Saturday, May 29, 2010

- Objections / Observations due by June 15th:
See below the substantial planning application lodged in respect of the Butterly site and adjoining sites on the Ardlea Road. Vehicular access to the development is provided at 2 new locations off Kilmore Road and Maryfield Drive respectively.
The final date for observations / objections is the 15th of June.

Planning Application Reference: 2785/10
Registration Date: 12-May-2010
Application Type: Permission

Last Date for Observations: 15-Jun-2010
Main Location:
Butterly Business Park, Advance Tyre Company, Maxol Service Station, Kilmore Road, Dublin 5

Mixed use development comprising of c. 23,705sqm of non residential floor space. 10 year permission for a mixed use development comprising of c. 23,705sqm of non residential floor space and a total of 178 no. dwelling units (total gross floorspace overall of c. 44,175sqm). The non-residential element of the development will provide retail uses (c. 1,158sqm in total), offices / employment generating units (c. 13,396sqm in total) (some with roof gardens), a pharmacy (c. 155sqm), a medical centre (c. 1,070sqm), a crèche (c. 385sqm), a multi-purpose community facility (c. 689sqm) and a hotel (c. 6,200sqm). The proposed hotel will provide for, inter alia, 81 no. hotel rooms, restaurant, bar, and lounge and conference facilities). Ancillary facilities include an outdoor courtyard and a roof garden. The proposed development will be provided in 9 no. building blocks (A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J), which range in height from two to six storeys. A basement car park (17,325sqm) is also proposed. The residential element of the development will contain 16 no. 1 bedroom units, 116 no. 2 bedroom units, 29 no. 3 bedroom units and 17 no. 4 units; all in a range of unit types including apartments (135no. ), duplexes (26no.) and houses (17no.). The duplex and apartment units include balconies / terraces. A new centrally located Memorial Plaza is proposed at the heart of the scheme to commemorate the victims of the Stardust Tragedy. It is proposed that the Memorial Plaza will incorporate a Memorial Garden, a sculpture an at night, the creation of 48 columns of light and that this detail would be subject to consultation with the relatives of the victims. Approximately 2143sqm of public open space and approx. 2160sqm of communal open space is proposed and will provide, inter alia, a new civic square, the memorial garden, and a central amenity space that includes a play ground and all informal recreation space. Approx 260sqm of outdoor play space is provided for the crèche. 4 no. ESB sub-stations / switch rooms are also proposed. Vehicular access to the development is provided at 2 new locations off Kilmore Road and Maryfield Drive respectively and includes traffic management improvement measures. Hotel access (service vehicles) is also provided off Maryfield Drive. Pedestrian access to the site is provided via Kilmore Road (2 no. access points) and Maryfield Drive (2 no. access points; one vehicular and one pedestrian). Access to the hotel courtyard is also provided off Kilmore Road. 546no. car parking spaces (98 no. surface car parking spaces and 448no. basement car parking spaces) and 288no. bicycle parking spaces (120 surface bicycle parking spaces and 168no. basement bicycle parking spaces) are proposed. Works to also include a crèche drop off area and bus layby on Maryfield Drive; a set down area for proposed hotel on Kilmore Road; and a pedestrian crossing on Kilmore Road. All existing buildings on site are to be demolished. Site development works to include all site excavation, demolition and development works, including at the Maxol Petrol station and Artane Tyre Company; and all landscaping, services and ancillary works; all on a site of approx 3.2ha (7.9acres).

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Eamon Dunphy to Address
Health Crisis Public Meeting in Artane

Roundabout Pub
Artane, Dublin 5
Wednesday May 26th 7.30pm

Dr Orla Hardiman (Beaumont Hospital)
Eamon Dunphy (Broadcaster)
Paul Bell (SIPTU)
Janette Byrne (Patients Together)
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin
Cllr Paddy Bourke
All Welcome

Saturday, May 08, 2010



Thanks to all residents, party members and supporters who joined myself and Brendan Ryan at the protest at Beaumont Hospital over the closure of 52 beds today.

Public Meeting on Health with Eamon Dunphy coming soon.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Issues – May 2nd 2010

The following issues may be of interest to you. If you wish to discuss these or any other matters at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me.

