Today, during Leaders’ Questions, Deputy Broughan has called on the Taoiseach and Fine Gael to ensure that the need for a Garda Station and greater police presence is highlighted with Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris. Deputy Broughan told the Taoiseach that some districts of Dublin Bay North have being suffering greatly from burglaries, car theft and related joyriding, illegal dumping and serious nightly anti-social and criminal behaviour. Deputy Broughan said that while nationally homicides and a number of other crime categories thankfully fell in 2018, there are disturbing rises in several types of crime in recent figures recently presented at the DMR (Dublin Metropolitan Region) North Joint Policing Committee. These include assaults, burglary, criminal damage, thefts, public order incidents and domestic violence.
Deputy Broughan has today condemned the fatal shooting which took place in the Marigold Estate in the Darndale Belcamp parish in the early hours of this morning. Deputy Broughan has repeatedly been raising the issue of crime and anti-social behaviour with the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, and also with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Deputy Broughan holds weekly information clinics in Darndale and has long represented the excellent residents and community activists in this area of his constituency of Dublin Bay North. Deputy Broughan also attends the local Joint Policing Committees with the Chief Superintendent and his staff and has raised worrying issues around crime in the DMR North Garda Region with the Chief Executive and officials of Dublin City Council.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on the Bill. I have always deeply appreciated the role of Dublin Airport as the key economic driver of Dublin’s northside, in particular as I was a founder and director of Coolock Development Council, which has community centres, business centres and jobs training programmes to help people leave unemployment. We know that up to 60,000 jobs in the wider airport zone, including Dublin Bay North, in particular jobs in logistics, are dependent on the successful development of the airport. However, as the number of passengers has moved up to 30 million per annum and beyond, and the second runway is under construction, constituents in Dublin Bay North, in particular those on the north fringe, remain profoundly anxious that the airport’s role is developed in a sustainable way. This especially concerns aircraft noise and associated flight paths, which, of course, are the core subject of the Bill.
Please note that due to a longstanding prior political commitment, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this Saturday the 1st of December 2018.
My weekly information clinics will resume as normal on Monday the 3rd of December in Darndale. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to seek assurances from the CEO of Iarnród Éireann that additional security personnel will be deployed at Howth Junction DART Station in the run up to Halloween. Deputy Broughan today received a letter from Mr Jim Meade, CEO, confirming that there will be security on site from 5pm – 12.30am and also at Kilbarrack Station from 2pm – 12.30am. Mr Meade also confirmed that “there will be further teams operating in Howth Junction & Donaghmede and adjacent stations.”
Please note that, due to longstanding prior commitments, my weekly information clinics will not be taking place this weekend (Friday August 24th, Saturday August 25th or Monday August 27th 2018). They will also not be taking place on Saturday the 1st of September or Monday the 3rd of September 2018.
My weekly information clinics will resume as normal on Saturday, the 8th of September 2018. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
Please note, that due to staff annual leave, my Dáil and constituency office in Leinster House will be closed from Friday, July 27th for the first two weeks of August (until Monday, 13th August 2018). Any queries will be responded to on our return during the week commencing 13th of August.
My weekly information clinics will resume on Saturday, 18th August 2018. For further details of the times and locations of these clinics, please see the Contact section of this website.
I would like to ask the Taoiseach about the high-level report on the Department of Justice and Equality, which was produced by Mr. Ó Ríordáin and which, according to Mr. Pat Leahy, makes some important points regarding accountability and the budget and resources of An Garda Síochána. When will that be published? Will the Dáil get a chance to discuss it?
Why was there no public competition for the position of Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality? The latter is a key Department of Government. Everybody believes that most government-related jobs should be filled through public competition. Why was there no competition in this case? The appointee, Mr. O’Driscoll, has a fine track record but we would have expected a public competition.
Deputy Broughan has consistently been calling on the Government to provide increased investment into areas of Dublin Bay North, including more resources for An Garda Síochána, health and safety measures around local transport hubs, more school places and improved community amenities. Deputy Broughan has been raising the matter with the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister for Justice and Equality and most recently with the Minister for Rural and Community Development. During parliamentary questions last week, Deputy Broughan asked for a the Government to provide funding for, and be a stakeholder in, a multifunctional community centre in the heart of the area, namely, in Clongriffin.
I am delighted to have this brief opportunity to strongly support the initiative of Deputies Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny and Bríd Smith in bringing this motion before the Dáil and in such a timely manner. A couple of weeks ago, I told the Tánaiste that according to the homelessness report of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, almost 6,000 adults and 3,700 children are homeless and of these, more than 4,000 homeless adults and almost 3,000 homeless children were based in the four Dublin local authority areas. There are up to 40,000 households on the Dublin housing waiting list. The Dublin Bay North constituency is the worst affected in the country by homelessness and long housing list