DCC Notes

Lacey raises drainage problems

At the monthly meeting of the Dublin City Council (DCC) Councillor Dermot Lacey raised a question relating to drains on Newgrove Avenue in Sandymount.

According to Lacey the drain has a habit of overflowing every time there is severe rain, leaving huge puddles near the bus stop at the Rehab Institute.

In Lacey’s question, the Council said the Drainage Division inspected the area and concluded the location is in need for additional “gullies” which the Council hopes to be installed within the next few weeks.

City Manager resigns

John Tierney the City Council Manager is to resign.

Tierney notified the Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí of his intention to stand aside. According to the City Council, it’s believed Tierney will take up a position as Managing Director of Irish Water.

Tierney has been the Chief Executive of Dublin City Council since 2006 with responsibility for daily operations of the Council and implementation of executive decisions.

The resignation will take place from April 28th, at that time the City Council will discuss candidates for his replacement.

Flood defenses questioned by Lacey

Councillor Dermot Lacey asked the City Manager, John Tierney, if he can provide an update on flooding prevention measures for Newgrove Avenue and Strand Road area of Sandymount.

Lacey said residents are concerned with the reliability of flood defenses- such as the floodwall- currently in place, and asked what else can be done besides sandbags during stormy conditions.

“Sea water has come in through the back door of 25 Newgrove Avenue via a laneway running to the back of the house from Strand Road,” said Lacey.

The City Manager responded by saying the Drainage Division is pleased to hear that the residents on Newgrove Avenue are installing flood defenses- such as sandbags- and should consider installing non-return valves on their private drainage systems.

By Liam Cahill