Croke Villas – UPDATE

The first phase of the redevelopment of Croke Villas is the subject of a current Part 8 planning application (3435/17) to construct eleven homes. 

The Part 8 process commenced on July 18th last. A four week period of public consultation and display of the redevelopment plans took place in Civic Offices on Wood Quay and in the Central Area Office on Sean McDermott Street. Additional local information sessions took place in Ballybough Community Centre and in the Charleville Mall Library. The final day where local residents and interested parties could lodge a submission or observation on the planning application was August 30th 2017. 

Council officials will now prepare a report on the submissions received and present that to Councillors in advance of the October City Council meeting where this Part 8 planning application will be debated. That report will list the details of those who lodged submissions, a summary of the issues raised and a response from the Council Executive to those issues and recommendations as to how those issues can be addressed or resolved. Finally, the report will include a recommendation as to whether the planning application should be granted permission on the basis outlined in the application or if variations or modifications should be made. 

When that Council report is published and shared with Councillors, I will liaise with local residents and community groups to get their views on the application in advance of the October City Council meeting. Please contact me at if you have any questions or queries arising from the details outlined above. 

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Community Grants Scheme 2018 – Application process OPEN!

The Dublin City Council Community Grant Scheme is now open for application. The closing date is the 27th October 2017.
All applicants for the 2017 scheme will be sent an application form for next year’s scheme.
ALL APPLICATIONS should be returned to:

Community and Social Development, Block 3, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

More information can be accessed through or by contacting the Community & Social Section of the Council at Tel:2222148


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The City Council envisages that the works associated with the re-surfacing of the street will take place between Monday, October 9th and Sunday, October 15th 2017.



The Roads Maintenance Division of Dublin City Council successfully sought the temporary closure of the street to facilitate the resurfacing of the road but pedestrian and local access will be maintained for the duration of the works.


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North Strand Matters – Summer 2017

Further to my newsletter earlier this year detailing the main features of the planning application advanced by the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council for the construction of a dedicated cycle route between Clontarf and the City Centre along the North Strand Road, I want to update you further on the proposal. 192 submissions were made during the public consultation that took place earlier this year and the majority of those observations focused on the loss of car parking, loss of trees, traffic congestion, shared space between bus stops and the cycle route as well as the need to improve the public lighting and enhance CCTV along the route. Transportation officials made a presentation to myself and other local Councillors last month in advance of planning permission being sought at the September City Council meeting. That presentation included details of what is being proposed for the cycle route including:

• Removal of 44 car-parking spaces between Talbot Street and Annesley Bridge.

• Provision of segregated one way cycle tracks.

• Removal of 62 existing trees along the entire route.

• Planting of 162 new trees along the route.

As local Councillors, we recommended that the proposal not be approved pending a review of how the cycle route and bus stops could be better organised, the impact of the cycle route the North Strand in terms of traffic congestion and increased demand for parking on side streets which is already at a premium. Indeed, myself and some of my colleagues outlined our opposition to the removal of so many trees in Fairview Park. Despite the concerns of North Inner City Councillors, it is likely that Council officials will still planning approval for the Clontarf to City Centre Cycle route in September. The proposal, as currently constituted, will not be supported by me. I am happy to answer any questions or queries that you may have in respect of the proposed Clontarf to City Centre cycle route. Please email me at



Advancing the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station is a key component of our Fine Gael Government’s response to the Mulvey Report, published earlier this year. Since February, I have been, as Chairman of the Dublin Central Policing District, liaising with local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. and the Minister for Justice to ensure that Government plans are advanced as quickly as possible. Minister Donohoe as Public Expenditure Minister has been working with the Tánaiste and senior Gardaí to finalise the cost of the works involved and the nature of the works that will take place. Our local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. has insisted that all preparatory works take place this year, including the design, tendering and procurement of a potential contractor. It is envisaged that a Part VIV planning application will be prepared later this year. When details are further available, either myself or Minister Donohoe will sure to share them with local residents.


