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GENERAL ELECTION
Friday 26 February 2016
7:00am to 10:00pm

A number 1 vote for the Greens is a vote for a fairer society.
Social justice and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. – Eamon Ryan

 
vote.....Now that the General Election has been confirmed for Friday 26 February 2016, the deadline to have a name added to the Supplementary Voting Register is next Tuesday 9 February 2016. A person needs to be 18 years of age on or before Friday 26 February 2016 for inclusion in the Register.

As mistakes have been made in the past and names have been accidentally removed from the Election Register, please take two minutes to check the register for your own name and your family members whilst there is still time to make corrections.

Are you on the Register of Electors?
You can check at www.checktheregister.ie. If not, there is still time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register in order to vote at the elections.

For inclusion in this Supplement, application forms will need to be received by the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, not later than Tuesday 9 February 2016.

For those seeking inclusion in the supplement to the postal and special voters lists, the application forms will need to be received by the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, not later than Friday 5 February 2016.

All application forms are available for downloading here
If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section
of Dublin City Council is 222 5010

Who has the right to vote?
Every person who is an Irish or British citizen and is included in the Register of Electors is entitled to vote at the General Election.

Vote Number 1 for EAMON RYAN on Friday 26 February 2016

Think Ahead, Act now

Are you registered to vote?

RegisterThe next General Election must take place before
8 April 2016 – are you registered to vote?

The Draft Register of Electors is published on 1 November each year and electors have until Wednesday 25 November 2015 to make any amendments to their registration details (e.g. change of address).

One of the easiest ways of checking if you are registered to vote is to do so on line – go to www.checktheregister.ie, click on “Leinster” as your province, followed by “Dublin City Council” as your local authority, and then enter your details. If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council is 222 5010.

If you have recently moved, you can notify the Franchise Section of Dublin City Council so that the Supplementary Register can reflect your new address. You have to fill in a Change of Address (RFA 3) form which, after being completed, must be witnessed by a member of the Garda Síochána. The form can then be sent to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

All forms are available for downloading here.

Further information is available from Dublin City Council.

Eamon Ryan launches
Dublin Bay South
election campaign

Eamon Ryan at Green Party Convention 2014Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party, launched his bid to take a seat in the upcoming general election. Running in Dublin Bay South, the former Minister for Environment, Energy and Natural Resources stressed the huge contribution green politics can make in the next Dáil.

He criticised the Government’s return to boom and bust economics, and called for a fundamental shift in the economic and political order.

“We need our economy to be both competitive and collaborative if we are to address the inequality and insecurity we face. Our society must prepare for the long term changes and challenges that are taking place in the world. Economic growth should not be an end in itself. Rather, it must work towards creating a fair, sustainable, and just society.

“We are delivering national policy that has a real effect locally. Policy that will deliver practical solutions in housing, transport, energy, food, and waste management, and improve the quality of all of our lives.

“Policies like public banking, which removes profit from the lending equation, and instead provides a social dividend to local communities, or our vision for a revamped Irish Water, which puts conservation, fairness, and investment at the heart of the utility, and repealing the 8th amendment, an amendment which has proven to be disaster for Irish families, will all have a real, positive affect on our society.

“Our task is making these changes a reality from the bottom up, and bring a peaceful, democratic and practical revolution to Ireland. I hope the public will join us on this grassroots campaign, as we look to return a team of Green voices to the Dáil.”

REFERENDUM DAY
Friday 22 May 2015

Referendum Day is Friday 22 May 2015 and polling will be between the hours of 7:00am and 10:00pm.

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Image: Yes Equality

Are you on the Register of Electors?
You can check at www.checktheregister.ie. If not, there is still time to apply for inclusion in the Supplement to the Register in order to vote at the elections. To do this, you’ll need to download, print and fill out a Form RFA2. You must take the form to your local Garda Station (make sure to bring ID!) for authorisation before sending the completed form to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The application form needs to be received by them not later than Tuesday 5 May 2015.

If you have any problems, the telephone number of the Franchise Section
of Dublin City Council is 222 5010

Who has the right to vote?
You can vote on Referendum Day if:
    –  you are over 18 on or before polling day; and
    –  you are an Irish citizen; and
    –  you are on the Register of Electors, including the Supplement to the Register; and
    –  you are living in Ireland (or have emigrated within the last 18 months).

