The latest report on progress from the Kilmainham Area Office of the City Council can be viewed here
This report contains updates on work under the thematic headings Economic, Social and Community, Movement, Environment and Sustainability.
If you have any queries about the content of the report please get in touch with me, or simply leave a comment below.
Remember Tina? Back in the days when Maggie Thatcher was laying waste to the social and economic fabric of our neighbours, whenever she was challenged about her slash and burn policies she would intone gravely - There Is No Alternative.
Tina has made a comeback here in Ireland. Raise questions about NAMA, about cutting incomes and jobs in a recession, and TINA is once again trotted out. There is we are told no alternative, and anybody who says different is portrayed as deluded, unwilling to face reality or simply touting for votes.
As you may know, Pearse Park swimming pool has often been closed because of its poor state of repair. Opened in 1977, it is 39 years old and the oldest Local Authority pool in the country. Not surprisingly, its filtration system has required replacing. Today, given the state of Dublin City Council's finances, is it is doubtful whether the pool can remain open into the foreseeable future.
Of immediate concern to the pool’s loyal band of regular swimmers are their options if the pool does close. Therefore, I am working with Dublin City Council to ensure that these people will be facilitated at the new City Council Multi Purpose Pool and Leisure Centre in Rathmines.
But, the future of
the Pearse Park Pool is also of concern to the wider community – as
is the lack of facilities in the park more generally. Last year I circulated
a leaflet outlining a proposal that would have allowed for the development
of a leisure centre with a new pool, gym facilities, a crèche, and
the retention of facilities for sporting clubs that use the existing
park. As I indicated at the time, any delay in forwarding that proposal
could mean nothing would be developed. And, unfortunately, that has
happened – with the sole exception of a modified version of the crèche.
Where do we go from here? On the one hand, the government starved Dublin City Council of funds when we had a boom. Now that we are in recession, the Council’s income, which comes mainly from business levies, has dried up. On the other hand, there are numerous voluntary groups and individuals, who through boom and bust year after year, have given their time and energy to make Crumlin a better place to live.
The plan I outlined last year was for a Pearse Park that served all the people of Crumlin – the young and old, the sporty and not so sporty. We need a park that is welcoming, interesting and safe. We need to get together to work towards making this vision a reality.
Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin has been much in
the news lately. The impact of cutbacks on the care of sick and vulnerable
children is happening at the same time that the government is pumping
millions of euro into discredited banks. This is further evidence of
how out of touch this Fianna Fail/Green government is.
As we campaign and lobby for proper levels of services for patients currently attending the hospital, we need to start thinking about the long term future of the Pediatric facilities at Crumlin.
As you may know the Hospital authorities have, until recently, refused to cooperate with planning for the proposed new National Children's Hospital based at the Mater Hospital. There are signs that this is now changing. The recent announcement that architects have been appointed and 2014 set for completion coincided with indications that Crumlin will cooperate with the process. This effectively means that it almost certain that Crumlin Hospital will no longer exist as a National Children's Hospital in five years time.
Given this reality, it is vitally important that we start to think about the best ways we can use the facilities at Crumlin in the future.