Dublin West Greens with rubbish at Castleknock Station
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate Roderic O’Gorman and Mulhuddart ward candidate, Simon Herbert, have thanked Dublin 15 residents for their support of the Green Party clean up of the Royal Canal between the 12th Lock and Clonsilla Train Station. About 20 volunteers joined in the clean-up on Saturday afternoon, along with Dublin European Election candidate, Deirdre De Burca.
“We had about 20 volunteers out with us today, cleaning the Royal Canal all the way from the 12th Lock bar down to Clonsilla Station. We shifted about 15 sack loads of rubbish – mostly cans and bottles, along with various other items of waste, including at least one dead rat! It’s such a shame that a small minority of people treat the canal in this way. If I’m elected to Fingal County Council in June I intend to work to ensure that the canal and the surrounding area is developed in a way that allows more people to enjoy it”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“As we worked our way along the bank, we met lots of people out walking and enjoying the fantastic day. All were really positive about the clean-up that the local Green Party organised, which was part of An Taisce’s National Spring Clean. We would like to thank Fingal County Council for arranging to pick up the rubbish from us at Coolmine Station”, stated Simon Herbert.
The Dublin West Green Party and local volunteers were joined in the clean-up by Dublin European Election candidate for the Green Party, Senator Deirdre De Burca.
“I really enjoyed getting involved in today’s clean-up. Like the rest of Dublin’s waterways, the Royal Canal is a real resource. It provides a green route all the way from Dublin City centre to the Shannon. It has real potential for tourism as well as being a fantastic leisure amenity for walkers and cyclists”, stated Deirdre De Burca.
Roderic discussing litter on the canal with Deirdre De Burca and Noel Spain
Green Party Castleknock ward candidate, Roderic O’Gorman, has called on Fingal County Council to install new litter bins in Bramley estate in Carpenterstown.
“A significant number of residents in Bramley have told me that litter is a major problem in the estate. I was canvassing in the area recently and despite the best efforts of those who live there, there is a noticeable amount of rubbish, particularly on the green space. I’ve written to Fingal County Council and asked it to consider installing some new litter bins on the green between Bramley Park and Bramley View”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“In some ways, the amount of litter in the area isn’t that surprising, as Bramley is an extremely open estate which can be accessed from four sides – opposite Burnell Park, opposite the Carpenter, off the Carpenterstown Park east road and from Laverna. This means there is a large amount of pedestrian traffic going through the area – students going to and from Castleknock Community College and St Patricks NS, people coming back from the Carpenter at night etc. As there are currently no bins in the estate itself, this means that when people have cans, chip bags or cigarettes, they just throw the rubbish on the ground”.
“I hope the Council will give consideration to my proposal to locate new bins within Bramley. This would give those passing through somewhere to throw their litter, but it would also give the many residents who pick up rubbish on the green somewhere to dispose of it”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
17th May 2008
Green Party Dublin 15 representative, Roderic O’Gorman, has urged Fingal County Council to provide clarification for the public regarding its powers and responsibilities in dealing with abandoned cars.
“I have recently been contacted by residents in the Dublin 15 area regarding the policy of Fingal County Council in relation to the removal of abandoned cars. The Council website currently advertises that it will remove abandoned cars from public property “subject to conditions”. However, one Carpenterstown resident I spoke to contacted the Council’s Environment Department regarding an abandoned car parked outside their house on the public road and were given conflicting and inaccurate advise on a number of occasions between early October and late December 2007 when the car was eventually removed”, stated Roderic O’Gorman.
“In light of the apparent confusion on the part of Council officials, I would make two suggestions. Firstly, the Council needs to clarify for itself the procedures that it must go through before it can remove an abandoned car (issues surrounding the responsibility of the Guards versus the Council, out of date tax and insurance, contacting the owner etc). Secondly, I would suggest that the Council amend its website and set out the procedures in full, so residents know and understand the situation”.
“I will be asking my Green Party colleagues on Fingal County Council to put these issues to the Environmental Department and the County Manager and I look forward to clarification on the situation”, concluded Roderic O’Gorman.
Roderic O’Gorman: 087 417 9777
The current information on removing abandoned cars can be found on Fingal County Councils website – www.fingalcoco.ie/EnvironmentAndWater/Litter/Litter/#Vehicle