J.K. Onwumereh

Fianna Fáil candidate for Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart

How would you help get more housing built in Fingal?

I intend to promote the development of all forms of durable housing schemes such as modular homes, derelict home recovery, adaptation of disused industrial units to residential units. I would like to see injection of new expert workforce to drive the rapid completion of housing developments whilst insisting on quality and highest standards.

Fingal County Council needs to earmark more lands as RS (Residential) and to kickstart the process of developing these lands for the purpose of providing more homes, especially social and affordable homes.

What would you do to help make sure adequate amenities and services would be added along with any new housing built?

As a priority, I have always argued about the need to have mini play facilities built in estates to reduce the need for young people seeking to access play facilities in other estates and thereby triggering avoidable conflicts.

At the planning stages of Churchfields housing estate, I strongly argued the need to have a community centre and other amenities such as shops, coffee docks, all weather pitches, cycle lanes and play facilities built to accommodate the new population. I am also keen about the need to conduct strategic reviews of older housing estates with a view to developing them into LAPs (Local Area Plans). This would mean interrogating the adequacy or otherwise of current housing units in the LEA and ensuring that they are future-proofed and fit for purpose.

I have also been very vocal about the implementation of a Hollystown/Kilmartin LAP which would future proof the area by ensuring that in view of upcoming residential units, the area is equipped with new primary and secondary schools, more frequent and reliable bus services, medical centre, cycle lanes, etc to cater for the anticipated population growth.    

What are your views are on Dublin Airport’s current operations and its proposed expansion?

The number of flights approved for terminal two have already been exceeded by the DAA. This is impacting on the health and wellbeing of residents as the aircraft noise and pollution is an obvious hazard. I am of the firm opinion that Ireland needs to urgently reconsider the development of another international airport in the mould of Dublin but in another county such as Mayo to decongest the vehicular and aircraft traffic to Dublin Airport as a result of it being the one and only viable international gateway into and out of Ireland.

What needs to be done to improve public transport in Fingal?

There should be more investments made into public transport system in Fingal and in Dublin in general to deal with the perennial complaints about the inadequacy of public transport service. The NTA, the TFI, Dublin Bus and the Department of transport need to commission a study to review the current service provided and to compare same with Scandinavian countries who seem to have gotten their transport infrastructure right and in so doing have reduced the carbon footprint and green house emission.

As a matter of urgency, shuttle buses to the Dublin Airport needs to be introduced to ensure that residents all over Dublin can exercise the option of travelling to the airport by eco-friendly bus and not in a private car powered by fossil fuel.     

What should be done to make it nicer and safer for people to get around the city on foot and by bike?

What should be done to make the roads safer for all road users?

I am in favour of the Dutch Road Scheme being incorporated in some areas in my LEA such as Churchfields/Avondale/Wellview. Adequate signage and reduced speed limits are known to be effective. I would also like to see a situation where more speed ramps are introduced along local roads notorious for speeding incidents.  

How would you help create more natural green spaces and promote biodiversity in Fingal?

I am a fervent adherent of nature, trees, and biodiversity. I have raised several representations for more trees to be planted in my LEA and in Fingal. I have also participated in the planting of new trees around my LEA. I am in favour of a continuous audit of the state of trees, forests, as well as the general biodiversity stock in Fingal. Older and weak trees need to be replaced carefully and sensitively.

How would you help get more parks and sports facilities built in Fingal?

Since my appointment as a councillor in October 2021, I have moved motions for more parks, playgrounds and sports facilities to be built in my LEA. I have also helped secure the installation of callisthenics machines in some estates to help residents increase their fitness and play quality.

I also supported the planned redevelopment of the Corduff Park which would see to the improvement of the current Astro pitches, retention of the grass pitches, and the development of integrated car park and beautification features for the park.

I am delighted to have supported the Council’s ongoing talks with a local club with a view to identifying a piece of land for club house. 

In 2022, I also moved a motion that culminated in the establishment of the annual Unison Festival in Blanchardstown and Balbriggan. This festival seeks to provide an opportunity for residents to come together to recreate in local facilities such as the Millennium Park and Russel Park with music, dance, food, and other diverse positive activities.