Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fingal County Council has announced the launch of the Cleaner Communities Awards for 2012. Fingal Cleaner Communities is a countywide competition aiming to make our county a cleaner, greener place to live.

The Awards reward residents, community groups and businesses for their efforts in maintaining a litter-free and well presented community or place of business. A new category “Best Biodiversity Project” has been added this year which rewards people who have taken steps to promote biodiversity in their businesses or communities.  (Click on header for more).


Benzodiazepines - more addictive than heroin and deadlier than cigarettes

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A report on the prescription of Benzodiazepines in the Dublin & North East Regional Health Authority Area.

A study published in the British Medical Journal Open in January found that anyone taking sleeping pills twice a month is four times more likely to die in the next two and a half years than someone taking none at all.

People taking high doses of temazepam, one of the benzodiazepine family of drugs, were six times more likely to die. Temazepam was dispensed 32,000 times in the HSE Dublin North East Region  in 2010.


Tesco appeals against plans for Aldi Store.

Tesco have asked An Bord Pleanala to overturn Fingal County Council’s planning approval for a controversial Aldi Store in Mulhuddart village.

P&A Dunne had applied to demolish the old school house in the village and construct a single storey convenience foodstore with an off licence and car park. 

There were nine submissions made and eight of these were opposed to the development. Most of the objections were based on increased traffic volumes and alcohol sales. 

The Developers have indicated that Aldi was a likely tenant for the store. 

It is ironic that Tesco Ireland has appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanala. In 2010 local traders objected to an application for the Tesco store at Padi Ogs public house across the road from the old school house. 

One local Councillor supported that development claiming that the increased competition would be welcomed in an area where 40% of the households were single parents. 

The Tesco appeal to An Bord Pleanala is based on traffic volumes and congestion. Could another reason be that Aldi can beat them on price in Mulhuddart village as they have done everywhere else they go. 

Planning Application Details FW11A/0122      

Date of Application: 09-Dec-2011 

Date of Registration: 09-Dec-2011      Application Type: Permission 
Case Officer: Louise Murphy Applicant: P &A Dunne Location: Main Street, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 

Proposal: Planning permission for the demolition of existing buildings(335 sq. m.) 

Decision: GRANT PERMISSION    Date of FCC Decision: 09-Feb-2012
Current Status: Application under appeal 

On 09-Feb-2012, a decision GRANT PERMISSION was made by Fingal County Council on this application. 

An appeal has subsequently been lodged on 07-Mar-2012 and is now under consideration by An Bord Pleanala.


New schools and community facilities for Clonsilla and Carpenterstown

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Department of Education and Skills have applied for planning permission for a new secondary school, a new primary school and a nine room extension to an existing primary school at Porterstown.

This is really good news for the Clonsilla and Carpenterstown area. Fine Gael got a lot of criticism from the other partys when we supported rezoning land for the school sites. As well as the badly needed schools, the community and sports facilities will be a fantastic asset for the whole area.  

It is unfortunate that the Department did not get their application in six months ago. If they had the new Luttlerstown Community College might have some chance of opening its doors for next September. As it is temporary prefabs will likely have to be aquired at some €50,000 each to accommodate the new school intake. 

The new Luttrellstown Community College will be a 2 storey school building with 20 specialist classrooms, 18 general classrooms, general purpose hall, library/resource room, offices, Staff areas and ancillary accommodation with a total floor area C. 7149 m.sq. 

The College will have 5 new ballcourts, bicycle racks and 36 new carparking spaces and will be located on the southern side of Scoil Choilm. Scoil Choilm which is currently a 16 classroom primary school, will get a new special needs unit and a 2 story 8 classroom extension. 

At the eastern side of Scoil Choilm a new 16 classroom primary school is to be constructed to include a special needs unit and ancillary accommodation as well as 34 carparking spaces. 

In keeping with the Fingal schools model a new community centre and sports hall will be constructed on the Campus. Outside there will be 4 new ballcourts and parking spaces. 

Site works will include new access roads, turning circles and set down areas off the new Porterstown Link Road which is due for completion by the end of March. 

You can view the planning files here


Free day access to heritage sites for 2012

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Brian Hayes, Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, announced this morning that the ‘Free Day’ on the first Wednesday of every month is to continue in 2012 as it has proved hugely successful with almost 20,000 additional people visiting our Historic Properties and National Monuments in the last six months of 2011. 

This has acted as a boost to local economies. People should visit to get the most up to date information on the various sites, many of which are very busy sites and especially so on the free day.


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