"In line with public service norms"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Not so sure all public servants would agree with the Taoiseach on this.

November 26, 2008

Mr Molloy's resignation dominates Dail proceedings as the opposition parties quiz Taoiseach Brian Cowen on the terms of the Fas chief's resignation.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny seeks assurances that there will be no "agreement on severance pay or a golden handshake" until Mr Molloy co-operates with investigations of the Public Accounts Committee into spending at the crisis-ridden state agency.

Mr Cowen responds, saying Mr Molloy's severance arrangements are "in line with public service norms", while commending him for being both accountable and honourable in his actions and decision to resign.

Roddy was of course a senior civil servant at the department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment


Lynam Planning Application - Additional Information

Thursday, September 24, 2009

La Vista Ltd and EP Lynam Properties Ltd have submitted the additional information requested by the Planning Authority for the proposed development in Clonsilla (FW09A/0019/A1.

While some useful changes have been requested and made, the development fails to take due cognisance of the special village character of Clonsilla.

High density development of up to five stories is unsuitable for his site. It’s proximity to the rail station means that the planners must encourage high density something which is supported by both the Green and Labour Parties. However, there are already three thousand units planned for the Hansfield SDZ at Clonsilla Station. This is why in a recent submission to the planners with Leo Varadkar T.D., I suggested that at this place and time the need to retain and protect the unique character of Clonsilla village outweighs any requirements for higher density at this location.

Among the changes provided for in the additional information are:

The houses backing onto Portersgate Estate have been moved away further east providing for larger rear gardens of approximately 80sq.m. to make up for the nonprovision of Class 1 open space. This will be welcomed by Portersgate residents and will help protect the trees and hedging along the boundary.

In the first scheme two bed apartments accounted for 89% of units and this has been altered at the request of the planners to 64% with three beds now accounting for 24% of units and one beds 11%. Requests for additional storage space and balconys for apartments have been supplied as has bin storage for the terraced houses.

Additional information has been supplied to the council's parks, water and transport departments as well as a road safety audit.


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