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More rent tenancy inspections demanded Shauna Bowers A NORTHSIDE councillor has expressed concern about the inspection rates of privately rented tenancies in the Fingal area. Cllr Paul Mulville (SD), who represents the Swords Local Electoral Area (LEA), believes there needs to be a higher inspection rate and that the current fail rate needs to be targeted. “The figures provided to me by council management show that 206 inspections




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of private rented properties were carried out in the Balbriggan/Swords area in 2017, which is 5.15 per cent of rented properties,” Cllr Mulville said. “Of these, 111 failed to meet minimum rental standards, a massive 63 per cent. “There is a need for a much higher rate of inspections of private rent tenancies in Fingal, and also for the council to use its legislative powers to stringently enforce the minimum rental standards.  Continued on page 2



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Communities are praised following litter survey results Pat O'Rourke DUBLIN Airport Environs and Balbriggan were among the top ten cleanest towns in business group Irish Business Against Litter’s (IBAL) 2017 survey. Both were classified as being ‘Cleaner than European Norms, the highest category that can be achieved. The Dublin Airport Environs came fourth, improving by five places as it came ninth in the overall 2016 report. This is still a significant improvement as the area was classified as a ‘Litter Blackspot’ when first surveyed five years ago. Meanwhile, Balbriggan was ranked the 10th cleanest

town in Ireland. It was also categorised as ‘Cleaner than European Norms’, a fantastic achievement for the area in its first year of being included in the survey. Fingal County Council’s Acting Director of Operations David Storey said his department is committed to keeping the town and villages in Fingal clean. “The improvements seen in the 2017 IBAL report highlight the important role of local authorities and communities in driving the desire to reduce litter and keep our county tidy,” he said. The report was carried out on behalf of IBAL by An Taisce which surveyed 40 towns around the country. Fingal County Council chief executive Paul Reid

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said: “In Fingal, we have a very pro-active Operations Department who work closely with community groups across the county to keep towns clean, making them a better place for people to live, work, visit and do business in. “I’m delighted to see these efforts highlighted in the 2017 IBAL Survey.” The report found that the nine of the 10 areas in the Dublin Airport Environs were a Grade A standard. The surveyors noted that the area as a whole was ‘virtually spotless’ and that “not only were the routes very fresh in appearance but the overall impression was of a consistently well-presented series of roads.” Of the 10 areas in Balbriggan inspected, eight were found to be Grade A standard. The surveyors also noted “great care has been taken with the overall presentation of many sites”.

▪▪ Balbriggan performed brilliantly in the IBAL 2017 Litter Survey. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley said the relationship between the council and local groups has been essential in driving the progress seen in the 2017 IBAL survey. “I am extremely proud

of Balbriggan and the local volunteer groups and would also like to thank them for their efforts,” she said. “The progress made is amazing, particularly as it is their first year being sur-

veyed.” However, it wasn’t all good news locally with Ballymun and Dublin North Inner City finishing 39th and 37th respectively in the table and ending up in the ‘Littered’

category while Dublin City Centre (33rd) was deemed to be ‘Moderately Littered’. While still littered, Dublin North Inner City recorded its best ever performance since it was first surveyed in 2011.

More rent tenancy inspections demanded The percentage of rented properties that failed in“Light touch regulation spection increased between has no place as far as peo- the years 2016 and 2017 by ple’s homes are concerned.” 11 percentage points. Continued from page 1

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Balbriggan resident Paul Carroll has been renting private accommodation for the last 15 years and has dealt with many issues when it comes to his tenancy. “I haven’t had a single housing inspection since I began renting,” Paul claimed. “I’ve been in my current house since September 2016 and I’ve had great trouble. “I currently pay way too much rent for the living conditions I have. I think inspections are the only way to ensure that landlords, good and bad, follow the same

rules so we all have good living conditions.” Paul believes Fingal County Council should enforce fines on landlords who fail these inspections. “Either they fine them or maybe they fix the problem and then give them the bill to pay after,” he added. The council acknowledged the issue and said it is hoping to tackle it this year. “Fingal County Council is committed to increasing private inspected numbers in line with the requirements of the National Oversight and Audit Committee report


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▪▪ Cllr Paul Mulville, Social Democrats. on Private Rented Housing Inspections and arrangements are underway to ensure targets are achieved,” a council spokesperson told the Northside People. “The council completed a Private Rented Accommodation Inspections Strategic Plan 2017-2019 in 2016. “A dedicated web page on was set up to guide tenants in private rented accommodation in relation to their rights and details of the complaints process.   “A dedicated email address to record complaints and enquiries from members of the public is listed there and any complaints are forwarded to the appropriate inspections staff.”



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What’s with all these weather events? and the battered seafront in Lahinch, it was clear that Dublin – yet again – had got off lightly in comparison with some parts of the country. There are so many storm warnings these days that we run the risk of suffering from weather fatigue and not taking them seriously enough. Even the practice of giving them human names can dilute their severity in our minds. While adverse weather conditions are certainly not a new phenomenon in this country, warnings are now issued far more frequently. But rather than being Comment: Tony McCullagh, an ominous sign of global warming, Dublin People group editor it possibly has more to do with meteorological advances in forecasting O-CALLED weather events technology. seem to dominate the I can only recall two major weather headlines these days. In events from my own childhood. The Dublin, we barely noticed first was the big freeze of January 1982, Storm Dylan before Eleanor arrived when schools remained closed after in town for what turned out to be a Christmas, much to our delight, and we flying visit. played in the snow from dawn till dusk. The biggest hardship was running Ophelia – which closed our schools for two days last October – is now just a out of bread and milk as it took an distant memory. That’s not to take from expedition worthy of Tom Crean to get to the local shop; a journey further the trail of destruction it left in many hampered by having to run the gauntlet parts of the country, leading to three fatalities and bringing power disruption of ferocious snowball ambushes at to thousands of homes and businesses. every corner. We reluctantly returned to school a Looking at last week’s television number of weeks later, dragging slush images of a flooded Salthill in Galway


▪▪ The big freeze of 1982 brought the city to a standstill and closed schools. and muck into our classrooms. We’d never see the likes of it again, although the pre-Christmas snowfall of 2010 would come a close second. In 1986, my uncle got married during Hurricane Charley, which made for an interesting wedding reception, with water leaking through the hotel roof onto the invited guests. That was the only storm I ever remember having a

