Category Archives: Deansgrange

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.”

To View Survey Responces Click Below:

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.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes reopening of Deansgrange Library

Delighted to see that Deansgrange Library reopened on 15th July 2013 following extensive renovation. The bright, spacious interior is even more welcoming and should prove to encourage more people to make use of the new facilities. These include enhanced internet and self-service facilities, new public toilets, new comfortable seating areas and an abundance of new reading stock.

July 15th 2013

Proposed Development by Council – Flood alleviation measures on the Deansgrange Stream in Clonkeen Park, Dun Laoghaire

Plans and Particulars – Flood alleviation measures on the Deansgrange Stream in Clonkeen Park

In accordance with Part 8, Article 81 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2012, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council hereby gives notice of proposals pertaining to development as follows:

It is proposed to construct flood alleviation measures on the Deansgrange Stream in Clonkeen Park, (adjacent to Little Meadow), Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin.

In accordance with S.I. 476, 2011, Section 250, Planning and Development (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations, 2011 Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has determined that an Appropriate Assessment is not required.

Plans and particulars of the proposals are available for inspection from Thursday 16thMay 2013 up to and including Friday 28th June, 2013 (inclusive), at the Planning Department, County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire between the hours of 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and at the Council Offices, Dundrum Office Park, Dundrum between the hours 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays.  A copy of the proposed Part 8 may also be viewed on the County Council’s website at

Plans and Particulars – Flood alleviation measures on the Deansgrange Stream in Clonkeen Park

Submissions or observations with respect to the proposals, and dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, may be made in writing before 4.30p.m. Friday 12th July, 2013.


Declan McCulloch,
Acting Director of Services
Planning & Enterprise Department,
 Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council,
County Hall,
Marine Road,
Dún Laoghaire
Co Dublin.


Or by email to:

16 May 2013

Work on Deansgrange stream gets the green light

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has welcomed the announcement of €148,500 in funding for the realignment of the stream and embankment at Deansgrange.

“Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council submitted an application for funding for works to be carried out on Deansgrange stream under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Confirmation has now been given that a total of €148,500 is to be made available for the works to be carried out.

“This funding and the works it will facilitate are to be welcomed. So too is the commitment of the Dun Laoghaire County Council Manager to address flooding in the Monkstown area. The underlying cause of the flood event at Old Connaught Avenue is also being investigated. The flood risk is included in the Eastern Catchment and is funded by the Office of Public Works.

“Ensuring that our streams and local waterways are maintained is essential to alleviating the risk of flooding, and associated damage, down the line. It also reinforces the natural beauty which so many of us take for granted.

“I am delighted that this money is being made available, despite the constraints on the public purse. The realignment of the embankment will help to preserve the Deansgrange stream, ensuring that it is maintained as it should into the future.”

Council encourages students to “Draw the Bike” with art competition

Dún Laoghaire- Rathdown County Council is calling all young artists in primary and secondary schools in the County to create artwork based on the theme ‘Cycling is for everyone’, the underlying theme of Bike Week 2013. The aim of the competition is to help promote cycling as a fun, safe, environmentally-friendly and low cost way to make short journeys as an alternative to driving. The competition consists of five age categories with €50 vouchers on offer for the best entry in each category.

According to Gerry Flaherty, the Council’s Sustainable Travel Officer, “In running this competition, the Council hopes to encourage young artists and parents to cycle more and to think about how they travel on short trips that can easily be made by the bike instead of driving. As well as environmental benefits there are also many health benefits for individuals”.

The Art Competition Posters must be received no later than 4pm on Friday June 9th, 2013 and the winning student in each of the five categories will receive a prize to be presented during Bike Week 2013, which runs from 15th to 23rd of June.

Among the events being planned by the Council for Bike Week 2013 are a family cycle from Deansgrange to Kilbogget park on Sunday 16th, Active8 Family cycle event on Sunday 23rd, cycle training for Children with disabilities & Special Needs and a ‘Bike Fix It’ in the Sandyford Business District.

Further details and rules of the Art Competition can be found on or by e-mailing the Sustainable Travel Officer at Details of all upcoming Bike Week events in the Council can be found on in May.

25 April 2013

Deansgrange Library

The Council plans to improve Deansgrange Library by providing a more visible and transparent building for both those using the library and those passing by.

Sections of the existing front will be removed and the ground floor will be extended and glazed.

The entrance to the library will also be changed to provide a double height glazed space, which will also act as an exhibition area.

The new glazing will also be tinted to provide colour to make the building open and welcoming.

The existing library space will be refurbished with new furniture, fittings and lighting.

The external area to the front of the library will also be upgraded to provide a landscaped plaza.