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Report on Horses

By Francis
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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

QUESTION NO.24

QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

That a report be given on Horse control for 2017, how many horses where seized? how many where euthanized? and what was the total cost to SDCC for Horse Control?

REPLY:

South Dublin County Council has responsibility for the administration of the Control of Horses Act 1996, which makes provision for the licensing of horses in urban areas (and other areas) where horses cause a danger to persons or property or nuisance.

Problems associated with keeping such horses in an urban area may include neglect and cruelty to the animals, damage to public property including parks, sports pitches and grass verges, danger posed to public safety and general nuisance posed by presence of horses in public places.

South Dublin County Council has a proven track record in the effective management of this service, and also works closely with the DSPCA in monitoring horses within South Dublin County.

All reports of loose/stray horses which are received from elected representatives, members of the public and Council staff are considered in a timely manner and, as appropriate, are referred to the contractor engaged by the Council for the provision and operation of the horse seizure service and horse pound facility.

All seized horses are taken to the horse pound facility where they are microchipped on arrival, (if not already microchipped) and examined by a veterinary practitioner. Horses which are unsuitable for re-homing or not reclaimed by their owners within a period of five days from the date of seizure and detention the Council (or Garda Superintendent) may dispose of by way of sale, animal euthanasia or re-homing.

The Ballyowen Equine Centre, opened in February 2017 and operated under an Annual Management Licence, was developed by South Dublin County Council in collaboration with Department of Agriculture Fisheries and the Marine (DAFM) and Clondalkin Equine Club in order to address the keeping of horses in an unregulated and uncontrolled manner which resulted in serious animal welfare and public safety issues and which were a cause of concern for the Council, Gardai, central government and the communities of these areas.

This Council has recently spearheaded the establishment of the Dublin Region Horse Welfare Task Force  comprising representatives from the 4 Dublin Local Authorities, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM), the DSPCA; An Garda Síochána; Clondalkin Equine Club; Fettercairn Youth Horse Project and various other charity / voluntary groups and NGOs to prevent cruelty to animals, and to promote responsible urban horse ownership.  Four specific working groups have been established covering specifically:

  • Indiscriminate breeding,
  • Animal welfare,
  • Education and awareness,
  • Legislation and regulation (acts and Byelaws) pertaining to animal welfare and control of horses

Recommendations from these working groups will be examined and implemented as appropriate.

During 2017 227 horses were impounded, 5 horses were reclaimed by their owners, 9 horses were rehomed and 213 horses were euthanised.

South  Dublin County Council receives subvention from DAFM for the delivery of the service and the following is an outline of expenditure and income for 2017.

Total Expenditure €179,372.73
Total Income € 71,108.04
Nett Cost €108,264.69

Affordable housing scheme

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

QUESTION NO.25

QUESTION: Councillor F. Timmons

To ask for a report on the new Affordable housing scheme, how many houses will be available on it?  How can a person apply and what is criteria?

REPLY:

The Rebuild Ireland Home Loan is a Government backed mortgage for first time buyers.  The new loan will allow first time buyers to purchase a new or second-hand property, or to build their own home.  The first time buyer will be able to borrow up to 90% of the market value of the property to a maximum purchase price of €320,000 within South Dublin County Council.

This new scheme is available from the 1st Februay and all information is available on South Dublin County Council website at http://www.sdcc.ie/services/housing/buying-your-home/applying-for-a-local-authority-loan or on the Rebuild Ireland website at www.rebuildingirelandhomeloan.ie.

M6 Conscious Cups SDCC Motion

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MEETING OF SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL

Monday, February 12, 2018

MOTION NO.6

MOTION: Councillor F. Timmons

Following on from Cork City Becoming the First Council to Stop Using Disposable Cups, we agree that South Dublin County Council follow their lead and stop Disposable Cup use in Council run buildings and offices, and that the Council run a campaign to encourage local businesses to do likewise.  Also In 2017 Mayo County Council introduced a Keep Cup initiative in association with local tidy towns groups in Mayo we ask SDCC to follow their lead and introduce a Keep Cup initiative.

