Grove Avenue/Talbot Lodge Road Safety Scheme – Non Statutory Public Consultation

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is proposing to implement road safety measures on Grove Avenue, Blackrock between Talbot Lodge entrance and Avoca Road junction.

The proposed scheme is being undertaken to address road safety issues on Grove Avenue including the entrance to Talbot Lodge estate where the visibility for vehicles exiting Talbot Lodge is restricted to the left by an earth bank and a line of trees. The scheme also  addresses safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists by reducing traffic speeds along this section of road and also providing an uncontrolled raised crossing point for pedestrians to access the footpath on the East side of Grove Avenue.

The scheme provides for the construction of two mini roundabouts on Grove Avenue at the Avoca Road junction and at the Talbot Lodge entrance.

An uncontrolled raised platform will also be provided on Grove Avenue to reduce vehicle speeds and provide a crossing point for pedestrians to the footpath opposite.

The scheme is designed to significantly improve road safety for all road users on Grove Avenue.

Plans illustrating the above scheme will be on display from Wednesday 26th February, 2013 to Wednesday 27th March, 2013 at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co.Dublin and also in Blackrock and Stillorgan libraries.

Plans are also available to download on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown’s

Grove Avenue/Talbot Lodge Road Safety Scheme – Summary

Grove Avenue/Talbot Lodge Road Safety Scheme (pdf -234kb)

Submissions and Observations are to be marked “Grove Avenue/Talbot Lodge submission” and sent to: – Transportation Department, DLRCC, 1 Harbour Square, Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, or by e-mail to

The Closing Date for receipt of comments is: – Wednesday 27th March, 2013.

Action Plan for Jobs 2013 – Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Jobs

Government builds on 2012 Plan with highly ambitious ‘Disruptive Reforms’, in partnership with industry, to make major impact on job-creation in 2013

The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs today [Friday] published Action Plan for Jobs 2013, the next step in the Government’s plan to rebuild the economy and accelerate the transition to a sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on enterprise, innovation and exports.

The Plan, which contains 333 actions to be implemented in 2013 by 16 Government Departments and 46 agencies, will build on the progress made in 2012 and continue to improve supports for job-creating businesses and remove the barriers to employment-creation across the economy. These actions are additional to the 249 actions already implemented under Action Plan 2012, which have helped support net growth of almost 12,000 in private sector employment in the past year. In the three years to March 2011 a net 250,000 jobs were lost in the private sector.

In a major departure from the 2012 plan, Action Plan 2013 contains seven headline “Disruptive Reform” measures – high-impact measures with highly ambitious deadlines, implemented in partnership with senior industry figures and selected because of their potential to have a significant effect on job-creation:

  1. JobsPlus – over two years the State will pay €1 of every €4 it costs an employer to recruit a long-term unemployed person off the Live Register
  2. ICT Skills – provide an additional 2,000 ICT graduate level professionals in 2013, and by 2018 lead Europe in terms of ICT graduates as a percentage of all third level graduates
  3. Energy Efficiency – the Government will create a €70million Energy Efficiency Fund to support 20 major projects in 2013 and ultimately create 5,000 jobs
  4. Trading Online – get 2,000 more small businesses trading online in 2013 and 2014, with the creation of 3,200 jobs
  5. Business Licences – create a single licensing application system for up to 25 licences in the retail sector, saving retailers over €20million per annum
  6. Big Data – make Ireland one of the leading countries in Europe for Big Data, a sector growing by up to 40% per annum
  7. Health Innovation Hub – Government will establish a world-renowned centre to establish Ireland as a leading location for start-up and growing medtech and healthcare companies

As part of the new approach to these major projects, six senior industry figures with track records of developing businesses and creating jobs will be appointed to bring their experience and skills to bear on implementing the Disruptive Reforms and on Government jobs and enterprise policy more generally. These leading figures from a mix of multinational and indigenous industry are being asked to help to drive implementation and efficiencies and identify new opportunities for cooperation with the private sector. These individuals will also join a newly reconfigured National Competitiveness Council.

Other measures to be delivered in 2013 under the Plan include:

  1. Foreign Direct Investment – IDA to target more than 130 new investments, secure €500million worth of R&D investment and help create 13,000 new jobs in 2013
  2. Indigenous Companies – Enterprise Ireland will as part of a comprehensive programme of supports, financially support 155 high potential and early-stage start-ups, assist 300 companies develop new overseas markets through the Potential Exporters Division and will support over 1,000 companies on management development programmes
  3. Global Sourcing – €500million in additional contracts in 2013 for Irish companies from multinationals based here
  4. Access to Finance – By end 2013 new Government finance schemes worth over €2billion will be lending to businesses; pillar bank lending targets for 2013 increased to €4billion; Credit Review Office strengthened
  5. Costs – New Government policy statement on economic regulation; the landmark Companies Bill will make it cheaper to start and run a company; and the Workplace Relations Commission that will merge five worker relations bodies into two will be operational by the second half of the year.
  6. Science/research – through SFI, provide support to five new Research Centres of major scale, involving Government investment of over €150 million and leveraging an industry contribution of over 30%
  7. Sectors – continue to target employment growth in key sectors, including manufacturing, agriculture/food, aviation and cloud computing.

