My colleague Cllr Brian Dennehy and I have received a notice from Fingal County Council in relation to an application has been received from Lusk Athletic Club for permission to temporarily close roads in the Lusk area for the purpose of holding a 4 Mile Road Race.
It is proposed that the roads will be closed from 2.00pm to 5.00pm on Sunday 4th March 2018.
The roads in question are:
• Chapel Green
• Chapel Road
• Quickpenny Road from Chapel Green/Post Office Road to he junction with Man O War/ Ballough Road
• Skerries Road/R127 (junction of Station Road to Skerries Road Roundabout).
• Rathmore Road/ R127, Northbound Lane, (Skerries Road Roundabout to Station Road Roundabout).
• Station Road/ R128, from Station Road Roundabout to Dublin Road.
• Main Street
• Post Office Road
Alternative routes available for vehicular traffic are as follows:
Motorists on Chapel Road will not have access to Chapel Green.
Vehicles will need to divert via Church Road, Barrack Lane and Ministers Road to access the west side of the village.
Traffic wishing to use Quickpenny Road should use Ministers Road and Church Road to access the rest of the village.
Traffic that wishes to gain access to Lusk should divert to the R132 and enter Lusk via Ministers Road and Church Road.
Local access only for traffic to the Main Street or areas off the Main Street will be required to wait until there is a gap in the participants before being directed towards Skerries Road Roundabout.
It will not be possible to travel south on Main Street until all participants have completed the race.
Vehicular traffic from Lusk Village Housing Estate will be diverted to leave the estate via Raheny Roundabout out on to Rathmore Road/R127 when gaps appear among the participants.
Traffic wishing to access Skerries from the R127/Rathmore Road will have to travel via Rush.
Pedestrians, Emergency Vehicles and local access will be facilitated by local marshals.
Diversion signage and marshals will be in place for the duration of the closure.
Any person may lodge an objection online through the Consultation Portal, at https://consult.fingal.ie, or in writing to the Senior Executive Officer, Balbriggan Swords Operational
Area, Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, to arrive no later than 4.00pm on Friday 9th February 2018.
- Ability of FG to deliver on national development projects has to be questioned –
Fianna Fáil TD for Fingal, Darragh O’Brien says countless households across North County Dublin could be left without access to high speed broadband as a result of the Government’s mismanagement of the National Broadband Plan.
He made the comments following the news that Eir is the latest bidder to leave the tendering process.
O’Brien said, “It is a widely held belief that a lack of efficient broadband connection is an issue that only affects rural parts of Ireland but that is simply not the case.
“In reality, there are large swathes of broadband blackspots in Fingal some areas of which are adjacent to Dublin Airport; a major transport hub that serves millions of passengers each year.
“It’s quite shocking to consider that such a vast area which has a dynamic local economy from technology and finance to the agri-food sector, is left without a high speed broadband connection.
“Fingal has a population of over 300,000 and is the fastest growing county in Ireland. Many of those who have moved to the area would like the convenience of working from home but because of the shortage of broadband around their home they have no choice.
He added, “Our local economy drives millions in investment and businesses based in Fingal should be able to expect full access to efficient services such as basic broadband.
“This Government cannot claim to prioritise the growth of indigenous business and at the same time allow the National Broadband Plan to flounder for years by shifting targets and deadlines at every juncture.
“Minister Naughten has failed to prioritise the roll out of high speed broadband to countless households in the direct vicinity of one of the Capitals largest satellite towns.
“It appears as if the NBP is hanging by a thread and I am not at all confident that it can proceed with just one bidder.
“Fingal has the youngest age profile of any county and in today’s day and age of a technological literate society, to be left without access to broadband is incomprehensible.
O’Brien presses Minister for update on St Molaga’s new school build
Temporary prefab accommodation is not fit for purpose
Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that appropriate permanent accommodation must be developed at St Molaga’s National School, Balbriggan as a matter of priority.
In information received by the Deputy through Parliamentary Question, the Minister for Education Richard Bruton confirmed that a meeting has been arranged with school authorities for early this month in relation to the project.
Speaking following a visit to the school earlier today, Deputy O’Brien said, “For some time now, a large staff of teachers and management have been providing a top class education to close to 500 pupils in substandard conditions.
"The school population has continued to increase while it’s been placed on the major school building list for 2019-2021. From my own observation of the current school accommodation this morning, it is glaringly obvious that there is a critical need for this build.
“The Government’s inaction in relation to the required upgrade has deeply frustrated the whole town of Balbriggan and the wider Fingal community.
“Progress must be made before pupils and staff are left in substandard, inadequate teaching and learning environment. Providing additional prefab accommodation to manage demand is neither a sufficient or long-term solution.
“While the Minister had confirmed that Department officials are currently preparing the project brief, the appointment of a design team must be fast-tracked to get this upgrade underway.
He concluded, “We have already had to wait far too long for this essential development. At our meeting earlier today I personally committed to working with the Board of Management and parents to make sure this project goes ahead.”
Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Fingal, Darragh O’Brien has called on the Minister for Transport to ensure that Fingal County Council are provided with every necessary support as the new independent Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport.
Despite Minister Shane Ross previously indicating that three other entities would take on the role, he announced his decision to appoint Fingal County Council earlier this week.
Speaking following yesterday’s announcement, Deputy O’Brien said, “I struggle to comprehend the rationale behind the Minister’s decision to ignore an EU Directive which clearly stated that any review should be conducted by an independent Noise Regulator.
“Instead, Minister Ross has announced that Fingal County Council will take on the role instead. It is absolutely crucial that Fingal County Council have the capability and expertise to review the impact of the noise on neighbouring areas.
“For progress to be made on constructing a second runway at Dublin Airport a competent Noise Regulator is needed to ensure that the concerns of local residents living near Dublin Airport are taken on board and addressed.
He added, “It was first indicated that the Environmental Protection Agency would undertake the role of Noise Regulator for the airport; he then claimed that the Irish Aviation Authority would take on the role and have it completed by the end of 2016.
“Until this week it was my understanding that the Commission for Energy Regulation would be noise regulator.
“This chopping and changing indicates that the Minister’s preparations for a second runway at Dublin Airport have become farcical.
“Minister Ross' idea of engaging meaningfully with residents in North County Dublin has fallen far short of expectations.
“He has an obligation now to assure residents that the designated Noise Regulator will have the full and adequate resources to carry out its role before the process is delayed any further.
“It’s imperative that a second runway at Dublin Airport is brought into operation by 2021. In order to achieve this we need to ensure that the designated Noise Regulator can carry out its task while taking into account the very genuine and serious concerns of residents,”