St. Catherine's Park Masterplan

Friday, March 29, 2013

St. Catherine's Park is a 200 acres park located along the banks of the river Liffey between Lucan and Leixlip. The park is best known for the attractive old woodlands in the southern part of the park, while the northern part of the park mainly comprises of sports pitches and open grassland.

The park is currently relatively underused with low numbers of people walking their dog in the park and soccer teams using some of the pitches in the weekend. The park is also an important nature conservation area and part of the River Liffey proposed Natural Heritage Area is included within the parkland boundaries.

Proposed lake for St. Catherine's park
Given the large urban population base in the area, it is envisaged that St. Catherine's Park can become a valuable recreational facility. Not only for the people in Lucan, Leixlip and Clonee, but for the much wider region covering Dublin 15, Kildare and South County Dublin.


5.5% Drop in Crime Levels Last Year

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Central Statistics Office today published the recorded crime statistics for 2012. Speaking on publication the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Mr Alan Shatter TD, welcomed the reduction of 5.5% in the published figures for recorded crime and a reduction in 10 of the 14 crime groups for which figures are given over the previous year.


€2.75 million Capital Funding for Childcare Providers

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald TD has announced the allocation of €2.75 million to support the ongoing improvement of the childcare sector. In 2012, Minister Fitzgerald reintroduced a capital funding scheme for childcare for the first time since 2008.


Fingal Recycling Centres Easter Opening Times

Friday, March 22, 2013

Coolmine Recycling Centre
Estuary Recycling Centre
Good Friday (29th March)
Saturday 30th March
Open 9am to 4pm
Open 8am to 6pm
Easter Monday (1st April)
Tuesday 2nd April
Open 8am to 8pm


Septic Tank Registrations at 86% but Dublin Lags.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Below are details in relation to the registration of domestic wastewater treatment systems (septic tanks) across the country, broken down by Council. Nationally, 79% of the estimated total number of domestic wastewater systems, based on Census 2011 data, have been registered. When the applications that are awaiting processing are included, the compliance rate increases to 86%.

Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan made the following statement to the Dail on Tuesday.


Dramatic improvement in Health Service in 2012

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

There has been some very dramatic improvements in the Health Service last year according to the latest statistics released by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD :-


Youth Café Capital Funding Programme

Funding of up to €1 million is available from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs for fit-out, refurbishment works or building enhancement projects for the startup of new Youth Cafés.

One of the core functions of a youth café is that it offers support to young people, ranging from practical support to advice through their participation in activities that are of interest to them and that are varied and on offer at times that suit their normal activities. In awarding funding, the Department will endeavour to ensure that there is a geographical spread of youth cafés from the funding commensurate to existing provision in the area.


New Company Start-ups Highest Since 2008

Friday, March 8, 2013

Signs of economic recovery in Ireland continue with 1,317 new Irish companies being formed in February of this year - an average of 47 per day - up 6% on February 2012. This is the highest figure for Irish company start-ups in February since 2008.

Added to this, 2,706 Irish businesses were registered, up 5% on February 2012 (2,577).

If we combine new companies and businesses we see a total of 7,645 brand new Irish Start-Ups for the first two months of the year.


Fingal Begins Water Metering Survey

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fingal County Council has begun a survey of its water assets, in order to gather information to support the roll-out of water meters for domestic consumers. This is being done as part of a national water metering survey.

The survey involves a council employee carrying out a visual examination of the service connection/stop-cock at each property on the public water network. This will determine, in advance, if homes are likely to be suitable for a meter to be installed and, if so, the degree of work required during the installation of the meter.


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