Cllr. in South Dublin County Council for Greenhills,Templeogue-Terenure

Dermot has a degree in Social Science (Social Policy and Politics with Sociology) from UCD and a Higher Diploma in Primary Education from Hibernia College.

Dermot has been a councillor since 2009 and joined the SocDems in June 2017. He is from Greenhills, Dublin 12 and works as a primary school teacher in St Dominic’s National School, Tallaght.

Dermot is a patron member of St Patrick’s Athletic FC and a qualified football coach.

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5 days ago

Cllr Dermot Looney

I'm beginning a couple of weeks leave today. I'll be using the first couple of days to deal with a backlog of outstanding queries. While I'll have some access to the page during this time, I won't be replying to new messages. You can email me on [email protected] and I will respond to you on my return. If you've already been in touch, I hope to be back to you in the next day or two.

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7 days ago

Cllr Dermot Looney

Ashton Dog Pound

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I've received a lot of representations from people in recent months regarding concerns over Ashton Dog Pound. I proposed the motion below at today's meeting of South Dublin County Council, which was unanimously supported by all Cllrs present. It is followed by the response from Council management which provides further details.

Pictured is our dog, Cava, who we rescued nearly three months ago. She is a reminder for us all to adopt, not shop!

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COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, July 09, 2018

MOTION NO.18: Councillor D. Looney

That this Council expresses its concerns regarding Ashton Dog Pound following representations from members of the public as to its suitability, and asks for a detailed report on how this facility is inspected, how the tendering process/contract works, if animal welfare is part of the contract (and to what extent), and when this contract is over.

REPORT:

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended by the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992, local authorities are responsible for the control of dogs.

They have the power to appoint dog wardens, provide dog shelters, seize dogs, impose on-the-spot fines and take court proceedings against owners.

Section 15 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended, outlines the duties of a local authority with Section 15 (1) providing for the employment of one or more persons to be dog wardens. South Dublin County Council employs two fulltime Dog Wardens. The Wardens duties include inter alia, the seizure of dogs and their detention in order to ascertain whether an offence under the Act is being or has been committed. Wardens may enter any premises (other than a dwelling) for the purposes of such seizure and detention.

Stray dogs are dogs that are in a public place and are not accompanied by the owner or a responsible person. Dogs that are not under proper control are also considered stray dogs.

The Control of Dogs Act 1986 Section 15 (2) provides for the establishment and maintenance of "one or more shelters for dogs seized, accepted or detained under any of the provisions of this Act" and authorises the local authority to "enter into arrangements with any person for the provision and maintenance of such shelters and for the exercise by such person of the functions of the local authority under this Act, in respect of the acceptance, detention, disposal and destruction of stray and unwanted dogs".

Accordingly, in advance of expiry of the existing contract for such services, on 27th March 2017 South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council jointly invited tenders for the provision of a dog pound service for South Dublin County Council and a dog warden and dog pound service for Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council.

One tender was received, this tender was from Ashton Dog Pound.

Following assessment of the tender submission, which included inspections by the South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council Veterinary Inspectors to confirm the adequacy of the facilities from a welfare perspective, the Local Authorities were satisfied that Ashton Dog Pound was able to provide the service and the contract was awarded accordingly. The contract came into effect on 1st September 2017.

To date 9 complaints have been received by SDCC regarding services delivered through the pound, some of which refer to recent social media articles, and not specific to an individual personal experience. The claims made by all of the complainants have been unsubstantiated.

Regular, unannounced inspections of the pound are carried out by South Dublin County Council's Veterinary Practitioners who are registered with the Register of Veterinary Practitioners maintained by the Veterinary Council of Ireland.

In 2017 eight (8) inspections were carried out (between 1st January and 31st December – Ashton also held the previous contract), seven (7) of which were unannounced, the one (1) announced inspection was part of the tender process. To date in 2018 there have been eight (8) unannounced inspections and one (1) arranged inspection.

South Dublin County Council recognises that cleanliness is important to the well-being of dogs in enclosed situations and is satisfied that the kennels are maintained to a high standard with all kennels being clean and disinfected.

All dogs are housed in individual kennels, with blankets in plastic beds. Dogs that are suspected to be unwell are isolated with access to the isolation kennels restricted. The pound has access to a private Veterinary Practitioner for assessment and treatment of dogs that require veterinary attention. Twenty-four (24) hour emergency cover is also provided by the Veterinary Practitioner.

While animals are visible during announced and unannounced inspections, a clinical examination of each animal is not conducted by the SDCC Veterinary Inspector. The pound engages the services of a veterinary inspector for this purpose. A log of illness / injury is maintained at the pound and is always available when requested. All animals impounded are scanned for microchips.

