As per JJ’s recent post on Facebook below is an update on where we are at with the ongoing quest for facilities for Kevin’ s and indeed general sports facilities for the south inner city:
“The main development is that Councillor Rebecca Moynihan and Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh have submitted an amendment to the city development plan which is requesting that part of the combined Player Wills / Bailey Gibson / Teresas Garden sites be allocated to recreational / sports facilities. We need >50% of the Councillors to vote for our motion to be held around 30th May. This will be a huge challenge as Dublin City Council are not in favour of our proposal and want to push more houses into one of the most densely populated parts of Dublin…….with potentially terrible consequences. We are not against housing but every community must take their fair share…they certainly wouldn’t do this in the more affluent parts of Dublin where there are a lot more lands as they wouldn’t get away with it. They may see our community as a soft touch. We need people to stand up , step forward and not let DCC take advantage of our clubs, our schools our community and our young people. We need 30 volunteers, each to contact 2 Dublin City Councillors in advance of the vote to ensure we win this massive challenge taking on DCC who have huge resources at their disposal. Can you txt you name and e-mail to me on 08795281903 if you can help. Mary/Tommy and I will give a full brief of what to say to everyone who volunteer. Also if anyone has media contacts that can raise awareness we would like to make contact with them. WE REALLY NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS!”
So the above is where we are at in a nutshell. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE FULLY BEHIND THE CAMPAIGN AND WILLING TO HELP IN LOBBYING ALL COUNCILLORS IN ADVANCE OF THEIR VOTE ON THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN – THIS VOTE IS SCHEDULED FOR END MAY/EARLY JUNE (date tbc).
- We are currently drafting the information we propose handing to each Councillor when requesting their vote and this will follow by email in due course.
- We are proposing that each one of us aims to lobby our target Councillors in person within the week running from Friday 20th May 2016 leaving time to follow up with them in advance of the final vote at end of May/beginning June. We need to keep chipping away at them and reminding them that we are here J…
- We believe that the best way to gain support is to look each Councillor in the eye and ask them directly if they will vote in support of our motion. So we are hopeful that you will all go the extra mile to ensure we secure each and every Councillor’s crucial vote. We anticipate heavy lobbying by Dublin City Council against our proposed amendments as the Councillor’s vote will be binding on the night so making sure we win is paramount.
- Please see attached a dossier outlining what our campaign is all about – please familiarise yourself with the information therein so that you are comfortably briefed when speaking to your target Councillors.
The information pack for presenting to the Councillors will follow in due course… watch this space
Meanwhile, if you have any Councillors in particular whom are known to you and you feel you can sway please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will allocate this/these Councillor(s) to you. Equally if you know any influencers within any of the political parties – if these could be approached to request that they lean on their party member/Councillors.
I attach a list of the 63 Councillors within Dublin City Council with a number already allocated but as you will see plenty to go!
The louder we shout the more likely the Councillors are to sit up and take notice of our campaign – therefore, we wish to give another push to our media campaign – any contacts you have within the written, TV or radio media – please contact them to see if they will run a written/audio or TV piece on our campaign. Please contact any one of JJ/Tommy/Mary should you require further information to use in contacting the media.
With many thanks
Yours in campaigning for equality for all children of our Nation
JJ, Tommy, Mary
DOSSIER ON THE DRAFT DUBLIN CITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN
2016 – 2022
A PLAN THAT IF NOT AMENDED IS ABOUT TO DEPRIVE THE
CHILDREN OF DUBLIN’S SOUTH INNER CITY OF ANY SPORTING
CHANCE IN LIFE
A MEMBER OF
There are over 50,000 people and 10 primary schools with 2,500 children in the eight parishes of Dublin’s
South Inner City (Appendix I & II) that have NO green space whatsoever to play organised competitive
sport. This is an area of Dublin where parts of the community have been decimated by drugs and crime
over many years and the lack of green space for sporting facilities for the children in the area has been a
key factor in creating this untenable situation.
What is the issue?
