SEAN O’CASEY AVENUE MATTERS – February 2019

POLICING MATTERS – PROGRESS NOTED

I attended the follow-up meeting in O’Connells’ Schools last Wednesday evening where local residents, Community Gardaí and Council officials were present to monitor the progress made since the January meeting. The general consensus from those present was that the actions undertaken by the Gardaí helped to address the problems with anti-social behaviour that were occurring from Christmas through the first fortnight of January. The visible Garda presence was noted by residents and I want to assure you as Chairman of the North Inner City Policing Committee that I will continue to liaise with Superintendent Flavin and Inspector Meighan to ensure that highly prominent police presence is maintained for the foreseeable future.

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION?

CALL IN & MEET GRANGEGORMAN CONTRACTORS WHO ARE HIRING

The ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is organised by the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum (GLLF), Sisk FCC and the Grangegorman Development Agency with participation from Grangegorman Development contractors, the Dublin North West Area Partnership, DEASP/Intreo, TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship, and the Construction Industry Federation. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 27th next between 9am and 12noon in St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus. The aim of the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is to bring people from the North West Inner City and surrounding communities interested in working in construction together with contractors on the Grangegorman Development who are hiring.  This is an informal event and all are welcome, whether unemployed or in employment. There’s no need to register – anyone interested is invited to just drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. In addition to hiring contractors, there will be advice and support on CVs/job applications/interviews, social welfare information, details of the TU Dublin free Access to Apprenticeship programme, updates on the Grangegorman Development, and information on the wider construction sector plus free refreshments. So, whether you are interested in working on site or simply eager to hear more about the works taking place on site, please call in if you can.

 

PUBLIC LIGHTING REVIEW

Residents in Sean O’Casey Avenue spoke at the last two policing forum meetings about the need to rectify and ultimately improve the quality of public lighting on Sean O’Casey Avenue. At this month’s North Inner City Area Committee meeting, I asked the Executive Engineer of the Council’s Public Lighting and Electrical Services Division to complete these works. I confirm to you that the Public Lighting Division will examine the lighting on Sean O’Casey Avenue and any improvements considered necessary will be added to a future lighting project. Separately, Council officials have confirmed that they carry out routine maintenance on the existing lights.  Some of the lamps in the

existing lights are due to be replaced and I am arranging for this to be carried out as soon as possible.

 

SEAN O’CASEY AVENUE WEEDING

At this month’s North Inner City Area Committee meeting of Dublin City Council I asked that the Council arrange for the stone setts in Sean O’Casey Avenue to be weeded as the appearance of the public realm is not acceptable. I am happy to note that these works have been undertaken but as highlighted at the Policing meeting last Wednesday evening there is still some weeding left to be completed. I am arranging for the rest of these works to be carried out as quickly as possible.

 

SEAN O’CASEY AVENUE RAILINGS

The North Inner City Area Committee, of which I chaired for twelve months has agreed to allocate €5,000 in funding to enhance the railings in Sean O’Casey Avenue. Residents at both recent policing meetings and separately in conversations with me have stated their strong preference for the railings to be replaced with a permanent wall. Therefore, given that I and my Council colleagues have agreed to provide money for the railings, I am arranging for the Area Manager to meet with local residents to discuss how their preference for the construction of a permanent wall as opposed to retaining or upgrading the railings. As and when that meeting is confirmed, I will share those details with residents. If you like to attend, please email me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com or text me with your name and address to 086 847 1720.

 

COMMUNITY GRANTS 2019

I am happy to report that €41,125 worth of Community Grants will be made to projects and organizations across the North Inner City. These grants are designed to provide assistance to local areas and help support community development projects. Local groups set to benefit from these Grants in 2019 including The Five Lamps Arts Festival, North William Street Parents’ Group, James Larkin Community Group. Full details will be available on http://www.RayMcAdam.com from Monday.

