The NEIC Programme Implementation Board has approved €100,000 funding for an NEIC Community Grant Scheme 2019 which will be administered by the NEIC Programme Office in 2 rounds. This Scheme will focus on two overarching themes.

Theme No. 1 ‘Brooms and Blooms’ – clean-up and enhance your street

Theme No. 2 Active Living, Recreation and Wellbeing

The purpose of the Scheme is to financially support North East Inner City communities in delivering their own projects at local level where it can be demonstrated that such projects will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the NEIC PIB under one or both themes which have been identified as priority.


Round 1 was run in April 2019 and Round 2 is now open for applications.

Round 1 :

Completed. Following the assessment process 24 applications were approved by the Programme Implementation Board for funding of a total amount of €46,232. A balance of €53,768 remains to be allocated under Round 2.

Round 2 :

Completed applications will be accepted from Monday 2nd September 2019 until Monday 30th September 2019 (4:00 pm).

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

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€95,000 for youth projects here in North Inner City – McAdam

Youth organisations in the North Inner City are set to benefit from €95,962 in funding, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

Councillor McAdam said: “I am delighted that organisations like An Siól, East Wall North Port Youth Development Group, SWAN among others will benefit from this new funding.

“These youth organisations have essential programmes supporting young people to develop skills, gain new experiences and build self-confidence.

“The Youth Officer in the City of Dublin Education and Training Board does great work in supporting local youth projects and assist in the design of the scheme and administration of funding.

“As in previous years I am confident these grants will assist in improving the quality of the services to the benefit of young people involved.

“The national youth organisations provide exceptional engagement for the children and young people who are members nationwide.

“The provision of these grants underpins this Governments continued commitment to enhance the quality of youth services which add such value to our communities.”

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone stated that: “Youth Officers play an essential role in the co-ordination of youth service for my Department. They act as a contact point in communities and play an important support role to the providers of youth services.”

“In 2019 we are investing a total of €63.6m in current and capital funding in clubs, services and supports for young people.”

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Central Bank of Ireland – Bridging the Gap Initiative- Opportunities for NEIC Residents

This initiative will be launched in September 2019. The key objective of this initiative is to develop employment and employability in the local community through supporting four individuals in progressing their education, and their employment opportunities, through: 

An enriching and challenging course in Rathmines College from 12 September 2019 to 29 May 2020 where candidates will undertake a fully funded QQI Level 5 Course

  • Career development guidance from the Central Bank, with the allocation of a mentor for the duration of the programme
  • A two-week unpaid placement, as part of the programme of study, in the Central Bank where candidates can apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their course (this occurs in February)
  • A paid summer internship in the Central Bank from June until August 2020 to gain experience of working in a corporate environment.
  • Shortlisting for interview in to the 2020/2021 Central Bank Scholarship Programme

The Rathmines courses for study, and their appropriate links, are listed below;

¾     Certificate in Business and Finance (QQI Level 5)

¾     Certificate in Business and IT Studies (QQI Level 5)

¾     Certificate in Accountancy Business and Taxation (QQI Level 5)

The qualifying criteria for entry will be that the Rathmines Level 5 course would represent the highest level of the person’s academic qualifications to date. Also, just to confirm that this is not an initiative that is solely for young people, there is no age requirement on this.

The applications process will be live on the Central Bank’s website from August 9th. Candidates will be applying via the careers portal of the Central Bank’s website and I will be in touch again closer to the date to share the link.

Any questions please let me know. If you would like a member of the team to come to present to any of your groups we would be more than happy to do so.

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Church Road Re-Surfacing Works – July 2019

I want to advise you that Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of the stretch of Church Road between the Blythe Avenue and Killane Road.

These works will result in the temporary closure of Church Road between Blythe Avenue and Killane Road. Prior to their beginning, Dublin City Council will communicate with households as to temporary parking arrangements for the duration of the works period.

The City Council envisages that the works associated with the re-surfacing of Church Road will take place between 7am and 7pm each day from Monday, July 22nd to Monday, July 29th.

Officials have assured me that pedestrian and local access will be maintained for the duration of these works.

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Discover University 2019 Applications OPEN!

Discover University is an 8-day summer programme run by the Early Learning Initiative, held in the National College of Ireland from June 19th- 28th 2019 (excluding the weekend). It aims to give young people aged 14-17 from Dublin’s inner city the opportunity to experience a taste of life at university. Students may choose one of four subjects: Business, Computing, Early Childhood Education and Psychology. They then work in groups to complete a project in their chosen subject throughout the week, while they also attend lectures, workshops, company tours, excursions and loads of other activities! Each group will be mentored and supported by a team leader (a third level NCI student) and NCI faculty staff. Students must be available to attend from 10am-4pm each day. The programme is free of charge and lunch will be provided daily.

Students can fill out a form online here:

The deadline is Friday May 24th and places are given on a first come, first served basis!!

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Palatine Square Matters – April 2019


LIFFEY CYCLE ROUTE – Revised proposal published
The National Transport Authority and Dublin City Council jointly published a revised proposal to develop the Liffey Cycle Route at a Special meeting of the Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee last week. What has been published is, in my view, unquantifiably better than the eight previous iterations of the scheme brought forward since 2012. There are a number of substantial changes in this proposal compared to those previously presented and they include:
• No redirection of vehicular traffic through Montpelier Hill, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter and North King Street.
• The provision of new board-walks along the quays to enable segregated cycle lanes either side of the quays.
The scheme is broken up into four sections:
1. Phoenix Park – Fr. Mathews Bridge
2. Fr. Mathews Bridge to O’Connell Street
3. O’Connell Street to Matt Talbot Memorial Bridge
4. Dublin Docklands.
An initial consultation programme will take start later this month and will continue for a number of weeks. When I have the precise details of that consultation scheme, I will circulate the details locally and make them available on my website at As your LOCAL Councillor, I will now support this scheme and as Leader of the Fine Gael Group on Dublin City Council, will work to secure the support of my colleagues and if re-elected on May 24th, seek to implement this revised proposal. If you would like more information on the revised proposal for the Liffey Cycle Route, please email me at and I will share that information with you.

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Ballybough Matters – April 2019

Residents and householders across Ballybough have questioning me about the future of the former Annesley Motors site on Ballybough Road and what actions are being taken by Dublin City Council to address the derelict state of the buildings. Therefore, at the April meeting of Dublin City Council last week, I asked the Chief Executive, Owen Keegan to indicate whether the Vacant or Derelict Sites Section of the Council has examined whether the site is to be added to the Register of Vacant Sites or Derelict Sites. The Chief Executive responded to my representations advising that a file has been prepared for the inclusion of the former Annesley Motors site to the Vacant Sites Register. I believe that this will be actioned in line with the criteria outlined in the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act, 2015. A second inspection is due to take place shortly to ascertain if this site has been vacant for 12 months. In the event of this second inspection find the site to be vacant, as outlined in the Act, a Notice of Proposed Entry to the Vacant Sites Register will be served on the owners of the site. I will share a further update with you when that information is available. I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please email me at and I will endeavour to answer any enquiries you may have.

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