Ciarán Cuffe TD News

Autumn/Winter 09

Free Pre-School Year for all children
A new scheme, beginning in January 2010, will provide a free pre-school year for all children. The scheme is open to children aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 6 months. In Dún Laoghaire, parents can apply to the DLR County Childcare Committee. They will publish a list of participating childcare providers on their website at the end of November 2009. Tel 236 8030

Crunch time for new County Plan

Renewed Programme for Government
A Renewed Programme for Government was agreed in mid-October and sets out the Government’s vision for creating and sustaining jobs in the coming years. One of the commitments agreed upon was the introduction of new a plan to help families having difficulties with their home mortgage payments and helping those in debt. We also want to reinvigorate our public service by opening up the recruitment of senior positions to the private sector. You can have a look at the full document and a summary on my website

Marine road in the centre of Dún Laoghaire It’s a busy time on Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as the new County Development Plan is finalised. The new plan sets out the ground-rules for development in the County from 2010-2016. Last July the Green Party made a detailed submission with our proposals for how the County can develop and prosper over the next five years. We called for a new task force to revitalise Dún Laoghaire town centre, the County’s first ‘eco town’ at Cherrywood and improved public transport with a coastal cycle-way and an extended Luas to Bray. The Green Party are also committed to safeguarding green belts in the County and are insisting that lands at Clontra in Shankill and Fernhill in Stepaside must be protected from development. I’m glad to say that many of our recommendations are included in the Draft Plan. Recently the County Council also advertised for a ‘brand’ manager for the town of Dún Laoghaire and I’m hopeful that whoever is appointed to the new post will fly the flag for the County Town. There are some challenges ahead. There are suggestions that the HSS ferry may be discontinued at the end of the year, and Dundrum Shopping Centre is drawing shoppers away from Dún Laoghaire. There are also proposals from some Fine Gael councillors to rezone amenity lands beside Fernhill Gardens in Sandyford for housing and to allow more out-of-town shopping on lands near Kilternan. Has nothing been learned from the controversial re-zonings over the last thirty years? If the councillors succeed in re-zoning more land the proposals will go on display in the County Hall in Dún Laoghaire and you will be able to comment on the revised Plan. I’ll keep you posted. www

New Health Team for Shankill
A Primary Care Team has been launched in Shankill. The service aims to deliver care in a holistic way to a local population of 10,350 people. One has already been established in Dalkey and plans are underway to launch teams in Loughlinstown and Ballybrack. A team of GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, psychologists and social workers will work together in providing a coordinated health service. If you would like further information you can contact the Shankill Health Centre, Tel: 282 0344.

Your A - Z Guide to Local Services
Abandoned Vehicles
The Council will remove abandoned vehicles and will also take vehicles no longer required by owners (for a fee of €100). Contact Environmental Services: Tel 205 4817/ 205 4810

Housing Adaptation Grants

These schemes provide funding to improve the homes of older people and people with a disability. Tel 205 4847 email

Sports Facilities

Gym, Indoor Halls & All Weather Pitches
Loughlinstown Drive Open Mon-Thurs 8am-10pm, Fri 8am-9pm, Sat & Bank Holiday 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-7pm Tel 282 3344 email

Affordable Housing Scheme

This scheme allows homes to be sold at a discount for those who cannot afford the full market price. Tel 204 7920/ 204 7923 email Web

Housing Applications

Local authority housing is allocated according to housing need, and rents are based on your ability to pay. Apply to the Housing section: Tel 204 7260 email

Swimming Pool, Gym, Skatepark & All Weather Pitches
Monkstown Avenue Open Mon-Fri 7.30am-10pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-6pm Tel 230 1458 email Web

Air Pollution

Library Services

The Council publishes quarterly smoke and sulphur dioxide monitoring results on its website. Web


Membership to the many County libraries is free and allows you to borrow books, CDs, DVDs and access the internet. To find your local library contact Library Headquarters: Tel 278 1788 email Web

Tenants & Landlords

There are 100 plots in Goatstown but the Council’s waiting list is currently closed. Tell us if you’re interested and we’ll contact the County Manager Owen Keegan. Web

Landlords have to register tenancies with the Private Residential Tenancies Board. This provides rights to both tenants and landlords. Tel 635 0600 email Web


To report a faulty street light contact the Public Lighting Section: Tel 205 4809 email



A free pre-school year is available to all children aged between 3 years 3 months and 4 years 4 months from January 2010. The list of Childcare providers who are participating in the scheme will be published on the DLR County Childcare Committee website at the end of November 2009. Tel 236 8030 email Web


The Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire has a year-round programme of events. Tel 231 2929 Web

To report a litter offence, contact the litter wardens. The Council also provides free pooper scoopers. Tel 205 4351 or free phone 1800 403 503 email

Voter Registration


Citizens Information Centre

Open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm Free Legal Advice Wed 7.30-9pm (by appointment) 85/86 Patrick Street, Dún Laoghaire Tel 284 4544 email Web Web

The Council runs three local markets: Dalkey Town Hall every Friday 10am-4pm Marlay Park every Saturday 10am-4pm People’s Park Dún Laoghaire every Sunday 11am-4pm There are also markets at Kilternan every Saturday at 10am and Leopardstown Racecourse every Friday 10am-4pm

To ensure you are registered to vote contact the Corporate Services section: Tel 01 205 4880 email Web

