Cllr Bríd Smith calls for emergency funding for Traveller accommodation

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 Cllr Bríd Smith calls for emergency funding for Traveller accommodation


Meeting with Chief Fire Officer welcomed; proper funding must be provided for community fire safety training and an audit of accommodation on halting sites


In a statement, People Before Profit councillor and general election candidate, Bríd Smith has called for the convening of an emergency meeting of Dublin City Council with the Department of the Environment and Local Government in regards to the totally inadequate funding of Traveller accommodation services.


Cllr Smith said “the Traveller accommodation services are desperately underfunded and overcrowding on sites has become a serious issue.  Travellers are being forced to live in intolerable conditions which are seriously hazardous. Since the awful tragedy in Carrickmines we must ensure that we urgently address these conditions. The cuts to Traveller funding overall in the recent past has been disgraceful. The budget for Traveller accommodation is now €330,000, a sum which will not even come close to addressing the problems.


“We have a duty to make sure that the tragedy that happened in Carrickmines never happens again. I am putting forward this motion for the Dublin City Council councillors to meet with the Minister and his department, for proper funding for Traveller accommodation to be made available. Furthermore I am calling for the funding to be made available for fire safety training for the communities as a matter of urgency and that the necessary resources are released for an audit to be conducted on each halting site around the country.


“I commend the Chief Fire Officer and his staff who meet with Councillors and Traveller Reps today and gave a commitment to provide the training for the communities and to conduct the audit. For this to happen though, we need proper funding to be allocated to Dublin Fire Services and for Traveller accommodation services from the Government.”




Contact Brid Smith 087 9090166

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People Before Profit has signed up to the Right2Change principles.  These principles arise from Ireland’s biggest social movement – the Right 2Water movement – and represent an important starting point in breaking the right wing consensus that has dominated Irish politics for so long.

People Before Profit will support the formation of a left wing government that will incorporate fully the Right2Water principles into its first programme for government. Should the numbers allow, we will enter discussion on forming such a government.

The key impetus behind the Right2 Water movement has been its ability to mobilise ‘people power’. It has already forced the government to retreat on its threats to turn off the water supply of those who did not pay their water bills. This focus on a grassroots mobilisation should not be lost in the run up to the general election.

Accordingly, People Before Profit believe that there should be a return to mass demonstrations. Once the election is called, for example, there should be a huge, united anti-austerity demonstration.

We also believe that the mass boycott of water charges must be kept up.

The Right2Change movement should not be focussed on narrow transfer pacts with particular parties but on building a real people’s movement for change.

People Before Profit is involved in a formal alliance with the Anti-Austerity Alliance. We openly acknowledge that, while we both share a radical left agenda, we can differ on tactics. We believe that the radical left must organise on a 32 county basis but have not yet convinced our allies of this.

People Before Profit will be calling for transfers to other parties and independents who endorse the Right2 Change principles. How this works will be a matter for voters’ own choice and we are not singling out Sinn Fein or indeed any other party by endorsing their specific policies.

We are, in fact, strongly opposed to Sinn Fein’s support for a Stormont House agreement that implements privatisation and the rundown of public services. This strategy is inconsistent with advocating anti-austerity principles.

We are also opposed to their refusal to rule out coalition with Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and the current Labour Party after the next election.

A mood is developing across Ireland to break the stranglehold of the political establishment. It is vital that this mood is linked to a strategy of mobilising people power to make real gains.

It is also vital that the desire for unity is built on and developed into a strong consistent movement that fully challenges the political establishment.


For Confirmation – Richard Boyd Barrett TD 086 7814520 or Cllr Brid Smith 087 9090166


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People Before Profit warn against looming privatisation of Irish Water after suggestions of job losses at the company

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People Before Profit warn against looming privatisation of Irish Water


Warning comes following leaked internal Irish Water documents suggesting 1,200 job losses


People Before Profit have warned against looming plans within Irish Water to cut jobs and implement ‘efficiencies’ and cost savings of €1.1bn which would include a reduction in staffing levels of 1,200-1,500 in the period 2014-2021.


The leaked report cites the example of Scottish Water which imposed a reduction in operating cost of 40% over a number of years.


People Before Profit say that these measures would appear to be paving the way for the privatisation of Irish Water.


Cllr Bríd Smith of People Before Profit said: “It would appear from the internal documents that I received that there is a move coming in Irish Water to streamline the state owned company. This would involve making some 1,200 staff redundant. Some of these workers are vital to the operation of our water system in this country. Like for example the guys that locate the leaks. These people have between them hundreds of years of experience that can only be attained from years of service. There is no one else in the city with this valuable experience.


“The company feel that they can usurp the Service Level Agreement (SLA) on the future of water services in this country. Already there are approximately 150 vacancies in Irish Water. It would appear that the company are trying to get rid of the council workers. This would further allow for privatisation of Irish Water.


