Category Archives: Booterstown

Focus on Road Safety needed as child deaths double

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD and teacher, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Wednesday) urged parents preparing to send children back to school to think about road safety, in light of the news that road deaths among children have doubled this year.
“Twice as many children have died on the roads in the first eight months of the year as were lost in the whole of 2013. This means that road safety must become a priority when it comes to preparing children to go back to school.
“When you think about getting ready to go back to school, lunch boxes, new schools bags and covering books are usually the first things that spring to mind, but it is important that talking about road safety is included in this routine.
“Figures from the Road Safety Authority have revealed that thirteen children under the age of fourteen have died in the first eight months of the year on Irish roads. In the fifteen year period between 1997 and 2012 there was an 89% drop in number of children killed on our roads. Today’s figures indicate that this trend is reversing and action is needed immediately.
“Many children are walking to school and if they are not, they are being dropped off in areas where many cars are coming and going. We need to make sure that children are educated in how to be safe when they are dealing with traffic; this is especially relevant for children in cities and busy areas.
“It is also important that we adults take the simple steps to make sure our children are safe; ensure they are wearing high visibility gear and that they are wearing a seatbelt if in the car. One in three of the child passengers killed so far this year was not wearing a seatbelt or a child restraint; I find that an extremely worrying statistic.
“Attitudes to road safety are formed at a young age so it is important that we start as we mean to go on in helping our young people to stay safe on the roads.”

Mitchell O’Connor urges Dun Laoghaire residents to have their say on Local Property Tax

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday) encouraged local residents to make their voices heard on the Local Property Tax (LPT). Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking after Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council announced it is inviting submissions on whether it should lower property tax rates.

“The Government has given local councils the power to adjust the rate of the LPT, within a range of +/- 15%. While cutting the property tax sounds like a no brainer, it is important to add that it is essential that local councils manage their budgets sensibly, otherwise local services will be hit.

“I hope that Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council will be in a position to lower the property tax for local residents. Just because you live in the so-called ‘leafy suburbs’ doesn’t mean you find it easy to afford the property tax. But I would also caution that the council must ensure that if it cuts the property tax rate, local services should not be allowed to suffer.

“This Government is determined to give local councils more control over their own affairs; that is why the administration of the LPT has been handed to local councils. Home owners in Dublin, and particularly in areas like Dun Laoghaire where property prices are rapidly rising, often pay considerably more in property tax because their homes are worth more.

“Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has invited written submissions from the public. The Council particularly wants to hear from people about what impact a change in the LPT rate would have on businesses, local services and local residents. Now is the time to make your views known.”

98% of survey respondents report feeling dangerously overcrowded on the DART

Active and honest engagement with survey exceptionally helpful in outlining concerns to Irish Rail

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday) welcomed the active and honest engagement by Dun Laoghaire DART users with her online survey, which was launched last month and which aimed to determine the level of satisfaction, or otherwise, of local users with Irish Rail services.
“The results of my online survey, which was carried out in conjunction with my colleague Simon Harris TD, in response to representations we had been receiving about overcrowding on DART services were very telling. More than 300 people from the Dun Laoghaire catchment area took part in the survey and a staggering 98% of them said that they felt dangerously overcrowded on the DART at some point.
“The level of dissatisfaction coming through was palpable with people stating that using the DART had gone from being a ‘pleasure’ to an ‘ordeal, while others spoke of the ‘dangerous and extremely uncomfortable’ conditions being experienced, especially for older people, due to reduction in the number of carriages in use during peak times.
“Following the launch of my survey I wrote to both the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar TD, and the CEO of Irish Rail Mr. David Franks to outline the severity of the situation being experienced by rail users who are very frustrated by the fact that they are increasingly paying more for reduced, unreliable and substandard services.
“Mr. Franks unreservedly apologised for any overcrowding that may have occurred due to technical faults, industrial action and leaf falls, insisting that a policy of reducing carriages at peak times has not, and was never, employed. I have been assured that carriages have been restored to a number of services where capacity issues arose and that irish Rail  has identified a number of areas where policy issued needed to be revised in response to customer feedback.
“Minister Varadkar expressed a desire to ensure that ‘rail users are not expected to pay more for a service that is less’. I will be sending the survey result onto Mr. Franks and Minister Varadkar and will continue to keep the pressure on to ensure the all assurances are met and sustained.”

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Have your say: Education Committee seeks submissions on SNAs

Submissions invited on the Role of Special Needs Assistants

Mr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., on behalf of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection, is inviting written submissions from interested individuals or groups in relation to the role of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) in primary and post-primary schools.

All submissions and communications in relation to this matter are being handled by Deputy Ó Ríordáin; submissions should not be sent to any other member of the Committee.

Submissions should be sent, preferably by electronic means, to Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin at (in which case it is not necessary to also forward a hard copy of the submission).

Where a submission is not being sent by electronic means, it should be sent to Mr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, T.D., Dáil Éireann, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2, to arrive not later than 3.00 p.m. on Friday 22 November 2013. Submissions sent to any other address may not be accepted.

