Monthly Archive for October, 2009

Press Release – College Green Bus Gate must remain open – O’Gorman




Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has called on Dublin City councillors not to interfere with the College Green Bus Gate.


“I’m calling on Dublin City councillors to resist the attempt being made by vested interests to reverse or limit the College Green Bus Gate that was opened earlier in the year”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“The statistics show that the College Green Bus Gate has been a real success. Cyclist traffic has increased 64% along O’Connell Street and it is reported that the average time taken for a bus to travel from Parnell Square to Nassau Street has fallen by 50% from 20 minutes to 10 minutes”.


“I strongly believe that the decrease in business being suffered by some shops in the city centre is a result of the recession and not, as they allege, due to the bus gate. Indeed, compared with last year, footfall was down more in the period before the bus gate was introduced than in the period after its introduction”.


“The bus gate has made a significant improvement to the journey times of many Dublin 15 residents who, like myself, use public transport in the morning and evening. It has also made the city centre safer for cyclists. It would be a huge step backwards for the city if big business people are allowed dictate transport policy. The councillors on Dublin City Council from all parties must resist this pressure”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Last week for Appeals on Diswellstown Planning Permission

On the 6th October, Fingal County Council granted planning permission to Viscount Securities for the large proposed residential development on lands between St. Patrick’s NS, Diswellstown and the M50 – Application F08A/1425. 36 conditions were attached to the grant of planning permission.


The full text of the decision can be seen on the Fingal County Council website.


Persons wishing to appeal the grant of planning permission must do so to An Bord Pleanala within 4 weeks of the date permission was granted (6th October). Only the applicant, a prescribed body or someone who had earlier objected to Fingal County Council may make an appeal at this stage.


Persons wishing to appeal should consult the Bord Pleanala website for details on the costs of appeals and the form the appeal should take.


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










Press Release – Grant of planning permission in Diswellstown defies all logic – O’Gorman





Green Party West representative, Roderic O’Gorman has severely criticised the decision of Fingal County Council to grant planning for a major residential development in Diswellstown.


“This decision defies all logic. At a time when houses aren’t selling and we still have significant pressure on our local schools, Fingal County Council are giving planning permission for a major development of 438 residential units. The Diswellstown and Carpenterstown areas already experiences major traffic congestion and this new development will significantly add to this”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“While the Council has placed a wide range of conditions on the development, I do not feel they go far enough in addressing key concerns regarding traffic, school places and the over-all density of the proposal. I will be examining the decision and the conditions attached to see if there are grounds to appeal to An Bord Pleanala”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





Press Release – Council decision on Blanchardstown Main Street development welcome – O’Gorman





Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the request by Fingal County Council to seek further information before deciding on a planning application for a development to buildings on Blanchardstown Main Street.


“I’m pleased that Fingal County Council has reacted to the concerns expressed by myself and other residents of Blanchardstown village about a proposed development on Main Street. If granted this planning application would result in the demolition of two of the traditional cottages on the Main Street. This would completely undermine any attempt to maintain the heritage aspects of the village”, stated Roderic O’Gorman


“The Council has sought additional information from the developer and have asked for new plans to be submitted in which the external façade of the cottages would be maintained. This should address the main concerns of objectors. It would also comply with one of the aspects of the Blanchardstown Village Development Strategy, which was to address the preservation and enhancement of the heritage features of the village”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.





New Programme for Government

Delighted with the new Programme for Government. Some major achievements:
– No college fees
– 500 extra teachers over the next 3 years
– Corporate donations banned
– 2:1 spending on public transport versus roads from 2011


Press Release – O’Gorman welcomes decisive Lisbon result






Green Party Dublin West representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has welcomed the decisive Yes vote in the Lisbon Referendum.


“I’m absolutely delighted that the Lisbon Treaty was passed by such a wide margin across the country, and particularly here in Dublin West. Over the last 3 months I’ve been going around the country speaking at meetings and highlighting the important aspects of the Treaty. Throughout the campaign, I found that when you engaged with people and separated the facts from the lies, most were agreed that it was a good deal, both for Ireland and for Europe”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.


“Passing Lisbon will have a major impact on how the EU tackles environmental problems. The Treaty articles on energy efficiency and renewables will greatly help Europe achieve a reduction in our carbon emissions”.


“Aspects of Lisbon will significantly enhance democratic structures within the EU. I urge the European Commission to swiftly enact legislation to allow the Citizens Initiative, whereby one million European citizens can come to ask for a law in a particular area, to begin operation. It is also vital that the Oireachtas’s European Affairs Committee improves its means of working in order to avail of the new powers given to national parliaments through the Lisbon Treaty”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.