The Urban Farmer – a case for better use of derelict land and green sites

May 24, 2009
Urban farming. Stephen O'Shea Independent Candidate Dundrum Locl Elections

Urban farming. Stephen O'Shea Independent Candidate Dundrum Locl Elections

On last night’s canvas I came across an alternative front garden in my Churchtown constituency.  This was no cottage garden festooned with herbaceous borders and Spring colours or a Celtic Tiger landscaped urban cool car port.  It was something entirely different – a display in precision and elegance with beautifully dug trenches and carefully planted potato crops!  Yes, I did do a double-take.  It seems our urban farmer is the talk of the street.  But, she is doing no more than following a world-wide phenomenon.

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FEARS OVER ZONING CHANGE OF SCHOOL LAND Dundrum Gazette 24th May 2008

May 22, 2009

Today, the Dundrum Gazette featured the issue of the rezoning of the Holy Cross School with extensive quotes from myself.

The article is reprinted in full here.

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Rezoning no threat to school

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has down played fears over the possible rezoning of the lands at the Holy Cross National School in Dundrum to a mixed use development in a new Draft County Development Plan.

A spokesperson for the council said that a rezoning of the lands at Holy Cross would in no way “suggest that the school is under “threat”

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Free Bus to Shops for over 65s

May 21, 2009

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This will be one of my first initiatives.  A similar scheme, part-funded by Dublin City Council, operates in Dublin North through Vantastic Charity:

www.vantastic.ie

This will make life easier for many in our community – not just the over 65s but their carers too.  This will be one of the issues that I will take up in my role as Councillor, should I be elected. vantastic 3