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Keeping up investment in schools to ensure a primary and post-primary school place for every child, while respecting diversity of choice for parents. I am lobbying for a new permanent building for the Edmund Rice Trust school, currently in temporary accommodation in the Institute of Horology. This school is urgently needed at a time when the population of our area is again rapidly increasing.
Campaign for an upgrading of public transport across Dublin 15, especially the introduction of a DART service on the Maynooth line and in the short-term addition of more carriages to trains at peak times to relieve overcrowding.
Develop more opportunities for training through further education and PLCs for school leavers and to allow people to upskill and re-enter the labour market. Post Leaving Certificate courses are badly underdeveloped in Dublin 15. The new PLC courses in Blakestown and Riversdale are the first of their kind in Dublin 15 and should also be a first step towards a more ambitious venture – a new further education college in Blanchardstown - to offer decent training opportunities to young people and give a second chance to those who left school early.
Provide more social and affordable housing and ensure that planning is led by community needs.
Develop the full range of vital services at Connolly Hospital.
Ensure that local amenities such as parks, green areas and playgrounds are provided at the same time as new housing and protect the Liffey Valley Special Amenity Area.