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History is made as the ground is Neil Fetherstonhaugh THE historic first steps were taken in the construction of a new town last week that is set to transform the Southside landscape. Work on what has been described as one of the most ambitious large-scale development plans in the history of the State was marked by a traditional turning of the sod ceremony last Thursday at Cherrywood. The landmark event paves the way for the first phase of the €160m project that will see the development of 4,000 homes as well as a major road, cycleway and pedestrian pathway network and three large parks over the next 15 months. Over 180 new construction jobs will be created in order to build the three parks and 5.4 kilometres of roadways, pedestrian footpaths, cycle paths and greenways. The first phase of development will be completed by spring 2018 and eventually the total number of people working on the Cherrywood project will rise to over 280. This first phase will also see the early planting of over 3,000 mature trees including oak and cherry varieties that will make for a well-established landscape

prior to the arrival of Cherrywood’s new residents. The cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Cormac Devlin, was joined by Ministers Simon Coveney and Mary MitchellO’Connor and Senior Managing Director of Hines Ireland, Brian Moran, at the official turning of the sod.

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Speaking at event Cllr Devlin said: “Cherrywood and its hinterland of Brides Glen, Lehaunstown and Brennanstown have a rich historic legacy. Today will see this area embark on a new historic journey of its own. “Cherrywood will be an exceptional development of residential, office, retail and multi-use parkland that will be at the vanguard of new town planning, not just in Ireland, but across the EU. “This first phase will provide almost 4,000 much-needed, new high quality homes which will provide a mixture of houses, apartments and townhouses. These units will accommodate almost 15,000 people over the nex three years. “Eventually Cherrywood will support over 7,700 new homes, with a population of up to 30,000 people living in an area developed sympathetically with the landscape, supporting our natural heritage in a superb geographic location.” The 400-acre Cherrywood site was acquired in November 2014 with SDZ approval for the construction of a new retail-led mixed-use town centre and zoning capacity to upgrade the second largest office park in Dublin. The Guest of Honour at the ground-breaking, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, said Cherrywood would in time prove enormously important in addressing a need to construct quality housing initiatives of scale in the greater Dublin area. “Cherrywood is a flagship project that promises to make a major contribution to the Government’s aim of achieving a dramatic increase in the delivery of much needed housing in the greater Dublin area,” he said. “The project has been prioritised by my department as a Ma-

▪ Brian Moran of Hines Ireland, Minister Mary Mitchell O Connor, cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin, Minister Simon Coveney, and deputies Maria Bailey and Kate O’Connell turn the first sod. jor Urban Housing Development Site and we are working in close partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to expedite its early delivery. “Notwithstanding the major push for new quality housing supply, I am heartened also to see key environmental and amenity facilities coming to the fore with the up-front delivery of three major parks, roads, cycle and greenways at Cherrywood.” Brian Moran, Senior Managing Director of Hines Ireland, said they were delighted that construction is now underway on this phase of development for the new town of Cherrywood. “Since acquiring the site in 2014, Hines’ vision has been to deliver a high quality, amenityled environment at Cherrywood through the development of large parks and an excellent transport infrastructure,” he said. “The upfront delivery of the

roads, cycle and pedestrian network and three wonderful parks is a pivotal moment for the Cherrywood project. “These will be the green lungs for this modern new town. This not only strikes the right environmental note for Cherrywood to come but it also underpins our commitment to expedite the delivery of the 4,000 modern new homes within the Hines land holding. “We are acutely aware of the enormous public demand for new housing stock and the submission of planning for the new €875 million Cherrywood Town Centre in the coming months will include 1,300 new smart design apartments as part of this highly ambitious plan.” The new park facilities comprise 82 acres at three separate locations in Cherrywood. Tully Park (22 acres) will be immediately adjacent to the planned

town centre and will be equivalent in size to St Stephen’s Green; Beckett Park (13 acres) will be located at the northwestern end of the SDZ and will be similar in size to Dublin’s Merrion Square. Ticknick Park (47 acres) will be the largest park facility by far and will include five multi-use grass playing pitches, a pavilion building, greenway cycle and pedestrian routes as well as connecting paths acting as a gateway to the Dublin Mountain Way hiking routes. All three parks will be interconnected by a network of dedicated pedestrian and cycle routes running through the new town. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said Cherrywood promises to be a strong source of employment growth in the years to come. “Hines’ plans for Cherrywood are especially welcome at a time

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broken for new Southside town when Dublin is suffering from a housing shortage. “As a TD for Dun Laoghaire I appreciate that this development will not only provide much needed housing and commercial property solutions but that it will also deliver many good quality jobs for the area.” Deputy Maria Bailey (FG) who is the Chair of the Oireachtas Housing Committee, also warmly welcomed the commencement of construction of the Cherrywood Project. “I was delighted to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Cherrywood this morning,” she said. “I believe that the joinedup planning of the development here represents a new era of town planning in Ireland. “I am strongly supportive of the plan to build a fully functioning and vibrant community and I applaud the vison that brought these plans to fruition. “Cherrywood will represent an autonomous community complete with high quality housing, a bespoke retail area, as well as six new schools. There will also be a strong focus on recreation with three landscaped parks and a large amount of natural green space.” A detailed planning application is to be submitted in the coming months for the new €875m Cherrywood Town Centre comprising shops, restaurants, a multiscreen cinema and bowling alley, as well as 1,300 apartments immediately adjacent to the Cherrywood Luas. This will result in the creation

I was delighted to attend the groundbreaking ceremony at Cherrywood this morning. I believe that the joined-up planning of the development here represents a new era of town planning in Ireland

of an expected 3,000 jobs during its construction and development phase. To coincide with the event, Hines hosted a series of public open days to outline its vision for the new Cherrywood Town Centre. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit called for an increase in the proposed 10 per cent of homes that are allocated for social housing on the site. “The development in Cherrywood will bring 8,000 new

homes over the coming years,” he said. “Under Government legislation the central developer, Hines, has only to provide 10 per cent for social housing. We are calling for this to be increased as an absolute minimum, to 20 per cent in the context of the worst housing crisis in the history of the State. “This would greatly alleviate the disastrous social housing crisis in the Dun Laoghaire and Ballybrack areas and bring some hope to families languishing on the waiting list.”

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AM very proud to be representing Dublin Bay North in Dáil Eireann. For many years, I fought hard to get elected and now I have an opportunity to do something. If I can do five good things over the next few years in the Dáil, I will look anybody straight in the face. Of course, as an Independent it is a strange place to be and a huge political risk but I am up to the challenge. I just want to get things done for our constituency and our country. For too long now, with a history of majority governments, the

