BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 22ND

At the end of last week and beginning of this week, I sent in lengthy submissions to both Dublin City Council’s and Fingal County Council’s Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024.  I ensured that I included important areas such as transport (including improved cycling infrastructure), waste management and flood resilience.  The public consultation is open until Monday, the 25th of March and can be done online at the following web address: https://dublinclimatechange.codema.ie/make-a-submission/.

The Dáil is in recess this week but it is also the week that the An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on the Clonshaugh Sewage Plant began.  On Wednesday, I attended the first session in the Gresham Hotel and listened to Irish Water’s opening statements.  I have studied the plans carefully and had previously submitted my own comprehensive observation, putting forward the strong views on constituents of Dublin Bay North that Clonshaugh and Baldoyle are not the right locations for a sewage plant of this size.

On Friday afternoon, I presented to the Inspector of An Bord Pleanála and re-iterated the many valid concerns of constituents about the location of this plant, especially the health impacts on local residents in Clonshaugh, North Coolock and the North Fringe.  I also emphasised the grave dangers to the UNESCO-designated biosphere, Baldoyle Bay.  The Oral Hearing is expected to continue in to next week but it is difficult to know, at this juncture, what the outcome will be.

Thursday, the 21st of March was also World Down Syndrome Day and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and students and unions in Ireland also held a #FundTheFuture lunchtime walk out.

The most recent copy of my newsletter, Northsider Vol 27 No 1, is currently being distributed around the constituency and is also available online, on the ‘Newsletter’ section of the website.