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Part of Dublin People Media Group Tel: 01 8621611 Vol.22. No.24

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Anti-social warnings fall dramatically Jack Gleeson THE number of Anti-Social Behaviour Warnings to children and teenagers aged 12-18 in Northside areas has fallen dramatically since they were introduced a decade ago. Figures released to Dublin North West TD, Róisín Shortall (SD), show that the Garda Northern and North Central areas of the Dublin Metropolitan Region had a total of 63 warnings issued in 2008, but only 19 last year. In the Western district, which includes Dublin 15, Gardaí dished out 119 warnings in 2008 but none at all in 2017. In total, that’s a staggering fall of almost 90 percent for the three areas combined. In the entire Dublin Region, including Southside districts, 224 warnings were issued in 2008. In 2010 that figure rose to 330 but since then they’ve fallen year-on-year to a low of just 25 in 2017. Powers introduced in 2006 allow Gardaí to deal with anti-social behaviour in a number of ways including issuing warnings and requesting youngsters to enter into good behaviour contracts. Continued on page 2

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Anti-social warnings fall dramatically Continued from page 1 These measures are designed to give youths engaging in minor offences a chance to change their behaviour and avoid courts and more serious anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). Deputy Shortall says that while children shouldn’t be criminalised powers granted to the Gardaí to tackle the problem of increasing youth crime are not being used. “When a child or young person is getting involved in persistent anti-social behaviour, early intervention is vital to stop them being drawn in to more serious crime,” she said. “That is why Gardaí were granted the power to issue official Behaviour Warnings to children and their parents, to make them aware that more serious steps may be taken if the behaviour continues. “However, the figures show that the number of these warnings has plummeted.” The Social Democrats co-leader says community workers have been reporting a significant increase in the number of minors becoming involved in drug dealing because of a perception they’re untouchable under the law. “These warnings were introduced to nip this sort of behaviour in the bud,” she added. “Yet, according to the provisional numbers for this year, just 10 warnings have been issued. “There is clearly something wrong with the system. We need to know why the Gardaí are not using the powers available to them and what, if anything, they are doing as an alternative.”

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ITB Major expansion plans are announced A NEW 4,000 sq mt teaching building is being added to IT Blanchardstown campus as part of a major Government investment package in Institutes of Technology. The new building is one of 11 being built across the country to provide over 8,000 new student places under the Government’s Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme for the higher education sector. President of ITB, Dr Diarmuid O’Callaghan, says the cutting edge project at ITB will help drive regional development and be transformative for students and the region in Dublin North West. “I am delighted that new ITB building will be part of the first tranche of projects to move towards planning stage,” he added. “This capital investment is timely, considering our recent application for designation as a

Technological University with our partners in IT Tallaght and DIT, as it will support future growth on the Blanchardstown campus at a critical time for Higher Education in Dublin.” An Taoiseach and Dublin West TD, Leo Varadkar, welcomed what is the latest milestone in the expansion of ITB. “Investing in third level education is a very important element of Project Ireland 2040, our national development plan,” he said. “The expansion of the ITB campus will benefit students and help drive development in the Dublin West area. The new teaching building will be used to support students across a wide range of disciplines. “This is one of a number of developments for Dublin West which are being delivered as part of Project Ireland 2040. Others include a new children’s unit at Connolly Hospital, the

major renovation of Roselawn Health Centre, the completion of the National Sports Campus and the completion of the Royal Canal Greenway.” The 11 projects will be advanced in two bundles. The planning and initial design for the first bundle of six projects will be delivered by a consortium of architects led by Coady Architects (incorporating FCBS & BDP Architects), who will be joined on this design team by JV Tierney and Mott McDonald Engineers.

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A blooming success for locals AN estimated 119,000 people descended on Phoenix Park over the bank holiday weekend to visit this year’s Bloom Festival where Gold medals were awarded to several talented Northside garden designers, nurseries and floral artists. This year’s festival featured 20 exquisite show gardens, 13 postcard gardens, 28 nursery displays and a feature garden called ‘Sculpture in the Park’. Alan Rudden from Westmanstown received a Gold Medal and the Best Planting award for his ‘Life is Rosé by Santa Rita ‘Living la Vida 120’ garden. The garden, which brought a flavour of Chile to Bloom, is a contemporary space that blends arid and Mediterranean planting with strong architectural forms inspired by a visit Alan made to central Chile. Niall Maxwell and

Marina Andreeva, from Oldtown, also received a gold medal for their work on FBD Insurance’s ‘Deep Play’ Garden. The local duo, who also scooped a Gold Medal and ‘Best in Category’ at Bloom in 2017, chose a planting scheme in the style of the new perennial movement, inspired by nature and intended for the urban garden and broader urban appeal. Fingal County Council and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown also received a gold medal for their inspiring ‘The Greener Way for Fingal’ garden. The garden was a representation of the Fingal Way, a planned pedestrian and cycling network linking communities throughout Fingal. One of the first visitors to The Greener Way was President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins. On their arrival on

opening day, they were greeted by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, Senior Parks Superintendent at Fingal County Council, Kevin Halpenny and Designer Jane Corkrell. Welcoming the award, Mr Kevin Halpenny said: “We are delighted to be given a gold medal. “The collaboration between Fingal, ITB and ETB allowed for the creation of a beautiful garden that highlights the potential we have in Fingal to develop public spaces that can be used for cycle routes, pedestrian routes, wildlife habitats, urban drainage systems and play areas and this is all vital to allow us increase sustainability.” Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley described The Greener Way for Fingal as “a celebration of the natural beauty found in our

county”. “I’m delighted that the creativity, skills and hard work of Fingal staff, the ITB students and participants of the ETB have been recognised and rewarded,” she added. Other local winners included garden designer, Dominic O’Donohue, who received a Silver-Gilt medal for The Sanctuary Nurture Garden in association with The Phoenix Park Specialist School. The Nursery & Floral Pavilion at Bloom hosted more than 30 leading Irish nurseries and Gold Medals in this category were awarded to Northside nurseries Heritage Bulbs in Glasnevin and Mr Middleton, Dublin 1. Bronze medal winners at the festival included Louise Jones, Teagasc, Glasnevin (Education) and Terri Kennedy, Dublin 9 (North Dublin Flower Club).

