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BALLYMUN RESIDENTS prisoners in their homes by Catherine Blake

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Several disabled and elderly residents in Ballymun have become prisoners in their own homes as a two-month industrial dispute within maintenance company Pickering’s Lifts looks set to continue. TWENTY-FOUR out of thirty two lifts in Ballymun’s high-rise blocks are out of order as the dispute over redundancies between Pickerings Lifts and its employees enters its eight-week. Blocks that have been affected include Shangan, Coultry and

Sillogue. Residents have reported that the non-functioning lifts are now full of water, defaced with graffiti and are omitting a foul stench. Moreover, the situation is escalating antisocial behavior in and around the blocks. A number of

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high rise flats in Ballymun are not operational and this is affecting nearly 200 people in the Ballymun area. While council staff have done their utmost to keep the lifts operational, this has not been possible. It is also regrettable that we have not been able to replicate the situation that existed during the last strike where a free breakdown service was supplied”. One of Pickering’s two directors, Fergal Brady, told continued on page 2

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CHECKERS TAXIS Mohammed and Ieva after their recent wedding followed by the reception at Rupsha Restaurant on Dorset St. elderly and disabled people living on fifth and sixth floors are now virtually prisoners in their own homes as they are unable to use the stairs and are completely dependent on neighbours, family and friends to bring them essential supplies. Meanwhile, young mothers with

babies are forced to trek down endless flights of stairs carrying heavy buggies. Local Councillor, Dessie Ellis, has called for an immediate end to the hardship being imposed on families in Ballymun by the dispute. “I am calling on Pickerings to take up

the offer made by the The Technical Engineering and Electrical Union of Ireland, (TEEU) to use the industrial relations machinery and go to the Labour Court and bring this dispute to a conclusion. “At this stage a large number of the lifts in the remaining

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The Local News: “Our contract with Dublin City Council has been terminated and that has been confirmed to us in writing.” Responding to the statement Cllr Ellis said, “Pickerings’ contract was due to expire June of this year anyway, but they had made it very clear to Dublin City Council that they did not

want to continue with the Ballymun contract at all, so we had no option but to seek an alternative.” Dublin City Council are currently involved in negotiations to bring in temporary contractors to fix the lifts “ whoever the council employ, it will be a difficult situation as there is a picket line to cross,” said Cllr Ellis. Assistant General Secretary of the

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TEEU, Arthur Hall, has also called on Pickerings Lifts to make a joint referral to the Labour Court for a binding decision that will, ‘end the misery that Ballymun residents are enduring”. “During the last dispute in 2002 and in the dispute in 1998, our members supplied an emergency service, we made sure at least one lift per block was working,” said Mr

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Hall. “However this has not been possible on this occasion as Pickerings very cynically confiscated the men’s repair vehicles and the company mobiles were switched off. Of course they did this to make us look bad - like it is the union who is responsible for the current plight of the Ballymun residents and not them.” Mr Hall said industrial action began on February 4th because the company was trying to impose an ‘unfair’ selection system on workers for redundancy and only pay statutory redundancy. “Over the past year, the industry norm set by the Labour Court with three other companies was six weeks in total per year of service.” Mr Hall continued: “Pickerings informed the TEEU and the Labour Relations Commission that it cannot afford to pay these rates. Yet, the latest accounts filed at the Companies Registration Office earlier this month, show profits for last year ending of €831,132 with closing shareholders funds of over €2.5 million. There are only two share holders in the company Mr Connor Brennan and Mr Fergal Brady.”

The non-functioning lifts are now full of water, defaced with graffiti and are omitting a foul stench.

Mr Hall said that despite pressure from Dublin City Council, the company has refused to attend the Labour Court, even though the TEEU agreed in advance to be bound by whatever decision the Court made. “It is ironic that Pickerings’ biggest and most lucrative customer, Dublin City Council, is also a public body. The company is happy to take money from the city while giving the Labour Court, the two

fingers,” said Mr Hall.Mr Hall told The Local News he was renewing his call on the company to attend

the Labour Court and allow it to make a binding decision. “This is the only way to settle the dispute

quickly and spare any further misery to the residents of Ballymun.” he said. catherine@localnews

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700 tenancies for long term homeless in Dublin THE HOMELESS Agency Partnership (comprised of over 30 statutory and voluntary organisations who are addressing homelessness in Dublin) are implementing significant changes in how homeless services are configured in Dublin city and county, through the roll-out of a Pathway to Home, a new model of homeless, housing and support provision. Commenting on the changes that will be taking place throughout 2010, Cathal Morgan, Director of

the Homeless Agency Partnership said:‘ Through extensive collaborative working between homeless service providers, statutory funders and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, we will be realising upwards of 700 tenancies from work that was initiated in 2009, for people who are currently residing in temporary forms of accommodation. These tenancies will be established through local authority social housing (in-

cluding the use of unsold affordable housing), voluntary housing bodies, and the reconfiguration of existing transitional and long-term supported accommodation used for the purposes of homelessness. The tenancies have been identified and the four Dublin local authorities in collaboration with voluntary service providers are working out the administrative details in relation to the realisation of this target. By end 2010,

