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Boost for commuters as work commences on new train station Authority, Anne Graham, and the CEO of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade. The newest station on the Iarnród Éireann network will serve Ashington as well as the new community at Royal Canal Park, with a journey time of just 12 minutes to the city centre. This is the

first new station to open on the Iarnród Éireann network since Oranmore in 2013 and will be the 145th station in total. The station is funded by the National Transport Authority and from levies collected by Dublin City Council for the new development at Royal Canal Park and is being constructed by Sisk on behalf of Iarnród Éireann. Pelletstown was designated as a ‘Key The Helicentre, Airport Business Park, Development Area’ in Old Airport Road Cloghran, Co Dublin. the Dublin City Council Dublin Tunnel Commercials Limited Kealy’s Pub onCothe The Helicentre,Opposite Airport Business Park, Old Airport Road Cloghran, Dublin.Old Airport Road. Development Plan (2011 Ireland’s Premier CVRT - Testing Facility to 2017). Dublin Tunnel Commercials Limited The Helicentre, Airport Business Park, Old Airport Road Cloghran, Co Dublin. The new station will Ireland’s Premier CVRT - Testing Facility comprise two platforms, a

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burial underground of an existing ESB power line, which traverses the canal. As part of this construction process, a portion of Ashington Park will be occupied to complete the underground work, but this area of the park will be fully restored for the community once the cables have been buried. The station at Pelletstown will be fully self-service. Speaking at the sod turning ceremony last week, chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade said: “I am delighted to be here today to mark the start of construction of Pelletstown Station. As a railway operator, it is our goal to serve as much of the community as possible and we look forward to serving the communities of Ashington and Grand Canal Park for many generations to come.” Anne Graham, chief executive of the National Transport Authority, said: “The construction of Pelletstown Station is among the measures

Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Tom Brabazon, turning the sod at the site of Pelletstown Station , pictured with chief executive of Iarnród Éireann, Jim Meade, and chief executive of the National Transport Authority, Anne Graham. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA provided for in the NTA’s Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area, and the commencement of construction is a very positive development. This station will be particularly useful for communities of Ashington

and Royal Canal Park and will provide residents of this up-and-coming area with a much-needed public transport option that allows them to make sustainable transport choices.” The Lord Mayor of

Dublin, Tom Brabazon, added: “The provision of a new station at Pelletstown will be of great benefit to the citizens of this area. Levies collected as part of the new development at Royal Canal Park will

contribute to the building of this station. This is an excellent way of funding infrastructure provision and will greatly enhance the quality of life for the community here at Royal Canal Park and Ashington.”

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Mobility Hub is launched in Dublin 15 FINGAL County Council has become the first local authority in Ireland to launch a ‘Mobility Hub’ to support accessible and sustainable travel on Main Street, Blanchardstown. The hub comprises five parking bays with specific colour-coordinated functions, including age-friendly, disabled, electric vehicle charging, bike rack (bike share and public) and car sharing. The aim of the Mobility Hub is to encourage varied and sustainable types of transport in areas that are close to existing public transport links with high concentration of employment, housing,

shopping, amenities and recreation. This allows a greater number of citizens, including the aged and those with accessibility issues, to travel in a greater variety of ways and advances Fingal’s climate action goals in the process. Over the coming months, the Mobility Hubs will be rolled out on a phased basis across Fingal towns and villages. Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, said: “The Mobility Hub is a worthy initiative that shows Fingal’s commitment to helping our people and environment to

thrive. I look forward to seeing the success of the Mobility Hub model in Blanchardstown and beyond.” Chief executive of Fingal County Council, AnnMarie Farrelly, commented: “The Mobility Hub reflects Fingal County Council’s proactive approach to ensuring that our communities are provided with sustainable and accessible infrastructure. “It also shows our commitment to integrating our climate action goals in every aspect of our work.” David Storey, Fingal’s Director of Operations, said: “The Mobility Hub

Pictured at the launch of the ‘Mobility Hub’ in Blanchardstown were AnnMarie Farrelly, chief executive, Fingal County Council; David Storey, Director of Operations; Grainne Carroll, Road Safety, Operations Department; and Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, Mayor of Fingal. is an innovative piece of infrastructure that supports different modes of travel. “I commend the Operations Department staff for their efforts and look forward to the expansion of the initiative across Fingal.”

