21st September, 2010


DRAINAGE WORKS IN GLENDHU PARK AND PARK ROAD – WORK MUST BE FINISHED Earlier this year the Council commenced work on flooding prevention measures in Glendhu Park and Park Road. These measures were designed to reduce the risk of flooding in these areas. Public consultation in relation to these plans took place in 2009.

I received calls from residents in relation to the state of these works during the summer. When I contacted the City I was then told that the work would be complete by August. I also contacted our local Gardai to request that patrols be heightened near these work sites. Across September I have continued to receive contact in relation to the speed of progress on these sites. Councillor Mary O’Shea and I both visited the location of these works this weekend and I was very disappointed to see the state of these former green areas.

Dublin City Council confirmed to me that, weather permitting, they aim to have these sites restored by the end of September. All of the engineering works on these sites are now complete. It is now a matter for the Parks Department to restore these lands. Councillor Mary O’Shea and I will continue to follow up on this matter and push for these lands to be urgently restored.

NAVAN ROAD POLICING FORUM – FIRST MEETING SOON The first meeting of the Navan Road and district policing forum will take place soon. These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity for local residents, An Garda Siochana and public representatives to monitor and discuss policing issues in the community.

PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON NAVAN ROAD QUALITY BUS CORRIDOR Public consultation on a proposed Quality Bus Corridor for the Navan Road area has commenced. If this is of interest to you plans are available at the following locations from Monday 6th September 2010 to Monday 18th October 2010 during public opening hours at:

  • Dublin City Council Offices, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 between the hours of 9.00hrs – 16.30hrs, Monday to Friday
  • Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7 between the hours of 10.00hrs – 20.00hrs, Monday to Thursday and 10.00hrs – 17.00hrs Friday and Saturday

A submission or observation in relation to the proposed scheme may be made in writing to Dublin City Council before 16.30hrs on Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at the address below: Executive Manager, Planning Department, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 or by Email:

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY – PROTECTING LOCAL SERVICES The Daughters of Charity Parents Forum led a very effective campaign to ensure that front line services for local families were protected this year. This was prompted by the threatened closure of Ard Cuan House that provided vital respite care. During the summer parents and service users were informed that most of the front line services for this year would be protected due to the release of an additional amount of funding by the HSE.

I raised this matter many times in the Oireachtas and organised a visit to the St Vincent’s Daughters of Charity on the Navan Road by the leader of Fine Gael, Enda Kenny TD. Councillor Mary O’Shea and I will continue to do all we can to support these local services during these difficult times and continiue to campaign for their protection.