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Clonliffe athletes are celebrated Clonliffe Harriers AC, based in Santry, was recognised by Athletics Ireland for the third successive year as the Irish Performance Club of the Year. The men’s senior team enjoyed another outstanding performance in 2017, winning the National Intermediate and Novice Cross Country titles, the National Indoor League, the National Track and Field League and national titles also being won by Brian Gregan, 400, Stephen Rice, Javelin, Jeremy Phillips, 100 and Gary O’Hanlon, National Marathon title. The men’s team also came first and second in the National Marathon Team Championships and were the National Half Marathon champions. Brian Gregan was also

the recipient of Track & Field Athlete of the Year award courtesy of his outstanding 2017 track season where he won the National 400 title, won a pulsating 400 at the Morton Games in a world class 45.26 and was a semi-finalist at the World Championships in London. Also, Club President Paddy Marley received recognition of European Athletics when presented with the European Members Federation Award. Separately, Mr Marley recently made presentations to the 2017 Clonliffe Club Athletes of the Year who were: •Junior Athlete of the Year: Craig Giles •Master Athlete of the Year: Snezana Bechtina •Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Leah Moore •Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year: Brian Gregan

•Women’s Road/Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Yvonne McDonagh •Men’s Road/Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Gary O’Hanlon, and •Clonliffe Harrier of the Year: Greg Hosseny

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2017 which is greatly appreciated. The club would also like to thank its wonderful coaches, supporters and club sponsor Hireco and all who contributed to the ▪▪ Clonliffe Harriers’ Master Athlete of the Year, Snezana 2017 successes. Bechtina, with coach John Shields.

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Local calls for abolition of prescription charges Pat O’Rourke A NORTHSIDE senior citizen has backed calls for prescription charges to be scrapped. It was announced in Budget 2018 that the charge, introduced during the height of the recession, will be reduced from €2.50 to €2 per item and there would be a reduction in the monthly cap from €25 to €20. This came into effect on January 1. Dick O’Leary (82), from Coolock, has backed Fine Gael Senator James Reilly’s call for the complete abolition of the charge. Mr O’Leary said that while the reduction is welcome, and “every little helps”, it’s now time to abolish it altogether. “Myself and my wife are paying €2.50 every month which amounts to €30 a year. That is a lot to a senior citizen and would go towards

paying utility bills which have high rates. “I am glad, though, that the Government is listening to the concerns of senior citizens.” Dublin Fingal Senator James Reilly pointed out that the recession is over and finances are improving. “I am calling on the Government to abolish prescription charges as soon as possible,” said Senator Reilly. “As a GP I was never in favour of prescription charges as they are an impediment to access of prescribed medications. “I was forced to increase prescription charges during the financial emergency, when Ireland’s income was way less than what we were spending. “I always said the charges should be removed when our finances were back in order. That day has arrived.” Senator Reilly said he welcomes Minister for Health Simon Harris’s move to re-

▪▪ Dick O’Leary is one of many who will benefit from the reduction of the prescription charge. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA duced the charge in 2018. “But let me be clear, I want them removed in total next year at budget time,” he said. Meanwhile, in a further boost for local families,

more savings came into effect on January 1 in relation to the Drug Payment Scheme (DPS). This year local families will also save up to €120 a year in medication costs

with a reduction of €10 in the monthly threshold for the Drug Payment Scheme. Budget 2018 provided for a reduction in the DPS monthly threshold from €144 to €134, with effect

▪▪ Senator James Reilly (FG) has called for the complete abolition of the prescription charge. It also applies to those who have a GP visit card. Senator Reilly added: “Reducing the cost of medicines for families is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.”

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▪▪ Cllr Jimmy Guerin (Ind), left, and chief executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, collecting the award recently at the InBusiness Awards. PHOTO: PAUL SHERWOOD

▪▪ Pictured at the awards ceremony was John Donegan, Director of SKODA Ireland, Pat Ward (Swords), from Dublin Port, winner of Tourism Award, Ian Talbot, chief executive of Chambers Ireland, and Tracey Carney, event director, Ashville Media Group. PHOTO: PAUL SHERWOOD

Council celebrates business award Guerin (Ind) accepted the award on behalf of Fingal at the sixth InBusiness Awards ceremony at the Westin Hotel. The InBUSINESS Recognition Awards 2017 recognised outstanding accomplishThe council’s chief execu- ments in the Irish business tive Paul Reid and Cllr Jimmy community. Winners were FINGAL County Council recently won an award for its work with homegrown businesses and generating Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

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TWO animal welfare organisations in Fingal have received a boost going into the new year with Government funding. Fingal SPCA in Portrane and the Royal Dog Rescue in Balbriggan are to receive €5,000 and €2,000 respectively from the Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Scheme. Dublin Fingal TD Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed the allocation for both groups. “Funding for animal welfare organisations is essential in terms of supporting the hard work the volunteers and staff involved in providing animals in need with the care they require,” said Deputy Farrell. “The work undertaken by Fingal SPCA and Royal Dog Recue, and so

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Lacey chops her hair for charity The youngster is no stranger LITTLE Lacey Henderson, from Finglas, had a real hair-rais- to good causes, having already ing experience recently - but it raised over €1,300 for Temple Street Children's Hospital to was all for a good cause. date. Lacey got her hair cut at GorThe seven-year-old supported the Rapunzel Foundation that geous hair salon in Artane, and makes wigs for children living mum Sonya Cash is suitably with hair loss (alopecia) by shed- proud of her daughter’s generding her long locks to donate to osity. What a big-hearted little girl! them.

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Swords meeting to take place in support of bereaved parents ANAM Cara North Dublin, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its first monthly meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, January 17 from 7.30pm-9pm in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords.

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EuroMillions golden ticket sold by shop in Malahide THERE was great excitement in Malahide last week when the National Lottery revealed that a shop in the town sold the winning €38.9 million EuroMillions Jackpot ticket. The golden ticket was purchased in The Village Shop, a small independent store in Malahide Shopping Centre. Proprietor of the store, Amy Cong, said she was overjoyed at selling the golden ticket to a lucky customer. “This is unbelievable,” said Ms Cong. “I am delighted for the winner and the area. Nev-

er in my wildest dreams did I think I would sell a big winning jackpot ticket.” Ms Cong, who is originally from the Shandong province of Eastern China, has lived in Ireland for over 20 years and has been running the shop with her husband Ken since 2013. The shop previously sold a Lotto Plus 1 winning ticket worth €300,000. “This is a small shop in the centre of Malahide but we are busy and we have a lot of regular customers,” said Ms Cong. “We have been barely able to contain our excitement

since we were told by the National Lottery that we sold the ticket. “We had absolutely no idea. There is an amazing buzz here. We have no idea who the lucky winner is but we wish them the best of luck in the future.” Ms Cong said she and her husband have never experienced anything like this since they started running the business. “At the moment, we have just one employee working in the shop but today’s exciting announcement could make us a whole lot busier in the com-

▪▪ JUST THE TICKET: Amy Cong shows her delight after hearing that her store, The Village Shop in Malahide, sold the winning EuroMillions ticket, netting the lucky recipient a cool €38.9 million. PHOTO: MAC INNES PHOTOGRAPHY ing months as one of Ireland’s lucky Euromillions winning retailers,” she added. The National Lottery has confirmed that the winner of the golden ticket has made contact and arrangements are being made for the claim to be made. A spokesperson

