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Mum’s devastation as son’s care cut pital on a weekly basis to see a dietician, a paediatrician and a neurologist. In addition, he attends speech therapy and physiotherapy, despite doubts that he will ever walk or talk. “Jamie’s life is pretty much in the hospital,” Leona added. “He has to see so many specialists on a regular basis for pretty much everything. The concern is down to his immune system being so low which means he is more susceptible to getting sick. “I have to give him his food and medication through a tube attached to his stomach because when he was feeding through the mouth it was going down the wrong way and leaking into his lungs. That caused bad chest infections and breathing problems.” She added: “The last time I was out with friends was four years ago. I love my son to death, but I’ve cut myself off from friends, and friends have cut themselves off from me. Nobody knows how to be around Jamie because to people he’s not normal and they don’t know what to say. The home care helped me divide

THE mother of a severely disabled boy has told of her devastation over cuts to his vital home care help. Leona Burke (32), from Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, explained how she is dependent on the care provided to her son Jamie (3) who suffers from a rare defective disorder known as Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome. Jamie’s home care was slashed in half, from 40 hours per month to a mere 20 when children’s charity the Jack and Jill Foundation, which provided the care, was unable to secure e1.3 million in funding for this year. “My son was dependent on those 40 hours a month,” Leona said. “The cuts have come at a time when other assistance I was relying on was cut as well. A woman called out to my home on behalf of the assistance programme to offer a shoulder to cry on when things got really bad. It helped to deal with the isolation and the demands of Jamie’s condition. But now that help is gone, on top of half of the help provided by Jack and Jill.” Leona explained how Jamie’s condition is so debilitating that he has to be fed through a tube in his stomach. He also sometimes suffers severe seizures that can result in a starvation of oxygen to his brain. “Sometimes Jamie suffers 10 seizures a day,” Leona added. “There was one time in hospital when he stayed locked in a seizure for 45 minutes. It was terrifying because his fits restrict oxygen to his brain. There was a time when Jamie tried to talk, but since the fits got

by Martin Flanagan worse he can’t even speak. He suffers from delayed mental development, and his fits are likely to slow development even further in the long run.” Leona told how Jamie’s roundthe-clock care, coupled with cuts to his home help, have put a strain on her family relationships. “Jamie’s care is constant,” Leona explained. “My daughter Amber (14) has had to learn so much since she was 10 about how to take care of her little brother. “There was a time when we spent more time together, and the home care helped free up time for that, but now my relationship with Amber is under strain because we are practically housebound to look after Jamie. And both our social lives are almost non-existent. “The home care freed up time to get things done inside and outside the house. I was able to do my shopping knowing that Jamie was in safe hands when the help was there, but now everything is delayed and Amber has to help out a lot more.” Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome means that Jamie suffers from a litany of health problems such as ongoing epileptic fits, a heart murmur, eye and ear complications, and delayed physical and mental development. He has to attend Tallaght Hos-

my time and I got a lot more things done with the help.” Carmel Doyle, the communications director of the Jack and Jill Foundation, said that over the past two years donations to the charity had fallen by 25 per cent. The money it pays out to families for home nursing care and respite is up by 40 per cent with more babies than ever on its books. “As a result Jack and Jill is facing a shortfall of e450,000 in 2010 which will wipe out the last of its reserves,” she said. “We have had a number of talks with ministers and the HSE over the past six months and made a rock solid economic argument for more State support.” The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation has launched a national mobile phone text campaign asking people to give the price of a pint (€5) by texting the word PINT to 57034. The money donated goes directly to support home nursing care and respite for 300 children with severe neurological delay and brain damage across Ireland.

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‘Give me the drugs I need to live’ A SOUTHSIDE woman, who is the only person in the country who suffers from a rare fatal disease, has called on the Department of Health to make a decision on her application for funding for a new drug that would prolong her life. Margaret Whelan (51) from Bray works with the office of the Revenue Commissioners in Kevin Street, Dublin 2, and is the only person in the Republic of Ireland who suffers from the rare Pompe disease. The primary symptoms of the disease are muscle and respiratory weakness. Many patients end up on ventilators, and can die from respiratory failure.

