Category Archives: Killiney

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 snasubmissions@oireachtas.ie (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 www.taptips.ie<http://www.taptips.ie/ 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.

Dún Laoghaire welcomes Gathering of Chinese art students – Mitchell O’Connor

Chinese art group on painting trip around Ireland

Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire Mary Mitchell O’Connor has welcomed the latest official Gathering event this morning, with a group of 15 Chinese visitors arriving at the Maritime Museum and the picturesque promenade in Dún Laoghaire. An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Carrie Smyth greeted the group at the Museum and was delighted to hear of the groups plans to further explore the scenic sights of Dún Laoghaire, taking in Dalkey, Killiney and beyond, pausing for breaks along the route to paint the stunning landscapes they encounter.

 

The visit comes hot on the heels of the latest official data on overseas travel from the Central Statistics Office, which has reported an increase of overseas visitor numbers to Ireland up 5.4% for first half of this year, the year of The Gathering.

 

“We in Dún Laoghaire have a particularly strong programme of festivals and events throughout the year and we are delighted to welcome more and more diverse groups from places such as China. Through DLRCC’s ‘Continuing the Conversation’ arts policy, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council commits to engaging in an on-going dialogue and looks forward to working with artists, individuals, organisations and groups so that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown continues to grow and develop as a vibrant home for the arts.”

 

After Dun Laoghaire just this week welcomed another massive boost from an estimated 2,000 visitors from the Cunard Line cruise ship Queen Elizabeth, Deputy Mitchell O’Connor also pointed to the fact that a Shanghai newspaper has voted Ireland as the ‘most popular’ destination for 2012 and urged readers to visit in 2013: “The Oriental Morning Post award is voted on by the newspaper’s readers and by travel specialists. The number of Chinese people travelling overseas has grown by an average of +22% per year since 2000; and forecasts for the next decade suggest an even greater rise. While visitor numbers from China are relatively small, it is well known that visitors from China spend more than the average visitor from closer-to-home markets.”

The Chinese group is in Ireland filming a documentary on painting in Ireland for Chinese TV in association with the well-known artist Frank Clarke of ‘Simply Painting’ fame. Frank has been working with Chinese art groups in China for over 10 years now, and was keen to showcase the beauty of Ireland to his Chinese friends.

Mary Mitchell O’Connor

Friday, 9th Aug 2013

 

Killiney Beach and Seapoint awarded Blue Flags amid sea of award losses

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said the awarding of Blue Flag status to Killiney Beach and Seapoint is great news for the local areas which will no doubt see an increase in the number of visitors to their shores as a result.

“This year just three new Blue Flags were awarded nationally; two of which were in the Dun Laoghaire constituency. The local Council, and everyone who has played a role in getting, and keeping, our local beaches up to standard, is to be commended for a job well done.

“The awarding of the flags for Killiney Beach and Seapoint is even more marked as so many beaches lost their Blue Flag status this year for various reasons. In all, 13 beaches across the country failed to retain their status because the water quality wasn’t up to scratch, the beach simply wasn’t in an acceptable condition or the council did not apply this year.

“The fact that stricter new EU bathing water quality standards were introduced this year indicates the amount of work that has been done in the past year to bring Killiney Beach and Seapoint up to standard. Both of these beaches are already enjoyed by huge numbers of the population from across Dublin and beyond and hopefully, with a bit of good weather to come, we will see greater numbers taking day trips out here, with a positive knock-on benefit for local businesses generally.

“In some areas, the bad weather over the last year, which caused beaches to be flooded, has been blamed for the loss of status. I am delighted that, considering the fact that 13 beaches lost their Blue Flags this year, Dun Laoghaire constituency made the grade when it came to water quality, information provision, environmental education and beach management, to pick up two new awards.”

23 May 2013

Killiney Towers Roundabout

An independent Review of the operation and safety regarding the new layout of the Killiney Towers Roundabout has been completed by Clifton Scannell Emerson Associates, Consulting Engineers and was presented to Councillors in advance of the September Area Committee Meeting and was also presented at the October Area meeting.

Further to the comments and questions raised at that meeting by Councillors, a special working meeting of the Dún Laoghaire Area Committee was held on Thursday the 18th October to respond to the issues raised and to identify measures to resolve the issues.

The NTA were present at the meeting and their input provided further clarity on the objectives and overall design elements of this type of roundabout feature.

To assist in addressing the issues raised at the October Dún Laoghaire Area Committee meeting, Traffic Section prepared a Manager’s Response to all the main issues raised at the October meeting and this was circulated to all in attendance at the workshop meeting.

