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Part of Dublin People Media Group Tel: 01 8621611 Vol.22. No.20

16th -22nd May 2018






Priced out of a home

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Jack Gleeson THE dream of owning a home is fast becoming an unobtainable aspiration for most Northsiders according to figures compiled by a local councillor. Fianna Fáil Dublin North West general election candidate, Cllr Paul McAuliffe, says a comparative study of data from, and the Dublin Economic Monitor found some homes in Finglas area are now being sold for prices over €500,000. Cllr McAuliffe’s analysis follows on from a report earlier this month that shows average rents in the north city are up by 13.4 percent while in the city centre the increase is 13.8 percent. Rents in these two areas are rising faster than other parts of the city with rents now averaging almost €1,900 – 23 percent higher than their peak in 2008. In Dublin 9, a two-bed property costs on average almost €1,600 a month while in Dublin 11 the figure is just over €1,450. The figures for Dublin 15 and Dublin 1 are €1,433 and €1,856. In comparison, a 30-year mortgage in Dublin 9 would cost around €1,152 a month while in Dublin 11 the cost would be €804. Continued on page 2

Pictured annoucing the Family Day at Smithfield are Milo Acosta (9) from Phibsboro, brother Marco Acosta (4), Ava Farrell Keeley (9) from Islandbridge, Lorcan Nelson Giles (6) from Phibsboro and brother Harry Nelson Giles (8). PHOTO: MARK STEDMAN

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Priced out of a home “However, without an increase in overall supply However, with mortgages this is pricing out local families hoping to settle hard to obtain and a shortage of housing stock, in the area and is putting additional pressure on Cllr McAuliffe believes an already stretched a new property bubble market,” he added. could be on the way as The Report states the prospect of home ownership disappears for that Dublin needs an apartment block of about many. 200 units to open every “The distinct lack of week from now until the housing development 2080's to meet demand. or steady supply Ronan Lyons, economist of new builds has at Trinity College Dublin severely hampered the and author of the Daft affordability of living in Report, says rising rents Dublin.,” he said. are only a symptom of the “Based on current bigger problem. trends, house prices in “The cause remains a Dublin 11 will increase chronic and worsening by another 10 percent by lack of rental supply,” he the end of this year and said. will surpass Celtic Tiger “Policy must focus on prices within the next 18 dramatically increasing months.” the construction of urban Cllr McAuliffe says apartments over the Dublin City Council coming years, in order to is currently actively meet both the backlog of purchasing second hand demand and the country’s and new units in D9 and needs over coming years D11 to provide much and decades.” needed public housing. Continued from page 1

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Pictured at the launch of the Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan for Dublin North City and County are (l-r): Anne O’Connor, National Director, Community Operations; Mary Walshe, chief officer, Dublin North City and County; and Stephanie O’Keefe, National Director, Strategy Planning and Transformation. PHOTO: TOMMY CLANCY

Healthy future for Northsiders NORTHSIDERS can look forward to healthier futures if a new HSE plan for Dublin North City & County achieves its aim. The Healthy Ireland Implementation plan sets out the HSE’s commitment for the implementation of actions designed to help communities enjoy health and wellbeing and enable locals to reach their full potential. The ambitious five-year plan aims to maximise the potential of services and healthcare teams in Dublin North City & County to benefit locals.

The Healthy Ireland framework is being implemented to address emerging trends leading to an unhealthy future. For example, almost half of people over 50 have at least one chronic disease, one in 10 over 50 have diabetes and one in five children are overweight. Implementing the Healthy Ireland plan for Dublin North City & County will mean a shift in focus to promoting health and wellbeing, and the prevention of chronic disease says Anne O’Connor, HSE National Director for

Community Operations. “We are in a position to effect real change and make a meaningful difference to people’s lives,” she said. “Health and wellbeing and prevention needs to be at the heart of all our services “ Through collaboration and coordination, the HSE say its vision of lifelong health for the people of Dublin North City & County can be achieved. The local Healthy Ireland Implementation Plan is available to download at

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Leo supports local family TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar met a family from Dublin 15 in Cork last week for the launch of an awareness day for a very rare genetic disorder. Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) and Tom O'Donovan is one of just 40 people in Ireland with the condition. At present, there is very little awareness about the

condition that exists at birth but is often misdiagnosed due to lack of awareness and knowledge - even among medical professionals. Eleanor O’Kelly Lynch, coordinator for the CdlS Foundation in Ireland said: “The support we have received from so many people has been amazing and we can’t thank people enough.

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It’s time to reclaim the DART from the thugs TONY McCULLAGH Group Editor Dublin People

BACK in the early 1990s, I was asked by a tabloid newspaper editor to undertake a somewhat risky assignment. Eager to make an impression, I accepted the daunting challenge of travelling on the last DART from Howth to Bray on a Saturday night. I fully expected to run the gauntlet of marauding, drunken yobs who were reportedly running amok on the latenight train every weekend. I boarded the DART in Howth and

interviewed a number of Irish Rail staff and passengers about their negative experiences. Like most things in Ireland, incidences of antisocial behaviour and violence were mostly linked to heavy drinking as customers spilled out of pubs and poured themselves into crowded rail carriages. My journey to Bray that particular night was largely uneventful, save for some abusive language and one minor brawl as we approached the city centre. ‘WE RIDE THE NIGHT TRAIN OF TERROR!’ screamed the somewhat exaggerated headline when my article was published the following Sunday. I was reminded of that night after shocking reports emerged about a frightening incident at Clongriffin

Better protection is needed for DART passengers. FILE PHOTO/DARREN KINSELLA station last week. Passengers were left terrified as gangs of youths attacked a DART, sprayed it with graffiti and prevented it from departing the station. It made me nostalgic for the days when security staff with large guard dogs were a regular sight on the DART. I wonder if the feral thugs would have been so brave if they had been confronted by an agitated German Shepherd straining on his leash!

