Councillor ray mcadam working for you locally

Councillor McAdam said: “This National Sports Policy will prove to be a roadmap for sports across over the next ten years. It has three high-level goals. These are increased participation in sport and physical activity, more excellence from our high performance athletes and improved capacity of National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to deliver sport and physical activity programmes.

“In simple terms, this will mean more people, of all ages, taking part in sporting activities across the North Inner City. This can only be good for people in terms of their health (physical and mental) and wellbeing and will boost community spirit across the North inner City. Physical inactivity costs the taxpayers an estimated €1.5bn a year.

“We are very proud of our sporting traditions and successes in the North City Council, with the likes of Kelly Harrington, Pierce O’Leary, Wes Hoolihan representing Ireland at various levels, not to mention being home to Croke Park and Sheriff YC, the most successful junior soccer club in the country. Any bid, supported by the necessary State funds, to achieve future worldwide success at major events for athletes representing their country could result in the next Sonia O’Sullivan, Robert Heffernan, Jonny Sexton or Katie Taylor emerging from one of our communities.

“In the near future, there will be an immediately acceleration of Women in Sport Programme with a double annual funding provision to €2m. The plan includes that all 65 NGBs, all 29 LSPs and around 12,000 sports clubs nationwide, including all clubs here in the North Inner City will adopt the governance code for community, voluntary and charity (CVC) sector.”

In 2010, Dublin City Council submitted a Planning Application seeking permission for the construction of 110 homes on the site formerly occupied by the recently demolished flats. Planning permission was finally granted by An Bord Pleanala for this part of the redevelopment in 2011. 50 homes are to be privately owned with the remainder being social or public housing. In total, the following mix will apply:

In December 2016, local T.D. and Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe announced on behalf of the Government funding of €17.8m to allow construction begin on the first 56 public homes on the O’Devaney Gardens lands. In total €20.6m has now been provided by Government which has enabled the City Council to begin the tendering and procurement of a contractor to start work on these new homes. In recent weeks, Dublin City Council agreed contracts with CAREYS CONSTRUCTION Ltd to construct the first 56 homes on the vacant lands in O’Devaney Gardens bordered by Findlater Street and the North Circular Road. Careys Construction Ltd will begin work almost immediately with dilapidation surveys of homes closest to the construction site, so as to ensure in the event of damage occurring due to the building work, it can be measured.

Prior to works beginning, the O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum, of which I am a Chair, have organised an Information Evening to provide local residents with information about the scale and duration of these initial works but also on what is planned for on the rest of the O’Devaney Gardens lands. You are therefore invited to attend this Information Evening in the Phoenix Suite of the Ashling Hotel from 7pm on TUESDAY JULY 3rd next.

Dublin City Council has since established a Public Procurement Process that is being used to ascertain the level of interest from private developers and contractors to build and fund this redevelopment. To date, five separate developers have been engaging with the City Council’s process and continue to do so. Over the next three to four months, the City Council will engage with each of the interested developers to flesh out proposals as how best to ensure the redevelopment is advanced in line with the changes made to the Master Plan by City Councillors in January 2017. As the Chairman of the most recent O’Devaney Gardens Consultative Forum meeting, it is anticipated that a Final Tender agreement between Dublin City Council and the preferred developer will be in place by the end of this year.

Once that tender has been agreed, the developer will be responsible for finalising a planning application that will be submitted directly to An Bord Pleanala for permission. Before that application is lodged, the Consultative Forum will meet with the developer to discuss and examine the draft planning application and as your local Councillor and a Chair of the Consultative Forum, I want to assure you that any application will ensure that this redevelopment does not take place in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill and Montpelier. Therefore, many opportunities for local consultation and public engagement will be arranged so that local residents will have an opportunity to have their say in what is being planned, well in advance of a planning application being lodged.

The collapse of the O’Devaney Gardens Public Private Partnership in 2008 marked the beginning of our economic collapse as a country. Now, after many years of work between residents in O’Devaney Gardens, across Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Montpelier, Councillors, officials and Government, we are at a stage where construction of new housing in O’Devaney is beginning. Almost 600 homes will be built in a mix of public and private, houses and apartments as well as community, retail and recreation facilities in the lands just off Infirmary Road. To mark the beginning of construction, the first sod will be turned by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. along with the Lord Mayor, myself, Minister Donohoe and others on Wednesday, July 4th. If you are free to attend, please come along! I have always said that the redevelopment of the O’Devaney Gardens lands must not take in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Arbour Hill, Infirmary Road and Montpelier because the building of almost 600 homes will have an effect on us all. As a local resident and your LOCAL Councillor, I will work to keep you fully updated of developments on the lands but also how it is through the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans or Dublin City Council that you or your family member may one day be able to live in homes built there.