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FIANNA Fáil Senator Catherine Ardagh has said that incidents of antisocial behaviour on the Luas Red Line need to be urgently addressed. The Senator was speaking after a woman’s hair was set on fire by a gang of teenagers during what were described as scenes of chaos on a Luas. “Many residents in my own constituency of Dublin South-Central are telling me at the doors that they are too afraid to use the Luas Red Line at night because of anti-social behaviour and young thugs causing chaos,” she said. “Many older passengers

public transport users. It’s something we feel can really work and benefit Call the lives of those who use the service on a daily basis.” Senator Ardagh added: “Passengers are being terrorised on public transport on a weekly basis and this behaviour needs to be stamped out.


Kate Ann O Leary (10) and Paddy Walsh, Frances McCann and Cian O Cadhla (all 11), are pictured at the Green-Schools Marine Environment Conference 2020 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire last week. The annual event, which is in its fourth successful year, featured the world-class wildlife presenter and author, Nick Baker, as keynote speaker. SEE FULL STORY ON PAGE3





Cancer champs Green streets Dundrum Climate Vigil, which marked 40 weeks of raising awareness about the climate crisis, are stepping up their campaign.

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Irish Water starts upgrade to Pensioners too afraid to use Luas Red Line safeguard the Grand Canal IRISH Water is starting work to repair and upgrade a section of a critical part of Dublin’s wastewater infrastructure and to safeguard the Grand Canal. The works are taking place along 75 metres of sewer pipeline which crosses under the Grand Canal, the Red Luas line and Suir Road, Dublin 8.

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“A lot of older people in the community rely on the Luas as a means of transport but it’s entirely unacceptable that they are too scared to use the service.” Sinn Féin’s Seán Crowe also called for the setting up of a dedicated transport police service to specifically deal with crime on public transport after more complaints the area during works. of racist and violent GMC Utilities Group is behaviour on the Luas. working on behalf of “I have been contacted Irish Water to deliver this by a distressed constituent project. Olive Marshall, Irish Water who witnessed vile racist abuse and violent Regional Lead on the behaviour on the Luas project, says: “This is a from the Point to Tallaght complex project due to the location and the age of on a recent Saturday night,” he said. the pipeline. “This is just one of a “We have worked number of incidents extensively with our that have happened partners to develop an on the Luas and other appropriate solution public transport in that will allow us to recent months. I attend ensure the wastewater the local Tallaght Bus network continues to and Luas Forum that is work effectively, while protecting the waterway.” made up of politicians, gardaí, Dublin Bus unions and management, and representatives of Luas, and attacks like this are a sick and worrying development. “Everybody should be able to travel on public transport in safety, without hassle or fear of racist thugs. Drivers should also be free to do a day’s work without intimidation or abuse.” Cllr Crowe added: “There is a growing need to establish a dedicated transport police to tackle threats and intimidation. Luas security guards have little powers and cannot arrest individuals.

Concerns have been expressed over the Luas Red Line. “An Garda Síochána are currently involved in what is called Operation Safe Route, but they can’t be everywhere and they have other duties. “In order to protect the health and safety of public transport staff and passenger, surely it is way past the time to examine the feasibility of introducing a dedicated transport police service. “I believe a dedicated transport police unit is needed to tackle antisocial behaviour on our public transport services.” Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Dublin, John Lahart, said his party would introduce a specific public transport police within An Garda Síochána to protect public transport users if in power. This new section would be tasked with a mandate to ensure a comfortable, safe and punctual experience for all public transport users. Deputy Lahart said: “If in power Fianna Fáil will introduce a specific public transport police to protect public transport users. We have seen a steady rise in the number of reports of assaults and incidents of anti-social behaviour on

public transport. “Passengers are being terrorised on the way to and from work on a weekly basis and it is our hope that a dedicated public transport police would act as a deterrent for those carrying out these attacks and incidents. “The prevalence and threat of violence is deterring users of public transport and is causing serious delays to public transport,” concluded Deputy Lahart. A Luas spokesperson said: “We continuously review Luas security arrangements in light of recently publicised incidents of anti-social behaviour in communities and on the Luas line along the Grand Canal. “These incidents are currently under investigation.” The spokesperson added: “We will continue to support communities along Luas lines and work closely with local community gardaí, with whom we have an excellent working relationship, to prevent further incidents r and to apprehend those responsible.”


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Schools go Green for the marine A TOTAL of 20 schools from across Ireland participated in the Green-Schools Marine Environment Conference in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire last week. The annual event, which is in its fourth successful year, began on Wednesday. The conference, which focuses on the value of our marine environment, was opened by Dr Michael John O’Mahony, Director, An Taisce Environmental Education Unit and Conall O’Connor from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. Attending the conference as the keynote speaker was world-class wildlife presenter and author, Nick Baker, who delivered an inspirational presentation of his many adventures exploring strange creatures from the watery depths of our seas and oceans. Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter welcomed the attending schools.

