City Council Anti-dumping initiative – North Inner City

Further steps are now being taken by Dublin City Council to combat the scourge that continues to be illegal dumping. Within the North Inner City, an anti-dumping campaign has been launched where illegally dumped bags on a targeted number of streets will be searched and collated.

Additional temporary signage will be erected informing the public that Council operatives are inspecting the area. Over a three weekend period, prior to Christmas, 378 bags were removed and searched. 8 separate fines were issued to individuals as a result of evidence in bags illegally dumped.

The City Council operated on the following streets across Stoneybatter, Phibsborough, East Wall, Ballybough and the Church Street district, including:

  • Arbour Hill Road
  • Aughrim Street
  • Prussia Street
  • Fingal Place
  • Cowper Street
  • Fitzroy Avenue
  • Whitworth Terrace
  • O’Connell Avenue
  • The Boro
  • Sarsfield Street
  • Glengarriff Parade
  • St. Ignatius Road
  • Merchant’s Road
  • Norton Avenue
  • North Frederick Street
  • Dominick Street Upper
  • Palmerston Place
  • Mountjoy Street West
  • Mountjoy Street
  • Castle Terrace
  • Berkeley Road
  • Berkeley Street
  • Blessington Street
  • St. Joseph’s Parade
  • Royal Canal Bank
  • Great Western Square
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Planning application lodged for Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station refurbishment.

The Office of Public Works has formally lodged an application for planning permission with Dublin City Council for the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station. Local Minister, Paschal Donohoe T.D. and I, as Chairperson of the Dublin Central Policing District have been working with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D., officials in the Office of Public Works, Department of An Taoiseach, Department of Justice and Equality and Dublin City Council to advance this planning application in line with the commitment made by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. in July 2016.

The planning application was lodged on December 19th 2017 and the appropriate planning reference number for the application is 4568/17.

As with any other planning application, I have detailed the main features of the planning application lodged with the City Council to allow the refurbishment of Fitzgibbon Street Garda Station take place.

1. Demolition and removal of:

• Existing single storey block at rear of No. 30 Fitzgibbon Street (15 sq.m).

• Existing outdoor oil tank storage with corrugated sheet canopy;

• Existing metal gates and palisade fencing at the Charles Lane entrance.

2. Full internal and external refurbishment and repair of the existing 4-storey-over-basement building at No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street and 2-storey-over-basement building at No. 30 Fitzgibbon Street.

3. Full repair of existing single storey outbuilding at rear of No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street.

4. Replacement of existing timber single glazed windows to the front and aluminium windows to the rear of No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street with original steel casement windows.

5. Construction of a new external emergency escape stairs at the rear of No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street.

6. Construction of a new plant room at the rear of No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street.

7. Construction of a new external universal access pedestrian ramp at the main entrance to No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street.

8. Provision of new metal gates and railing at the Charles Lane entrance.

9. Construction of new roof upstand to accommodate roof access door, new lift roof enclosure and provision of a new roof safety guardrail at the perimeter of the roof area.

10. Repair of the 7 no. existing rooflight units to No. 24-28 Fitzgibbon Street.

11. Hard landscaping to rear courtyards with 12 no. car parking spaces, including an area for bicycles and bin storage.

12. Upgrading of drainage system and associated ancillary works. The total site area relating to this proposed development is 1,945 sq.m.

Drawings and particulars of the proposed development area available for inspection between 9.30 am and 12.30 pm and between 2.30 pm and 5 pm, Monday to Friday for a period of 6 weeks (the period between the 24th day of December and the first day of January, both days inclusive, shall be disregarded) beginning on the date of publication of this notice at:

The Office of Public Works, (Major Projects), 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 and Fitzgibbon Street Garda Offices, 30 Fitzgibbon Street, Dublin 1.

Submissions and/ or observations with respect to the proposed development, dealing with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area, may be made in writing during a 6-week period (the period between the 24th day of December and the first day of January, both days inclusive, shall be disregarded) beginning on the date of publication of this notice to:

The Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland, Office of Public Works (Major Projects), 52 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

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North Inner City families set to have a little more in their pockets in 2018 – McAdam

North Inner City families are set to have a little more in their pockets in 2018, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

The Fine Gael Leader on Dublin City Council, Councillor Ray McAdam reports that Government measures coming into force in 2018 will ensure that families continue to benefit from the economic recovery.

