Monthly Archive for July, 2008

Press Release – Green Party selects O’Gorman to run in Castleknock ward in local elections

24/07/08

The Dublin West Green Party has selected Roderic O’Gorman to contest the Castleknock ward in next year’s Local Elections. O’Gorman was nominated at a selection convention held in St Mary’s Parish Hall, Clonsilla on Wednesday evening.

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to represent my party in the Local Elections. The Castleknock-Blanchardstown ward has changed quite a bit since I ran in 2004, with the loss of Clonsilla village and the addition of parts of Mountview, Blakestown and Mulhuddart village. The key issues that I will be focusing on will be proper planning in Dublin 15, the delivery of schools, investment in community facilities, particularly for young people and campaigning for improvements in transport such as extra buses and trains and traffic calming measures where these are necessary”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I know that I’m going to have a real fight on my hands if I am going to take a seat in the Castleknock-Blanchardstown ward. I expect to be up against four sitting councillors and possibly other well known candidates. But I think I have an advantage in the amount of door-to-door canvassing that I have been doing over the last four years. Myself and my team never really stopped after the General Election. People in the area appreciate active local representatives and that’s the type of service that I will deliver if I’m elected as a councillor”.

“Dublin 15 has never had a Green Party member of Fingal County Council. This has put us at a disadvantage in influencing many of the big planning decisions that have been made in the area over recent years. Further, the Fingal County Development Plan will be up for review next year. I will be asking people to give me their No.1 vote so I can be in there, putting a Green perspective on these key decisions”.

“Obviously, this is the first election that I will be contesting as part of a party that is government. Myself and my local group have been canvassing door-to-door twice a week since March and the reaction has been extremely positive. The vast majority of people are pleased with the work that the Green ministers are undertaking in their departments, particularly the reforms that John Gormley is making to planning and environmental legislation. I’m looking forward to having a good debate with the residents of the Castleknock-Blanchardstown ward and the other candidates over the course of the next 11 months about the future development of the Dublin 15 area”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Editors Note
Roderic O’Gorman contested the 2004 local elections in the Castleknock ward, picking up 5.2% of the first preference vote. He was the Green Party candidate for Dublin West in last year’s General Election, wining 1,286 first preference votes. Originally from Mulhuddart, Roderic now lives in Blanchardstown village. A law graduate of Trinity College and the London School of Economics, he currently is a lecturer in Griffith College Dublin, teaching EU Law, Constitutional Law and Family Law.

Press Release – Election poster restrictions would be welcomed – O’Gorman

24/07/08

Green Party Castleknock candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, that he is undertaking a public consultation about the use of posters at elections and during referenda.

“I’m very pleased that John Gormley is undertaking a public consultation about the use of posters during elections and referenda. During the General Election when myself and my team were putting up my posters, I was approached by many people saying that election posters in general were an eyesore. I think many people will welcome this move by John Gormley to introduce some restrictions on their use”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I know that one issue of particular concern to a lot of residents in Dublin 15 is the fact that when posters are being taken down, many party’s don’t remove the cable-ties that attach the posters to lamp posts. These look really unsightly, and as they are made of plastic, the last a long time. Indeed, I remember putting up posters this election and finding cable-ties from previous elections on lamp posts”.

“My own preference would be the system they use in France. Each town or village sets aside a space where each candidate is allowed put up one poster or manifesto. That way, voters are able to inform themselves of the candidates and their politics, but the potential for litter is minimized”.

“Submissions are invited from all interested individuals and organisations by 15 September 2008, either by email to electionposters@environ.ie or by post to Election Poster Consultation, Environment Policy Section, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Ardcavan Business Park, Wexford Town, Co. Wexford”.

“Already, some of the opposition parties are criticising the suggestion that there should be a limit on election posters. I would suggest to people who think election posters are over used that they should make a submission and let their views be heard”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Press Release – Council needs to take action to stop unfair parking in estates near Coolmine Station – O’Gorman

21/07/08

Dublin 15 Green Party representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to take measures to aid residents of estates around Coolmine Train Station, due to the large amount of commuter based parking that blocks off access to their houses. He was speaking in the wake of the announcement by CIE that it intends to charge for parking in a number of stations, including Coolmine.

“The announcement by CIE that it intends to charge for access to its car parks will cause concern for residents living in estates around Coolmine Station. Over the last few weeks prior to the announcement, I had been canvassing door-to-door in Luttrell Park and Carpenterstown Park and many residents have raised their concerns with me about what they view as unfair parking”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“While I accept that those who drive to the station often find the car park full, at the same time it is not right that residents of the local estates should have to suffer due to unfair parking. I have been told of numerous incidents of residents being unable to turn their cars, bin lorries being unable to access estates and more worryingly, emergency vehicles being unable to access houses as both sides of access roads have been blocked by parked cars”.

“I recently wrote to Fingal County Council suggesting the use of single yellow lines along some roads in the Luttrell Park estate – primarily to ensure that at least one side of all access roads do not become blocked with parked cars. I have also called for the gap in the double yellow lines on the Riverwood Road near the entrance to Luttrell Park Grove to be filled in”.

