Paul first ran in the 2014 local election on three broad themes of accountability, representation and community.
Paul’s electoral area includes Portrane, Donabate, Rush, Lusk, the Naul, Garristown, Oldtown, Ballyboughal and Balscadden.
Having lived in the local area all his life, one of Paul’s main concerns is the ongoing threat of coastal erosion in Portrane, and the need for the council and state agencies to put in place long term sustainable measures to protect residents, businesses, and Portrane beach – a vital community, tourism and environmental amenity which forms part of the Rogerstown Natura 2000 international site.
As a progressive activist for many years, Paul believes that through collective action it is truly possible to move towards a society and economy organised for the benefit of not just the few, but the many.
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2 days ago
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF HEARSE ROAD, DONABATE
The Balbriggan Swords Operations Department will issue a revised notice regarding the above. The previously advertised notice, which had been out for public consultation, has been revoked.
Attached is a copy of the advertisement that will appear in the Fingal Independent this coming Tuesday 18th June 2019.
It is advising the public that a road closure application has been received from GMC Utilities on behalf of Irish Water to temporarily close Hearse Road, Donabate, nightly.
Further details of the closure will also be available on the Consultation Portal, at consult.fingal.ie from Tuesday 18th June 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
PLANNED WATER OUTAGE IN DONABATE/PORTRANE, SATURDAY 15TH JUNE 2019- THIS PLANNED OUTAGE HAS BEEN CANCELLED
The below planned water outage in Donabate/Portrane, for Saturday, 15th June 2019 has been cancelled.
It will be re-scheduled for a later date.
Senior Staff Officer I Water Services Administration l Fingal County Council l Grove Road l Blanchardstown l Dublin D15 W638
Sent: 11 June 2019
To: Water Services
Subject: Planned water outage in Donabate/Portrane, Saturday 15th June 2019- Water off between 6am - 5pm (approx.)
Planned water outage in Donabate/Portrane, Saturday 15th June 2019 to carry out branch connection for new water main on distributor road, Donabate - Water off between 6am - 5pm (approx.). Due to the volume of water necessary to refill the network, low water pressure will be experienced for a period of time after water is restored.
· All Donabate & Portrane.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.
Irish Water is aware of the outage.
Senior Staff Officer I Water Services Administration l Fingal County Council l Grove Road l Blanchardstown l Dublin D15 W638 ... See MoreSee Less
HI Leeanna Hunt Elaine Rooney Greensit - Yes it is now scheduled for tomrrow Thursday 13th June: Planned water outage in Donabate/Portrane, Thursday 13th June 2019- Water off between 6pm - 12 Midnight (approx.) Inbox x Hal Jordan 15:36 (2 hours ago) to Water Dear all, Planned water outage in Donabate/Portrane, Thursday 13th June 2019 to carry out branch connection for new water main on distributor road, Donabate - Water off between 6pm – 12 Midnight (approx.). Due to the volume of water necessary to refill the network, low water pressure will be experienced for a period of time after water is restored. Areas affected: · All Donabate & Portrane. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this disruption. Irish Water is aware of the outage. Regards, Hal. Hal Jordan I Senior Staff Officer I Water Services Administration l Fingal County Council l Grove Road l Blanchardstown l Dublin D15 W638 T: +353 (1) 8906218 l Email: [email protected]
Surely midnight to 6am be the best time for this Majority in bed Businesses finished Pubs closed As opposed to families trying to cook, organise school next day etc?
I have heard it will be off on Thursday 6pm - midnight
Rescheduled for thursday
3rd time it's been cancelled hopefully the next time it won't be cancelled
5 days ago
I was extremely concerned recently to see works had already begun to install a manhole at the Green in Portrane, in connection with a new plan for a private company to lay a fibre-optic cable across the Irish Sea, which is intended to come ashore at the beach in Portrane.
I had a question asked in the Dáil last month about this planned cable landing (see the attached screenshot), and have been monitoring it closely.