“Tax cuts announced by the Government in Budget 2018 will come into force in the New Year. This is good news for hard pressed working families here in the North Inner City who will have a little more in their pockets.

“In Budget 2018 we increased the entry point to the higher rate of income tax by €750 per annum, from €33,800 to €34,550. Together with the USC cut this is worth €500/600 to an average family on two incomes.

Fine Gael also reduced the Universal Social Charge in Budget 2018. This is the fourth such increase we have introduced, designed to ease the tax burden on low and middle income people, making life a little easier for them and their families.

Over the last three Budgets, Fine Gael also increased the Earned Income Tax Credit to €1,150. This benefits self-employed people and helps them to create jobs here in the North Inner City.

“It’s also good to note that as the economy has improved, wage rates have started to grow again. The Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 provides for sustainable wage growth over the 3-year period 2018 to 2020 ranging from 6.2% to 7.4%. These increases to pay will bring 90% of public servants out of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation, by the end of 2020.

“Families with young children are also now benefitting from the childcare measures introduced by the Government in September. A universal childcare subsidy of up to €1,040 per year, for children aged from 6-months up to starting their free preschool year at 36 months was introduced in September 2017.

“In addition, there is a further targeted childcare support for families on lower incomes, worth up to €7,500 per year for children aged 6 months to 15 years of age.

“We also introduced Paternity Benefit for new fathers this year for the first time in the history of the State. The most recent figures show that since its introduction, over 27,000 fathers have taken up this option of Paternity Benefit nationally.

“Fine Gael is delivering for families in the North Inner City. The gains we have made since the dark days of the recession are hard won and they are fragile, especially in the context of Brexit. However we are in a position to protect our economic recovery and use some of the resources it provides to give everyone a fair chance, and the opportunity to reach their full potential.

“The Government is continuing its investment in education, health, childcare and housing and giving a little back to those who have had to make sacrifices during what were very tough times for our country.

“Our recovering economy allows the Government to ensure that people and families here in the North Inner City will experience sustained improvements in their lives.”

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GP cards and respite care to support North Inner City carers and people with disabilities- McAdam

GP visit cards and extra funding for respite care will help carers and people with disabilities in the North Inner City, a Fine Gael Councillor has said.

The new measures will see all carers in receipt of Carer’s Allowance qualify for a GP Visit Card, while an additional €10 million in funding will be rolled out to provide respite care for persons with disabilities.

Councillor Ray McAdam said the Government has recognised the need for further supports for those who are caring for the most vulnerable in our society.

“I hope these new measures will go some way to helping the devoted carers and people with disabilities in the North Inner City.

“We have all witnessed the strain that many families are under in caring for their loved ones, a role which is taken on without any hesitation.

“However, carers themselves also require our support and I am delighted that my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Health Simon Harris, has been able to allocate additional funding to improve respite care services and to ensure that all carers can access GP services without charge.

“This measure will ensure that everyone who is a carer and in receipt of Carer’s Allowance and who up to now has not qualified on means or age grounds will now be able to attend a GP free of charge.

“This will be implemented in 2018, subject to the drafting and enactment of the necessary legislation.”

Councillor McAdam continued: “I hope the funding will also enable our carers in <county> to get a well-deserved break.

“Their important role places them and their families under great strain and often compromises their own health and wellbeing. This funding will ensure a break for those who need it most.

“Some €8 million will provide 12 dedicated respite houses around the country – one in each Community Health Area- plus an additional three houses in the greater Dublin area to respond to the very high demand for respite from this area. These additional twelve respite houses will provide approximately 19,000 respite nights per year to the people living in those areas on a full year.

“An extra €2million funding will be used for innovative respite solutions, such as Home Sharing and extended day services, to provide assistance where people need it most.