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Darkest Hour shines brightly The movie is skilfully directed by Joe Wright who has form with other period pieces such as ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Atonement’, and is written by Anthony McCarten who penned ‘The Theory of Everything’. Top director, top writer, all we need ‘Dunkirk’, one of last year’s big hits, successfully told the story of the famous now is someone to fill the considerable shoes of Winston Churchill. Enter Gary rescue of allied soldiers from France Oldman. And speaking of entrances, during World War II, and now ‘Darkest Hour’ covers some of the same territory, Oldman’s first scene is something to behold where he grabs the movie by the this time from the point of view of British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. scruff of the neck and never lets go until its final moments. The film details a few short weeks The challenge when telling a story when Britain was in turmoil, Prime that is largely known to its audience, is Minister Neville Chamberlain has to make it fresh and interesting. This resigned, allied troops are cornered at Dunkirk and the threat of a Nazi invasion is something that writer and director achieve here, with a lead performance looms large. so groundbreakingly good it will no Churchill finds himself in power and doubt win the Oscar. torn between the pressure to negotiate The supporting cast of Kristin Scott an unlikely peace accord with Hitler, and his own desire to stand up to the deadly Thomas, Lily James and others are all top notch as well, in a production that demon from Deutschland.

NEW films from Martin McDonagh, Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin, a visit from Oscar-nominated director, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and screenings from the First Fortnight festival headline a busy January at the Irish Film Institute (IFI).

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January brings the glamour of awards season, and this month sees a number of the main contenders hit the big screen. ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, which opens January 12 and is directed by Martin McDonagh, features a blistering central performance from Frances McDormand as a mother searching for justice following the death of her daughter. Steven Spielberg’s The Post, released on January 19, is set at the height of the Watergate scandal and centres on Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), owner of The Washington Post, and Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), its editor, as they wrestle with the dilemma of whether to publish damning reports, or safeguard the long-term future of the paper. For information on other screenings and events this month, visit

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Stockton’s Wing headline racing festival STOCKTON’S Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, and they are celebrating just over 40 years since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times and even supported Michael Jackson for two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork.

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REUNION DINNER: St Joseph's CBS Fairview is holding a 1968 Class Reunion Dinner on February 23, 2018. Any former pupils who would like to attend and meet up with old friends and colleagues are advised to contact or


PANTOMINE: Baldoyle Musical Society proudly presents 'Beauty and The Beast' on Friday, January 12 at 8pm; Saturday, January 13 at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, January 14 at 3pm in St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle. Lots of fun guaranteed for all the family! General admission is €12. Discount price of €10 for groups of 20+. Family ticket (two adults and three children) priced at €50 (online booking only). To book, visit, or call 085-1378329. Book now to avoid disappointment! GUIDES: Buion Colette CGI Young Girl Guides. If you are between four and six-years-old, have some fun and make new friends. The group meets every Saturday from 10.30am to 11.30am. Crafts, colouring, games, outings etc. Email bcb@ or drop into St Laurence’s Senior School Hall, Baldoyle any Saturday morning.  

venue is wheelchair accessible. It will consist of singing well-known hymns, prayer, bible reading and a short talk. Everyone is welcome.



ICA MEETINGS: Swords ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association) meet every Thursday at 8pm in BASE Centre, Brackenstown Road, Swords. They do various crafts, dancing, ten-pin bowling and other activities. The guild has ladies of different age groups and you will make friends very easily. New members are welcome. For more information, contact PRO Mary Nugent on 086-3218167. BEREAVEMENT: Bethany trained members are available to provide support to those grieving the loss of a loved one. They provide a free, confidential service. The group meets on the second and last Monday of every month from 7.30pm at the Parish Office, Parochial House, Seatown Road, Swords. Contact Terri on 01- 8403243, Brid on 086-6006397 or Mary on 01-8402652 for further information. Open to all Fingal residents.   


CHURCH CHOIR: A local church choir requires new members, both male and female. They practice every Wednesday at 7pm and sing at the Saturday 6pm vigil mass at St John Vianney, Ardlea Road, Artane. Contact Martin on 01-8316168 or 086-8931034 for more information.

▪▪ Tourism Ireland’s drive to grow the number of golf visitors to the island of Ireland continued at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) in Cannes, France. A number of golf and tourism operators from Ireland joined Tourism Ireland at this important event in the global B2B golf travel calendar. Moira Cassidy, Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links; Brenda Johnston, Tourism Ireland; and Ozgu Gungor, Elation Travel GmbH, are pictured at the event in Cannes. PHOTO: TOURISM IRELAND tracksidelawntennisclub


WALKING CLUB: A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness HOWTH takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in RAHENY AA MEETINGS: If you feel you have a the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. drink problem or want to stop drinking COUNTRY MARKET: Raheny Country you are welcome to attend AA meetings Parents, grandparents and strollers are Market will be closed during the month welcome after the school drop-off. No which are held every Wednesday from of January and will reopen on Friday, BAYSIDE booking needed. Just turn up and join 8.30pm–9.30pm at Columbanus Hall, February 2 at 10.30am at Johnston BOWLS CLUB: Bayside Indoor Bowls them for a walk. For more information Parish Centre, 12 Main Street, Howth. Hall (Church of Ireland), Howth Road, Club is seeking new members. This contact David Phelan on 087-6525001 or This is a fellowship of men and women Raheny. The market’s agm will take active age group meets every Friday who share a common problem and help Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286. place in the Elphin, Baldoyle Road, on from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Bayside others to recover from drinking. Thursday, January 18 at 11.30am. Community Centre. No experience MEETING: Alcoholics Anonymous     necessary. holds an open Public Meeting for SCOUT GROUP: Need a new   BALBRIGGAN challenge? Looking for adventure? The TENNIS FOR EVERYONE: Trackside MEN’S SHED: Balbriggan Men's Shed information and education in St Brendan’s Parish Centre (old church), 73rd Raheny Scout Group is looking Lawn Tennis Club beside Bayside is open for new members. They meet for volunteers age 18+ to sign up DART station is open for membership. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Coolock Village, on the first Tuesday of every month from 8.30pm-9.30pm. and become Leaders in an exciting, Why not call into the club and from 10am to 3pm in the Shed All are welcome. For more details fun, adventurous Scout Group. The enjoy a game of tennis - rackets behind St Peter and Paul’s Church, group provides all the training you available so just wear appropriate Balbriggan. No skills necessary. Open phone AA office on 01-8420700, 9.30am-5pm; after hours 6pm-10pm/ need and YOU get to have all the footwear. Enjoy fun days of tennis to all men in the community. Join weekends 10am-6pm, phone 01fun! For more information, email is a friendly atmosphere. For more the group for a cuppa and hear more 8527000. information visit about this exciting initiative.   STROLLERS: Never walk alone. Instead why not join St Anne’s Strollers every Thursday at 10.30am at the Red Stables, St Anne's Park. Any queries, phone 0862364829.   