Designer Alan Rudden at the Life Is Rose Santa Rita Living La Vida garden. PHOTO: JOHNNY BAMBURY / FENNELL PHOTOGRAPHY

President Michael D Higgins and his wife, Sabina Higgins pictured with The Greener Way team.

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Vigilance needed at level crossings and then cut across your lane is a particular bugbear of mine. Like many motorists stuck in Dublin gridlock, I hate approaching a Editor railway level crossing in morning or Dublin People Group evening peak traffic. Getting across Merrion Gates is a daily nightmare for commuters and the level crossing at Sutton station can also result in congestion pinch points. OBSERVING flashing red lights at a In an ideal world, level crossings railway level crossing would seem would be replaced by an underpass like a no-brainer to most people. After all, if your car gets stuck on the or overpass, a measure that would tracks as a train rapidly approaches, help keep traffic moving. But as the likelihood of this ever happening there’s really only going to be one in Dublin is slim to none, for the outcome. moment at least we are stuck with We regularly see stupid behaviour on our roads, from the speed freaks to the reality of the stop/go system to facilitate the safe movement of trains. the idiots babbling into their mobile Last week, Iarnród Éireann had to phones at traffic lights. Motorists remind users of all level crossings who fail to indicate on a roundabout


There have been a number of incidents this year at level crossings, including Merrion Gates. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA to avoid distraction and always behave safely when passing through them. To mark International Level Crossing Safety Day, it was revealed that reported incidents of misuse of level crossings have increased by 50 percent this year. So far in 2018, there have been 27 incidents involving users striking or damaging barriers. Thankfully, there has been a reduction from seven to four of the number of near-miss incidents at user-operated crossings. In Dublin, the level crossing gates at Merrion, Serpentine, Sydney Parade and Sutton station have each been struck by road vehicles three

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Fingal soccer graduates honoured STUDENTS who took part in Ireland’s only football and fitness course for transition year students graduated at a recent ceremony at Fingal County Council Civic Offices in Blanchardstown. The course participants received certificates in front of an audience of parents and teachers during the ceremony that marked completion of the course established by the FAI and Fingal County Council with support from Empower, Blanchardstown. The course provided the young students with an opportunity to study while developing a whole range of football skills. They also gained a full ITEC Fitness Instructor’s qualification from Litton Lane Training. The football centred education initiative was run in Corduff Sports Centre over the course of the 2017-18 academic year with all students getting permission from

their respective schools to attend. Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Mary McCamley, Fingal County Council Chief Executive, Paul Reid, Donal Conway, FAI Vice President and Ireland, U21 Team Manager Noel King, attended the graduation event along with representatives from Empower, and elected members of Fingal County Council. Reid congratulated the 25 students who attended the course. “Within Fingal County Council we have a ‘can do’ attitude and this is another excellent initiative by our Sports Office,” he added. “We are aware that young people within our community have sporting ambitions and this programme gave the students an excellent opportunity to develop and enhance their sporting skills while staying within the education system.

“They also give something back to their local communities through the work experience module of the course. It ticks a lot of boxes for us as an organisation that is focused on the development of communities within Fingal.” The course was extremely well attended and recorded an impressive average attendance rate of 93 percent throughout the school year. Ireland U21 manager, Noel King, was also at the graduation and he spoke to the students about the unique opportunity that they had been given. He encouraged them to follow their dreams and said that the skills they had gained would stand to them in all walks of life including whatever sport or sporting role they may decide to pursue in the future. Denis Hyland, an FAIFingal County Council

Pictured at the graduation are CE of Fingal, Paul Reid, Thomas Considine, who won Player of the Year, Mayor of Fingal, Mary McCamley, and Donal Conway, Vice President of the FAI. PHOTO: ORLA MURRAY / SON PHOTO Football Development Officer and Course Coordinator, also spoke about the course. “The course allows TY students to live in a proper sporting environment for a year while also meeting their educational needs,”

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their families and putting something back into their local communities.” Prior to presenting them with their certificates The Mayor of Fingal, Councillor Mary McCamley congratulated them on completing this

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of 20,000 and reached an estimated 100,000 readers. THERE was a great “The most important turnout for the launch of feature of the newspaper a new book by veteran was the emphasis on local journalist Seamus positive news stories,” Kelly at the Axis in Kelly writes in his book. Ballymun last week. “These stories It’s Written in Concrete represented the real tells the story of Kelly’s Ballymun, a place that one man crusade to get sections of the media positive news coverage portrayed as being ridden of Ballymun in local and with anti-social activity, national media. Kelly produced his own drug pushing and crime. I wanted to counter this newspaper focussing unfair caricature.” exclusively on positive Kelly discovered that news stories in the area uplifting stories were from 1998 to 2006. Equipped with only an old much easier to find in the area than negative ones, computer and an aging and he developed a way to printer he developed present them in a format Ballymun Concrete that would appeal to the News from a single-page national press. newsletter into an eightThe emergence of page tabloid that at its Ballymun Concrete height had a print run