“Since its inception Irish Water has been wasting money left right and centre, for example the €80 million spent on consultants. It is a scandal that they would allow for making employees redundant whilst at the same time throwing away vast amounts of money on things like metering, the false conservation grant and billing.


“I am calling on Irish Water to fully comply with the provisions in the current Service Level Agreement. I condemn Irish Water for attempting to sacrifice its workers in the name of obvious privatisation. If unions organise opposition to changes in the SLA they should be fully supported by the Right2Water movement and communities that are against water charges and the privatisation of this public service.”



For more information:

Cllr Bríd Smith

Tel: 087 909 0166


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Right2Housing Banner drop 6th September

Housing Action Ballyfermot

Housing Action Dublin 8

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Eurostat confirms that Irish Water is not viable

Stree meetings in Ballyfermot

Stree meetings in Ballyfermot

Eurostat confirms that Irish Water is not viable 
People power is working and we are winning the battle, all out on the 29 August for Right2Water demo, maintain non payment
Minister Kelly’s position is untenable and he should resign over this.
In a statement, People Before Profit councillor, general election candidate and a member of the steering group of Right2Water , Brid Smith, has labelled the announcement by Eurostat that Irish Water has failed its viability test to go “off balance sheet” as a historic moment and a critical blow to Irish Water and the government. Cllr Smith pointed out that people power is working and that Irish Water is dying a death. Brid Smith has called for everyone to get out for the Right2Water protest on 29 August.
Cllr Smith also said that in her opinion the Minister for Environment and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, must resign over this as his position has now become untenable.
Cllr Smith said:
“This is a momentous day for this country and for ordinary people. This is a catastrophic blow dealt to Irish Water and to this government. It shows categorically that we, the people, are winning.The facts are that mass demonstrations and non-payment have sunk Irish Water. 57% non payment proves that Irish Water is not viable.
It is clear that Irish Water has failed. What is also clear is that the boycott and non-payment strategy has worked and that people power is the best way to fight austerity. Working people who have sacrificed so much have brought this quango to its knees and handed a huge blow to the neo-liberal agenda of the government and the Denis O’Brien’s of this world.
I am calling for the Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, to resign because his position is now untenable. Massive amounts of money have been wasted on this fiasco and if he had any decency in him he would resign.
I reiterate the call to people that we are winning. We must continue to stick together and boycott Irish Water, continue the non-payment campaign and we also need everyone out on the 29 August for the Right2Water demonstration”.
For more information:
Cllr Brid Smith- 087 909 0166
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South Central Area Committee Motions




15th July 2015


  • 227 Councillor Bríd Smith

Once again this Area Committee condemns the pollution afflicted on the residents of Ballyfermot because of the activities of Thorntons on Killeen Road. For more than ten years local people have been campaigning to end the anti social impact of Thorntons Recycling plant on the area. However, despite protests, petitions, complaints, meetings with Thorntons and the EPA on many occasions, this nuisance persists and is incredibly offensive during the summer months. Therefore this Area Committee will write a strong complaint on behalf of the residents of Ballyfermot to the following:

– Thorntons Recycling, Killeen Road

– EPA Enforcement Section

– Minister for the Environment


Such a letter must also request a full review of the licence issued to Thorntons Recycling on Killeen Road, given its proximity to a densely populated area.


A letter will be forwarded to Thorntons Recycling, EPA Enforcement Section and the Minister for the Environment.

Anthony Flynn

Area Manager


  • Emergency Motion from Councillor Bríd Smith. In the councillor’s absence, this motion was moved for debate by Councillor Pat Dunne.

This Area Committee calls on the Area Manager to organise an urgent meeting of all Councillors with the most Senior Garda representatives for the Ballyfermot area and any other relevant agencies, such as the Department of Justice, the HSE, local projects, to address the serious escalation of anti social behaviour in the Croftwood Area.

Order: Agreed. 

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South Central Area Committee report, Wednesday 15th July 2015.



Area Manager’s Report


1. South West Inner City Area Report

Weavers Park, Cork Street

It is proposed to locate a 0.6 neighbourhood park is on the site of the demolished Chamber Court and Weavers Court. Meetings between the design team and local residents took place on 29th April and 24th June with 100 people attending the 2 meetings. It is expected that a report on the initiation of the Part VIII Planning Process will be made available for the September Area Committee meeting.


Bridgefoot Street Allotments

Work is continuing in both the community garden and the individual allotment plots. An event is planned in the site on 1st August to mark the first harvesting of potatoes.



Work has commenced to prepare a Public Realm Improvement Plan for Newmarket and its environs that will describe, support and guide the implementations of improvements to enhance the use and attractiveness of the area. It is expected that the plan will be finalized by the end of September.


