Monthly Archive for April, 2009

O’Gorman calls for pedestrian crossing at Castleknock Road – Roselawn Road junction

Roderic O'Gorman highlighting the lack of a pedestrian crossing at the Castleknock Road - Roselawn Road junction
Roderic O’Gorman highlighting the lack of a pedestrian crossing at the Castleknock Road – Roselawn Road junction

26/04/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to put in place a pedestrian crossing at the junction of the Castleknock Road and the Roselawn Road.

“I am calling on Fingal County Council to put in place a pedestrian crossing at the t-junction of the Castleknock Road and the Roselawn Road. This is an extremely busy pedestrian point with hundreds of commuters crossing every morning and evening to access Castleknock Train station. Obviously it is also a major junction for traffic also”.

“I and the other pedestrians who uses Castleknock Station on a daily basis, take our lives in our hands crossing the Roselawn Road at this point. As the road is usually congested at this point, pedestrians currently have to pick their way out through the waiting traffic. There is never a definite safe time to cross”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“This issue comes up regularly on the doors in Blanchardstown village and Roselawn. I included a proposal for a pedestrian crossing at this location in my submission to Fingal County Council on the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy. However, I believe that the safety issues involved are too important to delay and that the Council should start investigating the feasibility of a pedestrian crossing. This, and a general widening of the footpath along the humpback bridge are essential measures which will make the area around Castleknock Station safer for commuters”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

O’Gorman welcomes end to sorry e-voting saga

26/04/09

 

 

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the decision by the Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, not to use e-voting machines at future elections.

 

“I’m delighted that the Minister for the Environment has decided not to make further use of the e-voting machines. While at the time of their introduction there was some excitement at the new format of voting, after the Commission on Electronic Voting published its report in which it outlined a number of key concerns about the electronic voting process, public confidence in the e-voting machines was severely undermined”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

 

“It is deeply unsatisfactory that around €51 million was spent on these machines, along with storage costs. However, at this stage, the scale of the expense to upgrade the voting machines to a point where the public will have confidence in them would not be justified in the current economic climate”.

 

“I look forward to using the old pencil and paper to cast my vote I the local and European elections in June and in future polls”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-graffiti and litter funding welcome

Graffiti under Granard Bridge, beside Castleknock Train Station

Graffiti under Granard Bridge, beside Castleknock Train Station

 

 

 

 

I’m pleased to see that Minister Gormley has allocated Fingal County Council €42,000 to go towards initiatives to tackle litter and graffiti across the area. On the clean-up of the Royal Canal I organised recently, I could see the first hand evidence of the problems that Dublin 15 is having with litter and graffiti. We filled about 15 bags full of cans, beer bottles and plastics and we could have taken a lot more. We could also see the graffiti that has been done to the old stone work around the Granard Bridge at Castleknock Station.

 

Even at a time of economic downturn, it is important that the Council continues to fight litter and graffiti and receives the support of the Department of the Environment. The money in question can be used for a range of projects including local media campaigns, clean-ups, primary/secondary school competitions, exhibitions and the production of videos, posters and leaflets. There is a particular focus on involving schools and young people and on voluntary initiatives carried out by community groups.

 

I look forward to seeing Fingal County Council make good and innovative use of this money in Dublin 15 to help tackle litter and graffiti in our community.

 

Dublin West Greens clean up Royal Canal

Dublin West Greens with rubbish at Castleknock Station

Dublin West Greens with rubbish at Castleknock Station

 

 

19/04/09

 

 

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate Roderic O’Gorman and Mulhuddart ward candidate, Simon Herbert, have thanked Dublin 15 residents for their support of the Green Party clean up of the Royal Canal between the 12th Lock and Clonsilla Train Station. About 20 volunteers joined in the clean-up on Saturday afternoon, along with Dublin European Election candidate, Deirdre De Burca.

 

“We had about 20 volunteers out with us today, cleaning the Royal Canal all the way from the 12th Lock bar down to Clonsilla Station. We shifted about 15 sack loads of rubbish – mostly cans and bottles, along with various other items of waste, including at least one dead rat! It’s such a shame that a small minority of people treat the canal in this way. If I’m elected to Fingal County Council in June I intend to work to ensure that the canal and the surrounding area is developed in a way that allows more people to enjoy it”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

 

“As we worked our way along the bank, we met lots of people out walking and enjoying the fantastic day. All were really positive about the clean-up that the local Green Party organised, which was part of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. We would like to thank Fingal County Council for arranging to pick up the rubbish from us at Coolmine Station”, stated Simon Herbert.

 

The Dublin West Green Party and local volunteers were joined in the clean-up by Dublin European Election candidate for the Green Party, Senator Deirdre De Burca.

 

“I really enjoyed getting involved in today’s clean-up. Like the rest of Dublin’s waterways, the Royal Canal is a real resource. It provides a green route all the way from Dublin City centre to the Shannon. It has real potential for tourism as well as being a fantastic leisure amenity for walkers and cyclists”, stated Deirdre De Burca.

 

 

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Roderic discussing litter on the canal with Deirdre De Burca and Noel Spain

Roderic discussing litter on the canal with Deirdre De Burca and Noel Spain

O’Gorman welcomes clarification from Dublin Bus about buses parking on Diswellstown Road

 

 

 

 

Cars attempting to overtake a 37 bus parked on the Diswellstown Road

Cars attempting to overtake a 37 bus parked on the Diswellstown Road

 

19/04/09

 

 

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed clarification from Dublin Bus about the parking of buses on the Diswellstown Road.

 

“Over the last year I have been engaging with Dublin Bus and Fingal County Council over the issue of buses on the 37 route parking on the Diswellstown Road outside Fernleigh and causing a traffic hazard. I have put questions to the County Manager and wrote letters to Dublin Bus management, including a number of pictures I took of cars attempting to pass parked buses”.