News coincided with the regeneration of the area and Kelly found himself in the heart of one of the country’s most significant rebuilding projects. His book details how the promise of economic success for Ballymun was scuppered by the collapse of major elements of the plan including a new shopping centre, a business park and the Metro. At the launch event former Ballymun Garda Chief Superintendent, Karl Heller, praised Kelly for his honest coverage of sensitive issues including the area’s drug problem. “The book is an accurate reflection of drug problem at the time,” he said, lauding Kelly for his honest coverage and

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Cabra gardaí to host tool theft event GARDAÍ in Cabra are holding an innovative crime event on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1 to help workers keep their tools safe. Locals who depend on tools like tradespeople, building site workers or skilled crafts people can be left without a way to earn an income or have their work several disrupted if the tools of their trade get

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers as pets Kerri Sullivan STAFFORDSHIRE Bull Terriers - or Staffies as they are more commonly known - make lovely, affectionate pets. Unfortunately we often see a lot of them in Dogs Trust due to overbreeding or those that arrive from dog pounds having been surrendered by people who may not have realised how much care and attention a dog really needs. Staffies are generally friendly, enthusiastic, snuggle-bugs who are truly committed to their human companions but, like all dogs, they do need to be well socialised from a young age with dogs, humans and other animals. They are very eager to please, so given

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Before your trip Ensure your pet is in good health by taking the time to visit the vet. Some airlines will also request a fit to fly certificate for pets. Check that all your pets’ vaccinations are up to date before you travel and you should never travel with a sick, injured or pregnant pet. We would recommend micro-chipping your pet before travelling and if your pet is already micro chipped check that all details are up to date. Investing in a new identification collar with details of where you can be contacted while on holidays is also a good idea.

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kinds of wonderful Staffie sounds such as little pig-like grunts when they are happy. • Staffies are totally devoted to their families - anyone who shows a Staffie love and attention will get the same back, and more to spare! • They are intelligent, fun loving and live life full throttle, so need owners who have plenty of time to play with them, and lots of toys to keep them busy. • Staffies are full of energy, and owners of these powerhouse dogs soon notice how fit they get from all the exercise they have to do with them. • Being muscular and strong they need owners who are able to manage them on the lead. • If left without anything to do for a long time, Staffies can

vehicle while stopped at traffic lights. Schedule pit stops to allow your pet to stretch his legs, relieve himself and burn off some excess energy. Always ensure your pet is correctly leashed before letting him out of the carrier. You can minimise motion sickness by offering light snacks and allowing these to be properly digested before returning to the car. Travel-Eze tablets are a natural herbal tablet that can help reduce the effects of motion sickness should your pet suffer. Never leave your pet alone in a car, on a warm day your car can rise to 49 Degrees Celsius within minutes, even with a window open.

Most pets, especially cats, feel safer when they travel in a carrier; the Capri Pet Travel Carrier has a device to attach the carrier securely to a car seat. This carrier has a compartment for storing treats, a hatch at the top to allow you access to your pet without opening the front door and ventilation slits. These features make it an excellent choice when selecting a pet travel carrier. Familiarise your pet with the carrier by introducing it before your trip and place a toy or blanket into the carrier on the day of travelling to lessen any stress. The benefits of using a pet restraint on car journeys are they prevent injury in the event of an accident or sudden braking and protect the passengers on board. They also reduce driver distraction and ensure your pet cannot escape the

Plane Most airlines require that pets fly in the hold of the aircraft and will only allow assistance dogs on-board during flights. Consider this before deciding to fly with

get very bored and may become destructive. They need tough, hard and non-destructive toys. Choosing to get a dog is a big decision, so please think very carefully about whether you have the time and energy to take one on as, despite the rewards, and like any dog, Staffies do require a huge commitment from their owners in order to lead happy lives. If you have your heart set on a Staffie, please visit our Rehoming Centre to chat with our rehoming team to hear and see more about these little bundles of love and energy!

your pet. When it is necessary to fly your pet, there are many things you can do to make the journey as comfortable as possible for you and your pet. Flying is not recommended for certain dog breeds. Snub nose breeds which include Pugs, Boxers and Bulldogs have difficulty breathing and are unable to cool themselves down, making airline travel unsuitable for them. Check this with your vet prior to travel. Airlines require all pets to travel in an approved carrier, The Petmode Airline Carrier is an airline approved pet carrier, which allows safe and comfortable transportation for your pet. When choosing a carrier, select one that allows your pet to sit, stand and lie comfortably in. Pack a toy in the carrier on the day of travel for a sense of familiarity and to offer a distraction. To help easily identifyyour carrier, attach a travel label to the carrier, this should include your name, permanent address, telephone number, final destination, and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as the flight arrives. Prior to flying only offer light meals and avoid feeding in the few hours before the flight. You must provide fresh water for your pet and to avoid spills consider using ice cubes or freezing your pets water bowl the night before. Carry a portable water bowl so that when you reach your destination you can offer fresh water. Should your flight incur a delay be sure to make the airline staff aware that your pet is on board, disembarkment may be necessary if the delay is lengthy. On arrival at your destination collect your pet immediately and go for a long walk before heading on the next leg of your journey.