1. Dublin Bus:

123 Route:
As you may be aware, last Thursday April 22nd I organised a public meeting as part of my campaign for the re-introduction of the original route of the 123 Bus northward through Marino. The meeting was attended by representatives of Dublin Bus and An Garda Siochána.The following was agreed at the meeting:1. Dublin Bus apologised for the lack of consultation on the withdrawal of the route.2. An Garda Síochána accepted that illegal parking is a major factor in the problem.3. It was agreed that a small committee of residents, Public Representatives and representatives from Dublin Bus, An Garda Síochána and Dublin City Council will meet to investigate possible solutions.4. Trade Union representatives will also be invited to future meetings,5. A petition of 150 local names in opposition to the re-routing was accepted by Dublin Bus.I will keep you fully informed of all future developments in this regard.

Community Fund
Please find details of the Dublin Bus Community Fund here

Dublin Bus to come to Area Committee
Representatives from Dublin Bus are due to visit the May Meeting of the Dubllin North Central Area Committee to discuss issues with local councillors. If you have any issues that you wish discussed please feel free to let me know.

Dublin Bus Cuts:
Perhaps the following statement on the so-called ‘overhaul’ of the Dublin Bus network would be of interest to you, Please see the following statement from Labour Transport Spokesperson Tommy Broughan TD expressing concern at the potential loss of 90 buses and up to 150 jobs that may remove or reduce services for bus dependent commuters.

2. Northside Partnership Education Conference

Please find attached information on an event on the 18th of May 2010 at 3.30 p.m. at Dublin City University in the Larkin Lecture Theatre, “Making Change Happen Through Education”.

This event marks the achievements of some of Northside Partnership’s most successful educational initiatives, the Millennium Fund, supported by the Department of Education and Skills, and the Challenger Programme, supported by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. These programmes have been highly successful and effective in promoting access to higher education and enhancing educational attainment of students from areas historically associated with underachieving in education.

Between 2007/08 and 2009/10 the total number of students who benefitted from the Millennium Fund reached 500. Each year 30 new students are supported under the Challenger Programme to progress from 6th class through to 6th year with a view to accomplishing their leaving certificate. Since its establishment in the mid-1990s, over 450 students received support under the Challenger Programme.

Speakers will include Mr. Brian Mooney, Irish Times columnist and former President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. A number of our former students who have been supported by the Millennium Fund and Challenger initiative will also speak about the impact these programmes had on their lives.

This event is an important opportunity to witness what can be achieved when a number of organisations and agencies come together to develop and deliver targeted local initiatives that enhance educational prospects for many students

Feel free to contact Linda Sharley at if you are interested in attending the event.

3. Fairview Park Playground Consultation

The process is well under way for the design of the new playground in Fairview Park Playground (See Attached Also)
Come along & see the plans!
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th May
St Joseph’s CBS Primary School,
Marino Park Avenue
Presentation of plans Friday 7.30pm
All welcome!
Display on view Friday 4pm - 8.30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm

4. Sunday Business Post Poll Rating

So we’re up 7 points to 24% in today’s Sunday Business Post. Is it the May Day Weekend? Whatever the reason, it really is game on. See Eamon Gilmore’s conference speech here:

5. British General Election

The big news of the week was, apparently, Duffygate, and Mr Brown’s disappointing failure to either swear at or physically assault his staff over the open mike. This story was replaced at the top of the news by the third leader’s debate and the shift back to the economy. An interesting feature of which was Brown’s determination to attack Cameron and the Tories, Cameron’s determination to attack Clegg, and Clegg wanting everyone to be friends. An important intervention in the campaign came from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, whose report can be read here Here Neal Lawson of Compass argues for Lib-Lab co-operation, based on a rose-tinted view of the Lib-Dem party. Here is an interesting piece on possible Lib-Dem gains from Labour While The New Statesman ponders Nick Clegg's ambition to be Prime Minister, and why Labour should not be written out of this election.

6. Gerry Ryan

Before we end, a word about the passing of Gerry Ryan, the local boy who became one of the most accomplished and talented broadcasters of this generation. His loss is truly shocking and upsetting. The Lord Mayor is to open a Book of Condolence on Monday in the Mansion House to allow ordinary Dubliners the opportunity to express their sympathy to the Ryan family. Check out further details at