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Green Party councillor for Swords, Rolestown, Santry, St Margarets, and Coolquay

About me

I'm a councillor for the Swords LEA

My name is Ian Carey and I have been a Green Party councillor since 2019. 

I believe local politics can make a difference. 

As a councillor, I have been working hard to make sure that our local community gets its fair share of funding and investment.

I’m passionate about environmental protection, sustainabilty, active travel, and building community. 

I grew up in Swords and have lived, worked and volunteered in the town for most of my life. My background is in the media and working for environmental NGOs in Ireland and internationally. 

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Airport night noise set to increase as Fingal rubberstamp noise decision

Fingal County Council, as the relevant planning authority, has rubberstamped the decision to allow for an increase in night time flights at Dublin Airport. The decision now brings into place the new rules around night flights at Dublin Airport as put forward by the Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA). By ANCA’s own admission, the decision…

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Scrub and woodland on farms are crucial for biodiversity, now farmers around Swords can get paid to protect it

Farmers around Swords will be able to receive payments for land with up to 50 per cent given to scrub, thicket, woodland habitat, and rock. These areas were previously ineligible for farm payments, and this led to farmers removing these high nature value habitats. This process was devastating for wildlife that relies on these pockets…

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NO CHANGE made to Dublin Airport night noise rules despite massive public outcry

The Aircraft Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) have disregarded over 1,000 public submissions which were made to it in relation to proposed night time noise rules at Dublin Airport. The vast majority of public submissions made to ANCA were calling for stronger restrictions on night time flights to protect the health of the communities surrounding Dublin…

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Swords receives €316k for youth diversion projects in 2022

Funding will go towards appointing family support workers, working with harder-to-engage children and early intervention. Minister Joe O’Brien, TD and Cllr Ian Carey have welcomed funding allocations for Youth Diversion Projects for 2022 in Dublin Fingal amounting to €316,000. Youth Diversion Projects (YDPs) engage with young people through a range of supports, including education, training…

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Nature sites in Swords, and across Fingal, will benefit from a better funded NPWS

Fingal Greens have welcomed Minister Malcolm Noonan’s announcement detailing his plan to renew the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). The NPWS manages six National Parks and 78 Nature Reserves. Comprising 15 strategic actions, the plan will see the NPWS established as an executive agency and restructured to deliver better outcomes for nature. Cllr Ian…

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Homelessness on the rise in Fingal

The number of people homeless in Fingal has risen steadily over the first three months of the year, figures from Fingal County Council reveal. In a recent report to councillors, the Chief Executive of Fingal County Council outlined how the number of people presenting as homeless outstripped those who exited homelessness thorugh the council by…

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Meet the most dangerous man in Fingal

Swords patriot Frank Lawless may never have known that a British Intelligence Officer scrawled the phrase ‘A Dangerous Man’ across his file – but in doing so he could not have paid the rebel a higher honour. The quartermaster of the Fingal Batallion during the Battle of Ashbourne, Lawless was the linchpin of republican efforts…

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Swords Round Tower and St Columbas Church receive maximum ‘conservation and repair’ funding

The Round Tower and St Columbas Church in Swords have received the maximum grant of €85,000 under the Community Monuments Fund. The money will help fund repair and conservation works to the two structures. St Columba’s Church has had well documented problems with its roof. The main aims of the Community Monuments Fund are the…

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Swords Castle settlement much older, and the lives of the inhabitants grim, community dig finds

Joint disease, spinal problems, and teeth ground down from a poor diet, were some of the chronic ailments in the bodies uncovered by local history enthusiasts in Swords Castle. The findings are documented in a new book by Fingal County Council Heritage Officer Christine Baker entiled ‘Swords Castle: Digging History: Excavations 2015-2017′. Launched this week,…

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Swords earmarked for rapid, destination and ‘en-route’ electric car infrastructure

The Swords area has been identified for a number of different types of electric car charging points as part of a Dublin Metropolitan Area EV report. In good news for motorists, consultants working for Dublin’s local authorities, have identified Swords as a strategic location for infrastructure to accomodate residential charging, rapid charge for commuters and…

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Public toilet on North St, construction begins

The public toilet planned for North Street in Swords started construction this week. In a note to Councillors this week the operations manager stated: The contractor anticipates at this stage that he has approximately 3 weeks of ground works on site before the toilet is installed. There will be some commissioning works following that before…

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National Parks and Wildlife Service commit to working with local community to improve the Broadmeadow Estuary

Officials from the NPWS have committed today to work with the local authority, and community groups, to improve the Broadmeadow Estuary. It was proposed that a local committee be formed of various stakeholders in the estuary and to set about creating conservation objectives and a work plan to deal with the pressures on the site.…

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No more dangerous bus parking as new pedestrian crossing due for Swords Manor park entrance

A new pedestrian crossing at Swords Manor has been given funding as part of the Fingal County Council’s Programme of Works for 2022. This comes following ongoing complaints of dangerous bus parking and speeding in the area making access to the park dangerous for park users. The location had been used frequently by bus drivers…

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PRESS RELEASE Calls for Ward River Valley Masterplan to be brought forward following tree removal from Ushers Lake

Shock was expressed from a number of Swords residents yesterday following the removal of a number of mature trees from the Ushers Lake area. On the back of this local Green Party Councillor Ian Carey is calling for the masterplan for the park to progress to consultation immediately. The works were being done by contractors…

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Home Energy Upgrade Scheme will be a ‘gamechanger’ in Fingal

Fingal Greens welcome the new Home Energy Upgrade Scheme launched by Minister Eamon Ryan yesterday (February 8th), in what is the biggest home insulation and retrofit scheme ever offered in the State. The scheme will include a new suite of measures that will make it easier for homeowners to undertake home energy upgrades, from individual measures…

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Is your home about to be hit with more airport noise? Understand the health impact

Airport noise is about to increase significantly in Swords, Malahide, Portmarnock, Hollystown, St Margarets, Coolquay, Rolestown and more. If current proposals from the Airport Noise Competent Authority (ANCA) proceed, there will be a big increase in night time noise in many Fingal communities. Next week there will be a free online talk from internationally renowned…

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‘Car free’ neighbourhoods and priority for active travel, added to Development Plan

Fingal County Council will encourage the development of ‘car free’ neighbourhoods in the coming years, following agreement at a recent Development Plan meeting. Inspired by the positive experiences of communities in Utrecht and Houten in the Netherlands, councillors agreed wording that would ‘encourage the development of car free neighbourhoods and streets’ in the new Fingal…

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“Green necklace” around Swords and major redevelopment of Ward River Valley, added to new Development Plan

A major commitment to develop a necklace of open spaces around Swords and to redevelop the Ward River Valley Regional Park will be contained in the new Fingal Development Plan. Following a motion from Green Party Councillor Ian Carey, Fingal officials last night recommended a strong extra commitment around open spaces which will now be…

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PRESS RELEASE Greens secure close to 60% increase for upkeep and maintenance in Swords, Balbriggan and North Fingal

Footpath upgrades, park improvements, traffic calming and improvements in lighting are to increase in the Swords and North Fingal areas from next year following a county council decision this week. The single biggest increase in the Programme of Works budget was agreed with council officials following a Green Party motion to secure greater fairness in…

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PRESS RELEASE Broadmeadow Estuary set to receive a higher conservation status

Rampant dumping, waste water outflow, litter flowing downstream, and human disturbance are all contributing to the destruction of nature on the Broadmeadow Estuary. But last week we saw a change in approach from Fingal County Council that may mark a turning point in the fate of some of Fingal’s nature reserves. A Green Party motion…

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