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Moving tribute to tragic family Jack Gleeson

Ballymun, even if I won the Lotto. The neighbours are great.” HE community Kathleen and her only in Ballymun is coming together surviving child, Ann, have this Friday (April fond memories of those early years in Ballymun 21) to show their love when the new estate was and support for a local seen as prime location to mum who lost six of her seven adult children over live in. “You could leave your a devastating 10-year door open,” says Kathleen. period. “We used to go to each Kathleen Behan moved other’s houses on a Friday for chips and eggs.” to Ballymun with her Ann also remembers an husband Matty in the mid idyllic childhood playing ‘60s from a room in her with her younger siblings. grandmother’s home in “I’d be minding them Pearse Street and was all when we were out one of the first tenants in playing,” she says. “We’d Coultry. “It was a three bedroom be playing skipping and flat, it was like moving into hopscotch and all that. a hotel,” she recalls. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 “I wouldn’t move out of

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Bonnie bonnets locals, including Martha Nagle and Harry Power, showed off their creations much to the delight of everybody there on the day. Organisers of the event thanked Quinn's Centra Poppintree for a very One of the highlights generous donation of of the day was an Easter sandwiches, goodies and bonnet competition where prizes, which went down THERE was lots of fun and laughter at a special Easter event in the new Chit Chat café at Ballymun Child & Family Resource Centre in Shangan last week.

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Moving tribute to tragic family CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “There was flowers on the balcony and the place was kept clean and the kids were involved in all that and looked after the area.” Sadly, the family’s happiness didn’t last when the children grew up. Matty died from a massive heart attack in 1991 and blighted with high unemployment, drug dealing and an increasingly transient population, Ballymun began to decay. The regeneration project promised to reverse the trend but the economic downturn threw a spanner in the works. Many of the Behans lost their jobs and Kathleen believes the crisis played a part in the loss of her children (pictured right). Martin (35) took his own life in 2006 and four years later Terry (44), who suffered ill health, passed away. Just months later, Matthew (41) died from bronchial pneumonia. In 2014 Tony (36) went missing and was found dead after a two-day search and the following year Karen (47) and Peter (41) both passed away. “Every one of them were workers,” says Ann. “After the Celtic Tiger when they lost their jobs, they went downhill from there. They were great workers, like myself and like my Ma, but they got into a rut. “For me, they’re all up there together and they’re all looking after my ma now.

▪▪ Aimee McKeon and Head Ranger in Phoenix Park, Reggie McDonald, dressed in a traditional park rangers uniform at Farmleigh Gallery for the launch of ‘Parks, Our Shared Heritage’.

“They were all very good and the only ones they hurt were themselves. It’s all very sad.” Kathleen worked as a cleaner in DCU, Arnotts and the Virgin Mary school and later helping bring children with special needs to school. However, the family ran into financial problems and Kathleen was forced to sell her home to pay off debts and she moved into a mobile home. She says the support of family and friends has helped her cope with the grief. And the local community will once again rally around the family at Axis on

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Unique parks exhibition at Farmleigh Main Street this Friday. Local band, QED (pictured above), will take to the stage in a fundraiser to remember the Behans who passed away and to let Kathleen and Ann know they’ll always have support in Ballymun. Tickets are now sold out but bass player, Pat Daly, says the gig is more about showing support to a local family who’ve been through so much than it is about raising money. “It’s just about a community coming together to give Kathleen a bit of support,” he said. QED were a popular Dublin band in the ‘80s and reformed three years ago to raise funds for the Andy Morgan Foundation - a charity named after their drummer who lost his life to suicide.

They’ve played occasional gigs since then, mostly fundraising events, and were more than happy to do something for Kathleen and Ann. “Our guitarist, Mick (Fitzgerald), came to the band and said some friends of the Behans asked would be do the gig in memory of those who passed away,” Pat explained. “It’s really tragic when you think about it so we wanted to so something for Kathleen. “The businesses in Ballymun have been great to us and there’ll be some raffles on the night and any money raised will be presented to Kathleen and it’s the community’s way of saying we remember your children and acknowledge the hardship that you’ve been through.”

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in Ireland. The exhibition has a unique collection of paintings and artefacts that illustrates and spans over 300 years of the historic, horticultural, social and architectural importance of the irreplaceable parks. The lamp (pictured above) is one of four original lamps erected in the Phoenix Park around 1880. It was specially designed with 12 mirrors to light up the statue of Lord Goff in

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Tree of hope destroyed

▪▪ Locals pictured at the planting just three months ago.