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It’s not just the lack of security staff on trains that is at issue here. Many DART stations are now unmanned, which has left passengers more exposed to criminal acts. It is also a major inconvenience for those with disabilities or mobility issues who have to phone ahead to ensure that a member of Irish Rail staff will be available to assist them. Moreover, the lack of staff at stations and on trains further encourages fare evasion. This lost revenue to Irish Rail

could be used to fund better security measures for its passengers and drivers. Re-staffing our train stations is a very necessary first step in encouraging greater public transport use. Ultimately, however, a dedicated transport police division needs to be established to rid our Luas, bus and rail services of the scourge of criminal thuggery like that witnessed on the DART in Clongriffin last week. I won’t be holding my breath.

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Locals hope to influence Phibsborough plan LOCALS in Phibsborough are hoping submissions made at an oral hearing to An Bord Pleanála earlier this month will result in a positive outcome for the redevelopment of the shopping centre. Dublin City Council has already approved plans for the €50 million project that includes new retail spaces and the construction of apartments for 341 students in blocks ranging up to seven storeys. The eight-storey office tower at the heart of the shopping centre - often referred to as one of the ugliest buildings in Dublin – won’t be demolished under the plans but instead be given a facelift of clad with expanded metal mesh. A group of Phibsborough residents including representatives from Phibsboro Tidy Towns and Phizzfest along with local politicians have objected to

the plans. They want new windows fitted to the office block and for the building to be brought up to current environmental standards and some appellants have described retention of the 50 year old, single glazed, rusting windows in the tower as “an act of architectural vandalism”. Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick, has called the plans “unimaginative” and says they should be rejected. “The development of Phibsborough has long been impeded by Dublin City Council’s failure to adopt the Local Area Plan which had proposed standards and guidelines for the city village,” she continued. “The re-development of Phibsborough Shopping Centre presents a unique opportunity to regenerate

the run-down and neglected portion of the village. “However, instead of repeating the design mistakes of the past, residents should be able to expect a more attractive, high quality, clean multiuse complex that provides a mix of housing, recreation and commercial units. “Dalymount Stadium and the Phibsborough Shopping Centre are adjacent, inter-dependent and intrinsically linked prime urban sites in a vibrant community. It is frustrating that the joint development of the adjoining sites is not being considered. “This is a crucial opportunity to develop a large area of the village in parallel that I fear may be being lost or perhaps just blatantly ignored.” Fitzpatrick believes that as Dublin Central already has a high

percentage of shortterm, single occupancy accommodation there’s no need for student apartments. "This re-development project should be focused on delivering mixed housing that caters to the residential needs of a number of demographics; public units, starter homes, retirement living,” she continued. “The large site in Phibsborough presents a once in a generation

opportunity to create a quality, sustainable urban village centre where people of all ages can live, work and socialise. “The heart of village has long been without a green public space that I have no doubt would prove popular with locals. It makes little or no sense given its strategic location that a civic space from the extremely heavily congested national roads wouldn’t be a core part of the plans.”

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THERE was plenty of talent on display from Northside photographers at the CHQ building at Dublin Port over the May Bank Holiday weekend. It was all part of a new photo exhibition of 30 images by the winners and runners-up from last year’s #MyPortPerspective photo competition organised by Dublin Port Company. Entrants were tasked with capturing the essence of Dublin Port, the River Liffey and Dublin City as seen 15_Layout through 1 10/04/2018 16:28ofPage the lens local1people with a keen eye for 5_Layout 1 photography. 10/04/2018 16:28 Page 1 PHOTOS: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Northsider graduates from Digital Hub as a Future Creator TEENAGER Cillian O’Sullivan (14), from St Paul’s School, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 was one of a new generation of innovators formally welcomed into the digital community last week. The 14-year-old local was attending an event to mark the graduation of the latest group of young people completing The Digital Hub’s Future Creators programme. Each participant received a number of digital badges to recognise the range of new skills and knowledge they have developed over the past six months. Digital badges are becoming popular in the digital world as an indicator of accomplishment, skill and quality for learners in many fields. The graduates will have a digital record of their

learning journey through Future Creators and they can share this with third level institutions and future employers to illustrate the range of skills and competences they developed in the programme. The Digital Hub anticipates that Future Creators will add to their initial collection of badges over time. Established in 2011, by The Digital Hub and delivered with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and H2 Learning, the Future Creators programme aims to equip young people from the local community with a set of digital and STEM skills. These include animation, coding, game making and design, sound manipulation, music technology, filmmaking, and electronics.

“All of us are proud of celebrating the success of the latest graduates of the Future Creators programme,” said Digital Hub CEO Fiach Mac Conghail. “Our commitment to innovation, creativity and STEAM subjects, we hope, will contribute to the personal and educational development of these gifted young people.” Professor Sarah Glennie, Director, NCAD, said the Future Creators project was a “very important element” of NCAD’s community engagement strategy. “For the past five years staff and students from our Fine Art Media, Product Design and School of Education departments have contributed to the development of this exciting and innovative project,” she said.

“The Future Creators have had the opportunity to come to NCAD and participate in studiobased workshops in the development of their ideas. “This project enables the Future Creators to bring together art design and digital media and technology in the realisation of their group projects.” This year’s Future Creators students were given the chance to develop their knowledge and skills through active participation in a series of creative project based learning tasks. All the students’ work was on display at a special exhibition in The Digital Hub’s Digital Exchange building, to coincide with the graduation. Some of this year’s projects include students designing and building a light box, breadboarding,

Pictured with his latest robot creation is Future Creators graduate, Cillian O’Sullivan (14), from St Paul’s School, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7. PHOTO: PETER HOULIHAN PHOTOGRAPHY soldering and coding on Adafruit GEMMA microcontroller using Arduino IDE Other young participants have been

involved in building a motorized 3D-printed character called Zelda Breath of The Wild, which has been brought to life using a motor and LEDs.

