Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Time period for objections to Diswellstown development extended



I recently dropped leaflets in Bramley, Mulberry, Burnell Park and College Gate informing residents that ‘additional information’ had been submitted on the proposal by Viscount Securities to undertake a large residential development on the lands around St Patricks NS.


In the leaflet, I stated that observations/objections had to be submitted by Friday 28th.


Fingal County Council have subsequently clarified that the original information they circulated was incorrect and that submissions on the new information can be made up to 24th September.


O’Gorman condemns COIR’s lies on minimum wage





Green Party Dublin West representative Roderic O’Gorman has condemned as lies, posters put up by the anti-Lisbon organisation COIR about the minimum wage.


“Over the last few days, the anti-Lisbon organisation COIR has been putting up posters around Dublin 15 stating that if Lisbon is passed, the minimum wage will become €1.84. As someone who lectures in European Union law, I can say that this claim is completely and utterly false”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“I’ve run in 3 separate elections over the last five years. While I often strongly disagree with the policies of some of my opponents, I have always tried to maintain a respectful tone in debates with them. As such, I don’t go throwing a word like ‘liar’ around lightly. However, what COIR is saying about the minimum wage and Lisbon is a complete lie, and they need to be called out on it”.


“The decision on whether or not we vote in favour of the Lisbon Treaty is one that is hugely important for this country and the European Union. There is no place for people who are prepared to lie to the general public in this debate”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777

Update on proposed development for lands behind St Patricks NS


Late last year, Viscount Securities sought planning permission for 538 new residential units on lands between St. Patrick’s NS, Diswellstown and the M50 – Application F08A/1425. Along with many residents, I objected to the hugely inappropriate scale of the proposal. The volume of objections led Fingal County Council to seek significant ‘additional information’ from the developer.


This additional information has now been supplied and deals with 12 areas where Fingal CC was seeking clarification. Among the points the developer has:


o   Reduced the proposed number of residential units from 538 to 450

o   Submitted a revised plan to deal with potential congestion at the entrance to St Patricks NS

o   Submitted a revised proposal regarding the internal lay-out and design of the development


However, the developer has made it clear that it will not at this stage hand over the vacant site in front of St Patricks NS for the use of the school, as was suggested by Fingal County Council. In light of the failure to address this issue, I will be resubmitting my objection to the development on behalf of the Dublin West Green Party.


Full detail of the additional information can be seen at the Fingal County Council offices in Blanchardstown or alternatively here.


Submissions or objections in light of this additional information should be made before Friday 28th August.


If you wish to discuss this or any other issue further, please feel free to contact me.

Decision on Castleknock development deeply disappointing – O’Gorman




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has called the decision by Fingal County Council to grant planning permission to a large development in the centre of Castleknock village deeply disappointing.


“I’m deeply disappointed that Fingal County Council has granted planning permission for the development on the Flower Shop site in Castleknock village. The scale of this development is grossly unsuitable and clashes with the village character of Castleknock. While the conditions placed on the development by Fingal County Council may result in some reduction in the size of the proposed buildings, nevertheless I do not believe that it is appropriate for the Council to grand this planning permission”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“During the Local Elections in June, most residents in the area made their feelings against the development very clear. I objected to the proposal as I believe that Fingal County Council should have refused planning permission at this stage and looked at the site in the context of the redrafting of the Fingal County Development Plan that is currently being undertaken”.


“Our sitting councillors need to be much more careful in the zonings that they place on parcels of land in village settings in the Dublin 15. Local Area Objectives can be used to ensure that heights of proposed developments are kept at a reasonable level. I hope that mistakes that have been made in Castleknock village will not be repeated in the next Development Plan”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Further Information

Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777



O’Gorman calls for the rejection of Castleknock development




 Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Fingal County Council to refuse a new planning application for a site in the centre of Castleknock village.


“I’m calling on Fingal County Council to reject a new planning application for a site in the centre of Castleknock village behind the ‘Flower Shop’. The proposal includes a new 5 storey commercial premises, which I believe would be completely outs of place in the village”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“The primary ground for my objection is that the development as proposed does not comply with the Fingal County Development Plan. One of the current objectives set out for Castleknock Village in the Development Plan is “To improve the physical and environmental character of Castleknock through sensitive infill development that enhances village facilities and amenities”. I argue that the proposed plans, particularly the 5 storey nature of the main building, cannot in any way be described as a ‘sensitive infill development’. As such, I believe that the proposal does not with the specific objectives for Castleknock Village in the current Development Plan and should be rejected on this basis”.


“Further, the proposed development provides for 346 car parking spaces in a double basement car park. Provision for such a large number of cars is obviously going to have a significant impact on traffic in the centre of Castleknock village, which already suffers from severe congestion. As the proposed development will make the traffic situation in the village worse, I believe this is another reason to reject this plan”.


“During the local election campaign, the issue of what would happen to this site was one that came up regularly on the doors in Castleknock. While most people accept that eventually some development will occur on the site, locals want to know that any building will be in keeping with the village characteristics of Castleknock. I believe that this development is completely unsuited to Castleknock, and I am calling for the Council to reject it and allow the future use of this site to be considered as part of the new development plan process”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.