McWilliams excuse not credible

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shane Ross must feel a little like Lord Cardigan at Balaclava this morning. After galloping down into the electoral valley of death he looks back now to see his Lord Lucan, David McWilliams, halted at the entrance with the heavy brigade and a fairly lame excuse.

Speaking yesterday on the highly influential Ray D’Arcy Show, McWilliams said he would not after all be running in the General Election. 

He said he would make a “really bad politician” because politicians in Ireland had to be “fixers” in their constituencies. Because of the way the Dáil was run, they ended up letting down the people who wanted things fixed and the people who were looking for “the big ideas”. 

McWilliams has been touring talk shows and village theatres for the last year preaching how we must change all this. That TD’s should leave the potholes and broken pavements to the councilors and only do “the big ideas.”  Even better, if they served only one Dail term they would not have to spend time fixing things in order to be reelected.

As Shane plunges yet again towards the electoral guns he must be desperately trying to figure out the real reason why David has deserted him. The battlefield is a real test of character and conviction. Shane may not survive being “stormed at by shot and shell” but at least he will be among “they that have fought so well”.


Temporary Closure of Porterstown Road

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fingal County Council has made an order temporarily closing Porterstown Road at Porterstown Level Crossing on the dates and times indicated below, to facilitate the carrying out of essential maintenance works at the level crossing.

(i)                  From 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 5th February 2011 to 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 6th  February 2011.
(ii)                Each night from 9.00 p.m. to 7.00 a.m. from Monday 7th February 2011 to Friday 11th February 2011.
(iii)               From 8.00 p.m. on Saturday 12th February 2011 to 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 13th February 2011.

The alternative routes available are:-

(i)  via Clonsilla Road, Woodwall/Anna Liffey Mills Road, Luttrellstown Road and Porterstown Road (Part Of).

(ii) via Clonsilla Road, Diswellstown Road, Carpenterstown Road, Luttrellstown Road and Porterstown Road (Part Of).

Local access will be maintained.


Update on Water Supply Situation in Fingal and Dublin

Important Notice - Water Restrictions
Following improvements in the stored capacity of water in reservoirs, Fingal County Council advises that there will be no further planned shutdowns to the water supply. However, it is intended to reduce water pressure over the next three nights and this will be done on an Area basis as before (see list hereunder). Consumers should be aware that depending on the demand for water, some areas may experience a temporary loss of supply, however, once pressure returns to normal on the following morning the water supply will be restored to all areas.

Reduced Water Pressure
Tuesday 25th January: 7pm to 7am - Area 2
Malahide, Portmarnock, Balbriggan, Bremore, Balrothery, Clonsilla(part), Porterstown, Clonee, Barnhill, Westmanstown, Lucan, Littlepace, Castaheany, Huntstown(part), Hansfield, Ongar, Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown and Kinsealy(part).

Wednesday 26th January: 7pm to 7am - Area 3
Swords, Cloghran, Baskin, Mulhuddart, Castleknock, Farmleigh, Blanchardstown, Carpenterstown, Huntstown(part), Hartstown, Blakestown, Clonsilla(part), Coolmine and Phoenix Park Racecourse

Thursday 27th January: 7pm to 7am - Area 1
Swords, Kinsealy(part), Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Loughshinny, Bayside, Sutton, and Baldoyle.


Some Housing Statistics

Friday, January 7, 2011

  • 43,077 -- Number of homes in housing estates and apartment complexes granted permission in 2009 and 2010.
  • 20,600 -- Units completed in the same period.
  • 60,000 -- Number of homes for sale today.
  • 33,226 -- New units completed or nearly completed but unsold in ghost estates.
  • 9,854 -- Homes at early stages of construction.
  • 58,025 -- Number of units for which permission is already in place, but where work has not commenced.
  • 1,958 -- First time buyers who purchased a new home in 2009.
  • €329m -- Amount paid in stamp duty in 2009, down from €1bn the previous year.
  • €220,000 -- Average price of a new house today.
  • €365,000 -- Average price in 2007, the height of the boom.
(Sources -- Central Statistics Office, Department of the Environment,
Irish Independent


Christmas Tree Recycling Points in Dublin 15

Sunday, January 2, 2011

See the 2012/2013 locations here

Fingal County Council will be accepting christmas trees at their designated Collection Points. Local residents can drop off christmas trees between the 4th - 13th January 2011.

Details of the drop off points are provided in the table below:
Open from  4th - 13th January 2011
Collection Points
Babbriggan/Skerries/Rush/Lusk Areas
Contact Ardgillan Castle Parks Depot at 01- 849 2324
Ardgillan Castle Parks Depot
Bath Road Car Park, Balbriggan
South Strand Lay-By, Skerries
Hayestown Depot, Rush
Ball Alley Car Park, Lusk
Contact Turvey Parks Depot at 01- 843 6296
Turvey Parks Depot
Outlands Parks Depot, Rathbeale Road, Swords
The Square, Donabate
Estuary Recycling Centre (during normal opening hours)
The Brook, Portrane
Santry Demesne Car Park
Charlestown Open Space, Charlestown
Malahide/ Portmarnock/ Baldoyle/ Howth
Contact Malahide Castle Parks Depot at 01-846 2456
Malahide Castle Parks Depot
Public Car Park, Strand Road, Portmarnock
Kinsealey Court, Kinsealey
The Banks Car Park, Malahide
Seagrange Park, Baldoyle
Sutton Park, Sutton
Harbour Car Park, Howth
Contact Coolmine Parks Depot at 01 - 821 3486
Coolmine Parks Depot
Auburn Avenue/Castleknock Park open space
Carpenterstown Park East, Castleknock
Corduff Park, Blanchandstown
Hartstown Park, Car Park
Millenium Park, Coolmine -Car Park
Blakestown Road/ Blakestown Way Junction, Whitestown
Littlepace Park, Castaheany, Clonee

Please note that Christmas trees only will be accepted at the above locations, other green waste, Christmas tree stands etc will not be accepted. 


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