This year’s Future Creators class consisted of 11 boys and seven girls who took part in the programme, from a variety of schools across the city.


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Blanchardstown sewer upgrade works progressing IRISH Water has outlined progress of major works to upgrade the sewer network in Blanchardstown and surrounding areas and is asking the public to help prevent blockages in the system. Working in partnership with Fingal City Council, over 46km of the sewer network is being cleaned and surveyed for defects to allow any repairs to take place. To date 90 percent of the sewer cleaning and surveying work has been completed across the Carpenterstown, Clonsilla, Clonee, Mulhuddart, Blanchardstown Village, Corduff and Damastown areas. The survey work enables Irish Water to pinpoint where there are cracked, broken or obstructed sewers that need to be

repaired. In the last two months sewer repair works have begun in the Castleknock area with over 82 repairs completed to date. Irish Water says it will continue to carry out repairs across the sewer network and it is expected work will be ongoing into early 2019. “The existing sewer network serving Blanchardstown, like all sewers, needs to be maintained,” an Irish Water spokesperson said. “Defects in sewers include the build-up of debris and foreign objects such as stones, bottles, baby wipes, accumulating fats and greases, intruding tree roots all of which if not removed will ultimately cause the sewer to block and overflow causing localised sewer flooding. “A number of structural

defects will also be repaired such as cracked, fractured and broken pipelines and defective connections. These works are required to protect the sewer network against failure and sewer flooding.” Once defects have been identified they are assessed so that the optimum design solution is determined. The majority of the sewer repairs will be carried out by trenchless technology designed to minimise the impact of works on the local community. The works include the installation of liners within the existing sewer network to protect the normal operation of the network. The majority of works will be carried out between normal working hours. However, Irish Water has warned of

“some small areas” where night work will be required to mitigate disruption to traffic, pedestrians’, local businesses and local services. To help prevent blockages in the sewer

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Northsiders on display at Bloom THE creative talents of several Northside garden designers and enthusiasts will be on display at Bord Bia’s Bloom this June Bank Holiday weekend. Among them are Alan Rudden, Niall Maxwell,

Marina Andreeva, Kevin Dennis, along with the Adult Education Service and students from Cabra Community College, Fingal County Council and the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown.

The five-day event, which returns to the Phoenix Park from May 31 to June 4, showcases the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry. It will feature 20 spectacular show gardens,

Skye Toal (5) from Finglas with Mateus Carvalho (6) at the launch of Bloom 2018.

fabulous floral features, great garden installations and lots of informative talks. There will also be more than 100 food producers and 25 live cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s best-loved chefs as well as a host of activities and entertainment for all the family. “This will be the 12th year that Bord Bia has hosted Bloom in the Phoenix Park and we are incredibly proud of how the event has developed and evolved over the years,” said Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia. “It offers a platform for some of Ireland’s most acclaimed garden designers to showcase their skills, creativity and imagination in developing spectacular outdoor spaces which continue to captivate our visitors. “It also offers our many hardworking food producers, plant nurseries and food and drinks companies the opportunity to engage directly with the consumers of their products in a relaxed and informal

setting. “And best of all it offers a great day out with something for everyone!” Visitors this year can see show gardens created by some of Ireland’s most acclaimed garden designers including multi award winning Oldtown-based designers Niall Maxwell and Marina Andreeva. Sponsored by FBD Insurance their show garden is ideal for spending time in with friends. It draws inspiration from nature and memories of family holidays in places of outstanding natural beauty, transferring them into a modern, suburban context. Multi award winning garden and landscape designer Alan Rudden from Westmanstown will be bringing a flavour of Chile to Bloom. His ‘Living la Vida 120’ garden is a contemporary space that blends arid and Mediterranean planting with strong architectural forms inspired by a visit Alan made to central Chile The Institute

of Technology Blanchardstown’s Horticulture Department in conjunction with the Parks & Green Infrastructure Division of Fingal County Council are also involved in Bloom 2018. They’ve worked together to create a large show garden that represents the Fingal Way, a planned future pedestrian and cycling network linking communities throughout Fingal. Entitled ‘The Greener Way for Fingal’, the design demonstrates the potential multiple benefits of public open spaces, such as pedestrian and cycle routes as high-quality green infrastructure that balances environmental, ecological and community needs. In addition to the show gardens, there will be a large number of floral installations and gardening features including 13 postcard gardens designed by community groups. These include work by VTOS Horticulture students from Cabra Community

College who have created an Irish beachfront postcard garden entitled ‘An Eye to Sea’. Cabra Community College’s Adult Education Service has also created a postcard garden called ‘Grow Your Own Rainbow’. Their garden is an assortment of edible flowers and vegetables that represent each colour of the rainbow. Blanchardstown headquartered PACE Social Enterprise has designed an ‘Upcycled Balcony Garden’ for Bloom. It reflects the number of people living in apartments and a greater awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Other creative Northside work to look out for is from Mr Middleton Garden Shop, Dublin 1; Heritage Bulbs, Glasnevin and Teagasc, College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens. Tickets for Bloom are on sale now from Ticketmaster and can also be purchased on the gate.