“This national conference is one of the highlights of our year,” she said. “We have such a strong connection to our marine environment in Ireland and it’s a joy to celebrate it with these inspirational students and teachers today. “We are so grateful to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government for their support and to our wonderful guest speakers for joining us.” Throughout the conference, each participating school exhibited a project relating to an issue concerning marine life. ‘Wellbeing at the sea’, ‘Climate change and the marine environment’ and ‘Microplastics’ were just some of the topics selected for these projects. Local students from Dominican College, Sion Hill delivered presentations to the audience on their school’s extensive work on the

Green-Schools Marine Environment theme. During a series of activities delivered by Green-Schools Officers, including listening to ‘the sounds of the sea’ and ‘colour in the coral reef’, students gained a deeper insight into the importance of conserving the marine environment. Towards the end of the event students were transported back in time to a seafaring world with the Howth Singing Circle who led the group in a lively chorus of sea shanties. To conclude the day on a positive and resonating note, students were motivated by a call to action to collectively value and protect the marine environment. The Global Citizenship Marine Environment is the eighth theme of the Green-Schools programme. Across Ireland there are over 4,000 schools registered on the GreenSchools programme and over 900,000

young people actively contributing . Green-Schools (known internationally as Eco-Schools), is an environmental management education programme and award

scheme that promotes and acknowledges longterm, whole-school action for the environment. It is currently operating in 68 countries around the world including almost all EU member states, Africa,

South America, North America, Canada, Oceania and Asia. Green-Schools is an initiative of FEE (the Foundation for Environmental Education).

The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, and supported by the Department of Housing, Planning, and local Government and the Department of Communications.

Kate Ann O Leary (10), Frances McCann (10), Paddy Walsh (11) and Cian O Cadhla (11) at the Green-Schools Marine Environment Conference in The Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire.

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Is your candidate a cancer champion? Thirty years ago, only three out of 10 Irish people survived cancer. Today, thanks to improvements in cancer detection, treatment and care, more CEO than six out of 10 do. Irish Cancer Society Some cancers, like childhood blood cancers, that were previously almost www.cancer.ie always fatal, are now largely curable. Nine out of 10 people also now survive prostate, breast and testicular cancer. AT THE Irish Cancer Society, we But unfortunately the prognosis for understand the life-changing impact other cancers is still a lot less positive of cancer. and our outcomes in some areas lag Every day, we share the worry of behind those of other countries. people waiting for test results. We There is also a huge amount that share their hope that their cancer is treatable. We share their sorrow when needs to be done to help people cope with the emotional and financial it is not. Thankfully, Ireland’s cancer survival impact of the disease. Patients often tell me they expected rate is improving all the time.


Cancer survival rates have greatly improved in Ireland. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK the chemo or radiotherapy to be tough. But they were not prepared for the crippling debt they had to incur, paying for everything from medication to hospital charges and wigs. They didn’t realise it would be so hard to get a medical card. And they didn’t expect to be chased by debt collectors on behalf of the HSE when they couldn’t pay. Many also find it incredibly difficult to cope with treatment side effects like incontinence, infertility and depression, with very little State support. The Irish Cancer Society is doing

everything it can to help. Our nurses provide confidential expert advice to patients and their families. Our volunteer drivers bring people to their chemo appointments and back so they don’t have to worry about transport. Our peer support volunteers provide a listening ear. And we fund counselling in local cancer support centres throughout the country. But there is so much more that needs to be done. And much of it can only be done by the Government. The next Dáil needs to prioritise improvements in cancer care. It needs

to address the survival gap so all patients have the best possible chance of life after cancer. It needs to ensure everyone has the support they need to cope with the physical, financial and emotional impact of the disease. And it needs to help Ireland’s growing community of cancer survivors get their lives back on track. That’s why we’re asking all general election candidates to sign our pledge on www.cancer.ie and commit to being a cancer champion in the next Dáil. And we’re asking our supporters to raise the issue of cancer with candidates on the doorsteps.

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Stars turn out to open ARC’s new Southside centre SOME of Dublin’s leading lights turned out last week to lend their support to the work of ARC Cancer Support Centres. Aslan’s frontman Christy Dignam, TV and radio star, Mairead Ronan, and Dublin GAA All-Ireland winning hero, Brian Fenton, recently officially opened ARC’s newest Southside centre. The centre, located at Lowell House, 23 Herbert Avenue, Dublin 4, joins the ARC family of cancer support centres across Dublin, which includes Eccles Street in Dublin 7, and South Circular Road in Dublin 8. ARC provides psychological, emotional, educational and practical support, complementary therapies and counselling services, free of charge to people with cancer and their loved ones, friends and carers. Last year, more than 2,300 people came through the doors of ARC’s centres, a number that has increased by 27 per cent since 2014. The opening of the new centre is one of a number of initiatives being undertaken by ARC to meet growing demand with increasing numbers of people being diagnosed

with cancer. The new Drop-In Centre will initially be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am to 4pm, and will also offer a range of services by appointment including counselling, and complementary therapies such as acupuncture and reflexology. For Christy Dignam, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, ARC’s services mean a lot to him. “When you hear something like ‘it’s cancer’, you think you’re on your own. But to be able to go in and talk to someone who understands, who knows where you’re coming from and what you’re going through, it means a lot. “That’s why I’m delighted to be involved in the official launch of ARC’s latest centre knowing that ARC’s doors will be open to more people than ever before. “When I was diagnosed with cancer, it seemed to me that people were more troubled about it than I was,” he added. “I just had to accept it, but the people around me were feeling upset for me. That was when ARC came into my life thanks to my oncology nurse. ARC is different.

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Message to Election Candidates The Election, You and Your Newspaper. Why you need to read this.

