Our Report on the Public Meeting held on 20th February 2014

Below is the Report on a Public Meeting organised by the Rathgar Resident’s Association which was held in St. Patricks Hall, Leicester Avenue on Thursday 20th February 2014.

The object of the meeting was to facilitate an interface between local residents and existing councillors, TDs and candidates in the upcoming local elections on May 23rd.

The issues were confined to local matters pertinent to residents of Rathgar. Present were Cllr. Ruairi McGinley, Kate O’Connell, Dr. Paddy Smith, Samantha Long, Cllr. Mary Freehill, Daniel Donnelly, and TD Eoghan Murphy. Apologies were received from Cllr. Henry Upton, Cllr. Jim O’Callaghan and Cllr Oisin Quinn who had other engagements.

At the outset of the meeting Garda Des Curry and Sergeant John Duffy made a helpful and informative presentation on home and personal security. Local matters raised and addressed at the meeting

  • The high level of property tax raised in the Rathgar area and the probable significant increase in it as property prices recover. How the area might benefit from this in the future. Whether councillors would support the discretionary 15% decrease in property tax from 2016 onwards
  • The meeting was advised that the long time sought-after pedestrian crossing from the 108 to the Deli in Rathgar would be established during the second half of 2014, which may coincide with other traffic changes at the junction to permit a right hand turn from Terenure Road East to Orwell Road.
  • Candidate Samantha Long advised of a Terenure 2030 meeting on 27th February.. Also, that from the end of March there will be a farmers market held on Saturday morning in the new plaza adjacent to Lidl.
  • Street flooding and the quality of street and gully cleaning needs to be addressed. Some innovative input from the RRA and Dublin City Council may be required to ensure the quality improves.
  • The Rathmines/Pembroke drainage survey and the long overdue renewal of the system, has had  slow progress within Dublin City Council. Now responsibility for waste water disposal has been handed over to Irish Water. There is concern that Irish Water will not treat this matter with the priority it needs.
  • Vigilance around the installation of water meters and in particular the reinstatement of foot paths when meters have been fitted.
  • Dog fouling, and how best to remedy the situation
  • Road and footpath are not well maintained in the village and the area. The village is cluttered with signs and unsightly bollards.
  • Parks and recreational areas
  • An ongoing issue with opening and closing of gates at Fairfield Park. Locks have not been working properly, leading to 24/7 access to the park and resultant anti-social behaviour
  • It was noted that Dublin City Council’s has currently until 31st March an online survey. Respondents have the opportunity to air their views on what they would like to see in their parks and recreational areas.  See    consultation.dublincity.ie
  • Orwell Park, Dartry Park and the Dodder linear park need to be upgraded and improved. It was suggested that the left side of the Dodder from the footbridge at Orwell Park to Rathfarnham Bridge should be reopened.
  • Traffic issues
  • Cars mounting the footpath on Orwell Road travelling toward Terenure on the left hand lane causing risk to pedestrians. A further concern  were motorists who parked on the opposite side of the road to traffic flow resulting in stopping two lanes of traffic when driving off.
  • Particular traffic issues on Brighton Ave. / Sq. which need to be highlighted and pursued with Dublin City Council.