 

DRAFT DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL PARKING BYE LAWS 2019

Councillors agreed at the February City Council meeting to initiate a public consultation on the draft Parking Bye Laws for 2019. The proposed amendments include:

• Fees for Pay and Display Parking

As the current charging structure hasn’t been reviewed since October 2008, it is proposed to increase the charges in the Yellow Zone (Monday to Saturday) to €3.20/hour and in the Red Zone to €2.70/hour. This is an increase of 9% and 11% respectively. To encourage motorists to use the Parking Tag App, it is proposed to only increase the Yellow Zone Charge to €3.10/hour and the Red Zone Charge to €2.60/hour for Parking Tag users. It is also proposed to introduce a charge for Coach Parking in the City, in designated Coach Parking Bays. This rate is to be set at €9 per hour. All other charges will remain unchanged.

Permit Quota for converted houses

It is proposed to lower the quota for dwellings not formally in multiple units to 1 permit per premises.

Display of Residents Parking Permits and Visitors Permits

It is proposed to include for, when the technology allows, a virtual parking permit system for Residential and Visitors Permits.

Drawing of Tariff Zones

It is proposed to widen certain boundaries of the Green, Red and Yellow Zone to reflect the change in demand in these areas.

Submissions should be made in writing to Mr. Dermot Stevenson, Parking Enforcement Officer, Environment and Transportation Department, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Fishamble Street, Dublin 8. The deadline for submissions to be received by Dublin City Council is Friday, March 22nd at 4.30pm.

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ARBOUR HILL MATTERS – February 2019

ARBOUR HILL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

I can confirm that construction work will begin on the Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme in April 2019. The Roads Department of Dublin City Council will undertake further investigative trial holes between now and the middle of March with the major construction phase including the delivery of new footpaths starting in April. This will mark a culmination of work that I along with local residents have been undertaking to improve road safety for everyone living in the Arbour Hill area.

 

PUBLIC LIGHTING – ST. BRICIN’S PARK

A number of householders raised with me the number of street lamps in St. Bricin’s Park that are currently not working. Following this, I contracted the Public Lighting Section to arrange for all repairs to be carried out and I expect that to occur over the next week to ten days.

WHERE STANDS THE LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE?

Dublin City Council has not received a recommendation from the National Transport Authority regarding the Liffey Cycle Route.  Officials in the Transportation Department have advised me that a recommendation is anticipated no later than the end of March 2019. As and when that recommendation is shared with Councillors, I will ensure that those details are circulated locally for your consideration and feedback.

 

BUSCONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXTENDED

I attended last week’s Stoneybatter Forum in the Ashling Hotel, organised by the National Transport Authority (NTA), to discuss the proposed Blanchardstown Core Bus Corridor. At that meeting, NTA officials confirmed that due to the pending publication of the Ballymun Core Bus Corridor and how that will impact the north-west inner city, my request to extend the Public Consultation on the bus corridor affecting Stoneybatter. They have confirmed that submissions can now be made up until Friday, March 29th next. BusConnects.ie will be updated shortly to reflect this consultation extension.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION FOR DUBLIN

Dublin’s four local authorities have joined together to develop Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024, which outline the actions they will take in response to the climate change challenges facing Dublin. Each Dublin Local Authority has developed a detailed plan outlining the actions they will take in mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change. Dublin City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan identifies the main climate risks facing Dublin City and both the council’s and the city’s current levels of greenhouse gas emissions. It also outlines all the actions that are ongoing or planned within the council and these are grouped under five key areas – Energy & Buildings, Transport, Flood Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Resource Management that collectively address the four targets of this plan:

• A 33% improvement in the Council’s energy efficiency by 2020

• A 40% reduction in the Council’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

• To make Dublin a climate resilient region, by reducing the impacts of future climate change-related events

• To actively engage and inform citizens on climate change

You can have your say on the City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan by making a submission online via http://www.dublinclimatechange.ie, by email at climateaction@dublincity.ie or by writing to Executive Manager, Environment and Transportation Department, Dublin City Council, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The closing date for receipt of submissions is Monday 25th March 2019.