Oireachtas body (ie. all elected members of the Dáil and Seanad) has been the poor relation of Irish politics and has been treated by successive governments as little more than a rubber stamp for their own policies. As this is a minority government, the Oireachtas has now taken a more centre stage role - the 32nd Dáil is diverse but need not be divided. We now have a platform to agree policies which will last through future successive governments rather than such policies being dismantled each time a new government is elected. For instance, this creates a better opportunity for the problems in our health system to be addressed in a more strategic manner. I am aware that many people were disappointed when major political parties and elected public representatives shied away and took absolutely no responsibility whatsoever in trying to form a government, despite invitations to do so. The following is a snippet from a letter received from one such disappointed person: “You know, Mr McGrath,

many of these politicians live in a parallel universe whereby they genuinely want to help the vulnerable but not now… and this is shameful!” I believe that this 32nd Dáil is like no other previously. It is a new Dáil with a new approach and has created another opportunity for these Oireachtas members to contribute constructively. We are all at one in our belief that government is not about having power; it is about using power to effect the kind of change, opportunity and compassion we need and desire in our society. We are united in our common cause to make life better for every person on the island of Ireland. My objective is to use my power and influence to help people in our community. Some of our other TDs ran away from making these tough decisions or sat on the fence. They were afraid to go into government. I decided to go in and fight. So far, I have managed to deliver on the following key issues: • An additional funding of €31 million for disability services

in 2017, including placement initiative for school leavers with disabilities - 130 students in Dublin Bay North. • I opened a new €5.95 million kidney unit in Beaumont Hospital. • Full restoration of the carer’s grant, increased to €1,700. • All social welfare payments to increase by €5 per week, including the carer’s allowance, disability allowance, blind person, widows, lone parents and jobseeker’s benefit. • State pension rise of €5 per week. • Christmas bonus of 85 per cent. • Prescription charge cap reduced by €5 per month to €20 for people over 70. • Capital funding of €20 million being made available for people with a disability. • An extra 860 special needs assistants. • Taskforce set up on personalised budgets. • 10 extra beds in the A&E Department in Beaumont Hospital. I am continuing this work further with my efforts to get a brand new A&E at

▪ “For an Independent, Government is a strange place to be...” Beaumont. More details soon on this matter. • New Primary Care Centre on Cromcastle Road, Coolock. • Major housing and capital investments in Dublin Bay North in 2017. • Supports for the Stardust families. For me, these issues are a start and I have many more projects and proposals in mind. The Programme for a Partnership Government was arrived at through careful negotiation and is a blueprint

for the work of this Government. I was instrumental in including issues that have been identified as priorities by my constituents. I will work primarily to create a fair and compassionate society in which people can feel part of and proud of. A society for everyone. That is my vision and I have a plan.

Finian McGrath is an Independent Alliance TD for Dublin Bay North and is Minister of State for Disability.




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Controversy over Obama’s Freedom of the City award Neil Fetherstonhaugh SEVERAL People Before Profit councillors staged a walk out of a Dublin City Council meeting last week in protest of the awarding of the Freedom of the City to Barack Obama. The accolade was conferred on Barack and Michelle Obama by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, after the proposal was narrowly carried by a majority of the city council members present. Speaking about the decision to confer the Freedom of Dublin City on Barack and Michelle Obama the Lord Mayor said: “The award is often a political statement. “I believe at this juncture in world politics this council and our city, as it has done in the past, can make a clear statement about what example we would wish the paramount global political leader, who is whether we like it or not the US President, to set in international relations.

“I believe Barack and Michelle Obama did set the right direction for the US both domestically and in international relations in seeking to build a cohesive and inclusive society which respects all its constituent communities. “This was done often in the face of stiff opposition from a Congress and a US military and commercial establishment which unfortunately is not as supportive of these aims as the former First Couple.� The Lord Mayor cited some of former President Obama’s achievements including his winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his commitment to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and ending US military operations in Afghanistan. However, People Before Profit councillors John Lyons, Andrew Keegan, Tina MacVeigh and Hazel de Nortuin all stood up and left the council chamber when the decision was passed. “We believe that the awarding of such an honour to a President

“Wore still, throughout his eight years in office President Obama served as the loyal representative of US imperialism and capitalism, making life for millions of Americans and many millions more abroad a living hell.� The Lord Mayor argued that while he was aware of the failings

â–Ş Barack and Michelle Obama have been awarded the Freedom of the City. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK who presided over growing inequality at home, mass incarceration and deportations and ongoing wars in the Middle East is an insult to the people of Dublin City who have over many years opposed US imperialism in their hundreds of thousands,â€? the group stated. “While we believe it is correct to express opposition and mobilise

resistance to Donald Trump and his overt racism and misogyny, we nevertheless must remember that Obama’s eight years in the White House simply established the conditions which gave rise to such a horror as Trump. “The change and hope upon which Obama was elected and reelected was never delivered upon.

of US foreign policy during the Presidency of Barack Obama, he added: “I believe he and Michelle, through their promotion of the rights of refugees, humanitarian causes and focus on improving international relations with several States, did point American society in a progressive direction.�

Clondalkin talks about mental health A NEW mental health awareness event is to be staged in Clondalkin in April. Several speakers will talk about mental health at ‘Clondalkin Talks’ on April 6 in the Green Isle Hotel. Cllr Mark Ward (SF), who is a behavioural therapist, feels that talking about mental health is the best way to break down any stigmas. “I am delighted to announce that we will be bringing this event to Clondalkin,� he said. “We aim to have an open, honest and relevant discussion.�

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Locals object to Hellfire Club plans Andrew Ralph A PUBLIC meeting was held in Rathfarnham last week to hear objections to a €19 million plan to develop the Hellfire Club and Massey’s Wood in the Dublin Mountains. People Before Profit and the Hellfire Club Action Group hosted the meeting to organise a solidarity campaign to resist the proposals put forward by South Dublin County Council in conjunction with Coillte. “We are very concerned about the council’s plans and the potential over-development of this area,” said Dublin Rathdown People Before Profit representative, Peadar O’Grady, who chaired the meeting at Loreto and Nutgrove Community Centre. According to Mr O’Grady, the development plan includes proposals to construct a cable car from Tallaght to the Hellfire Club, a restaurant, a car park, an interpretive centre and a tree top walkway in Massey’s Wood similar to the one at Lough Key Forest Park in Co Roscommon. “We do not want any disturbance of the natural environment in the area, an area that is popular with hillwalkers, local residents and nature lovers,” he said. “The aesthetics of the planned interpretive centre alone resembles that of a shopping centre “We find the plans objectionable. “We would much rather the council develop forestry walking trails like those that are popular in France. “We would also like to see improved public transport links, such as a new bus terminal that would fit into the landscape.” Elizabeth Davidson of Friends of Massey’s Wood, who is also part of the Hellfire Club Action Group, said the “vast development” was totally inappropriate.

“It runs contrary to the development plan to preserve and to protect the natural amenity,” she said. “It will destroy the face of the mountainside and it will destroy the ecology.” Ms Davidson added that since October they had sent 200 letters to South Dublin County Council to claim that there had been no consultation “with ourselves and with local landowners”. Ms Davidson also believes that hillwalkers will be charged to access the site if the development goes ahead. The solidarity campaign was approved by a vote of the 50 people that were present at the public meeting. Mr O’Grady said that the campaign will involve more meetings, letters to South Dublin Council and Coillte and a “walk in the woods” protest. “We are going to lead a grassroots campaign to protest at these plans,” he explained. “It will be similar to the one recently held against Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s plan to destroy a local amenity with apartment blocks at Bulloch Harbour in Dalkey. “There has been no public consultation on these [Hellfire] plans with either county councillors or local people,” he claimed. “It is unclear at the moment what stage the planning process is at but we expect it to go to An Bord Pleanála.” One local councillor who attended the meeting, Cllr Madeleine Johansson of People Before Profit, said she will be asking questions of council management “over the course of the week”. “I need to find out what actions are being taken by the council,” Cllr Johansson said. Neither South Dublin County Council nor Coillte were available for comment at time of going to press.