Approval A drug called Myozyme was approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in late 2008. Margaret's neurologist has been trying to get her access to the drug and in 2009 she formally applied to the Department of Health for approval to use it. If the department gives its approval, the State would have to spend e300,000 to e400,000 per annum on administering the drug to Margaret. Margaret explained that the condition means that her physical well being will deteriorate progressively over time and the disease will eventually kill her.

by Jamie Deasy “Initially the disease affects my physical mobility,” she explained. “I was someone who went out for a walk on the seafront in Bray in the morning and before I go to work. “Now I am confined to a wheelchair and can barely walk unaided. My balance is gone most of the time and if I fall I cannot get myself back up. “While the primary disease is in my legs it has progressed and it is now affecting my lungs. It brings on a lot of fatigue and sleep apnoea. This is a fatal condition but you don't know when it will kill you.” At the moment Margaret is only taking standard medication to alleviate the various symptoms of the disease but she believes that her quality of life would improve considerably if she was given approval to use Myozyme. “People who take the drug can walk significantly further distances and their vital capacity within the lungs will improve three to four per cent within a year,” she said.

However, Margaret said she has received no feedback from the department on the status of her application since she first applied for approval in March 2009. “Ireland is the only European country that hasn’t made the medication available to adult patients,” she claimed. “I would have expected to have heard from the department about this within 12 months of my application. “I appreciate the huge cost of it and the huge challenges for everyone to convince themselves that it is the right drug and is the right thing to do but at this stage the silence is deafening.

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lot of money for the treatment but you cannot put a price on quality of life.” Southside People contacted the Department of Health but they were unavailable for comment on the matter.

Letters “It is very difficult to find out from the department where my case is going at any point in time,” she added. “When I heard nothing from the department at the start of this year I started writing letters to them. They are not really responding to my letters and are only sending acknowledgements. “It is just frustrating when you see all the people in the UK getting the treatment and I am not getting anything. At this point I just want a decision, so I can plan my life around it.” Joe Mooney is the CEO of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, which is supporting Margaret

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Sick kids’ charity says thank you ONE of Ireland’s leading sick children’s charities has thanked everyone who supported their work last year. Children in Hospital Ireland completed 40 years of making hospital a happier place for sick children last year. As part of its Ruby celebrations the organisation announced the launch of its 20th PlayWell service. The organisation’s volunteer-based programme recruits, trains and vets volunteers from all around the country who provide play and happiness to sick children in their local hospitals. Dympna Mc Mahon, CHI’s Chairperson, commented: “It’s wonderful that people are so generous with their time. This generosity of spirit makes a hospital stay happier and easier for children and their families all around the country.” CHI has seen a significant rise of people wanting to volunteer with its PlayWell service. CHI has experienced a great interest especially from young people who are delighted to help. Many of these volunteers are unemployed and want to give their time to help with a great cause. Children in Hospital Ireland directly works with sick children to bring them fun, reassure them and help them cope with illness and being in hospital.

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Dreams to fly AFTER spending five years studying engineering in DIT and not getting a job in return, an ambitious Killiney man has decided to channel his energies instead into the extremes of downhill mountain biking. Gerard Wolfe (24) has told how his ambition to become a national champion in the demanding sport has succeeded at cancelling out all his recession blues. “Cycling has always been a passion,” he declared. “I got a bike in secondary school years ago and since then it’s become my life.” However, Gerard fears that if his goal to become a poster boy for national cycling doesn’t receive sufficient funding his dreams could go up in smoke. “In Ireland it is hard to get sponsorship for non-Olympic sports,” he explained. “My plan is to go to New Zealand and train for bigger events, particularly ones in Britain and back here in Ireland. I have enough money to cover

by Martin Flanagan New Zealand but if I don’t get sponsorship I’ll have to stay on there and I won’t be able to participate in events after that.” Gerard’s misfortunate in dedicating so much time and effort into trying to get a job in Ireland’s engineering sector is also reflected in the lives of his college peers. “Out of the 21 graduates who did the same course as me, only two went on to get jobs, and they were in London,” he revealed. “Six of them emigrated to Australia and three of them stayed on to do a Masters. “Most of my other friends are now on social welfare or working behind a bar. I

 Gerard Wolfe (24) hopes to become a big name in the demanding downhill mountain biking scene.

