Update on School Street at St. Oliver Plunkett’s Malahide

The March Area Committee received an update on the School Street in Malahide. In summary, the initiative is successful so far in improving safety and encouraging more active travel to school, and will be continued for the full planned 18 month trial period. It has also resulted in a reduction in exposure to air pollution. The Council will be implementing school streets at other schools in Fingal.

Election Leaflet and media links/ Bileog um Thoghchán agus ceangail do na meáin

My election leaflet is here. Tá mo bhileog um thoghchán anseo.

físeán gearr agam.  I have a short video.

Here is the RTÉ Morning Ireland climate change debate where I represented the Green Party.

Here are some extracts from the RTÉ Drive Time constituency debate, where I address the environment and drug crime. The full debate is here

Can you help with my General Election Campaign?

The posters are going up, the flyers are going in the doors and the canvassing has started to get me elected in Dublin Bay North for the 33rd Dail!

We need all the help you can give. If you can help leafletting, canvassing or putting up posters, please contact me. If you wish to give a donation, please follow this link: https://donorbox.org/david-healy-green-party-dail-election-capaign-dublin-bay-north

Thank you for your support!

Council Budget amended to fund Climate Change Action Plan, parking enforcement for road safety and design of motorway noise barriers

Fingal County Councillors yesterday agreed to amend the County’s Budget to provide funding for three particular areas:

Climate action.

Many of the actions in the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan are marked as “awaiting budget.” These include important measures to reduce emissions and to tackle the impact of climate change including flooding and coastal erosion. The Council decided to allocate a further €320,000 towards these unfunded actions.

Parking enforcement aimed at improving the safety of vulnerable road users.

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School Street proposal at St. Oliver Plunkett’s Malahide to go ahead

The Area Committee yesterday approved a revised School Street proposal for St. Oliver Plunkett’s Malahide. The pedestrianisation of the section of road outside the school at arriving and leaving times is happening as proposed but there’s no longer a full time one way system, just a ban on turns from the Mall onto the rise during school arriving and leaving times. The full report on the public consultation including the revised proposal is here.

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Submission to draft Airport Local Area Plan and Development Plan Variation

I made this submission to the public consultation on the draft Dublin Airport Local Area Plan and on the associated draft Variation to the County Development Plan. It refers back to my previous submission on the draft Local Area Plan and deals in particular with issues of climate change, noise, cycling access and water quality.

Speech to Irish Planning Institute Autumn Conference

I was invited to speak at the IPI’s conference last week. The rough notes for my speech are below and the powerpoint I used is here.

A councillor’s perspective on the plan-making process

Contents (slide 2)

  • Community organisations and “Nimbys”
  • Transport objections to housing; the importance of public transport and design for walking and cycling as well as density
  • Aspects of the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy including
    • riparian setbacks,
    • climate assessment and
    • the conflict between the Regional Assembly and the Minister for Housing and Planning over additional rail infrastructure
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