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Dublin Local Authorities have set the aim of putting in place circa an additional 1200 units of long-term accommodation in addition to their ongoing allocation of social housing tenancies to homeless persons. In order to drive this initiative, the Dublin Local Authorities have established a regional housing procurement team that have the task of putting in place longterm accommodation via the Social Leasing Initiative. The key focus of this is to address the vision of eliminating long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough by

2010. ‘All hostel type and one night stay accommodation – in addition to buildings assessed as not fit for purpose - will be taken out of the service delivery system in accordance with change reconfiguration requirements and as adequate housing capacity comes into being. It is extremely important to state that no service will be decommissioned unless there is an alternative in place for people who are accessing the service. In the initial stages, a minimum of 200 units of Supported and Temporary Accom-

modation will be put in place and localised across Dublin city and county by end 2010. Supported Temporary Accommodation will mean that there are 24 hour care and support services for homeless people with complex and diverse needs (e.g. mental health, addiction, etc) in addition to a housing need. We will also be very careful to ensure we constantly monitor homeless presentation so that we can always be in the position of having adequate temporary accommodation as needs present. As part of the implementation of a Pathway to Home, current homeless support services will undergo a number of key operational changes in terms of how homeless and housing support services are provided in Dublin, they include: Housing support

services to be established across the four Dublin Local Authorities with a greater emphasis on preventing Homelessness occurring. Housing Support Scheme established by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (entitled Support to Live Independently- or SLI), which will see the vast majority of current homeless households receive- as appropriate- a level of housing support to maintain their own tenancy. The establishment of a range of supported and temporary accommodation provided to cater for people with housing and care/ support needs. A Unitary Contact and Outreach Team, which will be specifically tasked with deploying assertive outreach programmes aimed at rough sleeping in

Dublin city and county. Day Services will be reconfigured to offer programmes such as information and advice, key working, health, food and nutrition and homeless prevention. A 24 Hour Homeless Helpline and bed management system (under the aegis of the Dublin Local Authorities). An enhanced role for Community Welfare Officers in the Homeless Persons Unit, to ensure linkages between the Health, Social Welfare and Local Authorities for homeless households and in terms of Prison In reach (This is subject to ongoing negotiation between the Health Service Executive, Department of Social and Family Affairs and the Dublin Local Authorities).

Bord Pleanála greenlights destruction of historic site An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission to Chartered Land Limited to raze one of Ireland's premier national monuments. “An Bord Pleanála have given the go ahead for a dinosaur development that will see the last headquarters of the 1916 Rising levelled to

planners, Chartered will build on the National Monument, destroying all the original terraced houses. "Charter have generously offered to build a Mickey Mouse commemorative centre in their place that might provide a focal point for pigeons in years to come".The proposed develop-

the battlefied of the Rising” said MacAodháin, a local barrister and Sinn Féin public representative for the north-inner city. "No other country would allow their heritage to be destroyed in this way." Mac Aodháin says Minister John

Gormley is the only person left with the power to stop the destruction of 16 Moor Street. Shamefully, the Bord Members have rubber stamped the development, ignorin g their duties as guardians of sites of historical significance.

Mac Aodháin is appalled by the Department of the Environment’s inertia. ‘For too long the Department of the Environement have stood idly by while developers ran riot in this country. It seems that nothing much has changed.’

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the ground. The National Monument at 16 Moore Street is to be reduced to rubble, so that British superstores can wipe out a few more Irish-owned businesses” said Ruadhán Mac Aodháin. Relatives of the leaders of the Easter Rising have voiced intense opposition to the decision of An Bord, says the Sinn Féin local activist. Under the revised plan submitted to the

