Apply now for school bike parking

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has opened applications for cycle and scooter parking facilities in schools across the County. 

All schools in the have been contacted and requested to apply for funding. If you feel that your school would benefit from cycle and/or scooter parking facilities, then please contact your school and ask them to apply. The deadline for applications is the 16th March 2022.  

This funding will build on 2021, when 23 toasters cycle stands (parking for 10 bikes each) and 31 scooter stands (parking for 10 scooters each) were supplied to 23 schools around the County.  

This funding will help to encourage active transport for younger people and encourage them to travel to school in a safe, healthy, and environmentally friendly way.  

Season’s Greetings

With the end of the year fast approaching, I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year – and to thank you for your support over the past year and for your continued support going forward.

Some important information regarding the upcoming Christmas period:

I can be contacted during the break by emailing edowling@cllr.dlrcoco.ie or contacting 087-1415641.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown offices will close from 4:30pm on Thursday, 23rd December and will re-open on Tuesday 4th January 2022. In case of an emergency relating to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown services, please contact 01 677 88 44.

In case of an emergency please ring 112/999 as required.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Cllr. Eva Elizabeth Dowling

Ireland’s first “science candidate” launches bid for Seanad seat

The Green Party’s Eva Dowling has officially launched her bid for a Seanad seat today (26.02.20), running as Ireland’s first ever “science candidate”.

Cllr. Dowling MSc– who was elected to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council on her first attempt last year – is running on the NUI panel for the Seanad election.

A Green Party activist for eight years, Cllr. Dowling says she wants to place science firmly at the heart of policymaking.

Her Seanad bid has been endorsed by leading figures in Ireland’s science community, including Ann O’Dea, founder of Silicon Republic and Future Human; Bill Liao, angel investor, entrepreneur, co-founder of Coder Dojo and founder of WeForest.org; and Professor Patrick Cunningham, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government.

Commenting today, Cllr. Dowling said: “I am delighted to formally announce my bid for a Seanad seat, and to highlight that I’m standing on a science platform.  I believe science has a crucial role to play in policymaking.

“If we are to tackle the major challenges currently facing our country and the wider world – such as the climate and biodiversity crises – we as politicians need to listen to scientists and place science firmly at the heart of our work.

“As we continue to work in the era of ‘fake news’, it is vital that our laws are evidence-based, as opposed to interest-based and that a scientific approach is taken to drafting and scrutinising legislation.”

Cllr. Dowling outlined five key issues she will prioritise, if elected to the Seanad:

  1. Making science central to resolving the climate and biodiversity crises;
  2. Advocating for a fully independent Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government;
  3. Securing increased funding for discovery research;
  4. Working with higher education institutions to improve Ireland’s university rankings; and
  5. Working to establish a science museum for Ireland, recognising the country’s contribution to science and research over many centuries.

Commenting on Cllr. Dowling’s campaign, Professor Patrick Cunningham, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Irish Government, said: “As far as I am aware, Ireland has never before had a science candidate seeking election at any level of government. The growing place of science in our lives and economy is the mark of a modern, competent and competitive society. With her strong background and commitment, Eva Dowling will bring a new level of vision and effectiveness to this area in the work of the Seanad.”

Scientific Background

Cllr. Dowling has been heavily involved in Ireland’s science community for over a decade. As a science communicator, she works with some of Ireland’s leading minds in science and technology, across the private and public sectors.

In the leadup to the 2018 referendum, Eva founded and convened the ‘Scientists for Yes’ platform. The campaign brought together over 2,000 signatories from Ireland’s science community, including Ireland’s only living Nobel Laureate for the sciences, William C. Campbell.

She holds an MSc from the University of Edinburgh.

Other well-known supporters of her campaign include:

  • Dervilla M. X. Donnelly, Emerita professor of organic chemistry, University College Dublin
  • Luke Drury, Emeritus Professor, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
  • Pat Guiry, Professor of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, University College Dublin
  • Dr Tomás Ryan, Assistant Professor, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institutes
  • Dr Francis T. Smyth, Organic Chemist and Fulbright Scholar
  • Dr Simon Kelly, Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin
  • Dr Elizabeth A. Moore, BA, BDS, Dentist
  • Dr Sarah McLoughlin, research scientist and patient advocate
  • Dr Claire Gillan, Assistant Professor, Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
  • Paula Moore, BE MIEI AIMechE, Mechanical Engineer
  • Seamus Sheridan, Co-founder of Sheridans Cheesemongers
  • Catherine McGuinness, Zoologist and science communicator
  • Vicky Twomey-Lee, Diversity in Tech and Maker Advocate

 

 

 

ENDS

Seanad 2020 – Nomination Papers

This morning I filed my nomination papers with the returning officer, Maurice Manning at National University of Ireland, for the Seanad 2020 election campaign.