Eamon Ryan selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency

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Eamon Ryan selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency
Party Leader Eamon Ryan has been selected to contest the Dublin Bay South constituency in the upcoming General Election. Ryan is a former Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and served as a TD for the old Dublin South constituency from 2002 to 2011, and as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathmines Ward from 1998 to 2002. He has led the Green Party since 2011.

Ryan said: “It is an honour to be selected to stand for our party in Dublin Bay South. I am looking forward to being part of the team of candidates who will be running across the country, seeking to return a Green voice to Dáil Éireann. We have a proud record of serving the Irish people at every level of Irish politics and a tradition of ‘thinking globally and acting locally’. That perspective has been missing from our parliament for the last four years.

“It’s clear that the coming election will see a huge upheaval in Irish politics. Fine Gael and Labour have implemented the four year plan they inherited but lack a long-term vision for where we go from here. They are still wedded to an out-of-date economic ideology that relies on unregulated markets to deliver their policy goals. The opposition have protested about the impacts of the financial crash, but they are weak when it comes to proposing viable alternatives.

“We believe an alternative economic model is starting to emerge which can deliver a secure and socially just future for everyone. It takes a more collaborative approach, relying on social enterprise and care for our environment, not sole reliance on the profit motive. New technology is driving a digital and clean energy revolution which will bring communities closer together and deliver the social revolution people clearly want.

“Getting the governance right requires good politics, and we look forward to presenting our vision of how politics itself needs to change. I am stepping into the footsteps of John Gormley who has been a fantastic representative of this area for years. We have councillors on the ground who are starting to change the very fabric of how the city works for the better, and we have a talented and experienced team of volunteers and a whole new generation of young people coming into Green politics to help us. We look forward to the election campaign.”

DBS Greens – January 2015 update

Dublin City Development Plan 2016-2022DublinCityDevelopmentPlan

The Dublin City Development Plan is one of the most significant plans that will effect the lives of Dubliners in the next seven years.  The Green Party has a record of taking urban planning seriously and fighting against the short term vision that has blighted our city and country for so many years.  The three Green Party councillors elected to Dublin City Council will be working hard to influence the plan to ensure that it sets out a sustainable vision for the city that priorities citizens and not just big business. The initial period of consultation for the issues that will inform the plan closed on 14 January but public consultation will open again when the draft plan is published later in 2015.   You can read more at http://dublincitydevelopmentplan.ie/

Boland’s Mills

Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne passed a motion at the South East Area Committee of Dublin City Council to reject the Boland’s Mill proposal on grounds that it lacks sufficient housing, vision & creativity.

Dublin City Council – South East Area

The South East Area of Dublin City Council covers medieval core of Dublin, the City’s premier shopping district, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, Inner City commercial and residential districts and suburban villages such as Ringsend, Irishtown, Sandymount, Ranelagh, Rathmines, Terenure and Rathgar.

You can read about various plans for the South East Area on the Dublin City Council’s website including the following:

Plans for Dodder GreenwayCity-section-of-Dodder-Greenway

Dublin City Council is working on plans for a greenway between the Docklands and Milltown.  Cian Ginty’s website www.irishcycle.com has a wealth of excellent information on the propose plans, which you can read, here, here and here.  Cllrs Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello will be monitoring developments closely via the South East Area Committee of Dublin City Council.

 

Cycling in Dublin DublinBikes

Check out this infographic on the growth of cycling in Dublin.  No doubt the roll-out of DublinBikes has contributed to this growth and the work of organisations such as the Dublin Cycling Campaign and not forgetting the introduction of the Cycle to Work scheme by the Green Party.  In recent news a contraflow cycle lane has been introduced on Camden Street as part of the temporary road traffic changes being made as a result of the Luas Cross City works

Cllr Byrne calls for reform of GNIB application process

GNIBDaily queues a source of national embarrassment

The Green Party has today stated its support for a campaign to reform the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) service, as the farce of people queuing all night for simple administrative documents worsens. The Party’s representative for Pembroke-South Dock, Cllr Claire Byrne, has said that the current situation is quickly  becoming a source of national embarrassment.

Speaking today, Cllr Byrne said: “The nightly queues stretched around Burgh Quay are a national embarrassment, and I’m calling on the Garda National Immigration Bureau to find a solution to this problem. It is unacceptable that people are forced to queue up outside in the cold for twelve hours or more due to a lack of effort on the part of authorities to reform the system.

