Hogan should work to provide housing, not obstruct it – Ellis

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on Minister Hogan to explain himself. He made his call following the revelations that the scandal prone Minister may have lobbied Kilkenny Co. Council to obstruct the housing of a traveller family.

The particular family were living in crowded unsuitable conditions.
A letter was sent in Minister Hogan’s name from his constituency office on his headed paper naming the family and telling residents that the Minister and a local Fine Gael councillor had worked to block the family from housing in Bonnettstown, Co. Kilkenny.

“This Minister still refuses to meet the Priory Hall residents, who have been out of their homes for almost a year. A Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government should be meeting the housing needs of people rather than obstructing them.

“Minister Hogan has some very serious questions to answer about the letter sent to residents of Bonnettstown, whether he lobbied Kilkenny County Council and if so why?”
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Varadkar aims to kill public transport with fare hike – Ellis

September 25, 2012

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis TD has blasted the announcement of further fare increases in Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and Iarnróid Éireann as another in a series of critical blows to public transport.

He made his comments following the announcement that fares will go up between 2.5 and 10 per cent despite the Minister for Transport admitting earlier this year that fare increases were hurting services like Dublin Bus as people sought other options.
Deputy Ellis continued;
“Public transport has been under funded in this state for a very long time and certainly never treated as the incredibly important public service that it is.
“Busses and trains carry far more people, more efficiently and faster than private transport when given the right planning and funding. A good system of busses can create a hub of business in urban centres and improve our competitiveness. Instead the government is implementing a policy it freely admits is bad for public transport. What is bad for public transport is bad for our economy.

“Fare increases will further turn people off public transport which is seen as expensive and lacking the benefits seen in other European cities. Too many working people in urban centres or commuter towns are opting for private transport because the services of Bus Éireann, Iarnróid Éireann and Dublin Bus are being run down and made unattractive by government policy.

“We need to make public transport more affordable at the point of delivery. One measure is to further incentivise the use of prepaid bus tickets and expand the flexibility of these tickets. We also need to look at other fare models from similarly sized cities where public transport is nearly always the first option in built up areas.

“Cutting funding and forcing the dwindling passengers to foot more of the bill might look good on the department’s budget plan but it will lead to serious problems in the future and damage our ability to build lasting economic prosperity.”

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Senior Citizens Events organised as part of the Finglas Safety Week

Just a quick reminder about our senior citizens events which has been organised as part of Finglas Community Safety Week which is taking place this week.

Thursday 27th September

Senior Citizens Safety Talk at 2pm in Mellowes Court.

Friday 28thSeptember

Senior Citizens Bingo at 8pm in Finglas Celtic Football Club, Kilshane Road.

Sunday 30th September

Finglas Memories at 2pm in the Finglas Youth Resource Centre

Finglas Historical Society, Dublin Fire Service and An Garda Síochána will be in attendance to provide advice and information.

TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED FOR THIS EVENT.

Booking Essential For this event – please contact Ms Ciara Gibbons Tel: 0864115783

Please feel free to forward this email on to others or let senior citizens know that these events are on.

Thanks

Kind Regards
Ciara

Bank of Ireland Rate Increase heaps more pain on families – Ellis

Sinn Fein TD Dessie Ellis responding to news that Bank of Ireland has hiked its interest rate by half a percentage point said the move is guaranteed to push some mortgage owners over the edge, potentially taking people who are just meeting their mortgages into the volatile mortgage distress category.

Ellis said this is another example of banks using families as an easy target.
Deputy Ellis said:
“Early this morning, people began to receive letters from Bank of Ireland, with no prior warning, telling them their rate had increased by half a percentage point. On average the increase will add an extra €27 a month to a mortgage of €100,000 over 25 years.

“People are struggling out there. They are struggling because politicians, banks and property speculators sold this state down the river and left ordinary people to pick up the tab. We have thousands of people in mortgage distress and this size of increase is the thing that will push some people over the edge, from those who are just about meeting their mortgage to those who are in mortgage distress. If the banks want to push people to the point where they can’t pay any of their mortgage, they are going the right way about it.

“This Government has sat on its hands throughout this mortgage crisis, as the Moody’s report last week pointed out. Their reactions have been ineffectual and disproportionate to the size of the crisis.

“When the banks were in crisis, this Government and Fianna Fáil found the €64 billion needed to bail them out. When citizens are in crisis, the Government holds up its hands and says it can do nothing.

“It puts the demands of international bank bondholders over the needs and rights of ordinary Irish citizens. It’s inability to make banks understand their debt to the Irish people is the Government’s biggest failure to date.

“The ECB is lending at .75% and yet Bank of Ireland told customers today that the cost of lending had gone up. We need the Government to intervene with the banks on interest hikes.”

