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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 20 May 1969

Vol. 240 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Ballyfermot (Dublin) Laneway.


asked the Minister for Local Government whether he has received any proposals for the improvement of the road surface and dangerous ditches at Lynch's Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin and for the provision of adequate public lighting in this place; and, if so, if he will give details.


asked the Minister for Local Government if there is any proposal before his Department for the development of Lynch's Lane, Ballyfermot, Dublin.

With your permission, a Cheann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 30 together. No such proposals have been received by my Department.

Arising out of that reply, will the Minister cause inquiries to be made of his pet commissioner at the City Hall as to why the determination of the democratically elected Dublin Corporation to have these grievances relating to Lynch's Lane dealt with has not been so far given effect to? Further, will the Minister direct such inquiries to the City Hall in view of the fact that the elected representatives of the people of the city of Dublin have no recourse other than to approach the matter through Dáil Éireann?

I have no doubt that the local authority in question will now be able to devote more time to practical matters such as this.

With regard to this matter concerning Lynch's Lane, otherwise known as Dunne's Ditch, I would ask the Minister to use his good offices to ensure that this place is cleaned up because it is in a very bad way. People from outside areas have been congregating there and it would appear that these people have used the place as a base for vandalism. I am therefore asking for the protection of the people of the Ballyfermot area from these outsiders.

From what outside area?

I said outside areas.

I will convey the Deputy's remarks to the proper quarters.

The Minister will do so because he has been asked by one of his own pets but the matters which I bring to the Minister's notice are ignored.

Deputy Dunne should take an apple a day to keep the doctor away.

Deputy Dunne and Mr. O'Rourke were responsible for the dissolution of the corporation.

Deputy Dunne should take an apple a day.


Is the Minister aware that Deputy Dowling has cast a reflection on the people of the Minister's area because it is his area that surrounds Ballyfermot?

It does not. Deputy L'Estrange should not show his ignorance.