Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DCC Statement on decision around Temple Bar Cultural Trust wind-down

Media Relations & Corporate Communications,

Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland



Media Statement 10th April, 2013.

Statement by the Board of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust At the request of the Shareholder, the Board of TBCT discussed the Latitude Report into the future of TBCT. The Board acknowledges the achievements of TBCT but the time has come for reinvigoration of what was the cultural remit of TBCT.

In that context the board recommends to the Shareholder that a process of winding down the Company should be initiated. The Board is of the view that there is a unique cultural identity to the Temple Bar area, and that the Shareholder should consider how best this can continue to be developed.

For further information contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office

T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NORTH LOTTS/GRAND CANAL DOCKS STZ - Public Information Sessions

If  you live in the North Lotts/Grand Canal area it may be worth your while dropping in to see the plans for this area.  The Drop in session times are below.


The Draft Planning Scheme is currently on public display until 10th May 2013.


As part of this process, members of the public are invited to a number of Drop-In Sessions to talk with staff from the City Council about the Draft Scheme.


The dates and times for these Drop-In Sessions – all of which are in the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) Offices, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 are:


Tuesday 16th April                          3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Wednesday 17th April                   10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Thursday 18th April                         3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

 Friday 19th April                               10.00 am- 1.00 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Unfinished Business: The Magdalen Laundering

The continuation of justice 'in action' for Magdalen women and their families. 

Policies of appeasement are a continuation of injustice.  These are the actions that now need to be addressed.  Actions speak louder than words.  Here are the actions.  



1. Does the government intend to advertise the existence of the Magdalen Fund/Commission, as well as the requirement that women register with the Commission, in media outlets at home and abroad? Given the lessons learned from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB), where applicants living abroad came forward after the deadline claiming that they were ne ver informed about the Scheme, will the Government commit to placing advertisements in national and local newspapers in Ireland as well as Irish Diaspora newspapers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia so that those not affiliated to groups have an equal chance to gain entitlements as survivors of abuse in the Magdalen Laundries? In this year of "The Gathering," will the government do everything in its power to reach out to survivors living abroad and empower them to avail of the Magdalen Fund?


2. What are the consequences of a survivor not registering with the Magdalen Fund/Commission during the three months of Mr Justice Quirke’s review? Will she be excluded from further engaging with the process?


3. Will the Magdalen Fund/Commission be placed on a statutory footing with independent statutory powers?


4. What measures are being taken to ensure that the Magdalen Fund/Commission is a transparent process?


5. Will the Magdalen Fund/Commission have an appeals process?


6. Will there be independent monitoring of the Magdalen Fund/Commission?


7. Will the government make available to survivors and their families free independent advice and advocacy assistance in relation to this scheme?


8 Will Mr Justice Quirke be commissioned to implement the process that he recommends after the three month review period?


9. Will the government establish a dedicated helpline for Magdalene survivors?


10. What measures are being put in place to enable women in institutionalised settings to engage with the Magdalen Fund/Commission? Will a guardian ad litem or independent advocate be provided in all such cases as a way to further guarantee their rights?


11. Given that a 2010 HIQA inspection of one such setting found that “some institutional practices were observed which require to be reviewed, these include empowering residents to make decisions and choices in their daily lives, reviewing forms of address used and ensuring the confidentiality of residents’ information", what plans are in place to ensure permanent advocacy for women in institutionalised settings in their places of residence?


Source: HIQA Reports:


12. Will the Department of Justice put in place measures to assist family members of deceased Magdalene women in engaging with the process?


13.   What steps are being taken to ensure that Magdalene grave records are accurate and up to    date?


14. What steps are being taken to ensure that there is access to Magdalene graves?


15. What steps are being taken to ensure the upkeep of Magdalene graves?


16. Will the Department of Justice ensure that copies of the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee are provided to survivors with no internet access, including survivors who provided testimony to the Committee but are yet to receive the Report?


Questions compiled by Claire Mc Gettrick/James SMith/Maeve O Rourke/Mari T.Steed/Katherine O Donnell and others....


Monday, April 1, 2013

Dublin Water Restriction Update - Monday 1st April

Water conservation Notice Monday 1st April 2013

Reductions in pressure and/or loss of supply throughout the entire city from the earlier start time of 7pm (Monday 1st April) to between 7am and 9am (Tuesday 2nd April) Due to the cooperation of our customers we managed to save a significant amount of water into storage over night.We are imposing water restrictions again tonight, starting at the earlier time of 7pm. We will continue to review and monitor the storage levels on an ongoing basis. Treated water storage is currently at an unsustainably low level. This is as a result of production problems at one of our water treatment plants. There is obviously no problem with storage levels of untreated/raw water and there is no problem with water quality of treated water. Storage levels of treated drinking water are below a normal operational level. In addition water demand is currently running higher than average due to the cold weather which has caused an increase in leakage. Our crews are repairing any breaks as they arise. To help us in this regard we would ask people to report any location where they see water rising or running.