The following guidelines apply in relation to submissions:

  • Submissions should be accompanied by a separate covering letter containing the name and contact details (phone number and postal address and, if available, an email address of the individual or group making the submission.   If the submission is being made on behalf of a group, the position of the person in that group should be indicated.
  • Anonymous submissions cannot be accepted.
  • Submissions should –
    •  be presented as concisely as possible on numbered pages
    •  contain –
      •  a brief introduction, for example, explaining your area of expertise
      • any factual information that you have to offer from which the Committee might be able to draw conclusions, or which could be put to other parties for their reactions
  • Submissions should indicate if the individual or group on whose behalf they are made would be prepared to appear in public session at any Committee meeting.

A more detailed document outlining the guidelines for making a written submission is available by clicking here: Making Submissions and Presentations to Oireachtas Committees

Making a submission is a public process

There is no obligation to accept your document once it has been submitted, or to publish any or all of the submission if it is accepted.  However, the operations of a Parliament are a public process, and any submissions made may be published either as part of a Committee report, or separately, if the Committee decides to do so.

Members of the Committee

Deputy Joanna Tuffy (Chair)
Deputies James Bannon, Ray Butler, Joan Collins, Clare Daly, Brendan Griffin , Jim Daly, Derek Keating, Charlie McConalogue, Nicky McFadden, Jonathan O’Brien, Willie O’Dea, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Brendan Ryan
Senators Terry Brennan, Jim D’Arcy, Marie Moloney, Mary Moran, Marie-Louise O’Donnell, Averil Power

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 3.00 p.m. on Friday 22 November 2013.

Should you have any queries in relation to this matter, please contact the Clerk to the Committee at the address above, or telephone 01 618 3481.

Nightly Water Restrictions to apply to all areas of Dublin this Week

Due to a serious production problem at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, Dublin City Council, on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities, is urging consumers all over the Dublin region to conserve water, in an effort to restore levels in our treated water reservoirs to normal. Nightly restrictions, which are likely to lead to a loss of supply, will be put in place from today, Wednesday 30th October from 8.00pm each evening to 7am the following morning. It is likely that restrictions will remain in place until at least next Monday 4th November, and will be reviewed on a daily basis. This will assist us in replenishing treated drinking water levels to a normal level.

The reason for the restrictions is due to a serious production problem at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant, which has caused a significant reduction in water production since last weekend. Prior to this, Dublin City Council had introduced reductions in water pressure during the night in an effort to replenish storage levels, but this did not achieve the desired effect. We are working assiduously to identify the cause of the problem and to mitigate the effects, but it may take some time to completely resolve the issue. It should be stressed that there is no problem with the quality of treated drinking water or with storage levels of untreated/raw water.

In an effort to maintain storage of treated water at a sustainable level, we are asking consumers to help us in restoring adequate water supplies by restricting their use of water as much as possible. We are asking people to visit< for easy water saving tips. We will be shutting off supply each night this week in order to conserve supplies. While we will make every effort possible to maintain pressures during peak demand periods, pressures will be reduced during the times indicated above. This will result in lower pressures and loss of supply across the entire Dublin region.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council apologises for any inconvenience caused by these restrictions. We are asking consumers to bear with us while every effort is being made to restore the water supply to normal.

Press Releases will issue each morning during the period of restrictions providing a daily update of the situation.

Water is precious. Let’s conserve it.

For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170; M. 087 740 0277.

Luas to DART via UCD – Cycle and Pedestrian Route

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is currently developing a cycle and pedestrian route from Windy Arbour Luas Station to
Booterstown Dart Station via UCD. This route forms part of the DLR Cycle Network and will provide excellent permeability for all users.

The route travels through a number of residential areas (Columbanus, Mulvey Park, Gledswood, Woodbine and Trimleston) and it should be noted that it is not proposed to alter or remove any parking in these areas. As per the recommendations in the National Cycle Manual the speeds and volumes of vehicles are sufficiently low that the installation of cycle lanes would not be warranted. It is proposed to install wayfinding signage at various points within these areas.

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Mary Mitchell O’Connor calls for NAMA to be open and transparent about property transactions

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Monday) called on NAMA to drop the veil of secrecy and be open and transparent with the public about its property portfolio and sales process.

“I believe that NAMA has a habit of keeping details of property sales closely guarded making it difficult for members of the public to view and purchase properties in its portfolio. I am very concerned about this practice and I am calling on NAMA to be more open and transparent about how it puts all of its land and properties up for sale.

“It is crucial that ordinary members of the public have full visibility of NAMA’s property portfolio and that properties are not just being sold to a select group of people. NAMA is obliged to get the maximum price for land and property it has acquired. If these properties and land are being sold behind closed doors, then the taxpayer is being short-changed.

“I am calling on NAMA to publish its entire property portfolio, including all properties that have already been sold, and for how much, as well as what properties and land it currently has for sale. NAMA should also reveal how land and properties are valued and how they subsequently decide on a sale price. This should all be published on NAMA’s website, which at the moment is difficult to navigate, especially when searching for properties for sale.

“I have raised this in the Dáil on two occasions, specifically in relation to Booterstown Marsh in Dublin where two interested parties enquired about the sale of the Marsh from NAMA but were told that the sale had already been agreed, despite no ‘For Sale’ sign ever being erected. After I raised this in the Dáil, a ‘For Sale’ sign was subsequently erected.”

“NAMA needs to step up and answer the many questions people have about how it conducts its business.”