 

DRAFT DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL PARKING BYE LAWS 2019

Councillors agreed at the February City Council meeting to initiate a public consultation on the draft Parking Bye Laws for 2019. The proposed amendments include:

Fees for Pay and Display Parking

As the current charging structure hasn’t been reviewed since October 2008, it is proposed to increase the charges in the Yellow Zone (Monday to Saturday) to €3.20/hour and in the Red Zone to €2.70/hour. This is an increase of 9% and 11% respectively. To encourage motorists to use the Parking Tag App, it is proposed to only increase the Yellow Zone Charge to €3.10/hour and the Red Zone Charge to €2.60/hour for Parking Tag users. It is also proposed to introduce a charge for Coach Parking in the City, in designated Coach Parking Bays. This rate is to be set at €9 per hour. All other charges will remain unchanged.

Permit Quota for converted houses

It is proposed to lower the quota for dwellings not formally in multiple units to 1 permit per premises.

Display of Residents Parking Permits and Visitors Permits

It is proposed to include for, when the technology allows, a virtual parking permit system for Residential and Visitors Permits.

Drawing of Tariff Zones

It is proposed to widen certain boundaries of the Green, Red and Yellow Zone to reflect the change in demand in these areas.

Submissions should be made in writing to Mr. Dermot Stevenson, Parking Enforcement Officer, Environment and Transportation Department, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Fishamble Street, Dublin 8. The deadline for submissions to be received by Dublin City Council is Friday, March 22nd at 4.30pm.

 

ACCESS TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

The Access to Apprenticeship Programme is aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 24 living in Dublin who experience social and economic barriers. The Programme provides an opportunity for young people to;

• Sample a range of apprenticeships in; Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation industries

• Prepare their CV and interview skill

• Undertake two weeks work experience

• Health & Safety and Safe Pass Certificate

• It is a 12 week full time course commencing in April 2019.

The purpose of the programme is to progress young people into apprenticeships. The closing date for applications is Friday the 8th of March 2019 at 1p.m. I strongly recommend starting the application as soon as possible as it could take some time to get the required documentation together. Once applications are completed please send them to;

• Therese Fitzgerald, Programme Officer Access to Apprenticeship, TU Dublin Bolton St (Formerly DIT Bolton St), Dublin 1, D01 K822.

For anyone interested in future intakes you can register your interest by following this link: http://www.dit.ie/colleges/collegeofengineeringbuiltenvironment/accesstoapprenticeship/

If you have any queries re the Access to Apprenticeship Programme or the application form, please contact accesstoapprenticeship@dit.ie or ring (089) 219 3691.

 

ST. BRICIN’S COURT

The Housing Department of Dublin City Council expects that the formal hand-over of the refurbished homes and community area of St. Bricin’s Court to take place in March.

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION?

CALL IN & MEET GRANGEGORMAN CONTRACTORS WHO ARE HIRING

The ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is organised by the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum (GLLF), Sisk FCC and the Grangegorman Development Agency with participation from Grangegorman Development contractors, the Dublin North West Area Partnership, DEASP/Intreo, TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship, and the Construction Industry Federation. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 27th next between 9am and 12noon in St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus. The aim of the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is to bring people from the North West Inner City and surrounding communities interested in working in construction together with contractors on the Grangegorman Development who are hiring.  This is an informal event and all are welcome, whether unemployed or in employment. There’s no need to register – anyone interested is invited to just drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. In addition to hiring contractors, there will be advice and support on CVs/job applications/interviews, social welfare information, details of the TU Dublin free Access to Apprenticeship programme, updates on the Grangegorman Development, and information on the wider construction sector plus free refreshments. So, whether you are interested in working on site or simply eager to hear more about the works taking place on site, please call in if you can.

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MURTAGH ROAD Matters – February 2019

MURTAGH ROAD RE-SURFACING WORKS CONFIRMED

Following my repeated work on behalf of Murtagh Road residents, I am pleased to confirm that your street will be re-surfaced by Dublin City Council in 2019. Works such as these normally take place in the Autumn but no specific date has yet been set. The Roads Maintenance Department will complete a tender process to select a contractor to undertake the re-surfacing works. As and when further information is shared with me, I will be in contact with you to ensure that you are fully informed about the progress in delivering these much needed re-surfacing works on Murtagh Road.

