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The Ranelagh student was narrowly pipped to the post by Aisling McDonnell, who studies at the Limerick School of Art & Design, whose creation won the overall prize of a cheque for €1,000 and a crystal trophy, however, Tasmin was none the less thrilled to be part of the experience and the final four. “It was a completely new and very exciting experience,” Tamsin told The Local News . “I was absolutely terrified of being on TV, but somehow managed to get through the ordeal,” she laughs. “To enter, we had to submit art work, technical drawings, illustrations and fabric samples, but the

most difficult part for me was the construction a dress in the colour pink. It may sound strange, but I had never worked with that colour before and found it quite challenging.” Tamsin devel-

oped an interest in fashion at a very early age, “ It was partly through necessity,” she explains. “I am quite small in stature and had to alter all my clothes with a sewing machine so they would fit me.

Four years ago, I started doing Saturday morning courses in The Grafton Academy which I absolutely loved.” In fact Tasmin enjoyed the course so much, she made the brave decision to give up

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So what now for the talented local design student? “ Well I’m just in my first year at the academy so I don’t want to tie myself down to one particular genre yet, I still have a lot to learn. “ However, I have always been very interested in costume design for film T.V,

so that’s the area I think I will end up in.” Indeed historical garments, specifically by Colleen Atwood, which can be seen in Tim Burton’s films is also reflected in Tamsin’s own style with a modern twist. “Aside from film and TV my ultimate dream would be to get an internship with

Vivienne Westwood.her costumes are very exciting and dramatic,” she said. The Local News wishes Tamsin the very best of luck in which is sure to be a very bright future in the world of fashion design.

Cuts to dental care for medical card patients Fine Gael Health Spokesperson, Dr James Reilly TD, today (Wednesday) said Guidance given by expert dentists responsible for advising the HSE on the medical card scheme for dental patients has been ignored by the HSE when implementing Government Budget cuts, according to Dr James O'Reilly TD.

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“A letter from the Lead Principal Dental Surgeons who advise the HSE on the Dental Treatment Services Scheme for medical card patient shows recommendations provided by them at the HSE’s request were ignored in framing the implementation of Budget cuts to the scheme. “What is the point of the HSE having experts at its disposal if it is going to take no notice of what they have to say? The result is that the HSE circular sent out on 26 April implementing the Budget cuts has caused great confusion. No proper notification has been made to medical card patients who may be

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saving can be made it is very difficult to justify such a retrograde step for a relatively small saving. Negl-

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long run. Patients suffer from this penny wise and pound foolish approach. The Government’s

chronic myopia is at play once again and patients are always in their blind spot.”

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, I would like to take this opportunity to thank your readers for the fantastic support they gave to Trócaire's annual Lenten campaign this year. Without the support of communities throughout Dublin Trócaire simply wouldn’t be able to continue our work with the world’s poorest people. This year's campaign focused on hunger and the fact that for the first time in history a billion people in the world don’t have enough food. Thanks to your support Trócaire’s work is making a real difference. A perfect example of this is Josienne Umumarashavu from Rwanda. Josienne

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Irish urged to put their best smile forward THE SECRET to a healthy, confident smile is to invest as little as ten minutes a day in looking after your teeth, says leading international authority on oral health and dental surgery Dr David Winkler. In Ireland recently to address delegates at Irish Dental Association’s (IDA) annual conference, he stated that it was alarming that less than two thirds of Irish children brush their teeth more than once a day and recommended that greater priority must be given to educating and encouraging children to care for their teeth. “Like most of the western world, Irish people live very busy lives and this can have a negative impact on the amount of time and effort they put into taking care of their teeth and indeed imparting good oral practice to their children. Unfortunately, it’s all too easy to take your teeth for granted and fail to take charge of your oral health regime until the damage is already done and removal or costly repair is required. We also now know that poor oral health can contribute to general health issues such as cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and low-weight pre-term births.” Dr Winkler says, “Now people are living for longer and advances in dentistry