▪ Elizabeth Davidson of the Hellfire Conservation Group is pictured with the proposed plans for the Hellfire Club with Cllr Madeline Johansson and Peadar O’Grady of People Before Profit at the public meeting in Rathfarnham. PHOTOS: DARREN KINSELLA

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Questions raised about children’s hospital costs Neil Fetherstonhaugh CRUMLIN Senator and Seanad Group Leader, Catherine Ardagh (FF) has said that important questions need to be asked about how the State is facing overruns at the much-needed National Children’s Hospital.

▪ Former Ireland Rugby Internationals Reggie Corrigan, David Corkery, Shane Byrne and Isaac Boss are pictured at the launch of the annual Irish Legends match against England at the RDS in Ballsbridge. Some top rugby personalities, including Paul O’Connell and World Cup winner Mike Tindall will be at the RDS on Friday, March 17 as Irish heroes of yesteryear take on their English counterparts in a curtain-raiser to the Six Nations clash. Following the passing of Anthony Foley, many of his former teammates and opponents have sought to pay tribute to one of the great servants of their game by donning their boots and reigniting old flames with former foes. PHOTO: SAM BARNES

Last week Senator Ardagh tabled a vote that called for the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, to appear before the Seanad to explain remarks made by the HSE at the Future of Healthcare Committee that the new children’s hospital will not be progressing. Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Ardagh said: “I am disappointed that Minister Harris has not attended the House to provide clarity on this important matter. “One hundred years on from the foundation of the State and the most unwell of our children are being treated in substandard medical facilities or in many cases, not being treated at all. “It has become a matter of fact that Ireland needs a National Children’s Hospital,” the Senator added. “But despite continual promises, it is most unlikely that the hospital will be fully operational by 2021. The minister and his close colleagues have shown a complete lack of impetus to find solutions to tackle the already mounting costs. “The distinct failure to provide leadership, and execute this critically needed project has led to additional time delays, subsequently leading to rising con-

We need clarity and answers over the development of this hospital but the crucial questions I raised have fallen on deaf ears and remain unanswered. The hopeless situation faced by those in need of clinical treatment and appropriate health care, cannot continue struction and related costs. It is extraordinary how the reported costs to develop the hospital have increased by 50 per cent over the course of 12 months. “The State is already expected to foot an additional €300 million bill, while continued delays are set to only increase that taxpayer bill even further. “We need clarity and answers over the development of this hospital but the crucial questions I raised have fallen on deaf ears and remain unanswered. The hopeless situation faced by those in need of clinical treatment and appropriate health care cannot continue.” A spokesperson for the Health Minister said the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board had recently completed an

evaluation of tenders submitted for the main and specialist contracting works for the new children’s hospital and the Paediatric OPD and Urgent Care Centres at Connolly and Tallaght hospitals and their associated works and services. “The costs put forward in the preferred tenders have been incorporated into the definitive business case, which has been submitted to the HSE for final review after which it will be considered by the department,” the spokesperson said. “Following this, the minister intends to bring the definitive business case to Government in the coming weeks. “The updated business case takes account of the current and projected impact of construction inflation, the tendered costs of the build and the extended timeline of the programme. “More than a hospital, the new children’s hospital and satellite centres will be a research-intensive academic health care institution. “As such the capital costs associated with this project incorporate the wider specialist service requirements and the education, training, research and commercial facilities.” The spokesmen added: “The department is working closely with various groups to facilitate the final decision making process and is committed to delivering the world class hospital that is desperately needed and wanted by children, young people, their families and the wonderful staff in the three children’s hospitals.”

Museum of Childhood seeks new home in Carnegie Library tHe National Museum of Childhood (NMC) has become the first organisation to express an interest in the dun Laoghaire Carnegie Library building. The NMC stated that it has a vision to celebrate childhood in Dun Laoghaire. “And to the credit of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, action is finally being taken to restore this historic building to its former glory in partnership with an organisation that can

guarantee its accessibility to all citizens of Dun Laoghaire and beyond.” Stephen Curtis of the NMC added: “After a long period of dormancy and with a great future ahead, we hope that the Carnegie Library can be a focal point for the celebration of Irish childhood through the ages. “We have been working for over 18 months and developed a sophisticated plan that will celebrate this great building and add a fabulous centrepiece to Dun Laoghaire”.

Another member of the NMC Board of Directors, Daniel Curran, added: “We cannot let an opportunity to create a world-class museum pass us by. “This is an ideal project to preserve the original ethos of the building as envisioned by Andrew Carnegie.” The NMC also urged Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council to attend to the necessary structural repairs so the building can be reopened to the public as soon as possible.



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Award-winning entrepreneur is backing Enterprise Week THE woman behind an awardwinning mobile phone app that helps Parkinson’s Disease sufferers has called on entrepreneurs to boost their business during Enterprise Week. Ciara Clancy, the CEO of Sandyford-based Beats Medical, was named as a national finalist in this year’s Irish Best Young Entrepreneur competition. The Beats Medical app allows people with Parkinson’s to take control of their condition by providing individually tailored treatments for mobility, speech and dexterity symptoms. Ms Clancy said Beats Medical had benefited from supports, advice and networking opportunities such as those on offer during Enterprise Week. “I’m really looking forward to Enterprise Week,” Ms Clancy said. “It is perfect for those looking to start a business or take their business to the next stage. The range of events and workshops on offer is incredible, and there will be fantastic opportunities for networking”. Enterprise Week runs from March 6 - 12 and there will be a

▪ Ciara Clancy of medical technology company Beats Medical, is pictured with cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin and Dearbhla Lawson, Director of Services, at the launch of Enterprise Week at the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire. series of events and workshops throughout Dún LaoghaireRathdown to support SMEs and start-ups. Events include a workshop by RTE’s Dragon’s Den pitch coach, Catherine Moonan, a one-day introduction to coding course, seminars on social media, branding, building your own website, Brexit, and online trading.

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Locals call for road improvements THERE have been calls for improved traffic calming measures in the Rialto area. It follows a recent crash at Rueben Walk when two men were injured. Aileen Ferris, a member of the Social Democrats who lives nearby, said they had canvassed Rueben Walk on the day after the incident. “The need for traffic calming was raised at many of the doorsteps by locals concerned by the potential for such an incident and loss of life or injury,” Ms Ferris said. “St Anthony’s Walk has speed ramps but Reuben’s Walk doesn’t. This was something that was mentioned by the locals. tant — it provides information and resources for those striving to become the next big success story.” Director of Economic Community and Cultural Development at Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Dearbhla Lawson, said: Dún Laoghaire Rathdown has a rich culture of entrepreneurship and the council is committed to ensuring we

“We would ask Dublin City Council to implement much needed traffic calming in the area.” A petition calling for improved lighting near the Rialto and Fatima Luas stops has also been launched online. “We also noticed the lack of street lighting along the Luas walkway close by and received great support for our petition from the locals,” Ms Ferris added. “The residents also pointed out the need for more lighting in the Rueben Walk and St Anthony’s Road areas and this is something further we call on Dublin City Council to facilitate as soon as possible to help the residents feel safer in their own community.” have an ‘enterprise-friendly’ county. “Our Enterprise Week has a fantastic range of tailored events, workshops and networking opportunities aimed to help people in the community or those thinking of setting up, to develop new skills, learn and share experiences and grow contacts that can help improve their businesses.”












