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Message from Frank Curran, Chief Executive

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
dlr County
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It has been a busy start to 2023 and I continue to work closely with our senior management team and local councillors on the wide range of service areas and strategic priorities.

We launched Línte Na Farraige at the Martello Tower in Blackrock and our aim is to highlight the future risks of rising seas and storm surges on the coastline. It demonstrates the need to collectively reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and protect our coastlines and communities from the effects of climate change. We published our progress report on our Climate Change Action Plan and in addition, we will launch the Climate Action Fund which will allow us to work with local groups to build low carbon communities, focusing on themes such as energy, travel, food & waste, recycling and local climate action.

The NTA have granted Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County €25m in funding and this will allow us to progress over 50 Active Travel projects this year which will create a better network across the county.  Bike Week is back in May and we will have several events running across the county. We also adopted our Road Safety Plan for the next 8 years and our focus is to reduce the number of collisions in the County with a safe system approach to road safety management.

In Housing, construction continues at Shanganagh Castle Estate on social, cost rental and affordable homes with first units available from next year. Ballyogan Square, Moyola Court and the Coastguard Cottages are all due for completion this year. Our total social housing delivery for 2023 is projected to be 627 homes.

Myrtle Square will be completed by September and will be the new public space in the heart of Dún Laoghaire town. The space will include 66 trees which will contribute to clean air in the town and will provide a destination point and attractive space for locals and visitors to linger and relax.


As part of a community woodland project, 4,000 trees have been planted in Fernhill Park & Gardens and we completed the universal accessible entrance at Killiney Hill Park.

We are continuing to work on plans for a National Water Sports Campus in partnership with Irish Sailing & Diving Ireland and we opened new Boulles Courts in Marley and Kilbogget Park. dlr Sports Partnership and Active Cities Teams have several events planned outdoors this Summer. Look out for “Map My Park” which will offer you the opportunity to become more active in our parks.

The dlr Age Well Expo will take place in June and will showcase the many Age-Friendly activities, support services and organisations operating in the county as well as hosting well-being talks, cookery, exercise and creativity demonstrations on the day.

In Cherrywood 948 homes have been completed, 943 are currently under construction with a further 1,088 homes the subject of live planning applications. Three Parks have been fully completed and are due to open this year. There are 80 students now in the first primary school and four LUAS stops are now in place.

On the Tourism front, 90 Cruise Liners and over 150,000 guests and crews will stop off at Dún Laoghaire this year. We also have Coastival coming up in July which celebrates the maritime heritage of Dún Laoghaire and will coincide with Ireland’s largest Regatta. We are also in the process of preparing our Tourism Strategy for the years ahead.

Work on the draft Dundrum Local Area Plan is progressing well and there are on-going assessments including an Area Based Transport Assessment & Environmental Assessments. Public display of the draft plan will take place later this year.

Work will start on the Glenamuck Distributor Road Scheme in June and the Blackglen Road Project will be completed in Q2.

Construction work will start at Coliemore Harbour, Dalkey in September to install rock anchors and stabilise the bedrock supporting access to the southern pier. The completion of this first phase of the Dún Laoghaire Baths project will start around the end of May with the construction of a new accessibility ramp to the lower deck of the site.

Arts & Libraries have plenty of events organised over the Spring and Summer months for you to enjoy and I hope that you and your family will enjoy the best the county has to offer, including some sunshine