Jack Gleeson LOCALS in Ballymun were shocked last week when vandals destroyed a tree planted in Poppintree Park as a symbol of support to those affected by suicide and depression. The tree was planted last January at the request of locals including Cllr Noeleen Reilly (SF) who donated it for the community. However, Cllr Reilly was devastated when she learned the tree, which offered solace and hope to those impacted by the loss of loved ones to suicide, had been broken by vandals. “There really are no words. I'm heartbroken this morning,” she posted on Facebook. “The tree was targeted by some who clearly have no consideration for others and what they may be going through.”

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▪▪ The Tree of Hope was a symbol of support. themselves down the road.” Cllr Reilly has vowed to beat the vandals who showed no consideration for the tree or the local park. “We will be planting the tree again and again if need be,” she said. “I will finalise a date in the coming weeks.”

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New plan aims to revamp the heart of Phibsborough Jack Gleeson A NEW planning application designed to regenerate the heart of Phibsborough has been lodged with Dublin City Council. The €50 million proposal for Phibsborough Shopping Centre includes provision for a 340-bed student accommodation on the site as well as part demolition of existing structures and construction of an extension to the centre. Some existing retail space will be upgraded and a civic plaza with access to the new Dalymount Park is included in the plans. The student accommodation will be in a new extension to the shopping centre set out in two blocks around landscaped courtyards. The blocks will range in height from four to six storeys over a split level ground floor, with part overhanging the existing centre onto Phibsborough Road.

▪▪ The proposed civic space linking Phibsborough Road and Dalymount Park.

Luas works begin at NCR Bridge WORKS expected to last a month are beginning on the North Circular Road Bridge this week. SSJV, working on behalf of Transport Infrastructure Ireland, will dismantle the southern bridge parapet from Tuesday (April 18). After the wall is dismantled, strengthening works will be carried out and the wall re-built with a capping stone on top. As a health and safety requirement, a new railing, similar to what is there at present, will be placed on top of the capping stone. The works will be carried out from 8am to 6pm and are expected to last approximately one month. Meanwhile, a new integrated Luas network map that includes the new Cross City line has been published in anticipation of the project being completed later this year. The new section will create an extension to the Luas Green Line from St Stephen's Green to Broom-

a new railing, similar to what is there at present, will be placed on top of the capping stone

bridge and facilitate an interchange with the Red Luas Line at the Abbey Street stop. The O'Connell (GPO) and Marlborough are new stops that will allow for an interchange between the Luas Red and Green Lines at Abbey Street. The GPO stop is for passengers travelling north towards Broombridge and the Marlborough stop for passengers travelling south towards St Stephen's Green or onwards to Sandyford or Brides Glen.

Some existing retail space will be redeveloped under the proposals and there will be new retail and commercial space provided. The existing Tesco supermarket, off license and Eddie Rockets are excluded from the proposals. MM Capital who acquired the site are behind the proposals. Managing Director, Peter Leonard, said the plans would create a vibrant public space and civic plaza for the local community. “We have worked closely and listened to the needs of the local community, and believe we have a high-quality design and a totally committed team to deliver our vision for Phibsborough," he added. Bohemian FC welcomed the planning application. “The plans pave the way for access to Dalymount from Phibsborough Road, something that has been

sorely lacking since the shopping centre was constructed in the mid-1960s,” a club spokesperson said. “Such access is an integral part of Council plans to redevelop Dalymount, not only as a football stadium, but also as a community facility at the very heart of Phibsborough. “We strongly favour a concurrent and total redevelopment of the Dalymount Park and Phibsborough Shopping Centre sites with maximum integration between the two. “This would minimise the club’s time away from Dalymount Park and also lessen the disruption to our neighbours and the local community. It would also maximise the economies of scale potential, which could be lost with a phased approach.” MM Capital say the proposed development can be delivered over a 24-month timeframe.

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Comment: Tony McCullagh, Dublin People group editor

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OW does television remain viable in a digital age? That’s the question exercising political minds as an Oireachtas committee gets set to grapple with the concept of the TV licence being extended to users of laptops, tablets and other devices. The problem is, the national broadcaster is no longer the only show in town and the media landscape has changed radically since the days of ‘Wanderly Wagon’ and ‘Quicksilver’. RTÉ’s independent rivals such as TV3

have long bemoaned the fact that the licence fee goes exclusively to Montrose and they have to compete on what they see as an unlevel playing pitch for a slice of the advertising revenue pie – much of which has migrated online. This has also become a bugbear for newspapers and radio stations who had to invest heavily in online output while going head to head with RTÉ’s digital platforms. It all comes down to how much we value the idea of public service broadcasting. RTÉ’s director general, Dee Forbes, recently argued that the licence fee should be doubled, pointing out that it currently equates to just over 40 cent per day. Not only does this go towards funding two television channels, we also get four radio stations, an orchestra and a range of digital services. It certainly sounds like value for money and RTÉ is hard to equal when it comes to quality news and current affairs programming. Personally, I am willing to pay for good journalism, be it through the purchase of a newspaper or as part of my television licence fee. I am less happy to be funding country and western specials on ‘The Late Late Show’ or subsidising the inflated salaries enjoyed by some of RTÉ’s biggest stars. As things stand, if you don’t want

