Sandymount

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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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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Topical Debate: Poolbeg Incinerator

It is 15 years since the incinerator at Poolbeg was first proposed – this saga has run on for the same amount of time as the Mahon Tribunal. The contract which was in review stage was to expire at the end of February, but a further extension was given until the 31st of August. Over €80 million has already been spent on a project that as proposed is way too big for our waste market – that’s over €5 million a year. Dublin City Council plans

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Environment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Poolbeg Incinerator

I very much welcome the Bill. The plastic bags issue has been covered extensively. I welcome the flexibility being given to the Minister to increase the charge as needs be because there has been a move back to using plastic bags. The levy has been effective in reducing usage, but we need to go a step further. A levy could also be used to deal with the problem of chewing gum which is a blight on cities throughout the country. Deputy Brian Stanley

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