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Threatening letters sent to residents on Tolka Road totally over the top and unnecessary

18 April, 2007

Sinn Féin candidate for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald MEP has described letters sent to residents on Tolka Road threatening action in relation to work done on driveways and garden walls as completely over the top and unnecessary.  She said ‘”We have been in touch with the Council this morning and are working to find a speedy resolution.”


Ms. McDonald said:


“Yesterday morning residents on Tolka Road received letters from Dublin City Council threatening action in relation to work done in their front gardens.


“The work, done by the residents, involved the removal of old garden walls and the putting in new gates which allowed people to park in their driveways rather than on the road. This is work that has enhanced the area and some of it was done as long as five years ago. 


“It was totally unnecessary for Dublin City Council to act in this fashion. They could have worked through local elected representatives in the area and met with people in the community rather than sending out threatening letters. 


“We were in touch with council officials this morning to try and resolve this matter.  We have asked them to withdraw the letters and to work with the community in relation to planning retention where it is suitable.  Sinn Féin Councillors have brought this issue up on the Council’s housing committee.  We have asked the Council to review by-laws relating to planning permission required for driveways in households. We hope that progress can be made on this as quickly as possible.”ENDS

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