In an effort to maintain storage we are asking consumers to assist us in maintaining adequate water supplies by restricting their use of water as much as possible. We will be reducing pressures throughout the system in order to conserve supplies. While we will try, as far as possible, to maintain pressures during peak demand periods, pressures will be reduced at other times. This will result in lower pressures and in some cases possible loss of supply.

People may notice reductions in pressure or loss of supply from 7pm to between 7am and 9am throughout the entire city.

Dublin City Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these restrictions and will do everything possible to minimise their scale and duration. Water is precious. Let’s conserve it.


Tá uisce luachmhar. Caomhnaímís é. Dublin City Council Water Services Division 01-2220600 Emergency Number 01-6796186 (outside office hours only) Laura Walsh Executive Engineer Water Quality, Pressure & Distribution - Water Services | Dublin City Council | 68-70 Marrowbone lane | Dublin 8 ' +353 1 2224314 (Direct) | 7 +353 1 45348498:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Info. for Magdalene women about commission and how to apply

This form was put together by Justice for Magdalene group and explains how the commission works and  how to apply.  If you have any further queries contact JFM.

Survivor_Guide_to_Magdalen_Commission.pdf Download this file

Info. for relatives of Magdalene Laundry women

Relatives_Guide_to_Magdalen_Commission.pdf Download this file

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Another Bolder from Dublin City Council #actsofculturalvandalism

Here's another slab of concrete from DCC trying to pave over the issue of the conrete bolder in the middle of the road at Castle Street. A bare faced attempt to evade accountability and then they try and exploit the 'universal access' issue to butter themselves up.  It took weeks of inquiry and media attention to get this press statement out of them and all it is is another master-class in self serving.  Now we truly know the kind of folk that want to wreck this city.  DCC should do the decent thing and remove this eyesore and visual pollutant immediately if they are to gain any respect and credibility.  Please write to DCC or phone them and register your complaints.  Dublin City  Council

Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8.

Tel.: (01) 222 2222 


Press Statement DCC

      16th February, 2013.


Statement re temporary traffic management works adjacent to City Hall

A temporary traffic management structure has been erected adjacent to City Hall at the junction of Lord Edward Street/ Cork Hill. It has three flagpoles erected on top and two plaques referencing City Hall and Dublin Castle.  As the structure is temporary it was designed to minimise excavation and ground disturbance.

The structure is intended to change traffic behaviour at this location as a precursor to the development of permanent design proposals for this area. The proposed permanent works will be the subject of a Part 8 process to be considered by the City Council. The present structure will be removed and replaced by the proposals when approved.

The impetus for the temporary proposal came from discussions with the OPW when they requested assistance in their management of Castle Street as a forecourt to the Upper Yard of Dublin Castle during Ireland’s presidency of the EU.  These traffic management issues had been identified as more urgent due to the increased volumes of traffic arising from the use of Dublin Castle during EU Presidency. 

The temporary structure was discussed with a number of departments internally including the Conservation Office and while acknowledging its temporary nature were most concerned to ensure that the permanent proposals would be fully discussed and developed in the context of the Part 8 process. Whereas the present temporary structure deals primarily with the issue of traffic management and pedestrian safety, there are a number of other issues relating to this general area which will have to be addressed by the permanent proposals.

Dublin City Council Roads Design Department had carried out a feasibility study on traffic and pedestrian management on Castle Street which proposed significant footpath widening at the junction of Castle Street and Dame Street. This work will form part of the Part 8 proposal.

It is desirable to provide a fully accessible main entrance to City Hall (present disabled access is via the lower ground floor café entrance at Bernardo Square)  The provision of universal access to City Hall is achievable on the Cork Hill elevation, subject to conservation considerations of the works involved. Equally the provision of disability access to the Rates Office is achievable via the existing door on Castle Street, again subject to conservation considerations of the works involved. The remodelling of levels to achieve universal access to both buildings will form part of the Part 8 proposal.

The provision of a vehicular set down area for City Hall needs to be considered as part of the Part 8 proposal.  

The provision of disabled car parking spaces and the appropriate route from them to City Hall needs to be considered as part of the Part 8 proposal. 

It is envisaged that the permanent paving material for Cork Hill/Castle Street will be Leinster Granite similar to that used recently on Palace Street.  Fair-faced concrete was used for the traffic management structure as it is temporary.