To the Residents of Rolestown, St Margaret’s & The Ward
Change of Polling Station:
In the forthcoming referendum, residents in The Ward (part of) who voted in Tyrrelstown in the past will now vote in the new Tyrrelstown Community Centre. The Community Centre is located adjacent to the new Educate Together National School and can be accessed from the Village (shopping area) in Tyrrelstown. In the main, these are people who live south of the North Road. Polling stations in Rolestown, St. Margaret’s and Rivermede/Toberburr remain the same.
Dublin North or Dublin West?
A lot of people in Swords, Rolestown and St. Margaret’s were moved from Dublin North to Dublin West for recent elections. Of course, politicians do not draw the boundaries. There are too many examples of gerrymandering in the past, where the boundaries were re-drawn to suit individual politicians or parties. The boundaries are now determined by an independent Boundary Commission which is tasked with dividing the country into constituencies. Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan recently appointed a Boundary Committee to draft new boundaries in light of the recent census, and the decision to reduce the number of TDs sitting in the Dáil. This Committee will report this summer.
€2.2M for local flood relief and management:
€2.2 million is being spent on flood relief works in the constituency. This includes flood relief schemes at Swords and Rolestown. A flood defence embankment is being constructed at Rolestown, along the left bank of the Broadmeadow tributary. This particular scheme has been allocated €153,000, and €54,000 in funding has been allocated to widen the Gaybrook Stream in Aspen at Swords along a 200 metre stretch. Meanwhile, a separate scheme involving Fingal County Council and Meath County Council is underway. The two councils have acknowledged that the area is at significant risk of flooding, and are conducting a detailed assessment of 19 rivers and streams before deciding what further action should be taken. This funding is welcome and I hope the schemes will make a real difference to people by putting an end to some of the serious flooding we have seen in the past. Even the smallest flood relief can have an enormous impact if it protects people’s property, and prevents the sort of problems we have seen in recent years.
Thornton Hall Prison to proceed when funds allow:
Following an independent review, the Government has decided that a new prison will be built at Thornton Hall when funds become available. It will accommodate 500 prisoners rather than the 2,200 intended by the previous government. There will also be ‘step-down’ transition units located on the grounds but within the walls. The review group members were: Mr Brendan Murtagh, Chairperson, – Accountancy partner; Ms. Catherine McGuinness – former Judge of the Supreme Court, Mr. Brian Purcell, Director General, Irish Prison Service and Mr. Tom Cooney – Special Adviser to the Minister.