DESPITE the chronic lack of playing facilities inside the canal in the South Inner City being raised with
numerous departments and officials in Dublin City Council on a regular basis for over three years(note
first meeting/discussion with any planner took place after three years when we were advised that there
would not be any green space for sport provided) ; DESPITE there being 10 schools with 2,500 children
within walking distance of the Teresa’s Gardens and Marrowbone Lane sites not having a single blade of
grass for sports; DESPITE letters of support from the 10 local schools pleading for green space for sporting
facilities; DESPITE Dublin City Council’s own paper on Greening The Liberties highlighting the fact that the
area is 86% below the internationally recommended level of green space for such a population; DESPITE
the developer of the Player Wills & Bailey Gibson sites (in NAMA) adjacent to Teresa’s Gardens indicating
his willingness to include a full size sporting field on the site; DESPITE there being more derelict land in
Dublin 8 than there is green space; DESPITE a formal planning submission for playing fields to be included
in the Teresa’s Gardens Regeneration Plan; DESPITE a letter of support from the Teresa’s Gardens
Regeneration Board supporting the need for sports fields; DESPITE a submission by Sporting Liberties ( a
local group consisting of GAA/Soccer/Rugby & Boxing clubs) for the Marrowbone Lane site (now
designated as a green area) requesting a multipurpose sports field; DESPITE over 300 residents and local
representatives attending a public meeting in Griffith College in February 2016 to support the urgent need
for playing fields; DESPITE a former sports field in the heart of the site owned by Dublin City Council lying
idle for over 15 years; DESPITE in 2015 alone 7 local young people losing their lives to drug related
incidents having never been given a sporting chance; AND DESPITE ALL local area councillors supporting
and actively working to have playing fields included in the area, NO PROVISION WHATSOEVER HAS BEEN
MADE BY THE PLANNERS IN THE DUBLIN CITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO ALLOW FOR GREEN SPACE WHERE
ORGANISED COMPETITIVE SPORTS CAN BE HELD. Dublin City Council has cited the shortage of housing in
the city as the reason why a multipurpose sports field cannot be accommodated in the Teresa’s
Gardens/Player Wills/Bailey Gibson Site and have cited the need for a “Super Depot” in Marrowbone Lane
to accommodate the needs of the wider city as the reason that the Marrowbone lane site cannot be used.
Why is this plan by Dublin City Council UNJUST, WRONG and UNACCEPTABLE?
- · Because Dublin City Council are going against the wishes of ALL the local area councillors, who are
elected to represent the people of the area
- · Because this area of the city is already one of the most densely populated residential areas of Ireland
and has already absorbed a 40% population growth over the last 20 years.
- · Because this part of the city does not need more housing, it needs proper infrastructure and green
sporting facilities where adolescents and children have an alternate outlet to drugs and crime and can
embrace the benefits of organised competitive sport. But if more housing must be built can the 30
hectares of derelict land dotted throughout Dublin 8 not be used (Redrawing Dublin 2015) – thereby
allowing for better social integration while leaving the larger tract of land for the much needed sports
- · Because one of the most vulnerable parts of the city should not be forced to accept a “Super Depot”
to facilitate the needs of more affluent and better resourced parts of the city.
- · Because the Dublin City Development plan in its current format is a direct contradiction to Dublin City
Councils own objective of tackling obesity.
- · Because without the opportunity of organised competitive sports, the children of the area are being
denied an opportunity for Personal Development, Cognitive Development & Community
- · Because THIS IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to rectify this untenable situation. If these two sites are
built on or used for a Super Depot, there are no other viable alternatives for proper sporting facilities
that can be considered in the future. Once built on, the housing and Super Depot will never be knocked
or reversed to make way for the chronic needs to the children of the area.
What size land-bank would be required to meet basic sporting needs of the area?
In order to accommodate a GAA playing field where organised competitive games can be played, the
required area would need to be approximately 3 acres. Such a playing field could easily be sectioned into
three cross pitches which would ensure that at the same time up to three schools or clubs could use the
pitches. Having a playing field in Teresa’s Gardens and Marrowbone lane would alleviate the massive
pressures to provide green space for the schools. Cross pitches can be utilised for soccer training/matches
and also length-ways for Rugby and Soccer matches.