REPORT:

The Council is aware of, and is researching existing initiative, including those undertaken by Cork City & Roscommon County Councils, and this has been included in the 2018 ECC&PR SPC programme of works.

There are a number of cafes within the County who have already engaged in the Conscious cup campaign, which is supported Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Management Office, and SDCC encourages all cafes to engage in this initiative.

Currently SDCC, as part of the Local Authority Prevention Network (LAPN), has made submission to the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in relation to the proposed introduction of a levy (15c) on disposable cups.

SDCC in itself, does not purchased disposable coffee cups. The Café Co Co (Coffee Dock) is a separately managed facility and the current service provider does not supply compostable cups. ‘Keep Cups’ however is something that the service provider is currently examining and hopes to introduce in the near future.

With effect from Monday 5th February, as part of the Conscious cup campaign,  Café CoCo will be incentivising all customers by offer of a 10c discount when they bring their own reusable cup.

Tidy Towns groups interested in engaging the conscious cup campaign can make contact at info@consciouscup.ie

 

 

Proposed Library for Rathcoole , Newcastle and Saggart

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My campaign That a Library or Library Hub is included in the South Dublin County Council´s Library Development Plan 2018-2022 for the the area of Rathcoole , Newcastle and Saggart.

https://www.change.org/p/south-dublin-county-council-library-for-rathcoole-newcastle-and-saggart

Webcastings of South Dublin County Council meetings

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I have started a campaign on line to build up support the Live streaming via Webcastings of South Dublin County Council meetings. I think this is vital for openness and transparency . While the council chamber has a public gallery there is many reasons the public can’t attend , on line webcasting would allow the public and members of the media/press have full access to what is really said and goes on at council meetings’’

https://www.change.org/p/south-dublin-county-council-webcasting-at-south-dublin-county-council-meetings

Boundary Committee on Local Electoral areas – My Submissions

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‘’I have made three submissions to the Boundary Committee on Local Electoral areas and number of councillors. I am interested to hear what people’s ideas and thoughts are on this issue , I encourage people to engage in this process upto 19th February , this is your chance to have your say , I would be concerned at any attempts to divide Clondalkin into different Electoral areas’’

  • I would ask that Clondalkin made up of areas of  North-Clondalkin , Bawnogue , Cherrywood , Green park , Clondalkin Village , Woodford etc. are all kept together in any redrawing of any new constituency and no attempt is made to Divide these areas as part of Any new constituency as not to isolate any part of the Clondalkin .
  • The area of Saggart/Brittas needs to be included as the Clondalkin area, the Clondalkin Area map needs to reflect the constituency of ‘’Dublin Mid-West’’ to allow for a more joined public representation model.
  • The Balgaddy / Foxdene area needs to be included as Lucan – Palmerstown area unless the area is changed to Clondalkin , The area address is Lucan but the Electoral area is Clondalkin this has caused a huge confusion for residents in who represents them.

The Committees now invite submissions
Submissions may be sent by e-mail to: boundarycommittee@housing.gov.ie, or by post to:

Secretary,
Local Electoral Area Boundary Committees 2017,
Room 1.67,
Custom House,
Dublin 1,
D01 W6X0.

To arrive no later than Monday 19 February 2018 at 5pm.

Clonburris SDZ Statement

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I have concerns over the lack of Infrastructure and transport commitments give in in the Clonburris SDZ Plan , Past experience of Palmerstown Woods waiting 40 years for a bus service and the many structural and planning issues with Balgaddy etc does not give me much comfort for this Clonburris SDZ plan.  Over 600 submissions where made pre council meetings and they where effectively ignored , if these had of been dealt with at that stage a lot of motions would of been dealt with. The mistakes of Bad planning , lack of Transport and Lack of Facilities of the past much be dealt with in the final plan.

On the 2nd February after 4 long meetings and at nearly 230am I proposed that the Clonburris SDZ be amended to include all passed motions/amendments and that it go out for public consultation. (2 weeks to amend and 4 weeks for public consultation than council will finally vote to accept or reject) – 22 voted with me , 10 abstained and 1 against. At the end of the day i hope people get homes in Social/affordable or private homes in a sustainable community. I still have huge concerns over traffic. let the community have there say now!