wanted something different from all that, something with thrill and a sense of adventure. In a sense my education has held me back and now I just want to ride out the downturn. It’s disheartening that we didn’t get jobs when we left college, but in the final year at DIT we resigned ourselves to the fact that there wouldn’t be any.” Gerard said that though his pursuits are only in the early stages of a bigger dream he hopes to one day carve out a career as a professional cyclist. “I hope to become a big name,” he said. “I want to become maybe a national champion or a poster boy for the Road Safety Authority in the sense that I could promote safety and cycling as something that is fun and doable for younger children to look up to.” He hopes to become a big sensation by capitalising on global cycling events and then going on to pursue his dream of becoming an international cycling champion. “It would be my dream come true if I could pursue this,” he added. “I’m only young once. I see an opening now rather than later.” Gerard received a scholarship for each consecutive year during his time in DIT. The scholarship provided Gerard with e2,000 a year to fund fitness classes and workshops that involved training for downhill mountain cycling, but now the funds have dried up and Gerard is calling for support to pursue his dream. “Of all the 2,000 emails that I sent to companies for funding I have pretty much received the same number in rejections,” he admitted. “It would just mean a lot to me, and any help at all would be welcome.” Anybody interested in funding Gerard’s ambitious dream of one day becoming a big name cyclist can contact him at wolferacing2011

Musical charity short listed for top award THE founder of the Musical Youth Foundation has expressed delight at being short-listed for the Better Together Awards. Southsider Chris Maher submitted a two-minute video entitled ‘Music Changes Lives’ on behalf of the foundation. The video was entered into the voluntary only category with the eventual winner decided by public vote. Voters expressed great interest in the Better Together video, which ranked among the highest entrants after it received an outstanding star rating. The overall winning entrants were decided by a judging panel and despite the foundation not getting through to the finals, it has given the participants confi-

by Martin Flanagan dence to enter similar competitions in the future. “We were delighted,” said Maher. “Over the moon. We didn’t expect to be short listed as we up against the other bigger charities that ran this year. “It shows that we are on the right track, and it is these little successes that give us the incentive to push ahead. The children are delighted, and the video has certainly captured that.” He added: “It really benefits every area of their life. “It’s like sport, the more

you practice the better you get. The project has really helped to improve the confidence, learning ability, focus, and reading skills of all the young people involved. It is a creative outlet and an opportunity to learn.” Chris told how he hopes to expand the foundation’s attendance rate from 30 children to 300 next year. “We are hoping that in the long run students who participate can come back and teach younger ones and tell them of their experiences. We might even produce the next Bono.” Anyone interested in helping Chris expand the inspiring musical project for young people can contact him at

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press office noted that thieves were particularly active over the festive season. “There will always be cases of theft at that time of year,” he said. “But it comes down to common sense and vigilance on behalf of homeowners. “We would advise people to have a home alarm system that will act as a deterrent to potential intruders and to avoid having expensive items on display in windows or in the hallway where people can see them. Nowadays, a lot of people have sheds out their back gardens so it would be worthwhile to install locks and make sure all doors are locked at night.” He added: “The Garda website details the different alarm systems on the market and offers advice on

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Department concerned at latest pier plan THE Department of the Environment has expressed concern about an application for retention planning permission that includes the previous demolition of historic structures on the 19th century mail boat pier in Dun Laoghaire. In September 2009, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company demolished a number of derelict buildings on the Carlisle Pier in a bid to clear the site for a planned new promenade and concert area, as well as 100 pay and display car parking spaces. In May 2010, An Bord Pleanála ruled that part of the Victorian pier, which has considerable historic significance, should not have been demolished without planning permission. Some of the structures date back to the mid 19th century and formed part of the historic Carlisle Pier mail boat rail station. During the demolition, the Conservation Department at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council said it did not believe that the removal of the buildings from the pier required planning permission but this view was later overruled by An Bord Pleanála. Deputy Ciaran Cuffe (GP) formally appealed the council's decision to allow the removal of the buildings without planning permission to An Bord Pleanala. Last November, over a year after the demolition, the Dun

by Jamie Deasy Laoghaire Harbour Company applied for retention permission for the demolition works. The application includes a proposal to reinstate some of the palisade fencing that was removed when the buildings were demolished as well as the development of 37 new pay and display parking spaces on the site. However, in a brief submission on the application, the Department of the Environment said it was concerned about the application. The department has directed the council not to make a decision on the proposal until the department has been able to carry out a review of the matter. “The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is not at this point in time in a position to complete an assessment of this application,” the submission states. “The department has concerns regarding this development. “Therefore, we consider it necessary that a final decision is not made by the council until this department has had an opportunity to complete its

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statutory remit by completing an assessment of the potential impact of this proposed development on this site.” In its own submission, An Taisce said they were “extremely disappointed” that the council had failed to take action to stop the demolition of the pier pavilion, despite the concerns they raised during the works. An Taisce also criticised the harbour company's proposal to reinstate some of the fencing that had been removed

from the site. The group added that the historic pier was unsuitable for car parking spaces. “The fencing proposed is unsuitable,” it stated. “The use of the site as a car park is inappropriate. Regardless to the temporary nature of the proposal, it is inappropriate for the site and contrary to proper planning and sustainable development for the area. Any new plan for the Carlisle Pier must include the full restoration of the heritage iron works and pavilion.”