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Healthy option in Smithfield opens A NEW health food convenience store has opened in Smithfield. Freshly Chopped Smithfield 2.0 is a new flagship store and company CEO, Brian Lee, says it has several unique features including a new healthy breakfast menu, a dinner menu with a range of grilled protein boards, and a Fairtrade coffee dock. The new outlet has a completely new look and feel, with a graffiti wall, Wi-Fi, leather couches and charging points throughout the store. The store in Smithfield Square had created 30 new jobs and Lee says the local Freshly Chopped team is excited about the opening. “Smithfield is the perfect location to unveil our unique, new vision as it is an area that is quickly becoming a new centre for creativity and


Tidy nests sell faster Freshly Chopped co-Founders Andy Chen, CSO, and Brian Lee, CEO, outside Chopped 2.0 Smithfield. PHOTO: KARL HUSSEY PHOTOGRAPHY innovation in Dublin, a hub for creative people from artists to writers and chefs,” he said. “We’re thrilled that Chopped 2.0 will be at the centre of this thriving community. “Our motto here is ‘Eat. Work. Chill’ and our team has been busy working on a host of new concepts to bring this to life, from the graffiti on the walls to

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Did you know?

In Britain,

97% of abortions

are on healthy babies.

The government’s abortion proposal will also allow this to happen here in Ireland. It allows abortion for ANY reason at all for the first 12 weeks of a baby’s life - because the baby is a girl, or a twin, or even because she or he is just inconvenient. This is abortion on demand. Late-term abortions would also be legal up to 6 months on mental health grounds, just like the British model of abortion. Removing the 8th Amendment will leave EVERY unborn boy or girl with NO constitutional rights before they are born.

Don’t be fooled: this a not “limited” abortion proposal, this is abortion on demand.


Real compassion doesn’t kill. Vote No.





Children set for The Big Toddle

Pictured amongst a group supporting Coeliac Awareness Week 2018 was Amelia Carmody (6), in front, from Ashtown. PHOTO: MARC O’SULLIVAN

Coeliac Awareness Week events to be held A SERIES of events are taking place in Dublin this week as part of the programme of events for

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free food samplings and expert advice and tips from the Coeliac Society of Ireland on how to live a health and fulfilling, gluten free life. Events will take place on Wednesday, May 16 (7pm-9pm) at SuperValu Killester, 169 Howth Road; and Friday, May 18 (7pm-9pm) in Twomey’s SuperValu, Clonkeen Road, Deansgrange. There will also be library talks on the disease on Monday, May 14 (6.30pm) in Donabate Library, Community & Leisure Centre, Donabate; and at 6.30pm on Thursday, May 17 in Rush Library, Chapel Green, Rush. Coeliac Awareness Week 2018, which is supported by SuperValu, takes place nationwide from May 14-20. This year, the Coeliac

Society of Ireland is highlighting the impact of coeliac disease on families, and in particular, children, and how the risk of coeliac disease increases from one in every 100 people to one in 10, when a first-degree relative has the disease. Mary Twohig, chairperson of the Coeliac Society of Ireland, said: “Each year, Coeliac Awareness Week provides us with an important opportunity to highlight the seriousness of the disease. “It’s not a fad or a lifestyle choice, it is a serious, lifelong condition. If undiagnosed, people with coeliac disease could develop osteoporosis, anaemia, nerve damage and it can have negative impacts on fertility.

THE Big Toddle will take place throughout May and June as toddlers from all over the country take over crèches, gardens and communities in a bid to raise as much funds for Barnardos as possible. Barnardos is calling on groups and families to join them by running their own sponsored walk for Ireland’s smallest feet as a way to help the 15,000 children Barnardos supports in communities all across Ireland. Every cent raised by Ireland’s toddlers will directly support Barnardos’ work with children in its early years’ services who are being lost to homelessness, to poverty and to neglect. You can register now

at bigtoddle. Mary Gamble, Barnardos Director of Fundraising said: “Every year I’m amazed by how many little toddlers, crèches and families come out and support the children we work with in such a fantastic way. “In Barnardos we are seeing the need for this support now more than ever as more and more children from our early year’s services, that is children who need help meeting their developmental milestones to be ready for school, are living in hotels or in overcrowded accommodation without the space they need to live, play and grow.”  

“If people are suffering with symptoms we want them to be aware that if a first-degree relative has coeliac disease, their own chances of having the disease are increased to one in 10.” Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease that prevents those affected from digesting gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The disease can manifest itself at any stage in a person’s lifetime, with symptoms including abdominal pain, recurring mouth ulcers, weight-loss, vomiting and diarrhoea. It is estimated to affect 47,500 people in Ireland. For the full programme of events for Coeliac Awareness Week 2018, Harry Kinehan (3) and Millie Lonergan (4) pictured with visit: and radio presenter Alison Curtis at the launch of The Big Toddle. PHOTO: KIERAN HARTNETT

Taskforce holds its first meeting A TASKFORCE established to help combat loneliness held its first meeting at Leinster House last week. Dr Keith Swanick, in collaboration with chief executive of ALONE, Seán Moynihan, set up the Loneliness Taskforce to coordinate a response to the epidemic of loneliness and social isolation in Ireland. Through its work, the taskforce is seeking to increase awareness about

the issue and to produce a set of recommendations for Government, State agencies and all policy makers. The taskforce has received over 300 submissions sent from the general public, Oireachtas and Northern Ireland Assembly members, MEPs, NGOs, Local Authorities, Public Participation Networks, and Volunteer Networks across the country, both North and South. Speaking at the meeting,

Mr Moynihan said: "We have been overwhelmed at the level of interest and support the taskforce has received from all over the country, and particularly the huge number of people who have offered their help. “We look forward to making progress with our report and presenting it to the Government, and we hope that meaningful action is taken as a result. “Loneliness is not

something to be brushed off – it is a public health issue, one that needs serious consideration." Chairperson of the Loneliness Taskforce, Dr Swanick, said: "As a GP, in my practice in rural Ireland, I often see the profound medical and mental health problems which are often exacerbated by loneliness. “I am well aware, however, that loneliness crosses the rural-urban divide and I witnessed the

same problems a number of years ago as a GP in the heart of Finglas.” The Loneliness Taskforce includes members from the education, sporting, nursing, psychology, business and academic sectors. It is hoped that the taskforce will release their report with recommendations for Government, State agencies and all policy makers in the summer.



