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23rd March 2023  - SAMRA Observations on the Application by Cignal Infrastructure Ltd. for a Licence for Telecommunication Infrastructure on the Public Road/Footpath on Herbert Rd., Dublin 4.

SAMRA wish to make the following Observations in regard to the above Application.
Firstly we challenge the statement in the Planning Statement that all other options for
location of the infrastructure are ‘exhausted’. Where is the evidence for that ? Have all
height opportunities been explored ? Are there no other commercial or private off-street
locations available ? For example, has the possibility of mounting it on the structure of the
AVIVA Stadium or within its site been explored.


Secondly why can’t the existing infrastructure on the roof of the Sandymount Hotel be
upgraded ?


Thirdly, SAMRA does not agree with the Planning Statement that the installation will be
readily assimilated into the streetscape and skyscape. The pole’s scale and height at 18m
above the footpath are very prominent and it and the associated cabinet will add to street

Such infrastructure located on residential streets is simply not acceptable and we request
that DCC refuse the Application

Call for Task Force to oversee Seafront Works 

14th June 2022

This is a letter from SAMRA to our elected representatives, requesting their support, leadership and influence to the appointment of a single Task Force from the various bodies involved to integrate and deliver the combined scope.

SAMRA believes this to be a crucial action needed to make headway and achieve optimum outcome on these separate high priority scopes.

SAMRA’s call has received numerous responses of support from senior leaders and this formed the main basis of a meeting between SAMRA and Minister Ryan 8th July 2022.

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Motions passed calling on Dublin City Council to lead a Dublin Bay south east area taskforce - 14th Dec 2022

SAMRA's Chairman David Turner (3rd from left) and Head of Planning Niall McElroy (far left) met Minister Patrick O’Donovan (Minister for Office of Public Works) (far right) . and local Councillor James Geoghegan (2nd from left on 14th Dec 2022. Jim Casey Head of Ireland’s Flood Defence and other officials also attended.

SAMRA restated its call for Task Force to integrate this all the works that need to be undertaken on the seafront; cycleway, upgraded sewage works and flooding defences. together.


All agreed  that this is essential and Councillor Geoghegan followed up the meeting by tabling a motion at the SEAC (South East Area Committee Meeting) calling on 

Dublin City Council to lead a Dublin Bay south east area taskforce.

You can read the motion here.



The Sandymount and Merrion Residents’ Association (SAMRA) objects to the proposed hijacking of land on the Poolbeg Peninsula by the Dublin Port Company for the construction of a boiler station and the largest container storage facility in Ireland.


Dublin Port’s 3FM development plan proposes to use 20 acres of land (more than 5 times the size of Croke Park) adjacent to an accredited UNESCO Marine Biosphere and an EU Conservation Area noted for its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife, to build a container storage facility and boiler station.


This proposed facility will be visible to tens of thousands of people from the Pembroke Quarter Development, visitors to the area, and residents across Dublin Bay. It is wrong to use this unique finite amenity for storage when there is a city centre housing crisis. 

Read full statement here

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SAMRA welcomes village pedestrianisation

The Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association (SAMRA) welcomes the decision by Dublin City Council’s elected Councillors at their South East Area Committee meeting on Monday 14th February 2022 to re-introduce the pedestrianisation and a traffic free area on the east side of Sandymount Green.

The pedestrianisation will be for 3 days (Friday – Sunday inclusive) per week between Easter and Halloween.


The decision follows a successful trial last year (2021) which was introduced following direct representation made by the voluntary SAMRA Committee to Dublin City Council.

Following that trial Dublin City Council carried out a survey among the community. It found that there was overwhelming support for the initiative.  (Results here)

Chairperson of SAMRA David Turner said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Dublin City Council and elected Councillors on this initiative which in its current form addresses the varying views expressed by members of the community.

“We see this initiative as another step along the road to greatly enhancing the attractiveness and vibrancy of this unique village for local residents and visitors alike.

“We look forward to continuing to work with Dublin City Council and Councillors on implementing the many ideas that members of the community have proposed which will preserve and enhance the historic integrity of the village, the unique beach area which is a UNESCO designated Biosphere and the Poolbeg Peninsula, and increase their accessibility and amenity for the city”, he said.

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