Showing posts with label Phibsborough. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Phibsborough. Show all posts

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Local Area Plan

As a City Councillor I actively engaged and worked with local residents and Dublin City Council planners and administrators to prepare the Phibsborough Local Area Plan which was adopted and approved by the full City Council in 2008.  The need for a plan was driven by the fact that, despite being designated a Prime Urban Center in the City Development Plan, Phibsborough remained underdeveloped and planning standards needed to be set-out to ensure that development of the area and significant large sites in the area would be guided by best planning standards.  It is disappointing that the LAP has not been realized but I reject the proposal brought forward at the end of last year by City Council Planners to scrap the LAP. I raised this issue with the City Manager, the Chair of the Planning SPC and following my representations the matter was put on the agenda of the January and February Central Area Committee.  Following my interventions residents and community groups have been invited to attend a meeting with Dublin City Council's planning department to discuss and agree next steps.  I will continue to work with Dublin City Council, residents and other stakeholders to achive the highest standard of development in Phibsborough.  Mary

Monday, 17 February 2014

Domestic Waste Collections

From March 3rd all domestic waste collection companies will be required to collect bins on the same day in Dublin city.  Following on from the disastrous decision of Dublin City Council to withdraw from the collection of domestic waste and to handover the service to private collectors there have been many problems in the city.  To try and address some of the problems Dublin City Council approved new bye-laws.  The new bye-laws require all waste operators to collect on the same day in any given area.  Certain days have been designated and agreed with the operators for collection of domestic waste in different parts of the city.  These new designated collection days will commence on Monday, 3rd March 2014.  You can view/download a copy of map showing collection days HERE.  Collections will take place in the Navan Road, Cabra, Phibsborough and Glasnevin areas on a Wednesday and the north inner city on Thursdays. The new collection days come into effect on March 3, 2014.  Mary

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

FREE Electrical Waste Collection

WEEE Ireland will hold a FREE electrical waste collection in Tesco Cabra on Saturday 26th of October from 10.00-16.00. Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted free of charge.  Mary

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Royal Canal Day

Everyone is invited to the ROYAL CANAL DAY, a dynamic event planned by the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre.  The Royal Canal Day will take place on October the 12th along the banks of the Royal Canal with the main objective being to get local people to come out, have some fun and to clean-up litter all along the Royal Canal from Dublin’s city centre all the way out to Blanchardstown.  There will varioius activities and events related to the canal and its history, such as Walks with Botonist Declan Doogue, Pat Liddy walking tour and Dublin Cycling Campaign social ride.  Further information including the schedule and the meeting points for the canal clean-up can be found on the facebook page or contacting the Centre by tel.872 2622 or email:   I encourage as many people as possible to come along and participate in this family friendly event and enjoy the wonderful Royal Canal.  Mary

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Norfolk Road

On a number of occasions over the past year, and in response to complaints from residents of Norfolk Road, I have asked Dublin City Council to deal with illegal dumping in the lane to the rear of Norfolk Road and Cabra Park.  In May Dublin City Council advised me that "the lane way is question is “not in charge” of Dublin City Council. As such, it is considered that a private, rather than a public, right of way exists at this location It is not possible, therefore, for Dublin City Council to go through the extinguishment procedures as set down in the Roads Act, 1993 to have the right of way extinguished. Dublin City Council is not responsible for cleaning or maintenance.  Accordingly, the physical closure of the above lane way, being a private lane-way and not in charge of the Roads Authority is a matter to be agreed by the local residents. If residents wish to proceed with this closure they will need to seek the permission of the owners of the land. No further information in relation to the ownership of this lane way is available."  For further information please send me an email or contact Mr Fergus Synnott, Dublin City Council, Cabra Area Manager Tel: 222 7400.  Please report illegal dumping to Dublin City Council Dublin Central Litter Hotline 1800 248 348.  Thanks,  Mary

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Royal Canal Clean-up

Dublin City North Volunteering Center is organising a clean-up of the Royal Canal on Saturday, 18th of May, at 11am.   Meet at Crossguns Bridge on Phibsboro Road. Gloves, bags and litter-pickers will be provided for everybody. They plan to work from 11am to 1pm to collect as much litter as we can from the canal way.  So if you can spare some time to to help out please come along.  Mary

Friday, 22 March 2013

Rainfall Warning

Dublin City Council has confirmed that Up to 40 millimetres of rain has fallen since yesterday. City Council Drainage staff have been monitoring the drainage network including rivers and streams since yesterday and will continue to do so over the weekend. I have been talking with local residents who were badly affected by the previous flooding in Cabra and the Navan road and so far the improved drainage work that I worked to get the City Council to do to protect their homes is coping well with the heavy rainfall.  If you do want to report flooding please phone 222 2222 or drop me an email.  Stay indoors and stay dry.  Mary

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Free Electrical Recycling

Following my previous request to Dublin City Council for a free electrical waste collection they recently advised me that WEEE Ireland will do a collection on Saturday 9th February from 10.00am-4pm in Naomh Fionbarra GAA Club. 