You’re an election candidate... ...and your days are packed, but can we ask for a couple of minutes of your time because we’ve got a few important points to make? Points that are directly relevant to this election, to ensure voters are informed as truthfully and as honestly as possible in this era of ‘fake news’. Because if they’re not, we all lose.

Strong independent journalism matters. For you.

How can you help? But first, what if you don’t? Without legislative changes and pitch-leveling supports, the serious threat to your local and national newspapers will go beyond a threat and many will cease to exist. And if newspapers disappear so too will much of Irish online news, and with it many stories that need to be told. (That’s the online news paid for by Irish publishers, created by Irish journalists, and pirated with abandon by Facebook and Google - who operate in a parallel universe without the obligations and responsibilities of publishers). Without a virbrant local and national news publishing industry, who will report on the courts in your area, the Oireachtas, the County Councils, local and national sporting events, raise awareness of important societal issues and campaign for change? Google? Facebook? Twitter? Who will expose scandalous wrongdoing and criminality and highlight injustice, as newspapers have been doing day in, week out, year after year after year? We know the answer, we know it’s pretty grim, and we think you wouldn’t want inaction to be an enabler of newspaper extinction.


As we’ve seen recently in other countries, without credible sources of news, where information is factual, accurate and politically impartial, public trust and democracy itself are undermined. So far, we’re lucky in Ireland that the newspapers you know so well, the national dailies and the regional weeklies, continue to fulfil that role of trusted source, operating impartially and holding public figures and politicians of all parties and none to account.

So back to the question, how can you help?

You will note that we said ‘so far’. Yes, the balance and fairness of our newspapers have contributed to preventing the vicious poloraisation that is an unsettling reality in many countries, but we need your support to help us continue. We’re not asking for massive hand-outs, we’re not asking for funds that should go into the health, or housing, or infrastructure or education. All we’re asking for is your practical support to ensure that ‘fake news’ can always be beaten by a strong newspaper industry creating trusted journalism, and that the jobs that sustain this stay alive in our communities.

Extend the brief of the Minister for Communications to include all media, not just the broadcast sector, ensuring the Minister has full oversight of our complex media landscape

Unfortunately, both are under serious threat right now. But your support as an election candidate can make a difference, and in making that difference you can make a valuable contribution to defending our country’s democratic values.

Support public service journalism across all media, not just broadcast. Reduce VAT to 5% VAT on newspapers and digital news products. Ultimately reduce VAT to 0% as is the case in Britain and other EU countries. Complete the long-overdue Review of the Defamation Act and reform Ireland’s draconian defamation laws to ensure that the stories that need to be told, are told



Family’s devastation over the death of their beloved Paddy Declan Brennan THE family of a man killed by a single punch from a martial arts instructor in a late-night street assault four years ago have said they are still devastated by the death. Judge Pauline Codd imposed a six-year prison sentence on Jonathan Dargan (49) for the manslaughter of Patrick Mullally. Dargan attacked the 56-year-old victim and his friend after the two men had stopped to intervene in a drunken row between Dargan and his partner. Mr Mullally had been out celebrating his retirement from Guinness weeks earlier when he and Shane Cunningham approached Dargan on the Harold's Cross Road, Dublin at around 4am on March 6, 2016. “In a split flash” Dargan began throwing punches

and a passing cyclist told the trial he saw the two men putting their hands up to shield themselves. At least one punch connected with Mr Mullally, shattering his jaw and cheekbone and knocking him to the ground. Mr Mullally suffered a subdural haemorrhage and brain trauma due to a blunt trauma to the face and head and died the next day. Mr Cunningham was also injured and described the effects of having to live with the trauma of the fatal attack. Dargan, of Belfry Manor, Citywest, Dublin, had denied the unlawful killing of Mr Mullally. He also denied assault causing harm to Mr Cunningham and to Mr Mullally's niece, Lauren Mullally, during the same incident. The defendant, a

Taekwondo instructor who has worked as a doorman at Lillie's Bordello nightclub for two decades, admitted “lashing out” with a punch but claimed he was acting in self-defence. The cyclist, Shaun O'Donoghue, told the trial at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that Dargan shouted “bang bang” as he threw “fairly powerful” punches at the men. Justice Pauline Codd said this was a particularly chilling aspect of the case and evidence of a man who was in control of the situation and not somebody in fear. She said the jury had rejected Dargan's defence that he was in fear and felt he was being surrounded and that the independent CCTV evidence also showed this not to be the case. Mr O'Donoghue also testified that he saw no

aggression from the victims. Judge Codd noted that Dargan's martial arts training meant he had a knowledge of the force and impact of his own strength and capacity. She said for a man with this strength and capacity to strike a defenceless and intoxicated man was an aggravating factor. She said the victims were entirely innocent and had approached Dargan to assist a woman and to “do the honourable thing”. When Mr O'Donoghue had earlier stopped at the rowing couple, Dargan had told him he to “f*** off and mind his own business” and that “he'd kill him or stamp on his head on the ground”. Judge Codd said that Dargan could have calmed down or walked away when the men approached him. “Instead he choose to

act in the worst type of macho way,” she said. After a trial last November, the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict on the

manslaughter charge. Speaking after the sentencing, Mary Mullally said her family misses her brother every day. “We're still absolutely

devastated by the loss of our beloved Paddy. His life revolved around being a devoted dad, caring brother, fun uncle and a cherished friend.”