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Another setback for Dublin cyclists CIAN GINTY Editor IrishCycle.com www.irishcycle.com

THE LIFFEY Cycle Route was adopted in the Dublin City Development Plan 2011-2017 with the promise that a continuous and segregated cycle route would be built within the time of the plan. But the project has suffered many setbacks and, late last year, it was

confirmed that the route is delayed yet again and now not expected to open until at least 2024. That’s why IrishCycle.com started the LiffeyCycle.com petition which calls on the council to trial a cycle path on Dublin’s quays in 2020, and then look to build a wider quick-build cycle network. Over 4,400 people have signed the LiffeyCycle.com petition and, on the back of this, councillors looked for a trial of the Liffey Cycle Route. But what the NTA and Dublin City Council officials have now proposed is far from a trial of a route - and far from safe.


A computer image of the proposed Liffey Cycle Route. People cycling in Dublin already have cycle lanes which end at bus stops and junctions. What the council is calling “interim measures” will continue this and likely make things more dangerous at junctions. Under these interim measures for the quays, people cycling will still have to mix with buses at bus stops; mix with buses and taxis in sections of bus lanes; and, at junctions, there will still be conflict with left turning traffic. Many people are quick to say that “something is better than nothing” but that’s not always the case with cycle route design. There was a similar situation in

London a number of years ago. Unsafe stop-start segregated cycle paths were installed without dealing with the conflict areas like junctions and bus stops. The result was that cycle routes looked more attractive, but the conflict remained - or worsened - and people died. It is senseless for Dublin to be making the same mistakes - there’s too much at stake. Councillors need to have vision and implement a trial which is continuously segregated along the quays, even if this means disrupting cars on the north quays. Compromising on cycling safety just to maintain the same number of cars on the quays is pointless.

Cars are already seriously hampering the operation of the bus network and Luas Green Line and there are more buses and more trams on the way. Something has to give. Cities all around the world of different sizes - some with fewer public transport options than Dublin - have shown that city centres become better places when you reduce the number of cars. The sky doesn't fall in. The opposite is true and cities become more attractive places to live, work and do business in. For the people who need to drive, there would still be ample routes to reach car parks and other locations.

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Ballymun teenager stored bullets in his bedside locker Declan Brennan A MAN who was a teenager when he was caught holding bullets in his bedside locker has been jailed for two years. When gardaí found the ammunition in the bedroom of Shane Fay, the then 18-year-old told them: "I haven't seen them before in my life, they weren't in the house this morning when I was

cleaning my room." Fay, of Belclare Park, Ballymun, later admitted he had stored the bullets after being asked to do so. He told gardaí that he had a cocaine dependency. Fay, now aged 20, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to unlawful possession of 15 rounds of 9mm ammunition on October 3, 2018. David Fleming BL,

defending, told the court that while in custody awaiting sentence, Fay was the victim of a vicious unprovoked attack during which he was stabbed 10 times in the back. He said that he suffered savage wounds and his lungs filled with blood and had to be inflated. The attackers also cut through his fingers when Fay tried to defend himself, severing his

Hundreds attend open casting day HUNDREDS of people queued outside Liberty Hall in Dublin recently in the hope of landing work as a paid extra in a new film starring Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. ‘The Last Duel’ is an Epic Period feature film which will soon be shooting in various parts of Ireland over the coming months. It will be directed by the legendary Ridley Scott and will star Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver and Jodie Comer. Filming will mostly take place around Dublin, Wicklow, Meath and Tipperary. Affleck, Damon and Nicole Holofcener have written the screenplay which is based on the book ‘The Last Duel’, by Eric Jager. Set in Medieval France, the story is an epic tale of betrayal and justice. Lots of film extras will be required for huge crowd scenes and open casting sessions took place late last month at Liberty Hall, with queues forming from early morning. Hollywood heavyweights Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are both as renowned for their writing talents as they are for their acting roles.