This is a great opportunity to get rid of that old kettle,toys, tv, radio or any household item with a plug or battery - FREE of Charge.  Mary

Monday, 28 January 2013

Phizzfest 2013

SAVE THE DATE: This year Phizzfest is coming early and will take place in Spring with a great festival planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend, 3rd – 6th May 2013.

You don't have to wait till May to start enjoying the Phizzfest experience. You can start to get in the mood of the festival by going along to the big Phizzfest Community Fundraiser on Friday 1st February – 8.30 pm in Doyle’s Pub, Doyle’s Corner.

The hugely successful, and award winning, Phizzfest is again looking for volunteers to help out with the festival. They have volunteering opportunities in a range of areas including marketing and PR, event management, fund raising and lots more. Phizzfests' Volunteer Co-ordinator for 2013 is Camille Rocca. You can get in touch with Camille at  Mary

Mater Emergency Unit Delayed

It is very disappointing that the opening of the new, state of the art, Mater Emergency Unit has been postponed.

The new Emergency Unit was due to open last Friday 25th of January but was postponed until further notice. The management in the Mater hospital made the decision to postpone opening the new unit because they did not "not want to impose additional pressures on other hospitals" in Dublin City. To facilitate opening of the new Emergency Unit at the Mater it was going to be necessary to close the existing Emergency Unit and suspend all Emergency Services at the Mater for 32 hours. Patients would have been directed to Emergency units in other Dublin Hospitals.

I have asked Fianna Fail's spokesperson on Health to raise the issue with the Minister for Health, to ask the Minister to review the situation with Management at the Mater and to provide them with whatever resources they require to open the new Emergency Unit without any further delay. As soon as I have any update I will post it here. Mary

Community Grants Deadline


Dublin City Council is currently accepting applications for funding under their Community Grant Scheme. Key priorities for funding 2013 are community development, social inclusion, children and young people, digital inclusion, integration, marginalised groups and local issues.  To download an application please click here.  Please note that the closing date is 5pm Thursday the 31st January 2013. It is expected that successful groups would receive their award by end of May/beginning June 2012. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance. Mary

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Car break-ins

I was woken early one morning recently by our friendly postman who noticed that our car had been broken-into over night.  Now to be totally honest they didn't actually "break-in" because the car had been left "unlocked" (don't ask who is to blame for that, needless to say I am admitting nothing).  They had gone through the car and because there was nothing of any real value the only thing they got was our driving licences.  I reported it to the Gardai and they confirmed that there has been a large number of such incidents in the area. 

May I humbly remind you not to leave any valuables in your car and report any suspcious activity in your area to the GARDAI @ Cabra 01 6667400 or @ Mountjoy 01 6668200 or @ Bridewell (01) 666 8200 or @ Store Street 01 666 8000.  Mary

Saturday, 26 January 2013

New Mater Car Park

As part of the New Mater General Adult Hospital a 436-space basement car park will open at noon on Sunday 27th January 2013.
This car park will service staff, patients and visitors to the Mater Hospital. There is direct access from the Car Park to the Whitty Building. Vehicle access to this car park is from Eccles Street beside the Mater Private. There are 18 disabled car parking spaces and 156 bicycle parking spaces.  Euro Car Parks manage this car park. Click here to find out more about opening hours, tariffs, contact details, etc.
This should make visiting the hospital more convenient and hopefully relieve some of the pressure for on-street parking in the area.  Mary

Friday, 25 January 2013

Royal Canal

At the January meeting of Dublin City Council I requested an update on the plan, I have for many years championed, to upgrade the Royal Canal tow path from the IFSC to Ashtown.  The Manager advised me that the project is currently divided into three sections;
1. Sheriff Street to North Strand at Newcomen Bridge

2. Newcomen to Cross Guns Bridge

3. Cross Guns Bridge to Ashtown

The good news is that the preliminary design is being finalised on sections 1. and 2.  Once the preliminary design is complete and public consultation has been done, they will be progressed to Final Design and Contract Documents.  On Section 3., preliminary design work has been progressed by the QBN Project Office. This work is now being taken by the Traffic Department with the purpose of progressing to Final Design and Contract Documents.  The NTA has agreed that this overall project should proceed subject to finance.
I will continue to work to make this project a reality and to open up this unique green route all the way from the docks to Ashtown.  In the meantime I encourage anyone living or visiting our area to take advantage of the canal as an alternative route.  It is a real oasis just off our busy streets free for us all to enjoy.  I thank the many responsible dog owners who clean-up after their canine companions on the canal banks and ask all other dog owners to do the same.  Mary

Monday, 21 January 2013

Street Cleaning

Since Dublin City Council withdrew from the collection of domestic waste and the provision of a bin waiver in the city they also abandoned the policy of sweeping streets after bin collections.