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, said:

“The Government’s top priority is to get Ireland working again. The Action Plan for Jobs 2013 is central to our job creation ambitions as we seek to increase the number of new jobs by 100,000 by 2016. The previous Government built an economy based on debt and property that collapsed like a house of cards. We are rebuilding our economy brick-by-brick, making it stronger, ensuring that successes gained are here for the long term.

“The Action Plan for Jobs will continue to focus on our traditional enterprise sectors along with new growth industries. It will target small Irish businesses and new start-ups as well as the biggest multinational companies. This year’s plan will contain a number of landmark, step-change projects that will act as exemplars to enterprise as we rebuild an enterprise-focused economy. We have a plan. We are implementing it. And we will see it through until we get Ireland working again.”

An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, said:

“Through the Action Plan for Jobs all government departments and agencies are working together to ensure that we remain focused on our primary goal – to create jobs and tackle unemployment. For my own part, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, I am working hard to develop our trade strategy in priority markets to create opportunities for our indigenous business.

“Creating jobs for our people and equipping the unemployed to move into employment will remain top priorities for this Government. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Government to implement the wide range of actions set out in this 2013 Action Plan for Jobs”.

The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD said:

“The Action Plan for Jobs is aimed at supporting the transition from the old, failed economy reliant on property, banking and debt to a new, sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation. In the twelve months since we launched the first plan that transition has been gathering momentum, with 12,000 net jobs added in the private sector and a record year for job-creation by exporting companies in multinational and indigenous sectors.

“In this year’s plan we are building on those achievements and raising our ambitions. 333 new actions to support business, reduce costs, improve access to finance and target growth sectors will be delivered this year by 16 Departments and 46 Agencies. More importantly, we will also implement seven Disruptive Reforms, in areas which can have an immediate impact such as ICT skills and retail, to challenge the system and deliver ambitious change to support job-creation.

“The results from the 2012 make this much clear – the plan is working. However we have a long way to go. The challenge now is to build on the progress we have made, work harder, deliver more ambitious change – and we are determined to do that to tackle our number one priority and create the jobs we need”.

Global Diaspora Forum, 14/15 May 2013

The Global Diaspora Forum is a celebration of diaspora communities. The forum has been held annually in Washington and, this year, it will run simultaneously in Washington and Dublin.

The Global Diaspora Forum was inspired by former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and is coordinated by the US-based charity, the International Global Diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA).

The purpose of the forum is to challenge diaspora communities to forge partnerships with the private sector, civil society and public institutions in order to make their engagements with their countries of origin or ancestry effective and sustainable.

The Global Diaspora Forum is targeted at leaders of diaspora communities; politicians and policymakers; private sector stakeholders; representatives of international institutions; foundation executives; academic experts; and members of not-for-profit organisations.

The theme for the 2013 Global Diaspora Forum is ‘Diasporas in Action’. It is being held in Dublin to mark the Irish presidency of the European Union, and in recognition of the increased focus which the EU has on diaspora matters.

The European strand of the Global Diaspora Forum is being organised by the Irish International Diaspora Centre Trust, which is working to deliver a world-class diaspora centre in Dublin.

Website will be fully operational over the coming weeks at the link

Cuala GAA – “Not Strictly Dancing” – 2 March

The Fund Raising Event for the 99’s Feile Year, “Not Strictly Dancing”, will be held in the Cuala Hall on Saturday the 2nd March at 8.00pm. Featuring 24 brave souls from across all sections of Cuala and a 17 piece Big Band. If the practicing is anything to go by it promises to be a fantastic evening. Tickets are available from Gerry Byrne: or at 086 8241692

Deansgrange Library

The Council plans to improve Deansgrange Library by providing a more visible and transparent building for both those using the library and those passing by.

Sections of the existing front will be removed and the ground floor will be extended and glazed.

The entrance to the library will also be changed to provide a double height glazed space, which will also act as an exhibition area.

The new glazing will also be tinted to provide colour to make the building open and welcoming.

The existing library space will be refurbished with new furniture, fittings and lighting.

The external area to the front of the library will also be upgraded to provide a landscaped plaza.