and oral hygiene products mean people can keep their own teeth for much longer. The big challenge for dentists today is to educate patients about the vital importance of looking after their teeth and maintaining them for life. The most important part of tooth care happens at home and requires regular brushing, proper flossing and use of an antiseptic mouthwash twice daily. These simple steps along with regular dental checkups go a long way toward helping prevent tooth decay and gum disease.” “A full and healthy smile acts as

a tremendous confidence booster and can take years off your appearance. All it takes is ten minutes each day, which is not an enormous amount of time when you consider people spend multiples of this every day on other areas of their physical appearance – be it on clothes, makeup, hair treatments or working out in the gym. Good teeth, which improve a person’s smile, are one of the first things people notice when they meet you so it’s well worth the investment.” Dr Winkler notes that, while Ireland has achieved major

reductions in dental decay over the last thirty years, higher rates of snacking on sugary foods and drinks compared with other countries are having a significant impact on overall levels of oral health, particularly among children and teenagers. For example, whereas 17.5 per cent of 11 year olds in Ireland consume soft drinks daily, the figure in Finland is only 3.5 percent. “Snacking on sugary or acidic foods and drinks can increase the risk of decay, as the teeth come under constant attack and do not have time to recover.

It is therefore important for people to cut back on snacking on sugary foods and to avoid drinking sugary drinks throughout the day. “Good habits start young, so it’s vital that parents instil a thorough oral health care regime in their children from the beginning and continue to encourage them to take care of their teeth throughout their teenage years. Given less than two thirds of Irish children brush their teeth more than once a day, there’s certainly room for improvement.”

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Home help service in Ballyfermot and Inchicore under threat LABOUR Party Deputy for Dublin South Central, Mary Upton TD has called for clarity from the Government regarding the future of the Inchicore Ballyfermot Home Help Service. Deputy Upton stated “Over the past number of weeks I have been in contact with a large number of constituents s who are very concerned at the potential closure or downgrading of the service provided by the Inchicore Ballyfermot Home Help. This mainly arose from a letter sent to all home help employees which state that drastic cuts were due to be implemented in the service. Once I was informed of this I sought to raise this issue with

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EU calls the shots on finance THE WORKERS PARTY have said that the spat between the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny TD, about European Union demands for consultation before national budgets are presented exposes the extent to which the two leaders and their parties deceived the electorate during the two Lisbon Treaty referendums. Padraig Mannion, who was the Workers Party campaign director during the referendums, said that the outburst from the Fine Gael leader in the Dáil was extraordinary and showed that Mr. Kenny clearly did not believe the line which he hammered out in the run up to the two referendums. Mr. Mannion pointed out that the country’s finances wasn’t the only area where the EU had poked its nose this week as it was revealed on Tuesday that the government had to seek permission from the EU in order to bring in new legislation to regulate head shops. “Yesterday Mr. Kenny told the Dáil that the EU’s demand to be consulted on the annual budgets of member states amounted to ‘hand-

