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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

Sport funding welcome but local Dublin clubs are losing out

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Press Statement on Sports Funding grants Local Social Democrats TD, Róisín Shortall has welcomed the announcement of funding for several sports and parks projects in Dublin North West but questioned the allocation system used. Some of the allocations include: Finglas Leisure Centre €71,000 Charleville Lawn Tennis club €67,000 Courtlands Park €46,000 Griffith Park €31,000 Ierne Sports & Social Club €19,000 Johnstown Park €132,000 Poppintree Park €41,000 Rockfield Park €150,000 Sportslink Read More

Plans for Metro and Bus services

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The Government recently announced funding for transport projects including those in north Dublin.   The plan now is to proceed with a scaled-down Metro North project linking Swords, the airport and Ballymun to the City Centre.   The plan is to have a tunnel from the City Centre to Ballymun Road with a portal on Ballymun Road somewhere between Griffith Avenue and Collins Avenue (the exact location has yet to Read More

Local Community Awards – Whitehall, Santry, Glasnevin North & Finglas East

Congratulations to all the 2015 winners of the North West Area City Neighbourhood Awards.   Award Winners included:   Seven Oaks Environmental Group and Magenta Crescent (small estates)   Courtlands and Gaeltacht Park (middle-sized estates)   The best senior citizen complex went to Domville Court in Santry.   Open Green Space awards were given to Courtlands Pedestrian entrance and Ellenfield Residents Association.   Willow Park & Pinewood Residents Association   Read More

Planning News – Finglas

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Fingal Co. Council is considering a planning application for another new indoor recreational facility in North Park in Finglas. The proposal is from Go Quest, and the idea is to have 28 challenge rooms for groups in the age range 8 and up. (FW15A/0092)   Permission has been approved for 19 new homes in Creston in Meakstown (F14A/0173).   The developers of the new nursing home at the former Ardmore Read More