 

WHERE STANDS THE LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE?

Dublin City Council has not received a recommendation from the National Transport Authority regarding the Liffey Cycle Route.  Officials in the Transportation Department have advised me that a recommendation is anticipated no later than the end of March 2019. As and when that recommendation is shared with Councillors, I will ensure that those details are circulated locally for your consideration and feedback.

 

ACCESS TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME

The Access to Apprenticeship Programme is aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 24 living in Dublin who experience social and economic barriers. The Programme provides an opportunity for young people to;

• Sample a range of apprenticeships in; Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation industries

• Prepare their CV and interview skill

• Undertake two weeks work experience

• Health & Safety and Safe Pass Certificate

• It is a 12 week full time course commencing in April 2019.

The purpose of the programme is to progress young people into apprenticeships. The closing date for applications is Friday the 8th of March 2019 at 1p.m. I strongly recommend starting the application as soon as possible as it could take some time to get the required documentation together. Once applications are completed please send them to;

 Therese Fitzgerald, Programme Officer Access to Apprenticeship, TU Dublin Bolton St (Formerly DIT Bolton St), Dublin 1, D01 K822.

For anyone interested in future intakes you can register your interest by following this link: http://www.dit.ie/colleges/collegeofengineeringbuiltenvironment/accesstoapprenticeship/

If you have any queries re the Access to Apprenticeship Programme or the application form, please contact accesstoapprenticeship@dit.ie or ring (089) 219 3691.

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING IN CONSTRUCTION?

CALL IN & MEET GRANGEGORMAN CONTRACTORS WHO ARE HIRING

The ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is organised by the Grangegorman Labour and Learning Forum (GLLF), Sisk FCC and the Grangegorman Development Agency with participation from Grangegorman Development contractors, the Dublin North West Area Partnership, DEASP/Intreo, TU Dublin Access to Apprenticeship, and the Construction Industry Federation. The event takes place on Wednesday, February 27th next between 9am and 12noon in St. Laurence’s Church on the Grangegorman Campus. The aim of the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event is to bring people from the North West Inner City and surrounding communities interested in working in construction together with contractors on the Grangegorman Development who are hiring.  This is an informal event and all are welcome, whether unemployed or in employment. There’s no need to register –  anyone interested is invited to just drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. In addition to hiring contractors, there will be advice and support on CVs/job applications/interviews, social welfare information, details of the TU Dublin free Access to Apprenticeship programme, updates on the Grangegorman Development, and information on the wider construction sector plus free refreshments. So, whether you are interested in working on site or simply eager to hear more about the works taking place on site, please call in if you can. 

 

BUSCONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXTENDED

I attended last week’s Stoneybatter Forum in the Ashling Hotel, organised by the National Transport Authority (NTA), to discuss the proposed Blanchardstown Core Bus Corridor. At that meeting, NTA officials confirmed that due to the pending publication of the Ballymun Core Bus Corridor and how that will impact the north-west inner city, my request to extend the Public Consultation on the bus corridor affecting Stoneybatter. They have confirmed that submissions can now be made up until Friday, March 29th next. BusConnects.ie will be updated shortly to reflect this consultation extension. 

 

DRAFT DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL PARKING BYE LAWS 2019

Councillors agreed at the February City Council meeting to initiate a public consultation on the draft Parking Bye Laws for 2019. The proposed amendments include:

 Fees for Pay and Display Parking

As the current charging structure hasn’t been reviewed since October 2008, it is proposed to increase the charges in the Yellow Zone (Monday to Saturday) to €3.20/hour and in the Red Zone to €2.70/hour. This is an increase of 9% and 11% respectively. To encourage motorists to use the Parking Tag App, it is proposed to only increase the Yellow Zone Charge to €3.10/hour and the Red Zone Charge to €2.60/hour for Parking Tag users. It is also proposed to introduce a charge for Coach Parking in the City, in designated Coach Parking Bays. This rate is to be set at €9 per hour. All other charges will remain unchanged.