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AS PART OF its ongoing consultation with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, AdVIC, the advocacy group for families of victims of homicide, is proposing a root and branch review of bail laws and practices. The group’s recommendations to Minister Dermot Ahern include: • Holding a public consultation process in relation to amending legislation to ensure that Bail will no longer be granted where an unlawful killing has occurred; • Removing High Court judges’ discretion with regard to whether Bail is or is not awarded where an unlawful killing has occurred. Bail must never be granted in this instance; • Amending legislation to ensure that where Gardai object to Bail for all violent offences, that this should be the judge’s sole determining criteria in deciding whether Bail should be granted; • Ensuring that those previously convicted of any serious offence(s) should not be able to apply for bail under any circumstances when they have been accused of a newer serious offence; • Ensuring that those convicted by a jury of manslaughter should never be granted bail prior to sentencing; • When considering a bail application the court must be obliged to consider that the applicant may live in the area of the victim’s family. If this is the case AdVIC is calling for the court to refuse bail on the grounds of the potential fear and intimidation that will often result for relatives and friends of the victim; • Under the law as it currently stands those who breach a bail bond or a condition of a bail warrant will have committed an offence under s.13 of the criminal Justice Act 1984 resulting in a maximum penalty of 12 months imprisonment and/or a €1,270 fine. AdVIC does not regard this as a significant deterrent and recommends that the word “maximum” is deleted and in its place is inserted the word “minimum”; • Enacting legislation to reflect that a crime committed while an accused is on bail is automatically regarded as a “serious offence” regardless of the nature of the crime. This new offence must never then be considered as a crime that can be punished concurrently with the original crime, rather consecutively to it. Furthermore as the serious offence was committed on bail, AdVIC calls for this to be reflected as a longer term when sentencing; Commenting on their recommendations, Annie Mulvaney, Joint Secretary of AdVIC, said, “We would like to thank Minister Ahern for offering AdVIC the opportunity to make submissions to the Department in relation to the proposed new Bail Bill. AdVIC is highly concerned about how bail appears now to be routinely granted to those accused of violent offences notwithstanding often vigorous opposition from An Garda Siochana. We are of the view that bail should never be granted to those accused of homicide in the interests, not just of the public and the victim's family safety, but also for the wider good of society.” “We are aware that the Department is looking to address a number of weaknesses in the current law and we would urge the Minister to press ahead with these reforms as soon as possible. It is essential that the Courts protect the public against those who pose an unacceptable risk of committing a serious offence if granted bail. We propose nothing more than fairness for offender, victims and their families alike. Appropriate legislative intervention with regard to Bail laws will achieve a recalibration of justice in Ireland for all those affected by unlawful killings and other violent offences and for Irish society as a whole,” Annie Mulvaney concluded.

Extension construction for Templeogue school confirmed Dublin South West Fianna Fáil T.D. Charlie O'Connor has confirmed that Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templeogue, Dublin is to receive notification that its extension project has progressed and will next go out to tender. “I’m very happy to say that Our Lady’s Secondary School is getting very good news for the teachers and students. The extension for the school is very important and the next stage will be to put the project out to tender. The Tánaiste & Minister for Education and Skills Mary Coughlan T.D. has confirmed to me that the project will proceed to tender and construction this year.

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AN URGENT investigation into the compliance rate with employment legislation within the hotel sector is required following the disclosure by the Government of a 73% non compliance rate, according to Mary Upton TD, Labour Party spokesperson on Tourism, Culture and Sport. Deputy Upton stated: “Figures released to me in response to a parliamentary question (see below) show that non-compliance with employment legislation and the Hotel Employment Regulation Order is staggeringly high. Out of a total of 131 inspections carried in 2009 by the National Employment Rights Agency (NERA) into

accommodation providers outside the Dublin, Cork and Dun Laoghaire municipal areas, 96 were found to be non-compliant with the Hotel Employment Regulation Order, which provides for minimum rates of pay and conditions in these areas. This noncompliance rate of 73% represents a completely unacceptable breach of an important piece of employment legislation designed to protect workers. Figures provided by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) show that there are 903 hotels operating in Ireland, so the number of inspections, at almost 15%, appears to provide a relatively accurate assessment of the sec-

tor as a whole.” “These figures come one week after a submission by the IHF to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sport, Tourism, Community Rural and Gaelteacht Affairs calling for the abolition of the Joint Labour Committee system which sets these rates of pay and conditions on the basis that it is ‘fundamentally unfair’. It is hypocritical for the IHF to be calling for the replacement of the existing Joint Labour Committee system while so many of their own members are not compliant with employment legislation. “While I have sympathy for many in the hotel industry who are currently suf-

Groups to share €119,400 counselling services funding 14 groups across the Dublin South East area will share almost €119,400 in grants for counselling services to support families through difficult times. “The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. has announced that a wide variety of groups, from large counselling bodies to locally-based bereavement support groups, are receiving funding to support communities and families affected by parental separation or bereavement,” said Deputy Chris Andrews. “This money will be used to help people to deal with difficulties in their relationships, to help children whose lives have been affected by a separation and to help families who have lost a loved one. I believe it’s very important people have access to these services in their communities and I would encourage anyone experiencing difficulties to use these professional services,” concluded Deputy Andrews.

