Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor again raised issues relating to Butler/McGee Park at the monthly meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee and asked that progress would be made on all issues of concern to the Fettercairn Estate Management Committee, Mark’s Celtic Football Club and St Mark’s GAA Club.
In his motion to the meeting he proposed that: “this Tallaght Area Committee welcomes proposals to provide security fencing at Butler/McGee Park and applauds the decision of management to respond positively to the all party support in the matter following calls to members from Marks Celtic FC and St Marks GAA Club; will he confirm the schedule now being followed in respect of the delivery of the works; will he confirm what consultations have taken place with the local community regarding the type of fencing to be provided and will he also report on plans to respond further to the stated concerns of both Clubs regarding the Park.”
The Council Management report in response to O’Connor’s motion stated as follows:
“Following the tender process for supply and erection of the railing at Drumcairn Parade/Butler McGee Park which was required in order to comply with procurement rules, a preferred bidder was selected from this process and an order has now been placed with them.
“It will take a number of weeks for the supplier to fabricate the 250 metres of railing, which in turn will mean that installation of the new railing will not commence until early in January.
“Once started it is expected that the installation works will take approximately two weeks to complete.
“Provision has also now been made in the Council’s Capital Works Programme for the completion of necessary boundary treatment works around the park and these works will be carried out in 2017.
“With regard to the issue of consultation with the local community on this matter, no consultations have taken place.
“It should be noted that the railing to be installed is decorative in style and will not be a security type palisade fence.
“In this regard it is expected that the style of railing will be acceptable to local residents, while the need for the railing to control access and reduce ongoing damage to the park and danger to park users is well established.”
According to Charlie O’Connor, this is a most important issue for the clubs and indeed the wider community and he says he has committed to continue to closely monitor the situation on their behalf.