Cllr Joan Burton has called on the Minister for the Environment, Martin Cullen TD, and on PD Minister of State, Tom Parlon, TD to immediately indicate their support for the alleviation measures to prevent the River Tolka flooding again. The flooding caused much devastation in Dublin 15 – at Blanchardstown (Herbert Rd.), Castlecurragh, Littlepace and other areas during the heavy rainfall of the 14th and 15th of November last.
She said the cost of €2.7 million for the interim measure in the Fingal area, €3-7 million in the South Meath area and further sums in Dublin City would do much to prevent suffering for the many families who had such a devastating experience with flooding in November.
The measures proposed for the Dublin 15 area include embankment works on the N3 at Parslickstown, Westpoint Business Park and Herbert Road and also drainage re-routing at the N3 earth embankment and at Mulhuddart Wall. In addition, there are proposals for general clearing and maintenance of the riverbed and structural assessment of bridges and river walls for flood damage.
A separate report on the flooding in the Meath area proposes works at Clonee to protect the Littlepace area.
Cllr. Burton added that she was delighted to see specific references to Herbert Road embankment proposals and also to the protection of the Littlepace area.
Fingal County Council has given the go-ahead for a refuge for women and children suffering from violence to be built at a site in Blanchardstown between the Garda Station and Tracked Motors. Cllr. Joan Burton, TD, who is chairperson of the interim committee for the development of the refuge said that she is delighted with the news that the Council has given the green light to the project.
She commented , “This service is badly needed in the Dublin 15 area with its population of over 72,000. At the moment women and children who have a problem with family violence and who have to leave their own end up going to refuges as far away as Rathmines, Navan and Ballymun. It would be great to have a small local facility here in Blanchardstown, not least because it would allow children affected by domestic violence to remain in their own school.”
She said that funding for the refuge had already been agreed in principle and that negotiations to tie down this funding could now take place with the Health Board and with the Department of the Environment.
The planning work is now at a very advanced stage and the refuge will be run in conjunction with Sonas Housing, Women’s Aid, local community and voluntary organisations, Fingal County Council and the Northern Area Health Board.
Deputy Burton said that this service will be very much community service which will offer a respite to family violence to those most in need of the services. Once the refuge is up and running, it’s hoped that it will also provide a much needed focus for services in relation to family violence in the whole of the Dublin 15 area. In addition, it will allow for an information campaign about the whole issue of violence in the home.
Labour T.D. for Dublin West, Deputy Joan Burton, said today that the decision by the Department of Health to fine Blanchardstown Hospital up to €1 million, because of an “inappropriate casemix”, was another blow to the hospital.
The hospital still has a €106 million new building sitting idle, largely unopened and unused. This new building includes a state of the art Accident & Emergency Unit.
Deputy Burton said that staff remain stuck in the old prefabs, while the new facilities remain locked next door. It is extraordinary that the hospital should be penalised for inefficiency, when the major inefficiency for the hospital is the old buildings it has to work with.
She said that, once again, the failure to give Blanchardstown a fair allocation was a damning indictment of the current Minister for Health and his deputy, the Junior Minister for Health, Brian Lenihan, who is also a T.D. for Dublin West. Deputy Burton said that the hardworking staff and doctors at Blanchardstown Hospital would be extremely distressed at this latest blow to the hospital by the Department of Health.
Labour T.D. for Dublin West, Joan Burton, has stated that Fingal County Council has currently put on display a proposal to develop the Hartstown Way as a Link Road between the proposed Ongar Road ( now under construction ) and the Hartstown-Huntstown Distributor Road.
Deputy Burton said that this was one of the last pieces of a “jigsaw” of road development in the Dublin 15 area. This was supposed to have happened some 20 years ago, but because of the extraordinary poor planning process, something that has been disclosed by the recent report from the Flood Tribunal, it had been put on the long finger.
In addition, the original developers Brennan and McGowan, as well as other developers, had been involved in a series of disputes and discussions with Council over the future of this land. Deputy Burton said that residents who are interested in this proposal can view the map at the Blanchardstown Library. The display includes details of the boundary treatment to the new road, of particular interest to residents of Inglewood, Willowwood and Lohunda.
The proposal includes a suggestion that the entrance to Lohunda Park should be relocated to the middle of the new Hartstown Way. Deputy Burton said that, at a number of public meetings and Council meetings attended by local residents, the residents made clear that they favour the retention of the existing opening to Lohunda Park. Deputy Burton said that it was important that local residents should make their views known to the Council so that these can be considered in the finalisation of the plan.