A spokesman for the council said they were prohibited from commenting on live planning applications. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company was unavailable for comment on the matter. The Carlisle Pier was the point of departure for hundreds of thousands of Irish emigrants in the 19th century. It was also from where Michael Collins left in 1921 to negotiate the Treaty with the British Government in London.

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Rehab writers publish new books ARTISTICALLY talented clients of a centre for people with intellectual disabilities have succeeded in getting the funding necessary to publish their highly creative and unique new works.

John Cooney (62) from Ballsbridge and Deidre O’Brien (37) from Foxrock are both service users at the Rehab care centre in Clarence

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Pictured at the launch of A Seat at the Winter Flamenco and The Adventures of Monkey and Me are Clara McAuliffe, Community Services Manager, RehabCare Dun Laoghaire, poet John Cooney from Deansgrange, author Deirdre O’Brien from Foxrock and best-selling novelist, Sarah Webb, who launched the books.


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An evening of music and song for Ballyfermot THE Matt Talbot Community Trust in Ballyfermot is hosting ‘An Evening of Music & Song’ in the local civic centre on Saturday, January 8 at 7.30pm. The event will feature Kevin Doyle & The Valley Gospel Singers, along with internationally acclaimed awarded winning soprano and harpist, Marina Cassidy. Grainne Jennings, director of the Matt Talbot Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this New Year’s concert, which promises to be an enjoyable start to the New Year. “We are looking forward to what will be a great evening involving all the

by Martin Flanagan community.” Established in 1986 by Sr Caoimhín Ní Ullachain, the Matt Talbot Community Trust is run by a group of dedicated staff and volunteers from the rear of the Church of the Assumption in Ballyfermot. Tickets costing e15 each may be purchased on 626 4899 or at Kevin Doyle’s Shop, Ballyfermot Road.

Jobs boost for Sandymount DEPUTY Chris Andrews (FF) has described the announcement of 155 new jobs at OSG, based in Sandymount, as “an extremely important development for the community and the wider Dublin region.” “OSG is hiring financial services professionals over the next three years as part of a e6 million investment that is supported by Enterprise Ireland,” he said. “The company is a leading provider of professionally managed service solutions to the insurance and financial services market and has demonstrated great confidence in Ireland with this commitment. “OSG already employs 245 workers in nine service centres across the country and offers services including claims management, sales, customer services and consultancy services.” He added: “The commitment being made by Enterprise Ireland will help OSG to improve competitiveness and target new global growth markets. It will also ensure the company can identify new business opportunities.’

by Jamie Deasy books. 'A Seat at the Winter Flamenco' by John Cooney, who suffered from mental health problems in the past, is the culmination of many years of thought and reflection. John has a very special gift for the spoken word and is a man with compelling stories to tell. The book reveals new truths and insights as each page is turned and reflects on themes of nature, spirituality, freedom and love and loss. John began writing poetry and prose when he was 23years-old and he has continued ever since. With the publication of this book he hopes to make a concerted impact and bring his work to a wider readership. “The poems express the things I feel about winter and autumn, which are my favourite seasons, and I wanted this to be reflected in the book,” John explained. “The title just grew out of that. I am also extremely interested in music; it does things for me, so I worked the idea of the Flamenco into the title as well. He added: “One thing I would think about my work, which is very important to me, is the spiritual content of the

poems. I hope this comes forward in the work.” John finds that writing is a great outlet to express his feelings and as a result the practice is highly therapeutic. “Poetry and art generally help me a great deal with regard to my particular disability,” he explained. “It helps me to get something outside of myself that might otherwise be locked away.” Deirdre O'Brien (37) from Foxrock has written the action-packed fantasy story 'The Adventures of Monkey and Me' that is at once exciting, entertaining and touching. Brimming from cover to cover with suspense and intrigue the book is also beautifully illustrated by her fellow Rehab service user Donal Byrne. The book tells the story of the abduction of a twin sister at birth and the quest of two siblings to be reunited, as both battle deception, evil and dark magic to overcome the evil

Zaranda. Deirdre, who suffers from a mild learning disability, explained that ‘Monkey’ was an imaginary friend that she has had since childhood. “I just started writing ideas about her when I was 18,” Deirdre explained. “I showed some of this to my parents and they thought it was really good, so it inspired me to write more. I have now finished the first book, typed out the second book and hope to write a third,” she said. The books are published by Choice Publishing, and are available direct from the centre and from selected bookshops, including Bookvalue in Dun Laoghaire. Both retail at e14.99 and the authors have agreed to make a donation from the proceeds of the sales to RehabCare’s Dun Laoghaire centre. Copies of the book are available on request and the centre can be contacted at 2020440.