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Should men do pilates? IN THIS article Rachel Gaffey, Wellbeing Consultant at Tara Wellbeing Studio examines the benefits of Pilates for men. What is Pilates? Pilates focuses on building strength in the deep muscles of the abdominal region, the body’s core. Pilates builds strength without excess bulk, creating a toned body and a flat abdomen. Is Pilates useful for men? Despite the explosive growth of Pilates in recent years, there seems to be a misconception among men that Pilates is only for women. Although women have been the first to adopt it in masses, Pilates is just as beneficial for men as it is for women. Pilates was developed by a man who was a boxer, gymnast, and circus performer and had a following of male practitioners. When men try Pilates for the first time

they are surprised to find out that Pilates is not easy. Pilates has been a training vehicle for elite athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years. Athletes including Tiger Woods, The All Blacks and David Beckham regularly include Pilates in their fitness regimes. Strengthening the core of the body helps athletes better their game of choice as well as help them to lessen their risk of injury by teaching them how to stabilize around all of the joints in the body. Many athletes also use Pilates as part of their rehabilitation process. What are the benefits of Pilates: • Improved posture • Relief from back pain • Longer, leaner muscles • Increases core strength, stability and peripheral mobility • Helps prevent in-

jury • Enhances functional fitness, ease of movement • Increase your strength and stamina without adding muscle bulk • Pilates can help prevent osteoporosis • Improve your balance and co-ordination • A great way to relax and beat stress • No pain, plenty gain! Why men need Pilates? Many physiotherapists, doctors and sport coaches agree that based on men’s biomechanical and physical needs they could benefit from Pilates more than women. The reasons are simple; • As boys, men start training in sports earlier than girls and due to poor training practices at a young age,

they don’t develop core strength and correct exercise habits. Through time, this can result in back pain and inflexibility, especially in the hamstrings. • Generally men don’t stretch after an activity and if they do they do, it can be incomplete. Over time they develop microscopic tears in the muscles. With time scar tissue develops and when the muscle is fatigued it loses flexibility. The Pilates method combining core strengthening and stretching principles is a great way to regain flexibility and treat many injuries, misalignments and bad habits. How Pilates helps men? Pilates is an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, it provides core strength, flexibility

to stabilize the trunk and protect the back. Tips for men who wish to start Pilates 1. Join a Pilates class. There are several mixed classes where generally the women outnumber men or men only classes are also available in certain Pilates/ Yoga studios. 2 You won’t need to bring much with you to the Pilates class. The studio usually provides any equipment that might be needed for the workout. Many people like

and balance. These are all highly relevant to men’s fitness, sports performance and injury prevention. Pilates integrates several parts of the body during each exercise and this can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as what finds in weightlifting. Pilates movements all come from the centre of the body, this develops core strength in the deep muscles of the centre

to work out on their own mat. 3 Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows you move and stretch fully. 4 M o s t studios/classes will allow you to attend class on a drop in (pay by the class) basis. Try this for your first session to see if you like the class, the environment and the teacher. 5 There is nothing specifically different about Pilates training for men, especially in the

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crèche/playschool that has become an invaluable facility in the area. Owned by Vasi and Ben, the Playschool is managed by Orla McManus. Currently there is an excellent education programme curriculum for children aged 2-6 years, ensuring a great start for any child. Moreover, the charges for the playschool - which offers a half or full day service

for at least one third less than many othersdoes not mean it has cut back on the facilities. On the contrary, from the fully enclosed outdoor play area with its safe adventure structures and games area to the specially designed rooms for different ages and nutritious meals available, the facilities are second to none. All staff are fully trained and the building is fully compliant with

HAVING enjoyed tremendous success from the locals in Glasnevin and Finglas, the lads in Clever Buys have just opened their new store. It is located on Ballygall Road East in the premises that was formerly 2 Guys. Local lads, Alan Buckley, David and Martin Byrne, life long friends came together in business to form the first Clever Buys. They have years of experience in business in other activities. Every week, Clever Buys has a range of special offers, as well as a number of regular bargains. A Johnston Mooney & O'Brien Toastie Pan and 2 litres milk is on offer at €2.79. 10Kg Roosters are available at just €4.99, and you can avail of the free delivery. Many people now ring up the lads and they deliver shortly afterwards. Easter is this week and they have good value in Easter Eggs including the Jedward twin eggsat €4.99, one of which could include a ticket to meet the famous twins. Someone must get lucky. 90 wash Ariel colours at just €11.99 or for €12.99 you can get 90 tablets for the dishwasher. Open from 7am til late at night, Clever Buys is sure to prove very popular with locals at the new centtre on Finglas Road East. Contact them at 01864 1883 or 01 864 6477 for the specials and delivery.

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Finglas Against Drugs Festival End of an era It is with sad regret that the Finglas Against Drugs Committee would like to let the people of Finglas know that after 13 years we are sadly coming to an end. Due to lack of funding and support the Finglas Against Drugs Festival will not go ahead this year. Many thanks to the Local Drugs Task Force and Dublin City Council for their funding over the years. To the local guards and the Order of Malta. We would also like to thanks St Josephs and St Kevin’s Schools for their continued support over the years. Also very special thanks to Fr Pierce for his excellent contribution to our service of commemoration and hope. And finally a very big thanks you to the local community for all the help and support over the years.

