You can view the final Drumcondra Traffic Cell Analysis Report here. If you would like to speak with me about it, please contact my office on 01 8060573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be running clinics at my constituency office Monday and Friday between 9:00am and 12:00pm.
To arrange an appointment, please call my office at 01 806 0573.
My colleague, Cllr. Norma Sammon will be running clinics at the constituency office on Wednesdays at 6:30pm and on Saturdays at 10:30am.
Ballymun Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has welcomed the confirmation by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs that, on foot of meetings and correspondence between all three local Deputies on a cross-party basis, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, that they have now confirmed €400,000 in contingency funding for YoungBallymun, which removes any immediate threat of closure.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Rock said: “All three local TDs have worked together on a cross-party basis to ensure that the Minister, the Taoiseach and the Secretary General of the Department were aware of the vital work that YoungBallymun does in our area. All local representatives understand and accept that the pinch in funding is a consequence of the lack of a new Government, and the difficulty of making decisions about long-term funding strategies. However, I am glad to see a positive outcome here, and full praise is due to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes”.
Deputy Rock has expressed “satisfaction” with the outcome, saying: “The Department has met all three sites together yesterday [Darndale, Tallaght and YoungBallymun] and informed them that the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was now in a position to provide a further €1.2m from existing contingency funding, divided equally between the three sites, i.e. €400,000 per site. This will enable all three to plan for and work to the period ahead”.
“Importantly, the Department also reiterated their commitment to try to get all three sites, including YoungBallymun, sustained through to mid 2017, thus aligning with the funding and operation of the other 10 ABC sites ahead of any further long-term planning and funding decisions on early years intervention. This is absolutely crucial, and I will continue – along with other local representatives – to pursue this important cause”.
“I think it’s crucial to note that all party manifestoes – including Fine Gael’s – committed to the implementation of an early-childhood strategy, and I believe YoungBallymun has a key role to play in the delivery of this. It is at the heart of our community, and I know that there are a great many people who are grateful for this good news today”.
*First Private Member’s Bill of 32nd Dail Set Down
*Suggestion Of “Shadow Deposit” Mechanism To Aid First Time Buyers
Fine Gael’s youngest Deputy Noel Rock has today spoken about the urgent need to address the rental crisis, saying: “We have a serious situation here. Rents are rising to all-time record levels in Dublin. Young people who traditionally would be buying in their late 20s or early 30s are currently prevented from doing so by a dual trap of high rents and tight new mortgage rules: we need a fair deal for renters, and that’s why I have set forward the first Private Member’s Bill of the 32nd Dail last week, to get moving on this urgent crisis”.
Deputy Rock explained: “My bill would be the first in an envisioned package of measures which would allow the Minister for Finance and the Governor of the Central Bank to work in a more coordinated way to ensure that the policies pursued by the Central Bank are working in the way that is intended. This alone will not be enough though, and we are absolutely going to need some form of assistance for first time buyers.
Deputy Rock added: “I have written to the Central Bank Governor suggesting a mechanism to allow 70% of rent outlaid in the last three years to act as a “shadow deposit”, provided documentation can be provided showing that this has been paid on time. This, allied with a deposit, would allow renters to comply with the current mortgage rules in a fairer, more sustainable way: if you can pay €1400 rent monthly, you can pay a €1400 mortgage monthly”.
Deputy Rock continued: “I speak from experience. As a 28 year old, I know what it’s like to be simultaneously paying rent while trying desperately to get a deposit together. In such a rising rent market, it’s practically impossible. I have spent almost €100k in rent in my lifetime already, and there’s frankly no end in sight. We need to act as legislators while not infringing on the independence of the Central Bank, and I believe this Bill is one step in striking that balance”
Noel Rock TD
“From ‘An Ireland For All’ to ‘A Dáil For Fianna Fáil’ in less than 48 hours” – Rock
Speaking today on Fianna Fáil’s new found commitment to political reform, Fine Gael’s youngest TD Noel Rock, a new TD for Dublin North West said: “I am astonished that the very first thing Fianna Fáil have decided to pursue following the election – ahead of having a government that can deal with homelessness, health and making sure we can provide jobs to improve the lives of all the people who voted for all the parties – is to make sure the Opposition Micheal intends to bring his party in to is more comfortable for them. What happened to their slogan of ‘An Ireland For All’? How do they intend to pursue this while simultaneously running away from the responsibilities of Government?”
