Further to my updates earlier this year, I want to advise you that Dublin City Council will be carrying out the re-surfacing of Ard Righ Road, Ard Righ Place and Norseman Place in the coming weeks. 

These works will result in the temporary closure of the streets to enable the re-surfacing works to take place. 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 re-surfacing both streets will take place between Monday, August 28th and Friday, September 1st 2017.



The City Council envisages that the works associated with the re-surfacing of the street will take place between Saturday, September 2nd and Wednesday, September 6th 2017.


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


As your local Stoneybatter Councillor. I work to keep you updated of issues and matters taking place in the area. 

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New Traffic Arrangements for Dublin’s City Centre & Quays

Significant changes to the management of traffic along the Quays and across the City Centre are due to come into effect from August 20th next. Given the impact these changes are likely to have, I wanted to make sure that North Inner City residents were familiar with what is being proposed and what it means for drivers and other road users. I have detailed below the statement issued by the City Council on foot of the changes being introduced by the Council Executive led by the Chief Executive, Owen Keegan. 

Dublin City Council has confirmed that new traffic arrangements will come into effect on the north and south city centre quays from Sunday morning 20th August. These changes are being introduced now to coincide with the Luas Cross City tram testing and to ensure that these permanent changes have time to bed down before regular day time tram testing starts in September.

From next Sunday (20 August) at 10.15 am, following the road closure for the Ironman 70.3 run, there will be no right turn for traffic from Bachelors Walk to O’Connell Bridge, except for buses, taxis and bicycles.
Also on the north quays, there will be a new road layout from Ormond Quay Upper to Eden Quay with additional bus lanes and general traffic reduced to one lane. New bus priority traffic signals on Bachelors Walk, approximately 100 metres before O’Connell Bridge, will control traffic flows and give priority to public transport.
On the south quays, there will be a similar new road layout from Burgh Quay to Essex Quay, again with additional bus lanes and general traffic reduced to one lane.
The rationale for the changes is as follows:
    To reduce the current delays experienced by public transport users

    To ensure that Luas Cross City can be introduced with minimal delays to its services

    To ensure that far more people can move easily and efficiently through this area of the city than at present

    To ensure all public transport users will benefit from Luas Cross City

Brendan O’Brien, Head of Technical Services, Transport, Dublin City Council said that these changes were part of an overall commitment by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) to improve mobility in the city and allow freer movement of public transport as Dublin expands and the number of commuters steadily rises.
“The additional bus lanes will alleviate the difficulties faced by public transport on the quays, where the worst delays for buses in the city are experienced. At the peak morning time of 8am to 9am, over 7,000 people travel along the north quays on buses. This compares to round 500 cars and the same number of cyclists,” he said.
It is expected that these permanent traffic changes will lead to an increase in the amount of people using public transport while still allowing access to the quays for general traffic.
Donal Keating, Head of Operations, Dublin Bus said: “Dublin Bus welcomes Dublin City Council’s and the National Transport Authority’s new traffic arrangements on the north and south quays. The additional bus priority is important for public transport and highlights the importance of buses in tackling congestion in the city centre. We carry 400,000 customers per day and these new traffic arrangements will ease traffic difficulties on the quays and help our customers avoid potential delays to their journeys.”

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St. Michan’s House Matters – Summer Update 


Minister Paschal Donohoe and I have met with the St. Michan’s House Residents’ Association on a number of occasions across the past number months. We have working together to address issues of concern to St. Michan’s House residents. These discussions has resulted in the entire complex being repainted, work, I know, that has been welcomed. The City Council accepts that the condition of the surface within St. Michan’s House is unacceptable and that repairs are necessary. Minister Donohoe and I will seek to ensure that those repairs take place as quickly as possible. In addition to this, we are liaising with Dublin City Council towards securing an upgrade on the CCTV within St. Michan’s House to ensure that residents are more secure as well as identifying people involved with anti-social and criminal behaviour. Both myself and Minister Donohoe will continue to work with the St. Michan’s House Residents’ Association and individual households to support your community in whatever way we can.


Dublin City Council in partnership with our Fine Gael Government is working to advance a number of housing projects across the North Inner City and the Church Street district, in particular. With regards to the redevelopment of the ‘Park’ land at the top of Beresford Street along North King Street, Dublin City Council expects to begin the tendering process to select a contractor which should see works start before the end of this year to build 30 new homes. The redevelopment will be named Sean Foster Court. Túath Housing is expected to shortly lodge a planning application with the Planning Department of Dublin City Council to provide 22 new homes in Eillis Court. NOVAS Approved Housing Body is also working with the City Council to provide 8 new homes on Bolton Street. Further updates will be expected on this throughout the rest of 2017. Co-operative Housing Ireland secured planning permission from An Bord Pleanala for the construction of 30 new homes on the site of 84 North King Street.