“Government recognises and acknowledges the immense sacrifices that carers make on a daily basis and the commitment and compassion that they show to ensure the continued health and well-being of their loved ones.

“These new measures reflect this Government’s continued commitment to ensure that carers have access to services that will protect the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of carers and those they are looking after.”

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Dublin City Council Waste Services – Christmas 2017 arrangements

LOCAL BRING CENTRE OPENING TIMES

GRANGEGORMAN.

I can also confirm that the Grangegorman Bring Centre will also be open on Sunday January 7th, 14th and 21st between 10am and 2pm to facilitate the recycling of Christmas trees and other packaging from over the holidays.

LOCAL RECYCLING CENTRE OPENING TIMES

SHAMROCK TERRACE.

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Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme sees €37,673 for North Inner City clubs – McAdam

Fine Gael Councillor for the North Inner City, Ray McAdam, has announced that funding has been granted to 8 North Inner City clubs and projects under the Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme.

Over €37,000 in funds benefiting 8 youth projects across the county was announced by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

The Scheme was developed to support the work of volunteers, to enhance the experience of members, and to provide vital equipment to local youth clubs and groups.

Councillor McAdam said: “This funding will be a great benefit to youth clubs and youth projects here in the North Inner City over the coming year.

“The Scheme was administered through the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.

“The grants will assist clubs in the purchase of camping, gaming, sports and audio visual equipment. Other clubs, for example, have used the grant to purchase musical equipment which would otherwise unavailable to them.

“The diverse range of the grants awarded is reflective of the clubs which applied and the young people who partake in their activities.

“The following North Inner City clubs and projects have received funding this year:

Complex Youth Theatre

Dorset Street Afterschool

East Wall Swimming & Canoe Club

East Wall Watersports Group

NEIC Adventure Club

Ozanam Youth Group

The Cavan Centre

St. Mary’s Youth Club

“I want to give a big thank you to everyone involved with these very important projects locally. The volunteering you do is of enormous benefit to the entire community,” the Fine Gael Councillor said.

Minister Zappone said: “What made this scheme unique was that clubs were asked to consult with the young people themselves to ascertain their opinions on what equipment should be applied for.

“It was a key feature of the scheme that any equipment applied for must directly benefit the members of the youth club or group.”

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Stoneybatter Matters – December 2017

With the onset of Christmas, I have decided not to distribute a December edition of Stoneybatter Matters but rather provide an online update, which I have detailed briefly below.

I continue to work closely with Minister Paschal Donohoe on all local issues. Please make sure to contact with either one of us if we can be of help to you and your family.

STREET SIGNAGE

Dublin City Council is currently organizing a new street name plate tender. As part of that tender, officials have included Ostman Place, Sigurd Road and other Stoneybatter streets have been included in the tender, at my request. This work is being advanced by the Roads Maintenance Department and will be actioned early in the new year.

STONEYBATTER GULLY CLEANING

The Surface Water & Flood Management Division of Dublin City Council has commenced gully cleaning works across Stoneybatter. Work began last month and will be completed in early January. If you have particular questions about shores or gullies on your street, please email me at raymcadam@gmail.com so that I can ensure those gullies and shores are cleaned as thoroughly as possible.

HANLON’S CORNER – TRAFFIC REVIEW

The Traffic Management & Control Section of the City Council has agreed to amend the traffic lights at Hanlon’s Corner by six seconds. This will see westbound traffic being stopped earlier than eastbound traffic and therefore allowing vehicles and cyclists safely clear the junction while westbound traffic is stopped. The yellow box opposite Annamoe Road is to be reduced in size so as to enable vehicles to legally stop before the traffic lights. I’ll update you as to when the works will be carried out.

ST. JOSEPH’S ROAD RIGHT TURN BAN

The Traffic Advisory Group has recommended that traffic will no longer be able to turn right on Prussia Street from St. Joseph’s Road during the morning rush-hour between Monday and Friday. Therefore, between 7am and 10am, Monday through Friday, vehicular traffic will not be permitted to turn left, off Aughrim Street onto St. Joseph’s Road. Cyclists will be permitted to use the junction, however. I expect that this decision will be implemented shortly.

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