Route 83

Dublin Bus is pleased to announce changes to Route 83, benefiting
the residents of Tolka Estate and Glasnevin. These changes follow
consultation in the community with key stakeholder groups.
Key changes are as follows:
• Route 83 will operate via Tolka Estate at hourly intervals, every day.
• Morning peak times will be adjusted to better meet the needs of peak
time commuters.
• On Sundays Route 83 will terminate at Charlestown Shopping Centre, no
longer serving Harristown.
These changes will better meet the needs of the community and will ensure
that Route 83 operates in an efficient and effective manner.
Please note there is no change to any other areas served by Route 83.
Please see Route 83 timetable overleaf.
These changes are part of Network Direct, a redesign of bus services in
Dublin City to provide a more direct, high frequency and punctual service.
Thank you for travelling with Dublin Bus

Bin It! education campaign coming to Ballymun next week

The Gum Litter Taskforce Bin It! education campaign schedule will visit Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun Road on 24th Sept 2012 at 1.30pm.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite your to attend the workshop

If you are in a position to attend please email : Liam O’Doherty at lodoherty@trinitycomp.ie

Supporting youth participation in Finglas

Please find enclosed details of the ‘Supporting Youth Participation’ in Finglas Workshop which is taking place on Tuesday 25th September at 7pm in Dublin City Council offices as part of Finglas Community Safety Week.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact Mr Tim Stewart, Tel: 08 602 47083.

A workshop facilitated by ‘The Barnardos Amplifying Voices Initiative’

Exploring the roles adults, agencies and community representatives play in supporting youth participation.

· Are young people interested in our community?

· Are young people responsible for the issues affecting our community?

· How do we get young people more involved in the conversations that are taking place in our community?

· Where do young people go to be heard in our community?

· Are young people part of the solution to some of the community issues?

Come along to this workshop and explore how we can all play a role in making Finglas a place where both young and older people work together to identify issues and affect positive change.

The Barnardos Amplifying Voices Initiative is a community based project for 10 – 15yr olds. It is for young people living in or accessing services across all areas of Finglas. It aims to support young people to explore matters that are important to them, express their views and to work in partnership with decision makers to create positive change or influence the decisions on those issues. Amplifying Voices will work in partnership with existing local services to support young people in finding and using their voice to be change makers in their community.

Ballygall Road East Older Person’s Complex redevelopment

Dessie Ellis TD and Local Representative Noeleen Reilly are pleased to inform you that funding has been granted for the redevelopment of the older person’s complex at Ballygall Road East. Fold Ireland propose to submit a revised planning application to Dublin City Council. These works are due to commence in early 2013 subject to planning permission. The project will be carried out in two phases. Phase one will be numbers 67-189 (4 blocks) and phase two will be the last block numbers 191-221.

Please contact us on 0876336233 if you require any further information

Parent Plus ‘Parenting When Separated Programme’

Parenting when separated can be challenging and confusing. This course hopes to help you:
• Solve co-parenting problems in a positive way that helps you and your child.
• Cope with the emotional impact of separation and learn stress management techniques.
• Help your children cope with the impact of the separation both emotionally and practically.
• Enhance communication with your child and your child’s other parent.

The “Parenting When Separated” course does not propose to find magic answers but hopes to help parents to gain the support of other parents who may have similar experiences and to find down-to-earth solutions for difficult situations. The focus of the course is positive and aims to build on your strengths as a parent and what you are already doing right.

Who should attend
The course is open to all separated parents. Both mothers and fathers, resident and non-resident parents are welcome to attend this course. Both parents of the same child are welcome to attend this course together if they both feel it would be suitable, but this is not essential and parents can choose to attend separate groups. We will meet all parents for an individual screening meeting prior to the group starting.

Course details
The course will begin in November and it consists of six two-hour group sessions held in the Axis Main Street Ballymun.

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Reply
If you are interested in attending the course please ring CAFTA 8832134 / 8832159 as soon as possible and we will offer you a short meeting to explore whether the group is suitable for you.

Harsher penalties good for road safety but proper resources for Gardaí essential – Ellis

Sinn Fein spokesperson on Transport Dessie Ellis TD today spoke on how new penalty points targeting more dangerous offences will be policed and how road safety standards will be maintain in the coming years. He made his comments, at the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, in light of serious cuts to Garda resources which are essential in making our roads safe.
Deputy Ellis continued;
“Speeding, mobile phone use and not displaying L-plates or driving unaccompanied are serious threats to the safety of other road users and pedestrians. We need to review the points system to ensure that these acts are heavily discouraged and I welcome this.”
“The problem comes in policing. Our roads are not just safer because of a system of points it is because of the diligent and dedicated work of an Gardaí who are tasked with ensuring the law is obeyed on the road everyday.”
“It is difficult to see how an Gardaí can implement these points when they have been savagely cut by this government. ”
“We are seeing stations close or shut their doors earlier and cuts across the board which seriously draws into question whether these points will be anything more than window dressing.”
“There is also the matter of education. Nearly 800,000 people have points on their licence in the state. Some of these are reckless disrespectful drivers who need to be discouraged to act in this manner or put off the road. Some though are simply bad drivers due to failing of the testing system and an absolute lack of any education on driving outside of private driving schools which while in many cases excellent are out of too many prospective drivers’ reach due to cost”