Category Archives: Dun Laoghaire

Sports Capital Grant warmly welcomed by Deputy Mitchell O’Connor

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor TD, has warmly welcomed the Government cash injection into local sports facilities, in the form of the Sports Capital Grant. A total of €26 million was granted by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Minister Ring TD, to sporting facilities across the country.

“Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown is a significant beneficiary of the grant, receiving in excess of €870,000. The Sports Capital Programme is the main channel of Government support for developing sports facilities and purchasing equipment for sports clubs and organisations across Ireland.

“This is the first round of sports capital funding for four years and demonstrates the Government’s commitment to encouraging more people to take part in sport. The funding is due in part to the Government’s recognition of the alarming rates of obesity in children, teenagers and adults. As a nation, we need to be mindful of the amount of physical activity we engage in. The funding made available under this programme aims to enhance sporting facilities inspire all citizens to become more active and to focus on their health.

“Ten sports/leisure groups in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown have been successful in securing funding under the programme. They are:
Cabinteely Park – €25,000
Clonkeen – €23,852
Marlay Park – €44,039
Marlay Park – €118,577
Marlay Park (all weather) – €300,000
Rockfield Park – €92,923
Sandycove Baths – €207,785
Dun Laoghaire Active Retirement Association – €18,224
Monkstown Lawn Tennis Club €25,000
St Joseph’s Boys AFC Ltd – €16,779.

“Demand for grant funding was extremely high. A total of 2,170 applications were received; the highest number of applications ever received under the Programme. These applications sought a total of €229 million in funding. It is fair to say that Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown fared extremely well in the allocation of funding and I look forward to seeing the impact the additional funds will have on local communities.“

Mary Mitchell O ’Connor welcomes creation of 39 new jobs at Dún Laoghaire college

911 jobs announced nationally at start-up firms with Govt support.


Fine Gael Dún Laoghaire TD, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and innovation, Richard Bruton, that 39 new jobs are to be created at the Digital Marketing Institute in Dún Laoghaire. The Digital Marketing Institute is one of 53 new high potential start up companies with a total of 911 jobs were announced today. The jobs have been created as a result of support provided to the companies by the Government through Enterprise Ireland.

“I am delighted to hear that the Digital Marketing Institute, an Irish company based in Dún Laoghaire, will be creating 39 new jobs. The announcement represents an important economic boost to the town of Dún Laoghaire and to the wider area.

“As a local representative, I am delighted to see a Dún Laoghaire based initiative achieving success and providing employment and I am delighted that the Government has played a part in the creation of these jobs. The Digital Marketing Institute received support through Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up programme which aims to work with entrepreneurs who have an innovative idea that will create much needed jobs in this country.

“Creating jobs is this Government’s number one priority. As well driving foreign direct investment into the country, we are also placing a huge emphasis on growing the indigenous sector which will match the level of success of big international companies that have set up in Ireland.

“Since coming into office last year, this Government has introduced a wide range of stimulus measures aimed at supporting indigenous companies to succeed in export markets. These include, establishing a new potential exporters division in Enterprise Ireland to support exporters, monitoring support programmes to help companies improve their performance, and new funding mechanisms such as the credit guarantee scheme and the microfinance fund which will provide over ■800 million of new funds for Irish businesses.

“I would like to thank Minister Bruton and Enterprise Ireland for supporting the creation of these jobs in Dún Laoghaire and further afield.”

Public bathing area planned for Dun Laoghaire after years of procrastination

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, today (Wednesday) said the public bathing area for Dun Laoghaire, which was approved last Monday by the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCOCO), will provide a wonderful public amenity for the people of the area and for swimmers right across the county.

“At last plans are in train, after years of procrastination, for the revival of an open air public baths in Dun Laoghaire, but at a reasonable cost. The baths will be based on the famous Badeschiff Baths in Berlin and will provide a place to relax, swim and, on the better days, to lie in the sun.

“The creation of an urban beach is nothing new, with cities across Europe having adopted the idea years ago. Dun Laoghaire’s urban beach will be modelled on the Berlin facility and is sure to be welcomed by experienced and learner swimmers of all ages right across Dublin, as well as by the people of Dun Laoghaire.

“The 40 Foot in Dun Laoghaire is an extremely popular place with swimmers, who will now be given an alternative option of bathing in a 30 meter by 10 meter steel, open-air pool which will be serviced by fresh, filtered seawater which will be heated to 26 degrees centigrade. The facility will also be environmentally friendly with all energy provided through green technologies.

“The project, which is being developed by DLRCOCO and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company, will be another significant string to Dun Laoghaire’s bow. In 2011, the East Pier recorded a staggering 1.3 million visitors, passing out Dublin Zoo as a family or tourist destination. This new amenity, which will include a beach café, a sun lounging area and changing rooms will no doubt act as an even bigger draw for the area.

“It is envisaged that the facility will be open from April to September, with the possibility of being used during the winter months down the line. It is estimated that the cost of developing the urban beach and outdoor pool will be in the region of €3 million, which would deliver an excellent, community-centred and cost-effective amenity for the people of Dun Laoghaire and beyond.”

Amgen’s expansion signals confidence in Ireland and Dun Laoghaire

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said that the expansion of the Amgen pharmaceutical plant in Dun Laoghaire is a huge boost for the local area, with jobs for graduates, the highly skilled and those in construction to be created. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking following her visit to the plant yesterday (Thursday) with the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

“As part of a €200 million IDA-backed investment, a major expansion of the Amgen plant at Pottery Road is set to take place with 100 jobs to be created for engineering and science graduates, as well as some entry-level positions. Three hundred and fifty construction jobs will also be created during the building phase of the 11,700sqm development.

