16 Mar 2020

Some Ideas To Keep Busy At Home/Online

Taney Area Residents’ Association have put together some great ideas to keep everyone busy online, so we thought we’d share them with you.

As the playground is now closed and off limits, one way to keep some kids occupied is to ask them to take part in the reverse St . Patrick’s Day Parade; i.e display their artwork in the porch/front windows for passers by to see (while observing social distancing!). It’s also suggested that these can also be posted online with the hashtags #ReverseStPatricksDay #Paddy’s_Panes #Together #CelebrateInsideOut #ArtFlashMob . Don’t forget to tag Taney if you’re posting on Twitter (@Taneyresi).

As well as the barage of worrying updates, there is still some positivity online:

For our younger folk – the author Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his books online, starting at 6pm tomorrow. More details on his Facebook page.

For the culturally inclined  – the link below is a guide to 12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take from your couch.https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

David Coleman (Clinical Psychologist), tomorrow Monday 8-9pm, will be online (look him up on Facebook) to answer questions about coping with anxieties and its impact on families.

Former DJ Anton Savage has tweeted a list of not to be missed shows on Netflix, hopefully to suit all tastes.

Rubber Bandits are doing a poll on the topic of their podcast on Wednesday.

15 Mar 2020

Coronavirus – Support Network

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, Roebuck Residents’ Association has established a Support Network for our neighbours who may, in the coming weeks/months, be restricted to their homes, or otherwise be unable to get out and about.

Through a network of local volunteers, we will arrange for a nominated resident to collect food, medicines, etc. on your behalf and deliver them to your home. In addition, Lynam’s have indicated they are happy to make local deliveries, and can be contacted directly at 01 298 1061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted at 01 298 1295. Goatstown Pharmacy (beside The Goat) can also deliver, help to source items and offer advice and guidance. Phone number:  01 296 5244, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com and mobile: 086 3100 749

If at any time over the next few weeks/months you wish to avail of the service, you can email us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com, giving your name, address and phone number. We already have a large number of volunteers who are keen to help so don’t be slow to request assistance. If you or a member of your household is unlucky enough to come down with Covid-19 and/or you need to self-isolate, get in touch with us. We will identify a volunteer from your immediate neighbourhood where possible to support you with shopping and other such tasks. Our approach will be always be to operate within the most recent HSE Guidelines. Please note that volunteering will not involve physical contact with people who have been unlucky enough to be infected or who are self-isolating.

Detailed information on the Coronavirus and protecting yourself and others is available from the HSE on their website, www.HSE.ie, and includes:

  1. An overview of the Coronavirus
  2. How to protect yourself and others
  3. Self-Isolation

The HSE website is updated on a daily basis and we are all are advised to check it frequently. You can also phone their information number 1850 24 1850.

Here are a few specific pointers that you and the volunteers will need to pay attention to in order to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 to 2 metres – this is important in order to limit the spreads of the virus any further.
When the initial contact has been made, try to limit all further contact to phone conversations.

People with the virus or self-isolating should:

  • If possible, wear a mask when answering the door to the volunteer
  • Do not shake hands
  • Place your shopping list and money on the ground outside the front door and stand back from the door
  • Wash your hands before preparing and avoid coughing/sneezing on any shopping list or money you are giving to the volunteer

Volunteers should:

  • Ring the doorbell and step back while waiting for the person to answer the door
  • Do not shake or touch hands
  • Ask them to leave money and lists on the doorstep and to step back into the hall while you pick them up.
  • On return, leave the items on the doorstep, ring the bell and step back.
  • Wash your hands immediately after visiting someone who is self-isolating
  • Avoid touching your face

Also, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has passed on information regarding a FREEPHONE service (from www.thirdageireland.ie) called SeniorLine, which older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.

13 Mar 2020

Covid19 – Updated Measures

We’ve been requested to pass on the additional measures announced by the Government yesterday. Please read and follow this advice. 
The first two paragraphs are worth repeating in this post:

It is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection.

