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At the Annual Budget Meeting held on Wednesday 4 November 2015, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council adopted a Budget for 2016 which succeeds in maintaining and expanding service levels and ensures that benefits from the economic recovery are fairly spread across the County

Having successfully delivered balanced budgets for the last number of years despite a major reduction in funding, Budget 2016 provides for expenditure totalling €166.6m and allows for increased service levels across a range of departments and services.  

More specifically, the budget includes:

* The reduction of the maximum 15% allowable to the basic rate of Local Property Tax in 2016 – reducing the average liability from €675 to €573.75, a saving of €101.25 per property

* No increase in the level of Commercial Rates

* An increase of €250,000 for housing maintenance contracts which will be used mainly to fund an annual boiler replacement programme

* In excess of €2m extra funding available for the Homeless Service budget. It is expected that 60% of this will be matched with an increase in central government funding for the service.

* €312,500 additional funding provided for road and footpath restoration and improvement works

* In addition to the continuation of our Business Support Grants, Shop Front Grants and the Vacant Premises incentive scheme an additional €195,000 has been provided to fund initiatives and events designed to increase footfall in commercial areas countywide

The Council prides itself on the quality of its public realm and the cultural and recreational facilities we provide for our residents, businesses and visitors. For the first time in a number of years, Budget 2016 allows for increased expenditure in this area. Initiatives in this area include:

* Increase of €462,500 in the maintenance budget for our flagship parks and open spaces (widely regarded as some of the finest in the Country)

* €120,000 additional funding for the maintenance of our many playgrounds and playing pitches

* The provision of funding for a small number of additional staff required to ensure the maximum potential of dlr LexIcon is achieved

* Additional funding for a new Visual Artist in Residence Programme

 

FAQS

Whilst there is no fee for the initial FOI request, the Council may apply search, retrieval and copying fees, subject to thresholds set out in the Act.  Please see the attached document entitled 'Freedom of Information Fees' for more info.

 

Other Charges

In line with Section 27 of the Act, charges may be applied for the time spent finding records and for any photocopying costs incurred in providing the material requested.   Fees will not be charged in respect of personal records, except where a large number of records are involved.   Fees for search, retrieval and copying of records are set in accordance with Statutory Instruments No 484 of 2014 as follows:

 

€ 20 per hour of search retrieval
€ 0.04 per sheet for a photocopy
€ 10 for a CD Rom

Fees and charges paid by money order or cheque should be made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

 

Reductions and Waivers

A fee in respect of search, retrieval and copying of records will be waived where the cost does not exceed €100.

Requests must be made in writing and delivered by hand, post, email or fax.  All requests should be addressed to:

Mr. Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2047053
Fax:   01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

You must state that you are requesting the information under the Freedom of Information Acts.

 

Requests should contain sufficient information to enable us identify the records in question.  They should also specify the format in which access to records is sought, for example photocopy of records, viewing of file, email etc.

If you choose to use our FOI Application Form please find it attached under the Related Documents heading above

Under Section 3 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to find out, free of charge, if the Council holds information about you.  You also have the right to be given a description of the information and to be told the purpose(s) for holding your information.   The Council must respond to your request under Section 3 within 21 days.

 

Under Section 4 of the Data Protection Acts, you have a right to get a copy of your personal information.  This applies to all types of information e.g. written information, CCTV etc.  You are entitled to know where the information was obtained, how it has been used and if it has been passed on to anyone else.

 

All requests for personal details must be made in writing, either by post, email or fax.  You may be asked for evidence of your identity.  This is to make sure that personal information is not given to the wrong person.  Please address your request to:

 

Mr. Tom Mahon

Data Protection Officer

Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

DDI:  01 2054787
Fax:  01 2806969
Email:  tmahon@dlrcoco.ie

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

 

In your request, you should give any details that will help the County Council to identify you and find your data e.g. any previous address and/or date of birth.  Also, be clear about which details you are looking for if you are only looking for certain information. 

 

You should receive these details within 40 days of your request.

When making a request for information under the AIE Regulations, you must:

submit your request in writing or electronic form and state that it is being made under the AIE Regulations

  • provide your contact details
  • state as clearly as possible the environmental information required
  • if you require the information in a specific format or manner of access, you should specify this in your request.

