Central Area Committee October


Question to City Manager                                        
        Meeting 11th October 2011


Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

That this Committee recommends that the “One City One Book” initiative by Dublin City Libraries considers James Plunketts “Strumpet City” as the book of choice for 2013, the centenary of the Dublin Lockout.




“Strumpet City” has already been confirmed as the choice for “One City One Book 2013”.

Q50      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager If he can give an update on the ongoing negotiations between the Council’s Chief Valuer and the Department of Education in relation to Colaiste Mhuire Primary School on Dominick Street.  Can he provide an estimated timeframe for conclusion of these negotiations?



A report on the matter is on the agenda for today’s meeting.


 Q51     Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager  Can he provide details of the amount of callouts carried out by the Fire Brigade service to Drumcliffe Green in the two weeks prior to, and the two weeks after Halloween last year?



That location is not registered as an address under the STORM mobilisation system that is in operation in the Control Room.  However, there were 15 fire call outs and 3 ambulance call outs to Drumcliffe Road/ Drumcliffe Drive in the two weeks  prior to Halloween last year and one fire and one ambulance call out in the two weeks after Halloween.




Q52      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager Can he provide the answers to the following:-

  1. Has Dublin City Council been in contact with the owners of 110 New Cabra Road?
  2. Were Dublin City Council required to carry out any safety work on the house?
  3. What is the current status of the house?




An Inspector inspected 110 Cabra Road on the 5th of October and it was secured against entry and in his opinion it is not a dangerous structure within the meaning of the local Government (Sanitary Services) act, 1964 (as amended).


Q53      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager To inform this Committee whether the pilot conversion of bed-sit units into one-bedroom units in Older Persons Complexes has been expanded?  Will St. Bricin’s Park be included in any future scheme.



            The long term strategy of the City Council is to replace bedsit type accommodation with units that have separate living and bedroom areas. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government are aware of the Council‘s strategy for improving bedsit accommodation.  However, the state funding to implement this strategy is limited because of the current financial difficulties and consequently the redevelopment of bedsit complexes will take many years to complete.

The pilot scheme to convert bedsits has operated where two adjacent and suitable vacant bedsit units are identified as suitable to convert into a one bedroomed unit.  It is intended to continue the pilot scheme subject to funding and the availability of suitable units.

Alternative options are also under consideration e.g. the potential to involve Voluntary Housing Associations. The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government has approved in principal a proposal involving Circle Housing Association to redevelop St. Bricin’s. The Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government will provide a 30% capital injection subject to Circle Housing Association providing private funding for the balance of the cost of the development.  Circle Housing Association is currently reviewing the financial feasibility of undertaking the development.



Q54      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager If the agreed meetings with local residents regarding Chester House have been organised and if so, can he provide details of those invited?




The schedule of meetings with local residents will be communicated to elected representative in advance, as confirmed at meeting with officials from Dublin City Council, Dublin Simon Community and elected representatives from the Central Area on July 28th 2011.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive is scheduling meetings for the last week in October with the Mountjoy Community Forum, North Circular Road and Area Residents Association and Cabra Road/Park Residents Association and exact dates will be communicated to all elected representatives once confirmed.



Q55      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager To confirm whether Dublin City Council have purchased no. 63 Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.  If so, can he provide the current status of the house.



This property has been acquired by Dublin City Council.  Pre-letting repairs have now been completed at this house and it is anticipated that the house will be allocated shortly.


Q56      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager To explain why the boundary wall in Ashington Dale would not have been taken in charge by Dublin City Council.



If the Councillor could identify the precise location of the wall in question, an examination of the matter can be carried out.


Q57      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager To confirm if the trees bounding the front of the agreed site for the proposed new permanent school premises for Gaelscoil Bharra in Cabra are protected.



The mature trees located on Fassaugh Avenue are located on land which is not included in the site of the proposed disposal to the Department of Education & Skills for the erection of a permanent Gaelscoil for Gaelscoil Bharra.  Accordingly these trees are to be retained.


Q58      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Area Manager To explain why Tesco were granted compliance for the installation of external signage on their new store in Dunard, Dublin 7 (Ref: PL 29N.235733 Condition 5).   Condition No. 2 of the Dublin City Council grant permission decision states “Omission of internally illuminated signs at northern, eastern and western elevations”. The An Bord Pleanala Case Inspector agrees stating “I would consider that any signage (illuminated or otherwise) along the eastern or southern elevations would be inappropriate given that these are sensitive boundaries adjacent to dwellings.”



A complaint relating to signage at the Tesco Store adjacent to Dunard Estate was recently sent in to the Planning Enforcement Section. The Planning Enforcement Officer for the area will carry out a site inspection and a reply will issue directly to the Councillor giving an update following receipt of the Enforcement report.