The space required to meet such needs can be achieved by designating just 20% of the overall Teresa’s
Gardens & Environs Site & Marrowbone lane sites to green space for sporting facilities.
The area is looking for just 10% (2 Playing fields) of what other areas with an equivalent population has
around the country (See appendix II). Surely the people of this area deserve no less than this!
What needs to happen to ensure that the Dublin City Development Plan in its current
format is not imposed on the people of the area?
i) The profile of this campaign to reject the Dublin City Development plan in its current format needs to
be brought to the attention of all Dublin City Councillors, TD’s, relevant Ministers and local & national
media to highlight the multiple reasons outlined in this dossier why the plan should not proceed and
why it is unjust, wrong and unacceptable to proceed with a plan that imposes a death sentence on
any sporting chance that the children of this area might have.
ii) In March 2016 the next draft of the Dublin City development plan will be circulated to all Dublin City
Councillors. There are no indications that Dublin City Council planners have taken on board the wishes
of the local schools, residents, sports clubs or councillors who have pleaded that provisions be made
for sports fields. We need our local area councillors to put forward amendments to the plan so that;
a) The submission by Kevins Hurling & Camogie Club to have a part of the combined sites of Teresa’s
Gardens, Player Wills, Bailey Gibson and Coombe hospital lands (less than 15% of the total area)
be designated as green space for multipurpose sporting facilities and be included in the City
Development Plan 2016-2022.
b) To amend section GIO33 of the draft plan and remove the word “endeavour” where it states: “To
endeavour to provide a multi-purpose sports facility for residents of the south west inner city”
The councillors will go through a process between March ’16 and June ’16 to make amendments to
the plan when it will then be voted on. These above proposed amendments will then need to be
accepted by 51% of the council members in order to force through an amendment to the current plan.
Quotes which highlight the gravity of the situation …
Dr Latham Local GP – “Such developments are not optional, they are essential for the future health and
wellbeing of young people in the area,“
John Costello, Chief Executive of Dublin GAA – The work that Kevins HC and their volunteers do in this
area is immeasurable.There is now a once in a lifetime opportunity in this area to address the facilities
imbalance. The Player Wills Site & the St. Teresa’s Gardens sites are the last available land-banks in the
south inner city. The Dublin County Board fully support Kevins Hurling Club application for a full size GAA
pitch in this community. It would be an honourable thing to do for the needs of the younger people”
Nicky Brennan, former president of the GAA and chairperson of Kevin’s Strategic Group – the GAA is
aware of and fully supports this initiative by Kevins and we won’t be found wanting in support. No other
community in the country would tolerate such a situation.
Sunday Times, 14th February 2016 on a dedicated article on the subject – Over the next couple of months
Dublin City Council will update its Dublin City Development Plan. That is their opportunity to right this
grievous wrong. This scandal must end.
Evening Herald 19th February 2016 on a dedicated article on the subject – when referring to the level of
green space for sports in the area it’s an alarming statistic but also an indictment of public policy in our capital city.
John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Public Meeting, February 2016 We respond when people
are in trouble, we forget our responsibility to prevent trouble in the first place. (Full interview with john
Lonergan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBg3im8F8j4 )
Tommy Daly – club mentor with Kevins Hurling & Camogie Club – for a child to engage in sport in
Dublin 8: they must travel to and from a) Phoenix Park (pitches are in chapelizod almost), b) Brickfields
Park ( Drimnagh), c) Dolphin Park ( Crumlin), d) Pearse Park or Sundrive Park ( Crumlin) or
Walkinstown cross. This is unrealistic for most parents or clubs to sustain on a regular basis and almost
impossible for an 8-13yr child without parental support. Many kids from the area don’t have any realistic
opportunity to participate in sport.
Mary Crampton – Cub Parent – The Swallows, Salmon, Badgers and Water Beetles of the nation are
treasured more than the children and young people of Dublin 8.