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fering due to destructive tax incentives implemented by Fianna Fail, “Zombie Hotels” and declining tourist numbers, it does not excuse this widespread flouting of employment legislation. All employers have a legal and moral obligation to adhere to employment legislation and employees should be aware of their rights and entitlements regarding pay and conditions’. “I am calling on the Government to launch an urgent investigation into these figures provided by NERA and to ensure that those who flout these laws are held to account for this unacceptable behaviour. The Irish Hotels Federation must also conduct an investigation into the levels of non compliance within their organisation and should inform their members of their duties to adhere to employment legislation.”

Get tough on crime? Responding to the news that four people have been charged under the new Criminal Justice Amendment Act 2009, Deputy Ardagh said: “This is clear evidence that the Gardaí have been making full use of the legislation since it was enacted. The Criminal Justice Amendment Act is a groundbreaking piece of legislation which was brought in by Minister Dermot Ahern to tackle ruthless criminals who believe they are above the law.” Deputy Ardagh said: “Today’s development also provides a timely reminder of the Labour Party’s hypocritical stance on gangland crime. In the aftermath of the murders of Shane Geoghegan and Roy Collins, Labour called for the government to “smash” criminal gangs. The Labour Party’s justice spokesperson, Pat Rabbitte told the Dáil: ‘The people are saying that enough is enough. It is the Government’s duty to put the gangs out of business.’ Yet when it came to the vote on the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill, they refused to support it. This begs the question whether Labour can be trusted to make our streets safer.”

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Be your own life coach Clinical Hypnotherapist Kieran Fitzpatrick advises in his regular column on how to achieve your goals... IN ONLY THE last article I was talking about people “buddying up” to take exercise. And whatever the cause of the sad and untimely death of radio star Gerry Ryan, much of the coverage around his death referred to many of the factors which are often the cause of premature death. Some of his friends were said to have been worried about his physical and indeed emotional condition in the weeks up to his death. As a man of the people, I’m sure Gerry wouldn’t mind me using some of this to highlight things that we can all do. Things that we often overlook or get out of the habit of during our often hectic lives. And the great thing is that none of the things we should do to take better care of ourselves need be hard work or severe. The first thing is regular exercise. This has obvious physical health benefits. It can help to control your weight obviously. But probably more importantly, using your body helps strengthen your muscles and bones. It improves your circulation keeping vital organs such as heart and lungs strong and healthy. Another very important and often overlooked benefit of exercise is its stress reducing benefits. Anyone with a stressful life should really be taking regular vigorous exercise. It is a great way to discharge the stress in your body. And how often do we hear about someone who has died young being under a lot of stress? And what comes out regularly as the best form of exercise is, simply, walking! Recenlty I heard a fitness expert reveal that fast walking also burns as many calories as jogging. Walking also has a very calming effect on the mind. The rhythm, the leftright motion, not to mention the connection with nature when you walk outdoors. Many people nowadays can also use a personal stereo to listen to music, books, radio podcasts, etc. while walking and give themselves some personal time out. So there is no excuse for not getting reglar exercise. Park the car that little bit farther from your destination. Get, or get off, the bus a few stops farther along. (I see so many, even young, and usually overweight, people wait for and take the bus for just four of five stops!) Other simple ways to get exercise in your normal day would be to slip out for a walk at lunchtime. Use stairs instead of escalators or lifts. Stress is not just a possible killer, it also affects your mental and emotional health. Make relaxation a priority in your life. Schedule hobbies, exercise and interests into your week. Even if it is only a little time to read or to watch your favourite t.v. program. We all need “time out”. Some time to just chill and relax. A little time to clear our mind. Our minds and bodies are intimately linked. Every thought that we have has a physiologial effect on our body. So while we are thinking about “stuff”, our body is reacting to these thoughts. So bad or stressful thoughts will have bad and stressful effects on your body. But equally, “good” and relaxing thoughts will have beneficial effects on your body too. So the more of it you do the better it is for you not just mentally, but physically. Kieran Fitzpatrick ADHP MIAPH (Member of The International Association of Pure Hypnoanalysts) is a fully qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP, Practitioner and Personal Coach. His practice is between Terenure and the M50 in Dublin. For more details call 087-1227361, e-mail: or see