SI 306/ 1985 sets out duties to be carried out by pound keepers and include as follows:

taking all steps reasonably necessary for safeguarding the security of the pound and shall notify the local authority and the County Registrar for the county in which the pound is situated of the repairs which from time to time become necessary in respect of such pound;
keeping the pound in proper sanitary condition
taking all steps reasonably necessary to preserve the condition of animals and chattels impounded in the pound and, in particular, shall keep such animals and chattels properly sheltered and provide such animals with sufficient proper food and watering
keeping a record (in a book to be supplied by the local authority), of the animals impounded.

The current contract permits two twelve month extensions. The first year is due to expire at the end of August 2018 and will be reviewed prior to any extension.
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Ashton Dog Pound

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Ive received a lot of representations from people in recent months regarding concerns over Ashton Dog Pound. I proposed the motion below at todays meeting of South Dublin County Council, which was unanimously supported by all Cllrs present. It is followed by the response from Council management which provides further details.

Pictured is our dog, Cava, who we rescued nearly three months ago. She is a reminder for us all to adopt, not shop!

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COMHAIRLE CONTAE ÁTHA CLIATH THEAS
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, July 09, 2018

MOTION NO.18: Councillor D. Looney

That this Council expresses its concerns regarding Ashton Dog Pound following representations from members of the public as to its suitability, and asks for a detailed report on how this facility is inspected, how the tendering process/contract works, if animal welfare is part of the contract (and to what extent), and when this contract is over. 

REPORT:

Under the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended by the Control of Dogs (Amendment) Act 1992, local authorities are responsible for the control of dogs.

They have the power to appoint dog wardens, provide dog shelters, seize dogs, impose on-the-spot fines and take court proceedings against owners.

Section 15 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986, as amended, outlines the duties of a local authority with Section 15 (1) providing for the employment of one or more persons to be dog wardens. South Dublin County Council employs two fulltime Dog Wardens. The Wardens duties include inter alia, the seizure of dogs and their detention in order to ascertain whether an offence under the Act is being or has been committed. Wardens may enter any premises (other than a dwelling) for the purposes of such seizure and detention.

Stray dogs are dogs that are in a public place and are not accompanied by the owner or a responsible person. Dogs that are not under proper control are also considered stray dogs.

The Control of Dogs Act 1986 Section 15 (2) provides for the establishment and maintenance of one or more shelters for dogs seized, accepted or detained under any of the provisions of this Act and authorises the local authority to enter into arrangements with any person for the provision and maintenance of such shelters and for the exercise by such person of the functions of the local authority under this Act, in respect of the acceptance, detention, disposal and destruction of stray and unwanted dogs.

Accordingly, in advance of expiry of the existing contract for such services,  on 27th March 2017 South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council jointly invited tenders for the provision of a dog pound service for South Dublin County Council and a dog warden and dog pound service for Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council. 

One tender was received, this tender was from Ashton Dog Pound.

Following assessment of the tender submission, which included inspections by the South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council Veterinary Inspectors to confirm the adequacy of the facilities from a welfare perspective, the Local Authorities were satisfied that Ashton Dog Pound was able to provide the service and the contract was awarded accordingly. The contract came into effect on 1st September 2017.

To date 9 complaints have been received by SDCC regarding services delivered through the pound, some of which refer to recent social media articles, and not specific to an individual personal experience.  The claims made by all of the complainants have been unsubstantiated.    

Regular, unannounced inspections of the pound are carried out by South Dublin County Councils Veterinary Practitioners who are registered with the Register of Veterinary Practitioners maintained by the Veterinary Council of Ireland. 

In 2017 eight (8) inspections were carried out (between 1st January and 31st December – Ashton also held the previous contract), seven (7) of which were unannounced, the one (1) announced inspection was part of the tender process. To date in 2018 there have been eight (8) unannounced inspections and one (1) arranged inspection.

South Dublin County Council recognises that cleanliness is important to the well-being of dogs in enclosed situations and is satisfied that the kennels are maintained to a high standard with all kennels being clean and disinfected.

All dogs are housed in individual kennels, with blankets in plastic beds. Dogs that are suspected to be unwell are isolated with access to the isolation kennels restricted.  The pound has access to a private Veterinary Practitioner for assessment and treatment of dogs that require veterinary attention.  Twenty-four (24) hour emergency cover is also provided by the Veterinary Practitioner.

While animals are visible during announced and unannounced inspections, a clinical examination of each animal is not conducted by the SDCC Veterinary Inspector.   The pound engages the services of a veterinary inspector for this purpose. A log of illness / injury is maintained at the pound and is always available when requested. All animals impounded are scanned for microchips.