Safetalk Update!

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We are just holding Safetalk just on 3rd March Scruleen 1230-4 and Balgaddy 13th March 10-1.30 Other training will be held later in year dates to be announced – this means for now Bawnogue and Knockmitten training will not go ahead for now! Places still available in Scruleen and Balgaddy. I will announce other dates soon and anyone on list will be contacted.

Jake’s Amendment (CC Motion)

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Statement on Motion

Motion ‘’That this Council support Jake’s Amendment and calls on the Minister for the Coroner’s Act to be amended so that a Coroner can return a verdict of iatrogenic which is medically induced suicide and we agree to write to the relevant minister.’’

 

On 20 March 2013, shortly after being prescribed the antidepressant, Prozac, 14 year old Jake McGill Lynch ended his own life using a firearm. Jake, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, was given an antidepressant drug despite research stating that it has no benefit for children with Asperger’s syndrome and despite the emerging evidence of harm.

The coroner in Jake’s case rejected a suicide verdict for Jake. This was due to an email that Jake wrote 24 hours before he took his own life, through no fault of his own. He was writing to a friend and he conveyed his concerns about the medication he was taking, and that he was feeling worse because of it. He said he felt drugged out of his mind and was trying to suppress the bad feelings. Based on those words that were brought to the coroner’s attention, the coroner said that this child was not in his right mind and that he would not elaborate on the medication.

He asked Jake’s parents what verdict they would like, open or narrative. They chose an open verdict. None of the options suited. Their belief is that Jake was not in his right mind due to medication. Jake had no history or diagnosis of depression, suicide ideation or self-harm. That is confirmed by the prescribing psychiatrist.

Jake’s parents, Stephanie and John, work tirelessly to bring attention to this issue and to campaign for a change to the law.

Their request is simple. They want the Coroners Act to be amended in order that a coroner can return a verdict of iatrogenic – medically induced – suicide where such is the case. Of course, the coroner will take into consideration the evidence before him or her. This option should be available. It is an issue that must be highlighted. A verdict of suicide, returned in accordance with the provisions of the 1962 Act, must be differentiated from a verdict of iatrogenic suicide. By definition, this type of suicide is the ending of one’s own life where the effect of medical treatment undertaken by the deceased, including any prescribed medication, is the primary cause of such an action.

Over ten years ago, warnings first began that children in particular needed to be closely monitored when put on certain drugs. Evidence from many sources confirms that some medications can cause or exacerbate a wide range of abnormal mental and behavioural conditions. … Each of these reactions can worsen the individual’s mental condition and can result in suicidality.

It is wholly the responsibility of medical professionals, scientists and the Department of Health to advise, monitor and manage health care. The intention of this amending legislation is simply to give this real issue the place it rightly deserves within our legislative process, from the perspective of justice and the reporting of correct cause of death.

The World Health Organization states that countries “need to know how many people are born and die each year – and the main causes of their deaths – in order to have well-functioning health systems”.

As the scientific evidence for the link between some medications and suicidal tendencies grows, countries will need to legislate for this. Ireland has a chance to be quick off the mark in being an example in this regard.

The amended version of the 2007 Bill should contain a comprehensive list of verdicts open for a coroner or a jury, as the case may be, to return.

Clonburris SDZ Motions

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56575 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That an outdoor swimming area be included in Clonburris SDZ

 

56573 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That habitats for the otters and bats be improved and increased and a stronger commitment is given to all wildlife protection

 

56574 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That all buildings residential and non-residential have dual flush toilets installed to save water and also separate urine to recover the phosphorous from the urine for use in agriculture.

 

56572 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That SDCC place as many of the car parks, roads and rail track as possible underground as not to prevent free movement of cyclists and pedestrians.