Nadia Corrigan, from Wolfe Tone Street, was one of hundreds of hopefuls attending the open casting session at Liberty Hall. PHOTO: FRANK MALONE In 1998, they won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for ‘Good Will Hunting’, which they both starred in. Affleck received widespread acclaim for his Oscar winning film ‘Argo’. Director Ridley Scott is best-known for films such

as ‘Alien’, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Gladiator’. Ireland continues to be a popular destination for major films and TV productions, including ‘Game of Thrones’ and the recent ‘Star Wars’ films which featured Skellig Michael in Kerry.

tendons. Counsel said his client was a carer for his parents, who were both wheelchair bound. His

father lost his legs due to alcohol abuse and his mother had an extreme reaction to a mosquito bite while on a State-

funded respite holiday. Judge Melanie Greally suspended the final year of a three year prison term. She said she was

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Carer stole from pensioner By Isabel Hayes and Sonya McLean

A CARER who stole €41,000 of inheritance money from a grieving

pensioner whose sons were shot dead has been given a suspended

sentence on condition that she pay back the victim in full.


An open call to artists for a series of new portraits of outstanding females in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has been announced at DCU. ‘Accenture Women on Walls’ will recognise the pioneering achievements of a group of extraordinary women and enhance the visibility of female leaders in STEM. Pictured (from left) are: Andrew Hetherington, chief executive, Business to Arts; Dr Michelle Cullen, managing director and Head of Inclusion & Diversity, Accenture in Ireland; and Prof Brian MacCraith, President of DCU. PHOTO: JULIEN BEHAL PHOTOGRAPHY

In Dublin Circuit Criminal Court last week, Judge Melanie Greally gave Laura Pennick (33) a three-year suspended sentence on condition that she continue putting aside €100 a week to repay Marie McNally the stolen inheritance money. A total of €20,500 has already been paid over and it is estimated that it will take Pennick a further four years to fully reimburse the woman. The judge said she was prepared to give Pennick extra time after Derek Cooney BL, prosecuting, submitted that Ms McNally wanted all of her money back. In November 2016, Judge Greally put the matter back so that Pennick could save €100 a week for her victim. At that sentence hearing, Ms McNally jumped to her feet to ask Judge Greally for permission to speak, saying she was “bursting to say something”. “She took advantage of

me when my sons were shot,” Ms McNally told the court. “She robbed me of every penny I had. She took that money from me when I was sick. She's a liar.” Mother-of-two Pennick, with an address in Bride Street, Dublin, pleaded guilty to thefts totalling €41,935 from Ms McNally between January 2010 and December 2012. The court previously heard that Pennick befriended Ms McNally when she was living two doors away from her in Finglas. Ms McNally's two sons had been killed and she was in ill health at the time. Ms McNally’s son, Alan, was shot dead in the Cappagh Nua pub in Finglas in 2012, three years after his older brother Graham was killed. Pennick became Ms McNally's “unofficial carer” and started collecting her pension and paying her bills. She had access to Ms

McNally's ATM cards and two bank accounts, including one which contained Ms McNally's inheritance from the sale of her late mother's house. Garda Colin Rourke said Pennick made a number of withdrawals ranging from “very small amounts up to €600”. She spent the money on home improvements, fashion purchases, home furnishings, home appliances and holidays, he said. When questioned by gardaí following Ms McNally's discovery of the loss, Pennick said she had financial worries of her own and needed to do it. Damien Colgan SC, defending, said Pennick owed money at the time to “individuals” who made “real threats” against her. She has 29 previous convictions, including five for theft. One of these involved the theft of €1,000 from her previous employer, JD Sports.

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All Aboard for some of the best of the summer concerts THREE top summer concerts have been announced for Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the June Bank Holiday Weekend. The fun starts on Saturday, May 30 when All Aboard presents headliners Suede with special guests Peter Hook and The Light and Ash who will be taking to the stage on the Southside feastival. Supergrass will headline on Sunday, May 31 with special guests Echo and the Bunnymen and Fun Lovin' Criminals. On Bank Holiday Monday, June 1, The Last Ever Tour From Toots and the Maytals has been confirmed with special guests The Selector and Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Droop Lion and Captain Accident. One of the most groundbreaking bands of the 90’s, Suede are set to return to Dublin off the back of their eighth studio album ‘The Blue Hour’ the final part of the triptych of albums recorded by the band since they reformed with ‘Bloodsports’ (2013) and ‘Night Thoughts’ (2016). Currently touring their classic album 'Coming Up', the legendary Britpop act established themselves as one of the UK’s biggest and most important rock bands in the early nineties with their debut album 'Suede', followed by 'Dog Man Star', 'Coming Up', 'Head Music' and 'A New Morning'. There was also a catalogue of hit singles including 'Animal Nitrate', 'The Beautiful Ones', 'Trash', 'She's In Fashion' and ‘The Wild Ones'. Joining Suede will be Peter Hook and The Light. The English rock band, fronted by Peter Hook, former bassist and co-founder for Joy Division and New Order, has been touring for eight years and performing songs from his previous bands. Live favourites Ash, who are celebrating a career spanning 25 years

