Fortlawn Estate Water Outage

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Area Engineer has reported a problem in Fortlawn Estate today where youths have opened the fire hydrants in the estate causing a huge loss of water from the network. The Inpsector made efforts to close the hydrants but could not as the youths were throwing stones at him. Due to health and safety conserns for council staff, they will not be making further attempts today in this regard and it is therefore necessary to turn off the water supply to the whole estate until tomorrow morning.


David Norris presidential nomination in danger as Fingal councillors call in rival candidates

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Senator David Norris’s hopes of a presidential nomination may have taken a dent when the only council to have nominated him now say they want to hear from the other prospective candidates.

Fingal County Council voted to nominate Senator Norris last May. However, for this to be official, another vote must be taken when the presidential election order is signed, probably in September.

At their July meeting Fingal councillors agreed to requests from Mary Davis and Gary Smiley to address them as. The Mayor Gerry Maguire is to consider convening a special meeting in September so that other prospective candidates can be invited to make their pitch.

Somewhat surprisingly there were no objections from those who had supported Senator Norris. In the interests of democracy I think all prospective candidates should be invited to address the councillors before a final decison is made.

Senator Norris was nominated in May before his reminisances of the golden days of ancient Greece came back to haunt him. There is no guarantee that those who supported him before will do so again in September bearing in mind that the larger parties will have their campaigns well underway by then.  Only 14 of the 24 councillors voted for Senator Norris in May and some of those may have lost their enthusiasm for him by now. Others may of course change their minds when they hear from the rest of the candidates.

Please see discussion at begining of Council meeting here


Vital piece in local transport jigsaw gets go-ahead

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

N2-N3 link road gets the go ahead. Work will start shortly on the new N2-N3 link road between Tyrrelstown and the Cherryhound interchange on the Ashbourne Road.
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar announced the allocation of €6 million in funding for the project this week.

This funding represents a major breakthrough as the road has been planned for years, but was never progressed due to a lack of finance. The funding is being diverted from another road project which has stalled. The landowners have already transferred the lands to the council free of charge.

The new road will relieve traffic on the N3 and provide better access to our business parks and open up new industrial lands in North Blanchardstown for job creation. The total cost of the project is €24 million but some €15 million will be recovered from levies imposed on land owners and developers. 

One Five West, beside the Park Plaza Hotel at Tyrrelstown. Planning permission for this was dependent on the new N2/N3 link road. The planners recently rejected the proposed Snowtopia leisure project at the same location citing the lack of road infrastructure as one of the reasons.

The new road will eventually form part of an outer ring route from the Naas road to the M1 north of the airport. I have campaigned for funding for this project since the local elections in 2009 and raised it at council meetings so I’m delighted that Minister Varadkar has provided funding for it.


Council agree to name change for new estate.

Fingal County Council has agreed to my request to change the name of a new housing development in Mulhuddart. This follows appeals from Tyrrelstown residents and residents association who feel that having another estate 2km away with the same name will cause confusion.

The NABCo social housing development in Mulhuddart, is due to be occupied in September. In October 2008 the council’s naming committee recommended the two sections there be called “Tyrrelstown Park” and "Tyrrelstown Court". 

The council agreed to convene a special meeting of the naming committee on Wednesday and voted in favour of a name change with only the two Socialist Party councillors objecting. After considering a number of other names councillors voted in favour of Avondale Park and Avondale Court for the new estate. 

This is a victory for common sense and I am sure the new residents of Avondale Park will be pleased with the name. I have already had reports of people driving around Tyrrelstown looking to view the apartments in Tyrrelstown Park. This confusion will be compounded when the new park is developed in Tyrrelstown which locals intend to call Tyrrelstown Park. 

I sought a suspension of standing orders to address the issue at the July council meeting. Unfortunately I received very little support from my colleagues and indeed there was outright hostility from quite a few. I was accused of being a ‘total reactionary’ and that I was only raising the issue because ‘I didn’t want council tenants having the name of Tyrrelstown’. 

This is not a class issue. The NABCo estate will of course have social and affordable housing but there are social houses and council tenants in Tyrrelstown as well. My reason for seeking a change is to avoid the confusion that will arise from two estates with similar names located so far apart. Having failed at the council meeting I then asked the Planning Department to convene a special meeting of the naming committee. I am delighted with the outcome and so are the residents of Tyrrelstown.

You can view the July Council proceedings here (the item is at 2.44hrs). There was no time left to take the item at the end of the meeting.


€6M transport breakthrough as Minister Varadkar announces crucial N2-N3 link road

Work will start shortly on the final stage of the N2-N3 link road between Tyrrelstown and the Cherryhound interchange.

Local TD and Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar has announced his Department will allocate €6 million in funding for the project this week. This funding represents a major breakthrough as the road has been planned for years, but was never progressed due to a lack of finance.


Water outage at Swords and Castleknock

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The follow is an update on the water outage in part of Swords and also an outage at Casteknock.
Swords Area: Ridgewood & Boroimhe Water supply to both these areas went off unintentionally last night. Water pressure in the network is building slowly, as a result it will be later this evening before water is restored to Ridgewood and Boroimhe Estates. A static tanker has been put into Ridgewood Estate (beside Tesco) and in Boroimhe Estate (at the Shopping Centre) in order to facilitate consumers who are without water. When the supply is returned it may still be reduced or intermittent over the remainder of the evening and for a time tomorrow. Accordingly it is important to conserve water as much as possible during this time.

Castleknock Area: Due to a fault with the pumps in this area there is water loss to Castleknock Lodge, College Road, Georgian Village, Oak Lodge. Water should be restored in the next two hours.


Blanchardstown West Educate Together Opening September 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

The new Blanchardstown West Educate Together National School is opening its doors for the first time on September 1st 2011. The school is located on a temporary site beside Mary Mother of Hope NS in Littlepace, Dublin 15 and will eventually locate to Hansfield near Ongar.

For all the latest information on the school, or if you are interested in enrolling your child, the school’s website can be found here.



In order to facilitate essential works on the replacement of watermains at Blanchardstown Village it is proposed to introduce the following temporary road closures and lane restrictions from Monday 8th August to Monday 29th August, 2011.

Castleknock Road – to be closed from Roselawn Road for traffic travelling towards Main Street, Blanchardstown except for residents of this part of Castleknock Road including Woodpark.

Main Street, Blanchardstown – to be closed to all traffic approaching the Village at the Castleknock Road junction for the period 8th August, 2011 to 15th August, 2011. Thereafter for the period to 29th August, 2011 two-way traffic will be maintained along the part of Main Street between the Castleknock Road junction and the River Road junction. In addition during this period the westbound traffic lane between the Castleknock Road junction and the River Road junction to be closed to traffic. 

The alternative routes available are:-
(i) N3/Blanchardstown By-Pass to Snugborough Bridge, Old Navan Road and Main Street, Blanchardstown (Part Of)
(ii) Castleknock Road, Roselawn Road, Clonsilla Road and Main Street, Blanchardstown (Part Of).

Local access will be maintained.


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