Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan – More apartment madness!

dún laoghaire harbour protest group photoThe  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.

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New Government – Same Old Bus Cuts!

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.

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New Plan for Social Housing – Another Bailout for Developers

boarded up house photoThe 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.

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Community Gardens, more needed!

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.

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Loughlinstown Swimming Pool

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.

Dalkey Island

dalkey island photoIn 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.

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Shankill Youths

shankhill young people group protraitTeenagers 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.

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