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‘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 [...]

DLR Home improvement grants for older people and people with disabilities

By |2019-03-10T18:01:39+00:00March 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has several home improvement grant schemes for older people and people with disabilities. These grants are means tested. Application forms for these schemes are on the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown website www.dlrcoco.ie. You can contact the Council at 2054847 for more information or assistance. Housing adaptation grant for people with disabilities: This grant can help you to make changes and adaptations to your home, for example to make it wheelchair accessible add a ground floor bathroom or toilet. If you are buying or building a new home, you [...]

Imagine Dundrum Update

By |2019-03-10T17:50:26+00:00March 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|

I am proud to be co-founder and Chairperson of Imagine Dundrum, a group of local residents who came together in 2016 to think about how our urban village might best develop in the future. We wanted to help ensure that local people have a voice and a say in the imminent redevelopment of Dundrum Village. Imagine Dundrum has made a detailed submission to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on all the developments we wish to see addressed in the Council’s forthcoming Dundrum Local Area Plan. We want the redeveloped Village to be [...]

2016 Was a Great Year for the Dundrum ARCH Club!

By |2019-02-08T17:03:46+00:00March 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

2016 was a great year for the Dundrum ARCH Club, as the Club celebrated its ruby anniversary. Founded by seven parents, the club first opened its doors in October 1976. At the time the Arch Club was unique in catering for the social needs of people with intellectual disabilities in the community. From its humble beginning in 1976 the club has grown from about 30 members to over 100; As well as regular events such as concerts, movies and an annual trip, the group regularly attend weekly get-togethers in Ballinteer Community [...]

Proud to be Mayor of Dundrum for 2016 and 2017

By |2019-05-20T00:15:18+01:00February 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

I am very proud to have been invited to be Mayor of Dundrum two years running. This is an honour given by the Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival to a local person, in recognition of their work in the community. It was delightful to have the opportunity to formally open the Festival, to join with the school children in their story telling events, to give prizes to footballers, cyclists, bowling and bridge competitions and much more. The Festival is a great event for Dundrum, now in its 36th year – the longest [...]

We must put children at the heart of local planning

By |2019-05-20T00:21:56+01:00August 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Children must be at the forefront of the minds of our planners. Children and young people have their unique perspective on what matters in their place. They see their environment with fresh eyes and enquiring minds, Young children experience the city, town or village from a different height. What they need from and value in a place is different from what adults need. Children need open space and places for recreation, environmentally friendly, sustainable and safe environments, and a child-centred place to live, play and go to school. Engaging children in the [...]

Much to discover on the Historic Dundrum Tour!

By |2016-07-23T15:14:29+01:00September 4th, 2014|Uncategorized|

If you're looking for a fascinating way to spend a couple of hours this Saturday, the 'Historic Dundrum' tour could be just the thing.  John Lennon from the Dundrum Historical Society has been giving the tour every Saturday afternoon as part of the Dun-Laoghaire Rathdown Summer of Heritage. John clearly has deep affection for Dundrum and a matching deep knowledge of the place, it's past, it's people, it's story. I went on John's Saturday tour recently and listened in awe to stories of Dundrum spanning a thousand years. We began at Dundrum [...]

Have you ever heard of Aarhaus? It’s worth your while to find out more!

By |2014-07-08T09:57:32+01:00July 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Aarhaus is a town in Denmark, where a ground breaking Treaty, the Aarhaus Convention, was signed in 1998, giving citizens a truly radical set of rights in respect of the protection of our environment. Ireland ratified this Treaty in 2012. The full title of this International Treaty is the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental matters. We, as citizens, now have the right to environmental information held by public authorities, including County Councils. We have the right to participate in decisions to permit [...]

Poor housing, overcrowding and homelessness really hurt children

By |2014-05-20T12:07:50+01:00May 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Research tells us that the effects of poor housing conditions, overcrowding and homelessness include:  Missing school much more often on account of sickness or being moved from place to place Damaging the ability to learn at school and study at home Much higher risk of severe ill health and disability Higher risk of behavioural and emotional problems. The response to the housing and homelessness crisis has to be speedy, and child–centred. Children need stability, some privacy and security. Enabling school going children to stay in their present school must be a top [...]

Housing : The Case for a New Approach

By |2014-05-19T11:45:31+01:00May 19th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Huge thanks to Professor P.J Drudy, Emirtus Professor of Economics in Trinity College Dublin, who has kindly taken the time to share his paper on housing here as a guest blog. It's radical new thinking on housing provision, thought-provoking and vital to debate on our housing crisis. (Extract of  paper to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland) After a decade of escalating house prices and rents, the bubble finally burst in 2007.  This was inevitable.  Those who purchased during the misguided “boom” were invariably advised that they must get on [...]

Independent Councillors can have more power to act

By |2014-05-15T21:00:53+01:00May 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Frank McDonald hit the nail on the head during yesterday’s ( (May 14th) edition of The Right Hook on Newstalk when he said that what good councils need are councillors who are articulate and free to voice people’s fears and wishes. I would add that councillors need to have the capacity to understand policy development and know how to influence that process.Independent councillors are far more ready to demand accountability and challenge policies that are not working. Party councillors are often stuck with the policies and systems of their party – they have to [...]

Foundations for the future: How the housing crisis is affecting our children

By |2014-05-13T19:13:25+01:00May 13th, 2014|Uncategorized|

We are experiencing a critical housing crisis right across Ireland, with the number of homeless people and families on social housing waiting lists growing rapidly.  At the beginning of this year, there were over 4,000 families on the social housing waiting list in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown alone, and as new figures just out staggering increases in rent in Dublin, that number is guaranteed to rise. While this housing crisis is an urgent one that affects our communities on many levels, one particular aspect that it is vital for us to understand is the impact [...]