Monthly Archive for July, 2009

O’Gorman welcomes Green Party support for Lisbon Treaty




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has welcomed the decision of the Green Party to campaign in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in the referendum to be held on the 2nd October.


“I’m delighted that the Green Party will be campaigning in favour of the Lisbon Treaty in the forthcoming referendum. We had a detailed and passionate debate on the issues and in the end the party members voted by 66.66% to support the Yes campaign. As someone who lectures EU law, I strongly believe that the Lisbon Treaty significantly improves both the range of issues that the EU can deal with and the way in which it conducts its own business”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“If Lisbon is ratified, the EU will be given the power to co-ordinate energy policy across the Member States. Not only will this be essential in the fight against climate change, but it will also increase our energy security at a time when oil and gas are getting more scarce and more expensive”.


“Some of the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty include new steps to control the EU’s powers. Lisbon will give legal effect to the Charter of Fundamental Rights. This document sets out a range of rights that we enjoy as European citizens. All directives and regulations that come from the European Union will in future have to comply with these rights. Further, Lisbon gives national parliaments the opportunity to team up and police the EU Commission to make sure it is not passing laws in areas that should be the responsibility of the Member States”.


“I look forward to discussing these and other issues with residents of Dublin 15 during the referendum campaign”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

O’Gorman calls for major public engagement on new Castleknock Village planning application




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on residents of Castleknock Village to make their voices heard in the planning process regarding the newly submitted planning application to develop a site in the centre of the village.


“Last year the proposal by Uxbridge Properties to undertake a major development in the centre of Castleknock Village behind the Flower Shop generated huge concern. Along with hundreds of local residents, I submitted an objection to the proposal and I was delighted when the planning application was withdrawn in January of this year”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“During the Local Election campaign, concerns about the future of the site were raised with me by many local residents. I committed that if elected, I would use the County Development Plan to alter the zoning of the site to ensure that only suitable development would occur on the site”.


“Now however, a new planning application has been submitted which is similar in many ways to the original proposal. The new development would comprise of 3 new blocks between 2 and 5 stories high. These would include 47 one and two bed apartments, 15 commercial premises, a large anchor retail outlet and a medical centre. The proposal also includes an underground car park with 346 spaces”.


“It is really important that residents make submissions on this new proposal. I believe that this application will raise many of the same concerns that residents had with the previous one such as increased traffic congestion, and nearby houses being overlooked. The deadline for submissions is the 29th July”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Fingal County Council needs to plan for Safe Routes to School in Development Plan




Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to adopt specific measures to promote safe routes to school. The proposal was one of a number contained in the Dublin West Green Party submission on the first stage of the Fingal County Development Plan.


“I think that Fingal County Council could take a much more active role in promoting safe routes to school across the county, and the Development Plan process gives an opportunity to make this happen. I am proposing that a section should be inserted into the new Development Plan specifically outlining Fingal County Councils responsibility in this area”, stated Roderic O’Gorman


“Each local area committee across Fingal would create a Safe Routes to School subcommittee. This would bring together parents, teachers, the Gardai and Fingal County Council officials and would draw up a safe route to school strategy for each school in the area. The committee would look at a wide range of measures including improving pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and footpaths in the vicinity of schools and reducing speed limits and introducing a ban on heavy goods vehicles around school districts. It would also work to ensure the provision of bike sheds in schools so students have a safe place to park their bicycles”.


“I discussed this issue with many parents during the local election campaign, and it was almost universally welcomed. Parents and school kids should be given the option to walk or cycle to school, but they will only do so if they feel confident that they can undertake the journey in safety. Not only will my proposal mean healthier children and have environmental benefits, it will also have a significant impact on traffic congestion across Dublin 15 by taking cars off the road in the morning and afternoon”.


“As the Development Plan process continues, I intend to vigorously lobby Council officials on this and other issues to ensure their inclusion in the final draft”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777