“It’s clear that, rather than wanting ‘An Ireland For All’, what they actually want is a Dáil for Fianna Fáil, where they spend an entire month changing procedures to make life in opposition more comfortable for them, rather than putting any priority on the pressing needs we face in healthcare, housing and – indeed – the economy”.
“While I welcome Micheal Martin’s sudden conversion to political reform – it’s remarkable that after a career in frontline politics starting since before I was born, he has only now become a convert to the cause. Indeed, when Noel Dempsey was left flailing in the wind in 1999 as he tried to implement similar reforms, Micheal Martin was in power and his friend Bertie – who is now out doing his bidding in the media again – was in charge. Yet nothing was done”.
“Some people talk the talk on political reform, but the last administration has walked the walk: an end to Galway Tent-style corporate donations, the introduction of gender quotas, proper pre-legislative scrutiny”.
“There’s more to do and, as a new Fine Gael TD, I intend to do it. However, while I welcome this new and long overdue stance from Micheal, I can’t escape the feeling that they simply want to play pass the parcel politics: rejecting Government with anyone, rejecting responsibility, putting party first and making life more comfortable for themselves when they choose opposition”.
Contact: Noel Rock 085 7049415
Noel Rock TD, the newly-elected TD in Dáil Éireann for Dublin North-West is hiring two political staff for his team.
In the 32nd Dáil, Noel is looking to hire both a Parliamentary Assistant (PA), and a Secretarial Assistant (SA) to work with him in his role as a Fine Gael TD representing the constituency of Dublin North-West.
The two positions, based in the Deputy’s Constituency Office on 252 Swords Road, Dublin 9, will combine both the national dimension of the TD’s role as a national legislator, in addition to his community-based ethos of representation at local level.
Both roles will cross a wide range of fields. Some of tasks for the two positions will include, but not limited to:
– Being the primary support to the Deputy in all matters related to the position of TD, on all legislative, political, and administrative matters.
– Researching, preparing and presenting proposals for policy and legislative issues that complement the platform upon which the Deputy was elected in the General Election of February 2016.
– Organising Dáil speaking time, assisting legislative formation, and supplementary material for debates on a wide range of issues that arise in the Oireachtas, and the managing of parliamentary questions (PQs).
– Managing the Constituency Office in Dublin-North West on a full-time basis in an effect manner, with occasional need to work from the parliamentary office in Leinster House, when so requested by the Deputy.
– Handling all correspondence in their various formats between constituents and the Deputy, ensuring all constituent cases are handled in the most effective manner.
– Maintaining an efficient online filing system, ensuring all data is collated in a useable and secure manner.
– Coordinating diary management with the Deputy, and acting on behalf of the Deputy at the relevant meetings and gatherings.
– Preparing material for press events, drafting press releases, and handling coordination with the Fine Gael Press Office.
– Managing and handling day-to-day media queries.
– Drafting speeches of various kinds for delivery at national and local conferences and events, including speeches to be delivered in the Dáil and Oireachtas Committees.
– Lead the development of political and informative literature for the Deputy in the constituency on both national and local issues.
– Work with the Fine Gael Councillor’s on Dublin City Council to coordinate policy actions and related activity.
– Organising and managing events in the constituency, such as public meetings and clinics.
– Conducting door-to-door canvassing across the constituency, including the management of canvasses with the political team, and arranging leaflet drops.
– Managing and training members of the legislative and political team during campaigning periods.
– Ensuring the online platform, including content, is consistency kept up-to-date.
– Other related duties as may be assigned by the Deputy as they arise.
Candidates must have the following:
– A political awareness and keen organisational sense
– Ability to work to constant tight deadlines, and changing priorities.
– Awareness of both national and local issues.
– Knowledge and understanding of the political environment, legislative process, and the procedures of the Oireachtas.
– Excellent research skills and equally capable communicative skills.
– High proficiency in all Office programmes, and ideally, Lotus Notes software.
These are not your average jobs, but exciting, vibrant opportunities in an atmosphere that has the possibility to affect real change, both nationally and locally. The ideal candidates for the two positions should be able to work in an environmental of a small number of dedicated people, committed to the cause of the Deputy. If you think you have what it takes, Noel Rock TD would love to hear from you.
To apply for either position as Parliamentary Assistant (PA) or Secretarial Assistant (SA), please send a CV, no longer than three A4 pages, including full contact details of three referees, in textised PDF format to email@example.com, in the format of ‘PA_-_Application_SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_-_Noel_Rock_TD’ or ‘SA_-_Application_-_SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_-_Noel_Rock_TD’, depending on which position is being applied for.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 7th March 2016 at 10:30am.