 

56570 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That no fossil fuel powered heating systems are installed in Clonburris SDZ. Installing for example Natural Gas heating would lock-in the development to ongoing greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 for the next 30 years. The homeowners would also be at the mercy of rising carbon taxes and volatile gas prices caused by geopolitical and international economic crisis. Alternatives are available for example heat pumps, geothermal and district heating and that this is written into the SDZ

 

56571 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That SDCC clarify how there will be no repeat of the low building standards that happened in Balgaddy and Aras na Cluine and a commitment is given in the SDZ to on-going monitoring and inspection of all building work in the SDZ

 

56569 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Motions 13/01/2018
That Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF’s) be fitted or retrofitted to all diesel powered non-road mobile machinery used in the construction of Clonburris SDZ. Such a measure would ensure that the air quality of the SDZ would be maintained during the construction phase and this is written into the SDZ

 

56498 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
That this SDZ Calls for the re-introduction of the Affordable housing Scheme that would allow young Couples on the Average Industrial wage to buy their own Homes. We ask for an allocation towards affordable housing that’s fairly pitched at low and middle income families to meet the needs of struggling families in Dublin Mid West

 

56502 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
“That there be a Specific Local Objective to provide a place of worship and community facilities for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Ireland at the former Fossett Site on Hayden’s Lane as designated in the accompanying Map.”

 

56501 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 11/01/2018
“This council is mindful of Ireland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol and the effects of excessive drinking on our Families , Friends , Children , Community and our Nation’s Health.  In this regard we will commit to taking the following step – We ask SDCC Planning Department, in relation to the Clonburris SDZ that we as a Council limit alcohol places of sale to the two retail hubs and they must not be within 100m of either a community centre, sports facilities or schools.”

 

56445 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
re Construction management: that there will be No access through existing estates or on Griffeen Avenue for construction traffic and Limitations on hours of construction site operation.

 

56444 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
Re Permeability to include a stipulation that appropriate and meaningful consultation with residents must take place prior to permission to amend existing boundaries of existing estates.

 

56443 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
Provision of adequate infrastructure to support the provision of 8,500 new homes – at Outer Ring Road / Griffeen Avenue Junction which will serve 6 schools (4 primary and 2 post primary) provision of overhead pedestrian crossing to ensure safety of pupils of each of these 6 schools on their journey to and from school.

 

56440 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
in relation to all existing residential estates that a Maximum of 2 storeys only be adjacent to existing 2 storey homes.

 

56439 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 09/01/2018
The provision of a permanent Garda Station and Fire Station, along with appropriate resources to be provided within the proposed SDZ.

 

56332 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 04/01/2018
56284 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that all the needs of the Travelling community are factored into the plan and that consultation and agreement with Clondalkin Travellers development group is written into the plan

 

56283 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that there is no access to the new builds from Ashwood Estate

 

56282 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
that a commitment is given in the SDZ to provide housing in conjunction with a community center/s in a phased manner

 

56280 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
No development over 2 storey adjacent to the existing estates of Cappaghmore and Ashwood to prevent overlooking and that Existing trees along boundaries of existing estates should be preserved to enhance privacy, in particular at Ashwood and Cappaghmore.

 

56279 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That recycling facilities are included in the plan and built in as part of the plan

 

56278 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That a commitment and timeframe for delivery of community facilities is given in the plan with facilities that caters for the Young, Teenagers, People with a disability and older people.

 

56277 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
Commitment be given that fully inclusive Playspaces are included for every 2000 houses built.

 

56276 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
A firm commitment should be given to developing a SME (Small to medium enterprise)centre to encourage development and growth in the area

 

56275 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That no estates with cul de sacs / closed roads in particular in Balgaddy, Ashwood Estate, Oldbridge, Rossberry, Tullyhall and Foxborough be opened up by the Development of the Clonburris SDZ.

 

56274 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
A firm commitment and timeframe for expanding LUAS to serve Clondalkin, Clonburris and Lucan must be sought before any building takes place at Clonburris.This must be included in the plan.

 

56273 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
The Kishogue rail station has been lying idle since it was built nine years ago, it should open before any development takes place. This should be written into plan

 

56272 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That all housing is a mixed development of Social and Private in the Clonburris SDZ.

 

56271 Councillor F. Timmons SDZ, LAPs and Planning Projects Special Meeting of County Council Meeting on Clonburris SDZ Draft Planning Scheme Motions 02/01/2018
That 30% of the Council owned land within the Clonburris SDZ is used for Council housing as to increase the amount of Social Housing that is needed to deal with our housing crisis.