“There are pregnant women, mothers and fathers with their babies, children and old people waiting on the streets for hours in the cold. It is degrading and humiliating, and the level of inaction on this issue is unforgivable.

“The proposal to create an online appointment system is common sense one and there is no reason it couldn’t be implemented quickly and securely. The weather is rapidly deteriorating and we can’t wait until someone has an accident before something is done.”

 

DBS Greens – November update

Irish Water / Uisce EireannIrish Water

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan delivered the Our Water petition to Leinster House.  The petition requests a referendum to ensure that Irish Water is always kept in private ownership.  You can sign the petition here. In addition the Green Party is seeking:

  •  a refundable tax credit introduced to help cover the cost of water bills
  • a restructuring of Irish Water so that the company only covers metering and billing, with service provision devolved to regional bodies
  • an individual allowance to cover basic needs, as opposed to a household allowance
  • and real financial support for home conservation schemes.

GF_SERINDGreen Foundation – Rebuilding Communities through sustainable jobs

Green Foundation Ireland is holding a seminar on Saturday 15 November from 9:30am to 4:30pm at DIT Bolton Street.  The Dublin SERIND Seminar will address this by examining the trends in the manufacturing and the supply of goods and services from a sustainable ecological standpoint like 3D Printers, Leasing vs Owning, Repair Cafés and social enterprises like the Ballymun Rediscovery Centre.  Read more here about the seminar here.

Incineration protestStopIncinerator

The Stop the Poolbeg Incinerator campaign on Facebook is organising a protest on Thursday 13 November at the Point Depot roundabout from 5pm to 7pm.  You can read more about it here.

Dublin Cycling Campaign – Bike Theft Survey

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Bike theft is a big and growing problem in Dublin. While only 4,500 bikes were reported stolen in Dublin in 2013 there is a problem with under-reporting problem and the Dublin Cycling Campaign estimate that the real figure was around 20,000. The information you will provide in this survey will be invaluable in helping the Dubiln Cycling Campagin design a plan, in conjunction with the Gardai, City Council, City Planners & bike trade, to tackle the problem.  You can fill out the survey here.

DBS Greens update – September 2014

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Green Party Councillors elected to Dublin City Council

Since our last update we’ve had great success in Dublin Bay South with our two candidates elected.  A big thanks goes out to all those who voted for Patrick Costello and Claire Byrne.  There are now have three Green Party representatives on Dublin City Council including Ciarán Cuffe in Dublin North Inner City.  Patrick has been appointed to the Housing and Protocol Committees and Claire will sit on the Arts, Culture, Leisure and Community Committee and the Environment Committee. Ciarán Cuffe has been appointed Chair of the Transport Committee.  To contact Patrick please email patrick@patrickcostello.ie and you can contact Claire at clairebyrnegreenparty@gmail.com

From Canal Bank to West Bank

WestBank2Patrick Costello, recently elected to Dublin City Council in Rathgar – Rathmines, has travelled to the West Bank to act as a human rights observer in the occupied Palestinian territories between August and October 2014.

The placement, arranged before his election result, will see Patrick volunteer as an “Ecumenical Accompanier”, travelling with the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI). Patrick will continue to serve his constituents from the West Bank, and remains available by email and phone to deal with queries and his constituent’s difficulties. Patrick stated: “Given the worsening humanitarian crisis in occupied Palestine, I felt that it was important now more than ever to follow through on the arrangements instead of withdrawing.”  You can read more about Patrick’s experience at http://canalbank2westbank.com/

DODDER HERITAGE DAY, SEPTEMBER 13th – Meet Rathfarnham Bridge, 2.30 pm

DodderThis is a fund-raising event for Dodder Action (see facebook and dodderactiondublin.com) which asks for donations of E5 per adult for the walk or E10 with barbecue.

Dodder Action hosts historian Rob Goodbody’s amble along the River Dodder from Rathfarnham Bridge to the Packhorse Bridge, chatting about the river’s amazing industrial history and pointing out the remains of its mills and weirs.  He will be joined at Packhorse by ecologist Tim Clabon who has recently conducted an otter survey and will tell us about the wildlife along the river.  Barbecue to follow on riverbank!