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Plans for Irish-medium policy MINISTER for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, has announced plans for the development of the first, comprehensive Irish-medium education policy. The new policy will provide a framework for the delivery of highquality Irish-medium education in schools and early-years settings outside the Gaeltacht. This is a core aim of the

Government’s 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030. The policy will build on the success already achieved in implementing the wide-ranging actions in the Policy on Gaeltacht Education. “Naíonraí and Irishmedium schools play a vital role in developing identity and fluency in our language,” the

minister said. “The benefits of full language immersion in early years and in school are internationally recognised both for a child’s holistic development and also for acquiring the aptitude for other languages. “There are about 60,000 young people in Irish-medium schools right across the country and I want to see an

ambitious target set to double that.” The work will be informed by national and international research into good practice in other countries or jurisdictions, like Wales or Quebec, as well as the initial findings of the Research and Evaluation Study on the Gaeltacht School Recognition Scheme. The Minister is to convene a special consultation process in the spring and has requested that any consultation includes the voice of students and parents. “This is a big opportunity to learn

from others, to seize initiatives and to develop ideas,” the minister continued. “Doubling the numbers in Irishmedium education is a big challenge but we can meet that ambition head on by creating the right foundations in our naíonraí. “We should also be looking at ways to deepen community engagement around Irish-medium early years and schools. “I think we also need to look at incentives to attract students from Gaeltacht areas to teaching and how we can increase the

supply of those with a high standard of Irish to work in Irish-medium education settings across the board. “We can also consider how we can improve opportunities for gaelscoileanna to expand.” The policy will be developed in collaboration with other relevant departments including the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. The work will be overseen by an interdepartmental steering committee and supported by an advisory

committee comprised of relevant stakeholders. “The work will look closely at creating a clear policy on the establishment of aonaid lán-Ghaeilge in existing schools and also the establishment of new gaelscoileanna, gaelcholáistí and aonaid lán-Ghaeilge as part of the new patronage process,” the minister added. “This new policy for Irish-medium education will raise the profile of our language in our communities and I believe it will also encourage the daily use of Irish inside and outside our schools.”

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There are about 60,000 young people in Irish-medium schools right across the country.

SOME local schools across Dublin attended a recent shared ‘learning day’ held in Maynooth as part of the Teaching Council’s BEACONS programme. BEACONS - Bringing Education Alive for our Communities on a National Scale – sees the Teaching Council leading a diverse group

of stakeholders and people exploring new ways of supporting more and better conversations between teachers, parents and students at the local community level. The goal is to develop a range of models that any school could choose from and adapt to their own needs, based on the

emerging core principles of the programme. The intention for the work is to facilitate enhanced engagement between local communities and national consultative processes on issues of common interest and importance. BEACONS was one of 18 projects awarded funding

from the Public Service Innovation Fund in 2019. The fund and innovation network is led by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Teaching Council is the statutory professional standards body for the teaching profession, which promotes and regulates professional standards in teaching.

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Delegates from Central Model Senior School, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, (l-r) Ellen Lynch, Zarah Furjun, Lara Murphy, Holly Tracey, Sinead Crosson (Teacher), Ciaran Kildee, pictured with Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of The Teaching Council (centre) at the shared learning day.



Stillorgan to lead the way on new green initiative A LOCAL councillor has submitted a motion which calls for Stillorgan Village to be recommended for designation as a flagship “decarbonising zone”. This is a new action outlined for councils to approve in the Government’s recently published Climate Action Plan 2019. Cllr John Kennedy (FG) said each local authority will be asked to recommend at least one ‘decarbonising zone” to the Department of Housing this year. “I would like to see Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council being pioneers in this space by making Stillorgan Village the first zone to be

implemented nationwide, Cllr Kennedy said. “My recommendation to the council is to erect vertical installations of moss resembling a civic space bench that could be incorporated in the village realm at a typical modest cost of €25,000. “These installations would improve air quality by reducing local levels of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter and ozone. “The council’s executive have indicated that they are willing to explore such installations for Stillorgan Village as have been approved for use in a number of local authorities in the UK such as Westminster City Council, Glasgow

City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. “It is my hope that three such installations could be added at a total cost of approximately €75,000 and reducing 720 metrics tonnes of carbon dioxide within Stillorgan Village per year.” Cllr Kennedy added: “The latest Stillorgan Movement Framework Plan provides a perfect backdrop for such a ‘decarbonising zone’ to be initiated, as other measures such as additional trees and enhanced facilities for cyclists and pedestrians have already been proposed. “The Stillorgan Library Upgrade and




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St Laurence’s housing project are also set to be built with sophisticated high energy performance standards, reducing carbon footprint.” Cllr. Kennedy concluded: “There is no time like today when it comes to actively initiating projects to reduce carbon footprint. “I welcome the fact that the Fine Gael-led climate action plan as overseen by Minister Richard Bruton included this action to compel local councils to nominate ‘decarbonising zones’, “I hope to see such a project started soon in Stillorgan and that its implementation will lead the way for other councils to follow.”


