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Written by John Cuddy SOUTH Dublin County Council, in conjunction with the National Roads Authority, will sign the €70 million contract on 7th March which will allow work to commence in the first week of July this year. Speaking on Monday 18th February at a ‘Special Information Meeting’ in the Green Isle Hotel, Local TD Deputy Keating outlined that “currently over 100,000 vehicles pass through the junction every day and Newlands Cross has been on the plans to have major construction

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Deputy Keating pointed out that he met with South Dublin County Council a number of times prior to the public meeting. He said that he received a commitment from the Local Authority that, as soon as the contract is signed, a number of information meetings will be set up which he will chair to ensure that the construction phase will take the impact of local residents into consideration. Keating also expressed concerns of a number of issues which needed addressing, including; the noise factor, the light factor, the parking of vehicles inside estates and streets, as well as the use of heavy machinery during school times and during the period when schools open and

close. He said that he will be meeting with the contractor and a representative body of residents to discuss the hours of construction, the impact of machinery in the area, and the noise, light and other environmental factors. Summing up the Newlands Cross By-Pass development at the meeting, Keating said that the work will commence about the first week of June and it will take 21 months for completion and will be “one of the major constructions in Dublin Mid-West for some time.” He ensured locals that he has received a commitment from South Dublin County Council that all three lanes on each side of the road will remain open during the construction phase.

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Protection Needed for Tenants of Buy-to-Let Properties Written by Holli Breslin RECENTLY in the Dáil, Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has expressed concern to the Minister for Finance and Financial Regulator regarding the lack of a code of conduct for receivers of buyto-let properties. Ellis drew attention to the vulnerability of tenants currently occupying these properties. He stated that with the buy-to-let crisis worsening, more and more tenants are receiving notifications informing them of receivers having been appointed. This results in the tenant from that point having to deal directly with the receiver with regard to rent payment etc. Where as many receivers will treat tenants with the respect they deserve, the lack of a code of conduct being in place may result in

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with the costs of school supplies by possibly introducing a book rental scheme similar to the one in Northern Ireland could reduce the costs by a significant amount, Deputy Ó Ríordáin went on to say “There are however a number of things that can be done to alleviate this burden.” Ríordáin continued, “An obvious way to make savings would be to look at the possibility of implementing a book rental scheme similar to that in Northern Ireland. This could alleviate some of the burden placed on parents and I hope to review this as part of my report. Such a move has already been recognized by the Minister for Education &

Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, when he recently encouraged schools to invest in such a scheme by issuing a series of guidelines and recommendations.” Hopefully when this report is published it will lighten the burden placed upon the struggling families with school attending children, this consultation is also accepting submissions from the general public. If you wish to make a submission email esp@ oireachtas.ie with the subject line Back to School Costs.

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Facebook announce 100 new job opportunities in Ireland FACEBOOK is to create more than 100 new roles at its international HQ, Facebook Ireland, updating its status to 500 jobs in Dublin as it continues its current phase of expansion. Facebook is seeking staff to work in a range of functions and has already kicked off the hiring process by advertising the jobs on their online notice board www.facebook.com/ jobs. Facebook’s Dublin office is its international headquarters and currently employs around 400 people in a broad range of roles including user operations, advertising, sales, policy and safety. The roles will have a significant economic impact and Facebook’s Dublin operation works closely with

the Irish government, via the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and IDA Ireland. Minister Bruton has met senior executives from Facebook in their California headquarters as part of an intensive programme of IDA investment missions since taking office. Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “ICT is a key sector targeted in the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs, and we are determined to build on the major successes in this sector in recent years, in particular by supporting the further development of the thriving cluster around Dublin’s docklands. Today’s announcement of a significant expansion by one of the biggest companies on the internet, with

