Philip Lynam

Sinn Féin candidate for Castleknock

How would you help get more housing built in Fingal?

Our Alternative Budget 2024 sets out Sinn Féins stall that would provide for a significant ramping up in the delivery of housing including 21,000 social and affordable homes to rent and purchase.

From my past experience on the council I would engage with our planning & Housing department to ear mark and open up public residentially zoned lands. We need a massive increase to build social and affordable homes for families to make a massive dent in our over populated housing list across Fingal. 

This would include but have a big focus on adapted homes for people with disabilities and wheelchair bound. 

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

Starting with our Development plan which sets out our vision for infrastructure / development & amenities I would engage locally with communities with a focus to have local public meetings to hear their voices on with a vision locally to be inserted into our local area plans and development plans to make sure proper amenities are developed in line with housing / roads and other infrastructure for families to enjoy. 

Including - Parks and recreational playing areas, multi-use astro and sports grounds, cycle & walking tracks, cafes, seating and sensory areas.

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

I campaigned many years ago with our local Deputy Louise O'Reilly TD against the noise pollution that the second runway was going to bring and effect local residents. 

We also campaigned hard against late night flights which the DAA wanted to bring in. 

I have huge support for St. Margaret's The Ward Residents and Forum and the Fingal Organised Residents United Movement, they have been to the forefront with public meetings and discussions with the community.

The anger at the daa who have ignored planning conditions, flouted the law and turned peoples lives upside down.

But people are furious with government parties who they say are ‘in collusion’ with the daa and are not representing residents affected by noise. 

I do support the local jobs it has brought but it needs to be more engaged locally for people who live, work and enjoy family life beside the airport.

I would be against a new private 3rd terminal as I feel the money should be better spent at connection the metro north from the airport to the city and surrounding areas.

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

One that comes to mind straight away is connecting bus routes from Blanchardstown to the airport, looking at our rural communities to connect busses to service the shops and many services we have available in Fingal. 

We need to look strategically at apartment complex’s and see can we have a vision of Carless apartments, this would only work where you have close access to Rail and bus stations.

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

  • Fix and repair bad road conditions areas under inspection. 
  • For safety of dog walkers, wheelchair users and families with children using buggies, I feel we need to have crash barriers at traffic light junctions. 
  • At traffic light junctions CCTV cameras for those who break and endanger others. 
  • Look at definitions European wide where traffic calming measures have been installed to improve safety. 
  • I’m a big supporter of Ramps to slow drivers down especially outside schools - Playings fields - Parks and built up areas for families crossing with kids, our elderly & people with disabilities or wheel chair bound. 
  • I feel we need to tackle speed limits again in towns and villages, we need to lower speed limits in housing estates. 
  • We need to link in again with schools and have our young children educated on the importance of road safety.


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

I feel bigger engagement locally with communities, resident association's, sports groups and Fingal council with a vision to improve and create ideas for walking and cycling.

This could be used as local projects in schools across Fingal while teaching young children about safety on our roads. 

We need more funding in our budgets from Government to allow upgrading to our pathways so they are wheelchair friendly and safe to travel on. 

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

By engaging with local community groups with an idea to improve green spaces to help grow our foods like many of our allotments. 

I feel many proposed developments have not enough green space for park and recreation space to enjoy.

This needs more attention when it comes to Development and local area plans, again we need local knowledge to identify areas that could come into play. 

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

As a local football coach and ex player I have a great understanding about parks and sports facilities, one thing I always say is we don’t have enough. 

I think we need to upgrade our local facilities to Astro type grounds and multi purpose facilities, many clubs in all sports around Fingal have to cancel games during the week and weekends due to rainfall we have in Ireland. 

This would help to ensure that our youth and seniors always get to enjoy sports and health benefits. 

Any development that arising within Fingal needs to add a fund for community gain, the bigger the project the bigger the fund. 

This would go along way with enhancing parks and sport facilities, this would also need to be built at the first stage or in tandem with any development.