Frankly Speaking – Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown supremo outlines plan for future development

by Liz Ferris
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Frank Curran is the Chief Executive of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Co Council. A Waterford native, he received his engineering degree in UCD and knows the borough well, having bought his first house there many years ago. 

He began his working life in the DLR Co Council department of the environment on Ballyogan Recycling and before becoming the resident engineer on the Southern Cross Motorway in conjunction with South Dublin County Council. 

He was also CEO in Wicklow and Leitrim county councils so is experienced in what is required of his current position. 

What are your plans for the County Development? 

The seven year County Development Plan) shows our plans for the foreseeable future. 

I have a good team around me to ensure that it is implemented. I know that working together in a holistic manner is the way to get things done. 

When it comes to sustainability what is DLR doing? 

I have three priorities in this area. 

(1. )Climate Action 

(2). Housing 

(3). Economic Development 

These three components are all vital and have to be worked on together. I am committed to the 10 minute concept for DLR. 

What is the 10 Minute concept? 

It is that all amenities should be within a 10 minute commute – shops, schools, work places and leisure. I call this placemaking. DLR County Council offices according will be more energy efficient. 

Council stock will be upgraded with the help of central government and any new building will have to have an A rating. Everything that involves new spending or upgrading, all will have to be energy efficient. 

What about the plans for other places in DLR? Will there be something for everyone? 

I am excited about these plans. Dun Laoghaire baths are just ready. Dundrum is getting a new civic centre. Under the Housing Delivery Action Plan 22-26 there will be a mix of social and affordable housing. Upgraded Libraries are also in the plans as is Blackrock village.

Cherrywood will have six schools and three parks and communities will have high intensity employment. The 10 minute commute springs to mind here. 

Cherrywood Aerial Photo
Cherrywood Aerial Photo

Is Dun Laoghaire Harbour in the plans? 

Cruise Ships already coming into Dun Laoghaire and that will be increased. There are 70 booked at the moment. A state of the art centre of excellence for water sports is also planned . 

What about the Arts? 

There is already a big network of artists working in the area and two theatres, one in Dun Laoghaire and one in the Mill centre. This shows how people with commitment, vision and creativity can come up with fabulous projects when it comes to the arts. Dun Laoghaire Town is also in line for a much needed facelift . 

Why should a business set itself up in DLR? 

When it comes to setting up a business in DLR you only have to look at Sandyford. Both big and small business work together successfully there and are a great example of the sort of success that can be achieved. 

With the LEO (Local Enterprise Office) now working with the larger businesses it guarantees that the small business person is just as important as the large businesses, of which there are many, in DLR.

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