Deputy Broughan has recently asked the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government if he will report on the decision regarding so-called strategic housing developments being submitted directly to An Bord Pleanála and if he would terminate this practice by the end this year. Deputy Broughan has recently made a number of strong observations to An Bord Pleanála on Strategic Housing Development Plans for his constituency of Dublin Bay North. Deputy Broughan does not agree with the practice of these SHD plans bypassing Local Authority Planning Departments and going straight to An Bord Pleanála. SHDs are large scale developments, often of much-needed housing but often with high percentages of ‘Build-To-Rent’ units and very little social and affordable homes. They are basically profit machines for private developers and sometimes private developers that have failed these parishes during the Celtic Tiger era.
Independent TD for Dublin Bay North, Deputy Broughan, has welcomed the passing of the Independent4Change Motion which called on the Dáil to legislate for the right to access a personal assistance service for citizens with disabilities. The Government did not oppose the motion resulting in the Motion passing with cross-party, unanimous support a development also welcomed by the Ceann Comhairle in his concluding remarks.Deputies Tommy Broughan and Thomas Pringle introduced the motion last night, November 19th, with the support of fellow Independent4Change TDs Deputies Maureen O’Sullivan, Joan Collins and Catherine Connolly.
Following representations for concerned parents on behalf of their young children awaiting dental work, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Health on the number of children awaiting examinations. Recently, he received disappointing and unacceptable figures for the DNCC Dental Service (CHO Area 9) in a response to that Parliamentary Questions. Dublin North and Dublin North Central and North West (DNCC) had over 21,797 children awaiting examination in September 2019 but these figures do not include 4th class. The PQ reply stated “due to staffing issues and a growing population, Dublin North has been unable to examine 4th class for the last 2 years.”
Today, in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan raised a Topical Issue Debate with the Minister for Education and Skills one the urgent need for the Department of Education to liaise with and support two primary schools in Dublin Bay North, which are looking to maintain staffing levels, carry out essential upgrade works and continue providing safe spaces for students.
Deputy Broughan met parents and pupils of Scoil Chaitríona Cailiní in Measc Avenue, Artane following the devastating fire there in the early hours of this morning. Deputy Broughan says, “I was informed by shocked parents that nine classrooms has been destroyed and that the library and hall were severely damaged in the fire. When I attended the site, the Junior School also remained closed while An Gardaí Síochána and the Fire Brigade ensured the location was safe.
Last week, during oral Parliamentary Questions with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, Deputy Broughan raised the matter of the run up to Hallow’een and the increased anxiety of constituents in some areas. In the past, the festival has been used as an excuse for anti-social behaviour and the creation of general mayhem on estates. There have also been increased instances of anti-social behaviour on commuter rail lines.
Today during Leaders’ Questions in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan again blasted Fine Gael on its atrocious record for housing while in Government. Deputy Broughan made a submission to the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, on the Strategic Housing Development and he was not surprised to learn from the Killian Woods story in the Sunday Business Post that construction hasn’t even started on two-thirds of the units approved by An Bord Pleanála under the Strategic Housing Development.
Today in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan introduced his Private Member’s Bill, the Noise Pollution (Management and Abatement) Bill 2019. The Bill seeks to amend the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Act 2019 and the Environmental Protection Agency 1992 in order to make the Environmental Protection Agency the body in charge of setting the noise abatement objectives for Fingal County Council (the new Competent Authority for noise management at Dublin Airport). It also provides for the publication of a number of reports that will make the whole area around the management and abatement of noise pollution (aircraft and noise nuisances more generally) more transparent and effective.
Deputy Broughan warmly welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Attorney General, Seamus Wolfe, to hold fresh inquests into the tragic deaths of our 48 young lives that were lost on the fateful Valentine’s Night disco in the Stardust in 1981. Deputy Broughan has been a long and loyal supporter of the quest for truth and justice by the Stardust Relatives’ and Victims’ Committee. He is, of course, anxious to learn what the parameters of the inquest might be and the timeframe for the completion of the inquest. The families and victims have waited long enough for answers and have been treated appallingly by successive governments so Deputy Broughan warmly welcomes the decision at last to re-investigate the tragic deaths of the 48 young people and to re-examine the findings of the Keane Tribunal and the Coffey and McCartan reports.
Yesterday, during a Topical Issues Debate with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, Deputy Broughan highlighted the urgent need for the Office of the Planning Regulator to review the planning of the North/South Fringes of Dublin City and Fingal County over the past two decades. Deputy Broughan also wrote directly to the Planning Regulator following the submission a few weeks ago by Gerard Gannon Properties of proposals for a huge development of 1,950 residential units and 22,728m2 of commercial development across 15 blocks (up to 15 and 17 storeys high) in Clongriffin which is part of the North/South Fringe of Dublin City and Fingal County. Astonishingly 1,130 of the proposed apartments are intended to be ‘Build to Rent’ in a housing area where up to 9,000 individuals and families are waiting for accommodation on Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council housing lists.