Frederick Hibbert, better known as ‘Toots’, is back at the helm of the legendary Toots and the Maytals. One of the most groundbreaking bands of the 90’s...Suede. which included two number one albums and top 10 singles, are sure to deliver a jam-packed performance filled with hits including 'Girl From Mars', 'Burn Baby Burn', 'Shining Light, 'A Life Less Ordinary' and 'Candy' for their fans. Ash released ‘Best Of Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years of Ash’ in February of this year. On Sunday, May 31, it is the turn of Supergrass, who recently kicked off the first of their three sold out Irish dates as part of their 25th anniversary tour. They announced their return to Dublin this summer for All Aboard with a mesmerising Greatest Hits set list up their sleeves. Joining Supergrass are new wave, post-punk legends Echo and the

Bunnymen who have released a catalogue of influential, groundbreaking albums including 'Porcupine', 'Ocean Rain' and their latest release 'The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon' in 2018. Multi platinum New York City trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album 'Come Find Yourself', which featured massive single ‘Scooby Snacks’. Wrapping up what is sure to be another top weekend in Dun Laoghaire are Toots and the Maytals, one of the true architects of reggae. Toots and the Maytals brought the reggae sound to the masses with some of the biggest and pioneering

hits in reggae history such as ‘Do The Reggay’ (the 1968 single is credited as the first song ever to feature the word ‘reggae’ and giving the genre its name), ‘Pressure Drop’, ‘54-46 (That’s My Number)’, ‘Sweet and Dandy’, ‘Monkey Man’, ‘Funky Kingston’ and ‘Reggae Got Soul’. A five-time Grammy nominee, Toots and The Maytals won the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album with ‘True Love’ with all-star guests on the 2004 album ranging from legends like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to No Doubt, the Roots, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. Toots introduces Droop Lion and Captain Accident plus special guests The Selector and Lee Scratch Perry.

Legendary ska-punk band, The Selecter, with Pauline Black and Arthur 'Gaps' Hendrickson, have been celebrating their 40th anniversary and four decades of 2-Tone on tour across the US and Europe ahead of their Dublin date. Their new album 'Daylight' is out now. Regarded with awe throughout the music world, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry holds the status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in Kingston, Jamaica through to his production of some Wailers classics and lots more, Perry’s innovative style marks him out as one of Reggaes true originals. Tickets are on sale now.

Stomptown Brass are back as they prepare for a festival season full of brilliant music AFTER a blistering national tour last autumn, the eight-piece Urban Street Funk band Stomptown Brass are back with a brand new show to kick off the 2020 festival season. Since their inception, Stomptown Brass have shocked and delighted audiences across Ireland and abroad. Through countless festival appearances and themed shows, they have built and maintained a status as one of the country’s most unique and dynamic ensemble acts. Blending cinematic soundscapes, driving rhythms and groovy drops, the impressive line-up of two drummers, two trombones, two

trumpets, one sax and a big dirty Tuba are known to put on a serious racket to get any crowd on their feet. When the band aren’t performing raucous slots at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Another Love Story, Kaleidoscope, Sea Sessions, Indiependence or Longitude, they’re known to create unique and spectacular theatrical productions to captivate fresh audiences. In ‘Requiem for the Truth’, the band held a New Orleans jazz funeral, selling out back-to-back shows at Dublin Fringe, Norway Fringe, Cork Jazz and Waterford Imagine Arts festivals, along with

two nights at Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church. With ‘Curious Eyes & Ears’, the band produced a multi-faceted kids’ show that demonstrated the foundations of music theory. They are back to kick off the campaign for their debut album (set to drop in 2021) with a headline show in the newly renovated Opium in Dublin on April 25. With even more drums and a brand new set of cinematic brassy tunes, this is not a show to miss! Tickets (€15) are on sale now and cover price includes free entry to Whelan’s after the gig.

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LEFT: The views of Belfast from the Grand Central bedrooms are spectacular. BELOW: Titanic Belfast is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions.