PITCH & PUTT: A ladies’ pitch & putt club is seeking new members. They play at Inisfails GAA Club, Balgriffin on Saturdays at 10.15am Why not go along and give it a try? For details, phone Pat on 086-3505384.


FOROIGE: Foróige Clubs provide a fun social outlet for people aged 10-18 to meet their friends and get involved in a variety of activities. The clubs give people with an opportunity to explore and experience new things and develop their skills and talents. If you would like to find your nearest club or if you think your community would benefit from having a club like this, contact Bryan Gavin on 086-8519693 or bryan.gavin@



GOLDEN YEARS: Are you over 65? The Golden Years Senior Centre is looking for new members to join its fun-filled social club. If you are looking to get out of the house and meet new people, this social club is ideal for you. Limited transport to and from the centre will also be offered, please contact 01-8771608 to join.


CARERS’ EVENT: Carers, the Cared for, and their families are invited to a new Community Worship Service, which will take place on the third Sunday of every month, from 4pm-4.30pm, at Sutton Methodist Church, corner of Church Road. A cuppa and a chat will follow. The

▪▪ Ardscoil La Salle have been awarded a School of Distinction Award from the ‘Trinity Access Programme’ and ‘College for Every Student’ programme. This is a fantastic achievement for the work done by Ms Cooper in promoting 3rd Level education to students who otherwise might not consider it. Pictured are Ms Cooper, Mr Mythen (Principal) and students from Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny.


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▪▪ Hardy locals race down to the water for the annual charity Christmas Day swim on Portmarnock Beach. PHOTO: MARK MAXWELL

▪▪ Pictured at the announcement that PE is to become an examinable Leaving Cert subject were Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Conal Kehoe, Belvedere; Emma Crumlish, Holy Faith; Ciara Rooney, Holy Faith; Bernard Brogan, Dublin GAA footballer; and Mark Winters, CUS. PHOTO: MAXWELLPHOTOGRAPHY.IE

▪▪ Pictured at the annual charity Christmas Day swim on Portmarnock Beach were from (l-r): Barbara Tobin, Kay Tobin and Karen Alexander. PHOTO: MARK MAXWELL

▪▪ SPECIAL DAY: Margaret Carolan and Thomas Grant, from Drumcondra, pictured at the Bonnington Hotel on the occasion of their wedding. PHOTO: OLGA HOGAN PHOTOGRAPHY  

▪▪ Paul Murphy, Silke Triesch and Martin Anev enjoying the annual charity Christmas swim on Portmarnock Beach. PHOTO: MARK MAXWELL

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Football team puts the boot into stigma A GROUP of mental health service users recently played a 5-a-side match against a team comprising Dublin City Council staff members in Kilmore Hall, Coolock, and it proved to be a big success.   The ‘Over The Line’ football team, which hails from North Dublin Mental Health Services, has been running for over three years and promotes positive physical and mental health. People who suffer from mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and psychosis sometimes expe-

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Award for local language teacher A LANGUAGE teacher from Dublin has been rewarded for the quality of the lessons and teaching that she provides to local children in her area. Yveline Feval teaches extra curricular French classes, to local nursery and primary children, through the award winning La Jolie Ronde programmes, in the Dublin 12 district. Yveline was honoured with the much-acclaimed La Jolie Ronde Licensee of the Year Award for the whole of Ireland, and she was delighted to learn of the accolade. “I am absolutely overwhelmed to have been presented with this award, it was a complete shock,” she said. “It’s a real honour and great to be recognised. “My pupils are brilliant and the sessions are lots of fun and it's so satisfying to see all the children making such great progress. “I would never have gained this award without the support of all the parents who put their trust in me to deliver high quality French classes to their children. “This Award means a lot and the hard work I have put into developing my business has been recognised which is wonderful.” Yveline, who was born on the French-speaking Caribbean Island of Martinique, moved to Dublin in 2004 having previously lived in Paris for over 30 years. Her passion for languages was first ignited from the age of 12 when she was taught both English and Spanish at secondary school. Yveline loved how other languages all sounded so very different and from then on, languages were to play a pivotal role in Yveline’s life. Moving and travelling around France Yveline settled finally in Paris. She very much wanted to improve upon her English so enrolled in classes and then by chance was delighted to start work for British curtain and accessories manufacturer Swish where she liaised with clients, on a daily basis, in both French and English. When Yveline moved to Dublin and began looking at career options, she decided she wanted to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. With her passion for lan-

guages she came across a tutoring role with La Jolie Ronde, who were looking for French speakers to teach their programme to local children. Yveline’s first class was at home in a small room with just a few local children. Over time word got around about how good Yveline’s classes were and that learning French was fun. She was subsequently contacted by many parents wanting their children to learn French too as well as calls from local primary schools and nurseries. As numbers steadily increased Yveline decided to grow her business and moved her classes to larger premises. Yveline now runs an extremely successful and flourishing business, teaching French to just over 60 pupils a week. General Manager for La Jolie Ronde Steve Baker said Yveline was chosen for an award because of for outstanding commitment

she has shown over the last two years to not only La Jolie Ronde but to the local children and schools in the her area. “Yveline was chosen because she understands how a La Jolie Ronde lesson work,” he said. “She is proficient in her teaching ability and obviously enjoys what she does. “It is clear that she has a lovely rapport with her pupils and there is an atmosphere of fun learning within a framework of mutual respect. “Yveline’s pupils evidently enjoy their lessons and they feel safe and secure. “Yveline is a shining example of what can be achieved as a licensee with La Jolie Ronde. “Huge congratulations and this award is well deserved. “Her classes are lovely and relaxed, she has definitely found her niche in teaching and this comes across in her lesson planning, her delivery and her

example of what can be with her Award by Baker at enthusiasm. “It is clear to see her pu- achieved and her award is the La Jolie Ronde AGM, in Dublin. pils thoroughly enjoy their very well deserved”. • If you would like to enYveline was presented lessons Yveline is a shining