Happy days at Maydenhayes MAYDENHAYES houses are proving extremely popular with people from Dublin. In fact, this beautiful development nestled in a mature, settled area near Mornington village in Co Meath is now home to over 120 families. It’s located just 30 minutes’ drive from the airport and a mere stone’s throw from Ireland’s Gold Coast with its stunning beaches. Described by property experts as a place where buyers get “plenty of bang for their buck”, a visit is recommended to experience these A-rated, well laid out, well finished, flexible homes that offer terrific value for money. Stand out features include a wonderful location and outstanding value on offer, says selling agent, Anne Sweeney. “We have noticed an increase in enquiries from people living in Dublin, who want to live somewhere an easy commute away while enjoying a more laid back

lifestyle. “In fact the showhouses have become a bit of an attraction at the weekend with people enjoying the different styles created by design experts Nicki Cloonan, Lorna Kee and Regina Rogers Fallon. “At the moment we have just released stunning homes in a cul-de-sac facing the green.” Maydenhayes is at the heart of the historic Boyne Valley Region with sites such as Newgrange, Dowth and Mellifont Abbey all close by. For racing enthusiasts, Laytown is but a canter away, while smart shops, fine hotels, chic restaurants and cool bars are dotted around the town. The local national school is highly regarded, and there are excellent secondary schools including Drogheda Grammar school and a Gaelscoil. Shrubbery divides each house that have red-brick and contrasting white render fronts and inset front doors with side and

top glass panelling. The attractive cobble locked front can accommodate two cars. The Maydenhayes homes are built with flexibility in mind. The luxuriously large fitted kitchen area can comfortably accommodate a dining table as well as a reading/ office/TV or family relaxation space. With folding doors into the front room, these may be opened - further extending the area - or closed off when a quiet space is more desirable. There’s a utility room and WC downstairs, while upstairs off the master bedroom is a spacious fully fitted walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, adjacent to the Master en-suite. The main bathroom is fitted out and roomy, and remaining bedrooms are spacious with built in wardrobes as standard. There are options to include an attic conversion at the time of build or alternatively to include preparatory work for

future conversions. Selling agents Knight Frank and Sherry Property Consultants are showing the two storey, three and four-bedroom semidetached & Detached homes Prices start from €287,500 for a three bed semi, rising to €325,000 for the substantial four bed semi and €362,500 for a five bed semi. There are also a limited number of four and five bed detached houses The homes have an open plan living, dinning and Kitchen area. starting from €355,000 and €375.000. Houses are open for viewing every Saturday and Sunday from 2-4pm and on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12pm to 4pm. Viewing outside these hours is by arrangement on where a virtual tour is also available. For more details call Knight Frank on 01-6342466 or Sherry Property Consultant on 041-9841149 or email sherryproperty.dro@


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Local school revamps NSAI logo FIRST class pupils at Our Lady of Victories Infant School on Ballymun Road learned all about the world of engineering and how it impacts our daily lives during a recent visit from the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI). During the visit NSAI’s

Standards Officer and engineer, Stewart Hickey spoke about the varied work of engineers, the importance of maths, and the science behind flying cars and robots. He also congratulated the class on winning the visit through NSAI’s Community Colouring

Competition, which invited primary schools from across Santry, Finglas, Ballymun and Glasnevin to give the NSAI logo a makeover for its 20th anniversary. Hickey, said he was more than happy to visit the winning school. “I was thrilled to talk

about the importance of engineering and how it affects our everyday lives,” he added. “I would like to thank Ms Maguire and her class for welcoming me into their classroom. The winning entry was extremely creative, and it was great to hear about all the fun that

went into it.” Hickey’s presentation included information about the different types of engineers, examples of engineering at home and at school, and what engineers may invent in the future. The winning entry by Our Lady of Victories is currently taking

pride of place in NSAI headquarter’s reception. NSAI Chief Executive, Geraldine Larkin, said she was delighted with the winning entry, which is composed of lollipop sticks and mounted on a silver background. “We were happy to end our 20th year with a

competition that joined together both community spirit and the importance of engineering,” she said. “We would like to thank Ms Maguire and her class for their excellent entry, which is now proudly displayed in our reception area in Swift Square Northwood.”


Stewart Hickey talks to the creative pupils at Our Lady of Victories.

Toddle with your teddy at the Big Toddle for Barnardos Family Fun Day this month. Sponsored by Toddlebox. ie, the fundraising event will be held at Airfield Estate, Dundrum, on Sunday, June 24, from 1pm to 4pm. Pictured are Lauren O’Brien, Dawson Mooney, Eddie Song and Daisy Blue O’Leary (all aged 4). Earlybird family tickets are available for €25 at PHOTO: PATRICK BOLGER



Record numbers now using public transport Tony McCullagh THE number of people travelling into Dublin city centre using bus, train or Luas every morning has reached record levels, according to figures published by Dublin City Council and the National Transport Authority. The figures are included in the Canal Cordon Report 2017 on mode share of people coming into the city centre. The field work for the report was conducted over a number of days in November of last year. The figures show that 107,160 people came into the city centre using bus, train or tram, the largest number recorded since the cordon count began in 1980. This means that over half of all journeys into the city in the morning are now

made on public transport. There's positive news too on the cycling and walking front. A total of 12,447 people cycled into the city centre – the highest number ever – with walkers accounting for 25,000 people crossing the canal cordon. Mode share for cycling is at 5.9 percent, with walking at 11.8 percent. Significantly, 70 percent of all inbound trips crossing the canal cordon were made by a sustainable mode

which includes cycling, walking, taxi and other public transport. The sustainable mode share has grown year-on-year since 2010. In the last 11 years, the share for sustainable modes has grown by nine percentage points. In 2017, 147,166 trips crossed the cordon by sustainable modes in the three hour AM peak period. This is the highest level of mode share and person trips by sustainable modes since the cordon count began.