Belfast reaches new heights Tony McCullagh

the atmosphere is less formal than the Observatory Bar but exudes understated elegance. OPENING a €60 million hotel in 2018, in the The seahorse is a symbol of Belfast’s haze of Brexit chaos and uncertainty, might seem to run somewhat counter-intuitive. But great maritime history, which is where the Grand Central’s main restaurant draws its the Grand Central in Belfast can rightly lay inspiration from. The excellence of the food claim to being a proud symbol of this great on offer is matched by the friendliness and city’s determination to carve out its future professionalism of the staff. Hotel guests on its own terms. will be happy to start their day here as the Part of the Hastings Hotel Group - who Seahorse Restaurant is also home to Belfast’s also own the nearby Europa, Stormount finest breakfast. and Culloden Hotels - the Grand Central, at While it’s highly tempting not to leave the 23 storeys, is Ireland’s tallest hotel. Located comfort of the Grand Central for the duration on Bedford Street, it has replaced a once of your stay, the lure of this wonderful city anonymous office block to become one makes it impossible not to venture outside. of Belfast’s most impressive buildings and From politics to music, you are surrounded a valuable addition to the city’s tourism by a sense of history and occasion at every offering. Growing demand for overnight turn. accommodation in Belfast was a deciding Let’s start with the music. In Belfast, we’re factor when developing the hotel and the not just talking local heroes like Van Morrison Grand Central has added 300 superbly who wrote about the city’s streets in some appointed bedrooms to the market. of his most loved songs. At Ulster Hall, for Despite its sleek design and 21st century feel, the hotel’s very name is a nod to history; instance, Led Zeppelin performed ‘Stairway to Heaven’ for the very first time in the early a modern reincarnation of the Victorian1970s – how about that for a claim to fame? era Grand Central which operated on Royal The Grand Central Hotel, which is located Avenue from 1893 until the 1970s. in the up-and-coming Linen Quarter, is right Expansive floor to ceiling windows in the at the heart of the action, be it for shopping, bedrooms offer stunning panoramic views entertainment or dining out. Belfast City Hall across the city. If you look closely, you can even see the iconic Harland and Wolff cranes is just a skip across the road and, apart from its official functions, regularly hosts music in the distance, reminding you to put a visit events, street performances and markets to the city’s Titanic Quarter on your travel itinerary. Directly below, you’re struck by the within its grounds. Also close by is the Cathedral Quarter, which instantly recognisable grandeur of Belfast can probably be best described as a classier City Hall. version of Temple Bar; its streets lined with All guest bedrooms are superbly appointed trendy bars, delicatessens and world-class and raise the bar when it comes to comfort and relaxation. It’s well worth looking for one restaurants. You could lose yourself here for an entire weekend. of the rooms on the higher floors to get the One of the best ways to see the city is by full Grand Central experience. booking one of the famous Black Cab tours. The hotel has made quite an impact Our guide, Billy Scott, is something of a local on Belfast’s social scene, not least for its legend. Part-comedian, part-storyteller, spectacular Observatory Bar on the 23rd part-historian, he offers his passengers a floor which offers unparalleled levels of fascinating insight into Belfast’s turbulent sophistication. You will literally be living the past. high life as you sip a pre-dinner cocktail with Although many of his stories are infused the stunning backdrop of Belfast’s city lights with that trademark Belfast wit, Billy surrounding you on all sides. It feels like respectfully changes tone when he drives New York chic mixed with Northern Ireland through suburbs that were at the centre of hospitality. sectarian conflict. The tour takes in the worldOn the ground floor, the Grand Café has famous murals and you are even invited to become the venue of choice for locals and add your own piece of legalised graffiti to the tourists alike. Be it for coffee or a long, peace wall that divided loyalist and nationalist lazy lunch over a glass wine or craft beer,

communities. For more information The Grand visit touringaroundbelfast.com Central is located But the Troubles are only part on Bedford Street, of Belfast’s history – a history its in the city’s Linen citizens openly acknowledge - and Quarter this is best exemplified by Titanic Belfast. Most deservedly, Titanic Belfast was voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction in 2016. It is impossible not to feel emotional as you stand on the very spot where the ill-fated ship was launched in 1912. The overall shape of the building represents the bow of the ship and the hulls are the same height of Titanic, from keel to deck. Over six floors there are nine interpretive and interactive galleries that tell the story of Titanic, from its design, construction and launch to the night of the disaster when it struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage. Visit www. titanicbelfast. com. Given everything that Belfast has to offer, it is bizarre that it is often overlooked as a weekend destination, particularly when you consider that Dublin is just an hour and half away by car. If you really want to unwind, we suggest that you take the Enterprise train from Connolly station to Belfast.

