litter.


Transport Users

With a new transport plan been worked on for bus services in the Dublin area, it is a great opportunity to finally to get it right. Lucan needs a bus service to areas other than the city centre. This can be included in the present proposals if this new plan is genuine. All the other plans favoured the city centre only. This time all areas can be served around Lucan if they adopt our solution or they may have a better one. If this opportunity is missed Lucan will put on the waiting list again for years. This is how the planners operate by taking years to complete any plan.
T. Newton 086 3127364