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payment moratoriums (rumoured to be 10,000 to 15,000)? How many people have restructured their mortgage to make it affordable (the IBF indicated 30,000 months ago)? How many people are on interest-only? How many people haven’t paid their mortgage in 12 months or longer? “Furthermore, last month we learned that there had been 600 new repossession cases before the High Court in just one month. However, there was no breakdown of these cases and the regular reports historically provided by the Courts Services seem to have been halted.

MeanwhileThere was a fall of almost 40% in the number of new mortgages issued in the second quarter of 2010, compared to the same time last year. The latest Irish Banking Federation/Pricewaterhouse Coopers mortgage market profile shows just under 8,000 home loans were drawn down during April, May and June. The Financial Regulator is currently revising its Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears. As part of a consultation, it is offering the public a rare chance to contribute its views on how financial institutions should handle mortgage arrears in future.

To facilitate people in giving these vital opinions, FLAC is inviting the public to use its website to answer the questions posed by the Regulator's consultation paper. In addition, FLAC has developed some other questions which it feels will augment the consultation process, such as whether there is adequate support for homeowners in trouble or whether the Code should be legally enforceable. FLAC will then collate all responses received by 1 September and present them to the Financial Regulator by the closing date of 3 September. "FLAC hears every day through its telephone information line and advice centres of the distress and despair felt by people in difficulty with mortgage arrears as well as other forms of debt. FLAC is seeking a holistic approach to debt which will take into account the totality of a person's debt situation," said Ms Blackwell. FLAC urges the public – whether affected by mortgage arrears or not – to read the Financial Regulator's proposals and comment on them. "It is vitally important that the Regulator be made aware of how the issue of mortgage arrears is affecting homeowners across the country. By making submissions, the public can, through FLAC or individually, inform the Regulator, in the hope that it will result in a more useful, effective and practical Code of Conduct." The figure compares to more than 12,600 in the second quarter of 2009, and to more than 35,000 during the same period in 2008 ■

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The JobFit Roadshow is coming to town THE JOBFIT Roadshow, part of a new initiative to support people to upskill or retrain and get a job or move on to further education or training, is coming to the Donaghmede Shopping Centre, on Tuesday 24 August, 31 August and 7 September, from 10am to 3pm. From its state-of-the-art Mobile Training Unit, JobFit is offering a free job search clinic, where friendly staff will be on hand to offer advice, guidance and support to people in their quest to find employment. All are welcome to come aboard the Mobile Training Unit and find out how JobFit can help them. It will be possible to register for the JobFit programme – a 13-week person-

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1,000 free theatre tickets WITH THE box office open and tickets selling fast, this year’s Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival is set to be a hit with theatre lovers. To mark the fourth year of the sponsorship Ulster Bank is giving 1,000 members of the public a chance to see the acclaimed show, CIRCA in the Gaiety on 29th September, for FREE.

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Lucan water charges campaign in full swing DUBLIN Mid West Sinn Feinn held a public meeting in Lucan this week as part of their ongoing campaign against the introduction of water charges. The meeting took place in the Ballyowen Community Centre, Lucan. Launched six weeks ago Sinn Fein's anti water tax campaign is also collecting signatures door to door across

Dublin Mid West. To date 2000 people have signed the petition in Lucan, Palmerstown and Clondalkin. The campaign will continue throughout the summer. Eoin Ó Broin said:‘This weeks public meeting in Lucan is the latest in a series of events aimed at raising awareness of the issue of water charges and mobilis-

ing public opposition to the proposed double tax. 'Sinn Féin is opposed to water charges. Since June we have been mounting a vigorous campaign to stop the government from introducing this double tax. Across Dublin Mid West we are collecting petition signatures door to door and holding public meetings to raise awareness and

build opposition. ‘In the last few weeks we have collected over 1000 signatures in Clondalkin and will continue with the petition until September. We will then deliver copies of the petition to all three local government TDs to demonstrate peoples opposition to the double tax. “We all recognise that clean water is a precious resource

that costs money to produce but this is already paid for through general taxation. Introducing an extra charge is a regressive form of double taxation. “Fianna Fail and Green Party say that the charge is designed to preserve water. This is not true “Government officials have admitted that metering will only reduce household water con-

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Schoolboy teams welcome at St. Pat’s FOR EACH home game over the season at Richmond Park St.Patricks Athletic invite a local schoolboy team to play in front of the Pat’s faithful during the halftime break and last week it was the turn of the Bal-