 We are obliged to reply within one month of receipt of your application.

Please submit your application to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications & Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

County Hall

Marine Road

Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

 Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

Office tel:  01 2047053

Office email:  foi@dlrcoco.ie

The AIE Regulations allow people access to environmental information held by or for public authorities which is not routinely available through other means.  

The Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 operate in parallel with the AIE Regulations.  This means that people can gain access to environmental information under the FOI Acts and the AIE Regulations

If you wish to access personal information held by the Council under the Data Protection legislation, please see the Data Protection Section

Since 2004, registration authorities are required to publish two versions of the Register - the Full Register and the Edited Register.  The full register lists everyone who is entitled to vote and can only be used for an electoral or other statutory purpose.  The edited Register contains the names and addresses of persons whose details can be used for a purpose other than an electoral or other statutory purpose e.g. direct marketing use by a commercial or other organisation.  To ensure your details are not included on the Edited Register, choose the 'opt-out box' on the registration form.

The polling card is not mandatory for voting.  However, even if you have received a polling card, you will need to bring one of the following documents as proof of identification:

  • Passport
  • A current Driving Licence
  • An Employee identity card containing a photograph
  • A student identity card issued by an educational institution and containing a photograph
  • A Travel document containing name and photograph
  • A Bank or Savings or Credit Union book containing address
  • A temporary Residence Certificate card
  • A cheque card*
  • A credit card*
  • A birth certificate*
  • A marriage certificate*

*The last 4 items must be accompanied by a further document which established the address of the holder in the constituency or local electoral area.

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact the organisation's Data Protection Officer, Mr. Tom Mahon.  If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co Laois

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

The Data Protection Commissioner

If you feel the Council is not respecting your data protection rights, you should contact us.   If you are then not satisfied with our response, you may contact the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner – details as follows:

 

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
Canal House
Station Road
Portarlington
Co. Laois

 

LoCall:  1890 252 231            Tel:  057 868 4800        Fax:  057 868 4757

Email:  info@dataprotection.ie

Website:  https://www.dataprotection.ie/docs/Home/4.htm

 

There are six categories of information available as follows:

  • the state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity
  • factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment, e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment
  • measures designed to protect the elements of the environment e.g. policies, legislation, plans, programs, environmental agreements
  • reports on the implementation of environmental legislation
  • analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect the environment
  • the state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sights and built structures in as much as they may be affected by the elements of the environment.

Under the mandate of legislation, we must refuse to give you access to environmental information on the following grounds:

  • personal information
  • information supplied by a third party voluntarily
  • material the disclosure of which would make it more likely that the environment to which such material related would be damaged
  • confidentiality of the proceedings of public authorities.

Under the AIE Regulations we may refuse to give you access to information on certain grounds:

  • international relations, national defence or public security
  • the course of justice
  • commercial or industrial confidentiality
  • intellectual property rights
  • material in the course of completion
  • internal communications with public authorities
  • the request is considered to be unreasonable due to the volume or range of information sought or the request is too general.

If you are not satisfied with the response to your request or if the Council fail to respond within the assigned timeframe, you can request an internal review of the matter.   That review will be undertaken by an officer of the Council who was unconnected to the original decision.  You must make your appeal within one month of receiving the original decision letter and the Council must respond to your appeal within one month of receipt of same.

Please submit your appeal to:

Conor Peoples
Freedom of Information Officer
Corporate, Communications and Governance Department
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Marine Road
Dún Laoghaire
Co. Dublin

Tel:  01 2047053

Fax:  01 2806969

Email: foi@dlrcoco.ie

Councillors (Total: 12)

Emma Blain

Deirdre Donnelly

Mary Fayne

Karen Furlong

Mary Hanafin
John Kennedy
Lynsey McGovern
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Peter O'Brien (Chair)

Dave O'Keeffe

Patricia Stewart
Grace Tallon

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

Environment/Conversation Sector (1)
- Selma Harrington (PPN)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Vacancy (Awaiting replacement for Larry O’Connor (Chambers Ireland ))