Tony McCullagh visited Belfast courtesy of the Hastings Hotel Group. Other hotels in the group include the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa, the Everglades Hotel in Derry, Ballygally Castle, the Europa in Belfast, Culloden Estate and Spa and the Stormont Hotel. For details on the latest offers at the Grand Central The Belfast, visit www. Observatory grandcentralhotelbelfast. Bar com or phone 028 90231066.

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Used cars sales are down for the start of this year. an important stat of note was the reduction in CO2 emissions. The average CO2 emissions (108.33g/km) relating to a new car sold in January 2020 reduced by 5.8 per cent on the comparison (115.04g/km) to the same time last year.

Diesel continues to remain the most popular engine type (42.1 per cent) following by petrol (39.6), and hybrid (13.6 per cent) which gained a significant increase in market share along with electric (2.9 per cent) and plug-in (1.8 per cent).

New electric car registrations increased with 898 registered in January 2020, compared to 799 in January 2019. The SIMI Review highlights that the Irish economy will perform strongly in 2020. This should be supportive of

consumer spending. However, the Irish consumer is still behaving in a relatively cautious manner. Personal spending power remains under pressure from increasingly expensive big-ticket spending items such as rents, mortgage repayment, health insurance and dwelling insurance. Apart from the economic aspects, there are a number of noneconomic factors that are likely to be influential in 2020. Commenting on the new vehicle registrations figures, Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said: “January is the most important selling month for new cars. In this regard, it is very disappointing to see a reduction in new car sales compared to January last year, the fourth consecutive year in which

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it may be too early to tell, the introduction of the NOx charge on January 1 appears to have reduced demand for older used imports. Jim Power, Economist and author of the SIMI Report, added: “The economic fundamentals will in theory be supportive of new car registrations in 2020, but as has been the case over the past three years, used imports and consumer caution will likely have an impact.” Other factors that could undermine the market is deep uncertainty and confusion about the environmental implications of different types of cars. These uncertainties are not helping new car sales. For 2020, 111,245 new car registrations are projected, which would represent a decline of five per cent on 2019.

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Dublin City Council We, Concept Fusion Ltd. intend to apply for planning permission for development of the Swimming Pool lands, part of St. Vincent’s CBS, Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11, D11PD28. The development will consist of the demolition of existing St. Vincent’s Swimming Pool (derelict single storey detached building c. 757m sq.) and the construction of 5 no. dwellings, comprising 1 no. 2 storey 5 bedroom dwelling, 2 no. 2 storey 4 bedroom dwellings and 1 no. 2.5 storey 5 bedroom dwelling in a single terraced block and 1 no. 1.5 storey 4 bedroom detached dwelling, including all associated on and off-site development works, car parking, boundary treatment works, soft and hard landscaping on the site of c. 0.24 ha. and removal of existing c.2m high boundary wall to create direct vehicular and pedestrian access by the extension of the existing Towerview Cottages cul de sac. The development will also include the provision of a temporary construction access road (c. 90m long) through the adjoining St. Vincent’s school lands with vehicular access onto the Finglas Road and the temporary removal (and future reinstatement) of existing single storey storage building c.57m sq. required to facilitate the temporary access. A Natura Impact Statement has been prepared and is included with the application. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4, Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 during its public opening hours (9.00a.m.- 4.30p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council We, Victor and Iulia Trinchinet are applying to Fingal County Council for Planning Permission for development at this site 4 Huntstown Green, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, D15F38V. The proposed development will consist of an attic conversion for storage, including a dormer roof window to rear roof profile. 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 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.

Dublin City Council Permission sought for proposed change of use first floor level shop use to apartment dwelling use with rear terrace private space on existing flat roof, form stairwell window opening to side gable wall and associated external alterations at 33 Ashtown Grove, Navan Road, Dublin 7 for Kevin Blake. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council Planning Department 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 (€20.00) 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.

