Ringsend

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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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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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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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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Dáil Debate on Poolbeg Incinerator

Yesterday in the Dáil I raised the issue of the ongoing uncertainty in relation to the Poolbeg Incinerator in a topical issue debate with the Minister for Environment as the contract expired on the 31st August 2012. On 29th February 2012 Dublin Local Authorities and Covanta reached agreement on revised commercial arrangements for the Poolbeg Incinerator with a final extension to the end of August. We were told at the time that this would be the

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Time to Exercise Break Clause in Poolbeg Incinerator Contract

The time has come for Dublin City Council to exercise the break clause in the contract for the Poolbeg Incinerator with Covanta. It is time for the City Manager to bring this long running charade to an end. It has cost the taxpayer over €80 million over more than a decade, and we can no longer afford this unnecessary white elephant. When the deadline of February 29th passed, council management stated that the final extension was to allow regulatory

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Barrow Street Part 8 Planning Permission

Dublin City Council recently published proposals outlining their plan to carry out significant redesign works on Barrow Street and surrounding areas. The works being carried out are described as Public Realm Improvements. A full set of detailed plans will be on display for six weeks in Pearse Street Public Library from the 10th of August until the 24th of September from 9am to 4:30 pm.   Any observations can be made in writing to Dublin City

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