Robbie Loughlin

Aontú candidate for Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart

How would you help get more housing built in Fingal?

There needs to be an absolute change in approach. I find it ironic that candidates connected to Government parties or our 3 TDs are suddenly going to 'fix' this after all these years and in some cases causing the problem.

The Council needs a pro people approach not a pro developer approach. We are building lots of units,they just arent accesible through access/cost to those who need them most.

Example: Beside Charlestown SC there are 590 units currently under construction. They will not be available to buy/rent for ordinary people. Currently a 1 bed apartment there costs 2k a month. This is shocking.

If elected I will undertake to survey sites that can be built on and ones sitting on planning permission. The Council itself must retake ownership of this issue.

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

As part of the Fingal PPN I put in a motion requiring future builds to consult communities and identify any service/facility deficits. This has been buried by Fingal CC. If elected I will put it in a formal motion as a Councillor and see it adopted.

I fought in my area to get a 9.5 milion Community Centre built.It shouldnt be that way. People pay taxes etc and builders pay levies. This should be reflected in services/facilities.

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

DAA have treated local residents disgracefully. Noise levels are a massive issue and have not been addressed to the satisfaction of the residents. DAA pays monies to Fingal CC so this conflict of interest must be addressed by an independent body.

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

I've attended a lot of the TFI/Bus Connects/Metro meetings.  At best they are talking shops delivering little for commuters. The bus services where I live need to be added to, not taken away from.

To encourage people to use these services they must be improved, and not by adding letters to bus routes.

The Park and Ride facility which was supposed to go at Charlestown SC on land those behind Metro never owned underlined the fiasco that is. To address this again Fingal CC needs to retake power from the various transport agencies and develop a plan for local areas.

The Fingal Development Plan quoted by others does not address this.

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

The Traffic section of the Gardai is under resourced. Again this area needs investment. People who break the Law and risk the lives of others need to be dealt with fully under the Law.

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

In my area there are footpaths barely suitable for walking. An investment plan to fix paths/roads is badly needed, not just delivering bike lanes in the suburban parts of Fingal.

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

 Fingal is a beautiful place by and large in this area. This is down to frontline parks staff and the many voluntary groups who do fantastic work-though looking at the various photo op grabbing politicans at the Mayors Awards last night you'd think it was them. More funding for local groups would be great in this area.I will push for this if elected.

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

Again I campaigned for many years to get our Lanesborough Park upgrade and Community Centre built. It should not be that way. A needs analysis across Fingal needs to be comissioned working with real people,the community volunteers on the ground, to assist as opposed work against in this area. The Fingal youth are often left behind and if elected they would be my priority in future services/facilities.