“This will have a significant impact on a wide range of people in Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas and signals a major display of confidence by Amgen in what Ireland has to offer in terms of a stable and reliable corporate tax rate and a well-educated and highly qualified workforce. I am also delighted that Amgen has committed to working with local residents during the construction phase and that Pottery Road is in line to be upgraded.

“Amgen is the world’s largest biotech company and it is worth noting that this announcement comes little more than a year after the company purchased the facility from Pfizer. It is extremely heartening that such a substantial development is taking place after such a short time.

“The Government has placed a special focus on the biotech, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors in the Action Plan for Jobs. These areas, among others, have been identified as sectors with the potential for high growth and job creation. Ireland has built up an outstanding reputation in these areas over the years, with the result that nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies now have a presence in Ireland.

“It is vital that we focus on doing all that we can to support indigenous businesses, to encourage more international start-ups and multinational companies, to improve competitiveness and target the sectors with the most potential. With 80 out of 83 (96%) measures in Q1 2012 of the Action Plan for Jobs having been delivered, the Government’s efforts in creating an environment in which jobs can be created cannot be called into question.

“There is still a long road ahead but this announcement further cements Amgen’s place in Dun Laoghaire and transforms the Pottery Road plant into one of the leading biotechnology manufacturing sites in the world. And that’s something we can all be proud of.”

Funding will improve situation for all commuters in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€1m for new cycle facilities, better access for walkers and new road.

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has welcomed the announcement of €1 million in funding from the Department of Transport to go towards improving transport infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown. This is part of a new round of funding of €12 million for more than a hundred projects in the Greater Dublin Area under the Sustainable Transport Measures Programme 2012.

“I am delighted that this funding has been made available to improve facilities for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists in Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown. One million euro had been provided, €600,000 of which will be used to improve the junction and signalling at the junction of Upper Kilmacud Road and Blackthorn Junction. This will include new cycle facilities and better access for pedestrians and cyclists at Sandyford Luas stop.

“Design works on a new road from Leopardstown Road to Sandyford Business District will also be carried out which will go towards improving the situation for people travelling this route, helping to shorten journey times and make life that bit easier.

“Work on designing a new cycle and walking link from Belfield campus to the Dart will also be carried out. These days more and more people are opting for local transport or are taking to their bikes. It is important that we encourage these trends by making sure that the facilities and pathways that cyclists and pedestrian use are up to scratch.

“Despite the constraints on his Department, the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, has made a concerted effort to ensure that smaller projects that will have a big impact locally are adequately funded.

“By providing €12 million for more than 100 road, bus, cycle and pedestrian projects in the Greater Dublin Area, the Minister is addressing the needs of all commuters, by seeking out the ways to best improve means of transport while encouraging more sustainable ways of travelling.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor raises concerns over development of Cherrywood

New villages could have negative impact on established areas like Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Blackrock and Glasthule.

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has made a submission to Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council outlining concerns over the impact the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone could have on Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding areas.

“The Draft Planning Scheme for the Cherrywood Strategic Development Zone details a 264 hectare green field site for development which would consist of three new villages, served by a town centre, with the capacity for three primary schools and two post primary schools.

Considering what is happening in areas such as Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, Blackrock, Shankill, Ballybrack and Glasthule at the moment, the fact that the proposal is not anchored within an overall strategy for region and the possible negative impact it may have on surrounding towns and villages, is a cause of genuine concern.

“Too often we have seen the development of areas in isolation without any real reference to surrounding towns and settlements. The effects of the recession are already evident on the main streets of these towns with many retail outlets and offices closed down. Retailers argue, with conviction, that this development will draw customers from their towns and villages, especially at weekends, compounding an already difficult trading environment.

“Consideration must also be given to how a major population move to Cherrywood will impact on house prices and school pupil numbers in the already established centres. In the last few months a private primary school has closed in Dun Laoghaire town and I am aware of four other State primary schools in the Dun Laoghaire Electoral Area Ward that are set to lose significant pupil numbers. There is also pupil capacity in a number of our State run secondary schools in the area.

“The water supply to the development is also a cause for concern as the security of supply from Roundwood Water Treatment Works, which Cherrywood area is totally reliant upon, may not sustain a development of this scale.

“While the initial plan put forward in 2009 was appropriate, we are now living in very different times and must ask ourselves if this development is the best strategy at this time. We already have an oversupply of unfinished office blocks and apartment units, many of which are empty, in place such as Leopardstown. It is my strong belief that we should get our existing towns back up and running before embarking on new developments such as this.”

Dun Laoghaire pier records highest ever footfall

Positive signs so early in the year are a great boost for the town.

Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Thursday) welcomed the news that Dun Laoghaire pier experienced its highest number of visitors last Sunday.

“Over 24,274 people are reported to have visited the pier last Sunday (March 25
th) which is a fantastic boost for the town. Dun Laoghaire pier is renowned throughout Dublin as being an excellent place to bring your families for an afternoon stroll.

“Having so many people visit the pier has a knock on effect for the entire town as restaurants and shops will benefit from the increased numbers visiting the town.


“It is a very positive sign to see so many people visiting Dun Laoghaire so early in the year and I hope that this trend continues right throughout the year. A record 1.3 million people visited the pier in 2011 and I am confident that we can set a new record for 2012.”


Four new school building projects announced for Dun Laoghaire

€1.5 billion on 275 school projects nationally, creating 18,000 jobs.

Fine Gael Deputy for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has welcomed confirmation that four schools in Dun Laoghaire will be extended, as part of a major new school building programme announced by the Government. A total of 275 projects will be completed between 2012 and 2016, creating 18,000 jobs nationally.

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