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the lives of men affected by cancer. The gifts are available now at www. Cancer survivor Chris Latham, from Stillorgan, is celebrating Father’s Day this year as he awaits the birth of his second child. Chris feared he'd never hold his own child, after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma aged 19. At the time Chris, now age 31, was told the treatment may make him infertile. But his son Jack, who is now two, was conceived naturally and Chris and fiancé Marie are now excitedly expecting their second child. “It was everything for me to be a dad and I'm


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so happy we got what we wanted most of all, despite everything that could have gone against us,” he said. “After everything we have gone through I realise the importance of looking after my own health so I can be there for my kids and I’d urge other dads to do the same. “The best gift you can give your dad this year is remind him to look after his own health, and to fund supports for those men going through cancer. “I tried to put on a brave face when I went through my cancer treatment, but you don’t have to do it alone. “The Irish Cancer


Chris Latham with his son Jack. Society offers fantastic supports and information – and I’d definitely encourage men to take the help that’s there. “Buy an Irish Cancer Society gift and you can ensure men who are diagnosed with cancer get the support they need.”

Money raised will help fund services to support men affected by cancer. The society offers a range of information services highlighting ways men can reduce the risk of cancer. These include a Men’s Manual and services like Daffodil Centres and

Cancer Nurseline. Head of Fundraising, Mark Mellett said: “Typically dads will spend their lives supporting their children from the sidelines, cheering them on, advising, defending, always there. “While they’re

concentrating on supporting their children they often sideline their own health and wellbeing. “Use this Father’s Day to encourage the father figure in your life to keep an eye on their health, while supporting the fight against cancer.”

Dental practice welcomes sugar tax AN award-winning dental practice in Dublin has welcomed the Government’s sugar tax, which is expected to bring in around €40 million annually to the exchequer. Dentists Gregg Barry and Danny Collins, cofounders of Docklands Dental, have encouraged the government to invest the revenue generated from the new levy in education programmes on diet and dental routines. The new levy came into effect on May 1 and applies to sugar-sweetened drinks with a sugar content of

Positive dental habits, starting at childhood, can lead to good life-long tooth health. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK between five and eight grams per 100ml, at a rate of 20c per litre, and 30c per litre for anything over eight grams. “Sugar content is incredibly high in soft

drinks,” Gregg Barry said. “So often, busy working professionals depend on soft drinks for that energy kick but it’s very damaging to teeth and the leading cause of tooth decay. “Thanks to modern dental developments, and state-of-the-art equipment, we can completely restore tooth decay and damage, but positive dental habits, starting at childhood, can lead to good life-long tooth health.” Sugar-sweetened drinks suppliers will be required to file a Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax return and

pay any liability arising no later than one month after the end of a two-month accounting period. “Hopefully the sugar tax will encourage people to buy products with a low sugar content, and encourage producers to reduce the level of sugar they use,” Danny Collins said. “We see a range of patients in our clinic, some who just need a simple filling, braces or veneers; and others who need extensive work, usually caused by poor diet and dental health practices. “The sugar tax could

lead to life-long dental benefits to entire generations of Irish people. “Sugar and smoking are the most common factors that negatively impact on tooth health, across all socio economic brackets and ages. “We really welcome this tax levy and it would be great to see the government go the next step and reinvest this money in dental health education.” Docklands Dental has two successful clinics in Dublin, one in the IFSC and one in Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.

CareClip a boost for seniors MOTECH, a fully Irishowned company founded in 2012, has created products to allow older people remain at home and stay active in their communities. Motech’s CareClip has the ability to monitor the user’s activity and alert for falls, disorientation or a panic situation, regardless of where the person is.

Boots Ireland has launched its Home Assist range, powered by Motech’s CareClip and Tunstall – Europe’s foremost emergency service responder. Motech’s Careclip features live location monitoring, activity analysis, fall detection, panic button, boundary management and two-way

communications with a 24/7 support service for users. And because it is mobile, the user can benefit from this service anywhere they go. Importantly and for peace of mind, Motech’s CareClip comes with a secure online portal and mobile app to view real time data about

your loved one. This is an increasing need with fragility and long-term conditions such as dementia becoming more prevalent. The service aims to bring reassurance to the user as well as the family and carer network. Further information from www. The CareClip



Jaguar keep up the pace in SUV market Seán Creedon

Austria. Naturally, the E-Pace was codenamed ‘the cub’ among Jaguar AFTER many years of executives. producing gorgeous The F-Pace was a huge saloon cars, Jaguar has now turned out two SUVs change of direction for the in the space of 24 months, company, but every car company feels that they the mid-size F-Pace and now the compact E-Pace. need to offer an SUV, so in 2016 we got the F-Pace, At first glance you may which was Jaguar’s first think that there is not a crossover vehicle. It took huge difference between Jaguar a long time to the cars. The E-Pace is launch an SUV, but very smaller with a starting quickly they realised that price approximately the F-Pace accounted for €7,000 less than its big more than half of their brother. The F-Pace is sales. built in Solihull, near Now the luxury brand, Birmingham in England, which is owned by Tata while the E-Pace is Motors in China, is hoping assembled in Graz,

to attract even more young owners with the E-Pace which initially looks like the F-Pace, but on closer examination, you will find some differences. If you look closely you will notice that the E-Pace headlights are much larger and sweep up the side of the bonnet. Jaguar’s rounded rectangular grille is now wider on the E-Pace and it retains the power bulge on the bonnet. The roof in the E-Pace is more curved and with its sculpted bonnet and muscular rear haunches, you could say that it has

The Jaguar E-Pace that coupé look. The E-Pace also gets a lower styling line running along the bottom edge of the doors. My test model was a Brasco Grey 2.0-litre automatic diesel version and was very easy to handle. It’s also available

in various petrol engines. There is a brilliant reversing camera and the boot is a decent size. You get a ‘mini’ spare wheel, which is always a plus. I liked the high driving position and there’s a plethora of slave controls on the steering wheel.