Students of Loreto College Foxrock chaired a debate on topics from education, housing and gender equality with local politicians from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown last week Politicians who attended included Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett, Solidarity - People Before Profit; Cllr Jennifer Carol Mac Neilll (FG), Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF); Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor (FG); Cllr Mary Hanafin (FF); Cllr Ossian Smyth (GP); Cllr Barry Ward (FG); Con Og O Laoghaire (Irish Freedom Party); Cllr Deirdre Conroy (FF); Deputy Patrick Noonan (Ind); Cllr Lettie McCarthy (Lab) and Mairead Tobin (Aontu).



Employment supports for people with disabilities A TOTAL of €5 million has been secured for measures to provide employment supports for people with specific types of disability – particularly those who are deaf, who are hard of hearing or who have sight loss. Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty recently announced that she had secured the funding, which will be provided under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2020. The Minister said that while her department has a comprehensive set of employment and income supports available for those with a disability, she wants to do more. “With the €5 million secured, we can target measures aimed at carers returning to work, young carers and employment supports for people with specified types of disability, namely those who are deaf, deafened, are hard of hearing, who have sight loss, or multiple disabilities and visual impairment,” said Minister Doherty.  “In the coming weeks, we will put out a call for measures which will facilitate people with a disability access meaningful employment and fulfil their own potential within the workplace. “Employment rates for people with disabilities are much lower than for the general population. “According to the last Census, 13.5 percent of the population has a disability but, within the working population, only 6.5 percent have a disability. “The employment rate for people with disabilities of working age is 37 percent compared to a rate of 62 percent for people of working age without a disability. “We know that people with disabilities want to work. This was proven in my own department’s 2015 survey of Disability Allowance recipients in which 35 percent of respondents expressed an interest in working part time, while 8 percent expressed an interest in full time employment.”


Student entrepreneurs urged to enter awards ENTERPRISE Ireland is calling on students from third level institutions nationwide with an innovative business idea, technology or solution to apply to this year’s 39th Student Entrepreneur Awards. The awards are co-sponsored by Cruickshank, Grant Thornton and the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs). Finalists will be selected to compete for several awards such as the Cruickshank Intellectual Property High Achieving Merit Award, the Grant Thornton Emerging Business Award and the Local Enterprise Office ICT Award. The overall winner will share in a €35,000 prize fund and receive mentoring from Enterprise Ireland to develop the commercial viability of their concept. The winners will also

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New record set at Dublin Airport DUBLIN Airport welcomed a total of 32.9 million passengers during 2019, setting a new record for traffic at the airport. Approximately 30.7 million people started and ended their journey at the airport last year, while almost 2.2 million passengers used the airport as a hub. Dublin Airport is celebrating its 80th birthday this year and more than 580 million passengers have been welcomed at the airport since its official opening on January 19, 1940. Passenger numbers were up 4 percent during the year, as a stronger first half performance gave way to more modest growth in the later part of the year. An additional 1.4 million passengers passed through the airport during 2019. Short-haul traffic increased by 5 percent to 27.7 million, while longhaul passenger numbers increased by 4 percent to almost 5.2 million. The transatlantic and European markets were the best performing sectors during the year. UK traffic increased slightly, while traffic to other international

on trade, exports, inbound tourism and foreign direct investment and Dublin Airport is delighted to be able to facilitate these key sectors.” Continental European traffic, which is Dublin Airport’s largest market segment, increased by 6 percent last year, as 17.3 million passengers took flights to and from continental European destinations. UK traffic increased by 1 percent, with almost 10.2 million passengers travelling to and from UK airports last year. Transatlantic traffic

FOUR COMMIS CHEFS REQUIRED RECORD: Dublin Airport welcomed 32.9 million passengers in 2019. destinations, which includes the Middle East, Africa and Asia, was flat. Dublin Airport is now the fifth largest airport in Europe for transatlantic connectivity and this growth has been underpinned by the increasing numbers of connecting passengers

who are choosing to fly through Dublin. Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said: “Dublin Airport had its ninth consecutive year of passenger growth in 2019 and this has had a hugely positive impact on the entire Irish economy." A new study has found

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Take a romantic spring break THERE’S nothing like a romantic break to welcome the spring season into our lives and with Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s the perfect time to start planning. Here are a few options for a lovedup spring staycation.


Settle in to the picturesque surroundings at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork, with prosecco, chocolate dipped strawberries and chocolates on arrival before spending the afternoon relaxing at The Spa & Fitness Club with complimentary access to the hotel’s hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room. Once revived and rejuvenated, spend the evening dining in stylish contemporary surroundings with a special four course Valentine’s dinner menu in Maestros restaurant. Valentine’s Romance at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork is available from €99 per person and the cost includes overnight bed & breakfast in a superior room, the four course Valentine’s dinner in Maestros restaurant and complimentary access to The Spa & Fitness Club. Visit www.radcork.com or call 021 429 7000 for details.