Kilmainham Mill

The South Central Area has recently appointed a design company to develop a conceptual interpretive proposal for Kilmainham Mill, Kilmainham Lane. It is considered important that that any future plan complements the existing tourist attractions in the area. The plan is expected to be completed in 3 months.


City Walls, Cook Street

Tenders have been received and are being evaluated at present for the supply and fit of 11 floodlights at Cook Street to illuminate the old city wall.


St. Audeon’s Park, High Street

St. Audeon’s Park is included in the Liberties Greening Strategy. As part of the proposed improvements to High Street it is planned to redevelop the park to create a more open and publicly accessible park by removing railings and selective trees. It is expected that design works will commence shortly.



The next stage of the Dubline Project was highlighted a photo shoot in City Hall on Monday, 22nd June. A series of 4 themed walking trails ‘The Story of Dublin’, ‘Rebellion’, ‘Echoes of War’ and ‘Empire’ have been devised to help tourists explore the city. Wayfinding signage has recently been installed whilst information panels will be placed at strategic points along the Dubline route in the coming months. A ‘mock up’ panel is on display at present in the atrium in the Civic Offices.


Dolphins Barn

Works to erect a boundary wall between the site of the now demolished City Council acquired buildings on the eastern side of Dolphin Barn and the rear limits of the houses at St. James Terrace commenced on 6th July. Due to the complexity of the boundaries it is expected that the work will take 4-6 weeks to complete. It is then planned to create a pop-up linear park in the area between the new boundary wall and the public footpath prior to its possible future development.


Re-roofing Programme

A programme to re-new the roofs in Thomas Court Bawn and Marrowbone Lane Flats was recently completed. Works to the roof lights, chimneys and tank houses were included.


A contractor has been selected to carry out similar works to the roof in Meath Place. This phase of the programme is due to commence shortly.


It is expected that remedial work to the roofs will be carried out later in the year at the following locations:


  • Summer Street South
  • Braithwaite Street (x2)
  • Pimlico Terrace

Basin Street Flats

Works to convert an additional 4 bedsits into 2 x 1 bedroomed flats are scheduled to commence shortly following the recently completed conversion of 4 bedsits in the same complex.


Community Initiatives

As part of The Liberties Festival a family fun day will take place from 11 am to 6pm on Saturday 18th July in the area adjacent to the community garden in Bridgefoot Street.

The Community Development team is assisting a number of summer projects/programmes in the South Central Area including the Bluebell Youth & Community Centre, the Bluebell CDP, the Family Resource Centre in Inchicore and the Mary Immaculate (Oblates) in Emmet Road.

The South Central Area Office is also supporting the St. Michael’s Parish Youth Project which is holding a pop-up festival in Goldenbridge from 7th to 17th July.


2. Crumlin Area Report


Drimnagh IAP Monitoring Committee

A meeting of the Drimnagh IAP Monitoring Committee has been organised for Wednesday 2nd September at 11 a.m. in the Crumlin Area Office to discuss traffic/parking issues in Drimnagh.


Outdoor Gyms

The City Council submitted 6 successful applications for Sports Capital funding in relation to outdoor gyms throughout the city, including Lansdowne Valley Park and Bunting Park.  Tenders have been invited and it is expected that the gyms will be installed later this year.


3. Ballyfermot Area Report


Community Events/Activities

Ballyfermot 1916 Commemoration Working Group

Grants are being assessed at present. We expect that grants will be awarded around September 2015.


Summer Projects

All summer projects are in full swing across the area.

Middle Ballyfermot Summer Project commenced July 6th for and will run for the month of July. This project is run on a voluntary basis and caters for up to 50 children and leaders.

Play Day/Skate Park Consultation day in Le Fanu Park 9th July.

Picnic in the Park in association with the Irish Architecture Foundation Saturday 11th July, information and consultation with residents and community in the nearby Le Fanu Park.


Community contacts have been given to South Dublin County Volunteer Centre with a view to hosting information sessions in communities regarding the upcoming changes to nationwide Postal Codes which is taking place throughout the Summer of 2015.


Tidy Towns & City Neighbourhood Competition 2015

Works continue across the area to support community efforts in all competitions. Spiddal/Blackditch open space project will be completed in the next week. 5 a-side pitch to be marked out and mini-league to be organised late July/ early August.

Chapelizod, Ballyfermot & Cherry Orchard Tidy Towns continue to be active with their weekly clean ups in the village.

Age Friendly Alliance

First Older Persons Council meeting to take place on 17th July. 13 members from across the South Central Area have agreed to represent Older Persons interests in making the South Central Area a more Age Friendly part of the Dublin city. SCA Alliance to meet afterward to welcome Council members onto Alliance Group and begin implementation of work plan.