The Referendum at a Glance

On May 25th, our community is being asked to shape the fundamental law of the State in a referendum. In making our decision, there are certain legal facts on which both sides of the debate can agree:

� The only constitutional protection for the unborn child is in the Eighth Amendment; � A ‘Yes’ vote will remove all constitutional protection from each unborn child up to birth and in its place, will give the Oireachtas power to legislate for abortion; � The Government has not limited its proposals to exceptional cases. They propose to introduce a wide-ranging right to an abortion not only to twelve weeks but up to six months; � Such limitations on the availability of abortion as might be set could be removed at any time by future Governments or challenged in the courts. The Government has chosen to place a proposal before the People that will have profound consequences for us all. Our society will be judged by how it protects the weakest and most vulnerable and how it cares for mothers who are afraid or in crisis. As lawyers, drawn from every level of the profession, we believe that it would be profoundly unjust to withdraw the existing constitutional protections from the unborn child or to give Government the power that they seek to legislate in this area. That is why we have called for a ‘No’ vote.

Signed : Iarfhlaith O’Neill Former High Court Judge and Chairman of the Referendum Commission

Aindrias Ó Caoimh Former High Court Judge and Judge of the European Court of Justice

Margaret Cordial, MSc (Int. Human Rights Law NUIG) Barrister, Solicitor Formerly with the UN High Commission for Human Rights and Advisory Counsel with the Attorney-General’s Office;

Venetia Taylor LL.B LL.M Barrister

Ailill O’Reilly, Barrister; Áine Grogan, Barrister; Alan Daveron, Solicitor; Ann Daly, Solicitor; Ann Wright, BCL, In-house Legal Counsel; Anne Marie Maher, Barrister; Anthony Moore, Barrister; Aoife Rooney, Solicitor; Beata Kozłowska BA (Hons) , MSc, DPSI, DLSP; Benedict Ó Floinn, M.A. (Oxon) Barrister, Berenice McKeever, Barrister; Brendan Guildea, Barrister; Brian Jennings, Solicitor; Brian M. McMahon, Solicitor; Brian Spieran, Senior Counsel; Byron Wade, Barrister; Caitríona Heffernan, BA (Hons) LLB; Carmel Gallagher B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Barrister; Carole M. Corbett, Barrister; Caroline Leonard, Solicitor; Caroline Simons, BCL., LLM, MA, Solicitor; Cathy Maguire, BCL LLM, Barrister; Dr. Ciarán Creaven, Senior Counsel; Ciara C. Davin, R.N. Barrister; Clíona Ní Chatháin, Solicitor; Dr. Conor Hanly, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. (N.U.I.), LL.M., J.S.D. (Yale), Lecturer at NUI, Galway; Cora Sherlock, Solicitor; Cormac Ó Ceallaigh, Solicitor; Cormac O’Neill, Barrister; Daithí Mac Carthaigh, Barrister; Darren Lehane, BCL, LLM, MCIArb, Barrister; David Sheehan, Solicitor; David Burke, BA (Oxon) MA (London) Solicitor; Declan Lawlor, Solicitor; Deirdre Kenny, Solicitor; Denis Linehan, Solicitor; Dervla Mulcahy, Solicitor; Des Quinn, Barrister; Desmond Stark, Senior Counsel Diarmuid Ó Catháin, Solicitor; Diarmuid Ó Shea, Solicitor; Donal Ryan, BCL, LL.M., Barrister;

Donal Smyth, Solicitor Donnacha Hennessy, Solicitor; Eamon Galligan, Senior Counsel; Eamon Marray, B.A. LL.B., Barrister; Edward O’Leary, Solicitor; Eilís Mulroy, Solicitor; Eileen King, Solicitor; Elaine Gallagher, Solicitor; Elizabeth Burke, BCL, Solicitor; Elizabeth Maguire, MA, LL.B., M.Litt., Barrister; Councillor Emmett O’Brien, Barrister; Emile Daly, Barrister; Eoin Murnaghan, Barrister; Erwan Mill-Arden, Senior Counsel; Evana Boyle, BCL, LLM, Solicitor; Feargal P. Kavanagh, Senior Counsel; Felix McTiernan, Solicitor; Femi Daniyan, Barrister; Fintan Lawlor, Solicitor; Francis Rowan, Solicitor; Frank Martin, Barrister; Gabriel A.Toolan BA LLM Solicitor Gail Walsh, Barrister; Geoffrey Sumner, Barrister; George A. Brady, Senior Counsel; Gerard N. Murphy, Barrister; Gerardine Costello, Solicitor; Professor Gerard F Whyte. School of Law, Trinity College Dublin; Professor Emeritus Gerard Casey, BA (Cork) MA, PhD (Notre Dame) LLB. LLM; Gerry Murphy, Senior Counsel Former Ombudsman for Credit Institutions; Gordon Duffy, Barrister; Grace Gallagher, BA, LLB, BL, JD, LLM, Barrister; Graham Quinn, LLB, Barrister; Helen Burke, Solicitor; Hilary O’Doherty, BA (Hons) Solicitor; Hugh McGroddy, Solicitor; Imelda Gallagher, BA. LLB, MA, Barrister; Ita Marnell, Barrister; James Burke, Barrister; James Charity, Barrister; James Lawless, Solicitor; James Mahon, Solicitor; Joan M. Hynes, Barrister; Joe Varley, Solicitor;