 

“In their most recent correspondence with me, Paddy Doherty, the Business Development Manager for Dublin Bus, stated that the company has applied to Fingal County Council to construct a new terminus for the 37 route on the Blanchardstown Road South between the new Ongar Road and the Dr. Troy Bridge. This will require approval from the Department of Transport”.

 

“Mr. Doherty also assured me that bus drivers are now being told to use the bus lay-by opposite Castleknock Community College quote “when they have sufficient lay-over time”. While I am pleased that the issue is at least being highlighted to drivers, I am not satisfied that Dublin Bus fully appreciate the danger that is being created, particularly when a number of buses are parked on the road at the same time”.

 

I also had a question put to the Fingal County Manager, asking to him to raise the issue of safety on the Diwsellstown Road with Dublin Bus. While the County Manager referred to Dublin Buses plan to create a new terminus, I think the Manager needs to go further and specifically raise the serious safety issues arising from buses parking on the road outside Fernleigh with Dublin Bus management”.

 

“I will continue to put pressure on Dublin Bus and Fingal CC on this issue. I have asked residents in the area to contact me if they see buses persisting to park along the Diswellstown Road”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

 

 

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  • Please see below answer from Fingal County Manager at April Council meeting.
  • Please see below link to reply from Dublin Bus.

 

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

 Wednesday 15th APRIL 2009 

 

ITEM NO. 14

 

BUS TERMINUS ON DISWELLSTOWN ROAD

 

 

Question: Councillor J. Corr

“To ask the Manager if Fingal County Council could contact Dublin Bus and request that their drivers cease the practice of the 37 bus parking on the Diswellstown Road outside Fernleigh before it commences its inbound journey due to the road safety risks this creates?”

 

 

Reply:

It is understood that Dublin Bus proposes to relocate the bus terminus on Diswellstown Road to a suitable location on Blanchardstown Road South between the Clonsilla Road Roundabout and the Ongar Road Roundabout.  This is subject to the necessary funding being made available to construct the proposed new terminus

.Response from Dublin Bus Re: 37 Bus parking Diswellstown Road

Response from Dublin Bus Re: 37 Bus parking Diswellstown Road

Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes confirmation on opening of Tyrrelstown allotments – renews call for more allotments to be provided in Dublin 15

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

Roderic at the entrance to the first phase of the new allotments at Tyrrelstown

13/04/09

Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the news that the new Fingal County Council allotments in Tyrrelstown will open in the next two months, but has also renewed his call for more allotments to be provided in the area.

“I had a question put to the County Manager at the April meeting of the Council regarding when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open. The Manager has stated that the only works left to be completed is an ESB connection and that he anticipates this will be completed within two months”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.

“While this is positive news, it is disappointing that the new Tyrrelstown lands will only make a small dent in the overall waiting list for allotments in Dublin 15. Many of those who will get plots in Tyrrelstown are current allotment holders who have to move from the Cappogue site which has to close. As such, Tyrrelstown will only result in about 100 people on the waiting list getting allotments. Considering the last time I asked, there were over 300 people on the list, it looks like a lot of people are going to be left disappointed”.

“The Council originally intended to open a second phase at Tyrrelstown which would have provided more sites, but they now state that they will not do this because of budgetary constraints. While I realise that Fingal, along with local authorities across the country are facing financial pressure, I think that hitting the allotment budget is a false economy. I am regularly being asked by residents across Dublin 15 about the availability of allotments. Many people, including those recently unemployed, are looking at allotments as a means of growing their own food, saving money and having a healthy activity”.

“Recently, some private allotments have started up in Clonsilla. While I welcome any moves to increase the availability of allotments in Dublin 15, I do believe that it is essential that Fingal increases the number of sites that it provides. This is an issue that the Green Party have fought hard for on Fingal County Council and I will continue to press the County Manager on this if I am elected to the Council in June”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.

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Further Information
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
www.rodericogorman.com
www.getgrowing.ie

FINGAL COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING

WEDNESDAY 15TH APRIL 2009

ITEM NO. 12 – Tyrrlestown allotments

Question: Councillor J. Corr
“To ask the Manager when the new allotments at Tyrrelstown will be open, how many of these are reserved for current allotment holders vacating other sites in Dublin 15, what is the current waiting list for allotments in the Dublin 15 area and how many allotments could be provided in the second phase at Tyrrelstown?”

Reply:
The construction works have been completed with the exception of the electricity supply. We have engaged the ESB to carry out these works and we anticipate completion within the next two months.

All those who vacated allotments in Cappogue will be accommodated in the new development and approximately 100 allotments will be allocated to those on the waiting list.

There are no plans to construct a second phase at this location due to current budgetary constraints.

Take part in our Canal Clean-Up – Saturday 18th – 2 PM

Next Saturday (18th April) myself and Simon Herbert (Green candidate in Mulhuddart ward) are taking a break from campaigning to lead a clean up along the Royal Canal as part of National Spring Clean.

We are meeting in two groups – Simon’s group will be meeting at Clonsilla Station and my group will be meeting at Castleknock Train Station. We will be cleaning the area around the two stations, then we will be working along the bank of the Canal and meeting at Coolmine Station.

The clean-up kicks off at 2 PM. Do come and join us. The Royal Canal is a real resource for Dublin 15, but unfortunately it is often littered. Myself and Simon are inviting people from across Dublin 15 to help us give this stretch of the canal a good cleaning

First Video!

I’ve put up a Youtube video on the site, introducing myself and speaking a bit about the forthcoming elections.

I’m hoping to put up more over the next few weeks, outlining the main issues upon which I’m campaigning.