The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company has proposed a €250 million redevelopment of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Incredibly, the plan includes proposals for 300 multi-storey apartments. Clearly, the Harbour Company have not noticed that speculative property development caused the current economic crash. With hundreds of thousands of empty properties and ghost estates across the country the harbour company’s plan for more apartments is totally unacceptable and repeats all the mistakes of the Celtic Tiger era.
Prior to the general election local residents and the People Before Profit Alliance organised protests opposing the removal of the 46a from Monkstown Farm and cuts to the other bus services in the area. Labour and Fine Gael TD’s including Eamon Gilmore and Sean Barrett said they supported the campaign, but once in government they have continued to carry through the cuts, both locally and across the city.
The Government has announced that it will build no more council houses! Delivery of social housing will now be by an extension of the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and long-term leasing. These schemes will see councils rent houses and apartments at market value from a landlord and use it to house someone from the housing list. The tenant then pays a rent to the council. The length of the lease will be three, five, ten or twenty years.
The HSE is planning to close Loughlinstown Hospital’s 24hr Accident and Emergency Department in November of this year, and replace it with day-time minor injury service. This is part of the plan to cut A&E services at nine hospitals around the country. These cuts have already provoked major protests in Roscommon and Portlaoise.
The Fine Gael/Labour government came to power promising change from the disastrous policies of Fianna Fail and the Greens. They have betrayed those promises completely and are continuing the failed policy of bailing out banks and bondholders, while crushing ordinary people with cut-backs and austerity.
Since the Shanganagh Community Beach Gardens opened last year it has proved to be a great success. There are dozens of local residents and community groups now involved and coming together in a communal spirit to grow their own vegetables. As the work on the sewage treatment plant draws to a close the community gardens are set to double in size.
Loughlinstown Leisure centre will soon get a revamped sports complex, including the construction of a new 25 metre swimming pool. The Council have assured local residents that the new swimming pool will be accessible and available on a pay by use basis. It will be a huge boost for the County and particularly for people who live close by.
We will campaign to ensure that the new complex is open for the use of all to enjoy. Construction is due to start in September.
In June the council unanimously supported a motion, put forward by Cllr Melisa Halpin, to facilitate passenger boat trips to Dalkey Island. Council Management, however, continue to insist that the landing
jetty on the island and the steps at Coliemore Harbour are unsafe and not suitable for commercial boat trips. They refuse to furnish local man, Ken Cunningham, with the necessary documentation to allow him to run a passenger boat service legitimately.
Finally the much waited for flood prevention works at the Carysfort/Marettimo Stream, have begun and the emergency works for Glasthule and Sandycove are nearly complete. Richard Boyd Barrett, had tabled motions at council level on both of these issues.
Teenagers in Shanganagh Cliffs and Rathsallagh along with residents from the area have come together to establish a new youth group. “The Shankill Youths” has approximately thirty teenage boys and girls aged 14-18. The group has been on various outings including visits to the National Aquatic Centre, Go Karting, and Skiing in the Dublin mountains.