▪▪ ‘The Late Late Show’ country music special was a huge hit with viewers but would you pay to watch it online? to pay your TV licence, you have two options: you refuse to buy one and run the risk of being hauled before a judge and fined or jailed (for a few hours anyway). Alternatively, you simply choose not to own a television. However, under new proposals being considered, you would no longer be able to circumvent paying the licence fee by just watching ‘Home and Away’ on your

laptop or tablet. There is something manifestly unfair about this if you don’t own a television and restrict your online viewing to Netflix or YouTube. Why should you pay for something you don’t watch? Perhaps the most obvious solution is for RTÉ to introduce a subscription charge for its digital services. If you wanted to watch the RTÉ Player on a computer, you’d

have to pay for the privilege – ditto its news and entertainment sites. Those who already hold a television licence could be exempt from the online subscription charge. The Government should also look at ways of improving compliance rates by bringing licence fee evaders to heel in a more efficient and cost-effective manner than dragging them through the courts.

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Council’s new draft plan for Ballymun will shape future Jack Gleeson

the LAP will help safeguard the significant investment made in the area to date LOCALS in Ballymun are and ensure that the being urged to have a say regeneration is brought to in their future by getting a successful conclusion,” a involved in the new Local council spokesperson said. Area Plan (LAP). “The LAP will review the progress made in The LAP will shape the implementing the aims and area’s economic, social, environmental and physical objectives of the Ballymun Masterplan and provide character for the next an updated strategy for decade and it’s the first major plan since 1997 when the future development Ballymun Regeneration Ltd and management of the area to meet the needs (BRL) was established. of the existing and future Now that BRL has been wound down and Dublin City population.” A draft LAP document Council is again responsible was published by the council for the area, a new LAP on April 5 and is on public is needed for the area to display until May 17. replace the 1998 Ballymun It was drafted following Masterplan. a public consultation “The implementation of

phase last November and includes submissions from the National Transport Authority and Fingal County Council as well as BRYR, Ballymun4Business network and a number of sports and recreation clubs. The new LAP aims to ensure Ballymun is served by high quality public transport and facilitate construction of additional housing in the area. It’s also hoped to attract inward investment and create a focal point or centre for Ballymun. Ballymun Sinn Féin Councillor Noeleen Reilly is calling on residents, community groups, sports clubs and businesses to make inputs into the LAP.

▪▪ The new draft plan will shape the future of Ballymun for the next decade. “This period of consultation for the Local Area plan is an opportunity for all stakeholders in the area to have a say on the future of Ballymun,” she said. “One of the areas up for discussion will be the 31 vacant land banks in

Ballymun. Some of these are quite substantial pieces of land, which in my opinion have to be used for housing and recreational activities. “We are unique in Ballymun in that the majority of vacant land is owned by the council

meaning we have a greater say what goes on it and can make better planning decisions. “The town centre once and for all must be developed. This was the biggest disappointment during the regeneration for residents and it left lasting

bad feeling within the area.” Members of Dublin City Council staff will be available in Ballymun Civic Centre to assist with any questions on the LAP on Saturday, April 22 between 10.30am-12.30pm and Wednesday, April 26 from 10am-12pm.

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Celebration for seniors taking place next month the poetry of Paula Meehan. The new works can be used by choirs on event day, May 7, and downloaded from www. aoic.ie. Events in Dublin include storytelling at the Dublin Now in its 22nd year, Yarnspinners May meeting at there’s loads of events hap- Club na Muinteoiri on Parnell pening around the city during Street on May 11, A Museum the month, all designed to tour with Dublin Zoo on May promote activity in the arts 25, and an audio described and captioned performance and creativity. The festival is run by Age & of Waiting For Godot at the Opportunity, an organisation Abbey Theatre on May 20. There will also be a panthat promotes active and engaged living as we get older, el discussion on May 27 at and this year’s theme, All to- Smock Alley Theatre, Essex gether now, involves events Street, featuring some of Irefeaturing some of Ireland’s land’s top female broadcastleading artists and creatives. ers and journalists entitled Amongst the highlights ‘How Far We Have Travelled’. will be The Dawn Chorus, a The phrase was coined choral event presented with by the late Mary Holland of the Association of Irish Com- the Irish Times and featured ▪▪ The Bealtaine Festival programme includes lots of events happening around the city during the month of May. posers and Active Retirement speakers at the Smock Alley Ireland where older people event include Emily O’Reilly, in the Irish media. tance of the arts, especially of collaborative events and pate like our artists and comthe European Ombudsman, sing at dawn. Launching the programme, in relation to our wellbeing workshops specifically de- munity groups and our many This year’s event also journalists Ann Marie Houri- Dr Tara Byrne, Bealtaine Di- as we get older. signed to reach out to, and partners such as arts centres, includes four new commis- hane and Susan McKay, and rector, said the growth and “Bealtaine is a truly focus on, all of us as we grow libraries, theatres, galleries, Height A4 by LScape 05/04/2017 13:38 Pagesuccess 1 art and cultural institutions producer1 Betty Purcell. Each of the Festival year- unique festival in providing older,” she said. sionedHireCo choral works com-Add:Layout “The people who partici- are absolutely key to the fesposer Sean Doherty based on will discuss their own careers on-year showed the impor- a rich and varied programme DETAILS of this year’s Bealtaine Festival programme celebrating people power in Ireland’s older generation were announced last week.

