To whom it may concern;

I write to offer my observations, express my concerns and put forward some suggestions with regards to the Emerging Preferred Route for Core Bus Corridor 5, linking Blanchardstown with the City Centre through Stoneybatter.

At the outset, let me state my support for the overall Bus Connects project involving improved bus networks across the city, especially relating to the new and improve routes on an east west basis. Furthermore, I acknowledge that the investment in cycling infrastructure through Bus Connects represents the single largest investment in cycling infrastructure in the history of the State.

I also wish acknowledge the commitment made to me by the National Transport Authority with regards the retention of the Stoneybatter green Civic Space at the junction of Manor Street, Prussia Street and Aughrim Street. This commitment is welcome but I would ask that the National Transport Authority provide detailed drawings at the earliest opportunity which shows how this civic space is to be retained as part of a revised Emerging Preferred Route for Core Bus Corridor 5.

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On recommendation of the Budget Sub-Group a further round of projects was approved by the Programme Implementation Board at its meeting held on 27th March 2019. This brings the total 2019 funding allocation to date to €4,928,614 (of €6.5M). The full list of approved projects / programmes is set out on Appendix A.

The latest round of funded proposals, totaling €125,664, are as follows:

  • BITCI (Business in the Community Ireland) Summer Work Placement Programme €9,363 – Management and co-ordination of 20 paid summer work placement positions for NEIC Leaving Cert students.
  • Fighting Words CLG – €5,000 (Co funding) to provide provides free tutoring, mentoring and publishing in creative writing for children, young adults and adults with additional needs. The target is to work with an extra 1,000 children from the north east inner city and to recruit more locally based volunteer tutors.
  • St. Louise’s Day Nursery, North William Street – €6,636 Investment in Baby Room to enable participation in the DCYA NEIC Pilot Childcare initiative for Children Under 24 Month
  • Jigsaw (National Centre for Youth Mental Health) – €50,000 Fit out costs for new premises at Summerhill.
  • The Oasis Centre, St. Laurence Place East – €54,665 Interim funding for appointment of General Manager pending funding of this post by HSE in 2020.

In addition to above it has been requested by Sub-Group 3 (Creating an integrated system of social services) that an allocation of €705,000 be set aside for further projects emanating from Sub Group 3 on the understanding that more detailed proposals will be put forward for consideration by the Budget Sub Group and by the PIB.

Additional Garda resources for Liberty Park / Railway St. and environs

As reported to the March meeting, policing of Liberty Park and environs has been identified by Sub Group 1 (Tackling Crime and Drugs) as a strategic priority for 2019 and a funding proposal in this regard has been approved by the Programme Implementation Board in the sum of €370,000.

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North Inner City Graffiti Removal Report – April 2019

Between March 1st and 31st 2019, graffiti was removed by the Probation Services and the Waste Management services of Dublin City Council on the following streets:

  • North Strand Road
  • Poplar Row
  • Ossory Road
  • Marlborough Street
  • Frederick Lane
  • Dorset Lane
  • Hardwicke Lane
  • Arbour Hill
  • Aughrim Street
  • Wood Lane
  • Dominick Street Upper
  • St. James Avenue
  • Lucky Lane
  • Benburb Street
  • Six locations along Kelly’s Row
  • George’s Pocket
  • Three locations along Nerney’s Court
  • Princes Street North

If there are incidents or items of graffiti on your street or avenue, please contact me at so that I can arrange for it’s removal.

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Earlier this week, I met with Traffic Engineers and officials on Oxmantown Road to discuss how it is the City Council envisage:

➢ The possible design of the traffic scheme.

➢ The design of the tree pits.

➢ Where initial slit trenching works will take place.

➢ Potential Sheffield Hangers or Stands.

➢ Locations for Electric Car Charging Points.


