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Keeping in Touch


Dáil Office: 01 618 3209 Constituency Office: 01 857 4020 e: @AodhanORiordain

DEAR CLONTARF RESIDENT: The Clontarf area deserves strong and effective political representation. Your local Labour Party team are working hard all year round to represent your interests on Dublin City Council and in Dáil Éireann. This newsletter outlines just some of our ongoing work on your behalf. If you wish to discuss any matter of concern to you, be it local or national, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

Working with CLLR. JANE HORGAN-JONES 086-837-5219


■ In December 2011 a motion proposed by Councillor Jane Horgan-Jones effectively stopped the Council’s plans to build the controversial flood defences on our seafront. ■ This would not have been possible without the huge community support and the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers. ■ The campaign for the flood defences we all want for our area is well underway – and we will continue to work with the community to achieve that goal over the coming months and years. ■ We are also continuing to support the community in the campaign to protect and preserve Dublin Bay against any proposed infill.

COMMUNITY GAMES IN CLONTARF TAKES OFF ■ For the first time in many years, we have an active Clontarf Community Games organisation again.

DEFENDING OUR COMMUNITIES – LOCAL POLICING FORUM IN HOLLYBROOK ■ In response to community concerns about anti-social behaviour, we have set up a local Community Policing for Hollybrook Road with the support of the Clontarf Gardaí.

■ In its first year, the group (made up of volunteers and parents) has gone from strength to strength, with teams of local children participating in swimming, athletics, cross-country and the table quiz event and even winning medals at the Dublin finals.

■ This follows on from the successful Anti-Head Shop campaign in that area.

■ If you would like to help out or find out more, please contact

■ The group will continue to meet on a regular basis to monitor anti-social behaviour and develop a whole of the community response to tackle the problem. ■ If you would like a community policing forum set up in your area, please get in touch with us.

Working together for Clontarf


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DEFENDING OLDER PEOPLE’S INTERESTS – CLONTARF SENIOR CITIZENS FORUM ■ We will shortly set up a Senior Citizens Forum in Clontarf similar to those we already run in Donnycarney and Marino. ■ Through this group, we hope to maintain regular contact with the senior community in Clontarf and raise their concerns directly with both the City Council and with the government to ensure their voices are heard by those in power. ■ We have also arranged trips to Dáil Eireann for members of the senior citizens fora and hope to continue this initiative in Clontarf. ■ If you have an interest in getting involved in this forum please do not hesitate to contact us.

DEVELOPING BUSINESS AND TOURISM STRATEGY FOR CLONTARF ■ We are working closely with the Clontarf Business Association to encourage a long-term business and retail strategy for local businesses ■ Encouraging a national and local tourism strategy establishing Clontarf as a distinct local area on the tourist trail ■ Using the 2013 ‘Gathering’ and ‘Decade of Commerations’ to maximum local effect.

CHERISHING CLONTARF HISTORY AND HERITAGE ■ We are pro-actively working with Dublin City Council and Governmental Departments to ensure that the anniversary of the 1014 Battle of Clontarf gets the support it deserves ■ We are promoting the local literary heritage by encouraging Dublin City Council to establish a permanent memorial to Bram Stoker in the Clontarf / Marino area. ■ Promoting the vibrant history of the Labour Party in the Clontarf area with an annual event at the grave of Tom Johnson at his grave in Castle Avenue, and also by celebrating the achievements of former Clontarf resident Evelyn Owens with an annual award in her name.

BEST WISHES TO SCOIL UÍ CHONAILL IN CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR ■ We were delighted to learn that one of our local GAA clubs Scoil Uí Chonaill has been chosen to participate in this summer's Celebrity Bainisteoir competition which will feature on RTÉ television ■ Both Scoil Uí Chonaill CLG and Clontarf GAA club contribute greatly to youth development in this community and are justly proud of their contribution to Dublin teams that will compete in Championship action throughout the summer ■ We were delighted to celebrate the achievements of Belgrove Senior Girls team in winning their Cumann na mBunscol competition with a reception in the Mansion House last December ■ The sporting heritage of Clontarf in GAA, rugby, soccer, hockey, cricket and other sports goes from strength to strength and if you feel we can support your club in anyway please do not hesitate to contact us.

YOUR LOCAL LABOUR TEAM WORKING FOR YOU Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD Leinster House, Kildare St, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 618 3209 Fax: 01 618 4345 Email: @AodhanORiordain

Working with Cllr Jane Horgan-Jones 086-837-5219


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