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30 April 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.

 

Fine Gael Lucan Branch

will hold a quiz night in Kenny's Lucan Friday, 12th May @19:30. EUR 10 per person.
Table of 4. Spot prizes on the night! All welcome!

 

Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

Constituency Office 9/10 The Village Centre, Lucan.
Ph: 01 6217623 / 01 610 5811. Mob: 087 799 7609
Email: eobrien@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
Leader Fianna Fáil Group on South Dublin County Council.

Changes to Road Layout at Woodies Junction: SDCC have confirmed that they will hold a public consultation in relation to the proposed changes which I have detailed to residents before now. This consultation will be advertised in the coming weeks.

Swimming Pool Update: Councillors were shown initial plans this week, public consultation hoped to be started very soon. If anyone would like to see the initial drawings feel free to contact me.

Road Closure: To facilitate resurfacing of Celbridge Road/Millstream Road junction to Tubber Lane will be closed from Monday 8th May to Friday 12th May 2017 (09.30 to 17.00).

Clinics: I am available every week by appointment at my constituency office.

 

John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Email: John.curran@oireachtas.ie
Ph: 01 6183792.
facebook.com/john.curranff
Twitter: @curranjohna

New Deep Retrofit Homes Scheme to reduce energy bills - A new multi-annual scheme to provide financial support to people who want to upgrade their homes to an ‘A’ rating on the Building Energy Rating (BER) scale has recently been announced. Details of the scheme are now available on the SEAI website: http://www.seai.ie/Grants/Deep-Retrofit-Programme/

Traffic gridlock in Lucan this week a taste of things to come without major new investment - Navigating through gridlock traffic has become a daily routine for commuters in Lucan and surrounding counties. A relatively minor traffic incident has the potential to bring the entire transport system to a halt. The bus network in particular is under serious pressure. One major failure of this current Government is its lack of strategic planning on key transport projects like the Lucan Luas and Metro West.

 

Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality. Fine Gael

457 7712
Frances.fitzgerald@oir.ie
www.francesfitzgerald.ie

Swimming Pool: I am delighted to see the design plans for the pool and to see the project continuing to progress positively. The plans include changing rooms, a gym, cafe, wellness area, a garden space and more. The design plans will now be brought to the Department for approval. This project has been a continued priority for me and I will be in touch with the Minister for Sport to ensure its continued progress.

St. Thomas & Scoil Aine Building: I welcome the decision by SDCC to grant planning permission for this much-needed extension and development. I have worked continuously to progress this project through the various stages of the process and was delighted that funding was allocated by Government in 2015. I will continue to work with the Principals to ensure the project continues positively.

 

Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

Fine Gael Leader on SDCC, Chairman of SDCC Planning & Transport Committee
36 St. Andrews Drive, Lucan
0874107
wlavelle@sdublincoco.ie

Lucan Swimming Pool: This week Councillors were presented with very impressive plans for our long-awaited new Pool. Consultation on the planning process will commence soon.

Woodies Bridge: At this week’s Lucan Area meeting, Cllr. Casserly & I tabled a motion requesting SDCC to drop proposals to close the right-turn from Woodies Bridge onto the N4. However Council managers may proceed with a public consultation before a final decision is made…

St. Thomas NS/Scoil Áine Naofa: I welcome the grant of planning permission by SDCC.

Dispensary Lane health centre to be retained! Following my lobbying, I have received confirmation that the HSE will retain the Dispensary Lane Health Centre as a satellite centre to the planned new Primary Care facility for Lucan. I will be pushing to have the building upgraded.

 

Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent

Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee
lotoole@cllrs.sdublincoco.ie
087-2795274.
ionaotoole.com

Swimming Pool: Following my motion passed at this week’s Area Committee meeting I can report that the plans/drawings for our new swimming pool will be going out to Part 8 planning shortly which will allow for public consultation. I will continue to work on this issue alongside my Community Alliance colleagues Guss O’Connell and Paul Gogarty to ensure a smooth process. The completion date confirmed is late 2018 early 2019. I have requested that the meeting with community reps take place during the consultation process.

HGV restriction: Following my motion at this week’s meeting I raised the issue of the HGV signage in place on the Newcastle road. The council management have agreed to discuss this issue in detail at our next area committee meeting and to introduce improved signage.

 

Transport Users

I was first approached with the idea to put older drivers off the road in 2002. It failed to get any traction as older drivers had the safest record on the road. Now they are back at this again, this time suggesting that everybody should do the driving test every year or so. This indirectly gets at the elderly driver. The media are pushing this. Authority has tortured our young people, now the elderly, what will they think of next a ten mile speed limit under the excuse of saving lives.
T. Newton 086 3127364