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by Catherine Blake A DUBLIN property company that was behind plans to revamp the Finglas village and build several apartments in the area has gone into receivership. Barclays Bank was recently involved in a High Court action against two of Marumba Properties’ directors, David Courtney and Bernard Doyle, in relation to the proposed Finglas development. The high profile developer, Bernard McNamara, is also a director of the company. Separate actions had been brought against Mr Courtney from Rathmines and Mr Doyle from Bray, in January of this year, with the bank seeking orders for €4.5 million each against both men, plus interest. That action was subsequently settled and struck out at the Commercial Court.However, acting on foot of a 2007 charge registered against the company’s assets, the bank appointed David Carson, an accountant with Deloitte, as receiver to the company. Marumba Properties had planned to develop Finglas Village. Planning permission was granted in

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2004 and its proposals included 160 apartments and a complete revamp of the Finglas village. However, construction work on the site never began and the planning permission granted has expired. Both Mr Carson and Mr Doyle claimed the loans were issued in 2005 by Barclays Bank Ireland Ltd on a long-term basis as part of the bank’s “aggressive” attempt to get in on the Irish property market, particularly to muscle in on the business of well-known developer, Bernard McNamara. According to company filings, Barclays has a charge against all the company’s freehold and leasehold assets, and all its property. In its most recent accounts, Marumba Properties said its loan facilities had expired, and that they were presently being renegotiated. The accounts were signed in October 2009, and stated: ‘‘At the date of approval of the accounts, these discussions are ongoing." The company said it had investments valued at €25 million, and liabilities of €15 million. catherine@localnews.ie

While most sports fishermen return their catches, there has been unscrupulous activities by others. This has resulted in the depletion of the stocks. Many of these do not have licences and do their stealing at night. Swans have not been immune from these people. This is only a problem in recent years and some have attributed it to people who only recently moved to this country.

John Aldridge XI v Friends of CARI THE CARI Foundation have announced that they are hosting a John Aldridge Legends XI match on Saturday 8th May KO 5pm at Tolka Park, Dublin, a match any football fan will not want to miss!John Aldridge has put together a legends side of footballing greats, including Jason McAteer, Tom Boyd, Kenny Cunningham, Johan Mjallby, Jan Molby, Alan Kennedy, Andy Cole, David May and many more. With players from Liverpool, Celtic, Manchester United and Irish internationals this will be a game for everyone! The CARI Foundation provides a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse. Alongside this they aim to provide the most up to date education and information service for children, adults and professionals on the dynamics of child sexual abuse, and more-over to raise public and political awareness of these issues. The CARI Foundation commented, “CARI welcomes with great appreciation these sporting legends coming together to support Children at Risk in Ireland which will help change children's

lives today.” John Aldridge commented, “Myself and the rest of the lads on the team are really happy to be involved in such a worthwhile event, the work the CARI Foundation does is amazing and a charity that needs our support. We hope that the fans will agree and come out and support us in raising some money on the day!” Legends XI said, “Not only is this a fundraising day for the CARI Foundation but it will be a great day out for any fan of the game! The games we organise are friendly’s but we always find that the competitive streak comes out in the players as soon as they step foot on the pitch. The Legends stars may be a bit older but they haven’t lost their drive for winning or skill with the ball, it’s just remarkable to watch. Any fan would enjoy a day like this! We are delighted to be involved with the CARI Foundation and hope it will be a really successful event for them!” Tickets are on sale now and are available from Ticketmaster.ie and directly from CARI phone Trish 8308529 or email fundraising@cari.ie. Prices start at just €10.00 each for match, special VIP tickets which will

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Good Luck Bernie

Bernie Rehill has worked for over 35 years in the Ballymun Library. Later this year she will start her retirement. Recently Bernie organised a celebration retirement party for friends work colleagues and family. Her son, John Rehill travelled from Australia for the party. Many well known figures in the community including Fr Peter McVerry and the writer Patricia Scanlan attended and showed their appreciation of the work Bernie has done over the years. There are few more popular people in the are than Bernie. She treated guests to an evening of fine food, drink, music and great conversation, remembering the old days. The staff at Local News wish her a long life. May you enjoy your retirement Bernie.

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Start fresh I’m always a bit nervous of clearing out in case I pull up something good by mistake. But our gardeners recommend picking out the weeds and cleaning up as much as you can. They haven’t managed to get really rooted in yet, so Spring is the time to get them. Just take care not to step on shoots or bulbs.

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Spring is the perfect time to make sure that early blooming shrubs, like forsythia, are pruned. You can prune as soon as the tree is done blooming. You can also prune roses at this time of year.

