€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 http://www.RayMcAdam.com. 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 RayMcAdam@gmail.com 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 RayMcAdam@gmail.com and I will endeavour to answer any enquiries you may have.

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EAST WALL Traffic Matters – April 2019

As you know over the past five years, I have repeatedly highlighted to Dublin City Council officials and other Councillors of the need for an effective traffic management plan for East Wall. Indeed, the Public Meeting I organised in February focused, almost exclusively, on the issue of parking and traffic management. This morning’s meeting came about as a result of a motion I put forward in February along with colleagues which was unanimously agreed that:

following on from the recent JPC Policing Matters Public Meeting in East Wall, agrees to formally request Helen Smironva and the Traffic Engineers involved with the Neighbourhood Traffic Scheme project meet with representative group of residents from East Wall to discuss the ongoing traffic management issues in East Wall. Traffic and Parking issues dominated this policing meeting which highlighted the severity of the situation and of the need for Dublin City Council to act in preparing for a Traffic Management Plan for East Wall.”
(North Inner City Area Committee meeting, February 2019).

I can report that as a result of this morning’s meeting, the City Council will prioritise the longer term management of traffic and parking in East Wall. This will be undertaken through the form a Neighbourhood Traffic Scheme that the new Council and Councillors elected on May 24th next will have a deciding voice over.


This morning’s meeting also agreed on a number of shorter-term, more immediate measures to counteract rat-running on local roads, tackling illegal parking on street corners and bends as well as providing greater accessibility for East Wallers across the district.


I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided above, please come back to me.


Measures agreed at this morning’s meeting in Civic Offices on Sean McDermott Street to improve the management of traffic across East Wall and to counteract the issues of rat-running and illegal parking:

  1. The City Council will install Double Yellow Lines at the stretch of Shelmalier Road linking up with Church Road, parallel to the LIDL Car-park.
  2. No Parking signs and new build-outs to be installed outside Facebook offices on East Road, meaning that this section will be a clear-way all day.
  3. New Double Yellow Lines to be installed on East Road on the Hireco Park side of the street down from the Caledon Road junction.
  4. The City Council is securing the ownership details of the vacant site at the top of Shelmalier Road where cars park with a view to developing a ‘Pop-Up’ Park similar to that on North King Street at the corner with Church Street in Dublin 7.
  5. Dublin City Council will purchase planters to be located at corners where illegal parking is taking place.
  6. The Council’s Parking Enforcement Section along with the Divisional Garda Traffic Corp will put in place a joint enforcement initiative over a two week period, starting next week along East Road between Church Road and Church Street East.
  7. The Parking Enforcement Section will undertake an initiative targeting vehicles illegally parked at or on street corners throughout the next fortnight.
  8. The Transportation Department will examine the feasibility of installing a new build-out along Seaview Avenue near the junction with Crescent Gardens to counteract rat-running.
  9. Parking Enforcement will also target vehicles parked too close to the mini-roundabouts on West Road as safety concerns have been raised.

These works, initiatives and measures will be implemented throughout the next month.


Everyone agrees that a targeted East Wall Traffic Plan is needed but there is uncertainty over how best to deliver such an initiative. My view is two-fold:

  • First, we measure the success or failure of the shorter-term measures agreed this morning.
  • Secondly, as part of the Neighbourhood Traffic Scheme initiative, we bring together East Wallers to agree on the parameters of dedicated Traffic Plan for the area.

We need to ensure that proposals put forward on one street or a number of streets don’t then cause further problems for other streets.

If re-elected on May 24th next, I will work with East Wallers and Council officials to agree the bones of and then flesh out that Traffic Plan for East Wall. A Traffic Plan that can commandeer the support of all East Wallers.

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