John I Cannon, Solicitor, Coroner John Reid, BCL Dip. Eur. L KCHS, Solicitor; John Smith, Barrister; John T. Gibbons, BE, C.Eng., FIEI, FCI Arb, Senior Counsel; Joseph Cuddigan, Solicitor; Dr. Joseph Richardson, Ph.D., M.B.A (Healthcare), Dip. EmpL., M.I.C.S., Barrister; Kate Cussen BCL MSc. Solicitor; Kate O’Toole, LLB. Barrister; Kathleen T. O’Mahony, Barrister; Ken Fogarty, Senior Counsel; Ken Smyth, Solicitor; Kieran Cummins, Solicitor; Kieran Morris, Barrister; Kieron Wood, Barrister; Killian McMorrow, B.Comm., Dip.Int.Human Rights Law, Barrister; Laura Collins, Barrister; Leonie Macauley, Barrister; Liam Dockery, BA., Barrister; Liz McDermott, LLB Solicitor; Louise Wright, Solicitor; Lorcan E. Price, Barrister; Louis Dockery, BA DLS RTMA Dip. Ecomm., Solicitor; Máire Cassidy, Barrister; Malachy Steenson, LLB., LLM, Solicitor; Maria Boyce, Solicitor; Marian O’Riordan, Solicitor; Marie Slattery, Barrister; Marita Dockery, MA LLM Solicitor; Margaret Rowley, Solicitor; Margaret O’Shea-Grewcock, Solicitor; Maria Pittock, Solicitor; Maria Steen, Barrister; Martin Mulroy, Solicitor; Mary Faulkner Former Dean of the School of Law, King's Inns, Dublin; Maurice Osbourne, Barrister; Mel Christle, Senior Counsel; Micheál Munnelly, Barrister; Micheál Ó Sé, Barrister; Michael Ryan, Barrister; Michael Pattwell, Solicitor Former Judge of the District Court; Neil Kelly, Barrister;

Niall Doyle, Solicitor; Nicola Daveron, Solicitor; Oliver Costello, Barrister; Olivia Doyle, Solicitor; Patrick Cunningham, Solicitor; Patrick J. Barrett, Barrister; Patrick J. Feeney, Solicitor; Patrick Treacy, Senior Counsel; Paul Brady, BA, MA, LLM, DPhil, Barrister; Paul Byrne, Solicitor; Paul McGettigan, Barrister; Pól Ó Murchú, Solicitor; Rachel Macauley, Solicitor Rebecca Mac Cana, Barrister; Roderick Maguire, LL.B., LL.M.(Lond), M.A (Lond), Barrister; Roderick Tyrell, MSc. (Health Care,Ethics & Law) Solicitor; Senator Ronan Mullen, Barrister; Sandra Mahon, Solicitor; Séamus Ó Tuathail, Abhcoide Sínsear; Seán Corrigan, Barrister Seán Davin, Barrister; Seán D. Rafter, Barrister; Shane Murphy, Senior Counsel; Sheila O’Riordan, Barrister; Siobhán Daly, Solicitor; Stephen Richard Donnelly, Barrister Suzanne Boylan, Barrister; Sylvia Green, Solicitor; Tabitha Wood, BCL. Barrister; Terry O’Driscoll, Barrister; Theresa Lowe, Barrister Former Television and Radio Presenter with Radio Teilifís Éireann; Thomas Brabazon, Solicitor; Dr. Thomas Finnegan, PhD; Úna Ní Chatháin, Barrister; Una Cassidy, Barrister; Vincent Toher, Solicitor; Virginia Harrington, Solicitor; William Binchy, Barrister Former Regius Professor of Laws, Trinity College, Dublin and Member of the Irish Human Rights Commission; William McEvoy, Solicitor; William F. O’Brien, Barrister.

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The Fratellis are on their way back! SCOTTISH rock band The Fratellis will be headlining a Dublin show at the Academy on Monday, December 3. The band is back with their fifth album ‘In Your Own Sweet Time’ after once again teaming up with six-time Grammy and Mercury-nominated American producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, The Kooks, M83, Belle & Sebastian). Hoffer previously collaborated on smash-hit ‘Costello Music’, an album that lasted 83 weeks in the charts, won The Fratellis a Brit Award in 2007 for ‘Best Emerging Artists’, and launched them to stratospheric critical and commercial heights. Four albums and innumerable world tours later, and The Fratellis still sell-out shows from China (where the band played this summer) to Russia (a hotspot on the tour prior to 2015’s Eyes Wide, Tongue Tied) through to heartland America. However, The Fratellis are a band that refuse to

rest on their laurels. In Your Own Sweet Time marks a development into a thrillingly chameleonic new phase, identified by a daring new sound that is bigger, bolder, and yet still shot through with a whip-smart, pitch-black sense of humour we have come to expect from the irrepressible Glaswegian trio. Listeners can expect their first tantalising taste of what’s in store with first single ‘Stand Up Tragedy’. Showcasing vibrant lyrical dexterity and foottapping, spine-tingling rhythms, both tracks tease the glittering, adrenaline charged vibes coursing through In Your Own Sweet Time. Long-time fans of the band will be excited to find at its centre a series of banging, stadium-filling tracks like ‘I’ve Been Blind’, which features synthy 80s vibes before erupting into a raucous invitation to follow the band down the rabbit hole into a world of “lies” and