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tours). Workshops will range from Irish Traditional Song led by Robert Doyle), to landscape drawing crawls and dance workshops in tango, bellydance and Hip Hop. There will also be a live music céilí on Saturday afternoon. Kilmainham Arts Festival is supported by Dublin City Council, the Arts Council, IMMA, the Hilton hotel and local businesses. General access

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New awards for the Irish motor industry launched BUSINESSES in the Irish motor industry are being given the opportunity to celebrate their successes over the past year, with the launch of a new Irish Motor Industry Awards programme. Backed by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), and sponsored by Castrol Professional, the lubricants and business improvement solutions provider, the awards are now open for entries from any franchised dealership in the country. The Irish Motor Industry Awards are free to enter and

the deadline for entries is 10 September 2010. Further details can be found at w w w. i r i s h m o t o r i n d u s tryawards.ie. In its first year, the SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in association with Castrol Professional will feature five awards: 1 Retail Operation Of The Year 2 Aftersales Operation Of The Year 3 Innovation Of The Year 4 Franchised Dealership Of The Year 5 Unsung Hero Of The Year The awards ceremony

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St. Pat’s Players Visit Phoenix Park Soccer Camp St Pat’s players Ryan Guy, Danny North and Shane Guthrie made a surprise visit to a Summer soccer camp run by the FA. Over 70 kids were enjoying the week long course at Phoenix FC beside the Phoenix Park. The players dropped in to talk a little bit about playing for St Patrick’s Athletic in the Airtricity League and afterwards they were invited to demonstrate their shooting skills in a target challenge which sharpshooter Danny North duly won! Of course Ryan Guy was not allowed leave without giving a demonstration of his somersault throw-in and all three players signed team posters and match programmes .All attendees on the course were given match tickets to see St Patrick’s Athletic V Sligo.

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Locals reach final of electric picnic competition FIVE lucky people from across Dublin were announced as finalists of the European Recycling Platform (ERP) in conjunction with Electric Picnic Art Competition. Siobhan Griffin from Dublin 8, Jordan Ralph from Dublin 12, Conor Gallagher from Dublin 7 and Fionnuala Mahon and Ruth Doorley from Dublin 4 submitted designs which will be built exclusively from waste electrical items to highlight the importance of electronic recycling. The overall winner of the competition will have the chance to see their creation brought to life by world renowned artist and sculptor, Shrine and showcased in the Global Green area at Electric Picnic.

The innovative designs included the Rubix Cube Washing Machine, submitted by Siobhan Griffin, which will see recycled washing machine spray painted and used as an individual cube with an Andy Warhol style effect. Jordan Ralph designed Mech-Organics, an interactive music station and visual installation, made out of old electrical items, where festival goers can create organic, minimal techno music. Conor Gallagher designed The extinction of Homo Discardus, an installation that will mimic an archaeological dig site from the future! Also, Fionnuala Mahon and Ruth Doorley have designed their Washing Drum Circle, a social circular space with upturned machine

drums which will be used as stools where festival goers to sit back and soak up the electric atmosphere! A gallery of the winning shortlist designs from budding artists from across the country will be presented online at www.electricpicnic.i e. It includes an image of each electrical waste design as well as a brief description on how it will add to the festival experience and inspire festival goers to recycle their electrical waste. Electric Picnic promoter, John Reynolds said: “We are enjoying working with ERP at Electric Picnic this year, the quality of entries is exceptional and we look forward to seeing the winning design on display.” Festival goers will also see Shrine’s cre-

