Dublin City Council

Council Meeting 05/07/2010

Can the Manager outline Dublin City Council's role on the Multi Agency Group on Homeless Sex Offenders and provide all minutes and documentation relating to this group.

Dublin City Council is a member of the Multi Agency Group (MAG) on Sex Offending. The MAG was set up under the chair ship of the Probation Service as this issue is a key policy concern of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. The MAG has a membership comprising a range of statutory and voluntary agencies given the complex factors surrounding the issue of sex offending, of which housing is one element. The role of the City Council is to participate on the basis of matters relating to housing, housing support and community issues generally. The MAG has been for some time developing a proposal in terms of how to best respond to the integration of sex offenders while keeping matters concerning safety for all concerned a key objective. This involves the development of interagency protocols in addition to the sharing of information as well as developing the appropriate level of supports. The process is at the stage where the MAG is seeking input from and consideration of the Cross Departmental Team on Homelessness and we are awaiting a response to same. As referred to above, the City Council is a participant in the process and would not be in a position to provide the requested documentation given that this is the responsibility of another state agency - namely, the Probation Service. Given that this area is being considered by central government at this time and where we are expecting national policy to be developed at this level, it would be premature to release any documentation pending the outcome of the aforementioned.


In relation to the motion passed at the April City Council meeting, which directed the Culture, Recreation and Amenity Department to actively seek financial and grant aid from all funding agencies for assistance in the running and maintenance of the current DCC standalone swimming pools, can the Manager supply comprehensive details of any correspondence and other communications that have taken place in relation to this instruction? Can the Manager give a detailed report on what progress has been made towards securing funding from any body external to the City Council.

The continued resourcing of the three pools at Sean McDermott Street, Crumlin and Coolock to ensure they remain open until the end of 2010 will be addressed at the meeting as set out in the City Manager’s report of 1st July 2010.

The continued operation of the swimming pools for 2011 will have to be considered as part of the budget process for 2011.

Can the Manager explain the difference between the Part 8 Planning process and the standard planning process?

Part 8 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 – 2007 refers to requirements in respect of specified development by, on behalf of, or in partnership with Local Authorities. Part 8 applications are generally lodged by the proposing department within Dublin City Council. Article 80 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 sets out a list of the types of development prescribed for the purposes of the act.

The process is as follows:

Public Notices of the proposed development must be placed in an approved newspaper. A site notice (or notices) must be erected on the land on which the proposed development is situated – Artilce 81(1)(a)(b) of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 refers.

The application, which must be submitted on the same date as the newspaper notice, must include a cover letter, a copy of the newspaper notice and site notice and 6 sets of plans/drawings (10 sets if proposed development involves works to a Protected Structure or is within the curtilage of a Protected Structure).

There is no fee payable on a Part 8 application.

The application is assigned a planning reference number and goes through a similar validation process as a normal planning application. The application is referred to internal works Departments in the City Council – (Roads, Water, Drainage).
In the case of protected structures the application is referred to the Conservation Section, An Taisce, DEHLG and the Heritage Council.

If the file is invalid all documents are returned to the proposing department.

The timeframe for third party Observations/Submissions on the Part 8 application is eight weeks from the date of lodgement. This date is specified in the public notices. There is no fee charged for observations/submissions on a Part 8.

The Planning Officer completes a report for the attention of the Executive Manager of the Planning Department. The Executive Manager will make a recommendation to the proposing department on foot of this report.

A manager’s report will then be compiled for a meeting of the City Council. Following consideration of this report by the City Council, the proposed development may be ‘carried out as recommended, unless the local authority, by resolution, decides to vary or modify the development, otherwise than as recommended in the report, or decides not to proceed with the development’ – Section 179(4)(b) of the Planning and Development Act 2000 – 2007 refers.

The main differences between the processes are:

For a planning application the applicant must advertise and erect site notice within two weeks before making planning application. The site notice must be kept in place for five weeks from the date of application.
The Part 8 application must be lodged on the same date as the newspaper notice. The site notice must be erected not later than the day of publication of the newspaper notice, and must be maintained in position for at least 6 weeks after newspaper notice published.

For a part 8 application the period for observations/submissions is 8 weeks.
There are 5 weeks allowed for a normal planning application.

The making of a decision on a Part 8 application is a reserved function of the City Council, while for a normal planning application this is an executive function.

There is no fee payable for a Part 8 application.


Can the Manager provide a report of the annual finance provided by Dublin City Council to the individual Area Partnerships over the last five years.

The South East Area Office did not provide finance for Area Partnerships located in its administrative area during the last five years.

The Northside Area Partnership does not receive any direct funding from Dublin City Council, although one payment of €60,000 was recieved in 2006 for an Enviromental Project.

The North West Area has two partnerships- Tolka Area Partnership and Ballymun/Whitehall Partnership. No funding is provided directly by the Area Office. An official representing Dublin City Council sits on each board.

In the last five years, from the South Central Area Offices, no payments were made to the KWCDT Partership Company Ltd. The sum of €1,000 was provided to the Canal Communities Partnership Company Ltd in 2006. No payments have been made to the Ballyfermot/Chapelizod Partnership Co. Ltd. in respect of the running costs and administration of the company.

Payments have been made to the company in relation to a number of projects, programmes and actions where these were undertaken on behalf of the City Council. These activities were financed on an agreed basis by the Council and administered and delivered by the Partnership. Details of these payments are being collated and will be forwarded to the Councillor.