There’s also plenty of cubby holes in the cabin to store the various items that you feel you cannot do without every day, like mobiles phones and glasses. There are USB connections and 4G Wi-fi for eight devices. You also get ‘puddle lights,’ which

can be useful in our Irish weather. Prices start at €36,000 for the 2.0-litre manual, but my automatic test model was €47,450 and with extras it’s easy to get to the €50k mark. But one thing’s for sure: it’s a very classy motor.

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Crossland X really hits the spot for Opel billion euro. It’s built on a modified version of the Peugeot 2008 platform. It’s very similar to the JUST A few weeks after Mokka X, but the fourtest driving Opel’s wheel drive Mokka has massive Grandland a more rugged look and X, last week I got an is aimed at buyers who opportunity to drive might want to get out in their smaller Crossland the country at weekends X. or are living in the Opel already had a Mokka X on their fleet and country. Meanwhile, the it sounds like the German company will use the 24th Crossland X, with front wheel drive, is intended letter of the alphabet in future for special editions to appeal to those who have more chores to do of all their cars. in suburbia, like ferrying The Crossland X children to sports and replaces the Meriva; you may remember it as it was music events on a Saturday morning. the car in which the rear My test car came in doors opened to the rear. a Satin Steel Grey and This new car comes as a the interior was also a result of Opel’s link-up bit grey. A touch of pink with French group PSA, fleck on the seats was who bought Opel from the saving grace. But General Motors in the spring of 2017 for over two then, I suppose, grey is

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better than black, but colour choice is up to each individual driver. I like piano black, but you definitely can get too much black in the interior of some cars. You can get from zero to 100km/h in over 11 seconds, but this is more of a car for family driving rather than fast driving. I found it very easy to handle and while there wasn’t a reversing camera, the sensors did their job. The car had two definite plusses for me: a ‘mini’ spare wheel and an oldstyle handbrake. The test car also came with a sunroof, which cost an extra €950. The Apple CarPlay worked well and there are lots of extras like Wi-Fi hotspots for up to seven

The Crossland X replaces the Meriva and comes as a result of Opel’s link-up with French group PSA. devices. If you can’t get the information you want from your devices there is the Opel OnStar connectivity where you can talk to a human, who will help you. OnStar is a brilliant service and if your car is

stolen it can be prevented from starting again, once you inform Opel. Externally the car looks very neat, but I think you will be surprised at the amount of interior space. There is plenty of head and leg room for five adults. The boot

is massive and has two levels. Prices start at €21,995 for 1.2-litre petrol, the 1.6-litre diesel starts at €23,995, while the version I drove cost €25,495. Apart from the sunroof, there are only a few optional extras. Road tax


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burgers and sausages gently sizzle away in the background. The problem is we don’t get enough practice here in Ireland and sometimes we end up scoffing down half-cooked or burntto-a-crisp clumps of meat under the back door porch during a downpour. It’s all down to planning and preparation. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail as Roy Keane once famously said. It might feel like a great idea to nip down to the local convenience store as soon as the sun starts shining but the best barbies are well thought out affairs, with a few allowances made for the weather. Follow these super barbecue tips and you won’t go far wrong.


Always make sure meat is cooked fully on the barbecue. It’s sometimes a good idea to pre-cook food in the kitchen the night before a barbecue gettogether and then heat it up on the outdoor grill on the day.

overnight. • Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking • Have everything to and leave covered in a hand when barbecuing. cool kitchen or garage Place all the things you’ll until required. This be using on a side table will help bring the food • It’s essential to next to the barbecue to back to an ambient properly marinate the eliminate unnecessary temperature, and meat, fish, or poultry trips to the kitchen. will result in a more before it hits the grill. Keep all your • Do as much succulent cooked result barbecuing tools nearby Marinades ensure preparation as you can rather than a charred, - tongs, chopping boards, flavour and help with the day before your tenderising. Give them at dried offering. insulated gloves, bating barbecue. brushes etc - and always least 20 minutes to start Make the marinades • Cook in foil. It’s ideal working and for some and marinate the meat or make sure that they are for cooking foods that foods like red meats, thoroughly cleaned and poultry. can easily fall apart pork or poultry, you dried before putting Make the side dishes on the grill or stick or may want to marinate away. and prepare a simple burn, like fish. Tear off overnight. dessert that just needs a a sheet of foil, brush • Always use longbit of finishing off on the with oil, add the fish • Fish requires only handled tools, such as day. fillet skin side down, salt about 20-30 minutes tongs, for handling the and pepper, a squeeze food. Don’t use the same marinating time before • Pick your BBQ spot of lemon and a splash tools for raw and cooked cooking because the carefully. Avoid windy acid in the marinade will of white wine. Seal it foods to prevent crosslocations and allow by folding together ‘cook’ the fish if left on contamination. plenty of space around the barbecue. • Always store raw Remember to keep the foods in a covered grill away from plants, fences or sheds that may scorch or catch light.

