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Patronage of New Primary School for Booterstown_Blackrock – Have Your Say Before 15/01/19

From this morning parents can express their preference in relation to the patronage of 12 primary schools to be established in 2019, including the new school for Booterstown_Blackrock.

You can express your patronage preferences using the Department’s new Online Patronage Process System (OPPS) website

You have until 15 January 2019 to express your preference from the following list of applicants:

• An Foras Pátrúnachta
• Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board
• Educate Together
• Lifeways Ireland CLG
• Scoil Sinéad Limited
• St Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland

24/7 Out of Hours GP Service Announced for South Dublin and North Wicklow

Today is a very good day for the people of South Dublin and North Wicklow.

Having been without a structured 24/7 GP service, today saw the announcement that North Doc Medical Services Ltd has been selected as the successful tenderer to deliver the Out of Hours GP service for South Dublin and North Wicklow.

The GPs and Hospitals provide a great service to the people of Dun Laoghaire constituency but the news today that a structured out of hours GP service will operate from 2019 is very welcome.

We have no control over when we will require medical help. South County Dublin and North Wicklow, including Blackrock, Stillorgan, Dalkey, Dun Laoghaire, Killiney Loughlinstown, Cabinteely, Foxrock, Shankill, Leopardstown, Sandyford and Bray, will now be covered by this service which will operate on a 24 hour basis on weekends and public holidays and through the night during the week.

This cover will provide comfort and reassurance to everyone, particularly those with serious illnesses, parents and older people. The need for an accessible GP and support service, day and night, is an issue that has been raised with me over the years and I am delighted with today’s news.

The service will operate out of Loughlinstown Hospital and will cover all aspects of out of hours care including Call Handling Services, Nurse Triage Services, GPs and Clinical Nurses.

I would like to thank Minister Harris for his work and dedication to seeing this service delivered for South Dublin and North Wicklow, we have been waiting for a long time.

“I will keep constituents updated about this service, and look forward to the start date being confirmed.

Update 04 December:

A number of constituents have asked further questions in relation to this announcement. I am pleased with the answers I have received from the HSE today:

Are DL Doc at St. Michael’s and East Doc at St. Vincent’s closing? 
No. The existing GP rotas and service provided at these centres will continue and be enhanced by the new more structured service.

Will home calls be available to those who do not have transport available to take them to Loughlinstown? 
Yes. The benefits of a fully-structured GP OOH service include effective triage, access to healthcare from 6pm to 8am on weekdays and all day at weekends and public holidays, and the provision of a mobile GP supported by a driver to any household requiring care in the area covered by the service, where appropriate.

Are other suburbs not listed, such as Deansgrange, included in the new scheme? 
Yes, all areas of Community Healthcare East are covered with the exception of South Wicklow, which is already served by a structured GP OOH service.



Sports Capital Grants Scheme 2018 Announced

 This morning brought the great news that €40 million is available to develop sports infrastructure around the country with a new round of Sports Capital grants. This scheme has proved very successful in getting much needed funding to clubs across the constituency in recent years and I hope it will benefit many more this year.

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Congratulations to Leaving Cert Students

Was honoured to share Pearse College student Michael's results with his wife Leonie. Michael returned to education and sat his Leaving Cert to progress his career and to be a role model for his 14 year old son, and for a new arrival due in just a few months. Huge congratulations to Michael and Leonie! #leavingcert #lifechanging #future

Posted by Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

This morning I visited Pearse College in Crumlin to meet with some of the students receiving their Leaving Certificate results. Was honoured to share Michael’s results with his wife Leonie. Michael returned to education to progress his career and to be a role model for his 14 year old son and for the new arrival due in just a few months. Huge congratulations to Michael and Leonie!

Congratulations to all the students receiving results today, especially those across the Dun Laoghaire constituency. Your future is bright.

I fully appreciate the tremendous dedication and courage all students have shown in completing their Leaving Certificate, and particularly those who have returned to education. I wish you all the very best with your next phase.

Clonkeen College Update – Statement from Minister Mitchell O’Connor

Whilst I am disappointed that Clonkeen College lands couldn’t be retained in their totality, I am relieved that after protracted legal wrangling, and the fear of large legal costs ratcheting up for the school, a legal settlement has been reached between the Board of Management of Clonkeen College and the Christian Brothers.

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Deansgrange Library to pilot “My Open Library” initiative – Min. Mitchell O’Connor

Deansgrange Library will pilot the “My Open Library” initiative, announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, Minister Mitchell O’Connor was delighted to confirm.

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Monica Barnes RIP

It is with profound sadness that I learned of Monica Barnes passing last evening. Monica was the most wonderful, warm hearted woman and represented our Dun Laoghaire constituency so ably. She was articulate, sincere, and passionate about the advancement of women.

Only last week when I spoke to her, she was excited and enthusiastic about coming to our next DunLaoghaire Constituency meeting and celebrating Votáil 100. She was also due to participate in an event tomorrow for Fine Gael women of the “Class of ‘83”.

I have the lovely memory of meeting three generations of the Barnes family a few short weeks ago: Monica, Sarah and her granddaughter Ailbhe. It was clear how much of Monica’s energy and passion has been passed through the generations.

I offer my deepest condolences to the Barnes family.

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

Speaking in Seanad Éireann on Tuesday 24th April 2018, on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD for the Dun Laoghaire constituency, confirmed that a substantial inventory of the architectural heritage of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown had been completed for Glencullen, Shankhill, Cabinteely and Foxrock areas.

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