A very big thank you to all of my terrific nominees.

If you’d like to support or get involved, please email me: eva.dowling@greenparty.ie

If you would like to financially support the campaign, please click here.

Here’s to a great few weeks, back on the campaign trail!

Vote number one this Friday!

AM8I8735The hard work of campaigning over the past months and weeks has reached its conclusion and now all that’s left is to get out and vote!

Running for the Stillorgan electoral area of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has been a wonderful experience and it has been a privilege to engage with so many people on the doorstep.

The last few months have certainly been busy as we recently welcomed my newborn daughter into the world. Having a baby has given me even more motivation to do what I can to safeguard the future for the next generation. More than ever, I can see that the decisions taken now will have a lasting impact on our children.

There is so much we can do at local level to protect our environment and decisions taken in the Council will affect our local transport, housing, waste management and green spaces. Together, the actions taken on these issues will decide how we tackle the issue of climate change and whether we can meet the challenges ahead.

My campaign team and I have been humbled by the warm responses at the door and we are hopeful that a green wave is about to hit Ireland!

I’d like to thank my family and campaign team for all their support in recent months.

Whatever you do this Friday, please get out tomorrow and vote!

And remember, if you want green, vote green!

A Sustainable Future for Our Community

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This Summer I am contesting the 2019 local elections as the Green Party candidate for the Stillorgan electoral area of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Some of the biggest decisions for our environment and our communities are taken at local level, which is why I am campaigning on the pledge of building ‘A Sustainable Future for Our Community’.

Building a sustainable future involves ‘Green Thinking’ which means planning for the long-term, particularly when it comes to our environment and the pressing issue of climate change.

Some of the biggest challenges that the incoming Council will face, such as housing and transport need solutions that will last well into the future, so that our children and grandchildren can benefit from the choices we make now.

To bring about this sustainable future, I’m asking for your first preference vote on Friday, May 24th.

If you would like to contact me, or if you would like to join my campaign, please get in touch: eva.dowling@greenparty.ie. If you would like to contribute to my campaign, please support my GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/elect-eva

Thank you!

Go Fund Me!

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Hi there!

I’m Eva Elizabeth Dowling and I am the Green Party candidate for the Stillorgan Ward of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

Between now and Election Day on May 24th, I’ll be out on the doors, trying to meet as many of the 22,000 voters in the area as possible.

In order to reach everyone, I’ll be printing posters, leaflets and cards – as well as running a complimentary digital ad campaign. I have set a fundraising target of €3,000 to cover these costs.

All funds raised will go directly to getting me elected.  Your support will be very much appreciated: https://www.gofundme.com/elect-eva

Here’s a snapshot of what your donation will purchase:

€10 = 10 letters delivered to households
€20 = 3 election posters
€50 = 10 branded campaign jackets
€100 = 250 promotional bike saddle covers
€200 = 750 postcard flyers
€500 = 4-week digital ad campaign
€600 = 8,000 leaflets (enough to reach every household)
€1,000 = 150 election posters (enough to cover the electoral ward)

I would be very grateful for any contribution you can make – https://www.gofundme.com/elect-eva If you’d rather give your time, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Thanks so much for your support,

Eva Elizabeth Dowling

https://www.gofundme.com/elect-eva

Reopen Glenalbyn Swimming Pool!

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This year marks five years since the closure of Glenalbyn Swimming Pool – one of the main issues that I get contacted about by local residents.

The loss of this amenity to the community is immense. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to sign this petition to call for the re-building and re-opening of our local pool: https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/re-build-re-open-glenalbyn-swimming-pool-we-want-our-funding-back?source=facebook-share-button&time=1550706786&fbclid=IwAR0BiKrVR_JEO_b6BLcqKF2OFm-AtAR46kwEu8BiX9ilQc722G21gyXMV_8