Local Politics

Local Facilities Hit By Council Freeze

Local Councillors are continuing to show their fury over the recent government directive that prevents the local County Council from spending E70 million earned through development levies. The directive issued by the Department of Heritage and Local Government, states that the County Council can only spend the money received through…


O’Brien Sparks Inquiry

Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien (FF) has written to the ESB to find out the reasons for the power cuts in Malahide and Kinsealy. There has been four power cuts in the area with the most recent power cut occurring on April 14 and lasting over 3 hours. Last week ESB spokesperson…


County Council Organises Public Meetings

One of the most immediate tasks of the new County Council will be the consideration of the 2011-2016 County Development Plan, according to Labour Councillor Peter Coyle. The process for the County Council Development Plan will begins in May, with formal invitations for submissions from the general public on policies…


Councillors Bang Heads Over Rush Plans

The recent County Council meeting had temperatures rising as the Rush Local Area Plans (LAP) came under fire from Labour Cllr. Ciaran Byrne and Socialist Party Cllr. Clare Daly. Last week’s council meeting saw locals pack in to Chamber to hear the debate surrounding the future of the LAP. In the…


Boost For North Dublin Firms

Dublin North Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien confirmed on March 25th that the European Investment Bank is making a total of €300 million available for loans for Irish small and medium sized firms. The E300 million from the European Investment Bank will provide three banks; AIB, Ulster Bank and Bank…


Kennedy Slams FG On Metro

Local TD Michael Kennedy has strongly criticised Fine Gael’s abandonment of the Metro North project and the 7,000 jobs, which it would create at construction stage alone. Deputy Kennedy welcomed Transport Minister Noel Dempsey’s support for the rollout of the Metro North project, which will create significant employment and stands…


Budget Cut For Council Warns Daly

Cllr. Clare Daly has claimed that the County Council’s budget for 2009 could be cut by as much as E55m following a financial directive from the Department of the Environment that prohibits the Council from using its full reserve fund of developers’ levies. The Government has directed that “expenditure is…


Haughey To The Hammer

Whether you love him or hate him the truth is that former Taoiseach Charles Haughey’s legacy will go down in Irish history. Haughey, who died in 2006, was at the helm of political power in this country over various years from 1979 to 1992 and his long-standing impact on Irish…