North Strand Update from Councillor Ray McAdam, working with Paschal Donohoe TD.

24th May, 2012

Shore Cleaning

I continue to liaise with the Drainage Division of Dublin City Council to ensure that there is a regular programme of shore and gully cleaning in the North Strand area. Recent streets that have had shores and gullies cleaned include:

  • Bayview Avenue:
    cleaned on November 23rd:
    15 of 16 cleaned
  • Northbrook Avenue Lower:
    cleaned on January 10th:
    4 of 4 cleaned
  • Nottingham Street:
    cleaned on November 26th:
    10 of 10 cleaned
  • Bessborough Avenue:
    cleaned on November 22nd:
    6 of 8 cleaned

If you are not satisfied with the level of shore or gully cleaning on your street, please let me know and I’ll arrange to have those shores cleaned. Please contact me on

086 847 1720 or

Graffiti Removal

All too often, residents contact me about graffiti on properties on their streets. This issue appears to be worsening. The City Council has always employed a corporate contractor to remove graffiti, but now in collaboration with the Probation Service, the Council is making use of the Community Graffiti Removal Service. Offenders on Community Service orders supervised on site by Probation Service Community Service Supervisors perform the removal of graffiti. Throughout recent weeks, graffiti has been removed from numerous properties on North Strand Road, Bessborough Avenue, St. Bridget’s Avenue, Leinster Avenue, Strandville Avenue, Nottingham Street and Bayview Avenue.

North Strand Advice Centre

From this month on, I will be holding regular advice clinics across the North Inner City. Since my election, I have tried to be as accessible to you as possible. I hope that you will find my regular clinics of use and please take the opportunity to come along and bring to my attention any issue of particular concern to you. My North Strand advice centre will be taking place on the third Monday of each month from 7pm in the Larkin Employment Centre on North Strand Road. For example, my advice clinic this month will be held on Monday 20th February starting from 7pm.

HGVs on East Wall Road

Residents continue to contact me about how Heavy Goods Vehicles continue to illegally use the stretch of East Wall Road from between Alfie Byrne Road and Annesley Bridge on occasions when the Port Tunnel is closed. As Chairman of the Dublin Central Area Council Committee, I have requested that officials from the Traffic Department attend the Central Area meeting next Tuesday (February 14th) to answer questions on why this is being permitted? I have also sought to have the NRA come before the Committee to explain why there has been an unprecedented level of closures of the Tunnel throughout the last three weeks. In this time, the Port Tunnel has been closed for more than 43 hours to traffic therefore leaving residents to deal with HGVs travelling up and down East Wall Road potentially causing further damage to homes, not to mention the noise and other disruption that goes with such behaviour. I will continue to keep residents informed about what progress is made in relation to this matter.

Dept of Transport funds Cycling Routes

Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport has informed Paschal Donohoe TD and I that €80,000 has been allocated by the National Transport Authority to allow the Newcomen Bridge Cycle Project progress. This funding will be used to finalise the design of a scheme to provide improved facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists. From what the Minister has told myself and Paschal, the project will see a widening of Newcomen Bridge for both cyclists and pedestrians. I expect to receive a further update on this from the Council Engineers next week. If you would like further information on this project, please get in touch with me. Minister Varadkar has also pointed out to us that funding will be made available for design work of the cycle route along the Royal Canal from Sherriff Street to North Strand Road and then onto Phibsborough Road. Despite, our economic difficulties, both Paschal and I are delighted that our Fine Gael-led Government is in a position to allocate funding to allow these vital projects to develop.

Taaffe Place Pyrite Problems

The Housing Maintenance Division of Dublin City Council recently carried out tests for traces of pyrite in the Taaffe Place duplexes. Test results show that pyrite was present and the Council is continuing with investigations to assess the severity of the problem. Tests were also taken from stone in the footpaths and I understand that further sampling will take place on Annesley Avenue, Annesley Close and Poplar Row. The Structural Engineers have informed me that remaining surveys of homes will be completed by the end of this month. The Maintenance Division of the Housing Department have already completed some repairs on the ceilings, doors and floors of units that have already been inspected. A further report is expected at Tuesday’s Central Area Committee and following that I will be in further contact with affected residents to keep them updated.

Traffic Calming & Parking Requests

The Traffic Department of the City Council is currently examining a number of traffic related requests from residents in the North Strand area. No recommendation has yet been made in respect of rescinding the Pay & Display and Permit Parking scheme on Hibernian Avenue. Officials are still assessing requests to extend the yellow box currently at the junction of North Strand Road with Northbrook Avenue Lower as well as a No Right Turn request from Ballybough Road onto Clonmore Road. A request for a ‘CHILDREN CROSSING SIGN’ on Charleville Avenue is also being considered and a further report is expected on this at Tuesday’s Area meeting. The Traffic Group has decided not to install speed ramps on Clonmore Road because speed surveys show that traffic speeds are not excessive for the street.