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schools meaning full immer- Gaeltacht Education in also included. sion in the Irish language. There will be extra advisoUptake has been very strong, with nearly 80 per cent ry visits from school inspecof primary schools in Gael- tors and an opportunity to tacht regions opting into the take part in a pilot project to scheme and over 96 per cent link post-primary Gaeltacht schools digitally to extend subSpending on Gaeltacht Edu- of post-primary schools. The Minister has announced ject choice through the medication is to more than double in 2018 and nearly 80 per cent a package of additional sup- um of Irish. of primary schools and 96 per ports for schools whose parAll remaining schools (28 cent of post primary schools in ticipation in the scheme is con- primary and one post-prithe Gaeltacht, plan to achieve firmed in 2018. mary) will be given another Gaeltacht school status. The package includes a opportunity to participate in This Policy on Gaeltacht Ed- grant of €1,000 for the pur- the Scheme in 2018/19 and a ucation was an action in the chase of Irish-language teach- package of initial supports will Minister’s Action Plan for Ed- ing materials and additional be available to schools who inucation, which aims to make language support hours, which dicate that they would like to MAIN ADIreland’s JANUARY 2018 and 2.qxp_Layout Pagejoin 1 in the school year. equivalent to11:02 providing Education Train- will1be22/12/2017 The Minister secured addiing Service the best in Europe an extra 40 whole-time teachby 2026. ers in Gaeltacht schools tional funding of €1.3 million in One of the key actions in Additional professional de- Budget 2018, for the Policy on implementing the policy is the velopment for teachers, with Gaeltacht Education, bringing Gaeltacht School Recognition substitute cover, provided by the overall additional funding Scheme, which invited schools COGG, and the opportunity to for Gaeltacht schools to €2.3 in Gaeltacht areas to opt participate in a new part-time million. into becoming Irish-medium M.Ed. in Irish-medium and Speaking at an event to MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, has announced the progress made on implementing the Government policy on Gaeltacht education.

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ucation and training system the best in Europe within a decade. Ensuring schools in our Gaeltacht areas are properly supported to flourish as centres of excellence for education through the Irish language is important to achieving this ambition. “I was also pleased to over double the funding allocated to the Policy in Budget 2018 and I look forward to seeing the further success of its implementation.”

Children First Act comes into force THE Department of Education has published new child protection procedures for schools following the full commencement of the Children First Act. New provisions mean teachers will have to follow new reporting requirements in respect of their role as mandated persons. The Designated Liaison Person will still maintain their central role in the school’s child protection arrangements. The new procedures for schools set out the reporting requirements for registered teachers in respect of their role as mandated persons. Schools will now have a statutory obligation to produce a Child Safeguarding Statement under the changes. This statement sets outs a school’s commitment to keep children safe from harm. Procedures published in December will give guidance and direction for schools to help them to produce a safeguard-

ing statement and meet their obligations. The Department has published user-friendly templates to assist schools in preparing, publishing and reviewing their Child Safeguarding Statement. The move was welcomed by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton. “I’d firstly like to thank all involved in the development of these important new procedures,” the minister said. “The protection of children is of utmost importance to me and my Department and these new procedures give direction and guidance to school authorities and to school personnel in relation to meeting their new statutory obligations under the Children First Act, and in the continued implementation of the best practice (non-statutory) guidance set out in Children First National Guidance 2017. “My Department is committed to ensuring that there is full compliance with the new procedures.”

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Zappone pauses proposed rule changes for pre-school programme PARENTS of children with disabilities are to be consulted on plans to change current rules of the free pre-school programme, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone has said. The proposals were intended to ensure optimal outcomes for children with a disability, but many parents concerned about the impact of the changes. Minister Zappone said the concerns deserve careful consideration, and while the consultation takes place the proposals for children with disabilities that were due to start in September 2018 will be paused. “Everyone is entitled to be heard as we continue our path to truly

accessible affordable quality childcare – that is the very core of my approach,” the minister added. “It is an approach that has delivered extra supports for 64,000 children, the establishment of the innovative Access and Inclusion Model for children with disabilities and the delivery of two full years of free preschool education for all three-year olds from next September. “Each of these steps have been welcomed. “Our childcare policies are focussed on bringing best international practice to Ireland and that was the motivation behind planned changes to the free pre-school or ECCE programme.” Minister Zappone went on to explain that the

changes were based on expert advice from the disability, education and other sectors that the ‘over-age exemption’ in the free pre-school programme was no longer needed – and did not serve the best interests of these children. “They pointed to the fact that all children benefit from starting school with their peers, including those children with a disability, and progressing to secondary school with their peers,” she continued. “They reflected Ireland's law that all children should be in school by the age of six. “However I have become increasingly aware that parents, who must be central to decisions concerning their children, are concerned about the

changes planned from September 2018. “In order to ensure those concerns are responded to, I am now pausing the changes and will shortly announce a consultation whereby all voices, including those of parents of children with disabilities, can be heard. “I do not want to predict the outcome of that consultation – but I will say that its results will be central to guiding our path forward. “Our other childcare changes continue to benefit more and more families and I will take the next step by publishing a bill which will form the legislative backbone of our radical new approach to transform one of the world’s most expensive childcare systems into the best.” ▪▪ Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone.

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Dacia gives its Duster a make-over Seán Creedon THE Romanian-built Dacia Duster, which is part of the budget line in the Renault stable, was introduced to Ireland five years ago when we were in the depths of a recession Dacia attracted many new customers with their ‘shockingly affordable’ advertising strap line and the Duster became very popular. It was a great time for a new brand to make their Irish debut as we struggled and whinged about the reasons for the demise of the Celtic Tiger. Now the economy is booming once again and Dacia has several models on offer including the still ‘shockingly affordable’ Duster. Initially the Duster was only available in left hand drive and if I remember correctly, that left hand model in 2012 had a fire extinguisher in the cabin, which was

necessary by law in Romania. The entry level price was €14,990. Over the past five years over one million units of the Duster have been sold worldwide. Now Dacia has given the Duster a make-over and entry price has risen to €16,890. But while the price has risen so has some of the quality. You still don’t get the luxury of a BMW or Mercedes, but you do get a decent car at a bargain price. I drove the 1.5 diesel automatic Prestige version which will cost you €22,010. So like most cars there is a low entry level price and then as you add in the extras the price goes up. Yes, I have fond memories of the basic Duster which you can now get with cruise control, mounted fingertip controls, rear parking sensors and rear parking camera.

▪▪ The ‘shockingly affordable’ Dacia Duster is back. Those extras included a spare wheel which will cost you €100, but in my opinion it’s well worth it. It’s a fairly high motor to get into and if you had arthritis you might struggle to climb on board. Inside there is a commanding view of the road.

Two roof rails add to the SUV look and just to let everybody know what you are driving, the words ‘Duster’ are printed on those roof rails. There is a massive boot and you do get a spare wheel, but it’s located underneath the car.

