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Waste Regulator Needed to Deal with Greyhound

In the Dáil today I had a topical issue debate with Minister Phil Hogan on the need for a waste regulator and strong legislation to deal with companies like Greyhound and the practises they have been engaged in since waste collection was privatised in Dublin last January. Local Councillors also need powers to create by-laws to regulate what these companies are doing in different areas.   Full text below:   WASTE INDUSTRY REGULATOR NEEDED

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High tide alert this Friday

A high tide this Friday (14/12/2012) morning at 11:45 am, combined with low atmospheric pressure and a relatively high wind, will give rise to high sea levels and possibly large waves. Dublin City Council’s flood defences will be put in place including the flood gates on the River Dodder. Dublin City Council will be monitoring the situation closely and I will update you as I get more information Update: 13/12/12 Tomorrow’s (14/12/2012) high tide

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Greyhound should stop charging for recycling bags

Waste customers across Dublin City have been informed by Greyhound that they will no longer distribute free recycling bags or accept clear plastic bags. Greyhound is now charging €9 for six recycling bags. This is unacceptable when we want people to increase the amount of waste they recycle. This is a direct result of Dublin City Council's decision to privatise waste collection in the city with no provision to incentive residents to recycle.  

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Proposed Road Closure on Cumberland St South

Dublin City Council are considering the temporary closure of Cumberland St South, Dublin 2 (from Pearse Street to Fenian Streeton Sunday 9th December from 8am to midnight. Any person may lodge an objection in writing to Dublin City Council, Roads & Traffic Department, Block 2, Floor 6, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The closing date for objections is 12noon on Friday 23rd November. This is due to a request from Loc Film Productions Ltd to

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Part 8 application for public realm works to Barrow Street

Below is the report from the Roads & Traffic Planning Department of Dublin City Council on the observations for Barrow St which will be discussed at the South East Area committee on Monday 12th November from 3pm. The meeting is streamed online and is accessible at:  http://www.dublincity.public-i.tv/core/ As you can see many of the concerns of residents have been taken on board, including a proposal to not completely cul de sac the street but

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Dublin 4 Educate Together

I have been supporting the efforts of the Dublin 4 Educate Together start up group to get a new school set up in the Sandymount, Ringsend and Irishtown area. Demographics indicate that there will be a need for a new school by 2014 and it is crucial that local parents have as broad a choice as possible when deciding which school to send their children to. On Tuesday 23rd of October we had a very productive meeting with my constituency colleague Minister

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Dodder View Cottages mark flooding

  Dodder View Cottages and Ballsbridge residents marked the flood last years, which forced 80 residents out of their homes due to water damage, with a commemorative knitted flood barrier.    Local residents worked with artist Martina O’Brien to create a knitted replica flood wall, measuring 45ft long by 8ft wide.    The knitted wall was created to highlight local residential support for Dublin City Council’s proposals to improve

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Insurance Industry needs to State why OPW Flood Protection Works are not Enough

Over €8.5 million has been invested by the OPW on flood protection works along the Dodder River that flanks areas of Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount in Dublin. At the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment today, representatives from the Irish Insurance Federation were not able to state if these works provided sufficient protection to properties in that area to enable them to be insured for flood damage.   The insurance industry in Ireland

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Dublin City Council Rainfall Warning

At 25th September 2012 @ 10:40am Since yesterday, up to 50 millimetres of rain has fallen in the Dublin City Council area. Drainage staff dealt with close on 100 localised road flooding incidents and will continue to monitor the drainage network including rivers and streams throughout the day. Met Eireann have updated the City Council with a forecast of the possibility of 50 millimetres rainfall between today (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday).

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Millions Invested but Survey Shows Flood Insurance all but Impossible to get

Over the summer I conducted a survey of over 1,000 households about their flood insurance cover in the Ringsend, Irishtown and Sandymount area flanking the Dodder River. The results show that it is all but impossible to get cover for flood damage and that even without it; many have seen their annual house insurance premium increase by up to 50%. This is despite the OPW investing over €8.5 million in the last 4 years on flood defences along the

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