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Three new facilities for Ballybrack park THE Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, Mary Hanafin, has cut the red tape on three new recreational facilities in Kilbogget Park, Ballybrack. The new full-size, all weather, floodlit pitch, developed on Cabinteely Community School grounds by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, will facilitate sporting activities in poor weather and during the evenings. It is expected to be well used by both the school and local sports clubs. A smaller, synthetic pitch situated next to the existing children’s playground has also been developed, and will be used for soccer, training, basketball and volleyball. In addition to the two pitches the building housing the Borough Boxing Club at Coolevin has also been refurbished.

anti-bailout march and I hope to come up with more ideas for the channel.” Barry Lennon, a producer at DCTV who was also involved in delivering the training courses, explained that they taught young people additional skills outside of those offered on the FETAC programmes. “The participants learned a lot of different skills,” he said. “And we try to facilitate them making their own media. “They are given the roles of directors and sound engineers so they can learn about all the different skills that go with those jobs. “It gives them a broad range of ideas. Then we always look at trying to do follow on projects to give them the opportunity to come back with their own projects.” The programmes will be broadcast on DCTV on Mondays at 7pm; on Tuesdays at 12.30pm; on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8.30pm and on Sundays at 11pm throughout January. For more information log on to

Search is on for Irish Billy AUDITIONS are to be held in Dublin later this month to find the new Billy Elliot. Dean McCarthy, who played the title role in the West End production in 2006, came from Dublin. The producers want to find another Irish Billy and are auditioning for the role as well as that of his best friend Michael. Boys must be aged from nine to 13 years and be of a maximum height of 5ft. To apply for an audition email Jessica Ronane at




Paddy’s Day cash boost for Dublin DUBLIN received a staggering e50.5 million cash boost from last year’s highly successful St Patrick’s Festival, according to the figures released by Bord Failte.

never underestimates the value of the Festival. “This year, it is more important than ever that Ireland sends out a signal that all is well, we are open for business, visitors will get a great welcome and the value to be had has never been better,” he enthused. “St Patrick’s Festival has traditionally signalled the start of the tourist season. Through the extensive national and international television coverage of the Festival, all

eyes of the world are on Dublin and I am confident it will kick-start the revival of Dublin tourism.” Meanwhile, David Harvey, Chairperson of St Patrick’s Festival, explained the year-on-year success of the event. by Catherine Blake “The festival is a platform for what is so special about Ireland and The survey revealed that 120,000 Irish people - it highlights the culoverseas tourists who travelled to tural and artistic attraction that we Dublin for the festival, now in its are known for,” he explained. 16th year, added e43.7 million to “Our aim in 2011 is to once the economy. That number again offer international and rose to e50.5 million when domestic visitors a positive and the spend by Dubliners atmemorable experience beyond tending was included. their expectations. The support Unsurprisingly, Dubs represented almost half of all of the business community adult attendees at the parade, each year has been fantastic, with 12 per cent travelling up and this year more than ever from outside the capital and we are dependent on this kind the remainder made up of of support to show the very overseas visitors. best that Ireland can be.” The Festival Ceili proved Speaking about the 2011 especially popular with Festival, he added: “The aptourists attempting their best pointment of our new Creative Michael Flatley impressions. Director, Verena Cornwall, will In addition to the healthy inject a renewed vigour to the cash boost by the influx of event, and we are very excited tourists (mostly to the hotel about the fantastic initiatives sector), the capital was also that will be part of next year’s showcased to the world via Festival. several worldwide broadcasts covering the parade; generat“The designation of Dublin ing further potential global as a UNESCO City of Literatourism for the city. ture is another cultural highIndeed in the midst of a light, and the two combined constant stream of negative mean that next year will be one news stories involving our ailto watch.” ing economy, the impressive St. Patrick’s Festival will figures couldn’t have come at take place in 2011 from 17 to a more opportune time. 20 March. See www.stpatricksFrank Magee of Dublin G Last year’s St Patrick’s Festival boosted the economy for details. Tourism stressed that he


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 PARENTS on the Southside renew calls on the Department of Education to provide a multi-denominational Educate Together national school in the Dublin 24 area. As part of the Budget the previous December the Department of Education confirmed that they would not sanction the construction of more schools in Tallaght/Citywest next year. However, a campaign group set up by parents insists there is a pressing need for a multi-denominational educational facility in Dublin 24. Those who back them say they guarantee equality of access and esteem to children, irrespective of their social, cultural or religious backgrounds. Parents in Dublin 24 who are campaigning for an Educate Together school launch a petition that attracts the signatures of hundreds of locals.

