Monthly Archive for June, 2016

I support Garda Management’s call for extra Community Gardai in Dublin 15

 

Reply to my question on Community Gardai numbers in Dublin 15

Reply to my question on Community Gardai numbers in Dublin 15

I submitted a number of questions about Garda number in the Dublin 15 area at the last Fingal Joint Policing Committee meeting.

I’m pleased to see that Garda Management in Dublin 15 are making an application to steadily increase the number of Community Gardai in the area over the next two years. The information I got from the question I put down shows that currently, Blanchardstown Station has 1 Sergeant and 10 Gardai assigned to Community Policing. In my view, this is too small a number, considering the size of Dublin 15.

However, Garda Management have put in an application to have this number increased over the next two years, with a goal of having 1 Sergeant and 18 Gardai by the end of 2017.

I think that it is absolutely essential that the Minister for Justice provide these necessary extra Gardai for the Dublin 15 area. The lack of visibility of Gardai on the ground is one of the issue most regularly raised with me on the doors.

Planning application at Brady’s Pub, Old Navan Road

Elevation view of the proposed development on Brady's Pub.

Elevation view of the proposed development on Brady’s Pub.

A planning application has been received by Fingal County Council for the demolition of Brady’s Pub and its replacement with an apartment development. The key details are:

  • 41 no. apartments (34 no. two bedroom and 7 no. three bedroom units)
  • Four distinct apartment blocks each 4 storey (with set back 2nd and 3rd floor) over basement (see drawing overleaf)
  • 69 no. underground car parking spaces, new vehicular entrance from Old Navan Road
  • Pedestrian access into existing park area between Talbot Downs and Court

The planning application number is FW16A/0079.

You can view the planning application online here, using the application number. It can also be viewed on request at the Planning Desk at the Fingal County Council Offices in Blanchardstown.

Should you wish to submit an objection or observation, the deadline is close of business on the 28th June. These should be sent to the Planning Department, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street Swords, Co. Dublin. Include your own name and address, and you must use the number for this planning application.

You can also register online and make your objection/observation through the Fingal website. Remember, there is a €20 fee to make an objection.

Ariel view of proposed new development

Ariel view of proposed new development

If you are making an objection, please forward me on a copy to rodericogorman@gmail.com.

I have already had this planning application call up and discussed at a meeting of Fingal County Council where I highlighted my concerns about the height and density of the proposed development with the planning officials present.

 

Gardai agree to my request to review domestic violence statistics at Fingal JPC meetings

Crime statistics for Blanchardstown Station, now including domestic violence figures.

Crime statistics for Blanchardstown Station, now including domestic violence figures.

I am pleased that the Gardai have agreed to my request to provide domestic violence statistics as part of the range of statistics that are presented to councillors and community representatives at the quarterly meetings of the Fingal Joint Policing Committee. While up to know, we have been presented with statistics on a wide range of offences from burglary to possession of drugs, the figures on domestic violence incidents have not been highlighted to us. Domestic violence statistics will now be provided by the Gardai at all future meetings from the stations in our area (Blanchardstown, Balbriggan, Swords & Howth).

I was concerned that by not reviewing these figures, we were failing to shine a light on the incidents of domestic violence that occur within Fingal. In a major piece of research undertaken by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in 2014, it was shown that 79% of women in Ireland who had experienced domestic violence did not get in touch with the Gardai, following the most serious incidence of violence. This demonstrates that domestic violence remains a deeply hidden issue within Irish society”.

In light of this, I believe that it is absolutely crucial that where people go and report such assaults to the Gardai, these figures should not be ignored. That is why I felt it critically important that these domestic violence statistics should be presented to elected representatives attending the Fingal Joint Policing Committee on a quarterly basis. This way, we keep the problem visible. I will be encouraging my Green Party colleagues sitting on other Joint Policing Committees across the country to request the same information for their areas.