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Number of Garda Sergeants in Ballymun Halved Despite Gangland Feud Threat

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On foot of Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy’s warning of a “significant feud” in Ballymun, TD for the area Róisín Shortall has hit out at the shocking drop in the number of Gardaí stationed in Ballymun. Figures released to Deputy Shortall have revealed the number of sergeants in the area has been halved, from 24 at the end of 2010, to just 12. Deputy Shortall said; “over the past year we’ve Read More

Dublin MetroLink cannot be allowed to destroy Na Fianna GAA club

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Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall TD has called on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to make a commitment to engage with public representatives and Na Fianna personnel to find alternatives to the use of the Glasnevin club’s GAA pitches for the new MetroLink route. The Dublin North West TD said: “The planned use of Na Fianna’s grounds for the construction of the metro means the club would not have access to its Read More

ABP Submission on the new Civic Plaza at College Green

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Proposed Development of a New Civic Plaza at College Green Dublin 2 and Ancillary Traffic Management Measures Submission from Róisín Shortall TD: An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street Dublin 1 March 13th 2018 I would like to begin by saying that while we are strongly in favour of general improvements to the public realm in Dublin city, we cannot support the proposal to permanently close College Green Read More

Social Democrats’ Bill to protect tenants and stem homelessness

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The Social Democrats today publish a Bill to help tackle hasty evictions, unfair rent hikes and growing homelessness by strengthening tenants’ rights. The party is seeking cross-party support for its Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Bill 2018 which extends the minimum notice period for terminations of tenancies and strengthens tenants’ rights in relation to how rent caps are monitored and applied. Party co-leader Róisín Shortall TD will introduce the private members’ bill in Read More

Fine Gael has already forgotten the lessons of last year’s General Election

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As Fine Gael gather for their think-in it seems that they have already forgotten what they were told by the electorate last year – “people want decent services not tax cuts,” claimed Roisin Shortall TD, co-leader of the Social Democrats. “The Taoiseach and his Cabinet colleagues are hung up on the notion of tax cuts for middle income earners, while what people in that bracket, and indeed all income brackets, Read More

Grave concerns for local community in Ballymun after shooting today

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Róisín Shortall, TD for Ballymun and co-leader of the Social Democrats, expressed her horror at this afternoon’s shooting incident in Ballymun and at the shocking loss of life. She voiced her grave concerns about the impact on the local community in Ballymun. Róisín Shortall said: “This afternoons gun attack in Ballymun where two people lost their lives and a number of other people were seriously injured has been met with Read More

Shortall welcomes new approach to problem quads and scramblers.

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Local TD, Róisín Shortall, today welcomed the move towards a multi-agency approach to the misuse of scramblers and quad bikes by youths and young children. Following pressure from Deputy Shortall during last week’s Dáil Questions, the Minister for Justice announced he had written to key stakeholders to ascertain what can be done to find a solution to this long running problem. Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Shortall said; “Those of Read More

“Owning a home an impossibility for thousands” – Shortall

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Co-leader of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall TD called on the Minister for Housing to urgently introduce an affordable housing scheme. Speaking today in the Dáil, Deputy Shortall said: “Given the pricing trends we’ve seen reported this week, it’s clear the government needs to intervene now. Without urgent introduction of an affordable housing scheme home ownership will continue to be an impossibility for thousands of people.” Deputy Shortall explained; “The Read More

Fine Gael’s Planning Bill will cut the Public out of Planning Process

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Social Democrats TD Róisín Shortall has warned that the Government are trying to force the public out of the planning process. The Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016, which is currently going through the Dáil, will allow developments of at least 100 houses, or 200 bed student accommodation, to skip the local authority planning process and go straight to An Bórd Pleaná. Commenting on the bill, Deputy Read More

Planning Update – January 2016

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Planning permission is being sought for 101 new homes in mainly 3 and 4 storeys, and a nursing home in a new development at the former Carmelite Convent at the corner of Griffith Avenue and the western side of Grace Park Road. (4105/15) An Bord Pleanála is currently considering an appeal in relation to a proposal to build 166 new homes on the eastern side of Grace Park Rd beside Read More