After the deadline for receiving applications has passed, an assessment committee will be formed comprising of a number of members, following which a shortlist will be made, and interviews with those shortlisted candidates proceeding thereafter. Due to the volume of applications received, it is regrettable that only persons shortlisted will receive a response from the assessment committee.
The remuneration will be based on a scale determined by the Houses of the Oireachtas, is not at the discretion of the Deputy, or Fine Gael.
Successful candidates will be subjected to full Garda Vetting in accordance with An Garda Síochána, as per standard Houses of the Oireachtas procedure.
Notice posted: Tuesday 1st March 2016.
I’m tremendously grateful to those who put their faith and confidence in me and gave me their Number 1 vote last week. I am also incredibly humbled by it.
I have clear goals that I intend to pursue as promised during the election campaign.
I look forward to working for our community on a national level. Thank you once again.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Varadkar this week visited a growing business in Dublin North West, Joe Duffy Motors, who are now one of the biggest employers in Finglas with 400 staff, and a brand new business in Drumcondra, the Lovely Food Company, which opened last year.
These two businesses typify the kind of thing we should be striving to encourage: entrepreneurs and job creators. We have been fortunate in D9 and D11 to have great, resilient entrepreneurs who have worked through a difficult five years and are now striving towards new opportunities. We intend to continue to ensure the job creation environment is healthy.
Why should I vote for Noel Rock?
– I was the only Councillor on Dublin City Council who did not claim any expenses. The average Councillor took home €12,000 in unreceipted, unvouched expenses. I was the only Councillor of any party to reject these, and to work to bring about reform here: I don’t believe any politician should receive expenses without receipts and proper transparency. Others talk a lot about political reform, but I embrace it, and keep my promises.
– We need a voice at the Government table to ensure we get the investment we need in the years ahead. Three opposition voices simply won’t get our area the investment we need and, according to the pundits, including RTE, I am in contention with the second Sinn Fein candidate for the final seat in this constituency, with the Social Democrat candidate and the first Sinn Fein candidate poised to take the first two seats.
The last five years were about restoring the economy, the next five years must be about restoring fairness, and restoring investment.
The hard fought gains of the last five years will allow the next Government to do more of the kind of things we want to do: a fairer deal for parents, a fairer deal for pensioners, more investment in transport, in crime prevention, in education, in healthcare and in our local amenities.
We need a voice at the table. We need to make sure we get the investment we need. For that, we need a voice in Government. I hope you will trust me with your Number 1 vote tomorrow.
Fine Gael General Election candidate for Dublin North West, Noel Rock, has said that the new Burglary Act will help keep repeat burglars off the streets in the Dublin City and improve the safety of our community.
“I believe we need to be tough on crime. This week, I am glad to see the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, announced that the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Act 2015 has come into operation. This is an important new act and means that bail can now be denied to repeat offenders.
“The problem of repeat burglaries is an issue for many people across this great city. Statistics provided by the Garda Síochána show that 75% of burglaries are committed by 25% of burglars. This important Act allows for bail to be denied, and consecutive sentences to be given, to repeat burglars. It’s my hope that the act will reduce crime rates across Dublin and will be a key weapon in the battle against crime.
“People should not feel afraid to go out or feel like prisoners in their own homes. This is a common sense, and long overdue, piece of legislation. This legislation is targeting repeat burglars. This Act will help to keep repeat burglars off the streets and to improve the safety of our communities.
“The new Burglary Act also provides an important additional layer of support to Gardaí in implementing Operation Thor. These new provisions for tougher sentences and stricter bail for repeat offenders will now be available when persons charged as part of Operation Thor come before the courts. Operation Thor, which was launched in November 2015, is a multi-strand national anti-crime and anti-burglary operation. It involves a broad range of activities to tackle crime, particularly burglaries.
“This Government has reopened Templemore after it was closed by Fianna Fáil; €46 million has been allocated for Garda vehicles, many of which will be high-power vehicles for targeted operations; €18 million is being provided for the refurbishment of Garda stations and €205 million has been invested in new technology for An Garda Síochána. This is part of an unprecedented allocation of €875 million in capital funding for the Justice sector.
“The economic recovery, brought about by the policies of this Government and the hard work of the Irish people, means we can now invest more in key public services, Fine Gael has a long term plan to keep the recovery going. Our plan will deliver more and better new jobs and will allow us to continue targeted investment in areas like crime prevention.”