Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
By Kevin Keane
Saturday November 27 2010
Politicians were ducking, dodging and throwing jibes at one another.
But nobody was taking the political fighting seriously last night when councillors from the main parties stepped in to the boxing ring.
Hundreds of spectators paid as much as €75 each to watch the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Labour and Green Party councillors fight for charity in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Co Dublin.
And they were not disappointed with their evening of political brawling. Some politicians danced lightly throwing quick jabs at opportune moments, others made straight for their opponent in a flurry of fists.
In what might be a scene repeated in count centres in a matter of weeks, a Fianna Fail man, Eoghan O'Brien was knocked to the canvas by his Labour opponent Aodhan O Riordain. But perhaps worryingly for Enda Kenny, Fine Gael also suffered the same fate when one of their fighters Alan 'The Naas Express' O'Kelly came up against the Labour's Killian 'The Hurricane' Forde.
The Green Party's Donna Cooney was drawn against Fianna Fail councillor Avril Power who both provided the crowd with much to cheer in guts and effort.
Also in the ring last night were Fine Gael's Neale Richmond and Labour's Cian O'Callaghan.
Fine Gael had taken out two full-page ads in the event programme for the evening, one of which featured a muscle-bound Mr Kenny landing a killer right-hook to the chin of a dazed Taoiseach Brian Cowen. "The gloves are off, the country is on the ropes, expect a knock out blow in the first round of Kenny V Cowen," the ad boasted.
If only politics was always this entertaining.
- Kevin Keane
Sunday, November 21, 2010
130 CUTBACKS MUST BE REVERSED
Petition to Protest Against Attack on Public-Transport Users
I have recently received the following information in relation to bus cuts on the 130 route:
- The 130 route was stripped last Sunday November 14th.
- Ten drivers lost their route.
- The route is now significantly under bussed.
- The gaps are wider between buses and thus people are waiting longer and when they do arrive, particularly after Vernon Ave they are full.
- 0n a Saturday drivers have gone from 20 duties to 13, which again means much longer gaps.
It is ridiculous to think that on a so called high-frequency route people are waiting up to 20 minutes for a bus to get to work. Dublin Bus cuts on this routes is affecting commuters capacity to get to work on time, and make absolutely no sense.
It is also unacceptable that no announcement has been made in this regard, and no consultation made with public representatives, or directly with the public themselves.
I am asking for your support for the following petition:
Text ‘Leave 130 alone’ with your name and address to 086-8190336Email ‘Leave 130 alone’ with your name and address to email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Flood Defence Unit & Projects Division,
Strategic Planning & Project Management Divisions,
Engineering & Environment,
Dublin City Council,
68/70, Marrowbone Lane,
11th November 2010
Re: River Wad Catchment Study, Phase II
Update 11th November 2010
1. FDU (Flood defence Unit) met and talked to more residents regarding the new culvert through the back gardens, (as part of the possible Clanmoyle scheme). Two underground options will be discussed with residents before presenting a final option. A topographical survey of the possible storage areas in the golf club took place on 12th October. A non-intrusive ground survey and other ground investigations took place on 9th and 11th (today) November. Results from this are due on Friday 18th November. Following training of DCC personnel a survey of drainage on Iarnrod Eireann land is also being organised. A borehole and trial hole survey of relevant sections of the golf course is programmed for late December.
2. FDU also had discussions with Clontarf Golf Club but until the final proposal is complete these cannot be finalised. Clontarf Golf Club have been very courteous to all of these impositions on its playing schedules despite the closing of a number of golf holes for Health and Safety reasons.
3. Iarnrod Eireann have plans to widen the railway line up to 10m into the golf course in the future and will have to be consulted on any final proposal. This would alter the possible storage volume afforded by the golf course.
4. A section of the golf course around the old quarry is not listed as been owned by DCC or Iarnrod Eireann. DCC Law Department are attempting to establish the owners and any usage agreements on it. It is thought to have been bought directly by the golf club.
5. Subject to the outcome of this process above, a formal application will be made to OPW for funding and approval.
6. Assuming local residents, Clontarf golf club and Iarnrod Eireann, support proposals for Clanmoyle Scheme, a Part 8 planning procedure is also required. An application will also have to be made to Iarnrod Eireann for approval under the Railway Safety Act 2005.
Fellow Chartered Engineer,
Flood Defence Unit & Projects Division.
Please see below the recent response I have received from the Area Manager to the representations I have made on behalf of Killester residents by means of a council question tabled at the October meeting of Dublin North Central Area Committee.
DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL
NORTH CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE
18th October 2010
Q.25 Question in the name of Councillor Aodhán Ó’Riordáin
“To ask the manager to investigate the following matter (details supplied)”.
The ongoing water pressure problems in Abbeyfield, Killester Park, Middle Third, St Brigid’s and wider Killester area. To ask the manager if the water supply issues affecting these areas have been resolved and if the water pressure has been improved to a level where shortages should not happen in the future.
Water Services Division is unaware of “ongoing water pressure problems” in this area. If details of addresses, streets or areas currently experiencing difficulties are submitted to the Division then they will be investigated.
The water supply issues that affected this area in January were a combination of increased leakage due to the severe weather, increased demand due to householders running taps, increased demand due to hoarding of water and lack of treatment capacity.
Since January, local works have been carried out that will help to mitigate, to some degree, the impact on the area. Improved control on the bulk supply into the area allows the pressures to be more closely controlled and will help to provide a more flexible response should problems arise. The expansion of Ballymore Eustace will provide us with a small increase in production capacity which will help to reduce the impact if problems should arise again.
The fundamental problem of the very tight balance between supply and demand, while eased somewhat by the expansion works at Ballymore Eustace, still remains. It will be necessary to manage the situation carefully to ensure that there is a timely response to potential problems while the danger of over reaction is avoided.
Contact: Brian McKeown, Divisional Engineer - 2224319.