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 based groups set to benefit from these Grants in 2019 including Ballybough Community Group, Ballybough North Strand Local History Group, Barbara Ward Clonliffe & Croke Park Community Centre among others. Full details will be available on from Monday.



When I called to homes on Orchard Road, Tolka Road and Clonliffe Road last month, numerous householders sought a further update from me with regards the possible redevelopment of the Orchard Road Depot site by Dublin City Council. In order to better inform householders, I sought an update from the Chief Executive as to:

• Whether the Council had yet undertake the preparation of site specific master plan?

• The number of homes that may be delivered and

• A timeline for the completion of the entire redevelopment project.

Officials have since responded to my enquiries, advising that:

• The Council is seeking to build either public or affordable housing on the Orchard Road Depot site.

• 32 homes are envisaged to be provided on the 0.264 hectares

• Site specific development briefs will be prepared from May 2019 onwards.

I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you require any additional information or further clarification, please come back to me at and I will endeavour to secure those details for you.



Construction work continues on 2 – 6 Ballybough Road in order to provide replacement homes for the remaining residents in Croke Villas. In total, 7 new homes will be provided. The roof structure has now been tiled and completed. Cladding to the front of these new units is under way and officials in the Housing Department of Dublin City Council have indicated to me that these works will be completed in September.

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Markets Matters – March 2019


The Planning Department of Dublin City Council has granted permission, after seeking additional information from the Health Services Executive (HSE), for an extension to the Lisburn Street Health Centre. Five conditions have been issued as part of the permission statement, including:

• The site development works and construction works shall be carried out in such a manner as to ensure that the adjoining streets are kept clear of debris, soil and other materials, to be carried out at the developer’s expense.

• The site and building works required to implement the development shall only be carried out between the hours of: Mondays to Fridays – 7a.m. – 6p.m and Saturday – 8a.m. – 2p.m. Work outside of these times will only be permitted where prior written approval has been received from the Council.

• Noise controls are to be put in place during the demolition and construction phases.

• The development shall be carried out in accordance with the plans, particulars and specifications lodged with the application.

• All drainage requirements set out in planning application are to be undertaken.

Planning permission was granted on February 6th. If you would like more details on the permission statement, please contact me at



The Community Policing team based in the Bridewell Garda Station was boosted with the allocation of five additional officers and a new Community Policing Sergeant. This means our local Community Policing team now has a full complement of officers covering the entire policing district. These officers are in addition to the existing team will be out there engaging with householders and the local community as committed to under the 2019 Policing Plan for the North Inner City.



Dublin City Council has selected its preferred contractor to undertake construction work to deliver 30 new homes on the former pop-up park along North King Street adjacent to the Beresford Street junction. Duggan Brothers Ltd. has been written to by the Housing Department of Dublin City Council with a view to them beginning on-site preparation works in early April. It is expected that construction works will be completed in late 2020 or early 2021. Before works begin on site, the contractor is also expected to share details of its works plan and contact details locally for the Site Foreman, in case issues arise during the construction phase.  

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€8.45m for Housing Adaptations Grants for Older People and People with a Disability in Dublin City – McAdam

€8,456,552 has been made available to support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues in Dublin City, Fine Gael’s City Council Leader has said.

The funding for Dublin City, which has been increased this year by more than 12%, will enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and will also facilitate early return from hospital.

Councillor McAdam said: “I am confident that today’s allocation will continue to build on the progress made since the introduction of this scheme in 2007 and it will demonstrate the Government’s continued commitment to older people and people with a disability.

“This follows on from the launch last week of our policy document ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, which committed further resources from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for this scheme.

“I am also pleased that funding has been increasing year on year since 2014 and this shows the importance that is attached to the scheme.

“These grants have an immense impact on the quality of life of the many beneficiaries and play a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.”

Councillor McAdam continued: “Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids to address mobility problems for a member of the household.

“The grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, with 20% funding from Dublin City Council.

“The grants also create employment opportunities for builders and local businesses and help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible.”

Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Damien English, said: “I am pleased to be in a position to increase the funding for this important scheme nationally by some 8% in 2019.

“All local authorities will be getting an increase in 2019 compared to their 2018 allocation. Last year these grants assisted over 9,400 households and this year I expect that some 11,800 households will benefit from the schemes.”

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Royal Canal Greenway

Dear Resident,

Further to my recent update regarding the works taking place along the Royal Canal, I want to provide you with an update on the matter.

