Ellis calls for release of Marian Price

September 15, 2012

Speaking after a demonstration in Dublin today to demand the release of Marian Price, Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West, Dessie Ellis called on the new British secretary of state for the North to act on her case and those of Martin Corey and Gerry McGeough. “The wrongful imprisonment of Marian Price, Martin Corey and Gerry McGeough continues to cause serious concern, particularly so as Marian Price is not well. “These citizens are entitled to due process which they have been denied. They should be released and the North’s deputy first minister, Martin McGuinness, is raising these with the new British Secretary of State.” Sinn Féin continues to be proactive on these prisoners and is in contact with Marian Price’s legal team. Sinn Féin’s Raymond McCartney and Jennifer McCann have made representation to Marian Price’s parole board and also met the US consul regarding her case. The party will continue to do all it can to secure the release of these prisoners. ends

Finglas Community Safety Week – 24th to 30th September‏

Finglas Community Safety Week 2012

Monday 24th September

Finglas Fire Station Open Day

Venue:  Finglas Fire Station

Time:  11am and 3.30pm

Numbers limited.  Booking is essential; please contact Ms Ciara Gibbons Tel:  0864115783


Prescription and over the counter drugs, safety in the home information session

Venue:  FAST, Wellmount Road, Finglas

Time:  7pm

For further information, please contact Finglas Cabra Local Drugs Task Force Tel: 01 8307440



Tuesday 25th September

Safety Treasure Hunt

Venue:  Finglas Library

Time:  3.15pm

Booking essential; please contact Finglas Library on 01 8344906


Supporting Youth Participation in Finglas

A workshop facilitated by ‘The Barnardos Amplifying Voices Initiative’

Venue:  Dublin City Council Offices, Mellowes Road, Finglas

Time:  7pm

For further information, please contact Tim Stewart on Tel: 0860247083



Wednesday 26th September

Open Day at Finglas Garda Station

Time:  10am to 3pm

Venue:   Finglas Garda Station

Everyone Welcome!


Finglas Safety Forum Meeting

Venue:  Finglas Garda Station

Time:  7.30pm

For further information, please contact Ms Ciara Gibbons Tel:  0864115783



Thursday 27th September

Senior Citizens Safety Talk

Venue:  Mellowes Court

Time:  2pm

Movie Night

Venue:  The Den Youth Services

Times:  5.30 -7.00 ages are 12-13

7.30 – 9.00 ages are 14-15

9.30-11.00 ages are 16 and over


Retail Crime Prevention Information

Venue:  Finglas Garda Station

Time:  6pm


Soccer Tournament

Venue:  Finglas Celtic FC

Time:  8pm

For further information, please contact Derek at The Den Youth Services on Tel:  01 834 1436



Friday 28th September

An Garda Síochána Schools GAA Tournament

Venue:  Erin’s Isle

Time:  10am


Safety Talk

Venue:  Avilla Park

Time:  4pm


Senior Citizens Bingo

Venue:  Finglas Celtic Football Club, Cardiffsbridge Road

Time:  8pm

Bingo in Finglas Celtic FC Hall every Friday.  All Welcome!



Saturday 29th September

Safer Finglas for Young People

Venue:  Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Finglas

Time:  2.30pm to 4.30pm



Sunday 30th September

Finglas Memories

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

Venue:  Finglas Youth Resource Centre

Time:  2pm to 4.30pm

Booking is essential; please contact Ms Ciara Gibbons Tel:  0864115783



For further information on any of these events, please contact Ms Ciara Gibbons

Tel:  0864115783

Ellis calls on An Post to reconsider closure of Santry Post Office


Sinn Féin TD for Dublin North West has called on An Post and the Minister for Communications to reconsider the closure of the Santry Post Office. He asked that the large increase in population in the area over the last decade and the employment and services the office provided would not be overlooked. The deputy continued “I have written to An Post and submitted a Parliamentary Question on the closure. As a result of the closure of Santry Post office and the transfer of all transactions to Omni Post Office. This has been a huge blow to the people of Santry and its surrounding areas. There are many people living in these areas for many years and most of whom have availed of these local facilities all their lives. From an economic point of view this makes no sense as the footfall into Santry Post Office has always been very high to such an extent that 3 people were employed full time and 2 part-time. Cllr Anthony Connaghan a cosigner of the letter to An Post also commented; “As public representatives for the locality, the loss of these jobs and the impact on the lives of the customers who are almost all local residents is of major concern to us. If the location of the Post Office which has been in existence for nearly 90 years is a problem, there are other locations nearby which could be put to use. It is also important to point out the record of Santry Post Office has been second to none from a security point of view. New Estates have been built along Santry Avenue, in Santry Woods and along the Swords Road over the last number of years increasing the local population by thousands. Other more established estates such as Royal Oak, Santry Close, Santry Park, Oak Park, Turnapin, Magenta and others including a large business community and senior citizens complexes such as Domville now find themselves marginalised and having to travel a longer, unnecessary distance to access Postal Facilities in the Omni Shopping Centre. We, once again, appeal for a review of the decision and to re-open this badly needed facility in the locality and I strongly support the demands of the local people of the area,” 

Luas drivers must be rostered with safety in mind – Ellis

Dessie Ellis TD, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Transport has called on Luas operator Veolia to work with its employees to roster its driving staff with safe shift times. He made his comments in light of an expected ballot of Luas workers for industrial action this week.

The deputy continued;

“Luas Drivers are expected to vote on Industrial Action this week having rejected a Labour Court Recommendation. These drivers are asking for parity with other staff in jobs where safety is paramount and the alertness of workers is essential. Workers in similar fields recently received 23 extra rest days and maximum 8 hour shifts.