Dublin Port unveils review of its major masterplan THE public has been urged to have their say on the Dublin Port Company’s first review of its Masterplan 2012-2040 that was unveiled recently. Since it was first published in 2012, there have been a number of significant developments which have prompted a review of the Masterplan. The Dublin Port Company said sustained high levels of growth, the commencement of the Alexandra Basin Redevelopment (ABR) Project and other major port infrastructure projects at national, regional and local level have necessitated this review. International developments including Brexit and the possible introduction of customs and other security controls in Dublin Port are other factors in the decision to review the Masterplan, the company added. Dublin Port is now inviting submissions from all those with an interest in the future development of the port to engage in the public consultation, which runs until Tuesday, March 7. Public Information Days will

take place from 2-8pm in local community venues, where members of the public can meet with representatives from Dublin Port Company in person, learn more about the review and make their views known. These will run in Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA Club, 95 Clontarf Road, Clontarf on February 13; in Seán O’Casey Community Centre, St Mary’s Road, East Wall, on February 15 and in Clanna Gael Fontenoy GAA Club, Sean Moore Road, Ringsend, on February 16. Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company, said volumes at the port are now higher than they were at the peak of the boom in 2007. “When we originally launched our masterplan five years ago, we assumed an average annual growth rate of 2.5 per cent over the 30 years to 2040,” he said. “We now believe we need to increase this growth assumption to 3.3 per cent. Under this revised assumption, the port’s volumes would increase by 265 per cent to 77m gross tonnes over the 30 years to 2040. “It is prudent that we respond

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developed to cater for anticipated volumes through to 2040 within the port’s existing footprint and without significant major infill works. This will require the maximum utilisation of our brownfield sites and adjacent river berthage. “The implementation of the next phase of the masterplan will continue to focus on achieving proper planning and sustainable development through the continued redevelopment of the brownfield sites within Dublin Port’s existing footprint.”

This is an increase of 193 homes provided in 2015 and represents an impressive 312 per cent increase year-onyear. The increase has been achieved by focusing on a suite of delivery options including direct build, acquisitions, void management, long term leasing and private rental. In addition, DLR works closely with approved housing bodies that have been instrumental in the delivery of homes for people on the social housing

list. The council says increasing the supply of housing continues to be a key objective with plans to deliver over 300 additional homes in 2017. Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin said he was very pleased with the increased supply of social housing across the area. “I want to acknowledge the work and support of the councillors and the staff of the council who have helped make these figures a reality,” he said. “We have an ambitious social housing delivery programme underway,” he added. “And we want to see this programme continue so we can alleviate the pressures facing those who are on our housing list by supplying much needed accommodation.”


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Airfield Estate wins top tourism ‘Oscar’ THE Southside’s Airfield Estate received a major award at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards ceremony that was staged in the Clayton Hotel recently. Airfield Estate, which the Overend family has owned since the 1890s, is the only working farm in Dublin open to the public and spans 38 acres. Recently, the estate was re-designed to facilitate active learning focusing on food, farming and the land and the estate’s restaurant features food grown at the estate. Despite facing a very strong and competitive field, Airfield Estate was deemed a worthy winner in the ‘Food & Beverage Experience’ category of the ‘ITIAs’. These awards are seen as the Irish tourism sector’s version of the Oscars. The awards are a national scheme that identifies and honours those who are making a major difference in the tourism industry. Minister for Tourism and local TD, Shane Ross, gave the award to

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food production and sample the estate’s produce in its restaurant. “The team at Airfield has worked extremely hard to develop a high-quality experience and hopefully this award goes some way to rewarding them for their hard work.” Adjudication on the awards was carried out by an independent

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HE period popularly known as the War of Independence began when Dan Breen and Seån Tracey shot two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary near Solohedbeg Quarry, Tipperary. By chance the date of the attack coincided with the foundation of Dåil Éireann in Dublin’s Mansion House on 21 January 1919. The Irish Republican Army, under the direction of Michael Collins, embarked on a guerrilla

war that initially consisted of attacks on the police, the Royal Irish Constabulary. The success of the campaign can be measured by the fact that Winston Churchill, who was the British Secretary of State for War, decided to send a force of volunteers to Ireland to assist the police. Many British soldiers, demobilized after the end of the First World War and unable to find honest work, joined this temporary police force for the wage of 10 shillings per day. After just three months training the first recruits arrived on 25th March 1920. Due to a shortage of police uniforms the recruits were issued a mixture of clothing that included khaki and dark green, which quickly earned them the pejorative nickname ‘Black and Tans’. Black and tan are the distinctive colours of the pack of Kerry Beagles used in the Scarteen Hunt in Limerick to this day. It is a myth that the ‘Black and Tans’ were recruited from within the jail system in Britain. Truthfully anyone with a police record

â–Ş Auxiliaries in Beggars Bush Barracks. was disbarred from joining. However, that did not disbar them from engaging in criminal activities. Another force consisting of former British army officers, known as the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary (ADRIC) was also formed in July 1920. The ‘Auxies’, who wore distinctive ‘tam o’ shanter’ hats, were to act as aggressive counterinsurgents and bring the fight to the IRA. The ‘Black and Tans’ were often blamed for the excesses carried out by British forces in Ireland, for instance Bloody Sunday in Croke


Park in November 1920 or indeed the Burning of Cork the following month. In reality it was often a mixture of ‘Black and Tans’ and ‘Auxies’ and RIC. There was a tendency to lump them together, a sort of catch-all term, ‘The Tans’. Major General Hugh Henry Tudor was in charge of the RIC and hence the ‘Tans’ and ‘Auxies’ became known as ‘Tudor’s Toughs’. But it was Brigadier General Frederick Crozier who was head of the ‘Auxies’. He resigned his position in February 1921, unable to justify the atrocities that were being

carried out by the men under his command. When newspapers in Britain carried reports of the sacking of Balbriggan or the murder of priests, public opinion and political pressure mounted on the British Government. Even King George V made it known that he was horrified by the stories emanating from Ireland. When eventually a truce was declared on 11 July 1921 there was a sense of relief in Ireland when the ‘Tans’ and ‘Auxies’ departed six months later. Interestingly, many of them

went on to join the Gendarmerie in Palestine where H H Tudor was appointed Director of Public Safety by his friend Winston Churchill. Needless to remark they gained an equally notorious reputation in Palestine. • Lorcan Collins runs the Michael Collins Walking Tour ( and the 1916 Walking Tour ( His books, published by O’Brien Press, include 1916: The Rising Handbook (2016) and James Connolly: 16 Lives (2012).



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MERGING from Derry in 1976, the Undertones came about as the result of five friends learning how to play basic rock and roll. Even by the standards of that decade Derry was hardly a rock and roll capital. With very few live bands worth watching, The Undertones learned by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry and most of all from listening to John Peel’s wonderful show on BBC Radio One. Practicing in their bedrooms eventually led to the band recording ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978 on Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations label in Belfast. The legendary DJ John Peel received a copy and liked it so much he played it twice in a row on his radio show. The Undertones signed with Sire Records and ‘Teenage

Kicks’ was re-released, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top Of The Pops. Over the next five years, John O’Neill, his younger brother Damian, Feargal Sharkey, Billy Doherty and Michael Bradley crafted numerous punkpop gems such as ‘Here Comes The Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’, ‘You’ve Got My Number (Why Don’t You Use It)’ and ‘Wednesday Week’. In 1983 Feargal Sharkey left the band to pursue a solo career and the remaining members decided to call it a day. The Undertones were to remain silent for the next 16 years. In 1999 The Undertones reconvened, without Sharkey, to once again perform their songs to a new generation of fans in Derry. Fellow Derryman Paul McLoone replaced Sharkey on vocals and his vocal prowess and electric onstage presence soon convinced any doubters that he was more than capable

of doing the job. After much consideration the band released an album of new songs called ‘Get What You Need’, which was critically acclaimed by Q magazine, Uncut, Rolling Stone and Hot Press. Songs like ‘Thrill Me’, ‘I Need Your Love The Way It Used To Be’ and ‘Everything But You’ showed that the art of writing short, sharp songs had not been lost over the previous two decades. In 2003 ‘Thrill Me’ was released as a limited edition 7” vinyl single and found its way onto John Peel’s turntable. He introduced it on his show by commenting: “And these are words I thought I would never be saying on radio again, a new single from The Undertones.” He liked it so much he played it twice, just as he did with ‘Teenage Kicks’ in 1978. In 2007 the band recorded and released another collection of pop nuggets under the title

