The sun is now shining almost every day and our parks and streets are buzzing with activity. With schools finishing up, and life slowing down a bit for the summer, I hope that you’ll get the opportunity to take a chance to rest and recharge after an intense six months.

This is just a short update on some of the work I’ve been doing on your behalf. We have started walkabouts around the area and I look forward to meeting you in person soon. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about anything or would like help or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Bí slán agus bí sona!


June Area Committee Update

This week, we had the last meeting of the Lucan, Palmerstown and North Clondalkin Area Committee before the summer. This meeting presents an opportunity to raise local issues in our area. You can watch my video update below to see some of the matters I raised, including the need to promote outdoor performance in our parks and open spaces, the taking-in-charge of Ballyowen Square and  faciliating recycling of electrical goods in our area.

County Development Plan 

Councillors have spent the last two weeks discussing and proposing amendments to the Draft County Development Plan. I submitted or co-signed almost 60 motions, reflecting feedback and issues raised since I have been elected. Among the many issues I raised were:

– the need to embed the Silver Bridge into the cycle infrastructure of the county,

– the need to take anti-social behaviour into account in Council planning and designs and

– maintaining existing zoning on the Foxhunter site.  You can view some of the motions submitted here.

The next phase of the process will be a public consultation on the draft County Development Plan, which will run from 7th July to September 15th. I will be organising a webinar to explain how you can participate in this process. Let me know if you are interested.

Anti-social behaviour

Following my recent email updates, I was contacted by residents in various parts of Lucan, Palmerstown and North Clondalkin about ongoing incidents of anti-social behaviour. I have raised this with both Lucan and Ronanstown Garda stations and have been encouraged by the increased Garda bike patrols which have been evident around the area. It is important to report anti-social behaviour to An Garda Siochána as patrol patterns are informed by the volume of reports in an area. When reporting anti-social behaviour, make sure to ask that the call is recorded and ask for the name of the Garda taking the call to ensure it is logged.

North Clondalkin Library opening 

The opening of North Clondalkin Library was such a positive and uplifting experience a few weeks back. This facility is such an addition to our community and is the culmination of years of hard work by community groups in the North Clondalkin Area. Go and check it out – the range of books and services it offers is truly astonishing!

Housing for older people at St Ronan’s – submissions close on Friday!

The Council has published plans for a proposed development of a social housing project for Independent Living for Older Persons, consisting of 9 units on near Saint Ronan’s Crescent, Dublin 22.You can read more about the proposed development and make a submission here. This development is part of the Council’s programme for delivering housing for older people. Submissions are being accepted until Friday 2nd July 2021 and can be made by post or online. Contact me if you need help making a submission.

Footpath Repair Schedule

I recently requested an update on the schedule for footpath repairs in Lucan, Palmerstown and North Clondalkin, as well as where outstanding repairs need to be completed from last year’s programme. The Council has also responded to a number of requests I have made to have dangerous footpaths addressed (including on Woodfarm Avenue and St Loman’s Road) as well as hazardous potholes (such as outside Lucan Adult Education Centre)

Hermitage Park Update

I was delighted to see the long awaited traffic count take place opposite Hermitage Park. I have been informed that a further count will take place in September to ensure that readings are as accurate as possible. This is a crucial first step in securing a pedestrian crossing to the park for residents of Liffey Valley, Ballyowen Lane, Droim na Coille and Larkfield. In response to a question I asked, I was also pleased to learn that the long-overdue repairs to Hermitage Park playground are on the works list and should be completed in the coming month. 

Estate Update – Mount Andrew

Following representations from residents in Mount Andrew, I have been working on a number of issues. I am following up with the Council to arrive at a resolution with regard to the boundary breaches between Mount Andrew and St Edmunds. A response to a recent question I asked suggested that the blocker was that St Edmunds estate has not been taken in charge yet. However, I believe there is a pressing concern regarding public liabilty at the locations of the breaches which has not been sufficiently addressed. I have also asked the Council about how the water tower structure behind the estate may be protected to avoid anti-social behvaiour. I have requested that the Council cut back vegetation in the estate which is presenting road safety issues. If there are issues in your estate which you woud like to raise with me, please let me know.

Estate Update – Oakcourt

Following representations from residents in Oakcourt, I have been working on a number of issues. I was happy to get agreement from the Council to install a “cul-de-sac” sign on Oakcourt Lawns, in response to frequent speeding on the road. I was also pleased to see painting of white lines between Oakcourt Park and Oakcourt Avenue. I am working on getting the road signs repainted. If there are issues in your estate which you woud like to raise with me, please let me know.

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