PLANNING DUBLIN Fingal County Council We, Starrus Eco Holdings Ltd. Intend to apply for Permission for development at Panda Materials Recycling Facility, Cappagh Road, Cappoge Td, Finglas, Dublin 11. The development will consist of Installation of roof mounted solar panels over 2 no. existing transfer/ recycling waste buildings. The proposed development relates to an activity covered by an existing Waste Licence No WO26 1-02 issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. 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 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.



Dublin City Council Permission sought for proposed single storey and two storey extensions to side and rear along with location of entrance doorway from side to front, associated internal alterations, replacement windows, chimney flue, demolition of single storey extension to rear and garage with all associated development works to dwelling house at 215 Griffith Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, D09 N2T6 for Shirley Simmonson. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council Planning Department 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 (€20.00) 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.

Dublin City Council I, Aisling Garvey, wish to apply for planning permission for proposed new flat roof dormer with window at attic level to front and all associated site works at 50 Sion Hill Park, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between the hours of 9.00am 4.30pm at the offices of Dublin City Council, Planning Department, Block 4,Ground Floor, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Dublin City Council on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council Meabh and Pat Cooney are making a Planning Application for Planning Permission for the following works a) Removal of the existing front hipped roof. b) Construction of a new single ridge roof to form gables at either end, to be sufficiently high to accommodate two number Bedrooms and a Bathroom at Attic Level, and to join to the rere roof. c) Construction of two number dormer windows for the Bedrooms. d) Insertion of six number rooflights to the front and rere faces of the new roof. e) Installation of new external insulation around the entire building. f) Related internal and external alterations at 20A Tolka Cottages, Old Finglas Road, Dublin 11, D11 CP5H. This Planning Application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

PLANNING DUBLIN Dublin City Council I Cristiano Pires is applying for planning permission for part demolition of existing garage, to replace and extend to provide a one-bedroom mews to the rear of 40 Shanowen Avenue Dublin 9. Eircode D09 K4P2. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding a reasonable cost of making a copy. at the Offices of Dublin City Council during its public opening hours and a submission or observations in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing, on 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 Fingal Couty Council We Murtaza & Katima Kazim Intend to apply for Permission, for development at 69 Barnwell Woods, Dublin 15, D15 W89W. The development will consist / consists of: Construction of a single storey extension (76.1sq.m) to northeast (rear) elevation of existing two storey dwelling house and 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 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.

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Puzzles 21








1. With a gift the members make a uniform greeting (7,4) 9. Sightseer to stir out, maybe (7) 10. Material made explosively hazardous on return (5) 11. Make an annexe for present-day lecturer (3,2) 12. Wield a stick to produce behaviour (7) 13. Henry and Edward went no further (6) 15. Miserable type upsets nearly all the crew (6) 18. The stronghold of a different dialect (7) 20. A piece of research in ancient country (5) 22. This will give one a leg up (5) 23. Concentrated at home, in need of relaxation (7) 24. Do another put-up job (11)

1. Syntactical (11) 9. In general (7) 10. The same (5) 11. Rate (5) 12. The most (7) 13. Prey (6) 15. Gap (6) 18. Increase (7) 20. Cringe (5) 22. Healed (5) 23. Sustenance (7) 24. For sure (11)

2. Thread (5) 3. Wind (7) 4. Self-confidence (6) 5. Contents list (5) 6. Try (7) 7. Result (11) 8. Sympathise (11) 14. Wing flap (7) 16. Slope (7) 17. Smear (6) 19. Wireless (5) 21. Roll (5)


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2. Part of a fight produces a recurring strain (5) 3. It involves experimenting with the chorus-leader in Scene 1! (7) 4. Public announcement to deter the intending skater? (6) 5. Dramatic setting that comes from the Bard enchantingly (5) 6. An individual pursuit carried out by force, maybe (7) 7. Could it contain a lawsuit involving one of the embassy staff? (7-4) 8. Void as far as capital is concerned - that’s stupid (5-6) 14. Tactile variety of network (7) 16. Petroleum and bitumen found beneath the crag (4-3) 17. They fight with each other, but the sorties lack a leader (6) 19. In the end it totalled the same (5) 21. One strange coin of Greek origin (5)



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22 Happenings


A few things worth checking out this week Simon Home Run

Head up to Phoenix Park for the 2020 Simon Home Run on Saturday, March 7, and raise money to provide homes for the homeless. Participants can run, jog or walk the five mile (8km) route around the beautiful surroundings of the Phoenix Park. There will be kids’ activities on the day with food and entertainment for all the family to enjoy. It’s an enjoyable morning out for an important cause.