Planting ideas You can go ahead and plant anything that can withstand the late frosts. Here’s a couple of ideas from our experts on pickapro.ie. We associate rosemary plants with sunny Mediterranean counties. But while it can't handle freezing temperatures, it actually enjoy the brisk air of spring. It is an evergreen, after all. If you plant it in a pot, you can take it out to your patio now (or maybe in a couple of weeks) and bring it back inside during the Winter. Apparently, sweet peas prefer the cool days of Spring. Start some climbing up beside your door, to have their scent welcome you home.

Something to munch on Yes, I know that growing your own vegetables is uber fashionable right now, but even if you’re not quite ready to plant a load of spuds and opions, you can get on the band wagon. Plant

a nice spicy salad herb such as Red Frills Mustard from seed, sowing directly into a pot or in the prepared ground when it’s warm enough to sit on. Sow now, and by summer you will have your own cut-andcome-again crop that will keep on growing as you harvest. These mustard leaves have a warm, peppery taste which does outclass

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Mark your diary Plan an inspiring garden day out. There’s lot of garden events on around the country – I’ll just mention two of the big ones for your diary. First up is the The Garden Festival at Hillsborough Castle

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Special Olympics Ireland needs collectors SPECIAL Olympics Ireland’s Collection Day will take place on Friday 23rd of April. This is the biggest annual fundraising event in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and will take place all over the country. Dublin is no exception with collection points being organised throughout the city and county. Special Olympics

needs collectors to take to the streets of Dublin on the day to help us with initiative. If you have a few hours to spare on the day, and would like to help us collect, please contact Paul Ahearne on 01 8691660 or email: paul.ahearne @specialolympics.ie. You can also contact us by texting COLLECT followed by

your NAME and COUNTY to 51444 This year is hugely significant for Special Olympics Ireland with the 2010 Special Olympics Ireland Games taking place in Limerick from 9-13th of June. In what will be one of the biggest and most exciting sporting events to take place in Ireland this year 1,900 athletes

from all over Ireland (including approximately 530 from Special Olympics Eastern Region) will compete in 13 different sports in venues through out Limerick. They will be supported by 650 coaches and official delegates, 4,000 family members and a team of over 3,000 volunteers. These Games are the culmi-

Irish Hairdreser of the Year Award

The Irish Hairdressing Championships or the Oscars of Irish Hairdressing as it has now become, took place at the RDS. Over 400 hairdressers from across the country competed to win one of the 12 categories and 4 prestigious industry awards, which are considered the highest accolades for hairdressers working in Ireland. The much-coveted title of Irish Hairdresser of the Year was awarded to Carla Mc Quillan, from House of Colour, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. This is Carla’s first time to win Irish Hairdresser of the Year, battling it out in all 6 senior categories to be crowned Irish Hairdresser of the Year. Commenting on her win she said; “I’m so delighted, ever since I was an apprentice it was a dream of mine to lift that trophy, I am thrilled that all the hard work has paid off, it is an honour to represent the Irish hairdressing industry, I feel so passionate about”.

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IMPACT launch €50,000 fund for inner city APPLICATIONS for small grants from a fund worth €50,000 will be invited at the 2010 launch of IMPACT’s Small Grants Fund for Dublin’s North East Inner City at 4.30pm on 8th April 2010. The launch takes place at IMPACT’s office in Nerney’s Court, off Temple Street, Dublin 1. Local journalists are invited to attend. The fund was established by IMPACT trade union in 2006 to support local initiatives in education and intercultural development. In 2008, the fund was renamed in honour of the late Father Joe Lucey, who spent over 15 years working and living in the community. The fund’s committee is made up of representatives of local community groups, local residents and IMPACT repre-

Minister Carey back on the drugs gangs MINISTER for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD, has expressed “surprise that Fine Gael's Deputy Catherine Byrne would in any way question the Government’s commitment to combating the scourge of drugs.” Responding to a statement issued in Deputy Catherine Byrne’s name, Minister Carey said: “I would take this opportunity to confirm to Deputy Byrne that, following the reshuffle, I will now be taking on the responsibility of the drugs portfolio. This is a policy area in which I have previous experience and I am now privileged to represent it at the Cabinet table. I understand that this is the first time that drugs policy has had a full Minister at the Cabinet table.” “During my time as Minister for Drugs during 2007 & 2008, I remember working with Deputy Byrne and others in the South Dublin Inner City to fight the scourge of drugs. I look forward to re-engaging in that work,” concluded Minister Carey.

sentatives. So far, it has distributed over €150,000 in small grants to over 80 projects in the locality. It’s easy to apply for the grants, which have ranged in value from €250 to €1,000 over the years.