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Local students see future of sport STUDENTS from Luttrelstown Community College heard first hand about the future of sports technology when TOBIN Engineers held an open day recemtly at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown. The day was part of last month’s celebrations for Engineers Week at the campus, which included an address from Eoghan Clifford, Engineering Lecturer at NUI Galway and multiple UCI Para-cycling World Champion and Rio gold medallist. Clifford spoke to the students, parents and public present for the event about the growing role of engineering in Irish sport while David Conway, Director of the National Sports Campus, also gave a presentation on sporting infrastructure Additionally, there was a tour for the public of the Campus where Ireland’s elite athletes are developed. Also at the event was Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, who said sports technology is now at the forefront of cutting-edge engineering and is supporting the high-

▪▪ Paralympic Gold Medalist Eoghan Clifford poses for a selfie with students and Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland (left), and Damian Grehan of Tobin Engineering. est standards of sporting excellence in Ireland’s elite athletes. “The link between engineering and sport possibly isn’t an obvious one for the public at large,” she added. “The engineering expertise that is integral to the construction of these fantastic facilities here today is incredibly impressive. “But the mechanical, biomedical and electronic

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Catalonia’s new attractions set to dazzle Irish visitors A N INCREDIBLE 1.8 million Irish visitors went to Spain last year and with key destinations like Barcelona, Costa Brava and Coast Daurada, many spent their time in Catalonia.

It’s a region defined by its own culture and language and a sizable portion of its 7.5 population see themselves as Catalonian first and Spanish, at best, second. So what’s new for visitors this year? Have a look at these new or revamped Catalonian experiences. ÒPERA SAMFAINA Launched last year, Barcelona’s Òpera Samfaina next to the city’s famous Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house is a multisensory feast for foodies. Founders Franc Aleu and the Roca brothers say it’s Catalonia like you’ve never tasted before and with 950 square metres of different environments and bars it’s certainly something different. The name Samfaina comes from a local sauce with an amazing variety of ingredients, and diversity is certainly the name of the game here. Add in bizarre props like singing cows, toy trains and animated displays and you’ve got yourself an eating experience unlike any other. Seee operasamfaina.com for more. EL ALTAR There’s more foodie delight at El Altar - a new gastronomic space in the heart of Barcelona inside the iconic Boqueria Market with views of the famous Rambla. During a visit, discover the secrets of the Boqueria Market, the places that make it unique, and go shopping with the chefs who will share their secrets of how to buy the finest-quality ingredients. See barcelonapremium.com/en/ unique-experiences/el-altar

FERRARI LAND PortAventura World Parks & Resort’s latest addition will have motor fans drooling. This new attraction offers 60,000 sq mt of fast-paced fun and will be the only Ferrari theme park in Europe. Visitors can enjoy world- class rides inspired by Ferrari, including the park’s amazing main attraction, ‘the Vertical Accelerator’, which stands even taller than PortAventura’s famous Shambhala. It sets a double record for being the highest and fastest rollercoaster in Europe.

See portaventuraworld.com/en/ferrari-land OPEN CAMP The Olympic Ring area on Montjuïc, the main site of sporting triumphs during Barcelona’s ’92 games, has become home to the world’s first leisure park dedicated to the world of sport. The project bring together various sports and the latest virtual reality technology to create an experience whereby visitors can feel what it’s like to dribble like Messi or sprint like Bolt.

See opencamp.com for more. SEAT 600 TOUR A new vintage experience has recently launched in Barcelona to discover the city on board of an original Seat 600, the most iconic vehicle in Spain back in the ‘60s. The two hour tour takes visitors through the historic city centre and finishes with a taste of delicious tapas in one of the most legendary bars of the city. All the cars have GPS navigators, a security mobile phone and a boombox

with music from the swinging sixties. See triptroop.com for info. PENEDÈS 360 The Penedès is one of the world’s best wine regions, with endless vineyards and magnificent views. New for 2017 is ‘Penedès 360’, an experience that allows visitors to combine walking and cycling routes with wine and cava tastings. There’s a choice of three circular routes to explore by mountain bike, slow bike or on foot. See penedes360.cat for details.

