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Councillor David McGuinness - Representing Dublin 15 on Fingal County Council

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Irish Water Safety Audit of Fingal Parks Following Tragic Drownings in Blanchardstown #Dubw

August 21st 2014 | Posted by David

Dear Mayor & Councillors,

Following on from the tragic drownings in both Waterville and Tyrrelstown, Irish Water Safety (IWS) was requested to carry out risk assessments at both locations.
Irish Water Safety is the statutory body established to promote water safety in Ireland.
A range of criteria, from public access to rescue equipment & signage, was assessed at both locations, and while in the majority of cases the outcome was of a satisfactory nature, a number of recommendations were made.
Please note that the Risk Assessment Report used by IWS is a standard template specifically designed for Designated Bathing Areas. Their use in these cases does not imply that either location is, or should be considered, a designated bathing area. Furthermore many of the related activities referenced in the reports do not apply to these locations.
It is the intention of the Council to implement all of the recommendations in both risk assessments without delay.
Please find a summary below of these recommendations from both risk assessments – full copies of which are attached here:
WATERVILLE - summary
Recommendations re Ring Buoys:
There are three Ring buoys in place adjacent to the Lake.
Provide and erect an additional Ring buoy complete with Ring buoy Housing and place on a suitable pole. Equipment to be placed at a location mid-way between existing Ring buoys 1 and 2 (adjacent to the Sluice Gate) to ensure that all equipment is placed at suitable intervals and locations, (approximately 100 Meters apart).
Recommendations re Signage:
Erect Seven signs “No Swimming” at the following locations:
Three signs, one each at the nearest pedestrian entrances adjacent to the lake (Waterville Road).
Four signs, one each on poles adjacent to the lake, immediately beside the lifesaving equipment.
Erect Seven signs, “Warning Deep Water” at the following locations:
Three signs, one each at the nearest pedestrian entrances adjacent to the lake (Waterville Road).
Four signs, one each on the poles adjacent to the lake, immediately beside the lifesaving equipment.

TYRRELSTOWN - summary
Recommendations re Ring Buoys:
Ring buoy boxes to be mounted at a lower height. A maximum height of 1.3m to the bottom of the boxes should be achieved with consideration given to a lower mounting height (circa. 1.0m) as the area is frequented by children and currently the ring buoys are only accessible to adults.

The wooden posts currently used to mount the ring buoys should be replaced with 3” galvanised steel poles mounted in a firm concrete base.

Written records should be maintained for the ring buoys onsite.
The ring buoys should be checked weekly and replaced if missing.

The lines on the ring buoys must be coiled loosely and placed in the boxes below the ring buoy. It was observed that the lines on 2 ring buoys were coiled and wrapped tight.

Stickers deterring vandalism of ring buoys to be placed on each yellow box prompting “A stolen ring buoy, a stolen life” and reporting by Ringbuoys.ie
Recommendations re Signage:
Separate safety signs, one plate, one image. This allows one sign to be replace if vandalised.
Increase size of safety signs to 24” diameter.
Increase size of Warning signs to 24” along each edge.
Include WSW 005 alongside current signage.
Reduce mounting height of signs so they are visible from footpath

Other Recommendations:
Place signage along roads from main road into Tyrrelstown from both roundabouts indicating the shortest route to parklands for emergency services to follow.

Consideration should be given to an information board for the parklands.

Regards,
Paul Reid
Chief Executive
Fingal County Council
Comhairle Contae Fhine Gall
County Hall
Swords,
Fingal
Co Dublin

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Castleknock Water Disruptions #Dubw

August 19th 2014 | Posted by David

The following areas also have water disruptions:

Castleknock Area: Water is off this area to facilitate replacement of a sluice valve on the main. It is expected to have water turned back on by 2pm.

Areas affected: Pecks Lane, The Pines, Parkmore, Auburn Ave, Phoenix Park Gardens and Ave.

Irish Water is aware of these disruptions.

Regards

Ann Egan
Senior Staff Officer
Water Services Department
Fingal County Council
Ann.egan@fingal.ie
018906218

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Live Register Increasing in Dublin West while National Average Decreases #Dubw

July 31st 2014 | Posted by David

“Blanchardstown and Navan Road See Month on Month Increases”

Dublin West Councillor David McGuinness has expressed alarm at the increase in numbers of people on the live register throughout Dublin West which has increased, month on month, over the previous quarter. This is against a national decline in numbers of people on the live register.

“The Blanchardstown Social Welfare Office recorded a 4% increase between May and July 2014 from 7,877 to 8,196 respectively. This represents 319 additional people. In addition, the Navan Road Social Welfare Office has recorded a 3% increase over the same period with 6,085 on the live register in May while July recorded 6,270,” outlined McGuinness.

“Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar need to respond to this looming crisis in their back garden. Against a national decline in the live register figures, Dublin West is instead increasing in terms of numbers on the live register. This information, coupled with figures released by Fingal Council Council showing that Dublin-15 businesses were given rate rebates to the value of over €3.5 Million, due to unoccupied premises in 2013, all suggests that Dublin West is experiencing an economic stagnation which is not being answered by Government,” added McGuinness.

“It is time for Government spin to be parked and for some real action to be initiated on the jobs issue. Dublin West is one of the most strategically important regions in the country for Foreign Direct Investment, tertiary business activity and is a major commuter belt for Dublin City Centre. Any problems highlighted in Dublin West has national implications and Government should address these figures immediately,” concluded McGuinness.

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Hartstown Water Off #Dubw

July 30th 2014 | Posted by David

Dear All

Water is currently off to part of Hartstown in order to repair a burst at Willow Estate. It is expected that water will be restored by 20.30pm.

Areas affected: Willow Court, Willow Drive, Willow Grove, Willow Green.

We apologise for this disruption to service.

Regards

Ann Egan
Senior Staff Officer
Water Services Department
Fingal County Council
Ann.egan@fingal.ie
018906218