The next Horse Fair in Smithfield will be held on Sunday, September 3rd. Dublin City Council has approved the temporary closure of a number of roads across the district to ensure all relevant restrictions and regulations can be complied with. Therefore, the Transportation Department has agreed that the following streets will be closed between 7am and 3pm on Sunday, September 3rd, including:

• Smithfield, New Church Street, Friary Grove, Bow Street, Lincoln Lane, Nicholas Avenue, May Lane, Hammond Lane, Phoenix Street North, Arran Street, Haymarket, Blackhall Walk, Brown Street North, Burgess Lane, Arran Quay Terrace, Coke Lane and Stable Lane.

An alternative traffic management plan will be put in place for the duration of the Horse Fair. All traffic associated with the Fair will access Smithfield via North King Street only. Both local vehicular and pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the course of the day.



Dublin City Council recently granted planning permission for the redevelopment of the former Motor Tax Office Building. This permission will allow for the construction of a new 249 bedroom hotel over eight stories. However, An Taisce subsequently appealed this decision to An Bord Pleanala on the grounds that the permitted development will have on nearby protected structures, including the Four Courts. Residents that lodged observations on the original application have an opportunity along with myself to lodge a further submission to An Bord Pleanala prior to any final consideration of the appeal. As your local Councillor, I will make sure to keep you updated of developments in respect of this project.



Dublin City Council officials are continuing to progress the proposed redevelopment of the Fish Market site but I accept that moving it ahead has been exceedingly slow! Proposals have been presented with regards the height and treatment of the boundary wall with the common area of Blocks A and B. The tendering process to select a possible contractor to undertake the works will close on August 17th next. Too many promises by other politicians have been made about when construction work will actually begin. Neither Minister Paschal Donohoe nor I will do so. However, we are working with the Public Realm team in the Planning Department of the Council to ensure that these works will start as quickly as possible. We will both keep you updated.



As Halloween approaches, the Public Domain Office of Dublin City Council will direct Litter Wardens to visitor tyre retail premises to ensure that tyres are properly disposed. Furthermore, litter wardens will seek to ensure that premises reduce waste tyre stock in. Litter wardens will also contact Market businesses regarding the storage of pallets within markets located across the North Inner City. Environmental Services officers will also monitor and inspect sites or properties that have ‘traditionally’ been used as storage areas for tyres and pallets. If you come across any materials for bonfires being stored nearby, please contact either myself or the Public Domain Officer at 1800 248 348 or



Following complaints by residents who use the Croppy Acre, I have been liaising with Dublin City Council and the Gardaí to tackle the anti-social and illegal activities that have been occurring. The Parks Department has increased the staff presence in the Croppy Acre and have been working with the Gardaí identifying those involved and to take the appropriate action. Separately, at the recent Dublin City Policing meeting, Assistant Commissioner Leahy and the Parks Superintendent have agreed to establish a working group, which I will serve on, to address similar problems in other city maintained parks. Dublin City Council has done great work in recent years to enhance the Croppy Acre so that it is an accessible and positive local amenity. We must ensure it remains just that. I will do all I can that it will!



Following a High Court challenge to the awarding of contracts for the construction of the Central and East Quads on the Grangegorman campus, the project has been delayed by almost two years. No construction work could be undertaken while the legal challenge was ongoing. Now, that those legal issues have been addressed, the Grangegorman Development Agency (GDA) is now advancing construction on the site. Let me update you on the works taking place currently and where each individual project is at:

▪ HSE Residential Care Centre: a Design Team is currently being tendered for by the Grangegorman Development Agency.

▪ HSE Primary Care Centre: construction work has been completed with the fit out of the building now underway. The facility should be open by years’ end.

▪ Central & East Quads: construction work on the student accommodation centre is expected to begin this summer.

▪ Academic Hub: the GDA has appointed a Design Team with the historic North House to form a central component of the final design.



The Transportation Strategic Policy Committee of Dublin City Council met last month where a discussion on the proposed Liffey Cycle Route took place. Officials put forward a revised Option that would see private vehicles continue to use the North Quays between Queen Street and Church Street, which represents a significant change from the proposals contained in Option 7. This alternative proposal differs in a number of ways, including:

▪ The boardwalk would be used by cyclists with pedestrians continuing to use the existing riverside footpaths.

▪ The boardwalk would not be tied into Mellowes Bridge but would be brought through the quay wall immediately either side of the bridge.

▪ The two-way cycle route would continue through the pinch point at Mellowes Bridge using the lane currently being used by general traffic. Access to the remaining lane would be controlled by new traffic signals upstream of Mellowes Bridge which would alternatively allow either buses or general traffic through the shuttle. This would allow for priority to be given to buses during peak times while still allowing general traffic to use this route.