▪ The Undertones ‘Dig Yourself Deep’ on the Cooking Vinyl label. The LP was described by Allmusic as “a true return to the classic sound of The Undertones”. The story of ‘Teenage Kicks’ was at the heart of the film ‘Good Vibrations’ in 2012,

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Issues affecting seniors are discussed in the EU MINISTER of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, addressed a conference on Active Ageing and Mental Health in Brussels last week. The Minister was invited by Deirdre Clune MEP, and the conference was organised by the European Peoples Party and Mental Health Europe. A group of about 40 MEPs and key representatives from European mental health and active ageing organisations attended the conference, which was addressed by various experts from around Europe. The main theme of the oneday conference was ‘Ensuring opportunities and participation in society at all ages’ - and relevant policy issues covered included why active ageing matters, the European dimension of active ageing, and Mental Health and Active Ageing in the workplace.

Discussion also centred on how best EU countries can progress this important issue over coming years, particularly given looming demographic pressures. Minister McEntee said she was very pleased to attend this “important” conference. “It not only relates to my two specific care areas of responsibility as Minister, but also highlights a particular focus on the way we need to develop effective approaches on active ageing and mental health, both in Ireland and across Europe,” she said. “I stressed at the conference that Ireland remains fully supportive of existing agreements to progress joint actions in this area,

and that we would learn from, or contribute to, any new pan-European initiatives in the future. “I pointed out also that significant progress has been made here over recent years, and that our current Programme for Government commitments for these specific care areas leaves Ireland relatively well placed to support EU thinking and plans for active ageing and mental health. “Obviously, improvements can be made both by us and other countries and I gained some new and very useful insights from the conference.” Minister McEntee added: “As reflected in the overall theme of the day, it is important to remember that improved active ageing and mental health measures can only enhance opportunities and participation for all ages, including obviously older people.”

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic complaint causing widespread pain and sensitivity to muscles and soft tissues.The initial stages of the disease often go unnoticed, as the patient may only suffer from minimal fatigue,soreness, gastrointestinal complaints or insomnia. As the disease progresses,the symptoms become more severe and widespread, effecting sleep, digestion, bowel movements, joint stiffness and more. This occurs because the nervous system is in a state of constant irritation. Irritation to the nervous system can be caused by old injuries or traumas,stress, drug use or abuse, environmental factors or anything that overloads the bodies defences. The Classical Osteopathic approach to fibromyalgia begins with treating the old injuries in a manor which works in harmony with the body therefore taking stress off the nervous system. The more irritation that can be removed from the body, the more the nervous system can normalise. This in turn allows the body to begin to heal itself. Blood flow and drainage are improved increasing oxygen levels and ridding the system of toxins.In the treatment of fibromyalgia,relaxation and Craniosacral techniques may be used, tailored to the individual needs of the patient.This means the treatment is gentle and relaxing.As Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease treatment is ongoing and may require the intervention of other health care professionals.

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▪ BEFORE: Caoimh Byrne sultants from across the UK and Ireland to win a place in the finals of Slimming World’s Consultant Slimmer of the Year 2016 competition. Since losing over seven stone she decided to train to become a Slimming World consultant. “It just felt like a natural step for me to take all that I had learned along my journey and use it to help other people facing the same struggles,” adds Caoimh. The Shankill Slimming World group is open on Tuesdays at 9.30am at Shankill Tennis Club. All are welcome. For more information call Caoimh on 0894005211.












▪ Kian Gleeson, Conor Shanahan, Aoife Farrell, and Abbie Tucker from St Bernadette’s SNS, Quarryvale, Clondalkin at the Aviva Stadium for the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme.

▪ UCD’s Mark Ryan goes up against Luke O’Mahony and Shane Coughlan of Blue Demons at the Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Final in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght.

▪ James Maher of UCD in action against Richard Canalane of UCC during the HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup Group D Round 2 match at UCD.

▪ Rob O’Shea of UCC in action against Paddy Hannon of UCD during the HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup match.

▪ Some of the action at the Blue Demons vs UCD Marian match at the Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Final in the National Basketball Arena.

▪ Blue Demons’ Luke O’Mahony and Odhran Eastwood of UCD Marian at the Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Final in Tallaght.

▪ Shane Roche of UCC in action against James Maher of UCD during the HE GAA Fitzgibbon Cup Group D Round 2 match.

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Workshop at Merrion School of Irish MERRION School of Irish is Dublin’s first and only dedicated Leaving Certificate oral Irish workshop. Each workshop will take place over one day and will include three hours of morning tuition in addition to a full-length oral examination and personalised feedback. The workshop will go through the entire exam content and will give every student an opportunity to revisit all components, using their existing vocabulary and supplementing with additional material. Merrion School of Irish says it is committed to alleviating the pressure associated with this exam through a positive and personal approach to the needs of each student. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!

Final call for SciFest TIME is running out for second-level students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills at this year’s SciFest. The closing date for SciFest 2017 is Friday, March 10, and SciFest Founder, Sheila Porter, says it’s an important year for the annual event. “This is an important year for SciFest as it marks our 10th edition of the competition,” she explained. “Over the last 10 years we have had the opportunity to ex-

perience some of the best young minds that Ireland has to offer. Last year was our best ever with over 8,000 students participating and exhibiting their projects at local or regional science fairs all across the country and we hope to build on this success in 2017 and beyond.” Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the aim of SciFest is

to give students of all abilities the opportunity to develop research, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills. During the event, second-level students showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of

Technology, DCU and St Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2017. The national final winner of SciFest 2017 will be presented with a trophy and will represent

Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2018 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Dublin students wishing to follow in Caolann’s footsteps can log on to the SciFest website (www. and enter online or download a paper entry form.

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dered if I was also going through a mid-life crisis? Or maybe she was giving me a hint that she is thinking of getting married. So different views, from different age groups, which are always welcome. The revamped 124 spider is basically a powerful two-seater, powered by a 1.4-litre multi-air petrol engine, with 140 brake horse power. And the good news is that the engine is not too thirsty. Naturally the car is set very low and you would need to be careful when getting in and exiting the car as you could hit your head off the roof. I gave a lift to an old colleague, who claims to be over six foot tall. He took a call on his mobile and joked to the caller, “I’m getting a lift in a car that I had to

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home. To help us look after our longer term residents we ask the public to sponsor these special dogs by signing up for a monthly donation via direct debit. The donations raised go towards your chosen Sponsor Dog and all of the other dogs in our care. Here are some of our sponsor dogs.


Sparky by name and sparky by nature! Sparky is a stunning white Lurcher that was born here at Dogs Trust. He just loves to stretch his long legs and run around the fields with his favourite canine carers and learn new tricks. Sparky always rewards them for their hard work with a big smile, and they reward him with tasty treats!