the creation of 100 high-end jobs, is a major endorsement of the tech environment in Dublin and further confirmation of our city’s status as the internet capital of Europe. This represents a significant economic commitment to Ireland by Facebook and I wish them every success with their operations here”. Mr Gareth Lambe, Acting Head of Office for Facebook Ireland said: “Ireland is a great hub of international tech talent which is one reason why Facebook has its international HQ in Dublin. Today’s announcement means we will be expanding our workforce across multiple disciplines such as user operations, safety and advertising. These jobs, which

reflect growth in markets across Europe but also the Middle East and Africa, mean we will not only be recruiting from the local economy but supporting local businesses by increasing our footprint.” The Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, Mr Barry O’Leary said: ``Social media remains a key strategic industry for Ireland in terms of job creation, and no brand name better represents that sector’s thriving growth than Facebook. Employment intensive services are a key focus of IDA’s Horizon 2020 strategy. The latest expansion and the nature of the employment being created illustrate how important the company is to the digital media cluster Ireland has developed over recent years’’.


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THE TEACHING COUNCIL OF IRELAND REVIEWS ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Written by Phillip O’Shea IN June 2011, the teaching council published Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers. That document noted the Council’s intention to initiate a consultation process in relation to revised minimum entry requirements for entry onto programmes of initial teacher education. That process has now ended, and a consultation document has been published setting out the proposed revised minimum entry requirements, as well as the suggested timeframe for introduction of these revised requirements. The Council has held meetings with key stakeholders, including principals’ bodies, school management bodies, Higher Education Institutions, teacher unions, mentors, student teachers and newly qualified teachers, to present its proposals and hear feedback in relation to the matter. The Council also invited written feedback in the form of an

online survey. Minimum entry requirements for programmes of initial teacher education are set by the Minister for Education and Skills, in consultation with the Teaching Council. To be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (post-primary) candidates must have obtained a third-level degree deemed by the Teaching Council to be suitable for the purposes of teaching at post-primary level. The Teaching Council public consultation on entry requirements for the teaching profession, offered educators the opportunity to debate the current requirement for Higher Level Irish for all prospective primary school teachers. Labour party TD for Dublin Bay North, Aodhan O Riordain, said; “It is the experience of many who work in areas of acute disadvantage that the requirement for ‘Honours Irish’ effectively acts as a

barrier to poorer students who aspire to become primary school teachers. DEIS secondary schools are rarely in the position to offer Higher Level Irish for their students. Poorer families do not have the resources to pay for grinds or to send their children to the Gaeltacht on summer courses. The requirement for teachers to have the ability to teach Irish is a corner-stone of the Irish education policy and must be preserved. However, we must find more inclusive ways to empower students from all backgrounds to upskill in language instruction during their training years. It is surely the skills on exiting training college that are paramount and not the examination results achieved on exiting secondary school. I will shortly be launching a programme with Marino Institute of Education and Northside Partnership which will help students in Northside DEIS schools who wish

Hospitals Hit With More Cuts ST. James’s Hospital, Dublin has suffered a nine million euro cut in recent days. The hospital is one of the largest in Ireland and has now been given a budget of two hundred and sixty three million for this year. Other hospitals such as Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital have also been hit

with cuts of 2.8% and 2% respectively. A spokesperson for St. James’s decided to make no comment regarding the cut. Other hospitals fortunately have had their budgets increased such as Mayo General Hospital which has received a 10% increase. Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said in

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outrage “The cut to St James’ Hospital, the busiest hospital in the state, is completely unjustifiable and makes a lie of Minister James Reilly’s commitment that money will follow the patients.” Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called for clarity regarding hospital budgets.

