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    Government hikes cost of Public Transport again in 2014

    The Government and the National Transport Authority have approved more hikes in the cost of public transport which will see prices rising by up to 13%.

    Many people and commuters in Dublin West will notice a significant dent in their pockets once this latest price hike comes into force.  The Government should be encouraging people to use public transport instead of making it less cost effective.  These hikes will result in Dublin Bus cash fares being almost 40% higher than they were in 2012, while Rail tickets will also see significant increases.  Transport companies have expressed concern about falling passenger numbers, but consistent fare hikes will do nothing to improve the situation. 

    If this policy continues, fewer people will be able to afford the ever increasing fares resulting in even bigger losses in the public transport sector. 

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  • Castleknock Village- Derelict Site Work/Cleaning Up

    The receiver for the derelict site in Castleknock recently agreed after representations from public representatives and Fingal Officials to commence a schedule of works to clean it up and to rectify the problems which have turned it into an eyesore in the middle of the village. The future of the site itself rests with a decision by An Bord Pleanala which will be taken in the coming weeks. I will keep residents informed of this decision.

     The detail of these works are outlined below in correspondence I received from a Senior Official in Fingal:

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  • Carpenterstown Park- Tir na nOg Incident

    I am appalled and shocked that a woman was assaulted in Tir na nOg/Carpenterstown park at the weekend.

    Gardai at Blanchardstown are investigating a serious assault and attempted robbery of a woman in Carpenterstown last Saturday morning. A woman in her late 30s was threatened and assaulted while walking through Carpentertown Park at 7:30am. Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Blanchardstown Garda Station can be contacted on 01-6667000

    • On Monday morning, I contacted the Operations Department of Fingal to inform them of what happened and I have asked that a significant cleaning up/pruning of the overgrown shrubery be undertaken ASAP so the park is more open and safer for all. They informed me that it is their intention to do this next week.

    • I will articulate this issue as an emergency issue at the Local Council Meeting this Thursday. 

    • I have contacted the Director of Operations in Fingal regarding the proposal to install lighting in Carpenterstown park and he has said it will be considered for next years schedule of works. 
    I am a member of the Community Policing Forum for Blanchardstown/Dublin 15 and I spoke to the Inspector of Community Policing regarding this incident and I have written to the Superintendent of Blanchardstown Garda Station regarding the absolute need for increased community policing in the area.

     

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  • Property Tax/Water Charges

    Fingal County Council voted to reduce the property tax by 15% at the end of September. Fingal will have a budget surplus of 2 million euro even with this reduction so basic services can be both retained and improved. The full 15% reduction will give property owners some respite and relief despite the upcoming monumental bill for Fine Gael and Labour’s latest quango Irish water. This super-quango which was developed from the Fine Gael New-Era Policy Document in 2009 has been an unmitigated disaster. The government refused to allow any parliamentary scrutiny or debate on the legislation to establish Irish Water last year. The government’s attempts to engage in auction politics at the recent budget have been overshadowed by the daily scandal from Irish Water.

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  • Lidl Appeal Castleknock Village Development Decision

    The recent planning application by Lidl for the redevelopment of the derelict site in the middle of Castleknock Village has been refused by Fingal County Council. Lidl have appealed this decision to An Bord Pleanala. There is an enormous level of community opposition to this proposal. Also all public representatives are unanimous in their opposition. The planning proposal would exacerbate chronic traffic issues in Castleknock Village and the surrounding estates and would compromise the Castleknock Architectural Conservation Area.

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