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Create your own love story this Valentine’s Day at Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort. Start as you intend to go on with prosecco and chocolate dipped strawberries in your room on arrival. Blow the cobwebs away with a meander through the seven kilometres of woodland walking trails, stopping along the way to take in the view and relax on the swing Relax in the unique waterside hot tub and sauna at the Ice House, Ballina. benches at the edge of the lake. After all the activity visit the spa’s beautiful outdoor infinity pool where watching the sun set is a magical experience. The Water Mint Thermal Suite and relaxation rooms will help you recharge for dinner in Maxwells Grill Room. A glass of wine in the atmospheric Cellar Bar provides the perfect end to a lovely day together. Retire to your room to discover a rose petal turn down service and SHARE THE LOVE AT CLIFF Farnham Estate bath salts and body TOWNHOUSE  scrub to help you unwind for a Chocolate and flowers are great blissful night’s sleep. but a Valentine’s treat that gives Arise the next morning to enjoy a something back to those less leisurely breakfast. fortunate is even better. The Love Actually one night Throughout the month of February, package is available from €259 per the Oyster Bar at Cliff Townhouse room throughout February and it and its cosy downstairs neighbour, includes bed and breakfast, prosecco Urchin Bar, will be serving a and chocolate dipped strawberries, delicious ‘Share the Love’ Seafood The outdoor infinity pool at Farnham Estate. dinner in the Maxwells Grill Room, Platter and donating €10 from each sold to Focus Ireland, helping people a rose petal turn down service and unlimited use of the Health Spa’s who are homeless or are at risk of infinity pool, Water Mint Thermal losing their homes across Ireland. Overflowing with fresh crab claws, Suite, Gymnasium, and Relaxation rooms. native oysters, lobster and mussels See www.farnhamestate.ie for with all the trimmings, the ‘Share the Love’ platter is available to order more information.   throughout February for €65. And it wouldn’t be Valentine’s MELT HEARTS AT THE ICE without some bubbles so each ‘Share HOUSE the Love’ Seafood Platter will also Melt hearts this Valentine’s Day and be served with two glasses of chilled escape to the Ice House in Ballina, bubbly. Co Mayo where contemporary chic Find Cliff Townhouse and Urchin meets traditional elegance on the Bar at 22 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin banks of the River Moy. 2 or see www.clifftownhouse.ie. Enjoy a one night’s stay in a   luxurious river view room with chilled bubbles and chocolate treats  ROMANCING ATHLONE There’s no better place to celebrate on arrival, a leisurely breakfast, a romantic Table D’Hote dinner and with a loved one this Valentine’s a Voya Lazy Days Seaweed Bath Day than in the heart of Ireland at which can be used in your luxurious Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone. Arrive to your room and begin your bathroom or taken home. At the Ice House Hotel it’s the little romantic escape with the bottle of things that make a romantic break Prosecco and chocolates that await extra special. in your luxurious bedroom. Snuggle up under cosy goose After an afternoon exploring, make down duvets and Foxford Woollen your way back to the Radisson Blu Mills blankets or relax in the unique and unwind over a relaxing fourwaterside hot tub and sauna as the course dinner in Elements Bistro sun sets over the River Moy. where your romantic evening will The Valentine’s Day package is start with a glass of bubbles to toast available from February 13-16 and your love, followed by a special starts from €335 based on two Valentine’s menu before retiring to sharing. For more info visit www. the Quayside Bar for a nightcap. theicehouse.ie. The Valentine’s Getaway package The Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone.

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powertrain and will share its underpinnings with the Jeep Renegade. Though with that being THIS is shaping up to said, we can expect that be a year of electrifying the Italian manufacturer performance as the motor industry prepares will be fine-tuning its for what could be its very chassis to ensure it delivers the kind of own little renaissance. driving characteristics This year we’ll see the expected of a car sporting return of some familiar that famous badge. names, as well as new Speaking of sporty versions of some car industries biggest sellers. crossovers, Cupra - SEAT’s performance sub-brand And while there will will be getting its first be a host of exciting new standalone model early electric cars coming in 2020. our way over the next 12 The Cupra Formentor, months, there will also be while loosely based plenty of new big horseon the Ateca, will look power motors to drool significantly different on over too. As is now the norm, the the outside. A lower roofline, wider SUV body shape looks set wheel arches and a to continue to command distinctive front end will the bulk of the market deliver more coupe-likeshare in 2020. looks, while its plug-in We’ll get new compact hybrid set-up is expected and mid-sized SUV to put out 242bhp and offerings from a host of other manufacturers. Alfa will be capable of up to Romeo will be introducing 30 miles of fully electric driving. a little brother to their The Puma name is award winning Stelvio. returning to the Ford The Alfa Romeo Tonale stable but this time will be offered with the brand’s first plug-in hybrid around it’ll be in the guise


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It’s built on their CMP small-car platform and will be available with petrol, diesel and all-electric powertrain versions. The pure-electric e-2008 will be able to cover 310 km’s on a single charge.

Meanwhile, the 3008 will be getting a plug-In hybrid version with 13.2kWh battery partnering with a 1.6L petrol engine. Following on from 2019’s excellent new 3-Series, BMW have

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EZ tips to create Feng Shui AH.. FENG Shui you say? Also known as Chinese geomancy, Feng Shui is a traditional practice originating from ancient China that aims to ensure people live in perfect harmony with their surroundings. And although we might not have full control over all of our surroundings, we do however, have full control over the furniture we choose to surround ourselves with. EZ Living Furniture has put together simple tips on how to array objects, space and décor in order to achieve more harmony and balance in our life! Here’s three EZ tips to get you started!


