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Graving Docks

The threat of demolition to the Graving docks in the Grand Canal Basin from Inland Waterways Ireland is imminent. Their eradication is seen as a way of raising revenues to pay for other operations.

These docks are a very special place and arguably the most important point in the inland waterways system. Selling the land would be a fundamental mistake, the location itself is extremely sensitive. I understand that there is a huge amount of development needed for the docklands, however we must maintain key open places to preserve a heritage which provides local environment everyone can use. 

I have addressed this issue with Minister Heather Humphreys, who has stated the future of the Graving docks remains in the hands of the planning authority, Dublin City Council and An Bord Pleanála. 

It is apparent from the Minister that the site will be sold, as it seems that Waterways Ireland wants to spend money on other parts of the network, demolishing a location of historical importance of the Georgian network in the centre of Dublin. 

Do we have a Government that stands up for the preservation of our heritage; heritage that would be of great economic benefit to the city?

The selling of a 220 year old dock screams that the answer is no.



A chance to get housing right

With increasing rent and property prices, local people will soon be unable to afford living in Dublin Bay South. However, with the development of the Poolbeg West Strategic Development Zone (SDZ), we now have a chance to get housing right in Ireland.

At 84-acres, within walking distance of the city centre and with an encapsulating view overlooking Dublin Bay, we now have the chance to provide some 3,000 badly needed new homes. 

The site is a perfect location for a new ‘cost-rental’ model of social and affordable housing. We have continuously argued for this and it gives real fire to tackling our housing crisis. Public transport infrastructure needs to be built so that the new community is sustainable, with the provision for workplaces and shops; an idea that has been promoted by the National Economic and Social Council.

Residents will be able to give their feedback in early January 2017 on proposals for the development zone, with public sessions running over six weeks and results will be published from the consultation by Dublin City County.


Merrion Gates

A daft plan has been proposed by the National Transport Authority (NTA), aimed at taking traffic away from Merrion Gates with a traffic corridor from Sandymount to Blackrock.

The plans come as traffic congestion is expected to increase in Spring 2017. The Green Party have expressed concerns about how traffic should be treated at the Merrion Gates, as traffic may affect the whole area.  The development of a new cycle and pedestrian path along the route is welcomed but we think it could be further improved if it continued along the seaward side of the rail line for all of the route. 

The plans can be view on the NTA website here.