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Enterprise Centres powering country’s economic recovery COMMUNITY Enterprise Centres are continuing to make a huge contribution to Employment Creation and Economic recovery in the marginalised and challenged economies in which they are located. That’s according to chairman of the National Association of Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC), Joe Kelly, who was speaking at the launch of a report on the Role and Impact of the Community Enterprise Centres in Enterprise Development and Job Creation. The most recent study, commissioned by NACEC in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland and conducted by independent Economic Consultancy Company, First Western, examined the sector across the country. The study found that the 95 vibrant and active Community Enterprise Centres (CEC) have developed a bespoke response to the context and situation in their own areas and collectively host

over 4,600 jobs in 1,600 small businesses. Speaking at the launch, Minister for Employment and Small Business, Pat Breen, said: “It gives me great pleasure to launch this report which highlights the great work that the CECs are doing to support enterprise and employment around Ireland. “It is reassuring to see that the performance and impacts of the CECs across Ireland have continued to move in the right direction, despite many challenges. Small and micro enterprises make a huge contribution to their communities in every region of the country and the CECs are a valuable part of their local and regional support net-

work. Community Enterprise Centres provide a supported environment where a developing project can get assistance and advice to help them with the challenges they meet along the way. This, said the NACEC chairman, may explain why business failure rates in the CECs are low at just 9 per cent. In the period 2013 to 2016, 300 small businesses with almost 1,000 jobs outgrew their Enterprise Centre incubation space and moved out to private sector space where they contribute to the employment in their local economy. Over 85 per cent of jobs in CECs are in private sector businesses but some CECs have adopted a role in hosting or even establishing Social Enterprises which create employment and address a local need at the same time. Joe Kelly said the overall study proves the point that if

▪ Pictured at a visit by Minister Pat Breen TD to Northside Enterprise Centre, Coolock, were Jamie Regan, Company Secretary; Mark Hildebrand, Director; Pat Breen TD, Minister for Small Business & Employment; Fiona Nolan, Manager; Padraic White, Chairman; Tommy Broughan TD (Ind), Director; Gillian Kennedy, Director; Caroline Bergin, Director; and Henry Brennan, General Manager. PHOTO: STEPHEN FLEMING you have a business idea or have a business which has potential to grow further, you can visit your nearest Community Enterprise Centre, where you

will receive relevant advice and assistance, mentoring, training and referral to all appropriate agencies as well as suitable modern workspace at an

affordable price. He urged all businesses to check the NACEC website for more details and the location of their closest CEC.

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Established in 2000, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) is a dedicated provider of community-based neuro-rehabilitation services for people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families. As a brain injury can affect a person’s ability to manage their own life, ABI Ireland works in communities across Ireland to support and empower people to rebuild their lives. ABI Ireland also campaigns, educates and advocates for the rights and needs of this hidden group in society.

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Home Support Workers CareLink, the Home Support Service of RehabCare, are currently looking to recruit Home Support Workers for the South Dublin and North Wicklow area. As a Home Support worker, you would be assisting older people and people with disabilities to live independently in their own home. Duties comprise of home help, personal care and respite work. A range of part-time work patterns are available including morning or evening working and Saturday only working. If you have a strong interest in working in this field, we would love to hear from you. •

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Full QQI accredited training along with a very attractive remuneration package is provided to all our employees. We will be holding a Recruitment Fair in Rehab Head Office, Roslyn Park, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4 on February 14th & February 21st between 2pm and 4pm where interviews will take place. If interested, come along, bring your CV and speak to one of the CareLink team Please send your CV to or apply at or please telephone Bronacha on 01 205 7373 The Rehab Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

THE problem with first impressions, they say, is that you only get to make one. Most people know this of course, which is why it never fails to surprise me that day after day I get CVs into my inbox that have not been given the due care required to make a positive impact and successfully navigate this important first hurdle in a job application. There are a growing number of work opportunities available to people across the county and country. However, people must be prepared in order to maximise their chances of realising those opportunities. Having a well put together, coherent and persuasive CV is an essential part of that preparation. US studies have shown that recruiters spend on average six seconds on a CV before they decide whether to keep reading or not. I can’t say I discard someone that quickly, but any employer will wonder why they should spend their time on someone who can’t be bothered spending an hour or so putting together a decent CV. A CV, like a good handshake can say a lot about a person. If a candidate isn’t taking the time to create a carefully thought out CV, then they are doing themselves a dis-

service and running the risk they will end up in the trash folder. Below I outline three steps important to a good CV. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but can be considered ‘CV 101’. These steps will allow you to get past the employer’s first glance and put you in serious contention for the job you are applying for. NO SPELLING MISTAKES: All programmes have a spell check option. It is not an option to fail to make use of it. Some recruiters and employers will refuse to respond to CVs with spelling mistakes as it shows a complete lack of attention on the part of the applicant. Don’t be discounted by failing to click a button. BE RELEVANT: Your CV should be concise and should clearly emphasise the experience that makes you suitable for the particular job you are applying for. Don’t just write down everything you have done, but succinctly lay out the areas of experience that are a match for each job. STAND OUT: Don’t just list the duties you performed in previous employments - outline your achievements. Your CV should

▪ Some recruiters and employers will refuse to respond to CVs with spelling mistakes. portray a candidate who sought and gained experience and who made a serious contribution. Years of service is not enough to convince employers of your suitability. Many people, who have been working for decades, simply turn up and switch off, hiding in the long grass and never doing more than is required (and sometimes less!). Use your CV to outline projects taken on, sales targets exceeded or filing systems modernised. No one will thank you for being modest and employers will appreciate a candidate who can take on new challenges and succeed. There is no excuse for not having a good CV. There are ample online resources available to assist and most recruiters will work with you to ensure your CV is up to scratch. An employer’s time is limited, so make sure your CV gives them food for thought and not cause for concern. Don’t waste your opportunity to make a good first impression. •Cormac Spencer is a Recruitment Consultant/ Director at Link Personnel Services. Visit or call 018456312.


Lucy Nagle Ltd is recruiting a Montessori teacher to teach two children. The successful candidate will have a third level qualification in a related area, experience teaching at elementary level for at least two years, and vast experience working intellectually with young children. The work will be carried out at Mart Lane, Foxrock, Dublin 18. KEy RESpONSIbIlITIES: • To teach young children in accordance with a recognised Montessori curriculum • To work with the needs of young children as they arise on an emotional and practical level • To report daily and weekly to the parents of the children regarding the children’s activities and development during working hours


• A third level qualification in an area related to the role • Fluency in English • At least two years’ experience teaching children at elementary level • Vast experience working intellectually with young children

The starting salary will be €30,000 annually, working hours: 39 per week, full-time for 2 years. The work will be carried out at Mart Lane, Foxrock, Dublin 18.