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OVER THREE YEARS OF HOMES DELIVERED FOR Written by Phillip O’Shea THE local authority waiting lists at the end of last year stood at 98,318 or approximately 250,000 persons. That figure is up from 58,000 in 2008 and all indications suggest that the figure will continue to rise. In late 2011, the National Asset Management Agency drew up a list of just over 2,000 houses and apartments which would be made available for social housing. The agency was to make these properties available through leasing agreements with local authorities. Last year NAMA renewed its commitment to providing social housing by saying it could provide 3,949 units after a new NAMA agency was set up. NAMA Asset Residential Property Services Ltd, was set up to acquire from NAMA debtors vacant properties deemed suitable. In response to a parliamentary question which found that just 179 homes have been delivered for social housing despite NAMA being in existence since late 2009, Sinn Fein housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD said; “This just isn’t good enough, so little has been delivered in a time when housing waiting lists are bursting at the seams and people are finding it harder to keep their home or to afford spiralling rents. The social lease system pursued by the

government is a lucrative one for developers within NAMA who will have their properties’ rents hassle free and will be returned their properties once the lease ends. These are developers who have been bailed out by the people already and are being fed by NAMA but have repaid nothing in the way of social dividend. Thousands of NAMA units which could be new homes for people who have been waiting years are lying idle. The Minister for Housing and the department need to get tough with developers and NAMA and to ensure this is delivered on soon. We cannot let another year go by where NAMA houses only a handful of people. We have waited long enough. The minister must also pave the way to allow local authorities to take over unfinished estates which have no bond and are in the control of a financial institution or NAMA so that these sites can be completed and people can finally be housed. This is all about the political will to provide much needed housing, either the government has it or it doesn’t.” Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan, TD, stated that she expected a significant increase in the number of NAMA properties selected and delivered for social housing in 2013. “The Government is

Crumlin Loses Sport Funding THE Government has rejected the extension to the pavilion at Willie Pearse Park in Crumlin under the sports capital grant programme. Ray McHugh, from Sinn Fein said, “The Gaa, Boxing and Soccer clubs and working very hard for the children of the area by giving time and energy and are deserving of support, and to fail because the application was deemed invalid is sole destroying. Ray also stated, this is deeply disappointing and called oh Minister Ring to meet with a delegation from the clubs as a matter of urgency, Crumlin and the people of the area deserve this funding.

committed to securing social housing from the NAMA portfolio. In the past 12 months Minister Hogan and I have worked closely with all parties, including the Housing Agency, local authorities, the Approved Housing Bodies and NAMA, to overcome the legal and other obstacles that were impeding the availability of suitable properties for social housing. That work is now complete and I expect a significant increase in the number of properties that will become available in 2013.”

Among the important initiatives finalised in 2012 which will make a significant impact this year were: - The establishment by NAMA of a special purpose vehicle to take ownership of properties where there is an established demand – thereby enabling the direct negotiation of leases with approved housing bodies. - Agreement between NAMA and Approved Housing Bodies of a framework for leases that can apply in the vast majority of cases. - The announcement in Budget 2013 by Minister Howlin of €10m in funding which will drive the process in the coming year.

Brain Implant May Help Alzheimer’s Patients W Alzheimer’s is one of the many ailments that are relatively unknown to the medical world; despite millions of dollars being spent on research there haven’t been any truly major breakthroughs in a long time, at least until now. This week a medical report released shows that there might be a very promising new treatment available for Alzheimer’s patients in the near future, and it comes in the form of an implant.

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Ireland’s reported facilitation of rendition flights is disturbing Written by Phillip O’Shea SINN Féin’s spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora, Seán Crowe TD, has branded Ireland’s facilitation of secret CIA detention, rendition and interrogation programmes as disturbing. Crowe made the comments after the release of a new report from the Open Society Justice Initiative, a human rights advocacy group, which states that Ireland was one of 54 states which helped facilitate the illegal actions of the CIA by permitting the use of its airspace and airports for flights associated with CIA extraordinary rendition operations. The report took information from a variety of high-level sources including the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, and the UN, all which point towards cooperation with illegal CIA

rendition programmes. The report also cites documents from legal cases, brought by victims of rendition against some of the companies that aided the extraordinary rendition flights, which suggests that previous Governments allowed the use of Irish airspace and Shannon airport for these rendition flights. Additionally the report references diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks which show that previous Governments knew that rendition flights were using Irish airspace and airports, but despite public criticism, they continued to ensure American military transits continued. In response to concerns that Ireland was facilitating rendition flights, raised by the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2005, the Government stated that inspections of military

