What happens if the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach?

Friday, February 26, 2016

The next sitting of the Dáil will be 10th March at 10.30am. What happens if the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach?

There is no deadline by which a Taoiseach must be nominated. If the Dáil fails to nominate a Taoiseach, the Dáil can be adjourned, by agreement, until another day. The motion to adjourn can be debated before being voted upon. There have been two occasions on which the Dáil has failed to nominate a Taoiseach: 1989 and 1992.

In 1989, the Dáil defeated all motions proposing individuals as Taoiseach, leading the outgoing Taoiseach, Charles Haughey, to proceed to Áras an Uachtaráin and formally resign the post. He was nominated Taoiseach at a subsequent Dáil sitting on another day.

In 1992, Albert Reynolds (outgoing Taoiseach), John Bruton and Dick Spring were all proposed in turn as Taoiseach, but none of them was nominated. The 27th Dáil transacted substantial other business in the "inter regnum" period (from 14 Dec 1992 to 12 Jan 1993). On the 15th December, Albert Reynolds announced that he had resigned as Taoiseach and that the President had accepted his resignation. The House then went on (on the 15th and 16th December) to deal with various business.

Proposals for Taoiseach resumed on the 22nd December without success and the Dáil adjourned until 5th January, when they were again unsuccessful.

The Taoiseach was finally nominated and appointed on 12th January 1993.

Once the Taoiseach has been nominated, he / she will proceed to Áras an Uachtaráin to be formally appointed by the President. At this stage the House will suspend the sitting until later that day.

When the House re-convenes, the Taoiseach and his / her party will take the seats on the Government side of the House. The next business is the approval of the nominations by the

Taoiseach of other members of the Government. A certain amount of time may be allocated for a debate and following this a vote will be taken. It would be unusual to have any other business on the first sitting day. The House will then adjourn until the next sitting day.


Flood Risk Management Options for the Strawberry Beds and Liffey Valley - Have your say.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Public Consultation Day in relation to Flood Risk Management Options for the Strawberry Beds (Fingal Area – northern bank of River Liffey between Lucan and Chapelizod), will be held at Lucan Library, Unit 16, Superquinn Shopping Centre, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, Co. Dublin from 1.00pm to 7.00pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

CFRAM is Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management. The national CFRAM programme commenced in Ireland in 2011.

The CFRAM Programme is central to the medium to long-term strategy for the reduction and management of flood risk in Ireland.


Submissions invited on Draft Fingal Development Plan

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Draft Fingal Development Plan 2017 to 2023 went on public display on Friday, 19th February, 2016 in our civic offices and libraries. The Plan sets out Fingal County Council’s policies and objectives for the development of the County over the Plan period. The Plan seeks to secure the development and improvement in a sustainable manner of the economic, environmental, cultural and social assets of the County.

See links below where all documents can be viewed.

Submissions can be made through link below by April 29th 2016.

A number of Public Information Drop-in Sessions are scheduled during the public consultation phase of the Development Plan process as follows

Public Information Drop-in Sessions that are scheduled during the public consultation phase of the Development Plan process. The details are shown below:

County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Tuesday 8th March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Blanchardstown Library, Civic Centre, Blanchardstown Centre,  Dublin 15
Thursday 10th March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Balbriggan Library, George’s Square, Balbriggan. Co Dublin
Tuesday 15th  March
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Rush Library, Chapel Road, Rush, Co. Dublin 
4th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Baldoyle Library, Strand Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13
Thursday 7thApril
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co Dublin
Thursday 14th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry, Dublin 9
Tuesday, 19th April
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm


Free Home Insulation Service

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Free Insulation : Under the Better Energy Warmer Homes scheme- certain home owners in Ireland can get energy saving work done on their houses for FREE.
In Dublin Energy Action delivers this SEAI Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme to qualifying households.
This service aims to improve the energy efficiency and comfort conditions of homes occupied by low-income and elderly households. As a Dublin based charity their free home insulation service is confined to the greater Dublin area. However, Energy Action links with 23 other Community Based Groups (CBOs) spread throughout the country, delivering a similar service

You will be eligible to apply if you are a homeowner and your home was built before 2006 and you are getting one or more of the following benefits:

a) Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme **
b) Family Income Supplement
c) Jobseeker’s Allowance for over 6 months with at least 1 child aged under 7 .
d) One Parent Family Payment (This was added to the criteria from Jan 2016)

** Pensioners can get the fuel allowance if their weekly income is below €330.30 (single) or €536.60 (couple)

The measures currently available for free under this scheme are:
  • Free Attic insulation 
  • Free Cavity wall insulation
  • Free Draught proofing 
  • Free Hot Water tank Lagging jackets
  • Free Low energy light bulbs.

This scheme has been allocated extra funding for 2016
Landlords can’t get funding under this scheme – but if they have tenants in energy poverty (or at risk of it) landlords can apply for other grants under the Better Energy Scheme
The services are provided by a panel of non-profit local community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. The initial process begins with a surveyor calling to your home to confirm that you are eligible and assess the amount of work needed. The work is then done by an installer, if budget is available. Inspections are carried out on a sample of homes completed to ensure that standards are maintained.

You have to call this freephone number to apply : 1800 250 204.

Or e-mail warmerhomes@seai.ie

If you don’t qualify for this scheme – you could qualify for grants towards the cost of a new boiler or home insulations. More information here grant scheme for home insulation and boiler upgrades 


Phibblestown Community Centre To Host Election Count For Dublin West

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The election count for the Dublin West Constituency on Saturday 27th February will be held in the splendid Phibblestown Community Centre. Thanks to the centre manager Helen Diamond and her staff for facilitating this. For those unfamiliar with the area here is a Map.

Dublin West Election Count for #GE16
If your name is not on the Register of Electors you may still make an application to be included in a supplement to the Register on form RFA2.  You need to fill in the form and bring it to your local Garda Station to have your signature witnessed. You will need to bring proof of identity and of address.


An Bord Pleanála rule against Aldi Store at Clonsilla

Thursday, February 4, 2016

An Bord Pleanála have upheld appeals against the decision of the planning authority to grant Aldi Stores (Ireland) Limited permission for a retail store at Weavers Row on the Clonsilla Road.

Architects impression  of proposed Aldi Store at Clonsilla
This is the second attempt by Aldi to develop a site they are reputed to have paid €11m for during the boom.
ABP outlined its reasons as follows:

"It is an objective in the current Fingal County Development Plan 2011-2017 to implement the Urban Centre Strategy for Clonsilla. The site of the proposed development forms a significant portion of undeveloped lands within the Urban Centre Strategy which are identified as Opportunity Area number 3.


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