Further concerns were raised and additional assessments have been sought. These assessments relate to noise and pollution as well as traffic impact analysis which is to be presented to the autumn meeting of the Transportation Policy Committee. I will keep residents fully updated on this issue. Please contact me if you have any questions or queries about the details above.

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Arbour Hill Improvement Works


The Roads Maintenance Division of Dublin City Council will be enhancing the footpaths along Arbour Hill between the junction with Manor Street, opposite Walsh’s Pub and the junction with Ard Righ Road. These works are in line with the funding I helped to secure in the North Inner City Works Programme 2017. 

The works are expected to be undertaken between Monday August 14th and Monday August 28th next. Therefore, the Roads Maintenance Division has successfully sought to have this particular stretch of Arbour Hill Road closed between 6am and 9pm, each day between August 14th and 28th next. Therefore, Dublin City Council will be putting in place a temporary traffic management plan for the duration of the planned works.

• Traffic on Blackhall Place wishing to travel on Arbour Hill will be diverted via Stoneybatter, Manor Place, Mount Temple Road and Ard Righ Road.

• Traffic on Arbour Hill wishing to travel on Stoneybatter will be diverted via Ard Righ Road, Mount Temple Road and Manor Place.

• Pedestrian and local access will be maintained.

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Have your say on whether Local Property Tax should be cut this year!

Dublin City Councillors will meet on Tuesday 19th September next to determine whether the Local Property Tax (LPT) rate for Dubliners should be reduced. Since the last local election in 2014, Fine Gael Councillors have voted to reduce the rate of the LPT Dubliners have to pay be the maximum amount possible.

This year, in preparation for the September 19th Council meeting, a public consultation is being held to allow Dubliners put forward their views as to whether they think the Local Property Tax (LPT) should be varied in Dublin city.

Section 20 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 allows City Councillors to vary the LPT rate by plus or minus 15 per cent. The council must ask the public for their views on this and take these views into account before making a decision.

Anyone who wishes to take part in the public consultation process can take the user-friendly online survey from Monday 31st July to 4.30pm on Wednesday 30th August at the following I would welcome hearing your views directly as well. You can email me at during the consultation process but also until the Council meeting on September 19th next.

All submissions received will inform a Chief Executive’s report which Dublin City Council will present to the Elected Members on Tuesday 19th September 2017. Should City Councillors decide to vary the rate, Dublin City Council must inform the Department of the Housing, Community, Planning and Local Government and the Office of The Revenue Commissioners by 30th September 2017. Any variation which may be made would apply from 1st January 2018.

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New planning application lodged for vacant Stoneybatter site

A planning application has been lodged with Dublin CIty Council to develop the long vacant piece of land next to Lloyds’ Pharmacy in Stoneybatter. 
The application was lodged by Coady Architects on behalf of Bartra Real Estate Ltd. The proposed development consists of the construction of a seven storey/ four storey building consisting of 23 apartments. The breakdown of new homes will be 6 1xbedroom units, 14 2x bedroom units and 3 3xbedroom units. Balconies will be provided on the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth floor levels. Twenty-four bicycle spaces are also proposed within the application and facilities including a communal open space, play space and other development works. 

The application was lodged on July 28th last and the final day for observations is August 31st next. The reference number for the planning application is 3538/17.

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Garda Síochána Policing Plan 2018 – Have your say!

As Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, I am eager to ensure that local residents have an opportunity to have their say on the new Garda Policing Plan for 2018.

With that in mind, I confirm that An Garda Síochána has commenced a consultation process in preparation for the development of the Garda Síochána Policing Plan 2018. This consultation process involves having a nationwide consultation where the Gardai reach out to as many service user groups as possible to obtain a wide and hopefully representative range of views on what areas members of the force should be focussing on next year.

Previous consultation processes largely concentrated on the development of a national policing plan. However, this year, An Garda Síochána is looking for our input to support not just the development of our national Policing Plan but our regional and local plans also.
Therefore, residents from Stoneybatter to Broadstone to Summerhill to East Wall now have an opportunity to forward any policing issues you think An Garda Síochána should be prioritising in 2018, in order to meet the needs of our community which they are proud to serve.

The Policing Plan 2018 comes within the framework of the Garda Síochána Strategy Statement 2016-2018. The consultation will thus be based around the key pillars of the strategy:

· National and International Security

· Confronting Crime

· Roads Policing

· Community Engagement and Public Safety

· Organisational Development and Capacity Improvement
More details on the strategy are provided below and the full document is available on the Garda website.

Your submission should be lodged in writing to the Divisional Community Policing Office, Store Street Garda Station, Dublin 1 and should be lodged before 7th August 2017.

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