O’DEVANEY GARDENS – PROGRESS REPORT

WHAT IS THE CURRENT PLANNING STATUS OF THE O’DEVANEY GARDENS REDEVELOPMENT?
In 2010, Dublin City Council submitted a Planning Application seeking permission for the construction of 110 homes on the site formerly occupied by the recently demolished flats. Planning permission was finally granted by An Bord Pleanala for this part of the redevelopment in 2011. 50 homes are to be privately owned with the remainder being social or public housing. In total, the following mix will apply:

• 31x 2 storey terrace houses
• 25x 3 storey terrace houses
 13x 2 bedroom units
 34x 3 bedroom units
 9x 4 bedroom units
• 41x apartments in 4 storey blocks
 9x 1 bedroom units
 25x 2 bedroom units
 7x 3 bedroom units
• 7x 2 storey duplex units
• 6x 1 bedroom live work units.

FUNDING CONSTRUCTION OF PUBLIC HOUSING
In December 2016, local T.D. and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe announced on behalf of the Government funding of €17.8m to allow construction begin on the first 56 public homes on the O’Devaney Gardens lands. In total €20.6m has now been provided by Government which has enabled the City Council to begin the tendering and procurement of a contractor to start work on these new homes. In recent weeks, Dublin City Council agreed contracts with CAREYS CONSTRUCTION Ltd to construct the first 56 homes on the vacant lands in O’Devaney Gardens bordered by Findlater Street and the North Circular Road. Careys Construction Ltd will begin work almost immediately with dilapidation surveys of homes closest to the construction site, so as to ensure in the event of damage occurring due to the building work, it can be measured.

LOCAL INFORMATION EVENING – JULY 3rd, ASHLING HOTEL
Prior to works beginning, the O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum, of which I am a Chair, have organised an Information Evening to provide local residents with information about the scale and duration of these initial works but also on what is planned for on the rest of the O’Devaney Gardens lands. You are therefore invited to attend this Information Evening in the Phoenix Suite of the Ashling Hotel from 7pm on TUESDAY JULY 3rd next.

WHAT IS PLANNED FOR THE REST OF THE O’DEVANEY GARDENS LANDS?
In January 2017, Dublin City Councillors agreed to revise the 2010 Master Plan which had set out how the O’Devaney Gardens lands would be developed by the Council in partnership with Government. The changes agreed by a majority of Councillors representing a variety of political parties and independents include:
• Building in total 584 homes, of which 50% will be owner-occupier, 30% public housing with the remaining 20%, a mix of affordable purchase and rental.
• The redevelopment will take place in partnership through the establishment of a Development Agreement between Dublin City Council, Government and a Private Developer or Developers.

Dublin City Council has since established a Public Procurement Process that is being used to ascertain the level of interest from private developers and contractors to build and fund this redevelopment. To date, five separate developers have been engaging with the City Council’s process and continue to do so. Over the next three to four months, the City Council will engage with each of the interested developers to flesh out proposals as how best to ensure the redevelopment is advanced in line with the changes made to the Master Plan by City Councillors in January 2017. As the Chairman of the most recent O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum meeting, it is anticipated that a Final Tender agreement between Dublin City Council and the preferred developer will be in place by the end of this year.

HOW YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY!
Once that tender has been agreed, the developer will be responsible for finalising a planning application that will be submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala for permission. Before that application is lodged, the Consultative Forum will meet with the developer to discuss and examine the draft planning application and as your local Councillor and a Chair of the Consultative Forum, I want to assure you that any application will ensure that this redevelopment does not take place in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill and Montpelier. Therefore, many opportunities for local consultation and public engagement will be arranged so that local residents will have an opportunity to have their say in what is being planned, well in advance of a planning application being lodged.

