The following is a Parliamentary Question I placed for reply to the Minister for Education & Skills regarding the unacceptable delays in tendering and proceeding with the Kingswood Community College site - another broken commitment from the government. DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton) by Deputy John Lahart for WRITTEN ANSWER on 14/02/2017
h I was delighted to attend last night's thrilling basketball encounter between two outstanding teams. Heartiest congratulations to Templeogue Basketball Club in their win over Tralee Warriors (including the thorn in Dublin Gaelic Football teams over the years, 'Star' Ciaran Donaghy et al!) at the Oblate Hall in Inchicore last night which saw them become Basketball SUPER LEAGUE Champions for the first time ever. A well-deserved win for the club and a great sporting boost for Templeogue and the wider South Dublin Area. Special congratulations to Coach Mark Keenan and his team.
Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have been providing an Ambulance service to the citizens of the city and county since 1898. All Firefighters in the DFB are also paramedics and they rotate between fire and ambulance duties. This dual role, fire based emergency medical service is internationally recognised as best practice. It is replicated in cities such as Seattle, New York, Dusseldorf , Frankfort etc. Dublin is recognised as 2nd in the world after Seattle to have the best survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest. That is because of the fire based EMS system
South Dublin County Council's Budget for 2017 was agreed prior to Christmas and includes spending on Housing, Environment, Roads and Traffic, Public Lighting, Libraries, Parks and Pitches, Community Facilities, Tidy Towns Initiatives, Village Developments, Tourism and more. The infographic gives a brief overview of the main spending areas for your information. You can click to expand the infographic. The full budget document for 2017 is available at this link. Click Here.
The future is in very safe hands. The students I met from Oldbawn Community School,Loreto High School Beaufort, Terenure College, Gaelscoil Choláiste An Phiarsaigh (Rathfarnham), Our Lady's ,Templeogue and Terenure College are a credit to themselves and their teachers and schools. I was delighted to get to meet the eventual winner, Shane Curran, a few hours before he new he had been selected as Young Scientist 2017.
As you may know, NAMA is proposing to sell close to 5000 acres of the Dublin mountains. The following letter to the Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphries, TD, outlines my objections and proposals in this regard. I have also included a response from NAMA which indicates that it is willing to sell the land to the state and now all that seems to be holding such a sale up is the price of the land. It is important, if you feel as I do that this land should be purchased for the people by the state, that you make your views known by writing to Heather Humpreys at email@example.com or by clicking this petition link and click your approval https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/stop-the-sale-of-5-000-acres-of-the-dublin-mountains-by-nama
The National Transport Authority (NTA) granted funding in 2012 to carry out a study into the feasibility of a walking and cycling route along the full length of the Dodder River from Bohernabreena in South Dublin to Grand Canal Dock in Dublin City. South Dublin County Council commissioned the feasibility study on behalf of the NTA in consultation with Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The Dodder Feasibility Study was completed in 2013.The National Transport Authority (NTA) granted funding in 2012 to carry out a study into the feasibility of a walking and cycling route along the full length of the Dodder
6th January 2016
Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said that the Central Bank rules on mortgage lending, in place since February of last year, need to be reviewed to examine the impact they are having on the ability of young couples and individuals to purchase their first home. In particular, he is calling for the rules to be modified in order that an established track record of paying rent is taken as evidence of ability to service a mortgage.