I have raised this issue with the City Council because it is having a negative impact on the city's image.  It is really important that residential streets in our city are properly cleaned. All property owners are responsbile for the cleaning of paths in front of their own property.  I encourage residents to take pride in their area, to clean their paths and to monitor cleaning of their roads by Dublin City Council.  You can check Dublin City Councils schedule for cleaning your street by clicking here.  You can report areas in need of attention from Dublin City Council by calling the Litter Hotline 1800 248 348.  Mary

Saturday, 19 January 2013

New Mater

The new Mater General Adult Hospital opened its new main entrance in the Whitty Building on the North Circular Road, Dublin 7 on January 14th 2013.  This replaces the old entrance on Eccles Street.  The new entrance is open from 6.30am to 8pm. All public access via the main entrance on Eccles Street ceased from January 14th 2013. Check out for further information.  Mary

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

How to spend €2.2m ??

2013 has started with some good news for Dublin City. The City Council has an extra and unexpected €2.2m to spend this year and I want the money to be used wisely to support services to citizens and employment in the city.

On November 26th, 2012 the Lord Mayor and City Councillors of Dublin met in City Hall and agreed a budget for 2013. At that meeting, as leader of the Fianna Fail group and in the interest of good governance, I proposed that the meeting be deferred until after the National Budget was announced and the City Council advised of its funding allocation from National Government.

A majority of Labour and Fine Gael Councillors rejected and defeated our proposal to defer the meeting and they approved a budget for the city without having all the relevant information available to them. Now it transpires that Dublin City Council had over-estimated the cut it was to receive to its funding from National Government and has in fact an unexpected €2.2m extra to spend this year.

This is good news and all Councillors should engage with Dublin City Council management to ensure that the extra funding is spent wisely and used to deliver better services to the people of Dublin and support employment in the city.

As leader of the Fianna Fail group of Councillors I have requested the Lord Mayor of Dublin City to convene a special meeting of Dublin City Council so that we can make a new city budget for 2013.
I am interested to hear from constituents on how they would like the extra money to be spent, already some ideas include Homeless Services (DCC already spends more than €40m on Homeless Svces.), Bin Waiver for elderly, sick and unemployed, Tall Ships Festival in 2016, Moore Street/1916 would you like to see the money spent ?  Drop me an email and let me know.  Mary

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Croke Park Recycling

From Thursday 3rd - Saturday 19th January 2013 there will be free re-cycling of Christmas trees, cardboard and small electrical items at at Croke Park, rear of Cusack Stand(via St Joseph’s Avenue), Dublin 3.

Opening Times: Mon - Fri: 8.00am - 8.00pm, Sat - Sun: 10.00am-4.00pm

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Greyhound Recycling

In late November I became aware that Greyhound stopped supplying customers in Dublin central with free bags to recycle materials and that they intended introducing a charge for bags. I immediately raised this issue with the City Manager and asked that he ensure that customers are provided with bags to recycle their goods as soon as possible. Additionally I sought confirmation that Greyhound do not propose to charge for collection of green bins.

Following on from my representations DCC met with Greyhound and advised me that Greyhound confirmed that they will continue to collect ALL bags up to and including Friday 18th January 2013 free of charge. While this is welcome it doesn't go far enough because many customers had already ran out of bags and were being asked to pay €9 for six bags.  I have asked that Greyhound provide customers with bags free of charge from now until January 18th and they re-consider the proposed €9 charge which is very expensive.

I have also asked Dublin City Council to ensure that Greyhound collect any additional recyclable waste that is presented by customers over the Christmas period e.g. wrapping and packaging as was always the case with Dublin City Council.
In response to my query about charging for green bins Greyhounds has indicated that it's introduction of charges for recycle bags is not a precursor to a charge for collection of the green bin. Lets hope this is the case.

In the meantime a list of licensed operators for Dublin City is available here and a new company called City Bin has recently entered the market with what appears an attractive offer.  Mary

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Metro North illegal Levy ?

At this yesterday evenings monthly meeting of Dublin City Council I requested an opinion from the Law Officer on whether Dublin City Council is acting legally by continuing to collect Section 49 Development Levys for the Metro North Project.

I was alarmed to learn that the City Manager had not already sought legal advice on the matter and asked that he do so because not only is the continued collection of the levy’s removing cash from the city economy but it is also potentially exposing the council to liability.

The section 49 Metro North development levy scheme was created by Dublin City Council in 2007 for a period of 30 years. Already more than €13m has been collected by Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council under this scheme. The scheme is projected to collect more than €100million over the next thirty years if it continues unchecked. This is real money that could be otherwise invested in the city.

I have repeatedly asked Dublin City Council to suspend the levy scheme and to refund the levy’s already collected. The scheme states that the Metro North Project was to be completed in 2012 and it states that if the project does not proceed the levys will be refunded. I believe that City Council is potentially acting in conflict with it’s own scheme.

The collection of this levy must be suspended immediately. It is bad practice for Dublin City Council to collect a levy for a project that has been indefinitely suspended, it is damaging the city economy and it undermines Dublin City Councils ability to collect legitimate charges. Mary