Concern at the Overdevelopment of the Dundrum Area

“The Dundrum area has benefited from development over the years and there is no reason that this should not continue, but it must be done in a measured, balanced and sustainable manner” It has become evident that the proximity of the Dundrum area to transport links such as the M50 and Luas make it a priority area for higher density development. While it is difficult to argue that this is an inefficient use of available serviced land, particularly in light of the pressures to add to the housing supply across Dublin, I firmly believe that planning decisions should be made with reference to more than just the efficient use of land. There is significant concern among the residents of Dundrum and the surrounding areas that, with every large 100 unit+ development that is permitted to proceed, that the Dundrum area will take yet another step towards becoming an overdeveloped apartment centric community. This will further contribute to the significant and permanent alteration of the character of this once family orientated suburb. It has to be noted that thousands of apartments have been built in the Dundrum area over the past decade and that this has,  in no way, been balanced by the construction of houses or other units suited to family living. There is an urgent need for suitable family accommodation and planning decisions should be prioritised towards this. We need to make it more achievable for people to raise their families in the area in which they themselves grew up. The local infrastructure is now being utilised to capacity and cannot support many more large scale apartment developments....

Parking in Residential Areas – Mulvey Park

In continuing to work with Residents Associations and Council management in seeking solutions to all day parking in residential estates, I welcome the recent commitment of Council management to investigate a holistic solution to alleviate the parking in Mulvey Park. I have made many representations on behalf of local residents in this area and will continue my work to encourage a swift implementation of any agreed solution.  ...

Feasibility Funding for Rosemount Taney Community Centre

In conjunction with the Rosemount Taney Community Campaign, I have been working to secure upgraded sports and community facilities for the Rosemount area. Following the recent installation of modern changing facilities along with the clearing of debris and other upgrades at the playing pitches in Rosemount, I am delighted to announce that we have now secured further funding in the form of an allocation of €30,000 from the 3 Year Capital Programme. This allocation is for the purpose of a feasibility study into the full development of a Community Centre in the area and represents a major step forward in our campaign for enhanced facilities for this area.  ...

#Seanad16 Candidates – I will support you if…..

Now that the 32nd Dail has been elected, attention, at least within political circles, will turn to the election of the corresponding Senate. Unlike the Dail Election, however, not everyone gets to vote in the selection of senators. In fact, most of the population are denied a vote in this ‘democratic’ contest.   I do have a vote in this election- in fact, it turns out that I have a grand total of six! The first of my six votes comes to me as a graduate of UCD while the remaining five are granted to me in my capacity as a serving County Councillor. Having never cast more than one ballot in any election, I am somewhat uncomfortable with the notion of having multiple votes in the impending selection of our upper house, particularly, when so many others have no voice here at all.   So, how can I reconcile casting half a dozen ballots in one election?   Since I hold five votes in my role as a locally elected representative, it is clear that these votes are just vested in me to cast on behalf of the people that elected me in the first place- the people of the Dundrum Local Electoral Area. My votes should, as a result, tangibly and positively benefit my constituents. I don’t believe, however, that any policy positions of incoming Senators are likely to have any meaningful effect on the people of Dundrum, at least not under the current Seanad system. With this in mind, I have decided that I will use my Seanad votes to prefer those prospective Senators that are willing to take some...