€69,000 for Dún Laoghaire Healthcare Organisations

“Three of the organisations are set to receive €69,000 for healthcare-related and social care services under the latest round of National Lottery Grants from the Department of Health. This once-off funding will make a significant difference in the provision of healthcare services in Dún Laoghaire”, says Fine Gael TD, Mitchell O’Connor for Dún Laoghaire

“The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar today (Monday) announced that three of healthcare-related and social care services in Dún Laoghaire will receive a total of €69,000 under the latest round of National Lottery Grants.

“This is the first of two announcements that will take place this year, in which the Department of Health provides once-off grants to organisations to community groups and voluntary organisations.

“Some of the local organisations set to receive funding include:

  • Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice
  • Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Outreach Project
  • Callan Institute

“This funding will make a real difference to groups, volunteers and of course their clients in communities throughout Dún Laoghaire. The grants will help to provide equipment, upgrade facilities and provide health related services.”

Cuala Mini All Ireland

I was delighted to attend the Cuala Academy Mini All Ireland end-of-season event on the 20th of June.

It was wonderful to see the children involved in sports and how much they enjoyed themselves while participating in healthy activities and fun.

It was also great to see the children demonstrating their skills as athletes and as team players.

Variation of Local Property Tax

The Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended), makes specific provision that elected members of a local authority may pass a formal resolution to vary the basic rate of the Local Property Tax for their administrative area by a percentage known as the local adjustment factor.

This means that  Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council can increase or decrease the basic rate of the Local Property Tax within the County by a maximum of +/-15% or leave it unaltered.

At the meeting of Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown County Council held on the 22nd of September 2014 to consider this matter the members agreed to reduce the basic rate of local property tax applicable within the County by 15%. This reduction applies for a period of one year from the 1st of November 2014 (liability date) to the 31st of October 2015 and the 2015 local property taxcharge payable by property owners within the County reflected this reduction. The Local Property Tax rate reverts back to its original basic rate on the 1st of November unless a further decision is made by the elected members to retain the existing variation or apply an alternative variation.

The Council will meet in September 2015 to consider the setting of a local adjustment factor for the year 2016. Members must decide whether to retain the variation agreed in 2014, agree an alternative variation or apply no variation.

The Council welcomes written submissions from the public on this matter specifically covering the potential effects of retaining the existing variation, or applying an alternative or no variation, on businesses, individuals and on local authority services.

Submissions must be received by the 18th of August 2015 and may be made using one of the following methods.

(1)        Online through the Council’s consultation hub at www.dlrcoco.ie

(2)        By E Mail To lptsubmissions@dlrcoco.ie

(3)        By post to Local Property Tax Submissions, FMS Section, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Submissions should be clearly marked “Proposed LPT Variation”

Designated Bathing Areas for 2016

Tens of thousands of people have been enjoying a dip at Ireland’s pristine lakes, rivers and beaches during the recent sunny weather.  What most swimmers don’t know is that City and County Councils must designate official bathing areas in their area every year so that they can be monitored for safety, water quality and their level of use. To help us with this process, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are now asking people who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers within the County to tell us if they think we should maintain existing designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming but not designated as such at the moment.

Under European and Irish law, these bathing areas must be monitored to ensure they meet stringent microbiological water quality standards. In some cases these official bathing areas are also the areas where Councils focus their resources during the summer season.  Councils are also required to prepare detailed profiles for each of the designated bathing water sites that describe not just the bathing area itself but also areas in the surface waters catchment area that could be a possible source of pollution, and what action would be taken if any pollution occurs.

If you are a regular swimmer and want to help us decide which bathing areas should be designated for 2016, it might be helpful to consider the following:

     -How your swimming area has been used up to now

     -How many people use the site

     -What facilities exist at the site and how accessible it is

     -Any safety issues

Submissions in relation to the identification of bathing waters can be made:

Online: Through our Consultation Hub – https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/

By Post to:

Beaches Section

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire

Co. Dublin

By Email tobeaches@dlrcoco.ie

Closing date for submissions is 28th July 2015. For further information please contact our beaches Section on 01 2054817 or environ@dlrcoco.ie

Could you be Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur?

Your Local Enterprise Office is looking for Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs. If you are aged between 18 and 30 and either have a business idea or have started a business, why not enter this competition for a chance to win part of the 2  million euro investment fund?

Looking for Ireland’s best young entrepreneurs.

Are you 30 or under with a business idea or an existing business? If so, the Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Competition could be for you! Almost any young person with a business idea can enter this competition. It doesn’t matter what your background is – all that matters is that you have a good business idea that works! To enter, you must be aged between 18 (at date of application) and 30 (as at 31st December 2015).

What is Ireland’ Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) Competition?

