I received the following from the Dublin Airport Authority – Runway Maintenance NoticeDublin Airport’s main runway is to close at night for a period of two weeks for essential maintenance.The work is due to begin on Monday September 23 and will continue each night between 11.30pm and 4.30am until Sunday morning, October 6. No work will take place on Sunday nights.
Earlier this week, during oral Parliamentary Questions, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, about the protection of Dublin Bay and the shocking discharges of sewerage into the Bay. Deputy Broughan, in particular, highlighted that the Bay is a UNESCO designated Biosphere and said:“It is astonishing, given this repeated and outrageous environmental vandalism of our UNESCO designated bay and all the associated waters, that the Minister and Irish Water would say that it is normal when one has storm water overflow then sewage will be pumped into Dublin Bay.
Deputy Broughan is a strong advocate for a constitutional right to housing and for a National Housing Executive overseeing a largescale building programme of social and affordable homes. Deputy Broughan has been a vocal opponent of the overreliance on the private rental sector for housing tens of thousands of people in need of secure homes.
Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine when construction works on the middle pier upgrade at Howth Harbour will commence; the length of time the project will take to complete; the estimated cost of the project; and for a statement on the matter. In a reply to that Parliamentary Question, received this week, Deputy Broughan was informed that the “Department is proposing to extend the Middle Pier Quay in Howth FHC to improve access, maintenance and berthing facilities. Additional berthing space would, in addition to relieving vessel congestion issues, enable greater segregation between the activities of fishing vessels and the marine tourism and leisure activities which are mainly concentrated on the West Pier. This segregation is desirable both from an operational and a health & safety point of view. Tenders for the project issued on 27th June 2019 and the final date for receipt of submissions is 4th October 2019. The tender evaluation process period is expected to be completed by the end of November 2019.”
Please note that, due to longstanding prior commitments, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place on Monday the 2nd of September 2019 or on Saturday, the 7th of September. My weekly information clinics will resume as normal on Friday, the 13th of September 2019 (the 2nd Friday of the month). For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
Deputy Broughan has today welcomed Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris’s restructuring plans, as long as the focus remains on increasing the community policing teams as reported. The proposal to put up to an additional 1,800 Gardaí on the streets (between new recruits and Gardaí available for frontline duties) is especially welcome and hopefully the Garda DMR North division will receive a significant portion of that allocation of Garda personnel. Reacting to today’s news of the proposed reduction in garda divisions from 28 to 19 and regions from 6 to 4, Deputy Broughan also re-iterated his call for the new Divisional Headquarters for Dublin Metropolitan Region North to be located in the North Fringe. Deputy Broughan has been calling for a new Garda Station for the Clongriffin/Belmayne area and has asked the Garda Commissioner to consider building the new HQ in the North Fringe of his constituency in Dublin Bay North.
Secretarial Assistant required for busy Dáil and constituency office. Excellent computer and communications skills essential and a strong interest in politics important. Please send a cover letter and CV by 5pm on Thursday, September 5th next to Thomas P Broughan TD, Dáil Éireann, Kildare St., Dublin 2 or by email to Thomas_p_broughan@oireachtas.ie
Recently wheelchair users have been protesting at DART stations to highlight the lack of accessibility and ongoing issues with broken lifts. Deputy Broughan has made many representations to Irish Rail over the years due to the consistent problems with the lifts at the Howth Junction/Donaghmede DART Station. Deputy Broughan, this week, received a response to his Parliamentary Question about the frequency of the lift breakdowns at this station and the cost of repairs.
Please note, that due to staff annual leave, my Dáil and constituency office in Leinster House will be closed from Monday, July 29th until Monday, 12th August 2019. Any queries will be responded to on our return during the week commencing 12th of August.My weekly information clinics will resume on Monday, 12th August and Saturday, 17th August 2019. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
On behalf of his Northside constituents, Deputy Broughan has been asking about the waiting lists for services in the Community Health Organisation Area 9 or CHO DNCC (CHO for Dublin North, Dublin North Central and Dublin North West). Last week, Deputy Broughan received some very detailed replies to these Parliamentary Questions directly from both the Head of Service Mental Health and the Head of Service Primary Care. Based on these replies, Deputy Broughan can see that clearly greater resources are needed for the HSE in Budget 2020 for the huge demand in these highly populated areas of Dublin.