Arising from the working meeting, it was agreed that a number of proposed roundabout modifications/options should be worked up for further discussion to include the assessment of replacing the hedgehog kerbing; raising of the cycle track; and the possibility of applying raised platform features at the entry /exit points; examination to remove signage clutter noting that information signage may be more clearly/relayed better by means of road markings.

In addition, an information/educational type leaflet to be worked for circulation in the vicinity detailing the aims and objectives of the scheme, placing it in context, the concerns raised and how they are being addressed. The leaflet would also need to be focussed on the educational element and to be clear on the use of the facility by all road users.

Following on from the first meeting, various options have been worked on and these were presented to Councillors at another working group meeting on 22nd November 2012. These options have been outlined in the report presented to the December meeting under Headed Item No. 21. All details can be accessed on the DLR website.

The Traffic Section are now proceeding to detailed design, contractor procurement and construction of the selected option.

Pending the final revised roundabout layout being determined, the recommendations contained within the CSEA Consultants’ Operational Review Report have been implemented.”

Beach Bye Laws – Seapoint – Killiney

In order to make the beach area safe and pleasant for everybody, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has in place a number of restrictions relating to litter, dogs, jet-skis and noise.

Following a period of extensive public consultation, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council at its meeting on the 8th October 2012 adopted new Beach Bye Laws.

The new bye laws amend the existing regulations on the control of dogs on beaches. They are less restrictive on dog owners and recognize the needs of all beach users by achieving a balance between dog owners, the general public and swimmers.

Dogs will be allowed off leash outside of the designated bathing/lifeguard control areas all year at Seapoint and Killiney beaches and at certain times at Sandycove beach.

Under the current bye laws dogs are not allowed off leash at any time on any beach in the County.

The new bye laws will come into effect on the 1st January 2013.

See www.dlrcoco.ie for more information

Junctions at Killiney Road / Ballinclea Road & Killiney Road / Ballinclea Heights

These two junctions have been subject to on going monitoring since works were completed in February 2012.

In relation to the Killiney Road / Ballinclea Road junction, the works there have addressed the movement conflicts and lack of clarity in relation to priority which existed in the previous junction layout. It has also addressed the complaints regarding the safety issue of vehicles speeding from Ballinclea Road on the slip road beside the “triangle” and onto Killiney Road and not observing the STOP sign exiting on to Killiney Road in many cases. The new T junction layout has removed these vehicle turning conflicts, reduced speeds at the location and improved footpath provision at the junction.

Since the works were completed, anti skid surfacing has been applied on the approach from the Ballinclea Road side and it is proposed to erect a Chevron sign also on this approach to the junction. In addition, as part of the original overall scheme, a number of ramps were proposed on Killiney Road on the downhill approach to these junctions from Dalkey Avenue. Installing these ramps would contribute to reducing speeds on the approach to the junction and this proposal has recently been circulated to Councillors. The Traffic Section have also reviewed the location to assess the left turning manoeuvre from Ballinclea Road onto Killiney Road due to some concerns about vehicles encroaching across the centre line on to the opposing uphill lane. A design modification to soften the kerb line is being prepared to ascertain if the kerb line can be modified while still providing adequately for pedestrians. If this is feasible, the kerb line modification will be carried out.

Regarding Killiney Road/Ballinclea Heights junction, the original entrance at this junction was very wide with large turning radii and facilitated vehicles entering and exiting Ballinclea Heights at inappropriate speeds. The width of the crossing combined with the large entry and exit radii was also a safety concern for pedestrians at this junction.

The junction was modified to address these issues.

As part of the improvement of junctions in the County, tightening is applied to junctions that have historically wide entrance splays. This is to slow traffic on exit and entry onto the main route. It also provides the benefit that it reduces the walk length across the junctions for pedestrians. This has been generally applied to many junctions in the Dún Laoghaire area.

Traffic Section will continue to monitor traffic management at the Ballinclea Heights junction and the speed of traffic on the downhill approach on Killiney Road towards both junctions.”

POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF FOOTPATH ON TRIANGLE JUNCTION OF KILLINEY ROAD

The Traffic Section have carried out a review of this location to assess the left turning manoeuvre from Ballinclea Road on to Killiney Road further to some concerns about vehicles encroaching onto the opposing uphill lane.

A design modification to soften the kerb line is being prepared to ascertain if the kerb line can be modified whilst still providing adequately for pedestrians. If this is feasible the kerb line modification will be carried out.