TURNING OF THE FIRST SOD – COME ALONG!
The collapse of the O’Devaney Gardens Public Private Partnership in 2008 marked the beginning of our economic collapse as a country. Now, after many years of work between residents in O’Devaney Gardens, across Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Montpelier, Councillors, officials and Government, we are at a stage where construction of new housing in O’Devaney is beginning. Almost 600 homes will be built in a mix of public and private, houses and apartments as well as community, retail and recreation facilities in the lands just off Infirmary Road. To mark the beginning of construction, the first sod will be turned by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. along with the Lord Mayor, myself, Minister Donohoe and others on Wednesday, July 4th. If you are free to attend, please come along! I have always said that the redevelopment of the O’Devaney Gardens lands must not take in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Arbour Hill, Infirmary Road and Montpelier because the building of almost 600 homes will have an effect on us all. As a local resident and your LOCAL Councillor, I will work to keep you fully updated of developments on the lands but also how it is through the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans or Dublin City Council that you or your family member may one day be able to live in homes built there.

DO YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION?
If you require any additional information or clarification on the works planned on the O’Devaney Gardens lands or have any questions about the details outlined above, please come back to me and I will endeavour to answer any enquiries that you may have.

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Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme 2018

In May 2018 the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, announced a new €4.5m capital grants scheme. The scheme is focused on providing capital grants to local community groups, not for profit organisations and State departments or agencies. The Minister has allocated €212,306 under the scheme to Dublin City.

The Programme in Dublin City is being administered by the Dublin City Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and Dublin City Council.

To apply, groups must:

  • Applications must be for capital projects or work taking place within the Dublin City Council area.
  • Applications from local community and voluntary groups, not-for-profit organisations will be considered.
  • Government Departments and State Agencies (in cases of leveraging funding) will also be considered.
  • Commercial organisations, individuals and for-profit organisations are not eligible for funding under this Programme.
  • Only completed applications submitted on time (30th July 2018) and on the official Dublin City Community Enhancement Programme Application Form 2018 will be considered.

The Programme will offer grants on a scale as follows:

Capital grant of up to €1,000 Capital grant of €1,000 – €5,000 Capital grant of €5,000 – €10,000 Capital grant of €10,000 – €15,000

€65,000 of the total fund has been ring fenced for grants of up to €1,000.

Deadline for submission of applications is 30th July 2018.

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Royal Canal Greenway – June 2018 Update

Earlier this week, I asked Dublin City Council Chief Executive, Owen Keegan, to update me on the expected delivery times for each phase of the Royal Canal Greenway from Sheriff Street to Ashdown.

The Chief Executive came back to me with an update with a report for Phases 2, 3 and 4 which I have detailed below.

If you have any particular questions or queries about any aspect of the project, please email me at raymcadam@gmail.com.

Phase 2: Sheriff Street to Newcomen Bridge:

Dublin City Council has deferred the award of the Construction Contract for Royal Canal Phase 2 (Sheriff Street to North Strand Road). Dublin City Council is awaiting licenses from Irish Rail and CIÉ. It had been anticipated that these licences would be in place by end April 2018. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has requested that a review of the scheme be carried out in the context of the proposed Dart Expansion Programme, focusing on the possibility of a twin track arrangement to Connolly Station. Dublin City Council has now completed this review and a submission has been made to the NTA. We are now awaiting a decision from both the NTA, Irish Rail and CIÉ on the matter. Dublin City Council is in a position to appoint the Contractor as soon as the licenses are on hand.

Phase 3: Newcomen Bridge to Cross Gun’s Bridge

The NTA have recently confirmed funding to advance this phase of the project through tender and start construction in 2018. Our consultant OCSC is currently finalising the tender documents with the intention of going to tender in the coming weeks.

Phase 4: Cross Gun’s Bridge to Ashtown

Request for tender documents for Consultancy Services for the detailed design for Phase 4 were issued on 30th May with  return due date of 22nd June.  It is anticipated therefore that a consultant will be in place to commence detailed design by the end of July.  It is envisaged that the works will be designed and constructed in a phased basis with Phase 1: widening and overlay of sections not dependant on land acquisition commencing construction in Q2 2019.

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€40 million secured for new round of Sports Capital funding – McAdam

Some €40 million will be made available for the new 2018 Sports Capital Programme, Fine Gael Councillor, Ray McAdam has confirmed.

The Fine Gael Leader on Dublin City Council received confirmation of the new Sports Capital Programme from Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform whose Department provided formal sanction this week to open a new round of the programme.