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KIERAN FITZPATRICK advises in his regular column on how to achieve your goals. IN THE LAST issue of The Local News, I was talking about summertime and holidays. And in this column I usually try to look on the positives and talk about how we can make our lives more positive and productive and fulfilling. Summertime is the time when things ripen and are ready for harvest. The time of year that we’ve been looking forward to all winter, holidays, bright days, warmth and optimism. People generally in better form, windows open, life seeming easier. Yet only last week I heard of another of the far too many cases of suicide in Ireland these days. Once again a young man. Depression and despair is something that we usually only hear about or associate with winter. Yet this case reminded me that when someone is feeling that down, the time of year or the weather makes very little difference. I know that this is not a cheery subject and might seem out of place in a column like this. But we all go through bad patches, the downs that are part of life’s ups and downs. And a lot of the advice I have given here is about managing different situations in life and much of that advice has been about talking to other people who can help you through those situations. Most years, around Christmas time I mention this subject also, as that is a time of year statistically where desperate people can begin to think of desperate measures. But as I said above, even in the bright days of summer there are those among us struggling. If you find yourself struggling emotionally, as soon as you can, find someone that you can trust to talk to. All of those old clichés are true, “a trouble shared is a trouble halved”. Sometimes, even getting the chance to think out loud brings about a new perspective on a previously unsolvable problem. If you cannot find a friend, then talk to your doctor, a counsellor or a therapist. People who are trained and used to talking with people in exactly your situation. Remember, no matter what is going on in your life, or how badly you feel, you are not the first or only human to have had that experience. And there are people out there who have helped other people like you to get through times like this. Everything passes and life goes on. And so it is such a shame when someone feels driven to take that step of “a permanent solution ot a temporary problem”, as I’ve heard it called. Feeling suicidal or having occasional suicidal thoughts is actually quite common. Thankfully, although far too common still, actual suicide is much more unusual. And, again, I usually give them a mention around Christmas time, but I noticed a few weeks ago a ceremony in Dublin to mark the 40th Anniversary of The Samaritans in Ireland. If you find yourself in a position where you need to talk to someone NOW, or if you are in a situation where there is nobody suitable or available for you to talk to, The Samaritans are there, at the end of the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their number is 1850-60-90-90. It is a low call number and you don’t need to be suicidal, they are there to listen any time you need someone to talk to (www.samaritans.org). 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 0871227361, e-mail: kieran@kieranfitzpatrick.com or see www.kieranfitzpatrick.com

Helpful advice from your local Pharmacist Back to School: It’s that time of year again where the school holidays are drawing to a close and parents are starting to prepare for the new school year. As always you want to ensure your children remain fit and healthy throughout the year and minimise the amount of sick days as much as possible. Boosting your child’s immune system is vital in the prevention of colds and flus. There are a number of options available from multivitamins to probiotics and herbal treatments. Multivitamins: It is important to eat the right type of food to ensure your body obtains the right amount of vitamins and minerals. This will ensure your immune system is strong and that you have plenty of energy in order for you feel good mentally. Sometimes we need a little extra help to ensure we obtain all the vitamins we need and that is where supplements are important. It is vital to ask your pharmacist which vitamins are best suited to your child’s needs. A good example is Kiddipharmaton for children with appetite problems as there is an appetizer in it. Some multivitiamins for children do not contain iron so if your doctor has advised that your child is anaemic then ask your pharmacist to give you a product containing iron. For fussier children there is an excellent range of vitamins that are sweet like, Gummivits are a fantastic range with lots of products to suit different needs, some with extra calcium for children that do not like dairy products for healthy bones.

Probiotics: These are live bacterial products with lactobacilli, acidophilous and other agents to boost the good bacteria in your child’s system to fight off infection. These prove useful for children that suffer recurrent infections and especially after courses of antibiotics to rebuild the child’s immune system and prevent thrush. They can be used from infancy upwards. There are many different brands available and most can be mixed with milk and juices so they are very easy to take. Echinacea: This is an herbal product proven to actively boost the immune system and in turn prevent infection. It can be taken alongside multivitamins and probiotics. It comes in both a tablet and drop formulation. Boosting Brainpower and concentration: Fish oils and products containing Omega oils have been shown to aid memory and improve concentration as well as other health benefits. They can be particularly useful for children with Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHA), a condition that affects 35% of children. Udos oil is a particularly effective product and the company that produce it carried out a study on a classroom of children with ADHD and found that it produced marked improvements in the children’s concentration levels and learning abilities. We have additional information on this study available in McKee Pharmacy and we would be delighted to discuss the merits of omega oils with

you. Another excellent product is MorEPA (Smart Fats). MorEPA® capsules are tasty and chewable. This makes them suitable for people who do not like the fishy taste of normal fish oil capsules, or for people who have difficulty swallowing pills. The richest and purest source of Omega 3 EPA fish oil you can buy. One 1,000 mg capsule contains 535 mg EPA (approx) and 87 mg of DHA (approx) – pure essential Omega 3 fatty acids. The capsules are free from odour and any fishy taste due to the addition of natural lemon. Just one capsule per day gives you the entire Omega 3 EPA you need. Instead of taking three to five capsules of fish oil a day, you only have to take one single capsule of MorEPA®. This

Fiona Boyle MPSI, McKee Pharmacy, 2 McKee Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. Telephone: 01-8361203 means you can avoid the surplus fat that you would get from consuming ordinary fish oil. At McKee Pharmacy, we recommend it for students studying for exams as the EPA in MorEPA reduces stress levels while DHA aids memory and con-

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Best of luck to… The Ladies team who play in the semi-final of the Championship this Wednesday vs Fingal Ravens in Rolestown at 7:30. Please support the girls as they push for a 2nd successive Championship win. If you are a Vodafone customer then please help the club by signing up to the Vodafone Support Your Club scheme at www.supportyourgaaclub.ie . It won't cost you a penny but will add much needed funds to the club. Club trip to Galway early in Octobercontact Killian Foley or any adult mentor for details.