planes in Shannon were not necessary because it had received assurances from the American administration that detainees had not been and would not be transported illegally through Irish territory. This latest report would suggest that those assurances were either naïve or a bad lie. In recent weeks the current Government has reiterated its support for the continued use of Shannon airport as a transit for foreign military flights. Deputy Crowe said: “Sinn Féin stands against the use of any Irish airport and Irish airspace being used by foreign militaries engaged in aggressive military action. Ireland must uphold its historical tradition of neutrality. This disturbing report, on the use of Irish airports and airspace by US military aircraft since 9/11, needs

to be fully investigated. It highlights grave breaches of domestic and international law, and diminishes our standing as a neutral state. Rendition flights breach domestic and international law, yet it seems the Government of the time did nothing to stop this state’s facilitation of rendition flights. I am calling on the Government to make a public statement that it will refuse to participate in the CIA’s detention and rendition programme and disclose all information relating to past human rights violations. I am also calling on the current Government to create an independent body to investigate the potential human rights abuses and to put safeguards in place to ensure that Irish airspace is not used for illegal rendition flights.”

NEW DEFENCE FORCES BILL HEADS TO THE SEANAD Written by John Bodkin THE new Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Bill which first came to prominence in 2012 has recently been presented to Seanad Éireann as it moves ever closer to being passed. The Bill looks to meet the Government’s commitment to deal, in a positive way, with the issue of those who deserted Irish defence forces to join with the Allied forces during the course of the Second World War. It will do this in a way that does not expose the state to any liability in respect of those individuals. During the Second World War, Irish forces had approximately 42,000 serving citizens, and over time, it is estimated that

over 7,000 of these deserted. Of these 7,000, over 2,500 personnel either returned or were apprehended by military tribunal. The remainder were subject to dismissal under the Emergency Powers Act of 1946. The Emergency Powers Act of 1946 stated that deserters were forced to forfeit pay and allowances received from serving in Irish defence forces, as well as disqualifying them from holding any office or employment remunerated from the Central Fund for seven years. The effects of this act caused great hardship to many individuals and families, as well as the shunning of many individuals around Ireland. The Bill, which was

published by Minster for Justice and Defence Alan Shatter, will now provide both a pardon and an apology for the soldiers who were affected by The Emergency Powers Act of 1946. In June of 2012, Shatter had apologised on behalf of the Government for the manner in which deserters were ostracized on their return to Ireland after the Second World War. In December of 2012, Shatter then commented on the Bill by saying: “I hope that the action we have taken on this issue will put to rest the concerns of those individuals still alive, who fought for freedom and against tyranny with the allied forces. I also hope it lifts a veil for the families of those who have

already died.” Shatter also outlines in the Bill that those who are still viable for prosecution due to desertion or being absent without leave under the 1946 Act will receive immunity. Labour TD Gerald Nash, who has been one of the biggest supporters of the new Bill, has commended the move by Government, noting that its introduction has been long overdue. “I am pleased that they have lived to see the day that there is a cross party and cross community consensus in this State that the way in which many of them were treated on their return from the theatres of war was unacceptable and that we are now prepared to apologise for that,” said Nash.


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Cinema Releases This Is 40 (2013)

This is 40 is a comedy written, directed and co-produced by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up). This is 40 is a standalone sequel to Knocked Up. The film follows the lives of middle-aged married couple Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) as they each turn 40, with their jobs and daughters adding stress to their relationship. Jason Segal, Chris O’Dowd, Melissa McCarthy also star. This is 40 is in cinemas now.

I Give It A Year (2013) I Give It a Year is a British comedy and is written and directed by Dan Mazer who also wrote the Borat, Bruno and Ali G films. I Give It a Year is a rom-com which follows the ups and downs of a newlywed couple during their first year of marriage. Starring Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne as the newlywed couple, alongside Anna Faris, Stephen Merchant and Minnie Driver. I Give It a Year is in cinemas now.