“I see these as sensible solutions to the significant problems being faced by residents in Luttrell Park estates due to unfair parking. Should they prove successful here, I think they could be rolled out to other estates such as Carpenterstown Park, Kirkpatrick and Rockfield to ensure that the new parking charge in Coolmine does not impact on residents in the immediate area”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Press Release – Kellystown Rezoning decision a missed opportunity for long-term planning – O’Gorman

14/07/08

Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has branded as disappointing the decision of Fingal County Council to support the Kellystown rezoning without incorporating a Green Party amendment which would have insured that public transport was in place before any new houses were built. He was speaking after the motion to rezone the Kellystown lands was passed on a 12-10 vote.

“During the public consultation process on the rezoning, I and the Green Party undertook to support the variation, so long as proper conditions were inserted regarding the delivery of public transport infrastructure. Indeed, the stated intention of the rezoning motion was to “consolidate development around planned public transport facilities”. In order to secure the objective of sustainable planning based around ungraded public transport facilities, the Green Party proposed a sensible amendment stating that either the Metro West or the upgrade of the Maynooth line should be completed before any residential building began on the lands. This would not in any way have delayed the school building”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I was deeply disappointed when Gilbert Power, on behalf of the Council Management Team, refused to accept this reasonable amendment, stating that it would make it impossible for a local area plan for the Kellystown lands to take place. How can the Council management reasonably argue on one hand that the core purpose of this rezoning is to make residential land available in conjunction with public transport, and then on the other hand reject attempts to have that very public transport mentioned as part of the variation? It simply doesn’t make sense”.

The Green Party amendment on public transport was supported by the Green Party councillors and others including Dublin 15 councillors Peggy Hamil, Michael O’Donovan and Ruth Coppinger. Among the Dublin 15 councillors who voted against the public transport amendment were Eithne Loftus, Mags Murray, Brenda Clifford and Margaret Richardson.

“I had made a commitment to residents that the Green Party would support the scheme in the event of the concerns, expressed to me by local people about providing public transport before the houses were built were addressed. As this was not done, the Green councillors reluctantly voted against the variation”.

“While I welcome the fact that land will now be available for schools, it is deeply disappointing that the Council management and a majority of the councillors were not prepared to push for strong guarantees regarding public transport. However, there will be another opportunity to push this issues again a local area plan is being drawn up for Kellystown. At that stage, myself and the Green councillors will fight hard to ensure that proper provision for public transport is written into the LAP”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Press Release – More € 4 bin-tags need to be made available – O’Gorman

13/07/08

Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to make more €4 bin-tags, for the smaller 140 litre black bins, to be made available in shops in Dublin 15.

“Some residents in the Dublin 15 area have been onto me saying that it’s very difficult to get the € 4 bin-tags for the smaller 140 litre black-bins. Most shops in Dublin 15 only seem to stock € 8 tags. The small black-bin was introduced specifically for people living alone or small families who didn’t produce as much waste as others. As such, it’s disappointing to see that these people are having obstacles placed in their way, particularly as they are making the effort to cut down on their waste”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“I have contacted Fingal County Council on this issue and while they point that it is possible to buy these tags at the cash-desk in the Fingal offices in Blanchardstown or online, this isn’t convenient for everyone and in reality, these tags should be as available in shops as the normal € 8 tags. However, the Council also assure me that a number of shops across Dublin 15 have recently put in orders for quantities of the € 4 bin-tag”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes point of sale ban for tobacco – calls for the same with alcohol

13/07/08

Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the announcement that from 1st July 2009, all point of sale tobacco advertising will be illegal, but has called for the Government to investigate doing the same for alcoholic products.

“I welcome the announcement that from the 1st July 2009, no advertising or display of tobacco products will be permitted in retail outlets. Research has shown that the location of prominent tobacco displays in retail outlets plays a role in promoting tobacco consumption. That’s why it is important that this ban, originally contained in the Tobacco Act, 2004, has finally been introduced”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“However, in light of the Government introducing this ban, I believe it’s time to consider a similar ban on the advertising of alcoholic drinks at the point of sale. The Oireachtas has just passed yet another Intoxicating Liquor Act, but if we as a nation are actually serious about tackling the problems associated with binge drinking, surely it’s time we took decisive action and banned alcohol advertising. We have seen the success that restrictions on tobacco advertising has had on the sale of cigarettes. I am confident that strong measures against alcohol advertising, which would strike at the very heart of the drink culture that has grown up in Ireland, would do far more that closing clubs an hour or so earlier”.

“Commitments on looking at the issue of restrictions on alcohol advertising were contained within the Programme for Government and I look forward to this being swiftly acted upon”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes anti-graffiti funding for Fingal

06/07/08

Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley TD, of €50,000 funding for tackling litter and graffiti in the Fingal area.

“I am pleased to see Minister Gormley grant this substantial amount of funding for dealing with graffiti and litter. The money is to be used in public awareness and education initiatives such as clean ups, school competitions and local media campaigns. The €50,000 being allocated to Fingal is one of the largest amounts in the country and I look forward to the Council making good use of it”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

The money being granted to Fingal County Council forms part of an overall package of €1.245 million being granted to local authorities across to country to assist them fulfil their obligations under the Litter Pollution Act, 1997.

“Since 2008, raising awareness about graffiti has been added to the functions of the local authorities under the Litter Pollution Act. This is a problem which we have seen a major increase in throughout the Dublin 15 area. I would strongly urge Fingal County Council to use a substantial part of this new funding to address the damage being done to areas in Dublin 15 by graffiti”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
rodericogorman@gmail.com