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Green Dublin City Councillors in Property Tax funding call

As Dublin City Council prepares to debate the level of Local Property Tax for 2018 at a special meeting of the Council this evening, the Green Party has backed the Chief Executive’s call for increased spending on services for those most in need.

Councillor Ciarán Cuffe stated: “An additional 50c per week on a home worth €300,000 would raise €4 million for the city. As the Chief Executive points out this money could be used to kick start a new apprenticeship programme, recruit more cleansing staff and buy more books for our libraries. We fully endorse the Chief Executive’s call to provide greater services. In addition we suggest that he set up a one-stop shop to track down vacant and derelict properties and fast-track their conversion into homes.

“The Manager is proposing a 5% increase in Local Property Tax this year. We suggest that this be 7.5% to fund the ‘one-stop shop’ to deliver homes for those most in need.”

Councillor Claire Byrne stated: “Nobody wants to pay more taxes. However, the LPT is the one tax that actually goes directly back to local government services. While what Dublin City gets is not near enough, we can’t keep reducing it and then spending the year complaining in the chamber that we have no money. €4 million will still go a long way towards the rapid renovation of vacant spaces that we need for homes & artists’ studios, fixing footpaths, greening the city, improving public realm, keeping our streets clean of litter and dog fouling and generally improving the quality of life in the City. That’s what local government is all about.”

Councillor Patrick Costello stated: “Every week Councillors look for Dublin City Council to do more for the people of Dublin, but every year we vote to gut the budget and rob the council of its ability to do anything by dropping the LPT as much as we can. This really doesn’t make any sense and is a disservice to the people of Dublin.”

Dublin City Council meets at 6.15pm this evening in City Hall on Dame Street to debate and vote on these proposals.

ENDS

Press release issued 19th September 2017 , page last updated 19th September 2017

Cuffe welcome City Centre traffic changes

The Green Party today welcomed the traffic management changes in Dublin City Centre that were put in place over the weekend.

Green Party Councillor Ciarán Cuffe, chair of the City Council’s Transportation Strategic Policy Committee stated:

“These changes are being put in place to improve public transport in Dublin. According to Dublin City Council’s Traffic Management Centre bus users saw a 40% improvement in their journey times this morning through one of the biggest bottlenecks in the city. This morning I took a No. 145 bus from Houston Station, and reached Donnybrook in half an hour. The trip to O’Connell Bridge took only fifteen minutes and the driver told me this can often take forty minutes. 7,000 people travel down the North Quays by bus every morning between 8am and 9am, compared to 500 cars. These changes will result in real time savings for thousands of commuters. There will also be improvements for cyclists and pedestrians. All the car parks are open for business, but motorists should plan their journey and seek alternative routes to the Quays where feasible.

“September will be the real test as traffic levels increase, and I am calling on the Minister for Transport Shane Ross TD to ensure that there is sufficient capacity on bus services to and from Dublin City Centre.

“As we prepare for the launch of the Cross City Luas in December it is important that we improve Dublin City as a place to live, work and relax in. Today’s changes are a step towards reducing carbon emissions, and creating a more liveable city.”
ENDS

Press release issued 21st August 2017, last updated 19th September 2017

Green Party calls for Electric Charging Points at all Garages

Cllrs Ossian Smyth, Ciarán Cuffe with electric car owner, Green Party representative Una Power and Eamon Ryan TD on forecourt of Maxol Garage, Baggot Street

 

New survey shows Electric Vehicle drivers love the cost savings but want more charging stations

A new survey, carried out by the Green Party in conjunction with the Irish Electric Vehicle (EV) Owners Association, has found that 75% of EV drivers saw lower costs as the main advantage of going electric, while the lack of public charging stations was the biggest difficulty experienced by EV owners.

231 EV owners (almost 10% of EV owners in Ireland) responded to the survey, carried out between the 14th and 28th June 2017.

Green Party Transport Spokesperson Cll. Ciarán Cuffe said:
“Electric cars have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and reduce oil imports. In Ireland we have the technologies to make the Smart Grid a reality and use electric vehicles to encourage more renewable electricity. We’re looking a t a future where electric cars will feed power back into the grid when needed, and recharge when grid demand is low. In the meantime, we need to make it easier to charge up when you’re on the road. We need more chargers at home and work, and in car parks, but recharging points at garages can also play its part in the move to low carbon travel.

“I am also working with Dublin City Council to lower road tolls for all-electric vehicles.”

The Green Party’s Leader Eamon Ryan TD said: “It is clear from our survey that a revolution in Irish motoring is ready to take off. Drivers like their new electric cars, not just for environmental reasons but also for the lower running costs and better driving experience. Every car company is now promising new electric models and the battery range is growing at the same time as the costs come down. The era of the internal combustion engine is coming to an end.

“To speed up the revolution we need to address the frustration many drivers have with the charging infrastructure that is currently in place. 38% of EV owners found a lack of charging infrastructure the biggest issue they experienced. Another issue EV owners experienced was ‘ICEing’ – when a petrol or diesel car is parked at a charging point.

“Ireland took a lead in rolling out the first national network of charging points but a lack of political commitment over the last six years has seen us fall behind. For the third year running the UK will have the fastest level of new EV sales in Europe. This provides us an opportunity as it will give us access to the latest models with a right hand drive specification and we can follow some of their policy initiatives.

“The UK Government is about to mandate all petrol service stations to install charging points and we want Irish Governments to do the same here. New high-speed charging points can recharge a battery in a way that is comparable to filling up at the pump and even oil companies like Shell are starting to recognise the inevitability as they are starting to try and turn their forecourts green.

“It is up to the Government to provide charging points EV drivers need, so that the issue of range anxiety rapidly becomes a thing of the past.”

Press Release issued 24th July 2017, page last updated 27th July 2017