Post Office Development Group will help secure the future of local Post Offices

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said today (Tuesday) that the new Post Office Business Development Group must find solutions that contribute to the continued success of the nationwide Post Office network. The group, chaired by Bobby Kerr, meets tomorrow for the first time.

“This new Post Office Development Group is an opportunity to examine the potential of the Post Office network and identify new business opportunities that will ensure that our Post Offices across the country remain viable businesses.

“The Group is one of the results of a Government review of our post office network. The Government is moving towards making our Post Offices the front office of government and the network has already adapted extremely well to changing times by taking on the social welfare contract and offering new services such as foreign exchange, banking, tax payment and passport services.

“This new Business Development Group will seek ways to increase the level of government and commercial business going through our post offices. The group will include representation from the Government, An Post and the Irish Postmasters’ Union (IPU).

“This new strategy is going to increase the level of business in our Post Offices and will secure their future.”

Mortgage rules must not be an unfair solution to a problem young home buyers did not create

“Any new mortgage rules should be phased in and should not hit people who have saved up and who are near to a viable deposit,” says to Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire.

“New Central Bank rules need to be phased in over time and not penalise people who have spent years saving and have nearly reached their goal of a viable deposit. We cannot hit these people just as they thought they were home.

“For example, phasing in the proposed new lending rules at 2% to 2.5% over the coming four to five years would mean an additional €5,380 to €6,725 deposit that would be required next year, rather than the additional €26,900 currently envisioned, going from 10% deposit to 20%. That’s on an average Dublin house price of €269,000

“Doubling the deposit rate would be an unfair measure to solve a problem these young house buyers did not create. Canada, which has largely avoided the global property related downturn, introduced reinforced deposit rules, but did it through an insurance system rather than sticking a big cash bill onto ordinary buyers.

“This insurance covers the difference between the cash deposit that the buyer can afford, and the mandatory minimum deposit set down by the central bank. This spreads the risk of default, which achieves what the central bank is seeking to do.

“The ultimate solution to rising house prices is housing supply. More houses meet demand and this in turn drives house prices and rent down, making it easier to save for a more affordable mortgage and ultimately make home ownership more affordable.

“We need a task force to combat the supply problem, bringing together planning agencies, the councils and relevant government departments, NAMA and house builders, to ensure that the houses we need get built as quickly as possible, and to a high standard. There are 6,400 acres of zoned serviced land available in Dublin for 132,000 units, and more developments could be planned if required. Taxes and levies need to be simplified and the system of getting permission for a project streamlined.”

Proposed Road Safety Improvement Scheme for Cross Avenue, Booterstown

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Traffic Section have developed a road safety improvement scheme for Cross Avenue, Booterstown, Co. Dublin.

Plans and particulars of the proposed Scheme will be available for inspection on and in the Blackrock Public Library and in County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire.

Proposed Traffic Management Scheme for Cross Avenue, Booterstown (pdf -556kb)

This road safety improvement scheme is being proposed in order to create a safer environment for all road users including vulnerable road users and children attending the schools nearby. The scheme will consist of a raised uncontrolled crossing point and the installation of flashing amber lights, alterations to kerb lines, road widths and new road markings.

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed Scheme may be made in writing on or before Wednesday 18th February 2015.

Addressed to:-

Senior Engineer,
Transportation & Water Services Department,
Traffic and Road Safety Section,
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,
County Hall,
Marine Road,
Dún Laoghaire,
County Dublin.

or by e-mail to


Payday for people of Dún Laoghaire first chance to feel effect of tax and USC changes


“Today is the first payday of the year for many people in Dún Laoghaire and it will be the first chance to feel the effect of changes made in Budget 2015 which will give money back” says Mitchell O’Connor TD, for Dún Laoghaire.

“On Budget day we reduced income tax bands and USC rates, and although we knew it was good news, it’s not until the changes come into effect and the first month’s pay comes into bank accounts, that the true effect can be seen.

“A worker on the average industrial wage of about €35,000 gets €396 back and a family of two earners with two children, bringing in €60,000 gets back €469. Households will see a small increase in their monthly income as a result of these changes and this will, in turn, have a positive impact on the local economy here in Dún Laoghaire.

“This is only a first step in making our tax system fairer and better for job creation. We want to deliver similar tax cuts in 2016 and again the following year if re-elected.  Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin voted against these tax reductions.

“It is important that we begin to see the benefit of the economic recovery in all parts of the country, including here in Dún Laoghaire. The Government is focussed on creating jobs in all areas and I expect with the launch of the Regional Enterprise Strategy in the coming weeks, that we will see positive change in Dún Laoghaire.”

Mitchell O’Connor presents award to Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire Mary Mitchell O’Connor says that those involved in the golf sector could look forward to rebuilding past years’ loss in club membership numbers, increasing operations’ revenue and overcoming difficulties presented in recent times. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking at the Golfers Guide to Ireland Awards where Dun Laoghaire and Royal Co. Down were presented the awards for ‘best parklands and links’.

“The economy is recovering. Those involved in the golf sector can look forward to rebuilding past years’ loss in club membership numbers, increasing operations’ revenue and overcoming difficulties presented in recent times. A report released by Fáilte Ireland in Jan 2014 revealed that 163,000 visitors played golf while here and accounted for €200 million in revenue.

“Dun Laoghaire will host the Curtis Cup in 2016 which will be an exciting time for the locality and will underline the importance of the golfing sector to Ireland’s continued attractiveness as a golfing destination.”