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the corners and then barbecue for about three minutes on each side. • Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always be cooked through to the centre. It might look cooked on the outside but inside it can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then the meat is ready. Any sign of pink juices and it needs more time. The last thing you want is for food poisioning to spoile your barbecue. • Compliment your meal with some tasty side dishes.Baked potatoes are an easy-toprepare favourite as are baby potatoes in herbs and butter. • Impress guests with a super salad. Depending on your taste, ingredients such as blue cheese, goat’s cheese, avocado, ginger, beetroot, olives, red onion, fresh herbs, pasta, broccoli, crispy bacon, nuts, parmesan and fruits can be used as well as the more traditional lettuce, tomato, onion and cucumber. • Clean charcoal barbecues after each use. Once the grill has cooled down use a wire

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PLANNING PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council We, Katherine O’Brien & Alan McDonough, intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site: 59, St. Mobhi Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The development will consist of change of use of existing garage to front of dwelling to domestic accommodation, new single storey extension to rear of existing dwelling and modifications to existing internal plan layout and elevations. The development also includes new mono pitch domestic store shed to rear and provision for new charging connection point at front of dwelling to accommodate an electric car together with 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 to the Authority in writing 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Conor and Janet Kearney, intend to apply for permission for development at 133 Georgian Village, Castleknock, Dublin 15. The development will consist of; the construction of a new first floor side extension (46.5 sq.m) over the existing single storey side extension, containing two bedrooms, en-suite and bathroom; partial demolition and re-building of existing single storey extensions to rear; modifications to internal layouts and 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 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.

THE country's newest private bus has announced the creation of 425 new jobs and an €8.5 million investment in its operation here. The roles at GoAhead Ireland will be company-wide and will include up to 350 bus drivers as well as engineers, maintenance support, mechanics, planners, operational and administrative personnel. Speaking at the announcement, Ed Wills, managing director of Go-Ahead Ireland, said: "We're

South Korean Prime Minister visits local company SK biotek Ireland, the first South Korean contract manufacturing pharmaceutical company to invest in Ireland, was delighted to welcome His Excellency Mr Lee Nakyon, Prime Minister of South Korea, to Swords Campus recently. His Excellency Mr Lee Nak-yon enjoyed a tour of the manufacturing plant where SK biotek employs almost 400 scientists, chemists and engineers producing active pharmaceutical ingredients for multiple customers. Chief executive of SK biotek, Dr Junku Park, said: “It was an honour to welcome Prime Minister Lee to Swords Campus on his visit to Ireland, the opportunity to showcase the investments of South Korea in this state-ofthe-art manufacturing plant, the home to many household name therapeutics for over the last 50 years. “I hope SK is just the

first of many South Korean companies to majorly invest in Ireland. “We have found Irish people to be very friendly and welcoming, the workforce is highly educated and Ireland is a great place to do business.” Swords Campus is the European base for SK biotek’s global marketing team. The company’s ambition is to be a top five contract manufacturing and development organisation for active pharmaceutical ingredients by 2022. SK is the third largest conglomerate in South Korea with over 84,000 employees and $108.9 billion in revenue for 2016. The Prime Minister of South Korea visited SK biotek as part of his three-day visit to Ireland. The visit included a meeting with President Michael D Higgins and talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

very much open for business and want to hear from anyone who is interested in working with us. “Since being awarded the contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last August, we have been building our Dublin operation

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customers and our ambitious expansion plans. “We are passionate about what we do and are focused on attracting the very best talent out there.” Most of the roles being recruited for are bus drivers, reflecting the NTA contract win, and the increased use of public transport in the ODMA.

IT SUPPORT ENGINEER Ergo Services based in East Point Business Park is looking for IT Support Engineer to provide IT support services internally and externally to client companies.Provide system level support of multi-user operations systems, hardware and software tools, including installation, configuration, maintenance and support of these systems. Experience: • IT qualifications desirable • Appropriate level of competence in documented technical skills Education: Industry standard accreditations desired – Microsoft, Cisco, Citrix and HP. Knowledge Of: • Microsoft Operating Systems • Microsoft Applications • Anti-Virus/spyware/malware applications • Networking – TCP/IP – Switching – Firewalling, etc. • Industry Standard Troubleshooting Procedures

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ARTANE SENIOR BAND There’s a great night of music at the Artane School of Music, St David’s Park, at 8pm on June 16 when the Artane Senior Band will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. Tickets are €15 each and are available from reception in the Artane School of Music. It’s an over-18s event and you can bring your own food and drink for this fundraiser for the Artane School of Music.

TABLE QUIZ IN COOLOCK The St Brigid’s Girls’ National School Parents’ Association is holding its end of year table quiz and social event at Parnell’s GAA Club, Coolock, on Thursday, June 21 at 8pm. All monies raised will go towards the school library and school gardens. Tables of four are €40. There will be a raffle on the night and lots of spot prizes. All support appreciated.


ROAD TO HOME EXHIBITION Gormleys Fine Art have announced details of ‘Road to Home’, a solo exhibition of new works by Eugene Conway, coming to its Dublin gallery. The exhibition opened on June 9 and will run until June 25 at 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. The exhibition consists of a number of oil paintings on linen, depicting a series of scenes of the Irish landscape.



Dublin based visual artists Pat Curran and Mark Holburn have opened their joint exhibition ‘City Life’ in Ballyfermot Library. Pat’s paintings and Mark’s installed arts works map represent their responses to their rich cultural experiences and observations of Dublin’s contemporary life. They both graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2014 and 2015 respectively. ‘City Life’ is open in Ballyfermot Library until June 30.

There’s lots happening around the city this week to celebrate IRISH SHOP FRONTS’ EXHIBITION Bloomsday. Hen’s Teeth x Our Type have announced Celebrations often a new exhibition – ‘Irish Shopfronts’, by include dressing up like photographer and graphic designer, Trevor Finnegan, which will take place from June 14-21 characters from the book and in clothes that would have been the style of the era. The at 13 Fade Street, Dublin 2. festival has spread out around the city but The culmination of seven years’ work, in every county across Ireland, Trevor’s collection the James Joyce Centre will be a main hive of activity. There’s also events in Glasnevin showcases the unique design, charm and Cemetery and Howth Castle. heritage of the traditional Irish main street. To check out the full programme of events see Hen’s Teeth is an art and lifestyle store in Dublin and online.

