Young Ballymun funding not sufficient.


Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis is disappointed with the outcome of a series of meetings with Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, TDs from Dublin North West, officials from various government Departments, and young Ballymun representatives.

Deputy Ellis said:

“It’s clear that the funding needed to continue the entire programme as rolled out over the years will not be forthcoming. However, the Minister has agreed to increase the funding by a quarter of the budget already allocated. Despite this intervention, it is not enough for the project to continue fully but Young Ballymun will continue to exist albeit in a focused and targeted manner.

“It’s clear that in attempts to tackle child poverty and social disadvantage the Young Ballymun model has achieved remarkable results. Many children and parents across the area have had a positive experience and Young Ballymun changed their lives for the better. The final report showed that Young Ballymun had achieved impressive outcomes in all areas of implementation and that these kinds of changes and outcomes affected the community in a very positive way. It has shown that this project could be a positive template for other areas.

“It is a huge disappointment that this government hasn’t the vision to take on board this model and roll it out across disadvantaged communities across the country. Sinn Féin and I will continue to advocate for the Ballymun model to be used as a template into the future.”

Development of road safety scheme for Drumcondra South


Dublin City Council (DCC) has undertaken a traffic study of the Wider Area Traffic Cell Analysis of Walsh Road, Ferguson Road, Millmount Avenue, Drumcondra in association with Traffic Engineering Consultants AECOM.
The aim of this study is to develop a road safety improvement scheme for Drumcondra South that will reduce the impact of traffic in the area.
DCC would like to thank local community for their input in completing the questionnaire ‘Walsh Road and Environs Traffic Study’. The information collected was analysed by the Traffic Engineering Consultants and used in conjunction with traffic surveys, parking surveys, and speed surveys to form the basis of the Wider Area Traffic Cell Analysis of Walsh Road, Ferguson Road, Millmount Avenue Drumcondra Options Report. The different options have been appraised in conjunction with the existing layout against the scheme objectives as well as the appraisal criteria identified within the Department of Transport Common Appraisal Framework.
Details of the proposed measures may be inspected at Drumcondra Library, Millmount Avenue, Dublin 9 from Tuesday 5th July 2016 – Tuesday 19th July 2016.
There will be an Open Day in the Drumcondra Library on Tuesday 19th July between 4:30pm and 7:30pm where DCC Staff of Environment and Transportation Department and the Traffic Consultants can talk informatively about all the options available to the public.
Members of the public may contribute, leaving their names and addresses in a comment box in the Drumcondra Library or email The closing date for return is Tuesday 2nd of August 2016.
Please refer to for details of the Wider Area Traffic Cell Analysis of Walsh Road, Ferguson Road, Millmount Avenue, Drumcondra Report, including related documents and maps.