It gives me great pleasure to tell the people of Lower Ballyfermot that we have secured agreement with Irish Rail to erect noise barriers around the work sheds in the Inchicore Works.
For years the local people have had to put up with noise from the Inchicore Works where maintenance is carried out on locomotives and often in the early hours of the night and morning. Nobody minds the sound of passing trains but it is the engines idling on the tracks that cause major interruption for local residents.
So as your local People Before Profit Councillor I am delighted to tell you that after two years of negotiations, monitoring of train movement by local residents, petitioning and lobbying of both Irish Rail and Dublin City Council we have agreement for the erection of an double sided 8 metre high noise barrier around the maintenance works.
We want to thank Irish Rail Management for this outcome and we owe our gratitude to Joe Dunne and Christy Saul of Landen Roadfor sticking with this issue over the years and becoming expert “Train Spotters”. They have been relentless and determined and have worked hard with me to achieve this outcome.
We look forward to the improvements that this noise reduction will bring to the whole area. It should be completed within the next 8 weeks.
Well done everyone and if you want to get involved with other campaigning work in Ballyfermot, if you need help with issues or information, please do contact me.
I will be opening a centre in the Ranch for People Before Profit in the next month and will send out details to each home.
All the best for now
Councillor Brid Smith