SI 306/ 1985 sets out duties to be carried out by pound keepers and include as follows:

taking all steps reasonably necessary for safeguarding the security of the pound and shall notify the local authority and the County Registrar for the county in which the pound is situated of the repairs which from time to time become necessary in respect of such pound;
keeping the pound in proper sanitary condition
taking all steps reasonably necessary to preserve the condition of animals and chattels impounded in the pound and, in particular, shall keep such animals and chattels properly sheltered and provide such animals with sufficient proper food and watering
keeping a record (in a book to be supplied by the local authority), of the animals impounded.

The current contract permits two twelve month extensions. The first year is due to expire at the end of August 2018 and will be reviewed prior to any extension.

 

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Am I reading this wrongly Dermot or does the report suggest that all is great in Ashton? And that all complaints made have been unsubstantiated? So what happens next?

This is fantastic dermot thank you. Ashton pound definitely needs to be investigated. I have marched and written several emails to SDCC regarding the conditions. They are appauling. It is baffling as to where the funds are being distributed within in this public service.

Thank God now maybe finally these poor babies will be treated with love and care in proper modern facilities; but i wont hold my breath as it was inspected before and deemed fit for purpose. Talk to everyone who complained and try and watch the horrendous videos. Dog lovers need to be employed and managed properly . Watch this space

That place needs a huge overhaul, clean decent facilities, only genuine dogs lovers employed and a proper accessable manager, and the vets need to be checked out too , jesus when will this horror end for these poor dogs

Thank you so much, its an dreadful place the poor animals deserve better.

Thanks Dermot

Tks Dermot

Well Done Diarmaid The place is disgusting from what I have heard & posts I have seen 😢

Laura Eagers

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7 days ago

Cllr Dermot Looney

SDCC have been made aware of an individual advertising waste collection services on a buy / sell page. They claim to dispose of the waste in Ballymount Recycling Centre.

Ballymount Civic Amenity does not accept waste from Waste Collection Permit holders and under the Waste Management Act 1996 as amended it is an offence to collect waste without a valid Waste Collection Permit. It is also a criminal offence for householders to give waste to bogus waste collectors which can lead to financial penalties and or 12 months imprisonment.

SDCC request you report any planned illegal waste collections in your area to the Environment Section for investigation and please do not leave any waste out for collection by unauthorised waste collectors.
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2 weeks ago

Cllr Dermot Looney

Explore Your Local History and Heritage!

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A lot of you have great interest in history and heritage - I saw myself when almost 70 people showed up a few weeks back at the history walk of Greenhills and Tymon I helped to organise.

Well, SDCC Libraries are organising a range of history and heritage events including guided walks, talks and outdoor activities during July and August, and into September. These include heritage walks of all the major villages in South Dublin County - Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Clondalkin, Lucan, etc - as well as events in the Pearse Museum, the Round Tower Centre, and walks and events off the beaten track.

The details are in the PDF file attached - I hope to share some more of the events in the coming weeks. We live in an area with such amazing history and heritage - this is your chance to explore it, and for free!

Dermot
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www.southdublinlibraries.ie/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/fil...
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Explore Your Local History and Heritage!

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A lot of you have great interest in history and heritage - I saw myself when almost 70 people showed up a few weeks back at the history walk of Greenhills and Tymon I helped to organise.

Well, SDCC Libraries are organising a range of history and heritage events including guided walks, talks and outdoor activities during July and August, and into September. These include heritage walks of all the major villages in South Dublin County - Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Clondalkin, Lucan, etc - as well as events in the Pearse Museum, the Round Tower Centre, and walks and events off the beaten track.

The details are in the PDF file attached - I hope to share some more of the events in the coming weeks. We live in an area with such amazing history and heritage - this is your chance to explore it, and for free!

Dermot
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http://www.southdublinlibraries.ie/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/filemanager/files/HH18.pdf

 

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Dermot, great to see, anything for Greenhills/Walkinstown planned.

Was just looking at that sounds good

Sandra Furlong Craig Hilda Reddy what about the watercourse walk ??

Here's Dinamo Minsk FC frm Belarus expressing surprise at the lack of a propr road betwn Belfast & Derry (translatd frm their official website). For perspective: avge salary in Belarus is $4,900pa & their economy ranks 38th/48 in Europe. Yet evn to thm the road to Derry is a joke

So it turns out my da was a Pat’s legend (he got dropped after this game though). September 1958. 🔴⚪️

Looking forward to @RTEsoccer doing a World Cup 2018 montage set to Feeder’s “Just A Day” ala 2002

Vida is a centre-back after my own heart. Slow, loves a slide tackle. Just like me, he wouldn’t do well in the Astro League.

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