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Black Bin Collection, Ordering & Registration
205 4810

Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS)
70b Patrick Street, Dún Laoghaire Tel 230 2002 Tel National Helpline 1890 28 34 38 email Web

Green Bin Collections
The Green Bin service in Dún Laoghaire is operated by Greyhound. Tel 1890 342 342/ 465 8900 email Web

Dog Licenses & Control

The Council can remove wandering animals in public areas. Annual dog licenses are available at any Post Office, or from the Council’s Environment section. Tel 205 4771 email

Money Matters

Householders can buy a composter from the Council at cost price. Contact the Environment section: Tel 205 4817 email

Drains & Gullies

The Council is responsible for clearing blocked public drains. Tel 205 4832 email

The Financial Regulator is responsible for providing the public with free, impartial information on personal finances. Their website is a great source of advice on all money matters. Tel (Lo-call) 1890 777 777 email Web

Bring Banks
Contact the Environment section: Tel 205 4817 Ballyogen Recycling Centre Open Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun & Bank Holiday 10.30am-5.30pm Tel 291 3600 Eden Park Recycling Centre Open Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4pm, Fri 8.30am-2pm, Sat 8.30am-3.30pm, Closed Sun Tel 205 4817

County Hall, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire Tel 205 4700 email Web Pay for dog licenses, waste charges, parking permits, etc. online: Web

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council


Residential and Visitors’ Parking Permits are available at a fee and subject to certain conditions. Contact the Traffic section: Tel 205 4884 email


Environmental Enforcement

To report air pollution (e.g. garden fires, construction site burning, fumes from industry), noise complaints or incidents of dumping contact the Environmental Health Officer: Tel 204 7954 email

The Parks Department is responsible for the management and development of parks, playgrounds, open spaces, roadsides and trees. Tel 204 7275 email

Waste Charges Waiver Scheme
The Council operates a waiver scheme for those on a low income and on hardship grounds. You can apply on the Council’s website Web Tel 205 4747

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Planning Applications
205 4859 205 4864


For information on events happening throughout the County contact the County Council Arts Office Tel 271 9527 Web

Planning Enforcement
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Higher Education Grants

Maintenance, including footpaths
205 4879 205 4884 205 4810

This Scheme gives financial help to students commencing full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses and undergraduate/ postgraduate courses. They are managed by the Council: Tel 205 4777 email Web

For information about the County’s water supply contact Water Services: Tel 205 4800 In case of emergencies after 5pm and at weekends contact the Water and Drainage Emergency Service: Tel 677 8844


Traffic, double yellow lines, traffic lights, etc.
Tel email


Road Sweeeping
Tel email

For information contact the Parks Department: Tel 204 7275 email

Ciarán Cuffe TD, 96 Patrick St, Dún Laoghaire
Tel 284 6060

Carlisle Pier as it was prior to demolition and, inset, as it was c. 1900

Jobs and Employment Information
Basis A useful single access point to all Government information and services on the web Dublin Business Innovation Centre Dublin Business Innovation Centre provides advice to new business projects and access to seed capital to selected enterprises. Tel. 671 3111 E Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board Offers supports to Entrepreneurs and MicroEnterprises in Dún Laoghaire Tel: 494 8400 E

Carlisle Pier Controversy
In September the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company demolished the old Carlisle Pier in Dún Laoghaire. While no-one will regret the loss of the 1960s building, concealed within it was the intact 150 year old railway station that has now been demolished. I have referred the matter to An Bord Pleanála, as I believe the demolition is illegal. Initially the Council said planning was not required, but they are now back-tracking on the issue. Meanwhile the Harbour Company is looking to place a surface car park on the site. I believe that this is a completely inappropriate use for the Pier. If restored, the old railway station building could be a fantastic venue for cultural events such as the Farmer’s Market or the Festival of World Cultures. I want to see the Harbour developed as a recreational spot for the people of Dún Laoghaire and I welcome the opening of the East Pier Battery to the public. I’m also pleased with recent works covering over the railway tracks beside the Pavilion Theatre. When finished, it will be a real asset to the town. Now is a good time to put in place a strong Local Area Plan for Dún Laoghaire that sets out the kind of development and positive changes that are necessary. Please don’t hesitate to contact me through my website or in writing with your own thoughts on the future of the County town. www

Online Employment Agency Resources Enterprise Week DLR Enterprise Week features activities designed to support aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fás State Training and Employment Authority The first step is to register with the Employment Services Office: 14 Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire Tel: 214 6500 The main training centre is located on Wyattville Road in Loughlinstown Tel: 204 3600 E. Money Advice and Budgeting Service 70b Patrick Street Dun Laoghaire Tel: 230 2002 Revenue Good source of information on the tax issues relating to setting up a business Tel: 632 9400 Social Welfare Unemployment Benefit and Assistance Employment Exchange, Cumberland St, Dún Laoghaire Tel. 214 5540 Southside Partnership An independent local development organisation tackling socio-economic disadvantage and social exclusion within all sectors of the community. The Old Post Office, 7 Rock Hill, Main Street, Blackrock Tel: 209 0610 E Southside Local Employment Services Community Initiative to assist those who are unemployed with education and training Tel 1800 200 501

Green Party Comhaontas Glas Justice, Foreign Affairs and Transport Spokesperson 96 Patrick Street (Over the Pet Shop) Dún Laoghaire Tel 284 6060, Fax. 618 4341 Email:

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