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Goatstown Local Area Plan

New school The much anticipated construction of Rosemont School on the Enniskerry Road, past Lamb’s Cross, is underway, with student enrolments now open for September 2012. Rosemont School will be the only secondary school in the locality. Rosemont School is an all-girl fee-paying secondary school. Top of the range facilities will ensure Rosemont students continue to receive a top class education. It is planned that the school facilities will be available to the local community outside of school hours. It is also envisaged that classes in science and languages will be offered to primary school children in the area on Saturdays. The new school will be well-serviced by the local transport system – with buses and a Luas feeder all within easy reach of the new school. Rosemont School is currently located in Blackrock and first opened in 1977. For further information, please visit, email or call 01 283 3855.

When a Local Area Plan for Goatstown went to public consultation in 2008 67 submissions were received which cover a broad range of issues; e.g. parking, traffic, public transport, pedestrians and cyclists, Eastern bypass, open space and community, building height, urban design, retail/commercial, zoning/ uses, density, heritage, etc. DLR County Council has decided to have a further period of public consultation from early September to mid October. The plan is now intended to cover a much larger area, broadly speaking from Knocknashee to Larchfield Road and from Mount Anville to Taney Church. If the Council does not organise a public meeting on this issue I will organise a meeting where local residents may express their opinions.

Balally Parish Pastoral Centre DLR county Council has given planning permission for the building of a Pastoral Centre in the Parish of Balally. The Parish Mission Statement states that “the Parish needs a Pastoral Centre to develop a vibrant Christian community that is open and inclusive, that stands in solidarity with all who feel alienated for whatever reason, that is ecumenical and respectful of other faiths and people of no faith.” The Parish has already amassed most of the money required but are still short €300,000. This venture is desrving of your support. To make a contribution please contact the Parish Office (beside the Church) or the Parish Priest, Fr. Lane.

I hope this newsletter has been of some interest to you. If you would like further information or if I can be of assistance to you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone (087 7677722) or by email ( or my ordinary mail. If you wish to join the Fine Gael Party in helping to rebuild the country I would be delighted to hear from you

Working closely with Cllr. Pat Hand, TDs Peter Mathews, Olivia Mitchell and Alan Shatter and Gay Mitchell MEP


JIM O’DEA Newsletter Dear Resident It is now a year since I was coopted onto Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council to replace Jim O’Leary and quite a lot has happened over the course of that year. We gradually got to realise just how serious the economic crisis was; the Fianna Fáil/Green government called in the IMF and the country was subjected to a very harsh budget. Shortly afterwards a general election was called and the people of Dublin South elected three Fine Gael TDs, Olivia Mitchell, Peter Mathews and Alan Shatter. On the formation of the new government Alan was appointed Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence and has been an extremely active and effective Minister.

Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council like all County Councils has to cope with the economic crisis. The two most important sources of income for Councils are state funding and rates. The business sector is demanding a cut in rates due to the recession and there is reduced state funding. Consequently Councils have less money to spend and this necessarily involves reducing expenditure. Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council has tried very hard to maintain essential services and minimise the effects of the cutbacks especially for low-income families. We have recently approved a large capital budget which will help to create employment in the county in the coming months and years.

Slang River Greenway Plans are at an advanced stage for the development of a pedestrian/cycle-way along the Slang River from Sandyford Road (Ardglas) to Marlay Park via Lynwood, Ashlawn, Ludford, Hillview, Llewellyn and Marley/Grange Wood. Large sections of this route are already in existence and are being utilised. This iniative is intended to provide a continuous safe and attractive off road route between dundrum and Marlay Demesne. The Council hopes to have all works associated with the Greenway completed by the end of 2011.

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• Public Transport • Airfield • Gaelchólaiste • G oatstown Local Area Plan • New School Plans

Contact Jim: 8 Pine Valley Grove, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Web: Email: Mobile: 087 767 7722



JIM O’DEA Gaelcholáiste Nuair a d’eisigh an t-Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna ráiteas le déanaí i dtaobh scoileanna nua gheall sé go mbunófaí bunscoil nua i mBaile an tSaoir agus scoil dara leibhéil sa Chéim. Is oth liom a rá nach ndearna sé tagairt ar bith do scoil Gaelach sa cheantar seo. Tháinig méadú mór ar líon na ndaltaí a fhreastalaíonn ar bhunscoileanna lán-Ghaelacha sa cheantar le blianta beaga anuas agus dá bharr sin tá gá práinneach le Gaelcholáiste sa cheantar. Tá Coláiste Eoin agus Coláiste Íosagáin ró-bheag anois chun freastal ar na daltaí go léir a fhaigheann a gcuid oideachais trí mheán na Gaeilge. Tá feachtas ar siúl ag Gaelcholáiste Dheisceart Átha Cliath le tamall fada anois chun Gaelcholáiste a bhunú i nDún Droma; ba chóir tacaíocht a thabhairt dóibh (www.Gaelcholá