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Dublin City Council We, Fiona Campbell and Robert Miley, intend to apply for permission for, (a) demolition of existing part two/part single storey (non-original) extension(s), over store, to the rear, and, removal of existing light wells to the rear; (b) construction of part two/part single storey extension, to the rear, including the formation of ope (to the rear wall of the existing house), at ground floor, to provide access to the proposed extension; (c) removal of (non-original) partitions, within the existing house, and other (non-original) works/materials associated with the previous sub-division of the existing house/rooms; (d) internal alterations, within the existing house, including the formation of new door opes to internal walls, at ground and first floor, and, provision of partition to form wardrobe, at first floor; (e) removal of aluminium windows, to the existing house/window opes, and replacement with sliding sash timber windows; (f) repair/localised re-pointing of the existing brickwork/brick joints to the front and rear façades; (g) formation of external door ope, to the rear, at lower ground floor level, with new/enlarged light well and (external) steps to rear garden; (h) removal of existing window ope, to the front, at lower ground floor level (under the external steps to the front door) and reinstatement of external door ope; (i) other general/minor internal and external refurbishment works associated with the reinstatement of the existing house to (single) family dwelling from flats/bedsits; (j) construction of (single storey) garden store and general landscaping works to the rear garden, all to existing house, at 10 Sallymount Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, a PROTECTED STRUCTURE (RPS Ref. No. 7414). 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.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission sought for a new single storey extension to the side of the existing detached dwelling with external finishes to match exising, retention of the conversion to the existing attic area with a double ventilated rooflight in the existing front tiles roof and associated site works at 36 Ballawley Court, Balally, Dublin 16 for Carol Eggers and Marylee Rhodes. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, DĂşn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.



Dublin City Council Planning Permission is sought by Mr Stephen Kelly for proposed alterations and additions to an existing two-storey terraced house at 12 Brookvale Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. These works will consist of inter alia: (i) demolition of existing single storey rear extension and rear boundary wall, (ii) construction of new two storey flat roofed rear extension incorporating courtyard and kitchen/dining at ground floor and at first floor: bedroom, ensuite and rear balcony (iii) new rooflights to rear (main roof) and to new extension flat roof and (iv) all necessary internal alterations to existing fabric and associated alterations to services and drainage. 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.

DĂşn Laoghaire Rathdown County Council I, Edward Faulds, wish to apply to DĂşn Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for permission to (a) construct new replacement flatroof dormer window to rear of existing dwelling, (b) modify existing 1st floor layout & (c) move front rooflight to new position & all associated site development works at Pine Hill, Sandyford Village, Dublin 18, D18 X564. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, DĂşn Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (â&#x201A;Ź20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission sought by Paula & Alan Daly for conversion of the existing attic space to include a dormer type roof window to the (south) side of the existing roof and â&#x20AC;&#x153;veluxâ&#x20AC;? rooflights on both the (east) side and rear roof, and all associated works at 15 Glenageary Hall, Glenageary, Co Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of the prescribed fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Permission is sought for, A) The demolition of the existing (redundant) boiler flu/chimney on the east side of house. B) The construction of an extension at first floor level to the flat-roofed area over the existing garage/study room including the extension of the existing roof in a matching hipped style. C) The installation of 2 no. Velux (or similar) rooflights and 2 no. roof-mounted solar panels to the existing/extended roof. All the above works to the existing 2 storey detached house are for domestic use, at no. 55 Cherrygarth, Mount Merrion, Co. Dublin by Mr & Mrs Michael Altman. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Marine Road, DĂşn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council Maurice Murphy and Geraldine Luddy of 63 Wilfield Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4 intends to apply for planning permission. This development will consist of new vehicular access to the front of the house together with new access gates, driveway and associated works. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of 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 of the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Mark Davies Design seeks full planning permission on behalf of Peter and Liz Miller for permission for a development consisting of the demolition of the existing two storey three bedroom mews house and rear detached garden store, and the construction of a new two storey two bedroom mews house with off street car parking along with all associated site and drainage works to accommodate the development at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Blooms Lodgeâ&#x20AC;?, Sandycove Close, Sandycove, County Dublin. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County 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 is sought for the demolition of an existing single-storey extension to the rear of the existing house; construction of a new single-storey extension to the rear, conversion of the existing attic into a master bedroom suite, alterations and refurbishment of the existing house, construction of a new vehicle site entrance and provision for car-parking to the front of the existing house. The works will include associated site works, new external store, drainage and landscaping at No. 8 Church Road, Dalkey, Co. Dublin by Mrs. Mary Buckley. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, Dun Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission / observation may be made on payment of â&#x201A;Ź20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the Planning Authority.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I, Mark Condron seek planning permission for off-road car parking facility and associated site works to front of property at No. 52 Kimmage Road Lower Dublin 6W. 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 that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning 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 I, Darren Brehony, intend to apply for permission for development at 43 Saint Patricks Park, Stepaside, Dublin 18. The development will consist of 1. Relocation of existing vehicular access and dished footpath exiting onto Saint Patricks Park, Stepaside, Dublin 18, with additional hardscaping driveway complete with new front and side boundary treatments. 2. Construction of a new flat roof front entrance porch at ground floor. 3. Removal of existing garden sheds to side of dwelling. 4. Construction of a two storey side and rear extension to consist of a kitchen, lounge and dining room at ground floor. And a bedroom, en-suite and bathroom at first floor, to be served with a tiled hipped roof finish to match existing dwelling. 5. Part remodel of dwelling at ground and first floor to suit the proposed layouts. All drainage, structural and associated site works to be implemented. The application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning 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 I, Bruno Hanly, intend to apply for Retention Permission for development St. Michaels, Leopardstown Road, Dublin 6. The development consists of: Extension & alterations to rear of existing dwelling, conversion of attic & all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, DĂşn Laoghaire during its public opening hours. A submission/observation may be made on payment of â&#x201A;Ź20 within a period of 5 weeks from the date the application is received by the planning authority.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council I Mr. David Cowzer, am applying for planning permission for the Construction of a new 18sq.m. first floor level extension to the side with pitched roof over to match existing, 2 no. new dormer windows to the front elevation & 3 no. new dormer windows to the rear elevation. A 28sq.m. ground floor level extension to the rear with flat roof over. A 54.5sq.m. basement level extension to the rear with flat roof terraced area over and a 2.5sq.m. pitched roof porch to the front of the existing two storey semi detached bungalow. To include ancillary works at 5 Knock Na Cree Park, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, DĂşn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10am 4pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council FURTHER INFORMATION / REVISED PLANS I, Brian Delahunty, of 22 Thorncliff Park, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. The development will consist of: Planning permission for an attic conversion, permanent internal stairway extension to attic, side dormer window to accommodate stairwell extension and rear dormer window to proposed attic extension and all associated site works at 22 Thorncliff Park, Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. This notice is a requirement of planning application reference: D16B/0474. Significant further information/revised plans in relation to the application have been furnished to the Planning Authority and are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the further information or revised plans may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee not later than 2 weeks of receipt of the newspaper notice and the site notice by the Planning Authority.


Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Fergus Flanagan Architects on Behalf of Conor & Deirdre Kinsella, intend to apply for Permission for development at No. 24 Linden Lea Park, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. A94 P782. The development shall consist of permission for 1. New flat roof extension to the rear of dwelling 2. Attic conversion with amendments to extend existing roof & new flat roof. 3. Internal alterations, amendments to all elevations and all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

Dublin City Council Planning permission is sought by Mary Carty for pedestrian access to rear garden of 68, Brighton Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, a protected structure. Access is requested from lane owned by, and in charge to Dublin City Council, to the rear of 65, 66 and 67 Brighton Road, and adjacent to 25, St Endas Road, Terenure, Dublin 6. Permission is also sought to raise wall at end of lane by 1m to match height of adjacent properties on lane. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on the payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

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PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Parkgrove Ltd. intend to apply for planning permission for: the demolition of the existing ESB Sub station on the Eastern side of the SuperValu Supermarket Unit, the construction of a new ESB Sub station on the Eastern side of the SuperValu Supermarket building, the construction of a single storey Extension (Area = 84m.sq) for Retail use on the North Eastern side of the SuperValu Supermarket Unit, the construction of a single storey Extension (Area = 16m.sq) for Retail use on the North Western side of the SuperValu Supermarket Unit and associated external signage and site works at SuperValu Supermarket, Killiney Shopping Centre, Rochestown Avenue, Killiney, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, County Hall, DĂşn Laoghaire, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours of Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority, on payment of a fee of â&#x201A;Ź20 within 5 weeks of receipt of the application by the Planning Authority and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions or may refuse to grant permission.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Planning Retention is being sought by Mr. and Mrs. R. Collins for alteration and extension works recently carried out to the rear ground floor and attic area at 10 Seapoint Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, comprising a rear ground floor kitchen/ family room/ utility and stairwell addition with primarily pitched roof over; a part converted attic with sub-standard ceiling height over this into usable ancillary space; some velux roof-lights to rear and side pitches; and a rear attic window. This application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County 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 or receipt of lodgement by the Authority of the application.