Support for Groups and Projects

The area continues to support all groups and projects in the area, to disseminate information regarding jobs and funding and assist all to access services and resources as needed.

The Ballyfermot Garden Club’s second summer outing and tour of the Historic House and gardens of Beaulieu House, Boyne Valley. Over 40 members of The Ballyfermot Garden Club enjoy these wonderful social and educational outings.

Ballyfermot Senior Citizen Forum, will be meeting on Thursday 16th July, to discuss issues and topics relevant to their area.

Environmental Works at Spiddal Park and Drumfinn Park

Upgrade works in these parks are nearing completion.  The painting of the railings in Drumfinn Park has now finished.  The painting and the re-lining of the football/basketball area surfaces in the parks will complete the project.


Re-Surfacing of Cherry Orchard Avenue

Re-surfacing works completed.

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Cllr Brid Smith Calls on Minister Alan Kelly to immediately increase Traveller Accommodation Budget


Cllr Brid Smith Calls on Minister Alan Kelly to immediately increase Traveller Accommodation Budget

In line with requirements of the DoECLG, DCC’s Traveller Accommodation Unit (TAU) in collaboration with the local Traveller organisations undertook a consultation process with Traveller families across the city to identify current and projected accommodation needs for inclusion in the TAP 2014-2018.

However, the budget allocation for the 2015 DCC TAP targets has recently been announced as a meagre €366,299. This is a devastating blow to the delivery of the TAP, the budget is such that it cannot deliver even a fraction of the targets nor will it make any positive impact on the accommodation needs of Travellers and Traveller families will be once again failed by the state as many families have already been waiting over a decade for accommodation.


The human cost of this on Traveller families is devastating. It is widely documented that accommodation is the most significant determinant on health and the gap between the health status of Travellers and that of the settled population is startling.

Life expectancy at birth for male Travellers is 15.1 years less than the general population,

Life expectancy at birth for female Travellers is now 70.1 which is 11.5 years less than women in the general population

Traveller infant mortality is estimated at 14.1 per 1,000 live births (compared with the general population rate of 3.9).

Travellers have a greater burden of chronic diseases than the general population

Suicide rates are nearly 7 times higher in Traveller men compared with the general male population.

Suicide accounts for 11% of all Traveller deaths.

Despite this stark reality the FG/Labour government has wielded a systematic and dramatic disinvestment in the Traveller community including Traveller Accommodation. .

Cllr Brid Smith and People Before Profit call on the Minister to meet with DCC and Traveller organisations as a matter of urgency and to provide the budget required to address the accommodation needs and we support the protest called by the local Traveller organisations 2pm at City Hall on 8th July.


For further information contact Cllr Brid Smith 087 9090166

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Solidarity with Greece

The magnificent OXI (No!) vote in Greece is an inspiration to everyone who hates the Troika and the austerity they impose to serve the rich across Europe. Brid was proud to be a speaker on the solidarity rally and march for Greece held on Sat 4th July in Dublin – photo of the People Before Profit contingent on the demo and herself! We should all learn some Greek – how would you say ‘Tax the rich to pay for the crisis’? Makes sense in any language!

IMG_1726Greek demo

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Press Release: Dublin City Manager opposes councillors support for Clery’s workers

Press Release

A special meeting of Dublin City Council was convened last night, Monday June 29th, to address the issue of the sudden closure Clerys department store in the city centre, and its impact on former employees there. Despite the objection of the city manager, the motion put by Clr Brid Smith of People Before Profit was passed unanimously by all councillors present. It states:

This motion calls on Dublin City Council to refuse to grant any ‘change of use’ planning permission in respect of Clerys Store on O’Connell Street to Natrium unless this company meets with representatives of former Clerys workers to discuss saving their jobs or financial compensation by way of enhanced redundancy payments

Cllr Brid Smith said, ‘The treatment of Clerys workers has been an absolute disgrace – vulture capitalism at its worst- and a result of the policy of successive governments to hand over so much of Dublin to property speculators. This motion is a gesture of solidarity with the Clerys workers and hopefully it will make it more difficult for these unscrupulous operators to walk away from their responsibilities to workers and small traders, who have also been treated outrageously’

Brid Smith went onto say, ‘The Clerys case is particularly appalling but it is not unique. There has been a pattern of this kind of behaviour at Vita Cortex, La Sensa, the Paris Bakery and elsewhere. Too many employers seem to believe their employees are just disposable items on a balance sheet who can be dumped on the scrapheap as surplus to requirements the moment it is convenient.

My motion is a small step towards stopping this injustice but what is really needed is trade union action to put some manners on these bosses and government legislation to outlaw these practices and guarantee workers some basic human rights’.

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