Dalkey – Road Safety Improvement Works – Convent Road, Harbour Road, Loreto Avenue

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council proposes to implement Road Safety Improvement works at Convent Road / Harbour Road / Loreto Ave. in Dalkey. The scheme involves the provision of feature speed control ramps on Convent Road, a raised platform at the proposed new school warden crossing location on Harbour road, relocation of existing electricity supply poles on Convent Road to the back of the footpath, widening of the existing footpath on Convent Road between Corrig Road and Harbour Road. Alter kerb radii and increase footpath area at junctions of Harbour Road / Harbour Crescent and Harbour Road / Loreto Ave. Provide Drop off / Set down Area for cars and bus on Harbour Road. Install new dropped kerbs and tactile paving at crossing points.

This scheme is being proposed to address road safety issues affecting those commuting to schools in the vicinity of Convent Road, Harbour Road, and Loreto Avenue in Dalkey, and those pedestrians using the school warden crossing on Harbour Road, and the safety of the school warden.

Plans illustrating the scheme will be on display for a period of three weeks commencing from Tuesday 5th February, 2013 to Tuesday 26th February, 2013 at:

County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire
DLRCOCO Transportation Office, 1 Harbour Square, Dún Laoghaire
Dalkey Library, Dalkey, Co. Dublin
Plans are also available to view and download on the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s website at

Harbour Road – Improved Walking and set down environment for Loreto School (pdf -1,883kb)

Comments and observations from persons with disabilities are particularly welcomed.

Submissions and observations from interested parties are invited and should be sent to:

Felicity Gill,
Travel Plan Co-Ordinator,
Traffic & Road Safety Section,
Transportation & Water Services Department,
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,
County Hall,
Marine road,
Dún Laoghaire.

Email address:

Closing date for receipt of comments is Tuesday 26th February, 2013.

Cherrywood SDZ Planning Scheme – Appeal to An Bord Pleanala

Please note that appeals have been lodged with An Bord Pleanála against the Council decision to adopt the Cherrywood SDZ Planning Scheme.

All further correspondence in relation to this appeal should be addressed to:

The Secretary, An Bord Pleanála,64 Marlborough Street,Dublin1.

Please note that if you wish to make submissions or observation to An Bord Pleanála in relation to these appeals they must be accompanied by a fee of €50.00 and must be received in An Bord Pleanála by 11th February, 2013.


The former Shanganagh Juvenile Detention Centre and gardens at Shankill

Agreement in principle has been reached between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council management and Castlethorn/Aeval on the terms of an agreement for a transfer of lands at Shanganagh involving Castlethorn/Aeval, the Council and Woodbrook Golf Club under which Shanganagh Castle, the former Juvenile Detention Centre and surrounding lands would come into Council ownership. The terms of this agreement would be subject to approval by the Council.

At that stage Castlethorn/Aeval undertook to seek the approval of their banks to the proposed agreement. They have been asked to provide an update on the current position.

Planning permission application for vacant Montrose Hotel


Planning Permission Application for vacant Montrose Hotel

Application Date: 10-Dec-2012

Planning Application Ref: D12A/0483

Registration Date: 10-Dec-2012

Decision Date: 08-Feb-2013

Application Type: Permission

Extension of time to:

Main Location:

The Montrose Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin


Planning permission at 0.384 hectare site located at the existing (vacant)

Full Description:

Permission is sought at 0.384 hectare site located at the existing (vacant) Montrose Hotel. The proposed development comprises of the change of use from hotel to student accommodation of the first, second, third and part of the ground floor of the existing (vacant) Montrose Hotel and permission for the addition of 1 No. part set back storey to the front of the existing building to provide a total of 190 No. student accommodation units arranged in 26 No. clustered groupings of up to 8 No. ensuite study bedrooms to include shared kitchen/living/dining areas. The development also includes the provision of communal facilities such as an entrance lobby, a reception area, a seminar room, and a laundry room at ground floor. A 2 No. bedroom staff apartment providing 4 No. bed spaces is provided at fourth floor level. Permission is also sought for the secondary use of the property for short-term visitor let during the summer months. The total gross floor area of the building, including the new storey, will be 7,048.83 sq.m. The total height of the proposed development will be five storeys, including the one additional set-back storey. The development includes all internal alterations, external alterations including the provision of 2 No. fire escapes to the rear (north-east) elevation of the existing building, a new entrance at the south-eastern corner of the existing building at ground floor level, a new party wall at ground floor level to provide for the sub-division of the ground floor, the provision of an open space/amenity area to the north of the existing building, hard and soft landscaping, a refuse storage area, 15 No. car parking spaces, 35 No. bicycle parking spaces, and all associated and ancillary site development works, including the demolition of existing structures to the rear of the building and at the existing roof level. The site is accessed from an existing access on Stillorgan Road.

The Observation period for this application expired on 22-Jan-2013

Further information has been requested by the Council