 Permit Quota for converted houses

It is proposed to lower the quota for dwellings not formally in multiple units to 1 permit per premises.

 Display of Residents Parking Permits and Visitors Permits

It is proposed to include for, when the technology allows, a virtual parking permit system for Residential and Visitors Permits.

 Drawing of Tariff Zones

It is proposed to widen certain boundaries of the Green, Red and Yellow Zone to reflect the change in demand in these areas.

Submissions should be made in writing to Mr. Dermot Stevenson, Parking Enforcement Officer, Environment and Transportation Department, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Fishamble Street, Dublin 8. The deadline for submissions to be received by Dublin City Council is Friday, March 22nd at 4.30pm. 

 

DRAFT OXMANTOWN ROAD TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

Dublin City Council has prepared, following repeated work by me, a draft traffic improvement scheme for Oxmantown Road. Traffic speed along Oxmantown Road repeatedly breach the limits set by the City Council and there is a serious risk that accidents will occur because of the higher than expected vehicular average speed. I will be circulating details of the draft traffic improvement scheme to households on Oxmantown Road over the course of the week, after which I will circulate to households, just off or adjacent to Oxmantown Road. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on the proposals after you receive the leaflet.

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PALATINE SQUARE Matters – February 2019

ARBOUR HILL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT SCHEME

I can confirm that construction work will begin on the Arbour Hill Traffic Improvement Scheme in April 2019. The Roads Department of Dublin City Council will undertake further investigative trial holes between now and the middle of March with the major construction phase including the delivery of new footpaths starting in April. This will mark a culmination of work that I along with local residents have been undertaking to improve road safety for everyone living in the Arbour Hill area.

 

WHERE STANDS THE LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE?

Dublin City Council has not received a recommendation from the National Transport Authority regarding the Liffey Cycle Route.  Officials in the Transportation Department have advised me that a recommendation is anticipated no later than the end of March 2019. As and when that recommendation is shared with Councillors, I will ensure that those details are circulated locally for your consideration and feedback.

 

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STONEYBATTER IRISH WATER WORKS MANOR PLACE – February 2019

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN THE WORKS TO BE UNDERTAKEN?

The works involve the replacement of approximately over 100 metres of problematic water mains with high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes. The programme to replace aged water mains in Manor Place, Stoneybatter is scheduled to commence in February 2019. These works are being carried out as part of Irish Water’s national Leakage Reduction Programme.

 

The works will also involve laying new water service connections from the public water main in the road to customers’ property boundaries and connecting it to the customers’ water supply. Where the existing service connections on the public side are lead these will be replaced as part of this improvement work. 

 

The works will be carried out on behalf of Irish Water by GMC Utilities Group Ltd. and are expected to be completed in three weeks.

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NORTH-EAST INNER CITY MATTERS – January 2019

ACCESS TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME
The Access to Apprenticeship Programme is aimed at young men and women aged 16 to 24 living in Dublin who experience social and economic barriers. The Programme provides an opportunity for young people to;
• Sample a range of apprenticeships in; Construction, Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Aviation industries
• Prepare their CV and interview skill
• Undertake two weeks work experience
• Health & Safety and Safe Pass Certificate
• It is a 12 week full time course commencing in April 2019.
The purpose of the programme is to progress young people into apprenticeships. The closing date for applications is Friday the 8th of March 2019 at 1p.m. I strongly recommend starting the application as soon as possible as it could take some time to get the required documentation together. Once applications are completed please send them to;
• Therese Fitzgerald, Programme Officer Access to Apprenticeship, TU Dublin Bolton St (Formerly DIT Bolton St), Dublin 1, D01 K822.
For anyone interested in future intakes you can register your interest by following this link: http://www.dit.ie/colleges/collegeofengineeringbuiltenvironment/accesstoapprenticeship/
If you have any queries re the Access to Apprenticeship Programme or the application form please contact accesstoapprenticeship@dit.ie or ring (089) 219 3691.

