Things are starting to resemble life before the pandemic, and the most recent advice from NPHET on masks is a reminder of how far we have come. There have been many things happening over the past few weeks, which may be of interest to you and your family. We were were delighted to welcome An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister of State for Justice James Browne to our community over the past few weeks. I have also been out meeting residents over these past few weeks and hope to see you soon.
Delivering investment in our Public Realm
Delivering investment in our area is something I have been committed to since being elected, and having worked with residents who have raised issues with me, I am pleased that the Council approved the following important projects as part of this year’s Public Realm Improvement Programme:
– €30,000 for upgrade of footpaths and new entrances at Cluain Rí Park
– €15,000 for lighting of the path between Hermitage estate and Ballyowen Lane
– Pollinator Planting for Collinstown, Ballyowen and Waterstown Parks
– Footpath and open space upgrades for Balgaddy
– Boundary upgrade for Quarryvale Park
– Improved drainage on Cloverhill Road, by Palmerstown Woods
Good news for local clubs from Sports Capital Grants
Congratulations to all successful applicants for the most recent round of Sports Capital Grants! Funding was also secured for storage facilities in Griffeen Park, the pavillion in Collinstown Park, and pitch work in Glenaulin Park. If you or your club would like advice with the process for the next round of grants, please get in touch and let me know.
An Taoiseach visits St Kevin’s CC to launch DEIS CONNECT
I was privileged to welcome An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD to St Kevin’s Community College for the launch of the inspirational #DeisConnect initiative to equip students with the devices and skills to bridge the digital divide. This innovative scheme involves providing all 1st and 2nd year students an iPad for use in school and at home, and laptops for all students in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th year. This hybrid approach is the first of its kind in the country and will afford students the opportunity to upskill in the latest digital technologies available
Minister James Browne visits Ronanstown Youth Service
It was great to welcome Minister James Browne TD to Ronanstown Youth Service where he was able to see first-hand the amazing work undertaken at the centre. There was a really positive engagement between the Minister and representatives from local groups and centres, touching on the need for increased co-ordination, the mental health challenges for young people in the area, but also the positive impact that the recent youth justice strategy can have
Collinstown Road and Collinstown Park update
Last April, I secured a commitment from the Council to install much needed new litter bins on Collinstown Road. With lots of follow-up, I am very pleased to see thatthey have been installed. Additionally, the new dog run in Collinstown Park will be available for use at the end of February or early March. Well done to all who campaigned for this facility.
Maintaining our trees and footpaths
I have been pleased to see tree maintenance works take place in local estates such as Colthurst, Foxborough and Rosewood. I’m also pleased to report that work has started on making Castle Road safer by having the trees pruned to remove obstruction to lights. I am aware that there are some estates which are not included on the current Tree Maintenance Programme. I am seeking to have these prioritised as part of the next programme which commences next year. I was also happy to see that after a year of follow-ups, that the 2020 programme of footpath repairs in Larkfield, Liffey Terrace and Ballyowen Lane are underway. Finally, I welcome the commitment from the Council that they will reclaim the footpath area on Station Road from overgrowth.
National Retrofitting Plan
Earlier this month, the government announced a scheme aimed to make it easier and cheaper for homes to become more energy-efficient. These supports should make it easier and more affordable for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, for warmer, healthier and more comfortable homes, with lower energy bills, for households of all levels of income.You can learn more here.
Community Activities Fund is open for applications
South Dublin County Council has opened its Community Activities Fund for applications from local community and voluntary groups. The Community Activities Fund is open to locally-based community and voluntary groups in disadvantaged urban and rural areas, and, not-for-profit organisations in the administrative area of South Dublin County Council. You can find further information here.
Would you like to join a recovery choir?
Clondalkin Addiction Support Programme is starting a new recovery choir starting on March 4th between 6:45pm and 7:15pm. This is a fun activity for anyone interested in the issue of recovery, whether they are people in recovery, family members of people in recovery or supporters of the recovery movement.The choir will launch initially on Zoom but it is intended to into a live setting once restrictions allow. To register for a place, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0860401375 and we will send on zoom details prior to the event.
Ballyowen Castle Community Centre
I was honoured to have been chosen as Chairperson of the Board of Management of Ballyowen Castle Community Centre at the first meeting of the new Board recently. I’m looking forward to working with the new Board and my first objective is to increase awareness of the community centre, which is located between Lidl/Ben Dunne Gym and Ballyowen Medical Centric Health in Ballyowen Shopping Centre. If you would like to learn more about the centre, please let me know.
Have you had a bicycle or scooter stolen recently?
Over 70 bikes were located in the Ronanstown Garda sub-district area, which can be viewed here. If you think you own any of these bikes please contact Ronanstown Garda station 01 666 7700 quoting the PEMS reference number. Proof of ownership is required.
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