Self-isolate: People are now being asked to stay at home if they have ‘flu-like symptoms (for example, fever, cough and so on) regardless of travel or contact history.

Social Interactions: Reduce interactions with people outside the workplace as much as possible.

All citizens are required to:

  • avoid crowded places
  • increase interpersonal distance (ideally separation of at least 2 metres, not shaking hands, avoiding communal sleeping areas)
  • when in crowded settings, people should practice personal protective measures as they usually do (for example, frequent hand hygiene, avoid touching eyes/nose/mouth)

Vulnerable Groups

Protective self-separation is recommended for a person who is at high-risk of severe illness from COVID-19, when the virus is circulating in their community.

These groups include:

  • all people aged 75 years and over
  • people (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions including people with cardiac and respiratory conditions
  • people whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
  • patients with any condition that can compromise respiratory function
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-stay settings (including disability, mental health and older persons services)
  • all over 50-year olds within the specialist disability health services
  • all people in the specialist disability health services with an underlying health condition
12 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Support Network for Roebuck

In response to the evolving Coronavirus outbreak, Roebuck Residents’ Association has decided to organise a Support Network for our neighbours who may, in the coming weeks/months, be restricted to their homes, or otherwise be unable to get out and about.

Through the network, we will set up a collection and delivery service for food, medicines,etc. In addition, Lynam’s have indicated they are happy to make local deliveries, and can be contacted directly at 01-2981061. Roebuck Pharmacy can be contacted at 01-298 1295. Goatstown Pharmacy (beside The Goat) can also deliver, help to source items and offer advice, guidance and support. Phone number:  01 296 5244, email: goatstownpharmacy@gmail.com and mobile: 086 3100 749

Our approach will be always be to operate within the HSE Guidelines. Please note that volunteering will not involve physical contact with people who have been unlucky enough to be infected or who are self-isolating.

For those who don’t have access to our emails, we will devise and deliver directly an information sheet, including, for example, an overview and detailed references to the simple Dos and Don’ts as identified by the HSE. This process is well in hand but will take another couple of days to implement.

Key links relevant to the above information sheet are as follows:
The HSE website: www.hse.ie,
Corona virus overview – https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
Protect yourself and others –   https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/protect-yourself.html  
Self-isolation Dos and Don’ts –  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/self-isolation-and-limited-social-interaction.html

The HSE website is currently being updated on a daily basis so residents are advised to check back frequently.

Also, DLRCoCo has passed on information regarding a FREEPHONE service (from www.thirdageireland.ie) called SeniorLine, which older callers can call free between 10am and 10pm every day of the year on 1800 804 591.

12 Mar 2020

COVID 19 Impact on Services in DLR

Further to the announcement from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this morning and the guidelines issued by the Department of Health in the interest of public safety.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council wishes to advise that there will be an impact on certain services over the period of 13 March – 29 March.

For the duration of this period:

  • All dlr Libraries will be closed to the public from close of business today, Thursday 12 March.
  • Events held inside Libraries buildings during this time will be cancelled. Unfortunately this will mean that the Mountains to Sea Festival for 2020 is cancelled.
  • dlr Heritage Events are cancelled.
  • dlr Parks events are cancelled
  • dlr CoCo Markets in Peoples Park and Marlay Park are cancelled.

However, please also note that:

  • All Parks will remain open.
  • Aside from Libraries, all Council public buildings will remain open, including County Hall in Dún Laoghaire, our Dundrum Offices and our recycling centres until further notice.
  • All other Council services will be operating as normal until further notice.

The above information will be subject to change as the situation evolves with the COVID 19 outbreak. The Council advise all citizens to stay in touch with latest updates on our website and social media channels.  

11 Mar 2020

OLG Judicial Review – Judgement Given

On 10th March, Judge Garrett Simons delivered his judgment following the Judicial Review hearing that took place on 19th, 20th, and 21st February in the High Court. This case was taken by a local resident, and member of the Roebuck Residents’ Association, Michael Redmond. He took the case without legal representation, due to the costs involved.