Patrick Kilmartin of the Tallaght-Citywest Educate Together Association said: "We are encouraging parents to contact their local political representatives to urge them to ask the department to reconsider.  SOUTHSIDERS brace themselves for further major disruption as local authorities and schools struggle to cope with the problems posed by the unprecedented weather conditions. Three local authorities on the Southside – Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and South Dublin County Council - mix sand with rock salt to grit roads as the National Roads Authority (NRA) warns that supplies were running out. A spokesman for Dublin City Council tells Southside People that their supplies of salt had reached a "critical level". "We are not gritting es-

tates because we have a limited amount of salt supply,” he said. “Our salt supplies have reached a critical level, so we will be making a mixture of an aggregate of salt and other materials like sand and building grit, which will be going on the roads. He added: "We could be spreading anything in the region of 100 tonnes in one night. We have orders for salt in from basically anywhere we can get it.” The spokesman revealed that the council had used five times more salt in the past month than they would usually use during a normal year.  OPPORTUNISTIC criminals have been using the water crisis across the city to gain access to people’s homes, it has emerged. Warnings have been issued that bogus callers have been knocking on doors claiming to be employees from the Water

Services Division of Dublin City Council. The problem has been identified in the Dublin 8 area in particular although other scam artists have been targeting elderly people in other parts of the Southside in recent days. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello warns residents to be extremely vigilant after she received complaints from a number of householders in Dublin 8. “I urge people not to give anyone access to their homes without having completely satisfied themselves as to the caller’s identity,” she said. The Lord Mayor’s warning comes as thousands of householders across the city struggle to cope with the sudden loss of water supplies. Water to homes in many parts of the Southside is restricted as Dublin City Council attempts to repair extensive damage

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 ALMOST 40 per cent of the total number of hospital bed days lost around the country last year as a result of the delayed discharge of patients occurred on the Southside, it emerges. According to new figures released by the Health Service Executive (HSE), some 272,000 bed days were lost in acute hospitals nationally due to delays in discharging patients. Patients who no longer need to be in an acute hospital and need less expensive step-down care but do not have access to it are categorised as delayed discharges. The figures provided by the HSE also reveal that 50,000 more bed days were lost nationally as a result of delayed discharges last year compared to 2008. And the figures also show that 105,607 of the bed days lost last year were as a result of delayed discharges from the five acute hospitals in South Dublin. This figure represents about 39 per cent of the 272,000 bed days lost to delayed discharges nationally.


 YOUTH workers will lose their jobs and one vital youth centre will be forced to close due to savage funding cuts in a number of Southside drug task

force areas. The workers join in protests during which calls are made on the Government to reverse the cuts that they say will severely reduce their ability to provide vital services to youths in some of the most severely disadvantaged areas of the country. The Department of Education has decided to cut funding to youth services in drug task force areas on the Southside of the city by some 33 per cent. The cuts mean that up to 15 youth workers in south Dublin will lose their jobs and one service will have to close completely. Youth workers warn that the cuts will have devastating consequences at a time when young people in severely disadvantaged areas most need help and guidance because of the recession.

 TELECOMMUNICATIONS company Meteor is to appeal a decision denying them permission to retain a mast at a Southside sports ground, despite fierce opposition from locals. The 18.5 metre high structure was erected on the grounds of TEK United Football Club at Rockford Park in Stradbrook by the Meteor mobile phone company without planning permission. Following an outcry by local residents, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council instructed the company to remove the mast but Meteor ap-

plies for retention planning permission and the structure remains in place. Locals launch a campaign opposing the application to retain the structure, which is located within metres of residential homes, local schools and a crèche. The local authority received 26 submissions from residents who were opposed to the development. In their decision to reject the application, the council said serious concerns existed that the structure proposed for retention was “visually obtrusive and as such has an adverse impact on the visual amenities of this area and is seriously injurious to the amenities of adjacent property”. A spokesperson for Meteor said they were planning to appeal the council’s decision in order to provide the customers in the area with access to better value high speed mobile broadband. “As with all installations Meteor fully complies with the public exposure guidelines recommended by the International Commission on Non-ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and this has been evidenced by the independent audits undertaken by ComReg [communications regulator].”