“disguises”. Similarly, with ‘Laughing Gas’ it’s hard not to imagine the crowd singing and dancing along to the soaring guitar riffs and manic drum-work that accompany a joyous drifting between major and minor shifts. Jon Fratelli characterises these tracks as an internal conversation; a reminder “not to take life too seriously”. In Your Own Sweet Time certainly delivers on its own promise of ecstatic, almost absurdist fun. Offered as an instant gratification track with pre-orders of the album, ‘The Next Time We Wed’ is a hyperactive slice of mischief matching the Fratellis’ characteristic impish theatricality and wit with ricocheting Prince-like guitar riffs. “It feels like a good representation of the record,” observes Jon. And you can hear the Prince influence in particular as a new-found falsetto bleeds into the

Catch the Fratellis in Dublin’s Academy in December. Fratelli’s bag of tricks, firing through ‘Told You So’, and the entertaining bathos of Romeo & Juliet riff ‘Starcrossed Losers’. This album boasts all

the sweaty, joyful energy of 1970s American pop mixed with English rock. In these dark and uncertain times, sometimes all you need

is to lose yourself in the moment so let Jon Fratelli (vox, guitar), Barry Fratelli (Bass), and Mince Fratelli (drums) guide you through the chaos.

The Fratellis are Live at The Academy on Monday, December 3.

This American blues man Nick Cave just is Shakey in his Graves wants a quick word BACK in December 2017, Shakey Graves proclaimed on his Twitter page, ‘Next album. New sound. Sell your suspenders.’ The tweet was tonguein-cheek, but Alejandro Rose-Garcia, the Austin native who’s been plying his trade as Shakey Graves since 2007, was making a dead-serious point about his latest album, Can’t Wake Up’. This ambitious, audacious work heralds an artistic metamorphosis for the 30-year-old veteran, whose risk-taking in painting outside the lines has been rewarded tenfold. “This record is the most

I’ve ever intentionally worked on a project, musically speaking, in terms of the scope of it and how much thought went into it,” he says. “It’s a dense album; there’s a lot of information going on.” Central to the prevailing sense of disorientation are the lead vocals, none of which are purely solo. Instead, each lead performance is shadowed by a queasy, lightly out-ofsync style. In a sense, the album is a microcosm of RoseGarcia’s obsessively artistic existence and his ever-expanding horizons. Catch him in Vicar Street on November 16.

NICK Cave has announced an on-stage conversation event in Dublin, the day before the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ sold out show at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham on June 6. The idea was inspired by the band’s 2017 world tour and Cave’s evolving relationship with his audience. These shows became vast communal events and it is this relationship that he hopes to explore directly through this series of conversations. “The more frank and intimate the questions, the more interesting the evening will be,” he suggests.

“The audience can ask me anything and I’ll do my best to answer. I do have some things to say. I can always play some songs at the piano if it all goes horribly wrong. But, I don’t know, I’ve got a good feeling about this one.” Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds play the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin on June 6. This, their first Irish headline gig since 2008, sold out in less than an hour when announced. Patti Smith, along with her band, is a special guest at the show and more support will come from Limerick three piece When Young.

Towering glory THOUSANDS of Dubliners have already taken advantage of the unique views of the city now available from the iconic O’Connell Tower at Glasnevin Cemetery. The tower was officially reopened last month after being closed for over 45 years. Back in 1971, a large bomb comprising of 10lbs of gelignite with a timing device exploded at the base of the tower. The blast shot up through the tower and blew out its windows. The force was such that it resulted in a large crack that spread up through its granite. This crack can still be seen today. The explosion also smashed the windows of houses opposite the cemetery. Despite this however, the only casualty

was one pigeon that had been roosting within the tower. But the net result was the unfortunate destruction of the tower’s staircase and the closure of the tower and crypt to any visitors. In 1991 it was decided to open the O’Connell crypt for the first time in 20 years and a programme was put in place to restore it to its former glory. Work on reinstating the staircase and restoring the tower begun in 2016 by Glasnevin Trust in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW). And the finished job is bringing delight to both Dubliners and visitors to the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum who have been deprived of a wonderful asset for more than four decades. AT GE G E CL I LE


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The newly installed 198step staircase in the tower is comprised of a wrought iron spiral staircase followed by hand carved wooden steps. It’s a long climb, made easier by taking breaks to read the information panels detailing the history of the tower and Daniel O'Connell at resting platforms on the way up. Reaching the top is rewarded with a 360-degree panorama of breathtaking views to the north, south, east and west across all of Dublin, Meath, Wicklow and the Irish Sea. Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust, John Green said the completed work means Dubliners and visitors to the cemetery can once again experience the full magnificence of the mausoleum. “Of course, we remember O’Connell through the bridges, streets, and squares named after him, but as we approach the centenary of the founding of our state we must remember how important O’Connell is in our nationhood,” he

The view from one of the windows at the top of the tower. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA added. “O’Connell lit a beacon for the peaceful parliamentary political process, a beacon carried on by Butt, Parnell, Redmond and, perhaps

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continued from page 17 seniors. A special family rate of €28, which includes two adults and two “Hopefully the exhibition inside children, is also available. the tower will not only enhance Students and children must be the climb but also help to reinstate accompanied by an adult to access Daniel O’Connell to his rightful the tower. position in the pantheon of Irish The price of the ticket includes leaders.” access to the O’Connell Tower Entry to the O’Connell Tower is and its self-guided tour and entry a ticketed event only. Admission is into the exhibitions in Glasnevin €12 for adults and €9 for students Cemetery Museum. Visitors will (12-16 years), children (8 -12), and

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Sisters from Saint Mary’s Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin, in conjunction with students, teachers and members of the surrounding community, have teamed together to launch a wildflower meadow on the convent grounds on the Old Finglas Road. The committee plans to transform this unused field into a biodiverse ecosystem that will attract a variety of flora and fauna. The launch was attended by environmentalist Duncan Stewart. 