FITZGIBBON STREET GARDA STATION – Construction Update
Further to my update in the autumn about the refurbishment and extension of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station, I can confirm that steady progress continues to be made with the construction project. As you know the project is being advanced in two phases. The initial phase of enabling works is progressing well and is on schedule. It is expected that the second phase will begin in April. In excess of €8m is being provided by our Fine Gael-led Government so that the new station will be fully developed as a community oriented policing centre. Both Minister Paschal Donohoe and I will work on keeping you fully informed as to the progress being made in transforming Fitzgibbon Street Station into a modern fit for purpose local community policing facility. The importance of getting Fitzgibbon Street Station open again was underlined to me recently when meetings residents from Sean O’Casey Avenue, Charles Street and Emmet Street with local Gardaí to address continued problems with anti-social behaviour. Having the station open again with officers based at the heart of the north-east inner city, will be a significant reassurance to those putting up with mindless thuggery and anti-social behaviour.

SF CITY COUNCIL ALLIANCE CUTS FUNDING TO TACKLE LITTERING & ILLEGAL DUMPING
The Council’s Waste Bye Laws governing the presentation and collection of household and commercial waste were updated this month, details of which are available on http://www.RayMcAdam.com. While I welcome these new regulations, it is somewhat ironic that Sinn Fein, Labour, Green and Fianna Fáil Councillors called for more litter bins, better enforcement of waste regulations and improved clearing of bottle banks and bring centres. Why so? For these parties approved a City Council Budget for 2019 which cut the amount of money to be spent on the operation of our Recycling Facilities, our Litter Warden Service, the provision and improvement of Litter Bins, enforcement of our Waste Regulations as well as reducing the money available to implement the Waste Management Plan. Sinn Fein and their partners in Labour, Fianna Fáil and the Greens continue to speak out of both sides of their mouths on this issue. Tackling illegal dumping and littering requires a multi-facet response but the Sinn Fein Council Alliance in refusing to invest in the enforcement of waste regulations or the provision of new litter bins is not one of them. If re-elected with increased Fine Gael numbers, my party will work to ensure that litter and waste enforcement is properly resourced and that litter bins are located where we need them and that recycling facilities and bottle banks are cleared more efficiently.

NORTH INNER CITY PROJECTS SECURE GOVERNMENT FUNDING
15 North Inner City clubs, organisations and projects have secured more than €143,000 in funding through our Fine Gael Government’s Community Enhancement Programme. Across the country, more than 3000 separate projects are benefitting from €12.5 million in funding. In the North Inner City, Minister Ring has confirmed to me that funding has been approved for groups including the Barbara Ward Clonliffe & Croke Park Community Centre, The Cavan Centre, the North Inner City Folklore Project, CASPr, Charleville Mall Art Group and the Ana Liffey Drug Project. This announcement is further evidence of Fine Gael’s commitment to supporting the communities of the North Inner City so that all our citizens can achieve their full potential across a wide range of areas.

DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL HOUSING COMPLEX RENEWAL PLAN
As you know Dublin City Council published Phase 1 of its Estate Renewal Plan last March. That programme outlined details of initial plans to refurbish, redevelop and enhance some of the 240 housing complexes across the city. In the North Inner City, that programme includes plans for Constitution Hill, Dorset Street, Matt Talbot Court, Dunne Street and Gardiner Street. The Council has submitted funding applications for four of the five complexes to Government which are now presently being examined. At the January meeting of the Housing Committee, I sought clarity from Council officials as to plans to renovate and to improve the quality of housing for those residing in other complexes the city and particularly in the North Inner City – Fitzgibbon Court, Summerhill Court, Avondale House, Brendan Behan Court among others. Officials have confirmed to me that a multi-disciplinary team comprising of architects, planners and housing personnel have completed a technical study of how these complexes can be enhanced and additional homes provided. Separately, a Condition Survey of 17,000 homes will be completed by the end of March. A full report detailing the future refurbishment plans for each complex will be published in April. Myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe have been working closely with officials on this matter for the past number of months and we will work to keep you updated on progress in delivering and ultimately implementing these plans.

