Tag Archives: Ballymun

Gun Amnesty in Ballymun

A publicity stunt has worked for Councillor Wrenn in Dublin. He has
got a photo into the Evening Herald by propsoing that criminals drop
weapons including pipe bombs and guns at a local non-Garda position.
He is going to do this come what may and will continue with or without
police support. Stuntall will hardly like this as it will impact on
the alcohol camapign that she has embarked upon. Councillor Wrenn
could have brought this to the City Council or to the Area Committee
if he showed up.

There’s more to craic than cocaine!

Security Cameras in Ballymun

Launch of the the security cameras in Ballymun which have gone live. These will heighten the security of the people and should prevent crime.

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Update on Ballymun Lifts

The Army are still working on the Lifts, 7 are working , 9 were working at
one time two went down .
They are working on 3 more lifts now very close to getting these up and

Ballymun Lifts Crisis Limps on

Dear Councillor

Please be advised that the following highlighted text is the current
position with regard to the issue of Lift Maintenance at the Ballymun Flat

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Alcohol Strategy in Ballymun

This policy is necessary to deal with the serious damage done by
overconsumption of alcohol and the attendant antisocial behaviour ande
general damage to individuals and society. Ballymun Safety Forum has taken
this issue head-on and the report is the collective wisdom of the community.
It is also referenced for academic integrity.

To view this policy click here

Ballymun Lifts Court Injunction

THE High Court today granted an injunction prohibiting picketing in an
industrial dispute which has left almost all of Ballymun’s remaining
flat blocks without lifts.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy granted the injunction to Dublin City Council
against the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) and
against two named picketers over the dispute which arose last February
when the lift repair company, Pickerings sought to make seven of its
employees redundant.

Since then, 25 of the 27 lifts in nine remaining eight-storey blocks,
and in the 14-storey Plunkett Tower, are no longer working because it
has not been possible to repair them due to the pickets, the court
heard. Around 450 families, and four wheelchair-bound individuals, are

Roddy Horan SC, who made the injunction application for the city
council on a one-side only (ex-parte) basis, said the situation was now
“parlous” and the tenants were “suffering dreadfully.”

He said the council had threaded warily in the initial days of the
dispute in the hope that the union and the lift company would resolve
the matter and for fear of exacerbating it as there were TEEU members in
other sections of the local authority.

However, he said, the council decided to terminate its contract with
Pickerings which meant that the picketing now going on was secondary and
not lawful, counsel said. The TEEU had indicated the pickets would stay
in place even if the lift contract passed to another company, counsel

In an affidavit from Pat Caden, a senior engineer with the city council,
he said the union and the lift company unsuccessfully tried to resolve
their differences through the Labour Court and late last month the
council terminated the contract with Pickerings.

A new contractor is in a position to come in immediately but will not do
so with the pickets in place, Mr Caden said. The situation over the
lifts “has become intolerable”, Mr Caden said.

Des Feeney, an city council inspector in Ballymun, said in an affidavit
it was not too strong to say the lifts are a form of lifeline for a
significant number of tenants on the top floors including parents with
prams and the elderly. Four wheel-chair users are currently restricted
from leaving their flats, he said.

Mr Feeney also says a scheme to de-tenant the flats and move the
occupants to new accommodation in the area has been affected by the

Ms Justice Laffoy ordered that notices be put on the 10 flat block
entrances stating the court’s order prohibiting picketing or the
blocking of access or egress to them.

Other notice

The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union has been injuncted by
Dublin City Council to prevent it continuing to picket in Ballymun where
it has been involved in a dispute over redundancies with Pickerings
Lifts since February 4th.

The ex parte injunction was served on the union this evening. It will be
responding in the High Court tomorrow before Judge Mary Laffoy at 2pm.

The Labour Court issued a Recommendation on April 7th that was accepted
by the TEEU as a basis for settling the dispute but the company has so
far refused to engage with the Court or the TEEU.

Tonight TEEU Assistant General Secretary Arthur Hall said the Union
would be seeking to have the injunction lifted at tomorrow’s hearing.

Ballymun Lift Dispute

Pickerings at the Labour Court.
The maintenance company Pickerings, who are responsible for the lifts in
Ballymun flat blocks have withdrawn their services due to a countrywide
industrial dispute. The dispute involving Pickerings Lifts, the TEEU union
and Dublin City Council began in early February leaving Ballymun without
lift maintenance coverage. The number of lifts out of order averages on a
daily basis at approximately 18 out of the 32 in use, with many outages
associated with vandalism. The situation has deteriorated to the point
where 24 of 32 lifts are out of order. Dublin City Council staff has
identified vulnerable tenants who may need assistance during this dispute
and have offered alternative accommodation and any help they might need.
Huge inconvenience and misery has been the experience of the 261 families
and tenants affected in Balbutcher Lane, Silloge Road, Coultry Park and
Shangan Road. Climbing a staircase for six floors is not an easy task with
children or with any physical disability. Pickerings have been told that
their maintenance contract will not be renewed. Four staff members have
been let go and the dispute ended up in the Labour Court which ruled that
four weeks per year extra redundancy and last in first out should be the
method of reducing the staff compliment. Pickerings lifts stated that they
have no contract for service provision since March 4th.

This issue is being pressed by local public representatives and may require
a legal route or emergency intervention by the army engineers in some
cases. Whatever it takes has to be done to alleviate the situation in
Ballymun. The time for delay has passed.