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26 March 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 Paul Gogarty – Independent Community Alliance

Not just at election time
Tel: 087-2752489.

Community Grants deadline 31st March 4pm: The €300k public projects submissions process is closed and people will get a chance to vote on the best ideas in April. However the annual grants are still available, but the deadline is fast approaching. The Community Initiative Fund is a €250,000 fund which will allow Community Groups apply for funding which is not available from any other sources. The projects should specifically promote positive community spirit, community development and inclusion.

South Dublin County Council’s regular Community Grants Programme 2017 is aimed at providing financial assistance to Community and Voluntary Groups who are responding to locally identified needs within their communities.
Most organisations should be aware of these grants, but if yours hasn’t applied yet, log onto SDCC and get a form asap.


Cllr. Ed O’Brien - Fianna Fáil

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

Trees at the Old Forge: I have received a number of queries about trees in the Old Forge particularly those around the old house adjoining the estate and I making enquiries in relation to their ownership and if necessary pruning of them.

Participatory Budget: The public consultation has now closed and I look forward to reviewing all of the ideas submitted with the rest of the steering group. €300K Have Your Say!

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


Gino Kenny T.D, People Before Profit

Phone: 01-403007/01-6183816
Email –

Public Meeting - Monday 27th March at 7.30pm, Lucan Sports & Leisure Centre, Griffeen Valley. I am hosting a public meeting with my colleague Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett on Socialism for the 21st Century. It will give the people of Lucan the opportunity to learn about People Before Profits socialist politics and how changes can be made by people power movements. We encourage everyone to come along to this discussion and ask questions.

Medicinal Cannabis - People before Profit have called a protest for the 29th of March at 5pm outside The Dail. It is important that as many people as possible take to the streets to fight for the legalisation of Medicinal Cannabis. People power will show the government how important it is to legalise medicinal cannabis. Make it Medicine, Make it Happen


Cllr. Ruth Nolan, Independents4Change

Phone 0868540030

Clinical Services required for Scoil Mhuire in Airlie Heights: Scoil Mhuire in Airlie Heights has identified the need for a Speech and Language teacher in the school. The department of Education has approved this, as the school would not need any renovations. They have the classroom. The HSE in Rosse Court would normally supply the clinical services but do not have them to supply the school. You could support their efforts to secure this vital service for the children, by emailing your local TD’s to lobby the minister on their behalf. I will be tabling a motion at the Lucan Area Committee to support their efforts.


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

087 6838254

Congratulations to all involved in organising the excellent St Patrick’s Day Lucan Parade. Once again, it was simply mighty. A word of thanks to all those who participated and once again the standard of the various displays was amazing. Of course the huge crowds who weathered the afternoon rain really made it all worthwhile. I send special good well wishes to Peter Brady and I do hope he has a speedy recovery. If the criteria for success is that the standard you set is maintained, then Peter you are a winner!

Participative Budgeting, the public meeting are over and were very well attended with lots of very practical ideas coming forward. Well done to all who participated. There is still time to send in your ideas to but hurry as the closing date is fast approaching. The submissions will then be costed and put out for public voting. So don’t miss that VITAL stage. Good luck to all the hopeful bidders!


Cllr. William Lavelle – Fine Gael

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

Lucan Community College: We have received approval to proceed to stage 2B for our extension project. As Chairman of the Board of Management I wish to thank parents, staff, students and political colleagues for their support. Next step: get our planning application in!

Policing & Youth Crime: This week I met Chief Superintendent Lorraine Wheatley who oversees the West Dublin Garda Division. I raised the need for more Garda resources for Lucan. I also attended the first meeting of a new steering committee for Lucan's Garda Youth Diversion Project which will work to prevent and tackle youth crime.

Bush Centre: 180th Lucan Scouts have taken ownership of this centre. I am supporting proposals to redevelop the centre for use by the Scouts and by the local community in Lucan South/Balgaddy.


Cllr. Liona O’Toole Independent

Chair of Lucan/Palmerstown Area Committee

Lucan Swimming Pool Update: As promised I continue to keep the Swimming pool on the agenda. It has been confirmed to me that the Design Team were requested by the Chief Executive to review and detail the design options. A meeting will be held with the Lucan Pool Campaign Group as soon as is practicable.

Community Initiative Fund: The deadline for The Community Grants Programme and The Community Initiative Fund is next Friday the 31st of March at 4pm.

Adamstown Train station: Thanks to those who contacted me regarding the lack of lighting and safety measures at Adamstown Train station. I will be raising these issues with management

Bins: I continue to raise the issue of additional bins and have asked if Dog litter bins could be piloted in the Lucan area.


Caitríona McClean Rúnaí Connolly Sarsfield Cumann Fianna Fáil Lucan

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Members please note: Those in a position to offer lifts to Clondalkin on Tuesday next (28th) for FF mass, please contact me asap.

Public Lighting response from SDCC: 'The Public Lighting Section has requested our maintenance contractor that all PL points from Cherbury Park Road to St. Finians Crescent be replaced with LED fittings that are less prone to vandalism. In addition, the Public Lighting Section has recommended that lighting should be installed along the pathway on the open space between St. Finians and Esker Glebe. We have referred the matter to Public Realm for inclusion in their 2018 Works Programme.'


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

457 7712

Crime Prevention Presentation: It was great to see a good turnout at the Crime Prevention Presentation organised by Abbeydale / Abbeywood Neighbourhood Watch. I updated residents on the measures been taken to tackle burglaries, the Garda 'Lock Up and Light Up' campaign as part of Operation Thor, and the increase in Garda resources. If your local residents association would like to organise a crime prevention presentation, please get in touch.

180th Scouts Den – Bush Centre: Good news for the 180th Scouts who have now acquired the ownership of the Bush Centre as their Scouts Den, which will be a new permanent home for the 180th Scouts group. I will continue to support them in this project.

Community Grants: A reminder of the closing date for the Councils Community Grant and Community Initiative Grant is Friday 31st March.


John Curran T.D. – Fiannal Fáil

Ph: 01 6183792.
Twitter: @curranjohna

Lucan Community College Extension - I welcome the good news that came this week for Lucan Community College from Minister for Education Richard Bruton. After much campaigning by the school, parents and students and after securing a special debate in Dáil Éireann in relation to this matter approval to move to stage 2b of the project has been granted. For more information on the next stages of this project go to