As indicated, I sought a commitment along with Councillors Burke & Fagan from Dublin City Council at the February meeting of the North Inner City Area Committee which sought:
following on from the recent JPC Policing Matters Public Meeting in East Wall, requests that the Area Manager met with Engineers along the Royal Canal to examine how best homes along Bellmans Walk, Ferrymans Crossing, Canon Lillis Avenue and Lower Oriel Street can be best secured and protected following the opening of the new cycle and pedestrian greenway along the Canal. Boundary walls have already been damaged and householders want these protections agreed prior to the main construction works beginning on site.

I am pleased to report that this motion was unanimously agreed.

Therefore, officials from Dublin City Council’s Environment and Transportation Department will attend a public meeting in connection with the construction of the Royal Canal Greenway (Sheriff Street Upper to North Strand Road). The Contractor and Designers will also be in attendance.

The agenda for the meeting will be:

1. Provision of temporary hoarding.
2. Repairs to boundary wall.
3. Potential damage to properties as a result of the construction works.
4. Out of hours working.
This meeting will take place at 5p.m. on Friday 8th March, 2019 in St. Laurence O’Toole Recreation Centre, Mariner’s Port. The meeting is specifically being organised to facilitate the answering or addressing of questions and concerns raised by residents and householders from Bellmans Walk, Ferrymans Crossing, Canon Lillis Avenue and Lower Oriel Street about the works due to take place.
I hope that you will be able to make it along. If, however, you have any further questions or queries arising from the details provided above, please come back to me at or by phone at 086 847 1720.
As your LOCAL Councillor, I want to ensure local views are considered and queries clarified in advance of any formal construction work being undertaken on site.
I continue to work with Minister Paschal Donohoe in respect of all local issues. Please contact either one of us if we can be of help to you or your family.

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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.

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.

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. has been updated to reflect this consultation extension.

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East Wall MATTERS – February 2019


Concerns about the future of the Health Centre were raised with myself and local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. following the recent East Wall Policing Matters public meeting I organised in St. Mary’s Youth Club on Strangford Road. In speaking with East Wallers afterwards, I committed to securing reassurance from the Health Services Executive and the Department of Health that the Health Centre would not be closing. 


Myself and Minister Paschal Donohoe can confirm therefore, that:

• A building survey of the existing Health Centre has been undertaken to identify the level of repairs and refurbishment works required to improve disability access and facilities in the building. 

• Work is progressing on determining the delivery of necessary works identified in the survey. 

• It is expected that these refurbishment works will be completed by the end of 2019. 


Separately, Minister Paschal Donohoe and I can also advise you that we are working with the Department of Health and the Health Services Executiveto further improve the quality of health-care and services provided in East Wall. We are working to secure a Primary Care Centre for East Wallers, similar to the facilities that have been opened by Fine Gael in Government across Cabra West, Grangegorman and recently in Summerhill on the former Mountainview Court site. We expect to update you further on this in the coming weeks. 


We hope this information is of assistance and provides you with the reassurance that health-care services in East Wall are to be enhanced not reduced! However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please contact us at either or 


The need for Dublin City Council to act and publish proposals that can alleviate problems East Wallers are experiencing with parking and traffic volumes was reiterated at the recent East Wall Policing Matters public meeting I organised. Resident after resident spoke off the difficulties they have experienced with driveways being blocked, cars being parked on double yellow lines, accessing Church Road and East Road among the complaints raised. I have repeatedly called on the City Council to act. Over the last five years, I have worked with colleagues on the City Council to ensure such a plan is put in place. Following my public meeting earlier this month, I along with Councillors Burke and Fagan submitted an emergency motion that formally requested 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. I am pleased to report this motion was unanimously agreed by the North Inner City Area Committee and a date is being finalised for this meeting to take place with a group of residents from East Wall with the Northside City Engineer, local Traffic Engineers, the City Council Manager for the North Inner City, myself as Chair of the Dublin Central Policing Committee and Councillor Fagan as Chair of the North Inner City Area Committee.


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North Strand MATTERS – February 2019

Further to my meeting with local residents, Parkside Residents Association members prior to Christmas as well as my follow-up since then, I sought an update from Dublin City Council on where plans currently stand with regards the Readymix site and existing Fire Station. Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council responded to my questioning at the North Inner City Area Committee meeting earlier this week. At that meeting, I asked him to provide indicative timelines for the lodging of planning, indicative costings and the potential number of homes to be built as part of the Council’s plans. The Deputy Chief Executive indicated that the Council is considering moving the existing fire station on this site to an alternative site on the Alfie Byrne Road. However, he stated that presently “there are early and tentative proposals and no details of costing, time scales or density levels are available”. It is my expectation that any substantial information will not be available until much later this year. If you are good enough to re-elect me to Dublin City Council on May 24th next, I will continue to work with you to monitor these plans and ensure your concerns are fully considered and addressed before any firm decisions are taken.

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