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Top 10 tips for getting ready for preschool With the introduction of the ECCE scheme (Early Childhood Care & Education) more children than ever will start preschool shortly. Irene Gunning, CEO of Irish Preschool Play Association (IPPA) which represents 50,000 families nationwide – nearly a quarter of whom are in Dublin through its membership of crèches, preschools, after school and parent & toddler groups, has the following tips to get the children and the parents off to the best possible start. The majority of parents already have their child’s name down on their chosen local preschool, but for those who don’t there is still time to contact their local preschools and check availability. Parents should visit the preschool and chat to the manager about how it operates, start time, finish times, lunch policy, the typical daily routine of children and

whether the service is part of the ECCE scheme and if there are optional extras to consider. A shortcut to consider is to check in with your local county childcare committee who can give you a list of the ECCE registered preschools in the area and details about the ECCE scheme and answers to frequently asked questions are up on the website of the Office of the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs www.omc.ie Once the place is booked most preschool managers will give you an induction letter or talk through the practical ways to get your child off to the best start and what to expect from day one. Preschool teachers are ready for the settling in phase and are totally committed to ensuring that the child is comfortable and happy from the start. You will see that the preschool curriculum is a gentle stepping stone

onto the education ladder, where children meet and make new friends, learn the importance of turn taking and sharing and most importantly build in their own confidence and life skills through a child centred quality programme of activity and play. In the meantime, here are some practical tips to calm the nerves: Dig out that induction letter you got from your preschool manager with details about school bags, timetable, healthy lunches etc. and make sure you are organised in advance, so that you are not unduly stressed on the first few days. Will you walk or drive – decide in advance? Make sure the school-bag and lunch box you choose are easy to manage and think about the best clothes for your child to wear. That doesn’t mean their Sunday best. It means clothes your child

can play in, without fear of paint splashes and clothes that are easy to manage when visiting the toilet. Talk to your child about preschool but resist the temptation of hyping it up too much as the child might be totally underwhelmed with the reality. Refer to the teachers – who you’ve most likely already met - by their first names and tell your child about the other children, the toys, the painting, the play dough and the kind of activities you know that will interest them. Many children have already visited the preschool in advance of term start. If not, you could ask a child you know in the neighbourhood who has attended the group to give your child a rundown on what it’s like. Focusing on the positive aspects of course! In the week before start day explain to your child

that you or another loved one will be dropping and collecting them from preschool and how that will work. Tell your child the two things you, or your minder, will do while they are at preschool to give the child a sense of the short time involved, like going to the bank and preparing lunch. It’s not too long and not long too short – in fact just enough time to have fun before being collected! On reaching the door each morning, smile and treat teacher like a friend. Relax and don’t fuss and let your child know that you’re confident that they can manage. Remember that your child is alert to the emotional messages you send out, so don’t panic and don’t let the child see you crying. If they do, explain that you are crying because this is a happy day. If your child is fine going in on the first day, just walk away and don’t look for problems where none exist. The majority of children will sail in, no problem. Treat yourself to a cup of coffee and a little treat – this is a big day for you too! If your child does cry going in, follow the lead of the teacher. Often children who come in the door crying are okay and laughing five minutes later. Rest assured that if your child is not settling the teacher will contact you.

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Greenhills College Further Education 2010-2011 GREENHILLS College’s new syllabus for 2009/2010 includes courses in a wide range of subjects, all certified by the relevant bodies; FETAC (Further Education and Training Awards Council), ECDL, Microsoft, CompTIA, IATI and the Department of Education and Science. The full-time and part-time courses equip students with a range of practical and theoretical skills as well as offering work experience in the relevant areas. The college offers a range of computer courses with busi-

ness, marketing, international trade, ecommerce or applied language options. The ECDL with Office Skills and Business Studies courses with MOS and Computer Applications, provide adults who have been out of the work force with an opportunity to learn the computer skills so necessary in today’s workplace. We also run an Accounting Technician course certified by IATI. Our Mechanical and Electronic Engineering courses are linked to the I.T. Tallaght. These together

with our courses in Construction Technology, Computer Aided Design with Architecture and Furniture Design will enable students to gain work in those areas or progress to further study in third level colleges under the Higher Education Links Scheme. Students wishing to follow a career in healthcare or childcare can undertake courses in Pre-Nursing, Healthcare Support, Childcare or Community Care. The Childcare course will provide students with training in the area of Special Needs