Irish Times 22 February – Published Letter to Editior – Few living outside areas of deprivation in our
towns and cities understand and challenge the misery that these communities put up with. But there is
no excuse for Dublin City Council (and Nama) as it updates its Dublin City Development Plan.
TE Radio Today Show- John Lonergan interview 7th March 2016 – I have no hesitation whatsoever in
saying that Dublin City Council and City Planners have failed miserably the people of this area.
A recap of some appalling facts and statistics for the area!
Access to Quality Green Space:
- · The Liberties area is extremely deficient in quality green space – any available areas are small with no
play areas or sports facilities. (The Liberties Greening Strategy, 2014)
- · Within the Liberties area, accessible quality public green space is provided at a rate of 0.7 sqm per
person. This is in stark contrast to an average of 49 sqm per person for Dublin City Council as a whole
i.e. the Dublin City Council resident has 70 times more green space available to them compared to a
resident of the Liberties. (The Liberties Greening Strategy, 2014)
- · In the greater Liberties area of Dublin 8, there is three times more derelict or vacant land than green
space, and about 30 hectares or derelict or vacant land. (Redrawing Dublin, 2015)
- · Best practice international standards recommend a benchmark of 0.8 hectares for play in equipped
and informal play spaces per 1,000 population. This equates to 11.6 hectares for the Liberties. At
best there is currently only 1.85 hectares (16%) of the recommended benchmark space available
within the Liberties. (The Liberties Greening Strategy, 2014)
- · Across all six Garda divisions in Dublin, total reported crime numbers have decreased from 2012 to
2014 by 3.9%. Over the same period, in the South Central Garda Division (which incorporates the south
inner city) total reported crime numbers declined by just 1.9%. (CSO data)
- · However total reported drug related offences, which decreased by 1.4% across the six Garda Dublin
divisions from 2012 to 2014, actually increased by 50% over the same period in the South Central
Garda Division. (CSO data)
- · In 2015 alone there were 7 drug related deaths (Donore Community Drugs and Alcohol Service)
- · This average population density across greater Dublin is 1,736 residents per square kilometre. This
compares to the Liberties which has a densely populated area with approximately 15,000 residents
per square kilometre i.e. more than 8½ times the Dublin average. (The Liberties Greening Strategy,
- · In the greater Liberties area, 70% of the population live in apartments and for those that live in houses
very few have usable private gardens. This increases the need for quality green space. (2011 Census)
School and Sport:
- · 10 local schools (2,500 students approx.) within walking distance of St Teresa’s Gardens /
Marrowbone Lane have no access to any green space.
- · A study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) into the benefits of playing sports has
shown that in addition to the health and fitness benefits, the results showed students who played
sports in their final school years were more likely to continue a formal education after leaving school.
- · Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from
World Health Organisation (WHO) experts – yet Dublin City Council cannot provide a blade of grass to
facilitate sports & recreation activity for thousands of children in the heart of our capital city?
The proclamation of Easter 1916 stated that we should “CHERISH ALL
THE CHILDREN OF THE NATION EQUALLY” the children in Dublin 8 are
clearly not cherished as much as other children in our nation.
Table A Table B Table C
Dolphins Barn 3987 Coolock 2632 Loughlinstown 3665 Carrick On Shann3o9n80
Donore Ave 5493 Roscrea 5403 Kilcock 5533 Sallins 5283
Francis Street 5845 Walkinstown 5563 Monkstown 5555 Artane 5328
Harrington Street 9682 Ballyboden 9611 Portmarnock 9330 Gorey 9114
James’s Street 8114 Castleknock 8301 Youghal 7794 Nenagh 8439
Meath Street and Merchants Quay 9844 Finglas West 9694 Kilmacud 9516 Ratoath 9043
Rialto 3652 Virginia 2282 Slane 1099 Carrigtwohill 4551
Whitefriar Street 3546 Newcastle, Dublin3586 Dunshaughlin 3903 Athenry 3950
2011 Population of Core Area 50163 47072 46395 49688
Aprox Number of Playing Pitches = O 22 21 24