Spain tops travel destinations list ALMOST one in five Irish holidaymakers plan on spending their main holiday in Spain this year.

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It’s the second year in a row the country has topped the list in the annual survey carried out by AA Ireland Travel Insurance. A total of 18.3 per cent of the almost 7,000 AA members and customers surveyed stated that a trip to Spain is on the cards for the main holiday this year. The next most popular destinations in the survey were USA (6.44 per cent),

Portugal (5.69 per cent), France (5.62 per cent) and Italy (4.36 per cent). “Back in 2012 over four in 10 of our customers were planning a domestic holiday over a foreign break to help keep costs down,” said AA Director of Consumer Affairs, Conor Faughnan. “These latest findings seem to indicate that, for most of us, our economic situation has improved in the last year. “While many of those planning a trip abroad are doing so in pursuit of better weather, the continued increase in the number of people opting to holiday

outside of Ireland certainly indicates that people are feeling more secure in their employment and their financial situation.” Younger people are significantly more likely to spend their main holiday abroad in 2017. Just over 15 per cent of Irish people intend on staying in Ireland for their summer break compared to 11.25 per cent of those aged between 25 and 35. Only around five per cent of those under 25 admitted that a holiday within Ireland was on the cards.


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The countdown is on for Women’s Mini Marathon IT’S springtime and don’t you just love it. Memories of the dreary short days of winter can finally be put to the back of our minds as we look forward in anticipation of the bright evenings, longer days and hopefully, a bit of mild weather to heat up the bones. One of the best times of the year is that time when the clock goes forward one hour. This year summertime started on Sunday, March 26 so the countdown is well and truly on. And look around you and you’ll see the difference in people’s moods when those evenings take a good long stretch. We’re more energetic that’s for sure. We’re out walking, running, keeping fit, doing the garden and visiting people we haven’t seen since we went into hibernation at the onset of winter. You’ll notice around this time of year the amount of runners pounding our streets and parks, and in particular women. That can only mean one thing: training for the much-celebrated VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – which takes place this year on the June 5 (Bank Holiday Monday) – has begun in earnest. There are few greater feelings in sport than being on the starting line for a race. The surge of adrenalin

coursing through your veins, the anticipation, the limbering up in front of the tape, the clock above you waiting to record your every step, the nervous glances at your fellow competitors, the checking of your watch, and finally, the deafening sound of the gun. You’re off and there’s no turning back. Around 40,000 women from all corners of the country will experience this magical feeling and rush of endorphins on June 5 when they toe the line for the annual VHI Women’s Mini Marathon. The hugely popular 10k event has come a long way since its inception in 1983 when it was formally known as the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon. Over these years approximately 800,000 women have entered the event – the 2010 Women’s Mini Marathon attracted a field of 40,397. Over the last three decades, numerous charities have been the biggest winners with the ladies raising thousands of euro (and pounds back in the day!) for their chosen ones. Since the event began, millions have been raised for Irish charities, making it the biggest single day charity event in Ireland. There is hardly a charity in the country that won’t be represented on June 5, and

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▪▪ At this time of year there is a surge in runners pounding our streets and parks. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK especially in these challenging times economically, they rely on the women’s unstinting support more than ever. The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon has quite simply become the largest all-wom-

en’s event of its kind in the world and the biggest charity event in Ireland. Of course, a lot of preparation must go into the event from the huge team of organisers and the runners,

with many having started their training after Christmas. Indeed, the cold, dark nights can prove difficult for any outdoor activity let alone running, but now that

we’re on the cusp of the long, bright nights again, it sure gets much easier. And the major plus for training in the bright nights as opposed to the dark ones, is that you can train in public

parks again and away from the madness of Dublin traffic. Also, as any runner will tell you: it’s much easier on the joints if you run on grass rather than concrete. It’s also much easier to get the motivation to train when you are in a group and that’s where the Meet and Train Groups come in. As this event grew bigger, these groups were set up specifically to help women train for the mini marathon. They hold regular group runs and give advice on how to prepare for the big event. They also organise a series of smaller, shorter races throughout the year which includes road races and cross-country races. These groups can be found at locations all over the country. So roll on June 5 when Mna na hEireann will be running, jogging and walking around the course, hoping that their hard work on the training fields over the last few months yields rich dividends for themselves and their chosen charities.


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OPINION: PASCHAL DONOHOE

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We will overcome Brexit challenges SINCE June 23 last year, there has been a lot of talk about what the UK’s departure from the European Union will mean; both for Ireland and the EU.