DVD & BLU RAY Skyfall (2012) Skyfall is directed by Sam Mendes and is the twenty third film in the hugely popular James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig returns for a third time to play the world’s greatest secret agent, with Judi Dench returning as M. Skyfall centres on Bond investigating an attack on MI6 headquarters in London. Bond must then track down and destroy the threat. During his investigation he comes up against Raoul Silva, who is played by Javier Bardem. Bond’s loyalty to M is also tested along the way. Daniel Craig is once again brilliant as a more modern day Bond. A lot more screen time is also given to Judi Dench which is excellent to see as she is such a talented actress. Bardem is also brilliant as the antagonist in this film. Critics around the world have claimed that Skyfall is the best Bond film yet. With Bond appearing to be a more experienced and more damaged hero. If you are a fan of James Bond you will certainly enjoy Skyfall, especially as it is respectful of tradition, more so than the last two films in the series (Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale). Two characters (Q and Eve Moneypenny) who have been absent in the last two films make an appearance in Skyfall. The theme song to Skyfall was written and performed by the hugely successful Adele. The song “Skyfall” also won Best Original Song at this year’s Golden Globes award ceremony. Skyfall is available to rent or buy now and is rated 12.

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TV Entertainment The Voice of Ireland The popularity of RTÉ’s The Voice of Ireland is increasing as a record 742,700 people tuned in to watch the programme which featured the first round of Battles. The Blind Auditions have already been aired on RTÉ One. During the Blind Auditions singers are judged on their vocal talent alone. The coaches have their backs to the singer, and if they like what they hear, they spin their chair around indicating that they would like to be their coach. This year’s coaches are Kian Egan, Bressie, Sharon Corr and Jamelia. The Voice of Ireland airs every Sunday evening at 6:30pm on RTÉ One and it is certainly becoming great Sunday night viewing. One of the most vocal and opinionated coaches, Kian Egan is providing great entertainment as he ruffles a few feathers amongst the other coaches. The live shows begin on Sunday 17th of March, so if you haven’t watched any of The Voice so far, you have plenty of time to catch up on all of singers and of course the drama going on between the coaches.

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A 50 bed HSE community nursing home in Inchicore lies empty while patients wait. Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh demands that this vacant nursing home is opened. The nursing home was built as part of the planned St. Michael’s Regeneration Project; the home was built two years ago and cost a whopping €12 million to build. The nursing home is fitted with state of the art facilities but has yet to be opened to the awaiting patients.

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patients due to the lack of nursing home beds in the vicinity. Minister O’Reilly must notice the need for a nursing home in the St. Michael’s area as the nursing home was built there due to the aging local community. There is also financial sense to opening St. Michael’s Nursing Home it would relieve the pressure on St. James hospital, allowing them to place patients quicker preventing the patients from getting stuck on trolleys in

the A&E. Ó Snodaigh urges the Government to reject the proposal that the home will be run on a half public half private bases. Ó Snodaigh went on to say, “I call on the Minister to reject the proposal to run this hospital on a publicprivate partnership. The privatisation of the public health system needs to end. If the HSE cannot run the facility, why not grant it, with the required operating costs, to St James’s Hospital?”

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being bombarded with tweets from the No More Page 3 campaign, whose followers are appealing for the daily topless photos of young women to be removed from The Sun. No More Page 3 is a campaigning group that is calling on the Sun editor

