Road Safety Improvement on Johnstown Road, Dun Laoghaire

Funding has been made available under the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport current programme of Low Cost Safety Improvements Grants for road safety improvements on a section of Johnstown Road.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Traffic Section has designed an accident investigation and prevention (AIP) scheme, see link to pdf drawing, which is presently out to Tender for construction.
The purpose of the scheme is to improve Road Safety for vulnerable road users on a section of Johnstown Road.
The project is to be carried out along Johnstown Road between the two bus stops at the North Western end of Johnstown Road adjacent to Johnstown Court, and Oakdale Drive.
The scope of the Works will involve:
• Construction of new footpath:-
• The provision of a signalised pedestrian crossing on Johnstown Road near the shops at Johnstown Park, and
• Other general civil works to facilitate the upgrade of the link between bus stops.
This is a heavily trafficked road with traffic speeds recorded with an 85th. percentile speed of 64 km/hr.
There are shops, residential housing estates and a health centre at this location all of which generate significant pedestrian and vulnerable road user volumes.
As noted above the scheme is presently out to tender and it is the intention to carry out these works in Oct. 2013 in order to be in a position to draw down the 2013 funding allocation.
For further details, contact the Transportation Department.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire.
Tel: 2700100 Fax: 2054319

Referendum on the Abolition of Seanad Éireann

The purpose of the Thirty-second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Éireann) Bill 2013 is to fulfil the Programme for Government commitment to hold a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad.


The referendum will be held on 4th October 2013 on which day the Government is also holding a referendum on the establishment of a Court of Civil Appeal.


In July 2009 at the MacGill Summer School, Enda Kenny announced that Fine Gael was embarking on a root and branch analysis of the political system. As part of that analysis, Fine Gael looked in detail at the role of the Seanad and came to the clear conclusion that reforming it was not realistic or achievable.


The key difficulty with all of the proposals for reform is that they take the existence of the Seanad, with its widely-acknowledged flaws, as a given. It would either remain an unrepresentative elitist composition or a directly elected entity that would seek to duplicate the Dail.


Instead, the correct approach is to start by asking whether we need a second House at all and Fine Gael doesn’t believe so.


For 75 years political insiders have discussed and debated Seanad reform. 10 reports on reform of the second house have been published since it was established in 1938. Yet not a single one has been implemented.

The proposed abolition of the Seanad is part of this Government’s comprehensive programme of political reform—a programme that will establish a new politics in our Republic, one that is more accountable, more democratic and more responsive.

To see the full text of the Bill, please click here: Seanad Bill

Mary Mitchell O’Connor



Mitchell O’Connor delighted at progress on purchase of Pres. site for recreational use

Friday, 9th August 2013


Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Friday) welcomed the progress that is being made on the purchase of the Pres. site in Glasthule by the local Council, which intends to retain it for recreational use for the local community.


“I am delighted with the news that the Manager’s Order for the purchase of the Pres. site by Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council is being signed by the County Manager, Owen Keegan, today. The long and protracted history of this site meant that for some time the future use of the sports field looked to be in jeopardy. Following a negotiation process, a deal has now been struck which allows the Council to acquire the freehold and leasehold interests in the site for a total €1.625 million.


“The fact that the amount being paid by the Council exceeds the market value of €1.250 million, as determined by the City Valuer, reflects the Council’s desire to keep the site in local use. The County Manager recognises that playing pitches are in relatively short supply in the area and has gone to great lengths to ensure that the site is retained for sports and recreational activities.


“We are lucky that the Council is in a position to use its capital balances to pay the premium price which is being sought. I acknowledge that Mr. Ben Dunne is making a considerable loss on what he originally paid for the site and I am thankful that he came to the decision to sell, as the benefits for the local area will be immeasurable.


“Everyone who has been involved in bringing these negotiations to a successful conclusion is to be commended for their hard work and efforts. Local residents and sporting hopefuls alike will no doubt be thrilled that this saga is finally coming to such a satisfying end.”



Dún Laoghaire welcomes Gathering of Chinese art students – Mitchell O’Connor

Chinese art group on painting trip around Ireland

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the latest official Gathering event this morning, with a group of 15 Chinese visitors arriving at the Maritime Museum and the picturesque promenade in Dún Laoghaire. An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Carrie Smyth greeted the group at the Museum and was delighted to hear of the groups plans to further explore the scenic sights of Dún Laoghaire, taking in Dalkey, Killiney and beyond, pausing for breaks along the route to paint the stunning landscapes they encounter.


The visit comes hot on the heels of the latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office, which has reported an increase of overseas visitor numbers to Ireland up 5.4% for first half of this year, the year of The Gathering.


“We in Dún Laoghaire have a particularly strong programme of festivals and events throughout the year and we are delighted to welcome more and more diverse groups from places such as China. Through DLRCC’s ‘Continuing the Conversation’ arts policy, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council commits to engaging in an on-going dialogue and looks forward to working with artists, individuals, organisations and groups so that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown continues to grow and develop as a vibrant home for the arts.”


After Dun Laoghaire just this week welcomed another massive boost from an estimated 2,000 visitors from the Cunard Line cruise ship Queen Elizabeth, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor also pointed to the fact that a Shanghai newspaper has voted Ireland as the ‘most popular’ destination for 2012 and urged readers to visit in 2013: “The Oriental Morning Post award is voted on by the newspaper’s readers and by travel specialists. The number of Chinese people travelling overseas has grown by an average of +22% per year since 2000; and forecasts for the next decade suggest an even greater rise. While visitor numbers from China are relatively small, it is well known that visitors from China spend more than the average visitor from closer-to-home markets.”

The Chinese group is in Ireland filming a documentary on painting in Ireland for Chinese TV in association with the well-known artist Frank Clarke of ‘Simply Painting’ fame. Frank has been working with Chinese art groups in China for over 10 years now, and was keen to showcase the beauty of Ireland to his Chinese friends.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Friday, 9th Aug 2013


Closure of M&S in Dun Laoghaire hugely disappointing – Mitchell O’Connor

Lack of parking in the town is forcing shoppers to go elsewhere


Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has expressed her disappointment this afternoon (Wednesday) at the news that the Marks & Spencer store in Dun Laoghaire is to close as part of a strategic review of the company nationally.


Deputy Mitchell O’Connor said the lack of parking in the town has without doubt played a part in the volume of traffic shopping at the store, saying a resolution to the problem needs to be found before more retailers are forced to shut up shop.


“The news that the M&S Simply Food store in Dun Laoghaire is set to close in ten days’ time is shocking and my thoughts are, first and foremost, with the staff who will bear the brunt of this decision.


“There have been a significant number of shop closures in Dun Laoghaire in recent years and it is no secret among the local community that the lack of parking spaces in the town is forcing shoppers into the arms of retailers that have ample space and that provide free parking. In the instances that parking spaces can be found in Dun Laoghaire, the astronomical costs attached to hourly rates is acting as another disincentive to shoppers, who opt instead for the hassle and charge free options that are available on Pottery Road and further afield.


“A taskforce has been set-up to look at ways to address the issue and the Dun Laoghaire Business Association and the Dun Laoghaire Chamber of Commerce have been instrumental in seeking to resolve the problem. In September we will see the appointment of a new County Manager who will have to give this issue his/her full attention in a bid to addressing the needs of local shoppers and securing the future of retailers in the area.”


Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Wednesday, 7th August 2013