The Judicial Review was successful, the judge ordered: “The decision to grant planning permission is invalid and an order of certiorari will be made setting aside An Bord Pleanala’s decision of 15 August 2019”.

This means that the planning permission to build 132 units at Our Lady’s Grove campus is quashed, and the decision has been declared invalid by the High Court.

Roebuck Residents’ Association welcomes this ruling, and sees it as a vindication of the democratic process that has been compromised by the Strategic Housing Development (SHD) process. The judgement respects Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s conclusion that planning permission for this development ought to have been refused. It also respects the views of two local Residents’ Associations, many local residents, and parents of children attending the schools on the campus, that the scale and composition of this development were inappropriate for the school campus site.

The Association welcomes the fact that the “Institutional Objective” attached to the zoning of this site has been clarified and strengthened by Judge Simons’ ruling. Any future planning application for this site will now have to accommodate adequate public open space (25% of the campus site), which can be used by the schools and child care facility located on the campus site, as well as by the local community. By our calculations, an extra 2.32 acres will be available. It also means the other provisions attached to the “Institutional Objective” must apply. These are: appropriate density (35-50ha), tree protection and maintaintenance of the open character of the lands, and retention of sufficient space for the expansion of the schools in adjacent land. This ruling will have implications for all other (approx.) 47 sites with an “Institutional Objective” in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

We wish to note that Mr. Michael Redmond, the local resident who took this case, did so without legal representation, due to the substantial costs involved. We applaud his extremely impressive achievement , and we offer our sincere thanks and gratitude to him for all his hard work, and for representing the local community so ably.

02 Mar 2020

New County Development Plan – Submission

We made a submission to the first round of public consultation for the new DLR County Development Plan, due to come into effect in 2022. The areas we commented on were:

People, Home and Place

  • Protection Afforded to Institutional Lands Needs to be Strengthened
  • Downsizer/ Elderly Accommodation
  • Green Open Space for the Growing Population in DLR
  • Ensure Adequate Leisure Facilities for the Increasing population in DLR – Municipal/Community and Commercial
  • Waste Management
  • Place Marking Signage
  • Public Art

Climate Action and Energy Effeciency

  • Community-Based Energy Projects and Support
  • Private Development’s Role in the Decline in Biodiversity

Sustainable Movement and Transport

  • Making future development more sustainable
  • Making current land use sustainable
  • Speeding Enforcement and reduction
  • Illegal Parking

You can see some of the submissions that were made here.

17 Feb 2020

Wall Repaired – Larchfield Road

We had a deputation meeting with the Council back in October of last year. (See here for more details.) The wall at the junction of Rosemount field and Larchfield Road was one item on the agenda. It was slowly but surely getting demolished, one block at a time, and it didn’t look great. Following on from this meeting the Parks Department have recently repaired and re-rendered the wall. Looks good, thanks Parks Department!

11 Feb 2020

Care & Repair – Need a Job Done Around The House?

We thought we’d remind you about the great Care & Repair Service run by Age Action, it’s been a few years since we posted about it.

Care & Repair is a service that helps to keep people living in their own homes in increased safety and comfort.

The service uses trustworthy volunteers to carry out small DIY jobs free of charge for older people. Jobs that our volunteers can do include fixing shelves, changing locks, painting/ decorating, moving furniture, gardening, etc.

For bigger jobs they keep a list of local tradespersons whose contact details they can provide for professional quotations.

Learn more about how Care and Repair works, how you or someone close to you can access the service and how you can get involved, either as a volunteer or as part of your community group.

You can find more information here: www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/care-and-repair.

For Dublin, you can call this number: 01-475 6989

17 Jan 2020

New County Development Plan

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Council is embarking on the process of reviewing the current Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Development Plan, 2016-2022, and preparing a new County Development Plan (CDP) that will shape the future growth of the County for the period of 2022 – 2028.

This Plan–making process is a collaborative one and they are looking for your views to feed into the next County Development Plan.

You can find all the information on the DLRCoCo website.

There will be a public information day next Thursday (Jan 23rd) in the Council Offices in Dundrum, from 2pm to 8pm.