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• Class-leading driving ability • Innovation inside and out • Class-leading fuel economy • Engineered for outstanding safety THE all-new Ford Kuga, which arrives in Ireland this month, is set to shatter the myth that an SUV can’t be green, high-tech, capable and exceptional all at once. The new Kuga is the centrepiece of Ford’s strategy to expand in the fast-growing European SUV market and offers a surprising array of features and technologies, including: · Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, including exclusive Curve Control · Segment first hands-free tailgate that operates with a gentle kicking motion · Class-leading fuel efficiency · Ford SYNC with Emergency Assist. Ford plans to leverage its global leadership in SUVs to deliver a comprehensive lineup of smarter vehicles to Europe. New Kuga will be followed by the modern and innovative EcoSport, Ford’s entry into the small SUV segment, and the Edge – a larger, more premium crossover that is a success in North America and other markets. “Kuga has proved a popular vehicle with Irish motorists and indeed, right across Europe,” said Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director, Ford Ireland. “The new Kuga retains the charisma of the previous model and adds remarkable new technologies, features and capability.” The smart AWD system pre-emptively reassesses conditions 20 times faster than it takes to blink an eye, readjusting the AWD power split to give the driver the best blend of handling and traction. The primary goal of the AWD system at low speeds is traction; at speeds above 30 km/h the AWD system is tuned to improve driving feel, handling and responses. A unique cluster display shows drivers the torque demand of each wheel at any moment. Ford Curve Control acts as a safeguard for drivers who have entered a bend with too much speed. The system mitigates against severe understeer by aggressive braking and can, if the driver is still pushing their foot down on the accelerator, also reduce engine torque. Stylish new Kuga offers space for more luggage than the current car and a luggage compartment that can be accessed more easily.

Ford’s hands-free tailgate can be opened or closed simply by a kicking motion beneath the rear bumper to either open or close the powered tailgate; and new Kuga offers 46-litres more luggage compartment-space than the current model, while the rear seats fold flat in one movement. New Kuga will deliver class-leading fuel economy through significantly improved fuel efficiency. Diesel engine fuel consumption has been improved by 10 per cent. In Ireland, New Kuga is available with a 2.0-litre TDCi Duratorq diesel engine. New Kuga was awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP after achieving an overall protection score of 88 per cent, the highest-ever for a mid-sized SUV. The independent vehicle safety organisation awarded new Kuga an Advanced reward for Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance. Upon detecting airbag deployment or activation of the emergency fuel shut-off within the car, Emergency Assistance uses the on-board GPS locator and Bluetooth-paired device to set up an emergency call and provide GPS co-ordinates, in the local language. “This is the most technology we have ever offered with a Ford car in Europe” said Eddie Murphy. “This helps new Kuga become a better car right across the board – and delivers a smarter SUV”. In Ireland Kuga will be offered in two series: Zetec and Titanium. The specification list for Kuga Zetec is as follows: 17” 5x2 spoke alloy wheels; front fog lights; heated windshield; cruise control, daytime running lights; body colour mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler; twin exhausts; driver’s knee airbag; Thatcham alarm; fold flat rear seats; trip computer; and leather steering wheel with remote audio controls. The additional specification for the Kuga Titanium includes: 17” 9x2 spoke alloy wheels; automatic headlights and wipers; front scuff plates; dual zone air conditioning; driver’s lumbar support; partial leather seats; Sony radio/CD; Ford SYNC connectivity; and premium centre console with sliding armrest.

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FANS will be able to step back in time with Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition. For the first time ever, users will experience Augusta National Golf Club as it was when the course played host to the very first Masters Tournament — what was known in 1934 as the Inaugural Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The development of this exclusive feature was researched with meticulous detail in an effort to re-create the original 1931 design of world-renowned golf course architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie and legendary golfer Bobby Jones. “From the very beginning, our relationship with the Masters Tournament has been built around our ability to bring a unique and authentic experience to a new and younger demographic of potential golfers,” Mike

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In total, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 14: The Masters Historic Edition will include all 20 courses available in the standard edition and the four additional championship courses: Royal County Down, Royal Melbourne, Sheshan and TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

Interested in climbing Mweelrea on March 2nd? At 814 metres, it’s the highest mountain in Connacht. It’s all part of the Climb 4 Concern. Over the next few months Concern is inviting readers of BizBlitz to climb the highest peaks in all four provinces. The climb is open to people of all fitness levels. Registration fee is €25 and climbers are asked to raise €50 for Concern. Accommodation is at The Helm, in Westport. Two nights accommodation, with breakfast, plus one dinner cost €75. Early afternoon on Friday March 1st a bus will leave Mullingar and travel via Dublin to bring climbers to Westport. BizBlitz readers are guaranteed a great weekend for an all-in price of €150.

