The week began with lots of news coverage about the low conviction rates for drink driving in some counties.  The news came from Dáil replies I received to a number of Parliamentary Questions I raised on behalf of PARC road safety group.  PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our roads) undertook an analysis of the data provided by the Courts Service in the PQ replies and liaised with journalists on the findings.  It is often through these questions that we have exposed loopholes or discrepancies in our road safety legislation or the enforcement of the law on drink driving.

I have received notice from the NTA that the second round of Community Forum meetings (including for the Clongriffin to City route) will take place in September. Groups who would like to participate in their local community forum can send their details to

There was also welcome news that the Community Environment Action Fund, with priorities of climate and biodiversity, is open today for applications.  There is a pot of almost €1m to support projects in local communities.  The deadline is September 27th at 5pm.  More details in the link below –

On Wednesday night , I attended a packed residents meeting in St. Brendan’s Hall, Coolock where people expressed grave concern at the height, mass and density of the DCC approved 88 unit apartment development on the remaining green area in Chanel College.  An appeal is being prepared by the Coolock Village Residents’ Association to An Bord Pleanála.

This week, I also began advertising for a Secretarial Assistant vacancy which has opened up in my busy office.  Applications are welcomed up to 5pm on September 5th and can be emailed to or posted to me in Dáil Éireann, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.