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HAPPENINGS RADICALISATION OF BRADLEy MANNING ‘The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning’ by Welsh playwright Tim Price, a three act play about the formative years of Chelsea Manning, will be performed by Dry Ice Theatre Company in the Axis Theatre, Ballymun on Thursday and Friday, February 16 and 17.


River’ by Yan Wang Preston. Finally, the tour will end at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, where you will be guided through the solo exhibition ‘Woodall’ by Hilary Lloyd. For more information on talks and event, visit



On Sunday, February 19 at 3pm there will be a performance by two young musicians Miriam Kaczor (flute) and Lorna Breen (soprano) accompanied by Gabriele Dikciute (cello) in a concert titled ‘Four centuries of flute and voice’ that showcases the work of composers Bach, Roussel, Holohan, Cowell and Corigliano. Tickets are €15 with concessions €10. At the interval you can mingle with the performers while having coffee/tea with cakes and other refreshments from The Corner Bakery. Tickets available on


HUMANS NEED NOT APPLy In an automated world, is it nearly time to put humans out to pasture? Does the future resemble a leisure-time utopia or a robottended human-zoo? Will the notion of work become a thing of the past if machines really can do everything better, faster and for longer? This new exhibition in Science Gallery Dublin tries to answer these questions and looks at the movement of artificial intelligence and cognitive computing into the professional workforce, and what that means whether you’re a lawyer, a surgeon or a taxi driver. The exhibition runs until May 14.

A charity Cheltenham preview night will take place in the Sallynoggin Inn on Tuesday, February 21 at 8pm. All proceeds on the night will be donated to Blackrock Hospice.

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The panel includes Hugh Cahill MC, jockey Davy Russell, trainer Andrew McNamara, journalist Donn McLean and trainer John ‘The Shark’ Hanlon. Admission is €10 and includes a free pint. Tickets are available at Sallynoggin Inn or from Liam Metcalfe on 086-6026027

‘Relatively Speaking: A guided walking tour across three city art galleries’ will take place on Thursday, February 16 from 1-2pm Meeting point: Project Arts Centre. Free admission, booking is essential. Beginning at Project Arts Centre, you will be introduced to ‘Fault Bound Bodies’ by Caroline Doolin. Visitors will be guided to the next venue, the Gallery of Photography for the exhibition ‘Mother

contemporary music-making where a committee of local enthusiasts have been attempting to bring music out from the city centre to the wider community of suburban Dublin.

Down: 1 Dowry; 2 Strike; 3 Imp; 4 Pliant; 5 Comrade; 8 Dispute; 11 Crinkle; 13 Rejoice; 15 Fester; 16 Resume; 17 Newly; 20 Sty.


The Methodist Church on Brighton Road, Rathgar has, for the past six years, been a venue for classical and

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TINy TUNES – EARLy yEARS CABARET This concert is a staged cabaret with original and old children’s tunes. Some involve audience participation and will include a variety of musical instruments, one of which the children will get to play. It promises to be a joyful 45 minutes and a perfect introduction to a theatre experience for tiny tots. Created with the support of The Ark, it’s happening at 12.15 at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, on Saturday, February 18. An earlier show at 11am is sold out.


Dead Man’s Cell Phone explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. This play is a moving and funny exploration of how, in the midst of our fragile lives, technology can both unite and isolate us, especially in our quest for true love. It runs in Dalkey Town Hall, Dalkey, from Wednesday, February 22 to Friday 24 at 8pm. Telephone: 0879919261

It’s free and great entertainment. It happens at different times in each store, with readings at 2pm in O’Connell Street, 1pm in Blanchardstown. 11.30am in Dundrum, 11am in Liffey Valley and 3pm in Dun Laoghaire.

Across: 6 Satanic; 7 Venus; 9 Slide; 10 Monarch; 12 Second-class; 14 Miss the post; 18 Sceptre; 19 Farms; 21 Drill; 22 Diverge.

Vernissage is the fruit of the artists’ few months’ collaboration that visitors can finally evaluate during a three-day exhibition at Marine Hotel, Sutton. An auction of the two of their paintings will take place on the first night and a lottery. All collected funds will be given to the Temple Street Foundation. Refreshments and a glass of wine will be provided as well as live music. Special guest of the exhibition will be an Argentinean art critic, Marcella Aiello. For more information, email katarzyna.soswa@gmail. com

Most of us are still addicted to smartphones. Few of us have narrowly escaped the trap of text messaging and twitter obsessions. We live in an age with these seemingly magical devices that promise constant connection yet leave many of us feeling stranded.

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An art exhibition – ‘Drunk By The Air’ - created by Zeus Cooney, an Irish landscape artist and Katarzyna Soswa, a Polish artist, will open on February 16 at 8pm the Marine Hotel, Sutton.




Every Saturday Eason stores hold Get Into Reading: Story Time, where staff read a selected kids’ book to children aged from 0-6 (and parents too).

Across: 6 Costume; 7 Flood; 9 Drain; 10 Bizarre; 12 Decrepitude; 14 Perfunctory; 18 Consult; 19 Ashen; 21 Screw; 22 Stumble.

This ensemble piece by final year BA Drama students of Coláiste Dhúlaigh/University of Wolverhampton and directed by tutors Michelle Read, John O’Brien and Joe Devlin, follows Bradley Manning’s life from his teenage years in Wales to his career in the US Army. Tickets cost €10 or concession €8 (students/ unwaged/OAP). Group rates of €5 are available for eight people or more. The show starts at 7pm with a short interval of 15 minutes at 8pm. The running time is two hours.


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▪ The Cosy Restaurant and Private Hotel, Harbour Road, Howth, c. 1907. At that time, the proprietor was Miss Shanahan. The ladies in their long skirts have left the cycle store which is on the left next to the hotel and are preparing to take to the open road.

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

Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, Central Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

▪ Evening Herald 26th February 1937

▪ Freeman’s Journal 7th February 1872

▪ irish Independent 18th February 1926

▪ Evening Herald 19th February 1937

▪ Freemans Journal 8th February 1834

▪ Sunday Independent 2nd February 1947

▪ Aungier Street, c. 1919. This street leads from South Great George’s Street to Redmond’s Hill. Thomas Moore, composer and poet (1779-1852), was born at No.12 and lived there for twenty years. Here his father kept a grocery store, while Moore wrote poems in a room on the first floor. He is best known for his melody The Last Rose of Summer. Photo and caption from ‘Images of Ireland’, Central Dublin, by Derek Stanley. Published by Gill & Macmillan/The History Press

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