Today in Dáil Éireann, Deputy Broughan raised a Topical Issues Debate on the urgent need to address and end the very serious illegal dumping in densely populated residential northside areas of Dublin city. Deputy Broughan has written directly to Dublin City Council on the matter many times, including, most recently, to Mr Owen Keegan, Chief Executive of DCC. Also, earlier this week, Deputy Broughan visited the site in question himself.
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.
As the Minister knows, master plans for the north fringe of the Dublin City Council area and the adjoining south fringe of the Fingal County Council area were first drafted around 15 years ago by the planning departments of the two councils and a new urban district of 10,000 to 15,000 people and ancillary commercial development was planned, providing for a future population of 40,000 plus. Unfortunately the crash of 2008 brought much of the development to a halt and the discovery of high pyrite levels in foundation infills and insulation and other construction problems have greatly delayed the much-needed completion of the core of the north fringe.
Deputy Broughan has today, during Topical Issues Debate, called for the inclusion of the Malahide Road Re-Alignment in the Department of Transport’s Capital Programme 2016. The Malahide Road Re-alignment was a key roads improvement objective in the 2005-2011 and 2011-2016 Dublin City Development Plans but was shelved during the downturn.