It is apparent that the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government have already granted a foreshore license to the company. However, consultation with local residents has been the bare legal minimum, with very little effort by the authorities to inform people living in the area about the plan, which will make changes to public lands and amenities in the village.
The entire thing has the appearance of being done too fast and in the dark. Works of this nature happening without adequate public oversight are yet another example of private profit trumping the public good.
I have written urgently to the council to ask if it has already granted permissions for the commencement of these works, and requested more details on the dimensions of the planned cable landing.
I have also asked that the works be immediately halted until answers are given. I attach a screenshot of my email to the council. I will post the reply when I get it. ... See MoreSee Less
Nice one Paul. We were told it was a separation, from the Sea water to the sewage? The other way around I would of taught?
Thanks Paul for the great work and please keep us updated
Oh no! portrait has such a tranquil feeling which is rare. A cable of such magnitude would surely affect the atmosphere
get the private company to pay to have the beach fixed
Great work paul hopefully it can be halted until it’s looked at closer.
What's bloody new - time all our elected put their ears and eyes to the table to catch these earlier. Second time in less than a month - conveniently after the elections. Blind leading the blind... Thanks Paul, but as a community we should be able to expect a lot more push for consultation at council or beforehand. Hoping to see a change in the future on how we get treated and heard.
Well spotted Paul, has any completion date been set for the project completion yet ?
This is disgraceful - keep up the pressure, Paul and demand answers.
That’s what it is Bronagh Elva Emma
NEW DIRECT BUS TO DUBLIN POSSIBLE // SOME CONCERNS
I've kept a constant interest in the Dublin Bus 33D route from Portrane and Donabate direct to the Dublin City centre via the Port Tunnel. This is a vital route to and from Dublin for our residents at peak hours.
During the recent BusConnects public consultation process, the Social Democrats and I made a series of interventions to stop the mooted cancellation of key direct services to Dublin city. Among the services that would have been lost was the 33d route.
I have continued to advocate for the importance of the 33D with the National Transport Authority. Rapid building development on the peninsula has increased demand on key routes, and this is only set to continue. I again recently had a question put to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding the need for more buses and increased frequency on the 33D.
In response, the National Transport Authority has indicated it has no plans to add to the 33D route. However, it has stated that it is considering an application from a private bus operator to provide a direct route to the city during peak hours.
This is welcome news if it genuinely means a marked improvement in access to the city, and if it's the case all will surely support it.
However, I am eager to pursue the matter with the NTA to make sure that this really is what is going on.
It would be very much against the interests of the peninsula if the plan here is to introduce a private operator on the same route as the 33D, and then eventually phase out the Dublin Bus service.
There is the risk that fares under a private operator would be set higher than current fares on the 33d Dublin Bus direct services, such as is the case with some other privately run direct bus routes in Fingal. This would amount to asking residents to pay extra for the kind of basic and accessible public transport that should be everyone's right, something I would vigorously oppose.
I will continue to investigate this and fight for public input into any decisions that are made, always with a view to improving and expanding frequent and affordable public transport services for local residents.
See below the full response from the NTA. ... See MoreSee Less
We definitely need a direct bus to Dcu. Travel time to and from college is excessively long and this encourages students to drive to college and add to already high traffic volumes. Surely this can arranged given the number of students attending Dcu.
Great work Paul!
I'll have three daughters going to college in the future , we will need this service . Thanks Paul.
Thanks for the update Paul, a genuine question - are the NTA saying that the 33D Route is subsidised? Having been on it with approx 70 others (at a cost of approx €3 per journey) I would have thought it pays for itself - I understand there is lost time arriving to Portrane (as there are with all early morning routes). Or are all routes subsidised to an extent?
The bus is always full, if anything they could do with a second bus in the morning. And it saves from adding to the already packed train.