The IBYE competition is a national competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur. Applying is simple and there is a €2 million investment fund and targeted business supports on offer to help you turn your business idea into a reality. The competition is open to all business sectors and there are 3x award categories; Best Idea (not yet trading);Best Start Up (trading for 24 months or less) & Best Established Business (trading for more than 24 months).

The Application Deadline is Friday, 31st July 2015.

IBYE Prize Fund

  • €50,000 Investment Fund available from Local Enterprise Office DLR to invest in the 3 Category Winners
    (All county finalists will be invited to participate in an Entrepreneur Bootcamp)
  • €100,000 Investment Fund available for the overall National Category Winners


Visit IBYE.ie for Full Competition Details and to Submit your Entry >>

Business Consultation – 6 Year Local Economic & Community Plan

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is in the process of developing a six year Local Economic & Community Plan. This plan will identify goals, objectives and actions to promote and support the economic and community development of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown over the next six years, to 2021.

They have recently concluded a public consultation in respect of a Draft Socio-Economic Statement. The next step in the consultation process is to seek the business community’s views as these will contribute significantly to the development of the plan and the prioritisation of future actions.

To facilitate this, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has designed a brief consultation questionnaire, which they are now asking those in the business community to complete.

The consultation questionnaire is available on their Consultation Hub at:

https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/planning/lecp-business-survey and can be completed up to and including Tuesday 7th July 2015.

So, if you are part of the business community in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, why not take this opportunity to help shape the County’s economic development into the future.

Official Opening of new DeVesci Gardens tennis courts

 Last Saturday, I had the honour and great pleasure to perform the ribbon cutting at the Official Opening of the new tennis courts and clubhouse at DeVesci  Gardens for the 120 year anniversary of its existence.

Since DeVesci was opened in 1895, it has grown to be a staple in Monkstown and has formed into a beautiful space where people can enjoy being outdoors and focus on the sport they love.

I was delighted to celebrate the anniversary of such excellent facilities that contribute to the development of youth participation and promote a healthy lifestyle for the children and adults of our community.

For information on the DeVesci Tennis Club please visit their website http://www.devesci.net or email them at devesciltc@gmail.com

Mitchell O’Connor selected to run for Fine Gael in Dun Laoghaire

Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has been selected to represent Fine Gael in the constituency of Dun Laoghaire in the next General Election.

Deputy Mitchell O’Connor received the endorsement of Fine Gael members at the party’s convention held yesterday evening (Monday) in the Killiney Castle Hotel.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor was elected to the Dáil in February 2011. Prior to that, she served on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, having been elected on her first attempt in June 2004 and subsequently re-elected in June 2009.

Deputy Mitchell O’Connor  was school principal in The Harold School Glasthule before being elected. Her commitment to the delivery of high quality education from pre-school level onwards remains steadfast, as is her support to local business and enterprise in Dun Laoghaire.

“I am honoured to have been selected by my Fine Gael colleagues to represent the party in the forthcoming General Election for Dun Laoghaire constituency,” Deputy Mitchell O’Connor stated. “The next General Election presents a challenge for Fine Gael to continue rebuilding our economy, reducing unemployment and educating our children to compete on the world stage”.  

Deputy Mitchell O’Connor added that, ”As we prepare to fight the next general election, our focus must be on an Ireland that tolerates diversity, respects age, nurtures its children, provides for the marginalised and sick and encourages the business leaders of the future”.


Receive €100 Water Conservation Grant

How to get your €100 Grant Water Conservation Grant

You need to have registered with Irish Water by the 30th June 2015 at the latest, even if you are not an Irish Water customer. You can do this online at www.water.ie by phoning 1890 448 448, or by post.

You do not need to do anything else now.

The Department of Social Protection will then write to you in late-August or September telling you how to get your grant.

There is no need to contact the Department before then.

The Department will begin payments of the €100 grant in September 2015.

Further information is available on www.watergrant.ie.


The deadline of the Council’s second round of grants for 2015 is this Friday (5th June) before 4pm.
The funding is divided into four categories;

                       *  Arts – Arts Access for Youth Projects only (Maximum Amount €2,500)

                       * Business Area Promotion

                       * Community Grants – Including Sporting Equipment, Community Projects/Organisation, Newsletters, etc.

                       * Sports – Major Sporting Events only

                       * Winter Festival Grants

The guidelines and forms can be downloaded here; www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councildepartments/environment/findit/grantschemes/

If you have any specific questions regarding the grants, please call Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council (Grant Section) 01 204 7024 or email grantschemes@dlrcoco.ie

Finally, if I can be of any assistance to you or your organisation on this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact me at my Blackrock Constituency Office on 01 210 9161.