Saving the Poolbeg Chimneys is only the first step –

Saving the Poolbeg Chimneys is only the first step     Green Party councillors in Dublin are calling for a wider focus in discussions around the Poolbeg Chimneys. Saving the iconic landmarks is only the first step in the regeneration of the whole area. An emergency motion is to be put to Dublin City Council by Cllr Patrick Costello and …

School Shortages and Other Planning Disasters

We need more school places in our area.   I have met numerous families who struggle to get a place for their child. The importance of education is clear to everyone but there is something of a crisis in our area: people cannot get their children into local schools such is the demand for places and a lack of supply. …

The Growing Monster of Homelessness.

With so much happening in the past few years with crisis after crisis it seemed convenient to ignore the quietly growing monster that is homelessness. We are looking into a crisis in terms of homelessness – each day Dublin City Council is spending thousands to put families into hotels and B&B’s. Recent news stories of families living in their cars …

Dooder Action Day – Enjoy A Cleaner River

  I have been writing to constituents to spread the word about the Dodder Action Day, organised by Dodder Action Group, a worth event that needs the communities support to work. Dodder Action is an umbrella group of hardworking volunteers who want to maximise the potential of the River Dodder as an amenity for the local communities. The group includes …

Grants to make your home more energy efficient.

Through relatively straightforward measures you can improve the energy efficiency of your home making it warmer, cheaper to heat and better for the environment. Although these involve huge potential for long-term savings, energy efficiency measures do require an initial investment.  Luckily there are grants and incentive schemes to help you in upgrading your home.  I have gathered up all the …

Detox Yoga Workshop fundraiser (22 March, 2-4.30pm, Leeson Park)

TIME:       2pm – 4.30pm DATE:      22 March 2014 VENUE:   Lesson Park, Methodist Centenary Church, 4 Leeson Park, Dublin 4 (map below) Coming into spring yoga workshop incorporating a dynamic asana (posture) series, pranayama (breath work) and a long relaxation. Sharon Waters (RYT 200) is inspired by the Ashtanga yoga tradition, a flowing, dynamic practice.  Recently, she has also been working with …

Long Term thinking and Homelessness

Every Christmas the problem of homelessness gets big press, and with steadily rising number of people out of home and sleeping rough it is only right that this issue gets some serious coverage. However I have worked in a variety of homeless services in Dublin and I know that when the Christmas spotlight fades the problem doesn’t. Homelessness is a …

Repair and Upkeep of Deirdre Kelly Memorial, Ranelagh

I stood proudly with my local scout group the day they unveiled the memorial to local historian Deirdre Kelly on the triangle in Ranelagh. Deirdre had been the Group leader of Leeson Park Scout Group at one time as well as been a local historian and conservation activist, and it was fitting to see a memorial dedicated to her. However, …

Transparency and Accountability in Poolbeg

I am struck by the feeling that no one is in charge when it comes to the incinerator. At a recent Public Accounts Committee meeting City Manager Owen Keegan stated he didn’t know if the incinerator would be built or not. Given that it is up to him and his officials this seems a crazy statement and shows the problems …