So my advice is to leave an old coat or blanket in the boot in case you need to get at that spare. Last time I drove a Duster it came in a stand out Altai green. This time the colour was Platinum, which was more discreet. I found the 1.5-litre diesel

engine very frugal. The only thing that sounded old fashioned was the horn. It sounded like something from the sixties! So there you have it. The Duster was initially seen as a bargain motor in the recession. People will tell you that

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Wellness initiatives are beneficial to companies

Retaining key staff is still a big concern for businesses

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The survey, carried out amongst 210 companies, found that more than two thirds of firms (69 per cent) rank the retention and attraction of employees as an issue of high concern for 2018. Concerns about new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation - due to come into effect in May - provide the second biggest headache for firms. Sixty-two per cent stated that they are highly concerned by how the new regulations will impact on their business. One in four firms (23 per cent) said they felt their

IN November 2017, Japanese company Piala granted non-smoking employees an extra six days’ annual leave to level the playing field with smokers who, it was estimated, spend 15 minutes a day on cigarette breaks. The head of the company said he wanted to discourage smoking through incentives rather than coercion. It’s an effort to introduce healthier practices in the workplace and is part of a growing focus on ‘Employee Wellness’ across the world. In the 1980s, Japanese workers were doing calisthenics on the roof of their workplaces, while Irish workers still had an ashtray at most desks. While we may have thought the Japanese custom unusual, even comical, at the time, if you look at the focus on health and wellness in Irish workplaces today you realise that we are now much closer to the Japanese of the 1980s than the Irish of that era. But, how do Irish workplaces rate now? What wellness programmes do Irish companies run, and are they just a fad or do they produce real benefits? Irish companies have introduced a number of wellness initiatives in recent years. From bowls of fruit on every floor, to gyms on site, to Pilates classes at lunch, employers are providing workers with ample opportunity to stay fit and healthy. What’s more, and equally important, companies now provide rest rooms and

mindfulness classes as well as access to other schemes beneficial to mental health. Employers make this investment to see a return. Companies hope that the money spent on these initiatives will produce a win-win outcome. The expectation is that fitter and happier employees will be more productive. One example often cited to back up this expectation is that of Johnson & Johnson. Since 1995 the percentage of employees at the company who smoke has dropped by two-thirds, the number with high blood pressure, or who are physically inactive, dropped by more than half. An analysis of the benefits to the company of the investment in wellness initiatives found that over a decade they saved the company $250 million, as a result of a decrease in sick days and other related costs of having a less healthy workforce. The return on investment to the company was $2.71 to every $1 spent. If you are a small business owner reading this, you might think that such initiatives cost money you don't have to invest in the first place, but you don't have to go for the ‘platinum package’ to make a difference. At Link Personnel, we ensure staff don’t feel under pressure to work through lunch or to work late and look for other ways to make work an easier place to be. For instance we recently instituted a ‘clean inbox’ strategy which involves other staff members fully monitoring the emails of a colleague on holidays.

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Balance of payments About the author A TRUE-blue Dubliner, Dermot McGarthy grew up off the North Circular Road on the Northside and subsequently in the nearby suburb of Drumcondra. He attended O’Connell’s School on North Richmond Street in Dublin 1, and in Plunket College on the Swords Road. A lecturer in DIT for over 20 years, he has been writing fiction and poetry since his late teens.

THE author of the Harry Potter series of books, JK Rowling, has described words as our most inexhaustible source of magic.

The very title of the collection itself deals with this clash head on, and lets the reader make up his or her own mind on the sentiment conveyed in the poem ‘Balance of Payments’. Poetry, amongst other things has been described as “yoga for the senses”. You won’t need a mat, however, to read and hopefully enjoy, the 40 poems contained in this book. This form of writing has also been seen by some as somehow elitist or airy-fairy, but nothing could be further from the truth according to Dermot who writes about pubs, the building industry, rock ‘n’ roll, chips, and park benches, amongst other things. Most people are put off poetry for life, by the way it is sometimes taught in schools. This is a tragedy in itself and happened to the author, until he started reading more anarchic and apt descriptions of human experience, from the likes of the punk poet John Cooper Clarke, to name but one. Poetry has to be of now, not then, if it has to have any lasting connection with the reader, according to Dermot. Colour photos and prints in the book help create a suitable backdrop for many of the poems - a mixture of comedy, tragedy, joy and despair, and hope - for the future as well as the past. ‘Balance of Payments’ is available to purchase from The Winding Stair bookshop, Halpenny Bridge; Books Upstairs, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 or from It is priced €20.


As a poet, Drumcondra native Dermot McGarthy weaves his own brand of magic through the pages of his recently published hardback collection of poems. ‘Balance of Payments’ is an assembly of episodes and extraordinary insights about ordinary and everyday people and experiences. The author has always found that what nature provides to be stranger than fiction or fantasy, more brutal, more ridiculous, more tragic and of course, more funny. So, there are accounts of a local chip shop/fast food outlet through the generations, where the now middle aged poet wiled away countless teenage hours. The passion of new romance is vividly conveyed in the poem ‘Lightning Strikes’ while ‘The Crossword’ is a document of togetherness and devotion through the years. Nature and the built environment itself leave, predictably enough, a deep impression on most writers, and it’s no different in the case of this book. A vivid account of a Dublin street scene is documented, with various characters in tow, like a snapshot, frozen in time forever. A recurring theme throughout the collection is the contest between our visible material existence and the vague notion of a spiritual overhang, and how it might influence our behaviour or thinking.

This cheeky story is full of adventure BASED on a true story of a monkey that went missing from a horse carriage in Central Park, ‘Cheeky Monkey’ is full of adventure and features one memorable character after another. When a little girl, Abby, runs away from home to Central Park after feeling ignored, she meets up with Cheeky the monkey for a super fun journey. This includes meeting Knock Knock the raccoon (you guessed it - he tells knock knock jokes), Belvedere the wise owl, and Coyote, the beautiful spirit of Abby’s mother. Along their journey and adventure, Cheeky and Abby develop an unbreakable bond, and the young Abby realises and finds her way. In the end, Cheeky Monkey is truly about the importance of family. Families are never perfect, but once you have love, that’s all you really need. The Cheeky Monkey chil-

dren’s picture book is suitable for anybody that has a childish imagination (ages 2-8) and is really a big thank you to the amazing energy of the city and Central Park there is really no place quite like New York City. Barry Reeves is a Southsider who grew up in Ballinteer and played soccer for Broadford Rovers FC and Lourdes Celtic. He has been living in New York ever since he went there on a soccer scholarship in the early nineties. Storytelling has always been a passion for Barry. His father is a standup comedian, (Shaun Connors is his stage name) and his mother is a bit of a comedian in the house. “She also had six cheeky monkeys of her own to deal with, so storytelling and humor were always a big part of my life from a young age onward,” Barry reflects. Inspired by the recent birth of his daughter Sophie, as well as a story he was told about a monkey that

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went missing in Central Park, Cheeky Monkey quickly came to life. In addition to writing children’s books, Barry has also written books and films about his time in NYC, including his hilarious best selling memoir, ‘A Shot in the Dark’. Barry travels extensive-

ly and continues to live and work in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, where he writes. His book, ‘Cheeky Monkey’, as well as ‘A Shot in the Dark’ are available at,, in most bookstores and on both kindle and Nook. “But what I’m most proud

of is that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Mickey Reeves Scholarship Fund, named after my very courageous nephew who passed away recently from cancer,” Barry adds. Donations to the fund can be sent to Tappen Zee High School in New York.