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Feature: ITTFM Charity gig in aid of ARC CANCER Support

Great Night Great Sounds Great Venue Great Support Great Cause

ALL SMILES: The ITTFM Crew in The Cuckoo’s Nest after a smooth charity gig.

Written by Pieter Mens

THE roof was firmly rocked off the Cuckoo’s Nest in Tallaght on Friday 8th February, where 6 bands took to the stage as part of a fundraising gig in aid of Arc cancer society. The gig was organised by ITT 99.1fm. Graham Lewis, one of the organisers, told Bizblitz that they chose Arc because “cancer affects most families in Ireland, and it’s a nongovernment funded charity”. ARC is a haven, founded in 1994, offering professional

personal support to people affected by cancer and those who care for them. The support is holistic and complements primary medical treatment with education and psychological support and care. Services in ARC Houses are free of charge so donations are greatly appreciated. Over 80 people came to the gig and showed their support for this worthy cause. Everyone had a fantastic night. And with the help of them and the acts Resoul, Cathal Flaherty, The Aluskas

(who donated all album sales on the night), Shane Ó Fearghail from Caruso, Madra and The Stoles more than €650 was raised for Arc. ITT 99.1fm would like to thank the Cuckoo’s Nest and bands for giving their support and services free of charge. If you would like to donate or even organise your own fundraising event you can contact Arc through their website at www. arccancersupport.ie.

Photography by Joanne Briggs

Mill Centre Jobs at Risk THE ALUSKAS: Made up of Anthony Byrne, David Byrne and Philip Tinsley

Written by Fiona Delaney

WITH unemployment still a problem in Ireland you’d think that there would have been some sort of legislation put into place to protect longstanding businesses from being wiped out. But it would appear that this is not the case as longstanding businesses in the Mill Shopping Centre in Clondalkin struggle to pay their high rents while new tenants such as Specsavers and Boots are granted ‘Sweetheart’ deals. These deals put businesses like McNally’s Opticians in danger of having to cut valuable jobs.

Current tenants have pleaded with the agents to secure them a lower rent that better reflects the drop in sales since the economic downturn but so far their pleas have been rejected. To make matters worse McNally’s Opticians is forced to compete with Specsavers who have been given an unfair advantage over them with their nine months rent free period and lower rent, they are in a better position to offer customers better deals which could spell disaster for the community businesses.

Unfortunately these days, business for all shops has taken a hit but for the tenants at the Mill Centre times are getting harder as the agents working on behalf of the owners seem only too glad to sell them out to bigger and more established businesses. Eoin Ó Broin speaks out “If this kind of practice continues jobs will be lost at the Mill Centre. Given Clondalkin’s already high level of unemployment every possible attempt must be made to prevent further job losses.” Ó Broin has asked people to petition

the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton to clarify weather or not if these deals are legal. Ó Broin stated “I have written to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation asking him to clarify if such deals are in breach of European competition law and if so asking him to take action to ensure that all traders at the Mill Centre are treated fairly.” While current tenants at the Mill Centre continue to pay rents that were assigned during the boom, their sales still dropping and now their being

forced to compete with businesses that have been given an easy ride by the owners. Job losses seem inevitable at this stage and unfortunately for the people who will find themselves out of work because of these ridiculous ‘Sweetheart’ deals will find it quite difficult to find work and will more than likely end up signing on for jobseekers. It’s clear that it would only benefit the government to put into place some sort of measures to secure these people their jobs and keep them off the ever growing dole line.


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