Changes to Canal Bye Laws

Waterways Ireland has drafted revisions to the Byelaws governing the Grand & Royal Canals Navigation. Waterways Ireland’s intention is to make our waterways safer, protect those using waterways, blueways and greenways and continue to provide recreational experience. Any changes must be environmentally, economically and socially sustainable. A second phase of public consultation on Waterways Irelands…

Grangegorman Bring Centre

Dublin City Council and the Grangegorman Development Agency have responded positively to Mary’s representations regarding the removal of services from the Grangegorman Bring Centre. Dublin City Council have committed to maintaining the same level of services at any alternative site. Mary will provide any updates on the Grangegorman Bring Centre that she receives from Dublin…

Grangegorman Bring Centre

Mary has received an update on the future of the Grangegorman Bring Centre: The Grangegorman Bring Centre, located on land owned by the Grangegorman Development Agency, is being closed down as the GDA needs the land for ongoing site development. An alternative interim site next to the current center has been offered to Dublin City…

Lead pipe replacement

Supports are available to remove lead pipes from your home. The Domestic Lead Remediation Grant Scheme provides funding for 100% of the approved cost of works to replace lead pipes, up to €5,000. To determine if your house contains lead pipes, you can inspect the pipe connecting the water main to your kitchen tap. Locate…

Water Environment Bill

Mary contributed to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government, Planning and Heritage pre-legislative scrutiny Report on the Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill 2020.   This legislation is important to achieve the following objectives: Bring Ireland into compliance with EU Water Framework Directive 2000 Modernise the administration and legislation for water abstraction Provide an EPA administered…

Water Environment (Abstractions) Bill Pre Legislative Scrutiny.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government & Heritage started to scrutinise proposal for new legislation to regulate, register and license water abstraction.  Important legislation to protect water ecology, comply with EU Water Directive, conserve water, minimise pollutants, measure and manage water abstraction.  Requested more details on proposed thresholds, measurement and enforcement.  Draft legislation expected…

Griffith Park tree removal

Following a Visual Tree Assessment of trees located in Griffith Park, sadly Dublin City Council has advised Mary that 14 horse chestnut trees in the park must be removed.  The horse chestnuts have been badly hit by a disease called Horse Chestnut Bleeding Canker and the situation is exacerbated by a caterpillar feeding on the…

Waste Charges

During Covid-19 restrictions, most people are spending more time at home and many residential homes are generating more domestic waste and at the same time struggling with reduced income.  At the May 2020 meeting of the Central Area Committee, Mary asked that DCC would request private domestic waste collection companies operating in Dublin City to…

Shared Domestic Bins

In 2011 Mary opposed DCC’s withdrawal from domestic waste collection which led to chronic problem litter and illegal dumping in Dublin’s inner city.  Mary says that shared Dublin City Council streets bins for domestic waste could be the solution to inner cities chronic dumping problem and encourages inner city dwellers to sign-up to help DCC…

Clean-Up Dublin

UPDATE: DCC CEO has sent Mary the attached email by way of response to the matter raised below. In short, DCC is waiting for advice from the HSE & the Dept of Health to advise on how best to approach Covid-19 street cleaning. Fianna Fáil City Councillor for Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick, has called on…