▪▪ Minister Paschal Donohoe (far right) pictured with, from l-r, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir (Sinn Fein), Gina McIntyre (Special EU Programmes Body) and Mayor Hilary McClintock (DUP) during his visit to a Peace project in Derry.

First, it’s important to stress that the UK will not be leaving the EU immediately. In fact, this process will take at least two years. In the meantime, there will be no changes to our relationship with the UK, and your rights will remain the same. The first thing that will happen is that there will be a complex and sometimes very difficult negotiation period, in which Ireland will be part of the team of 27 countries staying in the EU. Ireland has made our priorities for these Brexit negotiations very clear. We want to protect our economy, especially sectors such as agrifood that are heavily reliant on the UK for their business.

For us to do this, we need the closest possible trading relationship with the UK, something that a number of other EU countries also want. We want to maintain our Common Travel Area with the UK and the invisible border with the North. We want to protect the peace process and ensure all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement are fully respected. We also want the future of the EU to work best for its citizens and the European economy. These priorities have been made very clear to every other EU Member State, and to the British as well. Both the EU chief negotiator and the British PM have openly acknowledged that they want to solve the issue of the border on the island of Ireland while protecting the gains of the peace process, and that this must be a key part of whatever deal is negotiated.

One of the ways the EU has supported the peace process is through the PEACE and INTERREG Programmes between Northern Ireland and the border region of Ireland. For more than a quarter of a century the EU has provided significant funding to support the process of peace building and reconciliation in the region. As the Irish Minister responsible for the programmes, I travelled to Derry last December where, along with my Northern Ireland counterpart, I visited projects funded by the EU.  The progress that has been made since the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 was really brought home to me when – in the company of a DUP Mayor and a Sinn Fein Minister – I walked across the spectacular EU-funded Peace Bridge that lies at the heart of the city and brings the two communities together. The Irish Government is deter-

mined to see such programmes continue, even after the UK leaves the EU. With the departure of the UK from the EU will come change, but not all for the worse. There are also some real opportunities for Ireland – as one of only two English-speaking countries in the EU, with the fastest growing economy in the EU in 2016, and as the European HQ of so many multinational firms. The negotiating teams are ready. The Government has its priorities set. Information that helps people to understand what is going on is being and will continue to be made available. This won’t be easy. But we have overcome challenges before, and we will do it again with Brexit. Paschal Donohoe is the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.


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Dublin students crowned winners at TY Academy FIVE transition year students from Dublin who developed an app for students to learn meditation and help them manage anxiety and stress were crowned national winners at Bank of Ireland’s TY Academy presentation in House of Lords, College Green, Dublin.

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The winning team named ‘Aurora’ meaning ‘dawn’ comprised of Alison O’Sullivan from St Peter’s College Dunboyne, Eve Lynch from Loretto College Foxrock, Aoife Murray from Assumption Secondary School in Walkinstown, Saoirse Logan McGivern from Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen, Co Kildare and Christopher Duffy from St Mac Dara’s Community College in Templeogue. Since September 2016, 400 Transition Year students from a number of second level schools across Galway, Dublin, Cork and Limerick have participated in the TY Academy. The three-day programme challenged stu-

