The Government has explored the option of creating a directly elected mayor for each of Dublin’s four local authorities, a scenario which Opposition parties say would be a “disaster”. An ongoing review by the Department of Housing into local government is understood to have looked at a situation where rather than a having a mayor for all of Dublin, voters in each of the capital’s four council areas would elect their own mayors. The long-delayed report is due to be delivered to Minister of State for Local Government John Paul Phelan in early November ahead of its publication. Proposals for a single elected mayor for cities such as Cork, Limerick and Galway were also examined.
Distracted walking in Dublin must be stamped out to stop people being hit by cars and bicycles or walking into rubbish bins, a Fianna Fáil TD has said. John Lahart, the party’s Dublin spokesman, on Monday evening issued a statement highlighting the dangers posed by people using smartphones.
www.dublinpeople.com/news/southside/articles/2017/10/16/4147234-garda-numbers-set-to-triple-for-halloween-night-for-bonfire-night/ A SOUTHSIDE TD has welcomed a Garda decision to triple the number of officers on duty for Halloween night this year. Deputy John Lahart (FF) had raised the issue with the Chief Superintendent at the most recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee of the council in September. “I raised the issue of policing because it had been well flagged to me by local residents following the events of bonfire night in 2016 and at public meetings,” Deputy Lahart said.
"What Fine Gael is proposing is to spend €300m - that could be invested in infrastructure - on capturing just a portion of the 7% of those who are using water,"
A draft report of the Oireachtas water services committee has listed five options for dealing with excessive usage. Fine Gael insists there should be a charge in compliance with EU laws. Fianna Fáil, in contrast, says excessive use should be dealt with by the 2007 Water Services Act - which it says can be amended or strengthened if necessary. The chairman Pádraig O'Céidigh wants a charge similar to the plastic bag levy, while other options have suggested examining legislation.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has warned that there are serious deficiencies with Dublin’s commuter capacity and serious measures must be put in place to improve our transport infrastructure.A joint report recently conducted by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority (NTA) indicates a 10% increase in the number of cyclists commuting in the past year. While the National Transport Authority that the number of people commuting into the city centre has risen by 9% in the past 5 years and are almost back at peak levels.
7th March 2017
Dublin South West TD and Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has expressed his support for the full retention of emergency services provided by Dublin Fire Brigade across the city and county.SIPTU members in the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) have announced that they are set to conduct two 24-hour work stoppages this month, on Saturday 18th March and Monday 27th March.
The Deputy will further raise the future of Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Services in the Dáil this week with Fianna Fáil TDs, Sean Haughey and John Curran.