In the last Council, Paul had the highest attendance of all Councillors in Dublin Mid West (97%) and tabled more motions than anyone else, including more on Climate change and environmental issues. He
successfully fought to retain funding for the LED lighting rollout to save on energy costs and carbon emissions. Has suggested many innovative ways to tackle litter and dumping. He was an active member of the Health Forum, the Joint Policing Committee and the best attender of the Drugs sub-committee.
By his actions Paul has shown himself over the years to be a great supporter of Clondalkin and the Four Districts areas of Brittas, Newcastle, Saggart and Rathcoole. As Mayor he also actively supported the work of many local groups and attended many local events. Paul’s work goes back years back when he supported the “Rally Round the Tower” campaign to stop unwanted apartments in Clondalkin when many local politicians were less than enthusiastic. The tower is now adjoined by the Brú Chrónáin centre. More recently he lodged a submission on the Convent Road application and as Mayor he actively supported Clondalkin’s Líonra Gaeilge status.
He has fought on schools issues from Brittas to Quarryvale and in Newcastle and Saggart he stood up with local communities on planning issues as a TD and Councillor, most recently making a submission on the SHD application in the village. Many in Rathcoole will remember the hours he spent attending the incinerator appeal in Rathcoole, where he made a detailed 78-page submission. In the past year Paul has been the most proactive and unequivocal of all candidates in trying to protect the native woodlands between Rathcoole and Saggart from unwelcome development. He has tabled a motion at Council level calling for the plan to be scrapped until the usage of the land can be decided upon in consultation with the local community. Over the last five years South Dublin has only planted 800 more trees than it cut down and building on this native woodland area would fly in the face of its already modest Climate Change Strategy.
On the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone, which borders Clondalkin, Paul has been one of the few elected reps to stand up for local community concerns. He has welcomed housing, but insisted that it should be provided alongside infrastructure and community facilities. While his proposals were shamefully voted down by Sinn Féin, Labour and a number of other political parties, he continues to push for a meaningful public transport infrastructure and for school places and playing pitches to be provided alongside any new housing. He continues to fight for a decent public transport infrastructure and for safer communities.
As well as being a TD, Paul has also served as a Councillor for Lucan and Palmerstown over many years. He ha worked with residents’ associations and individual residents on thousands of local issues. Some were successful, some are ongoing and include: traffic safety in and out of estates and at major interchanges more school traffic wardens, HGV issues, protecting and enhancing the Liffey Valley amenity, opposing bad planning, stopping the Outer Ring Road becoming a four lane dual carriageway in Lucan, pushing for an underpass in Palmerstown, fighting for playground provision everywhere and actively supporting a teen space for older children. He continues to fighting for sports facilities
and funding for a large number of clubs; raising crime and anti-social
behaviour issues, including safety in public parks; pushing for improvements to the bus service including submissions to Bus Connects;
constantly raising litter, dumping, illegal or inaccurate signage; and pushing for derelict industrial sites to be used as job creation
incubator hubs and temporary sports/arts/ community facilities.
Paul Supports good housing development, but has an unrivalled record fighting dodgy and sometimes corrupt rezonings, stopping housing in the wrong areas (like the scenic Liffey Valley amenity lands) and
fighting to get additional facilities and transport alongside Government designated housing lands. He made a detailed submission along with Cllr Guss O’Connell on the Palmerstown SHD application which was turned down.
Of all candidates Paul has played the leading role in pushing Adamstown SDZ issues, setting up the working group on
the sports and community hall, appealing the plan to
An Bord Pleanála at various stages to fight for facilities
and the phasing of infrastructure alongside housing. He got two additional schools in the plan and he argued for the reopening
of the Phoenix Park Tunnel. Along with Independent colleagues he
continues to chase up issues within the new community as they arise.
He was also the outstanding advocate for proper planning in the Clonburris SDZ, fighting for the interests of existing residents
and those who will move into the area, to ensure traffic disruption is
minimised, transport options are increased and retail, community and other infrastructure is provided alongside housing. Appealed
the plan as outgoing Mayor to An Bord Pleanála. Decision on any
Construction of Lucan Swimming Pool has finally commenced and Paul was actively involved in pushing for this over many years.. No candidate has done more work on the Lucan Swimming Pool project than Paul Gogarty over the last Council term, (or indeed over the last 15 years) but he also acknowledges the tremendous role other politicians and community members have played. Paul boycotted the sod turning for the pool in solidarity with the Pool4Lucan team of Helen Farrell and Sandra Whelan who were not invited to the photo op event, despite their huge efforts in mobilising community support and pressure.