Local Coolock Deputy, Tommy Broughan, has expressed shock and disappointment at the news that Mondelez/Cadbury will be reducing the number of staff at their Oscar Traynor Road facility by up to 70 people (from the current 380 employed there).
This week I started my week with a board meeting of the Coolock Development Council, of which I am a founding Director. I then held my regular clinics in Darndale and Donnycarney before heading in to the Dáil office to prepare for a TV interview. On Tuesday, I spoke strongly in support of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 which will strengthen sanctions for those caught driving over the legal alcohol limit and will undoubtedly save lives. I met a delegation from PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care on our Roads), led by Ms Susan Gray and Mr Noel Clancy, who attended the debate. Later that night, I spoke in support of the Multi-Party Action Bill 2017 which would give people in Ireland access to multi-party (class) mass harm actions.
Deputy Tommy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to report on what services will be provided at the new primary care centre in Coolock, Dublin 17. At this time last year, Deputy Broughan had received confirmation from the HSE that construction would begin early this year and that the centre was expected to be delivered in early 2017.
Deputy Tommy Broughan received a reply to a Parliamentary Question this week on the number of emergency 999 calls received by the Coolock and Raheny Garda Stations in the period from the 1st of January 2015 to the 1st of July 2016. The reply states that the Coolock District received 16,015 calls during 2015, averaging over 1,300 per month throughout the year. The Raheny District received 11,305 calls during this time, averaging almost 950 per month in 2015.
Deputy Tommy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, to report on when a primary care centre would be opened and operational in Coolock, Dublin 17. Deputy Broughan received confirmation from the HSE today that construction will begin in early 2016 and is expected to be delivered in early 2017.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has today cautiously welcomed what appears to be a fall in the quantity and value of drugs seizures by An Garda Síochána in the R District which encompasses the Coolock, Swords and Malahide sub-districts. Figures received by Deputy Broughan this week, however, compare a full year in 2014, where drugs worth over €3 million were seized, to Quarters 1 and 2 in 2015 where just €375,306 worth of drugs was seized. A detailed analysis of the figures to compare like with like is not available as the 2014 figures is not broken down by quarter.
We had the bad news in late February of the possible loss of 160 jobs in Coolock, Rathmore and Tallaght. We have not had any update since mid-summer. I understand the Minister established an interagency group led by Enterprise Ireland.
What progress has been made on this? Have the agency and the Department had any talks with 3G Capital, the ultimate owner of Mondelez Kraft Heinz?
Deputy Broughan welcomes news this week that 97 new Gardaí attested in Templemore. Deputy Broughan recently questioned the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, on whether the number of Gardaí will be increased in the J & R Districts of Coolock, Clontarf, Santry, Raheny and Howth following the recruitment of new Gardaí.
Before the summer recess, Deputy Broughan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, to provide an update on the status of Cadbury/Mondelez jobs as it has been almost five months since the announcement that over 200 jobs were to be cut at factories in Coolock and around Ireland.
Deputy Tommy Broughan has warmly welcomed the announcement today by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, of the extension of the important Garda Youth Diversion Projects. In particular, Deputy Broughan is delighted to see that 2 of the 10 new locations will be in his constituency of Dublin Bay North with new projects operating in Donnycarney/Fairview/Clontarf and in Kilbarrack/Killester/Raheny.