I still think the only real solution is bringing Dart to Donabate
LAYING OF NEW WATER MAIN - UPDATE ON HEARSE ROAD CLOSURE AND NIGHT-WORKS
I've taken very seriously representations made to me by Donabate Portrane Community Council and others in the community concerning the scheduled closure of the Hearse Road for works between July 1st and December 20th.
These planned works to lay a new water main are important, and have been on the agenda for some time. I am glad that they will be done at night-time as requested by many people in the community. However I am disappointed that there is such short notice for public consultation, making it difficult for residents to raise their concerns, in particular with a view to seeking clarity on the alternative access arrangements for emergency vehicles, and other related issues.
Having discussed the matter with the council, and having made an urgent formal proposal to prolong the public consultation process, including the holding of a public information evening in advance of an extended closing date, please see our full email exchange below.
I will be taking up this matter again at the next council meeting.
To Fingal Operations:
I write further to our discussions this morning, and further to e-mail from Community Council, below.
I strongly welcome plans to lay a new water main, and also that works will be done at night.
However as these are very major works, I have serious concerns about the very short time-frame for public consultation and the paucity of knowledge in the local area in this regard.
As such, I propose:
- An extension of the public consultation by at least three weeks, and;
- The council and Irish water to hold a public information drop-in evening in Donabate as a matter of urgency, before the deadline for consultations close, with all relevant agencies, including Gardaí, and ambulance, to attend to outline detailed plans, contingency arrangements and to answer questions;
I Iook forward to your reply, which I would appreciate your urgent response on this.
Dear Cllr Mulville,
Further to your area representation I wish to confirm that GMC on behalf of Irish Water are carrying out essential works to not only facilitate the National Forensic Hospital but to also increase the reliability of the water service to the greater peninsula. To enable this work a temporary road closure is required with effect from the 1st of July through to the 20th of December 2019. There will be no traffic restrictions between the hours of 6am – 8pm; a stop go system will also be in operation from 8pm – 10pm; a road closure from 10pm – 6am; Sunday through to Thursday.
Alternative routes available for vehicular traffic are as follows:
Diversion for West Bound traffic travelling on Main Street towards Hearse Road (R126)
- Continue on Turvey Avenue.
- Take 1st exit at the Turvey Avenue Roundabout (R132) travelling South towards Swords.
- Take 2nd exit at Batter Lane Roundabout travelling Southbound towards Swords (R132).
- Take 1st exit on Lissenhall Roundabout onto Hearse Road (R126) towards Donabate.
Diversion for East Bound Traffic travelling on Hearse Road (R126) towards Donabate
- Take 1st exit at the Lissenhall Roundabout travelling Northbound on the Swords Road (R132).
- Take 2nd exit at Batter Lane Road Roundabout travelling Northbound on the Swords Road (R132).
- Take 3rd exit at the Turvey Avenue Roundabout (R132) travelling on Turvey Avenue towards Donabate.
- Turn right at the junction of Turvey Avenue and Hearse Road (R126).
Local access for residents, businesses and Emergency Services will be maintained at all times.
According to the Roads Act 1993 – 2015 section 75, Fingal County Council are required to give a minimum of 3 days for objections to be submitted. In this instance the time frame allowed is 8 days; ensuring adequate time to act upon submissions should the need arise.
Prior to the commencement of works GMC will hold a public information evening where all aspects of the works will be discussed with the residents.
Administrative Officer |Fingal County Council | Balbriggan Swords Operations | Grove Road | Blanchardstown | Dublin 15 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Paul. The requirement of 3 days is ridiculous, however the way in which they have suggested the roads are to be closed is probably the best available scenario.......once they stick to it !!
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I'd love if councillors could get the bilingual sign reinstated on Weavers Hall in Clonsilla and all new residential areas in @Fingalcoco to be named bilingually as a minimum on entrance pillars and/or gates of the new areas + more named as Gaeilge amháin.#Gaeilge #FineGall #DubW