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Council of Europe

By |2021-03-13T12:43:44+00:00March 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

I am delighted and privileged to have been elected by my colleagues as one of four Councillors to represent Ireland on the Council of Europe. I will be a member of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. I will be serving on the Governance Committee of the Council which deals with effectiveness and inclusiveness of local government throughout the Council of Europe member states including citizen participation, trans-frontier co-operation, and related matters. I look forward to sharing the best of Ireland’s local government practice and bring back the learning from [...]

International Women’s Day – Celebrating Women in Local Government

By |2021-03-07T23:39:38+00:00March 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|

On Monday, March 8th, I am looking forward to co-chairing the Second National Local Government Women’s Network Forum tomorrow to mark International Women’s Day, from 11:00am – 1:00pm, where we celebrate women in local government. If you would like to register to join this free event, you can register here.  The theme for the online event is #wechoosetochallenge where we will be discussing what women bring to the role of the councillor; how women can bring new vision and ideas to local government and local leadership; and how women can challenge themselves and [...]

A packed and fruitful year as Vice President of the Association of Irish Local Government!

By |2020-11-01T17:36:24+00:00November 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

I was privileged to be elected in 2019 as Vice President of the Association of Irish Local Government, the national representative body for Ireland’s 949 councillors. The mission of the Association is to represent and support the role of our elected councillors and to be a strong voice for local communities through effective local government. It has been a particularly busy year, in spite of the constraints imposed by Covid-19 restrictions. We addressed several important national policy issues, including the plans for Directly Elected Mayor for Limerick, the Review of Traveller Accommodation, [...]

Dundrum Main Street gets a new lease of life

By |2020-09-30T13:51:09+01:00September 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Imagine Dundrum has been campaigning for several years now for investment in public realm Dundrum Main Street. We have looked for all the redundant poles to be removed, that make life hard for wheelchair users and visually impaired people. Wider pavements, planting, and general upgrade had been long overdue We are delighted that these improvements are happening, even if the pressure has come from social distancing requirements arising from the Covid-19. Disalbed parking is of better quality too. The one way system is resulting in changes that will take time to [...]

Towards a disability-friendly Dundrum Village

By |2020-08-26T17:25:06+01:00August 26th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Imagine Dundrum has talked with people with disabilities, families and advocates about their experience of Dundrum Village. We asked what would make it a good place to live, visit, spend time. We spoke with people who are wheelchair users, people with visual impairment, family members and people with learning disabilities. The overwhelming feedback was that Dundrum Village at present is an inhospitable place. The difficulties people spoke about ranged across narrow and cluttered pavements, walking routes,  traffic, lack of accessible toilet facilities. For wheelchair users and visually impaired people, the Main Street was [...]

Changes to Dundrum Main Street, August 10

By |2020-08-10T11:42:57+01:00August 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

I would like to wish a warm welcome to the changes to Dundrum Main Street starting today, Monday 10th of August. As a result of these changes, pedestrians and cyclists will have more space and more safety as part of the Council’s mobility interventions to respond to Covid-19. The new one-way system through the village and the redirection of some buses to the by-pass is aimed at traffic calming. We will have much needed improvements to the streetscape in the village, with new seating and planting which we hope will make [...]

Making Dundrum Village accessible for all

By |2020-06-28T12:55:25+01:00June 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|

  At the moment, very welcome work to support social distancing  in Dundrum is being undertaken by the Council. As part of this work, there is an opportunity to make some simple changes that will benefit those of us who need it most. For all of Dundrum's many strengths, it is an inhospitable place for people with disabilities, according to the visually impaired people and wheelchair users with whom Imagine Dundrum has spoken. The street is badly cluttered with street furniture, much needed bike-racks are present but positioned in ways that [...]

A big week for Imagine Dundrum and the Local Community!

By |2020-06-01T15:28:05+01:00June 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The first exciting news is that Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is to make a formal application for government funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund for a new Civic Centre in the heart of Dundrum. Imagine Dundrum welcomes this big step towards a development we have campaigned for over four years! Since coming together in 2016, Imagine Dundrum has campaigned strongly for a Civic Centre for Dundrum, emphasising the contrast between its status as the second major town in the County and its lack of civic, cultural and community facilities [...]

Eavan Boland – Our Beloved Dundrum Poet

By |2020-05-25T13:05:56+01:00May 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The rich tapestry of Eavan Boland’s poetry has been revisited and proclaimed in the weeks since her death, and especially her celebration of motherhood, marriage, domestic life. For me, her sense of place, and in particular her place in Dundrum makes her our poet in a special way. Eavan brought her deep sense of history as well as her lived-in present, and prescience about the future when she wrote about Dundrum. In the beautifully crafted prose piece in ‘A Poet’s Dublin’, she paints a vivid picture of an older Dundrum village, [...]

Good Neighbour Shop open for collection and deliveries

By |2020-04-14T09:27:35+01:00April 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Good Neighbour Zero Waste shop in old Dundrum Centre is taking orders for collection or delivery, will deliver anywhere in South Dublin. Details on their order service here. They will also fill any clean and dry containers dropped in before 2pm every day.    

