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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.

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.”

Free Electrical Recycling Days

You will be able to recycle your unwanted electrical items between 10am and 4pm on the dates and at the locations listed.
Date                Location
Sat 20th April – Nutgrove – Nutgrove Shopping Centre
Sat 27th April – Dundrum Village – Dundrum Village Car Park
Sat 11th May – Ballybrack – Tesco Ballybrack
Sat 18th May – Sallynoggin – Power City Sallynoggin
Sat 25th May – Stillorgan – Stillorgan Village Overflow Car Park
Sat 1st June – Shanganagh – Shanganagh Park Car Park

New Planning Application for Shankill Shopping Centre

An application (D13A/0146) was submitted to the County Council on 28th March as follows:

Permission for development consisting of 1) single storey extension into the service yard that increases the Supermarket element to 1636m2 gross/1178m2 net; 2) change of use of previously existing public house (vacant) of 411m2 to Supermarket use (included in areas at (1) above; 3) omit existing retail unit no. 4 to form new Supermarket entrance along with infill of part of yard/passageway of 122m2 as common facilities; 4) amalgamation of existing units 2 & 2A to form enlarged Pharmacy; 5) subdivision of existing unit no. 3 into 2 smaller units; 6) reconfigured service yard; 7) infill of existing window/door openings (former public house) and re-endering all walls; 8) refurbishment of roofs including regularisation of fascia signage; 9) creation of new vehicular entrance (in only) from Corbawn lane; 10) addition of new internal road within the site and standardisation of parking provision with increase to 116 no. spaces; 11) replacement of existing boundary wall on Shanganagh Road and Beechfield Manor with stainless steel railings; 12) Two no. signage totems – one to each end of the Shanganagh Road frontage; 13) Three no. flagpoles and 14) all site development works, hard and soft landscaping.

The plans may be viewed by clicking this link – then click “View Documents”, then “Plans/Elevations/Sections”

The final date for observations is 1 May 2013.

The former Shanganagh Juvenile Detention Centre and gardens at Shankill

Agreement in principle has been reached between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council management and Castlethorn/Aeval on the terms of an agreement for a transfer of lands at Shanganagh involving Castlethorn/Aeval, the Council and Woodbrook Golf Club under which Shanganagh Castle, the former Juvenile Detention Centre and surrounding lands would come into Council ownership. The terms of this agreement would be subject to approval by the Council.

At that stage Castlethorn/Aeval undertook to seek the approval of their banks to the proposed agreement. They have been asked to provide an update on the current position.

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.”

Mary Mitchell O’Connor welcomes €5,133,180 in road funding for DLR County Council

Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire Deputy, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor TD, today (Tuesday) said the announcement by the Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, that €5,133,180 is to be made available to maintain and improve roads in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown is most welcome.

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