Community/Voluntary Sector (2)
- Michele Relihan (PPN)
- Tom Conlon (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (2)
- Ann Cannon (PPN)
- Geraldine Graydon (PPN) 

 

Councillors (Total: 14)

Emma Blain

Chris Curran

Kevin Daly
Liam Dockery
Kate Feeney
Melisa Halpin
Mary Hanafin

John Kennedy
Lettie McCarthy
Tom Murphy
Peter O'Brien

Shane O'Brien

Denis O'Callaghan

Barry Ward (Chair)

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environment/Conservation Sector (1) 
- Miriam Hennessy (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1) 
- Sean O'Neill (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (2) 
- Dr Josephine Browne (Chambers Ireland)
- Ann Marie Walsh (Chambers Ireland)

Trade Union Sector (1) 
- Rosheen Callendar (ICTU)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1) 
- Aileen Eglinton (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1) 
- Fardus Sultan (PPN)

 

Councillors (Total: 12)

Marie Baker
Jennifer Cuffe
Cormac Devlin
Mary Fayne
Hugh Lewis
Lynsey McGovern

Carron McKinney
Sorcha Nic Cormaic
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul
Carrie Smyth
Ossian Smyth (Chairperson)

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 6)

Agriculture/Farming Sector (1)

- Denis Mulvey (IFA)

Environment/Conservation Sector (1)
- Diarmuid McAree (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1)
- Peter Clancy (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Errol Close (Chambers Ireland)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Elizabeth Clooney (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Marese Hegarty (PPN)

Councillors (Total: 14)

Marie Baker

Shay Brennan

Anne Colgan

Jennifer Cuffe
Kevin Daly

Karen Furlong

Jim Gildea
Carron McKinney
Michael Merrigan (Chair)
Brian Murphy
Tom Murphy

Dave O'Keeffe
Patricia Stewart
Grace Tallon

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)
- Goff Lalor (PPN)
- Rob Goodbody (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (2)
- Matt Gallagher (Chambers Ireland)
- Martin O'Donnell (Chambers Ireland)

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Kevin Fitzgerald (Chambers Ireland)

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Paul O'Callaghan (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Veronica Heywood (PPN)

 

Councillors (Total: 14)

John Bailey (Chair)
Anne Colgan

Chris Curran

Cormac Devlin

Kate Feeney
Jim Gildea
Melisa Halpin
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Michael Merrigan
Brian Murphy
Denis O'Callaghan

Dónal Smith

Carrie Smyth

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

Environment/Conservation Section (1)
- Terence Corish (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (1)
- Kathy Irwin (Chambers Ireland )

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Liz Ferris (Chambers Ireland )

Trade Union Sector (1)
- Jimmy Jordan (ICTU)

Community/Voluntary Sector (2)

- Kieron Brennan (PPN)

- Gerladine Dunne (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- Catherine Kenny (PPN)

 

Councillors (Total: 14)

John Bailey

Shay Brennan (Chairperson)
Liam Dockery
Deirdre Donnelly
Pat Hand
Deirdre Kingston
Hugh Lewis
Lettie McCarthy
Shane O'Brien
Seamas O'Neill
Barry Saul

Dónal Smith
Ossian Smyth
Barry Ward

 

Sectoral Representatives (Total: 7)

 

Environmental/Conversation Sector (2)

- Keith Byrne (PPN)
- Clare Sullivan (PPN)

Development/Construction Sector (2)
- Pat Neill (Chambers Ireland)
- Gregory Alken (Chambers Ireland )

Business/Commercial Sector (1)
- Tom Nolan (Chambers Ireland )

Community/Voluntary Sector (1)
- Jim Colgan (PPN)

Social Inclusion Sector (1)
- John Nolan (PPN)

 

You can request access to personal information held by Dún-Laoghaire Rathdown County Council about you regardless of when the information was created.

You can also gain access to other non-personal records created after 21st October 1998.   

Some records are not immediately available under the FOI Act.   Access may be restricted by certain exemptions or involve specific procedures and time limits.

The full Register of Electors is not available to the public - this is due to legal requirements in relation to personal confidentiality.  However, the Edited Register is available from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for a fee.  For more information on the Edited Register, please see "I am concerned that my details will be available to others and I will receive junk mail "in this FAQ.

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