managing mental health to name but a few. Ciara McGuigan Segment Manager at Bank of Ireland congratulated the Dublin students on their success. “As the bank that supports young people, both at a local and national level we were delighted to bring our TY Academy finalists from across Ireland to such a fantastic final event in House of Lords,” she said. “I’d like to congratulate ▪▪ Pictured at the final of Bank of Ireland’s TY Academy competition in House of Lords, College Green winning team ‘Aurora’ including Alison ‘Aurora’ on creating such O’Sullivan from St Peter’s College Dunboyne, Eve Lynch from Loretto College Foxrock, Aoife Murray from Assumption Secondary School an innovative solution to in Walkinstown, Saoirse Logan McGivern from Cross and Passion College in Kilcullen, Co Kildare and Christopher Duffy from St Mac Dara’s the social problems facing Community College in Templeogue. They are pictured alongside Liam McLoughlin and Andrew Keating, of Bank of Ireland. young people on the path dents to design a solution ing young people who want education. solutions to address fund- keeping laptops and bicy- to third level. “We are delighted to to overcome barriers fac- to progress to third level The projects included ing and housing shortages, cles safe on campus and have been able to provide the team with the tools, resources and mentoring support that has enabled them to create this exciting Winnerof the Memorex Culture Award solution. Language School Ireland “We were thrilled to Language Summer have such a broad range of mentors and speakers join Primary & Secondary School Students Courses us throughout the academy St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, D9 who made a strong impresSecondary School Students Cúrsa A: 06/06/17 - 17/06/17 sion on the students, ofFrench - German - Spanish Cúrsa B: 19/06/17 - 30/06/17 fering exceptional insights and advice.” SUMMER COURSES 2017 • Flexible dates with minimum Dominican College, Griffith Avenue, D9 Four finalist teams comCúrsa C: 03/07/17 - 14/07/17 prising of students from Nationally Acclaimed for Secondary 2 week hosting period Cúrsa D: 17/07/17 - 28/07/17 over 20 different schools School Students • Prompt weekly payments worked together to develCastleknock Community College, op ideas from concept to • The opportunity to host up to Lucan Community College Ireland’s Dublin 15 delivery and made their 4 students in a house 12/06/17 - 16/06/17 (French) No 1 Cúrsa E: 26/06/17 - 07/07/17 pitches to an experienced judging panel comprising: Cúrsa F: 03/07/17 - 14/07/17 St. Patrick’s College, Dublin 9 Andrew Keating, Group ● Formal Class ● Sports ● Games ● Competitions Chief Financial Officer, 19/06/17 - 23/06/17 (French) Céile ● Art ● Drama Bank of Ireland; Niall McCormick, Engineer and Dominican College, Dubiln 9 “... the most comprenhensive, Enjoyable and Affordable Entrepreneur Colmac RoGaeltacht course in Ireland” The Irish Times 26/06/17 - 30/06/17 botics; Ciara Judge, BT (French & German) Young Scientist Winner Call us: 01 860 2782 Limted Places Available 2013; Dearbhail McDonald, Email us: LTDublin@ef.com Book “Ireland’s #1 Language Summer Centre” Group Business Editor InVisit us: www.EF-Ireland.ie/Host-Family dependent News and MeOnline dia; and Claire Whelehan, Like us: www.facebook.com/ Director of Philanthropy at EFIrelandHostFamilies www.lsireland.com www.ColaisteNaomhEoin.com DCU.

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tonnes with 1,843 ship arrivals, equivalent to 20 ships each day. Both imports and exports grew strongly with imports ahead by 3.3 per cent and exports even more strongly at 5.5 per cent. Eamonn O’Reilly, chief executive of Dublin Port Company, said that having seen growth of 25 per cent in the four years to last De- ▪▪ Punishing commutes turn people off applying for jobs. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK cember, 2017 has started strongly for the company with growth of 4.2 per cent in the first quarter. “Growth at this level was the norm over decades before the economic crash after 2007,” said Mr O’Reilly. “What we are seeing in Dublin Port’s volumes is entirely consistent with the strong recovery evident in the domestic economy in recent years. “Long-term growth requires additional capacity and we have a 10-year €600 million capital investment programme well underway to make sure that Dublin Port can continue to meet demand between now and 2040.”

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WORKING in recruitment, I know that one of the major stumbling blocks to finding a suitable candidate for a job is their proximity to the role. Find me someone who is willing to commute from Skerries to Sandyford and I will find you someone with an overzealous penchant for drive time radio! Candidates rightly don’t want to have to undertake a two or three-hour round trip to get to work each day, not to mention shell out the funds necessary to do so. Such punishing commutes turn people off applying for jobs which can benefit their lives, thus putting them at a disadvantage as well as hindering companies seeking the right people to help their

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Fingal County Council We, Sport Ireland, intend to apply for Permission for development at this site address: National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15. The development will consist of the following; A High Performance Centre for Cricket Ireland for the training and coaching of cricket to include; a) singlestorey, detached monopitched roofed building with associated access steps and ramps, offices (117m2) and associated ancillary accommodation, maintenance / equipment stores (61m2) and exterior covered coaching area and exterior covered viewing area; b) 2 no. 8 metre high circular flagpoles; c) synthetic surfaced practice nets area (1088m2) and grass covered practice nets area (3887m2) each with 6.2m high safety netting between bowling lanes; d) grass covered fielding practice area (3428m2); e) 6.2m high perimetre safety fencing consisting of 2m high metal fencing with 4.2m high ballstop netting above to synthetic surfaced, grass surfaced and grass surfaced fielding practice areas; f) landscaping to full extent of site including rain water drainage swale, irrigation reservoir and attenuation pond, planting, paving and perimeter path to practice areas; g) new access road and pavement from existing adjacent Sport Ireland IIS building car park; h) car parking for 14 vehicles, 4 no. coaches and bicycle racks; i) and all associated site development and drainage 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 the public opening hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday-Friday at: Fingal County Council, Grove Road , Blanchardstown, Fingal, Dublin 15. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Fingal County Council of the application, and such submissions or observations 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.