The 2010 launch will again invite small grant applications from education and intercultural projects in the area. This year the fund will award grants of €1,000 or less, up to a total value of €50,000. Applica-

tion forms will be available from 8th April and the deadline for applications is Friday 30th April 2010. A publication with information on some of the projects funded so far will be available at the launch.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor There is a tragic and convoluted contrived 13 year attack on peoples good names and hard won reputations by a tribunal tortoise.This lengthy and embarrassingly expensive examination is about the issuing of a telecoms license. The adjective "evidence" is always used by the media which by definition implies impropriety. However the dictionary definition of evidence is; "The data on which a conclusion may be based or probability may be established." Let us remember this weighs on the scales of justice BOTH WAYS! A talented (not rich) young man, Denis O'Brien took on the international telecoms giants and won. Fifteen years later his laudable victory has been tarnished by the daily desultory deleterious drip of gossip and innuendo. Over three hundred and fifty MILLION EUROS (YES 350 MILLION) has been spent on this tribunal tragedy. Our constitution wisely guarantees to protect Irish citizens reputations. What is now evident however is the obvious consequence of a judge sitting on an "inquiry" lasting 13 dreary years...and it is this; HIS REPUTATION!!! At stake due to human nature-peer pressure-and self respect is an understandable desire for exoneration on his part. To have spent (wasted!) 13 years of ones professional life/career listening to TWENTY LAWYERS (sometimes more!) drone on over a commercial decision taken 15 years ago must be exceedingly exasperating for any man, in fact a nightmare. It would now take exceptional courage for Justice Moriarty to admit there simply is no real "evidence"of real wrongdoing and further futile research is an affront to true justice and fairness for all concerned. Yours sincerely John J May


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Flora Women’s Mini Marathon Dear Sir/Madam,

These programmes and others like them are providing women, often for the first time, with some ray of hope for a better future. The next generation of girls is all important. If they can be given the education that should be theirs as of right it will make a huge difference in many and varied ways.

Please allow me to ask all female readers of The Local News to consider joining Plan Ireland’s “Because I am a Girl” team to run the Flora mini marathon on June 7. Every cent they raise will go to projects that are improving the lives of women and girls in some of the world’s poorest communities. Millions of girls across the world are denied an education, often simply because boys are considered more worthy and better potential earners. In Togo, for example, many girls are kept home to look after siblings, fetch water, cook or carry out other tasks. Plan is getting girls back into education by making schools more “Girl Friendly” and by changing community attitudes. Girls also suffer as they are forced into marriage whilst still children and face female genital mutilation.

Women and girls (over the age of 14)

wishing to join the “Because I am a Girl” team should call Plan Ireland on 1800 829 829 to receive a free “Because I am a Girl” t-shirt and all that is needed to get up and running. Find out more about Plan Ireland on www.plan.ie. Yours sincerely, David Dalton, Plan Ireland, 126 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

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Another programme that will benefit from funds raised is a savings and loan scheme established by Plan in a dismal slum in The Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Designed to encourage women to lift themselves out of poverty,

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ing remarkable results for women, in impoverished circumstances. Women like Mulunesh, who last year began putting away 2

Birr a week (there are 18 Birr to the Euro). Now she grows vegetables in the tiny plot of ground outside the tin shack that is home to her and her nine

Be part of NCBI’s marathon team THE NATIONAL Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is a notfor-profit charitable organisation that provides support and services to nearly 15,000 people who are blind or vision impaired throughout the country. About 18 per cent of people using our services are completely blind, while 82 per cent have varying degrees of usable vision. NCBI services are available to people of all ages from birth to senior citizens. Our vision is for people who are blind of vision impaired to have

the same opportunities, rights and choices as other to fully participate in society. We also provide a range of services to voluntary, public and private organisations to make sure that their services are accessible to people who are blind or vision impaired. If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with their sight, NCBI can help. For more information contact us at www.ncbi.ie or call us on 1850 33 43 53.

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Another group of 15 women, having saved for a year, recently formed a co-op and they now cook lunches for workers and cater for weddings and other occasions. These savings and loans schemes have proved extremely popular and some 9,000 women in the slum are now saving regularly.

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St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar for Cancer Research and Cancer Care WHY NOT run or walk for St Luke’s on June 7th and fight cancer? Cancer is the single biggest killer in Ireland. Almost 22,000 new cancer cases are reported each year, with over 7,000 people dying from this life-threatening disease. One in

three Irish people will develop invasive cancer and one in four will die from the disease. That is why the word “cancer” strikes such fear into the hearts of those who are diagnosed with the disease and their families. Thankfully, the outlook for many who receive such a diagnosis can be very positive but only if their illness is detected early and if they receive appropriate

treatment in a prompt fashion. St Luke’s provides this service. The Hospital provides radiotherapy, oncology services to patients from all over the country and plays a vital role in the search for a cure. Please support St Luke’s on 7th June. For your sponsorship pack please contact Ger Watt on (01) 406 5314 or email Geraldine.watt@slh.ie

