Monthly Archive for May, 2012

Canal Clean Up 2012

Canal Clean Up 2012

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the canal clean up on Saturday. It was a fantastic day for it and we got plenty of dirt and rubbish shifted.

Thanks too to Fingal County Council for picking up the rubbish after we finished.

Dublin West Green Party holding annual Royal Canal Clean Up on Saturday 26th May



The Dublin West Green Party will be holding our annual Royal Canal Clean Up this Saturday, 26th May.

I’d like to extend an invitation to any residents across Castleknock, Blanchardstown and Carpenterstown to join us.

We will be meeting at 1:00PM at Castleknock Train Station. Volunteers will be provided with gloves and plastic sacks, but please bring litter-pickers or other implements if you have them.

The Canal Clean Up is a great opportunity to get outside, enjoy the wonderful resource that the canal provides, and do something for our community in Dublin West.

I hope to see you there.

Royal Canal Green Way Survey



Fingal County Council are currently undertaking a public consultation on the use of the Royal Canal – the Royal Canal Green Way Study. The study is being undertaken to examine a range of potential uses of the Royal Canal covering amenity, environment and use as a cycleway.

The closing date for submissions is 25th May.

This study gives Dublin 15 residents an opportunity to have a say on how we want to see the Royal Canal used over the next years. The Canal is a significant resource, be it for walking, cycling or fishing. The opening up of the entire Canal to cruisers means that it now also has tourism potential, which should be encouraged.

Like any ecosystem, the Canal has a delicate balance and it is up to us to choose where this balance lies.  The Canal pathway could be successfully used for transport, by upgrading it to a cycleway. However, this might reduce its potential use for walking and have some environmental effect. Decisions taken now will have a long term impact, which is why it is important that there is substantial public input into the study.

Full details on how to make a submission are included in the link above. If you don’t have time to make a full submission yourself, get in touch with me and I can include your views in the submission from the Dublin West Green Party.