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hope for hard-pressed business people. Over 2,000 people are expected to attend the 14 scheduled events that are being held during DĂşn Laoghaire Rathdown Enterprise Week which runs in various locations across the Southside.  THERE are calls for changes in the way Tallaght Hospital is managed following extraordinary revelations that some 58,000 X-rays at the health facility have not been reviewed by a consultant radiologist for the last four years. A total of 57,921 adult X-rays between 2005 and the end of 2009 should have been reviewed by a consultant radiologist. However, management at the hospital have admitted that the majority were re-

viewed by a non-radiologist. Minister of State Conor Lenihan (FF) calls for major changes in management structures at the hospital. He said an immediate management review at the hospital was essential to restore public confidence in the facility. Tallaght Hospital’s chief executive-designate Prof Kevin Conlon said last week that he only became aware of the problem when he was appointed on December 14 last year.  THE mother of a young woman who suffers from multiple sclerosis calls on South Dublin County Council to rectify a dampness problem at their home that she claims was caused by works carried out by the local authority. South Dublin County

Council admitted at its most recent full monthly meeting that it had received a “substantial� number of complaints from tenants who are experiencing problems with persistent damp in their homes. Council officials said the growth of mould as a result of dampness was a “major concern� for them. They have also acknowledged that the problem could have health implications for tenants, particularly if the situation is left unaddressed over a long period of time.  GARDAI investigate a number of suspicious approaches made by two men who allegedly attempted to lure young children into a van on the Southside. Local people in Ballyogan report that in several

separate incidents a number of young children between the ages of nine and 15-years-of age had been approached by two men in a white van who tried to lure them into the vehicle. Southside People understands that up to 10 children and their parents have been interviewed by gardaĂ­ about the incidents, which took place over several days near the Family Resource Centre in Ballyogan.

 A SCHOOL principal delivers a letter to a head shop in Dun Laoghaire to express her concerns about the adverse health effects of legal highs being sold at the premises. Mary Mitchell O'Connor, who is also a councillor at Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, drops the

 HAITI HELP: CEO of Dun Laoghaire based charity GOAL, John O'Shea is helped by his grand-daughter Rebecca to launch a Haiti appeal in conjunction with the MACE network of community retail stores after an earthquake devastated the Caribbean island.

team at an organised soccer match. The South Dublin Football League confirms they are looking into allegations of racist taunting that was allegedly perpetrated by an adult and some underage players at a football match in Marlay Park. It is claimed the racist taunts were directed at then 15-year-old Mohammed Mahomed who was playing an under-16 league match with his Ballinteer based team Broadford Rovers The brother of the victim of the alleged abuse, who attended the game, contacted Southside People to claim that members of the opposing team made reference to Mohammed’s ethnicity during the football match. He said they did this by chanting the Hindi phrase 'Jai Ho' every time he touched the ball during the game. The phrase – which translates as ‘be victorious’ – was popularised in a song of the same name in the hit movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. Far from being a friendly gesture, Yaseer Mahomed believes the persistent chants were designed to intimidate his brother who was the only non-white foreign player on the pitch at the time.  DĂšN Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is left with over 100 affordable homes that cost e27.5 million to build after the housing market collapsed. The local authority is now considering using some of the units for social

housing. At a recent council meeting councillors were told that 120 affordable properties in Ballinteer, Sandyford, Stepaside, Loughlinstown, DĂşn Laoghaire, Leopardstown and Dundrum could not be sold despite price reductions. The properties were acquired by the council under the Planning and Development Acts that require developers to provide 20 per cent of any development to local authorities for social and affordable housing. All of these units were offered to applicants on the affordable housing list, with prices ranging from e132,000 for one-bedroom apartments and from e180,000 for two bedroom apartments. At the meeting it was noted that demand for affordable units in the county was high, reaching a peak in early 2008 with in excess of 4,200 applicants on the affordable housing list. However, council management revealed that they had spent e27.5 million providing the units and now the local authority was incurring management company fees and other costs including ongoing repairs while they remained vacant.


