Central Area Committee September


Questions to City Manager        
        Meeting 11th September 2012


            Item     5385

Motion in the name of Councillor Cieran Perry

This Committee calls on the Traffic Management Department to interpret Section 36 of the Road Traffic Regulations in an inclusive way regarding the use of Rutland Place as a drop off point for parents delivering their children to Gaelscoil Colaiste Mhuire.  The safe delivery of children to school is of more importance than the delivery of goods and by definition a drop off point will be in use for only a short period of time at very specific times of the day.



The request regarding parking enforcement on Rutland Place West has been forwarded to the Parking Enforcement Officer,  Ms Eithne Gibbons who can be contacted on tel: 222 2109 or email: eithne.gibbons@dublincity.ie.

 The Area Traffic Engineer will review double yellow lines to determine if any modifications can be made that will assist parents dropping and collecting children from school.

Fines issued re Central area
Month Litter
by Litter
Litter fines issued
by Gardai
Fines Paid
Appeals received  Litter
Fines Success-
taken for non payment
of fines
January 60 0 32 19 5 0 7 0 2
February 95 0 23 21 13 26 11 0 0
March 67 1 19 34 9 33 5 0 0
April 72 0 23 20 14 6 1 0 1
May 115 1 29 18 12 3 3 0 0
June 78 2 22 30 1 24 0 0 0
July 33 0 23 19 15 21 1 0 0
Total 520 4 171 161 69 113 28 0 3


Q60      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the availability of the Community Centre in McKee Court to the residents of McKee Park.  Can he also provide details of usage since the opening of the complex?



Various options for the active usage of the community facility at McKee Court are currently being examined.  A report on this matter will be included with the Agenda for the October meeting of the Central Area Committee.


Q61      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to arrange for the installation of double yellow lines at the beginning of the lane leading to the entrance to Homestead Court on Quarry Road.  Parked cars are creating a dangerous situation for children at this location.



This matter has been referred to the Traffic Advisory Group for investigation and the Councillor will be advised of the recommendation in due course.


Q62      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail the procedure for casual footballers to book a pitch in Fairview Park and could he organise signage to indicate this


Casual bookings are not taken on football pitches during the football season between September and May due to the high usage levels. During the months of June, July and August casual bookings may be taken depending on playability of the pitch. The Sport & Leisure Services Section must be contacted and the appropriate fee paid prior to use.


Q63      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to detail which bodies or individuals external to Dublin City Council were involved in the compilation of the draft Bye Laws for the Smithfield Horse Fair.  The Manager is to be congratulated for his hard work and input into this important document.



There were consultations with horse owners, local businesses, local residents, An Garda Siochana and other statutory agencies and animal welfare agencies prior to the compilation of the Draft Bye Laws for the Smithfield Horse Fair.


Q64      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to comment on the attached correspondence received from a resident of Collins Square.  It is disappointing that some of the issues raised in the correspondence were highlighted by the residents over a year ago and that I never received the promised reply from Dublin City Council’s Homeless Services Section.  Can the Manager also provide a report from the Derelict Sites Section?  Also, can Dublin City Council facilitate a meeting between the various owners and residents on the street?



The Derelict Sites Section has been in discussions with the Law Society who own 32 – 40 Benburb Street.  An improved boundary is included in its works programme and an architect commissioned to prepare the appropriate planning application.

At the request of the Derelict Sites Section, the owners of 28 – 31 recently carried out some improvement works.

Both sites will be kept under observation.

Waste Management Services will continue to do everything possible to keep this area as clean as possible. Also we will leaflet residents in this area with regard to having bags of rubbish on the street on days other than collection day. Our litter warden will include this area as part of his regular patrol.

Roads Maintenance have inspected Collins Square and this will be added to the Sharepoint System which governs the work programme for that section.  Any necessary works will be done in due course when a crew is in the vicinity.

The failure for not responding to the specific aspect raised regarding 28 Ellis Court (Q69 June 2011) was due to an oversight.  Dublin City Council confirms that Ellis Court is under examination with a view to refurbishment for use as social housing if funding can be identified.

We are arranging for the Public Domain Officer for the Central Area to contact the Chairman of the Company to meet and discuss his concerns.


Q65      Councillor Cieran Perry

To ask the Manager to provide details of the cleaning schedule for the Phibsboro shopping area




Waste Management Services have the main road outside the Phibsboro shopping area cleaned on a daily basis.