Monthly Archives: August 2005

Section 140 motion about waste beside Pobalscoil Neasáin

{mosimage}Since the June area committee meeting where I raised this
issue for the second time (see report below of 16th
June) there has been no change.  The waste is still on
site.  Therefore together with my Green colleagues on the Council,
I have submitted a section 140 motion to formally direct the County
Manager to have the waste removed. I have taken a few photos of the
waste on the site.  The tarmac and concrete are placed there by
the Council.  The appliances etc. are copycat dumping.

Text of Section 140 motion to be considered on 12th September 2005
the members of Fingal County Council, pursuant to S.140 of the Local
Government Act 2001, hereby require that the waste consisting of broken
tarmac and all other waste on the Council’s site adjoined by Pobalscoil
Neasáin in Baldoyle be removed without delay.

Cllrs. David Healy, Robert Kelly and Joe Corr


Fáilte go dtí mo suíomh idirlíne.  Is ball tofa Glas mé de Comhairle Contae Fine Gall, do toghceantar Bhinn Éadair.  Tá sé d’intinn agam an chuid is mó de mo obair mar chomhairleoir contae a chur suas ar an suíomh seo.  Déan teangmháil liom ar aon chuid de na ábhair seo nó aon rud eile a bhaineann le m’obair mar chomhairleoir glas – 01 8324087,

Consultation in relation to transport in Howth

A study is to be carried out to include a number of aspects of traffic in Howth.  Parking is probably the central issue and is the one which has set it off.  The impetus as far as I can decipher is two-fold: Firstly the Department of the Marine has let Fingal know that they are considering putting parking charges in the Harbour area due to the level of non-harbour traffic.  Secondly Fingal’s imposition of parking charges in Malahide is considered to be a success both by the Council and local interests.  Additionally Fingal is using parking charges in Balbriggan to fund a local bus service.

The current study is wider than just parking.  At this stage, there is a process of open consultation for people to raise their concerns. You can read the notice below, but please note the deadline has now been extended to 30th September.  I emphasised at our Area Committee meeting that the important thing at this stage is to determine the goals of the study i.e what problems are to be addressed and what is to be achieved?  It is worth putting your comments on what you would like to see to the Council by the extended deadline of 30th September.  If and when plans are drawn up, there will be consultation on those proposals.




In advance of the preparation of the preliminary design for traffic management scheme for Howth, it is proposed to conduct a comprehensive pre-consultation process with all stakeholders. The issues to be addressed in the proposed scheme will include the following:-

1.      Traffic and Parking Management Measures

Following on the success of a pilot Pay and Display scheme in Malahide, it is proposed to consider the introduction of a similar scheme and traffic management measures in Howth with the objective of reducing traffic speeds, reducing traffic congestion, increasing turnover of spaces and opportunity of parking in key areas if appropriate, improving pedestrian safety and pedestrian facilities, provision of appropriate speed limits, introducing resident permits for all residents in the proposed pay and display zones, revising parking layout, assessing locations of bus stops, identifying a taxi rank if needed, assessment of off street car parking, and improvement of public amenity.

2. Bus priority measures

To be considered as an integral part of the scheme.

Invitation of submissions.

Your views/comments in relation to parking/traffic management issues in Howth would be welcomed. In this regard, we would ask that all submissions be made in writing to Mr. P. Caulfield, to arrive in County Hall, Main Street, Swords not later than close of business on 30tth 2005 or by email to

Staff of Transportation Department will be available to meet with the various stakeholders.   



Council business submitted 18th August 2005

I have listed the following motions and questions for the
Council and the Howth/Malahide Area Committee.  I will report on
each item on this site after the meetings.  In the links section
of this website is a link to the County Council website where you can
find the full agenda of all upcoming council meetings. 

That the Manager arrange for the temporary construction area for the
sewage pipeline to Ringsend which part of the foreshore at Sutton Creek
was infilled to be removed and the foreshore restored to its previous
condition as planned.

That the Manager produce a report
containing a draft of the intended process for drawing up a possible
traffic and parking management scheme for Howth.

That the
Manager report on the current status of proposed new or altered roads
in the Baldoyle/Portmarnock area, with a map to show routes under
consideration, proposed designs in planning permissions etc., and in
particular options for for the pedestrian and cyclist routes along the

That the Manager report on progress in increasing the
number of bottle-banks in the area, including an explanation of how
bottle banks come to be removed and whether he considers Councillors
should have any role in this.

ask the Manager to erect signs on the slipway on Strand Roadin Baldoyle
informing the public that the use of jet-skis in the area and the use
of the slipway to launch jet-skis is banned.