Fingal County Council I, Richard Duffy, apply to Fingal County Council for Planning Permission for Retention of change of use from domestic garage to one bedroomed residential unit with attic storeroom with revised entrances to site and all associated site and drainage works at Lands at Five Lamps, Grange, Cappagh Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. This Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Department, Grove Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, during public opening hours .A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20.00 within the period of FIVE weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by the local authority and such submissions or observations 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Noel McHugh, intend to apply for Permission for development at 38 Clune Road, Finglas East, Dublin 11, D11 Y7P9. The development will consist of a. Demolition of existing front porch and rear extension, b. construction of a new front single storey extension and rear two storey extension (including balcony) to the existing dwelling house and c. elevational alterations to the existing house. All of the above to include all associated ancillary site works at the above address. 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, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations 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.

Dublin City Council I, Tommy Byrne intend to apply for Retention Permission at 60 Villa Park Avenue, Navan Rd, Dublin 7 for to retain existing domestic garage as constructed and all associated site 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 Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations 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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Her cleaning lady, Ruby, calls every Tuesday to blow away the cobwebs of Mrs T’s life with sarcasm, wit and common sense. It runs in the Bewley’s Café Theatre @ Powerscourt from April 24- May 6. Phone 086-8784001 or visit www.bewleyscafetheatre.com.

A stellar line up of musicians and DJs come together at the Grand Social to celebrate the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson on the first anniversary of his passing.

Today FMs Kelly Anne Byrne and Nialler 9 are amongst the DJ line up while 11 piece band - Housequake pump the funk, will play over a 90 minute set. There’ll also be movies, banter and prizes for dressing in Purple or Paisley. Enjoy a purple playground over three rooms from 8pm. Admission €10 from tickets.ie. This is a strictly over 18s event.

OFF THE HOOK

If you like a bit of comedy, get yourself down to East Wall this week. PS Productions presents the hilarious farce, ‘Off The Hook’, by Derek Benfield, at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, from April 18-28 at 8pm. Tickets cost €12, €10 concession. Contact the theatre on 01-8509000 or Pat on 087-6773322 for more information.

AS ABOVE, SO BELOW

The major exhibition ‘As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’ has opened at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). The exhibition features an exciting selection of modern masterworks and landmark contemporary art works by Hilma Klint, Wassily Kandinsky, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Sigmar Polke, Cameron many being shown for the first time in Ireland - and new commissions created specifically for IMMA for this exhibition by Linder Sterling, Matt Copson, Stephan Doitschinoff, Alan Butler and others.

THE MISANTHROPE

After last year’s sell out run in the New Theatre, Moliere’s classic, ‘The Misanthrope’, returns for a limited run at the Viking Theatre in Clontarf (The Sheds). This hilarious comedy stars Sorcha Furlong (Fair City’s Orla) as Madame Celemine, a beautiful young widow who is surrounded by admirers and is the talk of Paris. This new version of the play, which runs until April 22, has been adapted and directed by Peter Reid. For bookings, call 087-1129970. Tickets cost €15.

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PORTMARNOCK ART EXHIBITION

Portmarnock Art Group is holding its annual art exhibition in the country club hotel this Sunday and Monday, April 23 and 24. The exhibition will comprise talented artists from Portmarnock and Malahide and there will be a variety of paintings on sale over the two days.

MAKING OF A MEDIUM

The film follows Sean Conway who was born with a gift; a gift he could not understand. From an early age Sean was constantly met with scepticism from friends, members of his family and even his twin brother.

Afraid he would be put in to a mental institution, A Bumper Sale of Work will take place in Bayside he kept his experiences and visions to himself. Only Community Centre, Sutton, this Sunday, April after he found a spiritual teacher did he begin to 23, from 10am to 3pm. use his talent. The film makes its Dublin debut at Lighthouse There will be plenty to choose from including Cinema, Smithfield, at 7pm on Wednesday, April 19. bric-a-brac, toys, books, DVDs, CDs, vinyls, games, clothes, household and DIY. Bargains galore. Admission is €1 and includes free raffle.

SUMO RUN IRELAND

Ireland’s most unique 5k fun run, in inflatable sumo suits, is coming to Marlay Park on Sunday, April 23. The fun run is all in aid of Purple House Cancer Support and their work supporting families affected by Cancer in Ireland. The event will see participants of all ages don inflatable sumo suits and run (or walk) a 5km route through the beautiful Marlay Park. Entry fees start from €40 and participants can sign up at www.sumorun. ie (your sumo suit is then yours to keep!) Aspiring sumos of all ages are welcome, and children must be above 1.2 metres in height to participate.

RUBY TUESDAY

In her gilded cage in the leafy suburbs of Dublin, Mrs T has managed to hold onto her middle-class lifestyle, but at what cost? Filling her life with yoga holidays, school reunions and obsessive cleaning is not quite enough. Her marriage is a sham, and her daughter wants to get away as far and fast as pos-

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