Ardglas Estate, due to its proximity to Dundrum Town Centre, was regarded by many motorists as an alternative car park. After years of discussions between the Residents Association and DLR County Council Pay & Display parking was installed in Ardglas recently. The situation is to be reviewed after six months. Pay & Display will be introduced in the near future at the shops near Supervalu on Braemor Road. A partial one-way system is also proposed which would result in traffic being allowed to enter from the Upper Churchtown Road end but cannot exit this way.

Public Transport Dublin Bus are planning to change some of their bus routes and terminate others as part of a rationalisation plan. Dublin bus has consulted the public on these proposed changes which were put up on their website on the 22nd July and will be implemented on a phased basis starting shortly. Many of these changes will not be welcomed by customers especially the elimination of the 48A bus route. Pupils from the Ballinteer area attending Alexandra College, Gonzaga or Mucross will have no direct bus service to their schools.

• A contractor has been chosen to demolish the multi-storey blocks at Rosemount Court to below existing adjacent ground level and this area to be levelled with top soil and planted with grass. The cleared site is to be reserved for future development of social housing. • The overflow to Marlay car park opposite Lidl has been comleted with a wellfinished wall and railing.

Gay Mitchell Gay Mitchell was chosen recently as the Fine Gael candidate for the Presidential election. He has successfully campaigned in 14 elections as a Councillor, TD and MEP. Gay is a firm believer in a just society, where the principles of rights, resposibilities, enterprise and social justice are intertwined. “I want to be President of an Ireland that is a Republic in the real sense of the word. I feel that my election would, in its own way, help show that our Republic has come of age and that the office is not the preserve of any elite.” (Quote from Gay’s speech at the FG Convention).

• The 14 and 14A will be amalgamated and will run as the 14 from Dundrum to Beaumont via Ballinteer, Baemor Road and Rathgar, Bus Áras and Connolly Station. • The 16 and 16A will be amalgamated and will run as the 16 from Ballinteer to Dublin Airport.


• Route 61 will operate from Whitechurch to the city centre via Grange Road, Stonemasons Way, Nutgrove Avenue, Churchtown Road Upper, Dundrum Road, Milltown to Townsend Street.

Airfield was granted planning permission last February for the provision of additional educational, recreational and associated service facilities within Airfield House, Estate, Farm and Gardens. The development involves the relocation of visitor car park, works to Airfield House comprising of the relocation of existing cafe and kitchen to new pavilion to facilitate creation of archive exhibition and reception areas, new internal service stair, lift, toilet facilities and reopening of access to the gardens/front lawn, new garage for vintage car display, etc. It is envisaged that the work will take a year and a half and will impinge greatly on visitor access to the house and grounds.

• The 161 will provide a connection from Ticknock and Rockbrook to Luas via Grange Road, Stone Masons Way, Nutgrove Avenue, Churctown Road and Dundrum (Luas). • Air Coach has recently begun a service from Ballinteer via Dundrum, Rathfarnham, Terenure and the M50 to the Dublin Airport. • The recent extension of the Luas Green Line from Sandyford to Brides Glen is to be welcomed. DLR County Council is promoting the development of the BlueLine Rapid Transit service via St. Vincent’s Hospital, UCD and Sandyford Industrial Estate. Apart from linking the Luas and Dart lines this service would be very welcome for students attending UCD.

8 Pine Valley Grove, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 Mobile: 087 767 7722 Email: Web:

•D  undrum Road, which was very uneven in places, has undergone some repairs. •A  large number of well-worn yellow lines have been re-instated in recent weeks. • T he Council continues to subsidise The Mill Theatre, Dundrum which celebrated five years in existentce and the President, Mary McAleese was present to mark the occasion. This Theatre is doing marvellous work and deserves the support of the local community. •D  LR Leisure Services Meadowbrook continues to thrive and has been a beneficiary of the closure of Total Fitness. • S andyford Urban Framework Plan was finally approved by the Council following public consultation and many amendments. One of the main aims of the Plan is to move away from planning on a site-by-site basis to a co-ordinated cohesive basis.

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