To ask the Manager to report on progress in relation to enforcement at Barnmore Ltd in Baldoyle Industrial Estate

ask the Manager whether the promenade along Strand Road in Baldoyle has
been handed over and if so what is the cleaning schedule for it

ask the Manager if the Transportation Department will meet with
residents of Strand Roadin Baldoyle to discuss their concerns.

That the Manager bring forward plans for a consulation process 
with the local community and with community and sporting organisations
in order to prepare for the drawing up of plans for the provision of
the Millennium Park in Baldoyle.

That the Manager report on the
fires in cut vegetation left in Seagrange Park, how many times the fire
brigade was called out to extinguish such fires during August and the
dates of these calls, and what plans are in place to prevent a
re-occurence of these fires.

That the Manager report on the
boundary between Admiral Park and Castlerosse, including the planning
conditions applicable to the developments, the Parks Department’s
actions over the summer, the Parks Department’s intentions in the
future and why Councillors and the public are not even being informed,
not to mind consulted in relation to the Parks Department’s actions.

ask the Manager what the current situation is in relation to the
proposed all-weather pitch and community facilities in Baldoyle.

The Green Party/ An Comhaontas Glas


Party Principles

The Green Party/Comhaontas Glas adopted at its foundation these seven principles by consensus:

  1. The impact of society on the environment should not be ecologically disruptive.
  2. Conservation of resources is vital to a sustainable society.
  3. All political, social and economic decisions should be taken at the lowest effective level.
  4. Society should be guided by self-reliance and co-operation at all levels.
  5. As caretakers of the Earth, we have the responsibility to pass it on in a fit and healthy state.
  6. The need for world peace overrides national and commercial interests.
  7. The poverty of two-thirds of the world’s family demands a redistribution of the world’s resources.

About Dublin North-East Greens

Dublin North-East Greens have been active since 1989 when our candidate
Máire Mullarney ran in the General Election.  We have had
councillors elected in both Howth and Donaghmede wards.  We have
meetings most months to discuss local issues and electoral
campaigns.  New members are always welcome.

About David

Bhunaigh mé an suíomh seo mar foinse eolais don pobal agus mé i mo chomhairleoir ar Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall ó 2004 go dtí 2009.  Choiméadfainn ar líne é ós rud é go bhfuil eolas air a bheadh fós úsáideach do corr-dhuine. Seachas é sin, bh’féidir go gcuirfinn ábhar eile air; feicfimid.

I set this site up to report on my work as a member of Fingal County Council from 2004 to 2009. I’ll keep it online because there’s info on it which I think some people will find useful.  I might use it for other stuff as well; we’ll see how it goes.

Cad eile fúm? Fuair mé oideachas dlí agus éolaíocht chomhshaoil agus go dtí 2011, d’oibrigh mé mar chomhairleoir do John Gormley, Aire Chomhshaoil.

I have a background in law and environmental science and until 2011 I worked as an advisor to Environment Minister John Gormley.


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An Bord Pleanála refuses Bayside Shopping Centre application

An Bord Pleanála has refused the application to demolish and rebuild Bayside Shopping Centre with blocks of up to 5 stories.  The Board upheld Fingal County Council’s decision to refuse permission, which I and all other local representatives had supported.

The Board’s decision substantiates the objections of local people and the refusal is based on 5 reasons, particularly that the proposal would have been an overdevelopment and  out of scale with the surrounding area.  The decision provides very clear guidance to the site owners as to what would be acceptable in refurbishing the shopping centre.   It is time now for the shopping centre management to meet with local residents and come up with a proposal for the site which local people can support.
For further information, see the Inspector’s report:, the Direction by the Board: and the Decision of the Board to refuse permission:

An Bord Pleanála rules against mobile phone transmitters beside Baldoyle school

Green Councillor for the Baldoyle area (Fingal County Council) David
Healy today welcomed An Bord Pleanála’s ruling that the mobile phone
transmitters located beside St. Peter and Paul’s Boys’ National School
in Baldoyle are unauthorised development.

Cllr. Healy said:
"The fact that these transmitters are illegal has been clear all along.
An Bord Pleanála has now upheld Fingal County Council’s ruling which
the mobile phone had company appealed. Hutchison 3G who erected these
transmitters in stealth must stop stringing out the process and take
them down now. The local residents and parents of children in the
school and the school management itself are all to be congratulated for
their long hours of civic work in opposing this company. It is time for
the precautionary principle to be applied – no more transmitters should
be allowed beside schools."

Cllr David Healy 087 617 8852

Elaine Walsh Press Office 01-618 3852 / 087 914 8175