08 March 2017
01 March 2017
Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has congratulated ‘The Happy Pear’ on their appointment as the operators of the new café in the Round Tower Heritage Centre.
She commented, “I am delighted to welcome The Happy Pear twins, Stephen and David Flynn to Clondalkin to run their flagship shop and café. This new development will include an interpretive centre, community meeting space and the Happy Pear café and shop.
“I am proud to have supported the delivery of this heritage project by working with local groups, State bodies and the Council. In 2013, I invited the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht out to highlight the need to preserve the Round Tower. This was also an opportunity to facilitate the first ever meeting between the CEO of South Dublin County Council and the Round Tower Heritage Group. On foot of this meeting, the CEO announced the Round Tower Interpretive Centre as a ‘gateway’ project for Clondalkin. Well done to all our local voluntary groups including the umbrella Round Tower Heritage Group who were the driving force behind the project for a number of years.
A lot of hard work and consultation has taken place in the past two years and the development is expected to be open by summer this year. Congratulations to the Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Group and residents, who have supported the ongoing protection of our local history, for their hard work and input into the Centre.
“This ambitious development has the potential to preserve and promote not just a local treasure but a national symbol of our past. As well as serving the local community, it is also hoped that the Tower, along with The Happy Pear café and shop, will become a beacon for local tourism,” concluded Fitzgerald.
08 February 2017
Local TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, says that increased Garda resources and intensive policing operations are yielding results in Dublin Mid West.
Last week’s seizure of weapons in Rathcoole, along with cash and back accounts demonstrate the Gardaí are making real progress in the fight against organised crime.
Fitzgerald said: “We are now making real progress in the fight against organised crime. Over the last year the Government has made significant extra resources available to the Gardaí to allow them to intensify their efforts to combat crime.
Fitzgerald accused local politicians of scaremongering for political gain: “I am absolutely committed to ensuring visible, effective and responsive policing throughout our communities in order to strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and prevent crime. In 2017, funding has been provided for the recruitment of another 800 Garda recruits. Since the reopening of the Garda College, 679 recruits have attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream duties nationwide, including 67 to the DMR West region. Five new Gardai were assigned from Templemore last Thursday. .
“Garda numbers in Dublin Mid West are increasing and will continue to increase. The most recent from the independent Central Statistics Office show that there were decreases in many crime categories, including a 26% reduction in burglaries. One crime is one too many, however, we are making very significant process in tackling crime rates both locally and nationally.
“The Lucan and Clondalkin Garda Districts form part of the Dublin Metropolitan Region (DMR) West Division and I am informed that on the 30 November 2016, the latest date for which figures are readily available, the Garda strength of the Lucan District was 164, Gardaí and the strength of the Clondalkin District was 197.
“The new Garda Special Crime Task Force has been in operation since July 2016 and is focussing relentlessly people involved in organised crime. I also approved funding for a dedicated Armed Support Unit to enhance armed support capability in Dublin and to free up resources for day-to-day policing.
“Operation Hybrid has been established to coordinate the response to violent crime in Dublin and address public concerns about community safety.
“Even before the recent high profile Garda success against organised crime Operation Hybrid had produced 51 arrests and 5 charges in connection with the series of shootings carried out in 2016 (with 3 further charges brought for related offences) as well as the seizure of 26 firearms.
“There have been in excess of 11,000 lines of enquiry conducted with more that 20,000 high visibility checkpoints implemented with significant support from Armed Support Units. A a significant amount of CCTV footage, mobile phone traffic, and forensic evidence is also being examined.
“Last week carefully planned Garda operations have led to the massive cannabis haul in Dublin Port valued at €37.5 million as well as the arrest in Baldonnel of four suspects, three of whom have since been charged along with the very significant seizure of 15 firearms, large cash amounts and bank information. Weapons seized included revolvers and semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and a sub-machine gun, together with 1300 rounds of assorted ammunition. This shows the high level of operations taking place to ensure the safety of our communities.
“Underpinning all of this is a plan to put many more Gardai on the street and increase the size of the force to 15,000 officers. This year I have made funding available to recruit an extra 800 Gardai.”
06 February 2017
Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, joined the National Collective of Community Based Women’s Networks on Friday at their national launch event, to recognise and celebrate their challenges and achievements since establishment in 2011. Local women from groups based in Clondalkin including Ronanstown CDP, Rowlagh Women's Group and Clondalkin Women's Network were represented at the event.
Speaking at the event, Fitzgerald said, “I applaud the NCCWN for their dedication and vision, for supporting the empowerment of women and advocating for women who experience disadvantage and marginalisation and for playing their part in bringing about positive and sustainable change to women’s lives and society in general.
“Before entering politics, I participated in organisations promoting the inclusion and increased participation of Irish women in public and community life. This has been a continuous priority for me throughout my career, and I have worked closely with community groups and women’s groups to support their important work.
“The groups here today give a voice to women in their communities; helping to address poverty, social exclusion and gender inequality experienced by women in communities throughout the country. It is great to hear stories of success from women involved locally including in Ronanstown.
“I am pleased today to be officially publishing the Domestic Violence Bill 2017. Tackling domestic violence has been a priority for me throughout my career. It is not acceptable that anyone in Ireland is subjected to abuse, fear and intimidation. Domestic violence is a pernicious evil that has devastating physical, emotional and financial consequences for victims as well as society as a whole.
“This Bill will particularly improve the protections available to victims of domestic violence, most critically for cohabitants and parents in crisis situations, by introducing a new emergency barring order which can last for up to eight working days.
“The enactment of this Bill will be a major step towards Ireland’s ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, more commonly known as the Istanbul Convention.
“This Bill will help in tackling the horror of domestic violence and I intend that it will be enacted as early as possible.
She concluded, “I want to again congratulate all the women here today, and wish them continued success on their work in their communities.”
25 January 2017
Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed funding of over €3.1million towards road upgrades around Grange Castle Business Park by the Department of Transport.
Speaking this afternoon, Fitzgerald said: “I am pleased with the announcement today by my colleague Minister for Transport Shane Ross, of the 2017 grant allocations for local roads. Over €3.1million has been allocated to South Dublin County Council for roads in our local area including the Nangor and Adamstown Road Improvement Scheme.
“This grant which is supported by the IDA, will support industry and facilitate increased employment in the area of Grange Castle Business Park.
“Grange Castle Business Park is continuing to expand and attract global industries. Leading global firms such as Pfizer, Microsoft and Google have already developed facilities in the area. The development of the roads network surrounding the business park proves positive for the Lucan, Clondalkin, Newcastle and the surrounding areas.
“As Minister for Justice and Equality, I am deeply conscious of the serious issue of road safety on our roads. The quality of our road infrastructure network is paramount to ensuring safety of residents in local communities across the country.
Fitzgerald concluded, “The priority for Government in 2017 continues to be the maintenance of our existing road network which will enhance safety and support job growth in local areas.