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Sell out by trade union leaders "IT REALLY beggars belief that trade union leaders would have the brazenness to propose to low and middle income public sector workers that they should agree, not just an acceptance of the savage wage cuts already meted out, but ‘revolutionary’ measures that can have a further devastating effect on the incomes and working conditions of those workers, stated MEP Joe Higgins. "This is a shameless sell out. It demonstrates utter contempt for rank and file trade union members. It portrays a trade union leadership

in utter thrall to the discredited neoliberal economic agenda and utterly incapable of offering any alternative to the resultant onslaught on workers’ jobs and living standards in both the public and private sectors. "The fact that the union leaders agree this on the same day as the Government announce the pouring of up to €22 billion in taxpayers’ funds to rescue big bankers, speculators and bondholders, shows that they live in a parallel universe totally divorced from the lives and feelings of the unions’ ordin-

ary members. What in effect thy have agreed to is that low and middle income public sector workers must be crucified in order to feed the sharks in the financial markets. "Meanwhile the super rich in society remain unscathed such as the 300 individuals who own €50 billion in assets according to the Sunday Independent ‘Rich List’ . But already hard pressed workers on €30,000 a year are expected to soak up more punishment. "Public sector workers should reject these proposals out of hand. Sustained pub-

iPhone App for Junior and Leaving Certificate students

Newly appointed Minister for Education and Skills, Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, launched the new iPhone App for Junior and Leaving Certificate students from online examination, correction and feedback service, mocks.ie at Government Buildings. The application allows second level language students to test themselves with an Aural exam while on the move. The application is available for download from the iTunes App store for €2.39 per exam. Aural exams are available in Irish, French, German and Spanish in Ordinary and Higher Level. Visit www.mocks.ie for more information.

Council to move mountain

CLLR DESSIE ELLIS has been pursuing the council to remove a slag heap which was created at the back of some houses in Fairlawn, in Finglas South. The site, which could have been used for the New Irish school now lies idle and the railings and surround boards have become damaged. Anti social behaviour has become a problem generally in the

grounds, but a particular problem now exists for the residents of some of the houses in Fairlawn. Standing on the hill youngsters are throwing stones at the backs of the houses and damaging windows and other property. The removal of this heap would not be a big job for the council and would make life a lot more comfortable for the residents.

lic sector wide industrial action should be employed to reverse the cuts and force a change in policy. "And workers in both the public and private sectors should link up to overthrow the policy of bail out for the big bankers and speculators. The alternative is nationalisation that is directly under the democratic control and management of working people so that major investment in public infrastructure can create tens of thousands of jobs, provide cheap credit for individuals and small business and ameliorate working people caught in the nightmare of negative equity."

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€150 million seized by CAB SINN FÉIN's Dublin West representative Paul Donnelly has revealed that approximately €150 million has been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau since its establishment in 1996. Mr. Donnelly said the money seized by CAB must be put back into the communities in which the criminals and drug dealers were operating in. In reply to a Dáil question tabled by Mr. Donnelly's party colleague Deputy Ó Snodaigh TD, it was revealed that CAB has seized €128 million in assets, €14 million from social welfare fraud and €12 million

in cash from criminals. Mr. Donnelly said: “With the exception of the social welfare fraud the vast majority of the money seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau has been extracted from the communities in which the criminals have been active. It must therefore be returned to these communities. “Sinn Féin has always advocated that any money seized by CAB be ring-fenced and put back into communities to tackle disadvantage and in particular to fund prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services in the fight against

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drugs. “At a time when we are witnessing significant increases in drug dealing and abuse we are also seeing funding cut for vital drug projects. This will have a detrimental impact on these communities. “I am calling on the Minister for Finance to use the money seized by CAB to reverse the cuts and increase funding to community and drug projects throughout the state. “I believe that all money seized by CAB should be pumped back into the communities in which the criminals were most active.”

Newzbin Website Liable For Copyright Infringement Newzbin Ltd., a website that helps subscribers to illegally download movies and other entertainment, has been held liable for copyright infringement by the High Court of Justice in London. Although the precise terms of the Court order will be announced later this week, the judgment is clear that the Court will order Newzbin to stop giving users access to the films and television programmes that belong to the member companies of the Motion Picture Association. In the ruling issued, the court found that the UK-based company engages in copyright infringement even though the protected content does not reside directly on its website. Rather, Newzbin provides links to unauthorized copies of copyright works, including films, TV programmes, commercial software as well as other illegal content. Newzbin charges a monthly fee for subscribers to use its services and has built a substantial business based on copyright infringement. The Court ruling clarifies the implementation of European legislation in the UK, finding that the services of Internet intermediaries are increasingly being used by third parties to infringe copyright, and that such parties are in the best position to bring such illegal activities to an end.

