A look at the impact of Phase 2 Planning for the Dundrum Shopping Centre

June 3, 2009

The Dundrum Interest Group was formed in the summer of 2008 to harness the energy and concerns of many of the local residents to the proposed Phase 2 for the Dundrum Shopping Centre.   I am one of the founding members of DIG.  Our presentation, below resulted in over 60 submissions being made by the October deadline.  Regrettably,  Dun Laogharie Rathdown County Council approved the planning application.  DIG has since appointed a town planner to work on our behalf and prepare a further submission which is now with An Bord Plenala.  We are currently awaiting the outcome of that review.

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Down the lanes and alleyways – there are 6 votes here

June 3, 2009

On one of my recent nights out on the campaign trail I discovered an alleyway leading off from the main road.  My feet were sore, I was tired and hungry. But, it was one of those lovely, balmy evenings just before dusk.  I know my constituency pretty well but I haven’t been down all the lanes and alleyways. Stephen O'Shea on the campaign trail

My natural curiosity overpowered the tired feet and pangs for a bag of chips and a beer.  I headed down and around and came across a house I’d never known existed, tucked away from sight and sounds of the bustle of suburban Dundrum. There were all these people sitting around having a natter and a beer.  Too late to back away now.  My heavy plodding turned the crowd to face me.  I said my piece – I’m your Independent Candidate in the upcoming Dundrum elections.  They were as surprised as I was by the home owner’s response.  “In the 30 years I’ve lived here I’ve never been canvassed before”.  “There are 6 votes here but my Aunt is from Co. Laois”.

To coin a cliché, sometimes it’s worth going the extra mile!