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.

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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As your local Councillor, I wanted to sure you has the necessary information in advance of the concerts and to provide you with the contact details for the Community Liaison Officer apopointed by Aiken Promotions in line with the Event Licence permission.


Dublin City Council, on March 16th last,  granted an outdoor event licence to hold three outdoor concerts in the Phoenix Park (Whitefields Site) on the 16th (Wednesday) 18th (Friday) & 19th (Saturday) May 2018.

Gates open for each of the three concerts at 5pm, with the entertainment beginning from 6pm. The last act is due to finish each evening at 11.30pm.

Permission is subject to 27 separate conditions, including, but not exhaustively:

• Final Event Management Plan which had to be submitted to Dublin City Council 14 days in advance of the first concert.

• Agreement of Traffic Management Plan.

• Approval a Community Communication Plan, to include:

◦ Appointment of a Community Liaison Officer

◦ Local Residents’ Hotline to be answered between 9am & Midnight on each of the three concert days.

• Agreement and Implementation of Litter & Waste Management cleaning plan, which must include specific areas for litter picking:

◦ Chapelizod Road / Village and areas around the Bridge Inn pub on St. Laurence’s Road and the West County Hotel, Lucan Road.

◦ Conygham Road,

◦ Castleknock Road,

◦ Blackhorse Avenue – between North Circular Road to Ashtown Gate

◦ Old Cabra Road – between North Circular Road to the Navan Road

◦ Navan Road to Ashtown roundabout

◦ Ashtown roundabout to Ashtown Train Station

◦ North Circular Road as far as Phibsborough

◦ Infirmary Road

◦ Parkgate Street

◦ These areas must be litter free by 6am the morning after each Concert.


Aiken Promotions has appointed Yvonne Thunder as the Community Liaison Officer as required under the permission granted by Dublin City Council for the Outdoor Event Licence for the Ed Sheeran concerts later this week.

Yvonne has been tasked with dealing with logistical questions / concerns relating to the three concerts. She can be contacted until 7pm this evening by:

• Phone: 087 931 4511

• Email: yvonne.thunder@gmail.com

A contact number of Aiken Promotions is 087 976 9315 is available for you to contact in respect of any queries between 8am and 10pm from May 14th until May 20th.


From the permission granted by Dublin City Council, all works in the Phoenix Park associated with the three concerts is expected to be completed by Sunday, 27th May. All works are to be undertaken within the hours of 8am and 10pm, daily. The only exception being Saturday 19th May where works are permitted to continue until 1am.


Under the Traffic Management Plan agreed with the Transportation Department of Dublin City Council, the following road closures will apply:

• Castleknock road from junction at Auburn Avenue up to Ashtown Gate

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 4pm – 1am

• Blackhorse Avenue from Ashtown Gate to Nephin Road

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 4pm – 1am

• Chesterfield Avenue East Bound in to the city

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 4pm – 1am

• Chesterfield Avenue West Bound out to Castleknock

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 6pm – 1am

• Parkgate Street, Wolfe Tone Quay to Father Mathew Bridge

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 9pm – 1am

• Conyngham Road (from Island Bridge to Parkgate Street)

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 9pm – 1am

• North Circular Road from Aughrim Street to Infirmary Rd

◦ (16th, 18th & 19th May) 9pm – 1am

• North Road from Mountjoy Cross to Ashtown Gate

◦ (13th – 21st May) Midnight – 11.59pm

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