Assistant, which can lead to a post as a SNA in a primary or secondary school as well as employment in the childcare area. Students who complete the Pre-Nursing course may gain entry to third level colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme to do a degree in nursing or other linked courses. Courses in PC Maintenance and Information Technology will provide opportunities for those who wish to enter employment in the ever expanding area of computer technology.

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FULL TIME COURSES 2010-2011 BUSINESS COURSES Accounting Technician (IATI) Business with Computer Applications Business Studies with MOS Business through Computers (FIT) Legal Secretary Medical Secretary Retail Sales and Administration COMPUTER COURSES Computer and Network Technician (Level 6 FETAC) ECDL with Office Skills TECHNOLOGY Engineering Technology Construction Technology Electronic Technician Computer Aided Design with Architectural Drawing Furniture Design INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Applied Languages with Information Technology (Level 6 FETAC) Information Technology with PC Maintenance PC Maintenance (CompTIAA+) (FIT) PRE-UNIVERSITY COURSES Pre-University Arts (Language and European Studies) Pre-University Science (Applied ScienceLaboratory Techniques) Repeat Leaving Certificate HEALTH AND SPORT COURSES Sports Coaching Outdoor Recreation with Mountain Skills Leisure Facility Management Pre-Professional Nursing Studies

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The Travel & Tourism with Galileo Reservations (optional) and Sports & Leisure courses will equip participants to work in the hotel, leisure and tourism industries. A new course for 2009/10 in this area is Exercise & Fitness. Our Security Studies course prepares students for work in

the highly specialised security industry. A Pre-University Arts course (Language and European Studies) and a PreUniversity Science course (Applied Science-Laboratory Techniques) are available from September 2009. The college also offers a Leaving Cer-

tificate programme for adults. This is an opportunity for those who perhaps never sat the Leaving Certificate or who feel that they underachieved in their teens to see what they can accomplish as mature students. Courses on offer on a part-time basis include Horticulture, Floristry, Community Care, Childcare, Mountain Skills and English as a Second Language with IT Skills. Greenhills College has four fully equipped and networked computer rooms with internet facilities and is an accredited ECDL and Microsoft training

centre. Car parking, canteen and study facilities are available to students. Career guidance is offered to students within the college throughout the year. The college is well served by buses, being at the terminus of the 15A and 19A services and adjacent to routes 54A, 56A, 77, 77A and 150, and is close to the M50 (J.11) motorway. Information about the courses can be obtained from the Greenhills College admissions office. Call 450 7779 / 4507138 or e-mail: info@greenhillscollege.ie. www.greenhills-college.com.

CAO office chaos According to Mr Joseph O’Grady, Operations Manager of the Central Applications Office (CAO), “Access to the CAO website was affected because of a malicious attack from an unknown source on Monday 23 August. The website was available intermittently between 6.10 am and 1 pm, when the problem was resolved by CAO technical staff. The system is being monitored 24 hours a day to ensure continuity of online services. “More than 23,000 online acceptances were recorded by the end of day (5.15pm) despite these problems with the website’s availability. Last year, 22,000 acceptances were made by the end of the first day with, over 95% of total acceptances made online. “We would like to thank students and parents for their patience. People concerned about accepting an offer online can log in to the ’my application’ section of the CAO website to confirm their acceptance has been recorded.” “Acceptances can be also be made by post. There is plenty of time for applicants to accept their offer as the deadline for acceptances is Monday 30th August at 5.15pm. Offers should be accepted

either online or by post, not both. “Our priority is to process offers and accept-

ances on behalf of students and the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs). We

plan to conduct a full investigation into this attack in due course,” he said.

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Pieta House’s huge demand for services PIETA HOUSE, Ireland’s only centre for the intervention of suicide and self harm, experienced enormous demand for their services in June and July this year and the demand continues to grow. In the months of June and July alone Pieta house provided over 1,000 counseling hours, a 60% increase on the demand for the same period last year. (www.pieta.ie call 01 6010000). “We have literally been inundated with demand from individuals and their families in crisis and seeking help this summer, said Joan Freeman, Chief Executive of Pieta House. “Normally we experience a slight easing off in the summer months but this year there has been no let up, and, sadly again we are seeing an increasing number of children coming to us seeking help.”