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GAA youngsters shine in John Humphrey Memorial Cup

▪▪ The late John Humphrey. YOUNG GAA stars across Dublin were given the opportunity to showcase their array of talents during a tournament played in Crumlin over the festive period. ▪▪ Whitehall Colmcille’s The football was played in memory of John Humphrey, a young St James Gaels player, who died tragically in 1998. Participating clubs included St James Gaels

(hosts), Whitehall Colmcille’s, Templeogue\Synge Street, Parnell’s, Round Towers (Clondalkin), Thomas Davis and Good Counsel GAA Club. Generously sponsored by

▪▪ Parnell’s GAA Club, Coolock, took part in the tournament. John’s family, the annual blitz for Under 12 players is a fitting tribute to the memory of a young boy for whom sport played such a major part in his short life. Gaels chairman Ross

Mulvaney described the commemorative event, first played in 1999, as the most special event in the club’s calendar. “The most important thing about this event is

that everybody approaches it in a spirit that makes sport a winner,” said Mr Mulvaney. “All we ever hope for is that every child plays to the best of their own individual

ability. Each and every child who does that will have had a good tournament irrespective of the scores.” Money raised from the event goes to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children,

Crumlin. Thomas Davis defeated Round Towers 6-11 to 3-10 in the final while in the Shield Final, Castleknock edged out Templeogue on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-8.



▪▪ The Dublin Senior Camogie annual Dub Stars v Dublin Seniors match took place at Parnell’s GAA Club, Coolock. All proceeds from match were donated to the two charities, Daniel’s Voyage and St Michael’s House. Pictured at Parnell’s were (from l-r): Hannah Hegarty, Ali Twomey, Leah Butler, Faye McCarthy, Orla Beagan, Rachel Rogers, Jo O’Reilly and Laura Twomey. PHOTO: ILIVEPHOTOS

▪▪ Action from the Pyrobel Killester (right) v Ambassador UCC Glanmire Hula Hoops National Cup quarter-final clash which took place at the IWA Clontarf. The Cork side won through to the semi-final after winning 89-74.


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PLANNING & NOTICES THE HIGH COURT 2017 No. 84 SA IN THE MATTER OF SÉAN BROWN, SOLICITOR, PRACTISING AS SÉAN BROWN SOLICITORS, AT “SIENA”, CLONMORE, TOGHER, CO. LOUTH AND IN THE MATTER OF THE SOLICITORS ACTS 1954 - 2015 LAW SOCIETY OF IRELAND APPLICANT SÉAN BROWN RESPONDENT SOLICITOR TAKE NOTICE that the High Court on 18 December 2017 made orders pursuant to Section 18 (2) of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 2002: 1. Suspending the solicitor from practise forthwith; 2. Prohibiting him from holding himself out as a solicitor entitled to practise; John Elliot Registrar of Solicitors, Law Society of Ireland 2 January 2018

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Ciaran McNally and Sally French, intend to apply for Planning permission at 64 Kincora Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The development will consist of the demolition of the existing single storey sheds and portions of rear and side wall; the construction of a low energy single storey rear and side extension; external wall insulation to the existing house and associated works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Sarah & Declan Conlon wish to apply for planning permission at no. 65 Grangemore Crescent, Donaghmede, Dublin 13. The proposed development will consist of the following: 1) Attic conversion including the construction of a dormer window to the rear with associated alterations to the existing roof and 2) The construction of a front extension with partial two storey section with pitched roof and partial single storey section with lean to roof. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council Fingal Co. Co. We Declan & Maria Dermody apply for Planning Permission for (A) Erection of a dormer extension to side of existing bungalow, previously granted under F06A/1742, (B) Erection of a raised decking area to side of existing bungalow, previously granted under F06A/1742, (C) Retention Permission for existing exempted single storey extension constructed to rear of existing bungalow and (D) all associated site development works at The Willows, Tonlegee, Swords, Co. Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council. I, Gearoid O Flatharta, intend to apply for permission for development at 1 Belltree Place, Clongriffin, Dublin 13. The development will consist of an aerial and satellite dish being secured to the front of the building. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application.


Fingal County Council Sheila Connolly Is applying for Planning Permission For Outline Planning Permission for site adjacent to West Mountain Lodge and Green Hollows, Windgate Road, Howth, County Dublin consisting of a dormer bungalow of approximately 265 square metres overall area with a separate garage/store of 32 square metres overall area. An overall total of 297 square metres. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


SELLING? PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ON IDENTIFICATION OF BATHING WATERS IN FINGAL FOR 2018 Fingal County Council is currently carrying out a consultation with members of the public to assist in identification of Bathing Waters in Fingal for 2018.


The Bathing Water Quality Regulations 2008 set out our obligations for bathing water quality checks and public information during the bathing season. We take 10 samples in total, one before and 9 during the bathing season, and this is far in excess of the minimum requirements. Samples are taken fortnightly from the end of May to mid-September. We monitor 11 beaches in Fingal for water quality, and 10 of these beaches are identified bathing waters. Identified bathing waters are sea, river or lake surface waters that we consider to be widely used by the public for bathing. Every year you, the public, can take part in identifying bathing waters in Fingal. If you swim at a beach, lake or river in Fingal, this consultation will allow you to tell us if you think we should maintain existing identified bathing waters designations or give a new official bathing area designation to areas that are commonly used for swimming but not designated at the moment. If you are a regular swimmer and want to help us decide which bathing areas should be identified for 2018, it might be helpful to consider the following: • How your swimming area has been used up to now; • How many people use the site; • What facilities (e.g. signage, parking, toilets, picnic area etc) exist at the site and how accessible it is;


• Any safety issues. If you wish to propose your favourite beach/river etc as a new bathing water site or comment on an existing site, please make your submission through our online Consultation Portal at Alternatively, please post your written submission to: Operations Department (Bathing Waters), Fingal County Council, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.


Closing date for submissions is 31 January 2018.