Are our children learning the right things in school? THE PRIMARY school curriculum in its present format won’t lay the necessary foundations for the smart economy that the government sees as fundamental towards preserving our competitiveness and enabling us to climb out of recession. In addition Principals are being denied a unique opportunity to lead by the imposition of antiquated systems that limit autonomy and innovation. So states Mr Seán Cottrell in his address

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Derelict sites damaging communities CLLR DERMOT Looney, a Labour Party representative on South Dublin County Council, has taken his campaign against derelict sites to the Council chamber and Dáil Éireann. Looney is seeking to ensure laws governing eyesores - such as those at the McHugh’s site in Greenhills and the Burmah Garage in Wellington - are strengthened “to redress the balance between the interest of developers and those of local communities.” Looney’s motion to the County Council meeting calls on Councillors to seek a review of the laws governing derelict sites. Meanwhile, Looney has worked with Labour’s Dáil spokesperson on Environment, Joanna Tuffy TD, to call on Minister John Gormley to review the 1990 Derelict Sites Act and other relevant legislation through a parliamentary

question. “I am asking Councillors here in South Dublin to help set in place an historic review of the legislation governing derelict sites in this county and across Ireland,” said Looney. “Between the McHugh’s and Burmah Garage sites there is almost 20 years of dereliction and neglect impacting on local communities in Dublin 12 and 6 West. Although our Council are reluctant to define sites as derelict under the narrow legislation currently in place, there are dozens of other neglected sites elsewhere in Tallaght Central, with the likelihood of many more to follow across the grey swathes of NAMA-land.” “Having campaigned in particular on the McHugh’s site for some years, I know how limited the current laws governing derelict sites are. The balance is tipped in favour of developers

and against local communities who have to endure these eyesores. The existing legislation and practice have failed, and failed miserably, to protect the communities we represent. Now it’s time for Minister Gormley to change the laws to make it easier for local authorities to punish rogue developers and, where appropriate, take over the sites.” “Minister Gormley’s response to my colleague Joanna Tuffy does not inspire me with confidence. He refers specifically to ‘ghost estates,’ which while important, are not the only types of derelict sites in our community. Now the message is going out loud from Greenhills, Templeogue, Tallaght and South Dublin – it’s time for a change in the law,” said Looney.

New way of dealing with debt enforcement A new approach to debt management is being proposed by the Law Reform Commission who want debt enforcement to stay out of the courts. The body will launch their interim report on debt management this afternoon. One proposal involves preparing a Standard Financial Statement for creditors to sign up for a national standard to deal with those who owe them money. Director of Research with the Law Reform Commission, Ray Byrne, has said the Irish Banking Federation and the Money Advice and Budgeting Service are on board.

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THE BATTLE to save Crumlin swimming pool has gained considerable ground in the last few weeks and is now setting its sights on victorythat’s according to

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paign received a few weeks ago, we were invited to a meeting with all the local TD’s in Leinster house recently. At the meeting the TD’s gave us their commitment they would lobby the minister for sport, Mary Hannifin, for additional funding to keep the pool open.”