These disturbing figures come in the run up to suicide Awareness week 3rd to 10th September (World Suicide Day is 10th September), and Pieta House urge the public to support them through fundraising events this year to help them raise much needed funds so that they can continue their vital work. “We would urge people to organise fundraising events, big or small, amongst their friends in clubs or in the community to raise money for Pieta House in the run up to this important day in our calendar year”, said Joan Freeman, CEO Pieta House. “coffee mornings, Dine in for Pieta, Dress Down or Dress Up Day, Buy a Pint for Pieta or keep a collection box in your own home and gather pennies for pieta, car boot sales, pop up boutiques, cookery demonstra-

Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr Gerry Breen, with Francis and Thomas Mulligan Snr. (Parents of Tomás Mulligan) at the start of the 3rd annual Tomás Mulligan Memorial Cycle. 70 cyclists took off from the Good Counsel GAA Football Club on Saturday morning cycling to Wexford on Saturday and back to Dublin on Sunday. Tomás Mulligan was a member of the Dublin senior football panel under Paul Caffrey and was playing senior football with Round Towers Clondalkin when he died by suicide on the 26th August 2007 at the age of 30. Every year since then, a cycle has been organised in his memory and to raise funds for a Charity. This is the second year the funds raised will go to Pieta House – Centre for the prevention of Self Harm and Suicide. (www.pieta.ie Phone: 01 601 0000). Photo taken by Tony Monaghan.

tions, race nights, pub quizzes, anything at all that will gather people together to make a do-

nation to our organisation”. (All funds raised can be donated to Pieta House through charity.ie)

Pieta House is a voluntary organisation based in Lucan in Dublin, it is the only organisation in the country providing a professional therapeutic service for communities who may have people who have attempted suicide or who are actively contemplating the act. Under its 2007 Out-

reach programme, Pieta House has two outreach services in Finglas, and Tallaght Dublin, and in September hope to open a third outreach in Ballyfermot. The organisation plans to extend its services outside Dublin later this year with the opening of Pieta House in Limerick. Pieta House has

Dublin bikes break through millionth journey DUBLINBIKES, the bike share rental scheme which launched less than twelve months ago on 13th September 2009 in partnership between JCDecaux and Dublin City Council will reached a major milestone, as it passed the millionth cusomer use. dublinbikes has more than 30,000 subscribers to date, with 450 bikes located at 40 bike stations throughout the city centre. It has has been so popular that Dublin City Council have recently announced their intention to add more capacity to the scheme in the com-

successfully treated almost 3,000 people since it opened its doors in 2006. The service hired more therapists this year to cope with the demand and now employs a team of 30 at its professional centre in Lucan, Co Dublin. It plans to expand its services further later this year with the opening of the country’s second Pieta House in Limerick. Suicide and selfharm is on the rise in Ireland with over 500 people dying from suicide every year. Pieta House is the only organisation in the country providing a professional, face to face, therapeutic service for communities in the acute stages of distress. Pieta House is a registered charity based on the Lucan Road in Lucan.

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Below cost selling of alcohol and rates cause pub closures THE VINTNERS’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) has reiterated

its calls to the government to introduce measures to

help save the pub industry. Recent reports show that more

than 1,000 rural pubs have not renewed their licence in the last 12 months with over 550 pubs expected to close this year. These ongoing pub closures and inevitable job losses are further proof, if any was needed, that the pub trade needs

support. The “below cost” selling of alcohol by supermarkets and high rate charges are blamed for this decline. Gerry Mellett, President of the VFI said; “More than a pub a day is closing and we estimate that 3,000 jobs have been lost in the last six

months alone. Hopefully the government will listen to us before it is too late. “The situation is now critical but the decline is not irreversible. If the government is willing to support us by banning the irresponsible selling of alcohol as a loss leader by the supermarkets and by cutting rates then jobs will be saved and Irish pubs will continue to trade. We need support and we need it now or we

will continue to haemorrhage jobs. “We are calling for a 25% decrease in rates back to 2002 levels to help support small businesses and last weeks’ hike in electricity prices was most unwelcome and very poorly timed. Water and commercial rates are still way too high.” The VFI calculates that 1,500 pubs have closed in the last five years and since June 2006 20,000 jobs have

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