LIFE IN STILL LIFE This exhibition is running at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre until March 23 as part of the annual cross border partnership between the Office of Public Works (OPW) in the Republic of Ireland and the Department of Finance of Northern Ireland. It showcases 54 artworks on the theme of still life selected by the members of The Association of Art and Design Education in Northern Ireland. The visitor centre is open daily from 9.30am-5.15pm




Amateur choir, Songs in the Key of D, are celebrating International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8, with a spectacular night of music inspired by some of Dublin’s finest female musicians at 8pm in Stillorgan Orchard. The choir is led by professional directors and sing a repertoire made up entirely of songs that are either about Dublin or that have a strong link with the capital. Admission is free, and there will be a collection in aid of Songs in the Key of D on the night.

The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival continues at various locations around the city until Sunday, March 8. From hidden gems to red-carpet spectaculars attended by directors and stars, it’s a celebration of cinematic excellence in all its forms. The Closing Gala features Herself Directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) and produced by Element Pictures (The Favourite), teaming up with Sharon Horgan’s production company Merman, in Parnell Street. Full details from www.diff.ie.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE The French Embassy in partnership with Trinity College Dublin - School of Physics, the German Embassy and the Goethe Institute, are hosting an event to engage, learn and exchange about what it means to be women in science, from Marie Curie to today. Taking place on Friday, March 6 at 6.30pm in Trinity College for the Irish Premiere screening of the Franco-German-Polish film ‘Marie Curie – The Courage of Knowledge’ by Marie Noëlle the film is followed by a panel discussion featuring women from the research world and initiatives promoting opportunities for girls in STEM. The discussion will continue around German and French refreshments in the Fitzgerald Library. More information on the French Embassy’s website : ie.ambafrance.org/ Women-in-Science.

the Irish Georgian Society is presenting ‘Dublin Fragments: The Pearson Collection’ curated by artist Peter Pearson until March 22. This exhibition is a monument to Dublin at a particular moment in time in the last decades of the 20th century – a period of dramatic change on a widespread scale, where little of the built heritage was considered worth keeping. This presentation of architectural fragments and installations presents a dazzling display of Dublin craftsmanship. The exhibition is located at the City Assembly House on South William Street.

Crossword Answers 4th March CRYPTIC SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Present arms; 9 Tourist; 10 Denim; 11 Add on; 12 Conduct; 13 Halted; 15 Wretch; 18 Citadel; 20 China; 22 Stilt; 23 Intense; 24 Reconstruct.

SPORTS QUIZ Quizhost Ireland, one of the most popular quiz nights in Dublin, is hosting their new sports quiz at the Five Lamps Brewery in Camden Street on Monday, March 9, at 7.30pm. There will be sports questions to suit sports fans of every type with audio and video questions presented on a big screen. Sounds like a great way to spend a Monday evening. It costs €5 per person or €20 for a team of four.

WOMEN’S DAY CÉILI DANCE Dublin City Council is hosting a céili dance to celebrate International Women’s Day at 12.302pm on Monday, March 9 in Finglas Youth Resource Centre on Mellows Road. There’ll be some great live music, refreshments and it’s all free. For more information contact Marian on 01-2225424 or Caroline on 01-2225413.

Down: 2 Round; 3 Science; 4 Notice; 5 Arden; 6 Manhunt; 7 Attache-case; 8 Empty-headed; 14 Lattice; 16 Rock-tar; 17 Allies; 19 Ditto; 21 Ionic. QUICK SOLUTIONS Across: 1 Grammatical; 9 Overall; 10 Ditto; 11 Speed; 12 Maximum; 13 Quarry; 15 Hiatus; 18 Enlarge; 20 Cower; 22 Cured; 23 Aliment; 24 Undoubtedly Down: 2 Reeve; 3 Meander; 4 Aplomb; 5 Index; 6 Attempt; 7 Consequence; 8 Commiserate; 14 Aileron; 16 Incline; 17 Bedaub; 19 Radio; 21 Wheel.

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

Brendan Behan Boarding a boat on Lambay Island in 1949. PHOTO: DUBLIN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Freeman’s Journal, March 17, 1826

Irish Press, March 24, 1964

Freeman’s Journal, March 31, 1826

The ‘Lady With the Cross’ was a regular feature of the city centre for many years.










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