Councillor McAdam said: “This is brilliant news for sporting clubs and organisations across the country and here in the North Inner City. The allocation of €40m by Minister Donohoe is a substantial increase on the level of funding available in last year’s Sports Capital programme.”

“The Sports Capital Programme supports clubs and organisations on the ground, and we very much look forward to getting that money into communities around the country in order that these organisations can improve their sporting infrastructure for everybody’s benefit.

Councillor McAdam welcomed the approach of the Sports Minister, Brendan Griffin T.D. “to examine the application process so that clubs whose applications are deemed invalid, are advised of this earlier in the application process so that they can secure a brief period to rectify the application, where necessary.”

Over the coming weeks, I will be making sure that clubs and organisations across the North Inner City know that a further round of Sports Capital funding will be available and that they should start preparing for the application process straight away.

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North Inner City Regeneration Projects – UPDATE

The collapse of the three major regeneration projects under the last Fianna Fáil Government in 2008 marked for me and many people the start of our economic difficulties. All three regeneration projects, O’Devaney Gardens, Dominick Street and Croke Villas were cancelled by Fianna Fáil, largely due to their economic mismanagement of the public finances and the failed model of Public Private Partnerships that they had employed during the ‘Boom’ years.

Too many North Inner City families were led up the garden path by Fianna Fáil and their developer friends. Since my election to Dublin City Council in 2009, I have been working to with residents, Council officials and my party following its entry into Government in 2011, to get these projects back on track, contractors on site and homes being built for North Inner City people.

Opposition parties and Councillors criticize me and my party by saying that money is not being provided to build public housing. So, I asked the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council, which sees Sinn Fein as the largest party, to provide details on the amount of money provided to allow O’Devaney Gardens, Croke Villas and Dominick Street regeneration projects move to construction and what stage each of these projects are at. Owen Keegan provided this information yesterday and as you can see, Fine Gael in Government has allocated €74.4m in funding to build 201 new public homes on each of these sites.

A contractor has now been selected to begin work on O’Devaney Gardens and that contractor will begin on site, even earlier that expected. I now expect Carey Construction to start preliminary works this month. Local information sessions will be organized to take place in Stoneybatter shortly and I will share details of those meetings on Facebook and through my local ‘Stoneybatter Matters’ newsletter.

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Montpelier Hill ROAD CLOSURE

The Roads & Traffic Department of Dublin City Council has approved a temporary closure of Montpelier Hill between June 4th and 15th 2018.

The purpose of the temporary road closure is to allow Gas Networks Ireland to facilities necessary improvement works in the area. The temporary road closure order will come into effect from 00:00 on Monday, June 4th and will remain in place until 23:59 on Friday, June 15th.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN
I understand that alternative traffic arrangements will be put in place by Dublin City Council and the following arrangements will apply:
Traffic on Infirmary Road wishing to travel on Montpelier Hill to Arbour Hill will be diverted via North Circular Road, Oxmantown Road and Ard Righ Road.
Traffic on Arbour Hill wishing to travel on Montpelier Hill to Infirmary Road will be diverted via Ard Righ Road, Oxmantown Road and North Circular Road.
• Pedestrian and local access will be maintained.

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 raymcadam@gmail.com.

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Why I’m Voting YES to Repeal the 8th Amendment

Although it may have been introduced with the best of intentions, evidence and experience has shown that the 8th Amendment simply isn’t working. It is far more complicated than an ideological debate on human rights and when they begin and end. For many Irish women, the 8th Amendment is an every day stark reality. A reality that sees, on average, 9 Irish women travel overseas everyday to secure the termination of a crisis pregnancy and a reality that sees, on average, 3 Irish women obtain illegal abortion pills online just so they can end their crisis pregnancy at home.

The 8th Amendment is hard law that has given rise to so many and too many hard cases. But these hard cases are also everyday cases that could affect any one of our families. I’m Voting Yes on Friday for all the women in my life, my fiancée, my mother, my sister, my niece, my cousins, my friends and my neighbours. Should they ever be faced with a crisis pregnancy, I want them to be able to receive our care and our compassion at a time when they need it most and most importantly, at home, surrounded by their loved ones without fear of prosecution.

I’m Voting Yes on Friday, I ask you to Vote Yes as well.

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