Get your football fix with live league action around the city. St Pat’s are at home against Sligo Rovers in Inchicore while Bray take on Waterford in the seaside town on Friday, June 15. Kick offs are at 7.45pm. At the same time in the First Division there’s a Dublin derby between Shels and Cabinteely at Tolka Park.

Crossword Answers 13th June CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Reductions; 7 Lento; 8 Reputed; 10 Sweeping; 11 Ibis; 13 Artist; 15 Gareth; 17 Rome; 18 Remember; 21 Delimit; 22 Eyrie; 23 Prospectus. Down: 1 Range; 2 Doorpost; 3 Caring; 4 Imps; 5 Notable; 6 Ill-starred; 9 Discharged; 12 Pavement; 14 Tumbler; 16 Settle; 19 Bores; 20 Amos.


Across: 1 Tumbledown; 7 Child; 8 Rubbish; 10 Overcoat; 11 Stem; 13 Patent; 15 Signal; 17 Inca; 18 Panorama; 21 Hoisted; 22 Ochre; 23 Fertiliser. Down: 1 Tribe; 2 Medicine; 3 Lariat; 4 Debt; 5 Written; 6 Accomplish; 9 Humiliated; 12 Timorous; 14 Tactile; 16 Sandal; 19 Abhor; 20 Stet.




Decision time looming for Leaving Cert students LEAVING Certificate students filed into exam halls across the city last week to complete their English and Communication paper. It’s a milestone in their educational career, and it can be difficult to focus on their possible next step - a CAO offer for their programme of choice. The free Change of Mind online facility closes just over a week after the Leaving Certificate ends, and at that point, some applicants re-thinking their CAO choices might need some additional information and advice. Frank Costello, Head of Enrolment Planning & Admissions at DIT, says the Leaving Certificate is an experience many of us recollect as one of the most stressful times in our lives. “No matter how long ago it was, anyone who sat the Leaving will know that it felt like the exams would never end,” he said. “But they will be over soon, and then students will be ready for the next exciting milestone!” Once exams are over, Costello says some students who are anxious about their CAO choice can be overly influenced

by what their peers are saying about their exam performance, especially on social media. “Sometimes younger people can use social media to bolster how they’re feeling, posting snaps about how they did in a particular exam or sharing how they answered a particular question on Facebook,” he said. “My advice is to ignore the chatter and make your decisions supported by your own performance. For example, if you are worried that you may not get the points for a Level 8 programme in the subjects you’re most interested in, my advice is to look at Level 6/7 programmes in those or related subjects so that you have more options available once CAO offers issue in August. “If you do decide to take an offer for Level 6/7, you can use that as your pathway to an honours degree later.” Each year, DIT hosts several Open Days across all its campuses that allow prospective students to talk directly to current students and academic staff in the subject areas they wish to study. Costello says that this

year's applicants are also particularly interested in the major developments taking place in DIT. "2018 is a landmark year for us,” he explained. “Building work commenced on two new academic quads in Grangegorman which will see over half of all DIT students based on the new inner-city campus by September 2020. “It’s the largest investment in Irish Higher Education in 100 years and second-level students interested in creative and culinary arts, science, health and engineering are eager to find out more about the new lecture halls, performance venues and labs.” In April, DIT and its TU4D alliance partners, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght, also announced the submission of a formal application to the Minister for Education and Skills seeking designation as the first technological university in Ireland. Costello says that the new university’s potential is already making an impression on students and teachers. “As a new type of university, it can be

both complementary and transformative for higher education in this country, providing a new and flexible learning framework for students that is informed by research and features diverse programmes across the

range of levels on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) from certificate (Level 6) to PhD (Level 10)." Acknowledging that there can be a lot to take in, Costello says the DIT Admissions team is always available to

answer any queries that CAO applicants have about DIT programmes, scholarships and grants and all the other aspects of campus life that make up the college experience. “Students can phone the Admissions team on

01-2205445 or email us at at any time, but this year we will also host live online CAO Chat sessions daily from Monday June 25 June to Friday June 29 from 9.00am5pm – so when the Leaving Cert is over, get in touch with us.”

Exam students will have to make big decisions when the Leaving Cert ends.

C a l l fo r S NA ch a n ge STUDENTS with additional care needs would have access to better supports under a proposed overhaul of €524m Special Needs Assistant (SNA) Scheme. Recommendations in a new school inclusion proposed by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) could provide access to in-school speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and behaviour support. Outlining plans for a phased implementation of the proposed model, Teresa Griffin, CEO of NCSE said: “Up until now we have allocated over 14,000 Special Needs

Assistants who have worked extremely hard to meet the needs of students with additional care needs. “However the reality is that, to get the best outcomes, students need the right support from the right person at the right time. “Students may need speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, nursing supports and people who are trained to help them manage challenging behaviours. They may need access to SNAs who are trained to meet their additional care needs.” As part of an 18-month review of the scheme,

NCSE research established that SNA support works very well for some students – 11 percent no longer needed support within five years and 39 percent needed less support. The NCSE found that to get better outcomes, some students need different types of intervention such as therapies that may not be readily available. It also found emerging evidence that the support some post-primary students receive needs to be more focussed on developing their independence and preparing them for life after school.

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