Contact John:

 

087 648 6228

 

jmwalsh1@eircom.net

 

@JohnWalshDWest

 

/JohnWalshDWest

Dr. John Walsh

Local Representative Castleknock

Working with Joan Burton, T.D. and Cllr Mary McCamley

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  • Public Meeting on Proposed Route for Royal Canal Urban Greenway

  • I'm hosting a public meeting on Thursday 7th March at 8:15pm in St Brigid's Community Centre in Blanchardstown.

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  • I attended Fingal Council's official consultation on the Royal Canal Urban Greenway on Tuesday 5th March in the Civic Offices in Blanchardstown.The consultant's proposed route for the Greenway is hugely disappointing - taking the north side of the Canal from Roselawn will destroy the wildlife corridor along this section of the Canal and impinge severely on local residents. A bad option which is all about minimising costs - this should be revisited as soon as possible.

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  • The Greenway is a valuable amenity for walkers and cyclists. Unfortunately there are major problems with the route between Castleknock and Coolmine - I am making the case for the Greenway to run on the south side of the Canal as far as Coolmine so that it can proceed as quickly as possible, without any damaging implication for local habitats or for communities affected by the proposed route. All residents are welcome to come along and have your say on this important developments. You can also make a submission up to 22nd March.

  • Have your say on Climate Change

  • I'm interested in people's views on the draft climate change plan produced by the four Dublin local authorities. Climate change is an increasingly urgent challenge which the government by its own admission has hardly addressed at all. The consultation is open from this week until 25 March - have you say on it via the Dublin Climate Change website here

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  • Scam Messages to Eir Landlines

  • Look out for scam messages to Eir landlines supposedly alerting residents to problems with their internet connection. I got three messages on the landline in the last week - one automated from 'Emily from Eircom support' and two from actual scammers (one from Ireland and one from an international number) also claiming to be from Eir. It is definitely a coordinated fraud and they try to get you to call a premium number and/or to give bank details over the phone. The signs are easy to spot - they claim to be from 'Eircom' which no longer exists as a company. Also Eir never ring anyone to look for confidential information - actually anyone who manages to get onto to their Customer Care is lucky, though that's a different issue!

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  • New PLC Courses Launched

  • Three new Post-Leaving Certificate courses for Dublin 15 were launched by Joan Burton TD on 21 November. The new courses will operate in Blakestown Community School and Riversdale Community College from September 2019. The courses are being offered by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. I attended a meeting with Minister John Halligan TD in July 2018 to lobby for the new courses, which should be a first step towards greater development of further education and apprenticeship in Dublin 15.

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  • New ERST Secondary School

  • It was recently announced that the new secondary school offered by the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) is being located on a 6 acre site adjacent to the Phoenix Park racecourse. The new ERST school is badly needed and resources should be included in the public capital programme to provide a permanent building for the school as soon as possible.

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  • Revised Rail Timetable

  • The revised Irish Rail timetable from 9th December introduces commuter trains every half hour at off peak times.

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  • Bus Connects

  • The Core bus corridors plan proposed by the National Transport Authority includes the route from Blanchardstown to the City Centre and this is open for public consultation until 15 February 2018:

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  • https://busconnects.ie/initiatives/core-bus-corridor-project/

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  • IT Blanchardstown

  • Blanchardstown Institute of Technology becomes part of the new Technological University for Dublin from 1 January 2019.

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