He added, “Without doubt we are a lot more optimistic than we were a few weeks ago, however, we have not been given a firm commitment yet, so we are still somewhat in limbo for the time being. The main problem is the schools in the area will be closing for the summer and the prin-

cipals are unable to complete their sporting timetables as they are not sure if the pool will still be open in September.” Such is their determination to save Crumlin swimming pool, the campaign has even offered to take it upon themselves to borrow funds from a lending

institution to keep the pool open until January 2011 - when they would be able to avail of next years city council budget. “ The Council say they only have enough money in this year’s budget to keep the pool open until August of this year, we have offered to borrow the money to keep the facility open till next January in the hope the council would reimburse us then- but unfortunately they have turned down that proposal,” said Mr McGuigan.

In spite of that setback, considerable progress is still being made on the issue and we are now more optimistic than ever of a positive outcome.” Dublin City Councilors have expressed their unanimous support to save the pool and include Joan Collins, People Before Profit; Ruairí McGinley, FG; Eric Byrne and Henry Upton (LAB). If you wish to join the S.O.S campaign, contact Gerry McGuigan on: 087 2535193. cather- Since opening in 1970, Crumlin Swimming Pool has become an invaluable and integral part of the community and is currently being used by 30 different groups of all ages in the area. These groups include a 2-year college course that trains lifeguards. Local schools and youth groups. After school programmes that target “Youth at Risk”; swimming & snorkeling Groups and a children’s group with special needs.”

NCBI Calls for library services to be mainstreamed FUNDING of library services for vision impaired people must be mainstreamed as part of our national library services – NCBI told an Oireachtas Committee. National Council for the Blind (NCBI) Chief Executive Officer Des Kenny told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Heritage and Local Government that despite the fact that NCBI’s library service is the only national library for blind people in Ireland, it only receives funding from the Health Service Executive (HSE) towards some staffing costs. “Public funding does not cover the costs of production of accessible books, or the purchase of any library stock. The maintenance of a central repository of specialist reading material would be more cost effective than attempting to replicate stock throughout the public library service. “As demand on the service grows, NCBI can no longer shoulder the costs of running our vital nat-

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ionwide library service alone. The service has almost 5,000 active users and as the number of people living with vision impairment is increasing, this number is growing. “The library must be recognised and funded appropriately by the Department of the Environment in the same way as public, national or specialist collection libraries.” The Vision Impaired Service Providers Alliance (VISPA) report Eyes on the Future predicted that the number of blind people in the Republic of Ireland aged 55 years and over is likely to increase by 170% between 2006 and 2031. The increase in the number of people who are vision impaired for the same period is estimated at 180%. “Given these forecasts we urgently need the Ministers for Health and the Environment to support the development of an Irish Vision Strategy which plans appropriately for the future,” Des Kenny said. NCBI’s presentation also highlighted the need for accessible voting for those with vision loss. “One of the fundamental principles of democracy is the right to vote in secret in free and fair elections. Although the Constitution states that voting is done by secret ballot, people

who are blind or vision impaired are being denied this right. “The current ‘trusted friend’ system, whereby a person who is blind or vision impaired is assisted in casting their vote by a sighted companion or a returning officer, is no longer appropriate nor acceptable, given the available alternatives. “Around the world tactile ballot templates are the most common used method to enable people with vision impairments to vote independently and in secret. These are cost effective and easy to implement. “The Department of the Environment should plan for and deliver the first confidential system of voting for blind and vision impaired people at the next General Election.” In the final part of its presentation NCBI also called on the Department of the Environment to take a lead in the development of national standards and guidelines for shared spaces in urban design which are inclusive of the needs of vision impaired people. Shared space refers to traffic calming measures originally developed in the Netherlands, which create a street space that is shared by motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike. However, the difficulty

with this concept for people who are blind or vision impaired is that it places the emphasis on eye contact and person-toperson negotiation between those using the space to decide on right of way. “In Ireland, no

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Dublin, the new Samuel Beckett bridge in Dublin and Patrick Street in Cork the designs had to be retrofitted to make them more accessible to pedestrians who are blind or vision impaired,” Mr. Kenny said.