Covid-19: List of shops still open in Dundrum & Nutgrove Shopping Centres

By |2020-03-31T14:19:40+01:00March 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Dear all, in these strange times, one of the most useful things we can have is accurate information that we can all trust. To that end, I will be putting up details of certain things about which I hope can help. As always, if people have concerns or queries, you can get in touch with me at any time at acolgan@cllr.dlrcoco.ie. The following is a list of shops that are currently open in Dundrum Town Centre:  - Tesco - McCabes Pharmacy - Marks & Spencer Food Hall - The Health Store [...]

‘Have your Say’ on the Dun Laoighaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2022-2028

By |2020-02-12T17:43:55+00:00February 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has begun work on its next County Development Plan, which will cover the period 2022 to 2028. The County Development Plan is hugely important as it sets out the overall policies and strategy which will shape pour county for years to come. The Plan covers all of the important aspects of life in the county, in order to ensure we have a sustainable, equitable, climate resilient and healthy county into the future. The Plan will cover transport, retailing, employment, housing, community development, and the way we [...]

Dundrum Climate Change Vigil enters 40th week

By |2020-02-12T00:07:20+00:00January 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Dundrum Climate Vigil, a local group advocating for government action to deal with climate change, has now been meeting each week for 40 weeks. The group was founded by Wendy Cox, who is a tireless campaigner for climate action. The group holds a vigil on Main Street in Dundrum Village every Friday form 10.15 to 11.15. All are invited to join and show their support. If you would like to find out more, contact dundrumclimatevigil@mail.com

Dundrum wins Regional Prize, National Enterprise Town Awards!

By |2020-02-11T23:59:17+00:00December 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The Dundrum entry of the National Enterprise Town Awards has won the Regional award in category 3 (5,000 population) at the finals in Kilkenny 5th December at its first attempt! I was delighted on behalf of Imagine Dundrum to be part of the team which put together the winning Dundrum bid. The team included representatives from Airfield, DLR County Council Community Development Dundrum2030, Dundrum Town Centre, Imagine Dundrum, Men’s Sheds and local historian, John Lennon. The committee was supported by Bank of Ireland manager, Helen Coffey and many local businesses and [...]

Honoured and delighted to be elected as Vice President of the Association of Irish Local Government

By |2020-02-11T23:19:30+00:00November 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

It is a real privilege to have been elected by fellow councillors to serve as Vice President of the Association of Irish Local Government in 2020. AILG represents the interests of Ireland’s 949 Councillors, and is committed to promoting effective local government. I look forward to working hard on behalf of my colleagues across all of Ireland, with the incoming President, Cllr. Michael Farrell from Longford County Council. These are challenging times for local government, and AILG must be a strong voice in support of Councillors and the communities they [...]

A Warm Welcome for The Good Neighbour, the new packaging-free shop in Dundrum Village

By |2020-02-12T17:45:48+00:00September 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dundrum Village has a great new addition! Jess has opened her new shop Good Neighbours, ably assisted by Sarah. All the products are packaging free. Bring your own containers, weigh your goods, and not a piece of plastic insight! I wish Jess all the very best with this great new venture. You can visit their website here: https://www.thegoodneighbour.ie

We Need a Plan for a Safe County

By |2020-02-12T00:21:04+00:00May 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|

More and more, residents and neighbourhoods are concerned about safety issues in their neighbourhoods. Their fears are heightened when serious or even tragic events happen in their area. These concerns are felt especially by older people, by parents of young children, and by women. Neighbourhood safety is a complex issue. Green spaces that have hugely positive local benefits can become a source of concern if they are they become a gathering place for groups of young people. Residents are fearful of improving those spaces with seating or pocket playground equipment lest those [...]

Children’s Books Ireland calls for government support for primary school libraries

By |2019-05-14T17:36:03+01:00May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

The wonderful people at Children's Books Ireland are calling on the government to reverse the cut to the Primary Schools' Library Budget. In 2008, this was cut by 42% (€2.2m). Primary school children across the country deserve access to books and this is a wonderful initiative that deserves our full support. To make this happen, they need data. So they are calling on all Primary Schools to complete this survey:   Help spread the word! The full press release from Children's Books Ireland is here: Children’s Books Ireland calls for government support [...]

Imagine Dundrum marks three years of work

By |2019-05-20T00:28:17+01:00May 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|

On Wednesday evening last, Imagine Dundrum marked three years in its campaign for the best possible future for Dundrum Village. We took the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all those who have given their expertise and guidance free of charge to assist the work over the past three years. We have benefited from graphic design help, planning and conservation advice, photography, editing of publications, event management, facilitation of workshops, and much more. Thank you to all concerned.

Imagine Dundrum – who are we?

By |2019-05-20T00:07:49+01:00April 20th, 2019|Uncategorized|

We are a voluntary group of local residents from across all the wider Dundrum Area, who came together in early 2016 to respond to the imminent redevelopment of Dundrum Village and to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s proposed Local Area Plan for Dundrum. We have been working for past three years for the future of Dundrum Village, campaigning for a thriving, accessible friendly place for all ages, that protects the village heritage, and with a modern library and civic centre on the old Shopping Centre site. As the founder and Chair of [...]