Earlier this year, East Wall and North Strand residents contacted Minister Paschal Donohoe about their concern over the revised traffic management system at the junction of the North Strand Road with Ossory Road. The majority of the concerns focused on the narrowness of the entrance to Ossory Road and the closeness of waiting vehicles to the newly installed Traffic Lights. In response to these concerns, we requested that the City Council examine the revised traffic arrangements associated with the Newcomen Bridge Cycle Project. City Council Engineers confirmed that a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit will be undertaken on site to identify any potential safety hazards which may affect any type of road user and suggest measures to eliminate or mitigate those problems. A final report is expected to be provided at the September meeting of the North Inner City Area Committee, which I chair. Once that information is available to me, I will share those details with North Strand and East Wall residents.


In recent weeks, I have received many questions and emails from North Strand residents enquiring as to what plans Dublin City Council has for the former Readymix Site which backs onto Leinster Avenue, Hope Avenue and some East Wall Road homes. In an effort to ascertain those plans, I have written to the Deputy Chief Executive of Dublin City Council requesting clarification on those plans and to provide any timelines, should the Council be considering the possible redevelopment of the site. Let me assure you that as soon as that information is available to me, I will make sure to share it with you.



I have been continuing to follow up with City Council officials to ensure the planning permission approved by Councillors some months ago is implemented as quickly as possible. Important community engagement took along the proposed PHASE II of the project in the North Wall area took place last summer. Issues arising from that community consultation have been finalised and I believe Dublin City Council should now be proceeding to tender for the selection of a contractor. I can now confirm that the City Council has now commenced the tender process for the selection of a contractor for PHASE II, which takes in the area between Sheriff Street Upper and the North Strand Road. It is anticipated that a Contractor will be selected by end October 2017. The Contractor procurement is a two stage process but it is expected that the selected Contractor will commence works on site in November 2017. In terms of PHASE III, which relates to the stretch of the Royal Canal between the North Strand Road and the Phibsborough Road, tenders for the procurement of a Contractor were issued in May 2017. From speaking with the officials, I understand the procurement process for this project will be shorter. It is anticipated that the Contractor will be appointed this month with the intention of commencing works on site in September.



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



The Dublin Central Area Office of Dublin City Council will shortly begin a pilot programme to help reduce the scourge of dog fouling across the North Inner City. Officials have identified two areas where the pilot programme will be targeted in. Dog dispensers and bins will be installed at the entrance to Fairview Park and Whitworth Road near to the Royal Canal way. City Council officials will monitor the dispensers to ensure their effectiveness. This will determine whether the pilot scheme becomes more widely used across the North Inner City by Dublin City Council.



Dublin City Council, in line with our Fine Gael Government’s Housing Action Plan has initiated the Repair & Leasing Scheme. The focus of the scheme is to deliver housing while maximising the use of existing built housing stock in the City. Dublin City Council is targeting owners with vacant housing units that require refurbishment works up to a maximum of €40,000, inclusive of VAT. The refurbishment works are to be carried out to bring the properties up to standard for rented accommodation. The capital investment cost required to refurbish the units will be offset against lease rental payments to the property owner. The City Council is advertising the scheme on where you can find full details of the scheme and how interested parties can apply. If you require any further information, please email me or the Council directly at



Our Fine Gael-led Government recently announced details of a new grant aid scheme to assist local groups in establishing community-based CCTV systems. Under the scheme, eligible community groups can apply for up to 60% of the total capital cost of a proposed CCTV system, up to a maximum grant of €40,000. Upon approval of the grant, the applicant will receive an upfront payment of 50% of the grant with the balance to be paid when the system is fully operational. €1 million has been provided by the Government in Budget 2017 and it is planned that similar funding will be available across each of the next three years. Such community run schemes, when run in conjunction with a text alert scheme helps to give our communities an enhanced ability to be proactive about the prevention of crime locally. Further details of the scheme are available by contacting the Department of Justice at



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 wishing 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. 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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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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