 A PROCESSING centre for asylum seekers on the Southside that had been described as “unfit for human habitation� by one of its residents is closed down by immigration offi-

cials. The Irish Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) which is part of the Department of Justice - confirms to Southside People that the hostel located in Kilmacud House, Upper Kilmacud, Road Stillorgan, has shut its doors. The hostel had been the subject of numerous complaints by one US citizen who had been staying there until recently. Patrick Downey, who is currently seeking political asylum in Ireland, said that poor basic sanitation at the hostel, including a lack of running water and unsatisfactory toilet facilities during the recent cold spell, rendered it degrading for those who were staying there. “We had been using buckets to bathe ourselves for approximately two months, apparently due to the current water shortage,� he said. A spokesman for RIA said that due to a decline in numbers all new applicants would be catered for at another reception centre located near Dublin Airport.  THE largest enterprise initiative in Dublin is set to tackle some of the issues behind recent devastating losses in the city’s retail sector. Following a week when the city saw the loss of the popular Hughes and Hughes book chain, the announcement that Postbank operations are to cease by the end of the year and the closure of Dunne Stores in Dun Laoghaire, Enterprise Week offers a ray of



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A winter wonderland you won’t forget in France WE MAY well be sick to death of the snow here in Ireland but in the French Alps it’s an entirely different story. While back home we are forced to trudge our way through icy sludge and drive in hazardous conditions, we simply can’t get enough snow when it comes to a skiing holiday. If you’re planning a winter break to escape the unrelenting misery of recessionary Ireland, then allow us to personally rec-

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Headaches. It’s been said that at least 90% of occcasional headaches are a result of nervous tension. While that may be true, it is also misleading and possibly dangerous, because a surprising number of environmental factors entirely unrelated to the state of your nerves may be the real culprit. Most people at some time in their lives have experienced headaches. Headaches can vary from the infrequent and

trivial nuisance, possibly from too much drinking the night before, to a symptom of serious disease. Headaches is a broad term covering pain found in the neck, face, scalp, nose, throat and teeth. With headaches, other types of discomforts can be experienced such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, visual disturbances, hearing problems and difficulty with balance. A single episode of severe headache that has not been experianced before, or headaches that accompany

vomiting should be checked by a medical professional. This type of headache might have a serious cause.If a headache comes after a trauma or blow to the head then a consultation with a medical professional is also required. Serious headaches though only constitute a small percentage of headaches generally experienced. Recurring headaches that have occured over several months or years may have been treated with painkillers or anti inflammatories with varying degress of success. But have the causes been addressed and treated? Osteopathically there are different kinds of headaches which have various causes. Tension headaches are frequently linked to stress. Contraction of the muscles around the neck squeeze and irritate some senstive nerves at the base and around the skull. Taking painkillers will dull the pain but, would treating the tension in around the neck and therefore treating the cause of the headache not be better? Gentle osteopathic treatment can help the tension and pain and provide longer relief, reducing the need for medication. Pain which goes across the forehead or in the scalp could be due to irritation of the joints at the base of the neck. Irritation of these joints can also lead to other feelings of nausea or an irritable bowel. Improving the movements of these


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joints will help reduce this kind of headache. The ostepath is not just interested in the joints, but also why the joints are not working properly. For example age and degeneration, whiplash type injuries that have not been properly treated, and posture could lead to stresses on these joints and thus cause pain. Any misalignment along the spine can lead to accumulated stresses in the neck and give headaches. Treating the misalignment of the spine will provide longer periods of pain relief as the underlying causes are being treated. Improper blood supply to and from the head can lead to migrainous types of headaches and sinus congestion. Blood needs to flow freely to and from the brain which is very sensitive to changes. Mechanical blockage by misalinged spine or tense muscles may impede blood flow and lead to some of the most uncomfortable types of headache. Adjusting these mechanical blockages to

allow free flow of blood will help reduce if not stop this kind of headache. Other causes for headaches include improper diet, not drinking enough fluid, poor body position at work, visceral disturbances or hormonal imbalances. With so many types of headaches and different causes it becomes clear that headaches and their causes are unique to the individual. This requires the osteopath to take a detailed case history and examination, which will help to identify what is causing the headaches. The osteopath will then offer a personalised treatment plan. This would possibly lead to less headaches and because the causes may have been identified, long term relief and better quality of life will be experianced. For queries any of the Articles contact Tony O’Brien or Chris Campbell at the Littlejohn Clinic, 122A Cromwellsfort Road, Walkinstown.

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Losing Weight as a New Year’s Resolution With the New Year in full swing now, many of you will have already decided on your new year’s resolution. For those of you who are determined to lose weight this year you are not alone, as a whopping 1 in 3 people

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