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THE DCU Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) in Glasnevin is to lead a €3.9 million project harnessing digital and data technologies for journalism. The ‘JOLT’ project ( Journalism and Leadership Transformation) will hire 15 PhD researchers to investigate technical, business, and ethical aspects of contemporary journalism. The project begins this month and will run for four years. The researchers will be based in academic and industry environments across Europe including The Irish Times, BBC and the European Journalism Centre. President of Dublin City University Professor Brian MacCraith said: “Dublin City University have always played a leading role in journalism education and DCU FuJo have continued that pioneering work across research and thought leadership. “This project award is a further

powerful endorsement of this and also a strong reflection of the university’s commitment to remain at the forefront of one of the pillars of democracy.” FuJo director and Project Coordinator Dr Jane Suiter also spoke about the project. “At a critical time for journalism, DCU FuJo pulled together a multinational team to explore new ways of supporting journalism and its civic functions,” she said. “We’re delighted to bring this major project to DCU and look forward to working with the best academic and industry partners across Europe. “Beyond research, the project includes many outreach events that will let us share new knowledge with the news industry in Ireland and beyond.” The 15 projects draw on expertise from multiple disciplines including journalism, data science, computer engineering, and social science.

Data science projects will develop new protocols and storytelling forms for video, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and will also be supported by the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, a €88m Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre. Data based projects will explore algorithms in news, mining online multimedia data, audience analytics, data mining and data visualisation. Other projects will examine the political and ethical implications of contemporary journalism including the ethics of using user-generated content. The JOLT Network includes nine university and industry partners from six countries: Dublin City University; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; University of Amsterdam; University of Navarra; University of Toulouse III; British Broadcasting Corporation; European Journalism Centre; The Irish Times; and

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The longer evenings make Friday nights perfect for soccer and this weekend all roads lead to Dalymount on May 18 where Bohs will be out for revenge against Dundalk who recently knocked them out of the League Cup. Across the Liffey, St Pat’s welcome Derry to Richmond Park. Both Premier Division games kick off at 7.45pm. First Division action in the capital takes place on Sunday at 3pm when Cabinteely take on Galway United.

CHORAL FESTIVAL IN RUSH St Catherine's National School in Rush, with the support of Fingal County Council, is proud to present its annual celebration of choral singing and music on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16 and 17, at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm. Alan Leech, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, is the special guest. Tickets, which cost €7.50, are available at the door.  Fifty percent of the ticket sale proceeds will be donated to Trocaire through Dermot Higgins, the Rush man who circumnavigated the world on a pushbike!



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The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) opens on May 19 and will run until May 27 with a number of exciting events taking place BINGO NIGHT all over the capital. A free Bingo Night for local older people, For full details of the events in a packed organised by ServiceSource and Age Action, programme, visit is taking place at ServiceSource’s Head Office, The Chase, Carmanhall Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate on Tuesday, May 22 from 5pm INTO THE SEA to 7.30pm. A fantastic evening’s entertainment Swimmers is guaranteed at the Big Bingo Night where local come to the businesses are providing spot prizes and there sea for many will be plenty of refreshments for the dozens reasons. For of bingo fans. Book now to avoid missing out over a year, by contacting Catherine on 087 1677427 or by photographic email artist Gerry Blake has been examining the ritual practice of regular sea swimming. Visiting more than 10 bathing areas around Dublin, he depicts individual swimmers as they approach the sea at various THE NIGHT ALIVE times of the day. The Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents ‘Into the Sea’ portrays them at their most Conor McPherson's spellbinding and gorgeous thoughtful and reflective in the moments ‘The Night Alive’ in dlr Mill Theatre - Dundrum before they plunge into the open waters. Town Centre from Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday It runs from Saturday, May 19 to Saturday, 19. June 30 in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Main Tommy is living in a bedsit in his uncle’s Street, Bray. house, trying to make ends meet while all the

Are you over 60 and looking for a fun day out this May? One of Dublin’s top attractions, the Croke Park Stadium Tour, is celebrating Bealtaine, the festival of arts and creativity as we age, by offering a special discount to senior visitors for the entire month of May. The access-all-areas 'Stadium Tour' will be reduced from €11 to €8.50.


while thinking of schemes to better his lot. Estranged from his wife and kids, and barely tolerated by his uncle, he hasn’t a lot going for him. His sidekick, Doc, is even worse off, scrounging a bed from his sister or staying the odd night on Tommy’s camp bed. What follows is a gripping tale that illuminates the humanity that can be found in the most unlikely of situations. For tickets contact / 012969340.

To coincide with Éireannach and Worldwide Day of Botanical Art, the Irish Society of Botanical Artists will be hosting an open day in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin on Friday, May 18. The day will include a tour of a Botanical Art exhibition at 2pm with wildflower author Zoe Devlin, painting demonstrations throughout the day and a chance to meet the artists involved.

Crossword Answers 16th May CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

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ACROSS: 7 Inure; 8 Overlay; 9 Cripple; 10 Plump; 12 Neutralise; 15 Astronomer; 18 Thing; 19 Envelop; 21 Startle; 22 Links. DOWN: 1 Witchcraft; 2 Pupil; 3 Help; 4 Foment; 5 Keepsake; 6 Plaudit; 11 Presuppose; 13 Elongate; 14 Stoical; 16 Obeyed; 17 Clone; 20 Vale.


From The Archives

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

Bertie Ahern celebrates his election at the RDS count centre in 1997. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA

McDonald’s opened its first Irish branch on Grafton Street in 1977.

Freeman’s Journal, May 7, 1829.

Irish Press, May 9, 1995

Undated photo of Cabra Baths.

Irish Press, May 10, 1958

Sunday Independent, May 13, 1934.




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