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Shared Business Services is a boost to life sciences sector TAOISEACH Brian Cowen TD, has announced that the world's second largest pharmaceutical company, MSD, part of Merck & Co., Inc., has chosen Dublin as the hub for its newly established Shared Business Services Centre (SBS Centre) for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) operations involving the creation of 150 high quality jobs. Welcoming the announcement, the Taoiseach said, ‘The MSD EMEA Shared Business Centre is a strategic win for the Life Sciences Sector in Ireland and I am delighted to be here today as part of this announcement. The establishment of this Centre means that world’s two leading pharmaceutical com-

panies have now selected Dublin as the headquarters for EMEA financial shared services centres.’ ‘Shared services activities are of great importance to the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and are in keeping with the Irish Government and IDA Ireland’s policy of transformation within Foreign Direct Investment companies. IDA Ireland works with client companies to expand their original mandates and to seek new corporate mandates for Ireland. The new Shared Business Services Centre, along with both MSD's and ScheringPlough’s existing RD&I and manufacturing operations here demonstrate the critical importance of adding other strategic

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Donegal comes to Temple Bar

Forecasters predict long, hot summer Temperatures this week are set to reach the mid20's with the Midlands likely to get the best of the weather with temperatures soaring to 25 degrees next weekend. The sunny spells and higher-thanusual temperatures are expected to last well into August and September, according to British weather experts, who correctly predicted last winter's big freeze.

Donegal put itself on show in Temple Bar last weekend. Holidays were given away to many as thousands thronged the area to enjoy the displays on the huge range of facillities the county has to offer from walking holidays to blues festival etc. Music was provided by Altan, Paul Brady and The Henrys pictured. The event was a wonderful afternoon for many.

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Train for the marathon in just 20 weeks and then finish it? Yes, you can! INCREASING personal achievement is something that most of us strive for in our lives. The wish to improve our lives in some way is something that we all share. We may have the desire but we are not always sure what steps to take to lead us to increase our personal achievement. The Dublin Marathon Challenge is a new training programme that not only trains you to run; it trains you to improve your life - for good. The programme is an investment in your future, in yourself. Alex Kotsos, founder of the Dublin Marathon Challenge is a

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THE LORD Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Emer Costello launched Ireland’s first road safety initiative for 5 – 8 year olds last Friday, in the Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices. “Buzy Streets” is a new road safety educational initiative developed by Dublin City Council which gets pupils, their teachers and parents working together to improve road safety. The Lord Mayor said “The Buzy Streets Programme is an excellent tool by which road safety education can be rolled out to young children, a vulnerable section of our society. Children will learn how to be safe when out and about near live traffic, with the assistance of their teacher, parent or Buzy Street Facilitator. By building road safety skills into early education it is hoped that the positive influence of safe behaviour will continue throughout the child’s life. I also welcome the sustainable aspect of this project which encourages walking or cycling as an alternative method of getting to a destination. I encourage all schools to get involved in this worthwhile initiative.” Dublin City Council developed this new and innovative

road safety educational initiative with the assistance of teachers and road safety educational consultants. The programme will be integrated into the Social Health and Personal Education (SPHE) area of the primary school curriculum with the support of the teachers. Dublin City Council intends to role out the programme to approximately 50,000 pupils in 1500 classes in approximately 268 primary schools in its administrative area. St. Audeons Pri-

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Well done St James GAA Well done to U16s who progressed to quarter finals of shield with a good win in Skerries. Also congrats to U12s who won a challenge on Saturday. The new jersies look great! VHI Summer Cúl Camp will run from 12th to 16th July in the Iveagh Grounds. Recession busting pricing - contact Aaron Byrne at 086 8754961 for details.

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