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Solar idea gets approval to clean up Dublin AT A MEETING of the City Council’s Environment Strategic Policy Committee yesterday, Fine Gael Councillor Eoghan Murphy called for a new approach to litter bins and waste collection in the City. Murphy proposed the introduction of new solar compactor bins in place of the traditional litter bins throughout Dublin. The committee approved the motion by Cllr Murphy and are taking steps to introduce the bins on a trial basis. The bins proposed by Cllr Murphy use solar panels to compact waste as it is collected and sim card technology to notify collectors when the bin is full. Commenting on the motion, Murphy said: “This is about being more creative in how we collect waste from the passing pedes-

The Greenhouse: a new centre powered by ECO UNESCO and Cultivate SITUATED in the building formerly occupied by ENFO, on St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2, The Greenhouse promises to be an exciting multipurpose green venue. This collaborative initiative of Cultivate and ECO-UNESCO that incorporates a public space on the ground floor, an eco-shop, information facility, exhibition space and more. ECO-UNESCO and Cultivate will be running trainings, workshops and events concerned with environmental and sustainability issues in the venue. With facilities including meeting rooms, lecture space and exhibition space available for rent, the greenhouse will also act as a space for synergies between Environmental NGOs, government, children, youth, adults and green business. Cultivate is a practical sustainability organisation focused on active participatory education. By providing the tools and facilities that support people’s efforts to become more sustainable, Cultivate aims to be an engine of local economy, community building and Cultural renewal. “Having this venue in the heart of Dublin is great for both Cultivate and ECO-UNESCO as it increases visibility, gives more people the chance to get involved in sustainability, and allows the greenhouse to become a hub for resilient communities” said Davie Phillip, of Cultivate. For more information on any of the courses or events taking place in the greenhouse contact ECO-UNESCO t: +353 1 6625491 e: info@ecounesco.ie w: www.ecounesco.ie or Cultivate t: +353 01 674 5773 e: info@cultivate.ie w: www.cultivate.ie

Get some money back CONCERN Worldwide is most grateful for the extraordinary generosity shown by the people of Dublin in response to the Haiti appeal. In recent days Concern has sent out a letter to those who have donated €250 or more over the course of a year. If you are a PAYE tax payer and have given annual donations of €250 or more to Concern in any of the last four years since 2006, Concern can claim back money from Revenue on your donations. And it doesn’t cost you a cent! For people on the standard rate of tax, Concern can claim an extra €63 from Revenue for every €250 donated. On the higher rate of tax a donation of €250 is worth an extra €173. To release this extra funding for our life-saving work, all that we need is the donor’s signature on the tax form, which we have sent them in the post. We are not asking for a donation – just a signature. It’s as simple as that. If everyone in Dublin, who has donated €250 or more to Concern, signs the tax form (Form CHY2) we have sent them, then Concern can claim an extra €2,557,608.00 from Revenue on the donations Dublin people have given to Concern. Please just sign the form and return it in the envelope provided. You don’t even have to put a stamp on the envelope. If you wish to find out more information on the Concern Tax Back Campaign or indeed anything to do with Concern, you can log on to www.concern.net/tax or call Conor Doyle on 01 417 7725.

trian – the idea of a litter bin as a simple rubbish box on the street is over. Modern technologies such as solar power and sim cards mean that we can get a lot more from the traditional litter bin, saving money and helping the environment while we do it. I am delighted the motion was passed and I hope in time to see the bin up and running across the city.” Solar compactor bins are very simple. In appearance and size, the bins are like any other on the street. In terms of capacity however, they can hold about five times more waste thanks to solar compacting at the point of collection. That’s great for the environment, but the increased capacity reduces the frequency of emptying, resulting in savings too (on collection trips, staff and fuel). And smart chips in the bins notify collectors via text message when individual bins have reached capacity, meaning no more unsightly bins overflowing on to the street and no wasted collection trips. Kyron Energy and Power supply solar compactor bins in Ireland and can be contacted on Ph: 00353 18011480; Fx: 00353 18011481; Email: info@kyron.ie; Web: www.kyron.ie.

Dublin students play EU politics at Model EU Council

Students from eight Dublin schools, joined with their counterparts from across Ireland to negotiate at a Model European Council, on the draft resolution, "All EU Member States should convert 20% of private cars to electricity by 2020". The Dublin schools involved were from; Kings Hospital, St Mary's College, Rockbrook Park, Deansrath Community College, St Mary's Glasnevin (pictured above), Loreto Secondary School, Balbriggan and Coláiste de hÍde Tallaght. The event at Dublin Castle was attended by 29 schools in all and was the fourth of its kind, bringing schools from 14 counties and Northern Ireland together to roleplay all the European Member States, the European Institutions and lobby groups.


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