Congratulations to Monkstown for winning not only the Leinster Senior Cup, but the Irish Senior Cup – bringing the oldest trophy in hockey back to Dún Laoghaire for the first time in 99 years.
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said (27th March 2013) that everyone in Dun Laoghaire; the Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council, the Harbour Company Board and local business associations are working together to develop Dun Laoghaire Harbour and to maximise its potential into the future.
Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking following the publication yesterday by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar TD, of the new National Ports Policy. The Policy sets out a plan to transfer the corporate governance and oversight of the Harbour from the Department to the County Council, which is best placed to meet the long-term future needs of the harbour.
“As the third largest ferry port in the State, Dun Laoghaire Harbour has moved away in recent years from commercial port-related business to focusing on developing tourism, marine and recreational related activities.
“The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has done an excellent job in developing long-term future plans for the Harbour. The Minister’s decision to extend full control to the local authority, by making it a separate legal entity with share capital, owned by the local authority, will allow for the mutually beneficial development of the Harbour down the line.
“There are so many exciting projects attached to the Harbour with up to 14 cruise vessels, including the Queen Mary II, planning to come to Dun Laoghaire following a successful marketing campaign in the US by the Dun Laoghaire Cruise Stakeholder Group. This effort to develop the tourism potential of the Harbour will help it to maximise the use of the Harbour, and with an estimated additional 30,000 passengers and crew set to come ashore, the benefits for the town will be significant.
“The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Master Plan, which was published in 2011, aimed at increasing the tourism potential of the Harbour and getting the best out of what we have to offer. Proposals have already been put to An Bord Pleanála for the construction of a new quay that would be able to cater for larger vessels, to allow Dun Laoghaire to harness an increasing amount of tourism market share.
“The Gathering represents a brilliant opportunity for people who have an interest in Ireland to pay a visit to our shores. With a host of conferences taking place at the Harbour, including the diaspora and the bratacha (flag) conference, all minds are focused on how best to develop Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a cultural amenity, a tourist attraction and a marine and leisure amenity.”
Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has welcomed the announcement of more than €4 million for smarter travel projects in Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown, which is being made available by the National Transport Authority to improve pedestrian access and encourage greater use of bikes and public transport.
“A wide range of projects are being planned for construction or design this year, thanks to the provision of €4,265,000 for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council. The projects are aimed at making travel around the constituency safer for local people as well as putting the infrastructure in place to encourage people to ditch the car in favour of walking or cycling as their primary mode of transport.
“Dublin is such a great city to cycle around and the improvements that are planned for cyclists that use the N11 corridor, those attending UCD, cyclists in Stillorgan, Monkstown, Belfield, Blackrock, Windy Arbour and beyond will not only make it easier for cyclists to get around, it will also make it safer.
“A number of studies are also to be commission aimed at identifying improvements to transport networks for pedestrians, cyclists, public and private transport in a bid to determine how best to improve the environment and traffic concerns. All of this is taking place despite our budgetary constraints with the focus on enhancing the lives and the safety of all people in Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown.
“Footpaths and carriageways will be reconstructed along Braemor Road, which includes the provision of new cycle track and an improved interchange between bus and rail is to be designed for Dun Laoghaire which will encourage the use of local transport and help save commuters time.A new access route to Sandyford from the M50 will go to design stage and a feasibility study will be carried out into the provision of a public bike hire scheme for Dun Laoghaire.
“These new developments will go a long way to improving access for people irrespective of whatever mode of transport they opt for. But most importantly it will make cycling and walking more appealing, having knock-on benefits for the mind, body and soul of those who avail of it.”
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
The public consultation for this scheme has recently been completed and a report on submissions received will be brought to the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Area meeting in early 2013. A meeting with representatives of local business is currently being organised for this month. A funding application has been made by DLRCC to the National Transport Authority for 2013 for the scheme.
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.“
Fine Gael TD for Dún Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has today (Friday) welcomed the announcement by Minister for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes TD, that €153,000 has been allocated to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for the Stradbrook stream in Monkstown.
“I am delighted that the Minister has made this funding available which will help prevent flooding in Monkstown and Stradbrook.
“The money will be used to install culverts in two locations and replace screens. Drainage pipes will be installed which will allow water to flow under roads, trails, paths or similar obstructions and in turn will prevent flooding in the area.
“I am glad that despite the current economic constraints, this Government is supporting flood alleviation measures. Only last November we were given a frightening reminder of how devastating flooding can be. This announcement will be warmly welcomed by residents in the area, especially those living close to the Stradbrook stream.”
€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.