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PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council John D’Arcy, 21 New Row, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, wishes to apply for Planning Permission for development at 7 Liffey Terrace, St.Laurence Road, Chapelizod, D20 PW59. The Development will consist of the demolition of existing single storey rear extension and the construction of a new part two storey rear extension (38 m2) including dining / family room to ground floor, new first floor bedroom and Attic bedroom. A new first floor window to front elevation, internal alterations, new rear deck with storage under and associated site works all to existing 2 storey terraced dwelling. 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 during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission sought for a detached dwelling house with a dormer type roof at the rear of the attic space. New pedestrian access to front. Removal of chimney from existing dwelling house and all associated site works to side of existing dwelling house at 24 Auburn Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, for Mr. Danny Galvin. This application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Co. during its public opening hours from 10.00am to 4.00pm and a submission or observation in relation to the application can be made to the authority in writing on payment of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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The hilarious tale of a century old Irishman...and his father A POIGNANT, absurd and hilarious tale of a 100-year-old Irishman... and his father. Livin’ Dred’s critically acclaimed hit play ‘Trad’ returns to tour 11 venues across Ireland this year after a sell out 2019.

Trad arrives at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on February 4 and 5 for two unmissable performances. Written by Mark Doherty and directed by renowned actor and director Aaron Monaghan, Trad is the

story of a 100-year-old man and his father who live in a remote Irish parish. Da (played by Gus McDonagh) and Son/ Thomas (played by Seamus O’Rourke) are the last of their lineage, until they discover that Son has a 70-year old son. Together, Da and Son set out to discover this son they never knew they had. On their travels Da and Son encounter two other characters, both played by brilliant funny Clare Barrett, Fr Rice and Sal. Trad is a highly authentic and original Irish comedy, slightly absurd and wickedly funny. Trad is in tune with both the times of old and our current tales of a remarkable rural Ireland changing before our eyes. It touches poignantly on family relationships, in particular between father and son, which are both stoic and filled with deep emotion. Heartbreakingly sad at times, the play strikes a cord with both urban and rural audiences given it’s incredible Irish themes. It’s mostly hilarious.

The heartwarming saga is accompanied by two live traditional Irish musicians who bring even more atmosphere to the play and stage. In the words of Director Aaron Monaghan, Trad is like “a cross between Father Ted and Waiting for Godot”. Clare is well known at Christmas as she starred in The Mac’s Christmas show, The Elves and the Shoemaker last Christmas, in 2018. Clare has most recently finished a run with Rough Magic’s Much Ado About Nothing which toured in autumn 2019 to brilliant acclaim from audiences. Other recent stage appearances include the Abbey Theatre’s highly successful production of The Unmanageable Sisters. There is also her stint in Angela’s Ashes, based on the novel by Frank McCourt, that ran at the Bord Gais theatre and the Grand Opera House in Belfast. She has worked with a variety of theatre companies performing in Ireland.

The brilliant and funny Clare Barrett.

Kiefer Sutherland makes a Deacon Blue’s ‘Cities of triumphant return to Europe Love’ tour takes in Dublin KIEFER Sutherland is returning to Europe next month for a string of dates. Sutherland’s second album, the 10-song ‘Reckless & Me’, arrived

last year on a wave of praise and a deluxe edition of the album is also available now via BMG. ‘Reckless & Me Special Edition’ includes the

original album along with a bonus disc featuring Sutherland’s full concert in Berlin. Recorded in March 2019 at SchwuZ in Berlin, Germany, the live disc captures an energetic and dynamically-tight set from Kiefer and his band. ‘Reckless & Me’ delivers Sutherland’s Americana and country rock-infused songwriting style and highlights his gift of soulful storytelling. On the bonus disc, ‘Live In Berlin’, Sutherland gets to dive deeper into storytelling and reveals some personal anecdotes behind the songs. “We’ve played so many shows over the past five years, that to have one of them recorded so that fans who couldn’t make

a show because we didn’t play in their particular town or city, is very special to me. “I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed playing it.” ‘Reckless & Me’ holds beautifully arranged ballads and authentic country rockers such as the album’s lead single, ‘Open Road’, ‘This Is How It’s Done’ and ‘Something You Love’ – all delivered with Sutherland’s distinctive, whiskeysoaked and gravel-laced voice. Produced by Jude Cole, ‘Reckless & Me’ marks the follow up to Sutherland’s critically acclaimed debut album, ‘Down In A Hole’ You can catch him on Saturday, February 29 in Dublin’s Academy.

THIS is a big year for Deacon Blue. Their new album ‘City Of Love’ sees the multimillion selling band deliver 11 brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief - that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Supported by a huge tour, the band will be coming to Dublin with a date in the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday, November 3. ‘City Of Love’is the fourth release of a prolific seven-year period for Deacon Blue. Their last three albums returned the band to the Top 20 of the UK album charts, the most recent posting at No 12, giving them their highest charting album in 23 years. This has fuelled a

creative resurgence which returned the band to mainstream radio playlists, and back into the sort of venues befitting the stature of a chart-topping legacy boasting seven million album sales, two number one albums and

14 hit singles. Ricky Ross said: "We're so looking forward to you hearing City of Love and getting out on the road, playing new songs and old songs too. Every time we tour now it feels like a celebration.”

This is a big year for Deacon Blue.