NORTH-EAST INNER CITY PRIMARY CARE CENTRE – UPDATE
The new North-East Inner City Primary Care Centre is located opposite the existing Summerhill Health Centre site and will become operational in March. The building is currently being commissioned and it will provide services to both the local community and the wider North Inner City areas. Two Primary Care Teams will be based in the centre in conjunction with staff providing all Network services for the entire North Inner City Area. There will be approximately 60 Primary Care staff located in the building, plus a further 30 staff for Mental Health, 10 Dental Staff and 25 Disability staff. The nursing staff currently based in Summerhill will move to new Primary Care Centre when it opens to the public in March.
The following services will be provided in the new North-East Inner City Primary Care Centre, including:

• General Practice Services – Summerhill Family Practice – (Dr. Colleen Hopkins and Dr. Brid Shanahan)
• Public Health Nursing/Community Nursing Service including specialist wound treatment room
• Primary Care Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy
• Psychology
• Dietetics
• Primary Care Social Work
• Dental (4 Surgeries)
• Community Mental Health Team services including Day Hospital Services
• Disability – Early Intervention & School Aged Teams for children with disabilities
• Ambulance Service (located on site in a separate building)

Specialist network children’s services for the Summerhill and the wider North Inner City area will be provided from the centre. These are the early intervention and school aged teams, dental services (4 suites) along with a hub for all other primary care children’s services in the area. In addition, a number of Primary Care Network services will be delivered from the centre as outlined above. The facilities have been developed to meet the highest infection control, safety and energy standards in a bright and modern environment

NEIC HOUSING MATTERS
CROKE VILLAS:

Despite a Judicial Review being brought Dublin City Council in respect of the planning process for the redevelopment of Croke Villas, the project is still being advanced. Works on 1 – 6 Ballybough Road continues and is due for completion in February.
St. MARY’s MANSIONS:
The project continues to progress well. The raising of the external walls continues with the second floor extension nearing completion on two of the four blocks.
RAILWAY STREET – Circle Housing
Additional information has been sought of Circle Housing by the Planning Department of the Council before permission is determined.
POPLAR ROW – Oaklee Housing
Foundation work and construction of basement are now complete with construction of the external brick/block walls now well under way and up to first floor height.

FINE GAEL COMMITMENT TO NORTH-EAST INNER CITY RENEWED & STRENGTHENED
Funding for 2019 has increased to €6.5 million to help accelerate progress to ensure our vibrant communities across the North East Inner City continue to flourish. As Chairman of the North Inner City Policing Committee and local Fine Gael Councillor, I joined local T.D. and Finance Minister, Paschal Donohoe and Michael Stone, Chair of the North East Inner City Implementation Board to launch the 2018 NEIC Progress Report. The Report details where Government funding has been spent in 2018 and outlines the ambition for 2019, which sees funding increase to €6.5 million to achieve goals and objectives set out by the Board. Our Fine Gael-led Government has been unwavering in its commitment to addressing the needs of communities in the North East Inner City. Much valuable work has been undertaken this year to improve outcomes through enhancing the links between education and local employment opportunities, with programmes such as P-Tech in Larkin Community College and the development of a Social Employment Fund, which has supported projects like CASPr, North Wall CDP and Belvedere Youth Club to name but a few. Programmes such as this will have a significant impact on our communities and our young people in particular, increasing their chances of fulfilling their dreams and reaching their full potential.

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February 15th deadline for Croke Park Community Fund

The next closing date for the Croke Park Community Fund is this Friday, 15 February 2019.

This funding round is especially for projects starting or local community events and activities taking place between April and June of this year but groups can apply for projects that are happening anytime from April onwards. All applicants must be based in our 1.5km community radius with at least 80% of beneficiaries also resident in the Croke Park community area.  

So, whether you are a group of neighbours getting together to organise a community event over the Easter Holidays or maybe around the Spice Girls concert in May or you are involved in a local club or activity group that needs support, applications will be accepted up until 5pm this Friday evening.

Phone 01 865 8607 or email to get in touch with Julianne Savage  in Croke Park if you need some guidance with your application.

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