Dublin City Council We, Cormac and Mona Dinan, intend to apply for permission for alterations to the existing dwelling house at 60 The Demesne, Killester, Dublin 5, D05 WP21, compromising of alterations to front and rear facades, provision of external insulation, increases in parapet heights to existing flat roofs, provision of a new dormer window and overhead canopy to the rear of the building. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Woodquay, Dublin 8 during it’s public opening hours 9am – 4.30pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application and such submission or observation will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


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CRYPTIC CLUES ACROSS 7. Meal which can take an eon (5) 8. A very small part in any body (7) 9. Plotted to burn a man (7) 10. Giant may become tense, say (5) 12. Does such labour involve using an instruction book? (6,4) 15. Certainly not credit terms (5-5) 18. Places where drays are reconstructed (5) 19. The city has the money (7) 21. Noblewoman with a Dutch game (7) 22. It’s true the motorway leads to the kingdom (5) DOWN 1. Put cash on a horse, but not to win (5,5) 2. Cain’s upsetting the Peruvian Indians (5) 3. Talk of a bird (4) 4. Carriage seen in April and August (6) 5. Bill eats out at a famous French prison (8) 6. Bridge is a card-game (7) 11. It might barely be alight (5,5) 13. A communist gets the others taken into custody (8) 14. Greed of a girl getting food (7) 16. Remove the tax (6) 17. Take the least possibly (5) 20. A section of a carriage is returned (4)








ACROSS 7. Dodge (5) 8. So soon (7) 9. Urgent (7) 10. Form (5) 12. Reporter (10) 15. Infertility (10) 18. Be (5) 19. Sailor (7) 21. Clique (7) 22. Consecrate (5)

DOWN 1. Distressing (10) 2. Funny (5) 3. Unoccupied (4) 4. Badinage (6) 5. Intrude (8) 6. Devilish (7) 11. Undertaking (10) 13. Capsize (8) 14. Weakness (7) 16. Figure (6) 17. Bury (5) 20. Gown (4)



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10 JAN 2018


A FEW THINGS WORTH CHECKING OUT THIS WEEK Theatre Panto, Polly and the Beanstalk. They’ll join the all-star cast that includes hilarious Rory Cowan, Dustin the Turkey, Fair City's Ryan Andrews and RTE's Sorchio star Michaela O'Neill. Running until Sunday January 14, there’s matinee and evening shows most days. Tickets priced from €26. See for details.



A number of events are taking place across Dublin as part of the 2018 First Fortnight festiva, which aims to challenge mental health stigma through music, film, spoken word, theatre, art and discussion events. The festival is currently taking place in 17 counties across Ireland and runs until January 21. For more information about the events taking place in the capital, visit www.


All walkers and runners are welcome to take part in parkruns every Saturday at 9.30am at a number of local venues including St Anne’s Park, Fairview Park, Poppintree Park, Darndale Park, Father Collins Park, Newbridge Demesne and Ardgillan Demesne. Parkrun is a timed 5k walk/run and is a completely free to participate communitybased, volunteer-led initiative, and a great way to meet people and keep fit. Junior Parkruns for four to 14-year-olds take place on Sundays at a number of venues over a 2km distance. For further details and to register, visit


Join the whimsical fun-filled world of Lewis Carroll and follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. It’s a topsy-turvy place that gets ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as Alice meets unforgettable characters – the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many more. Filled with spectacular song and dance, this is a classic pantomime for all the family performed by Coolmine Panto Group. It’s happening at Draoicht in Blanchardstown on various weekend dates from now until January 21.


Baldoyle Musical Society presents ‘Beauty and The Beast’ on Friday, January 12 at 8pm; Saturday, January 13 at 3pm and 8pm; and Sunday, January 14 at 3pm in St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle. Lots of fun guaranteed for all the family! General admission is €12. Discount price of €10 for groups of 20+. Family ticket (two adults and three children) priced at €50 (online booking only). To book, visit www., or call 085-1378329. Book now to avoid disappointment!


It’s become one of Ireland’s favourite festive traditions and this year’s Cheerios Panto at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre is finishing up this Sunday (January 14). The smash hit panto starring TV3's Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages tells the well-loved children's classic tale, Sleeping Beauty, and it’s expected to be another roaring-with-laughter success. The hilarious Rob Murphy plays the part of 'Buffy' while Mary Byrne and Michelle McGrath also star. Tickets are available from or the Tivoli Theatre box-office on 01-4544472.


Funderland at the RDS has been part of winter in Dublin for over 40 years and this year’s event finishes up this weekend. It comprises almost three acres of attractions housed inside the Simmonscourt Pavilion with many more located in the complex outside. Exciting attractions include the Power Wave, Break Dance and the amazing Star Flyer called ‘Around the World’. All the old favourites are there too along with the Funderland Loop, Ireland's only looping roller coaster! See www. for booking and details.



The Gaiety Theatre has hosted a Christmas Panto each year since 1873 and tickets for this year’s show, Rapunzel, are selling like hot cakes. Let down your hair and let a star-studded cast give this marvellous tangled tale a magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere! Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates his 28th year in the industry, will play ‘Nanny Ninny Noonah’ and he’s joined by Ciara Lyons as ‘Rapunzel’, Johnny Ward as ‘Johnny B Goode’ and Nicholas Grennell as the King ‘Larry Lilly Loolah’. Running now until January 21. See www.

Running since 2014, Ice Skating POLLY AND THE BEANSTALK Blanchardstown takes place in a stunning 1,000 X Factor Sensations Sean and Conor Price are sq mt ice rink is located next to Blanchardstown special musical guests in this year's Olympia Shopping Centre All levels of experience are catered for on the rink from beginners to advance skaters. There’s a large main rink and a separate rink for kids aged 3-10 years, which is always supervised, while the penguin club will help little ones find their ice legs. There’s also Flying Ducks junior ice hockey, figure skating with the ISAI, schools skate, student skate deals, group and midweek offers, special events and tasty festive food. See for full details.

Crossword Answers January 10th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Lunch; 8 Anatomy; 9 Charted; 10 Titan; 12 Manual work; 15 Never-never; 18 Yards; 19 Capital; 21 Duchess; 22 Realm. Down: 1 Place money; 2 Incas; 3 Chat; 4 Landau; 5 Bastille; 6 Pontoon; 11 Naked flame; 13 Arrested; 14 Avarice; 16 Excise; 17 Steal; 20 Part. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 7 Avoid; 8 Already; 9 Exigent; 10 Shape; 12 Journalist; 15 Barrenness; 18 Exist; 19 Mariner; 21 Coterie; 22 Bless. Down: 1 Lamentable; 2 Comic; 3 Idle; 4 Banter; 5 Trespass; 6 Satanic; 11 Enterprise; 13 Overturn; 14 Frailty; 16 Number; 17 Inter; 20 Robe.



10 JAN 2018

From the Archives We take a look back at extracts from old newspapers to see what was in the news this month from years gone by

▪▪ A long goods train ‘101 class 0-6-0 No. 144, with horse boxes and wagons, leaving Kingsbridge under steam for the south of Ireland, c. 1915. The station yard foreman, the train driver and his assistant pose for the photographer. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/ The History Press.

▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 5, 1867 ▪▪ Irish Press, January 3, 1963

▪▪ Evening Herald, January 18, 1939

▪▪ Irish Press, January 2, 1962

▪▪ Irish Independent, January 4, 1937

▪▪ Stephen’s Green North, c. 1910. A two-wheeled trap heads in the direction of the Shelbourne Hotel. On the left is A Bell & Sons, Dyers and Cleaners. The Dublin Bread Company shop is next door at No. 3, with a horse-drawn van standing outside. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’ (Central Dublin), by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press. ▪▪ Freeman’s Journal, January 21, 1865


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