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Gallagher calls for much needed investment in basic services for West Dublin

23 November, 2004


West Dublin Sinn Féin Councillor Felix Gallagher today called on the Government to provide much needed basic services for the Mulhuddart area of West Dublin. He said "Mulhuddart in West Dublin has a population of approximately 10,000 people yet there is no GP, no dentist, no chemist, no post office, not even a bus shelter. This is an area crying out for investment and it is time for the government to act."

Speaking in Dublin today Mr. Gallagher said:

"Mulhuddart in West Dublin has a population of approximately 10,000 people, yet we have no GP, no dentist, no chemist, no post office, not even a bus shelter. It is a testament to bad planning that this sprawl of housing can be built yet the necessary services and infrastructure fail to materialise.

"There is a high rate of unemployment in this area and as a result many people cannot afford cars. The reality of this is that people have to rely on the bus service, which is completely inadequate to travel approximately 3 miles to Blanchardstown, to avail of basic services. The journey takes over an hour in rush hour traffic and can often be a daily task. This is made even worse due to the lack of a bus shelter.

There is also an urgent need for a second primary school in the area. Tyrellstown School Action Group held a pre-enrolment day on Saturday 20th November, in order to highlight the demand for a new Educate Together Primary School in the area. It is a sad reflection on local TD, Brian Lenihan, who is the Minister of State with responsibility for Children, that new communities have to go to these lengths to ensure their children can be educated locally. I am giving my full support to the committee and will lobby for lands to be made available to accommodate a school. I am also calling on the Government to provide much needed basic services in the Mulhuddart area."ENDS

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