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6. Disintegrate (5,2) 7. Mature (5) 9. Finish (3) 10. Permissible (9) 12. Dimension (11) 15. Shining (11) 17. Sparse (9) 19. Twisted (3) 21. Hinder (5) 22. Since (7)

DOWN 1. Edge (5) 2. Feline (3) 3. Uninteresting (4) 4. Mollifying (9) 5. Deterioration (7) 8. Nasty (6) 11. Unending (9) 13. Searcher (6) 14. Educator (7) 16. Lively (5) 18. Smooth (4) 20. Wages (3)

DOWN 1. Quick to change fibre (5) 2. Like a quiet snake (3) 3. Save up for an urn (4) 4. Unwise to be cheeky without a right (9) 5. Aridity of a waterless loch (7) 8. A condiment to sprinkle liberally (6) 11. Religious mutineer? (9) 13. Regretful when running out of fuel after a right turn (6) 14. South American country where a bighead takes a girl (7) 16. Lift up the house first (5) 18. Tory reform of a system of weights (4) 20. Gun down a wildebeest (3)


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Festival of Youth Orchestras

Spike, is back with three days of cello action from Friday February 7 to Sunday February 9.


Dublin's unique, charming and provocative alternative cello festival, Spike, is back for its fourth installation with three days of cello action from Friday February 7 to Sunday February 9. Spike 2020 will include events from concerts to yoga cello to activities for younger people, in venues from Lost Lane to the Ark. Full programme and details online at www.spikecellofest. com.

The 25th Festival of Youth Orchestras, presented by the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras (IAYO), will take place on Saturday, February 8, in the National Concert Hall. To mark the special occasion IAYO will establish a Festival Orchestra that will have young musicians from across Ireland, in addition to featuring Youth Orchestras from around the country. Tickets on sale from the National Concert Hall on 01-4170000 and online at www.nch.ie

Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is sweet and beguiling.


One of the greatest operas about children, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is sweet and beguiling, combining childlike simplicity with heart-aching beauty. Irish National Opera, Theatre Lovett and the Abbey Theatre collaborate on this compelling new three-act opera, reimagined in a mysterious modern setting. Don’t be fooled. This is a story of greed and starvation, mouthwateringly sugar-coated. It’s being performed in the Abbey Theatre from February 8-15 nightly at 7.30pm.


Join guitar sensation Xuefei Yang as she rings in the Year of the Rat in the company Guitar sensation of musical Xuefei Yang. friends, soprano Lynda Lee, flautist William Dowdall and violist Rosalind Ventris in the Shaw Room at the National Gallery of Ireland on Sunday, February 9 at 3pm. It’s part of the RIAM/NGI International Visiting Artists Series. For details see www. nch.ie.

Ø - A Deep Listening Journey, takes place on Saturday, February 8, in the Fumbally Stables.

delicious authentic Asian cuisine at different stops, while guide Yang Zhang explores the integral role of food in the Chinese New Year celebrations and traces the history of the Chinese community in Ireland. Meet at the Spire on February 8 at 1.30pm. Tickets cost €20. For details see www.dublinchinesenewyear.com.


Join musicians Margie Jean Lewis, Simon Cullen and Chloe McHugh on Saturday, February 8, in the Fumbally Stables, on an ambient deep listening journey, weaving together world instruments, electronics and restorative tones. There will be options to sit on a chair or lie down during the performance. Doors open at 6.30pm, performance 7pm sharp until 8.30pm.

Vocal ensemble ANÚNA perform in the beautiful surrounds of Christ Church Dun Laoghaire.


St Nicholas Montessori Society of Ireland is welcoming flagship acappella vocal ensemble ANÚNA to the beautiful surrounds of Christ

Eclipsed is an award winning play set in a Magdalene laundry.


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The Chinese Year of the Rat is here and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival finishes up on Monday, February 10. Take an Asian Flavours Walking Tour and enjoy some

Presented by dlr Mill Theatre Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan is an award winning play set in a Magdalene laundry during the 1960’s It is one of the first plays to tell the story of the Magdalene laundries and was inspired by Patricia’s own experience as a young novitiate. It’s running from February 4-8 and tickets cost €20/€18. See www. milltheatre.ie.

Church Dun Laoghaire, on Saturday, February 8. Tickets cost €28.50 plus booking fee. For more information see www. smsi.ie or www.anuna.ie.

Crossword Answers February 5th CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS

Across: 6 Crystal; 7 Smart; 9 Sec; 10 Deterrent; 12 Chiropodist; 15 Domineering; 17 Distrusts; 19 Job; 21 Lilac; 22 Cornish. Down: 1 Brief; 2 Asp; 3 Vase; 4 Imprudent; 5 Dryness; 8 Pepper; 11 Christian; 13 Rueful; 14 Bolivia; 16 Hoist; 18 Troy; 20 Gnu.


Across: 6 Break up; 7 Ripen; 9 End; 10 Allowable; 12 Measurement; 15 Resplendent; 17 Scattered; 19 Wry; 21 Delay; 22 Because. Down: 1 Brink; 2 Cat; 3 Dull; 4 Disarming; 5 Decline; 8 Horrid; 11 Perpetual; 13 Seeker; 14 Teacher; 16 Brisk; 18 Even; 20 Pay.

From the Archives 27


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

Freeman’s Journal, February 24, 1851

An old aerial photo of Finglas Village.

Undated photo of tram tracks being removed from the road in Fairview, possibly in the early 1960s.

Irish Press, February 3, 1978

Irish Press, February 4, 1986

Evening Herald, February 3, 1939

Irish Press, February 21, 1986



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