“Luas drivers currently work 9 hour shifts in what is a very stressful working environment with a need for caution and alertness.

“Veolia, who operate the Luas light rail claim they cannot afford to meet the 160+ drivers’ demands and have offered half the rest days (10) but will not reduce the shift times.

“This is not really good enough or even believable. Veolia have made a very large profit off the Luas operation and they cannot now say that safety is not worth this investment in their workers’ conditions.

“The nearly 80,000 people who use the Luas every day, spending around 45 million euros a year, deserve to be safe.”



Young Ballymun Annual Conference

An Action based strategy to child poverty.

Thursday 8th November 2012

Axis Centre Ballymun

Admission: Free









Other World Festival Ballymun

The Parade The Ballymun Festival Steering Group would like to invite you to participate in the Other World Festival Parade on Halloween Night 31st October 2012. The theme of the Parade this year is Dracula, Vampires and Bats and we are hoping that, as many individuals, groups and organisations will take part. Why not join in – get your friends, group or organisation to make a float, dress up in a scary costume, or carry a flag for your team! We are just waiting to hear any ideas you may have to make the Parade bigger and better. A show of strength will let everyone know that Ballymun has a vibirant community and voluntary sector! Contact: Fran – fmcveigh@ poppinyp.com or Natasha – nwilson@bwrc.info

Hampton Wood Estate Issues

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I wish to make representations on behalf of the residents of Hampton Wood, many of whom have contacted me over the past two days in relation to ongoing issues in the estate including holes in the roads, sewerage problems, vandalised houses, and illegal dumping ( a matter I will bring to the attention of Dublin City Council). 
I am aware that the residents have been in contact with yourselves and forwarded you photos of dead rats, broken windows and holes in the road.   I would appreciate if this matter can be given serious attention as it is apparent to me that the estate is going into decline and the above mentioned issues have been outstanding for a number of months and only seem to be getting worse.  

Is mise le meas

Dessie Ellis, Teachta Dála Baile Átha Cliath Siar ó Thuaidh Guthán: (01) 618 3006 Riomh Phoist: dessie.ellis@oir.ie http://facebook.com/dessie.ellishttp://twitter.com/cllrdessieelliswww.dessieellis.ie

Sinn Féin oppose water metering

Water Metering

Dessie Ellis TD Has said that the government is clearly committed to imposing water metering on households. There is no evidence that water metering works, unless of course this government wants to fatten up the water service and sell it off. The projected cost of the meter installation varies from €500m to €1.5billion. This money would be much better invested in water conservation and upgrading the water supply system. Despite 36% of our water being lost through leakage, capital investment in water is being cut from almost €435 million in 2011 to €331 million in 2012. It is a cut of nearly €200 million on the 2010 allocation, with more cuts planned until the budget

is reduced to €266 million in 2016.


Cllr Anthony Connaghan has said that Sinn Féin fully supports improving our water supply and that over the years we have constantly asked for upgrades to the water system as it antiquated pipes were just not up to standard. Water is a resource that we all need and is a basic human right. The Government need to tackle the Banking Crisis head on with creative alternative thinking instead of trying to drain every cent out of people’s pockets with more and more stealth taxes in order to pay a debt which is not ours in the first place.

CE Schemes


Cllr Anthony Connaghan has criticised the decision of the Fine Gael/Labour Governments to introduce cuts to the community and voluntary sector. “This is yet another example of them not abandoning commitments they made while in opposition. The detrimental effect that cuts to community has in the long run are obvious to all in areas like Finglas. Many vital services and good

work will be hit by these cuts in areas such as Healthcare, Meals on Wheels, drug rehabilitation schemes etc.”

“ It is totally irresponsible to remove these services from the communities that need them most. We know that the money spent in these services actually saves the State money over time and by forcing these services to cease operation it will be the State that will need to step in and provide these services anyway. In 2008 the community sector was estimated to be worth €6.8 billion to the Irish Economy, three times the amount of State investment. These schemes play a crucial role in the creation and retention of jobs beacuase of the hugely beneficial training role of CE schemes in areas such as the provision of community childcare Given the current jobs crisis, and the infrastructure that has been built up over 20 years in the area the role of the community and voluntary sector has never been so crucial.” Concluded Cllr Connaghan.

DCC/Greyhound Bin Fiasco – Cllr. Anthony Connaghan

Cllr Anthony Connaghan has criticised Dublin City Council Management on the recent handover of the City’s Waste Collection Service and they must be challenged on their negotiation of this deal. “I am a member of the Environmental and Engineering Strategic Policy Committee and we weren’t aware of the finer details of the contract. Only at the last minute were we told that there would be a €100 standing charge and that accounts needed to be in credit before bins would be lifted. This caused great confusion amongst Dublin citizens, many of whom couldn’t afford the upfront charges. The DCC line was that there would be a smooth transition and basically what would happen was, that one day the bins would be collected by DCC and the next day it would be Greyhound doing the collecting and from then on in, the bills would come from Greyhound. Unfortunately this is not what happened. To this day there are still missed collections and some homes are still waiting to get tags sent to them from Greyhound”.


Cllr Connaghan thinks it hypocritical for Fianna Fail to have put motions into the Council trying to stop the privatisation of the bins when it was a Fianna Fail Minister who took the power away from the Councillors. The same could be said for the Labour Party for paying lip service to peoples troubles when they are now in Government and could have stopped this happening in the first place.

It is clear that this Government is pursuing a privatisation agenda as part of a failed Austerity strategy that is bringing misery to people in Dublin and across Ireland. Because of this we are seeing

widespread cutbacks, punitive charges, more stealth taxes and mass unemployment and emigration.

We in Sinn Féin will continue to oppose privatisation and defend public services at every opportunity.