Following the North Inner City Area Committee last month, where I outlined the views and feedback shared with me by Oxmantown Road residents, Dublin City Council has now procured consultants to finalise the design for the traffic calming scheme on Oxmantown Road. The consultants will finalise the design in the coming months. I expect that the design will involve tree pits similar to this image below:


The consultants will now take into consideration the feedback you provided during the consultation process I organised across February and early March. The final design will be affected by many factors including effectiveness in reducing speed, safety for cyclists, impact on parking etc.


Early next week, the City Council will undertake slit trenching at the upper end of Oxmantown Road in order to confirm the location of underground services and the viability of the scheme. I expect to receive a report arising from these slit trench works which I will share with you afterwards.


I hope this information is of assistance to you. However, if you have any questions or queries arising from the details provided, please come back to me and I will endeavour to answer any enquiries that you may have.


As your LOCAL Councillor, I work to keep you updated of issues and matters taking place in the area. If you would like to keep updated of my work on your behalf, further details are available on my website,


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North Inner City Community Policing Plan 2019

The Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee at its meeting on March 25th last formally adopted the North Inner City Community Policing Plan 2019.

The Plan set out the core community policing commitments and objectives for the year ahead and is based on the community issued that have arisen in 2018. It is also linked with the actions identified in the Mulvey Report.

As Chair of the Dublin Central Joint Policing Committee, I have worked with senior Garda management locally as well as the Community Policing teams in the Bridewell, Store Street and the Mountjoy / Fitzgibbon Street districts to ensure that as resources grow, we utilize the fullest extent to keep communities of the North Inner City safe and secure. A key element of this plan is the retention of the ‘small areas policing’ initiative to provide the highest level possible community policing service to residents, householders and businesses across the North Inner City.

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No change in Local Property Tax on the horizon – McAdam

There is no change on the horizon for the Local Property Tax (LPT), local Fine Gael Councillor, Ray McAdam, has said.


“As a result of a decision made by the Government this week, there will be no change in the amount of property tax until 2021, news that will no doubt be welcomed by homeowners in the North Inner City and across Dublin.


“Fine Gael in Government believes we need to keep the property tax in place to fund vital local services, but we also want to provide homeowners with stability in terms of the amount of tax they have to pay.


“If the Government had not taken action this week, many homeowners across the North Inner City would be facing significant hikes in the LPT later this year due to rising house prices. We don’t think that would be fair, so the date for valuations is being deferred and more work will be done in the meantime to build a political consensus on how the tax can be maintained and reformed and to ensure that increases where they arise are fair and affordable.


“It is important to reassure people that nobody will face steep increases in the LPT, and any reports of that nature are simply not accurate. My constituency colleague, the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe T.D. has confirmed that any increases, where they do occur, should be modest, fair and affordable. 


“The report on the LPT – which puts forward a number of options – will be considered by the Budget Oversight Committee in the Oireachtas, and Minister Donohoe has said he wants to build a consensus on a reformed property tax model.  The Minister has also signalled that he expects a reformed LPT would be based on widening the bands for property tax and adjusting the rates.


“In the meantime we are providing certainty for North Inner City homeowners up to 2021, avoiding a sudden surge in the amount of tax due, to ensure that increases where they arise are affordable and fair.”

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Croke Park Local Community Recruitment Drive 2019

Aramark Ireland provides all the hospitality services in Croke Park and over 30% of their team are already from the local community!

The Croke Park annual open community recruitment drive for local residents in Croke Park will take place on:

  • Thursday, April 4th, 5pm – 8pm.
  • Friday, April 5th, 5pm – 8pm.
  • Saturday, April 6th, 12pm – 5pm.

The following positions will be recruited for this year:  

  • Cashiers 
  • Chefs 
  • Wait Staff
  • Bar Staff 
  • Kitchen Porters

Interviews will be taking place in the Cusack Stand side of the stadium – enter via the St. Joseph’s Avenue entrance (turn at the Daybreak Store on Clonliffe Road).  Please remember to bring a copy of your CV with you.

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