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Minister Meets Facebook HaVe you been inJured in an accident? to discuss bullying

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Minister Fitzgerald calls on latvian authorities to investigate lack of safeguards applying to contentious ‘ask.fm’ website

Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Children & Youth Affairs has met with Facebook management to discuss online safeguards for children given recent concerns over cyber-bullying and internet safety The Minister met with Simon Millner, Policy Director for Facebook in Ireland and the UK. The meeting took place ahead of the Digital Youth international symposium at the Science Gallery in Dublin. Minister Fitzgerald welcomed “the child-focussed and

user-friendly safeguards and supports which Facebook have put in place to protect children and respond to concerns over cyber-bullying and inappropriate online behaviour.” Following the meeting the Minister expressed “her concern that certain other websites popular among Irish teenagers do not include the same safeguards.”

The Minister made specific reference to the contentious ‘ask.fm’ website which has come to attention

in Ireland in recent weeks due to its use as a platform for cyber-bullying.

Minister Fitzgerald has this morning stated that she intends to ask the Latvian authorities to investigate lack of safeguards applying to contentious ‘ask.fm’ website which is based in that country. Minister Fitzgerald is also to ask her colleague the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, to do likewise. Addressing the Digital Youth Symposium, Minister Fitzgerald spoke of “the

increasing centrality of digital media in our children’s lives.” “New technologies have opened a world of opportunity for our people. young Opportunities which should be accentuated. But it also brings risks must be which mitigated.”

The Minister told the Symposium that “in seeking to respond to cyber-bullying, we should seek to start by addressing bullying in the round. This requires a whole school-and-community

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Speaking in advance of the PMB on statutory sick pay Sinn Fein’s spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said the

government’s proposal to cut illness benefit by way of introducing a statutory sick pay scheme will cost jobs.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the government should instead raise more PRSI from those employers that can afford to pay it. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said: “By passing an €89 million burden onto employers with no regard to their ability to pay some employers will be forced to close jobs, sick workers will see their pay-packets reduced and discrimination against those with disabilities or recurring illnesses will rise. “The Fianna Fáil motion to be debated this evening rightly condemns the government proposal but they offer no alternative whatsoever. To be credible in opposition you can’t just say no, you must put forward

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“I am putting forward an alternative plan which would raise €91.5 million or €2.5 million more than the figure targeted by government. I am tabling an amendment to tonight’s motion proposing that the government instead increase the employers’ PRSI contributions paid by those employers that can afford to pay more without precipitating job losses or pay cuts for those on low and middle incomes. “The government could do this by raising the employer PRSI contribution made on pay exceeding €100,000 to 15.75% which would raise €91.5 million without cutting the Illness Benefit Scheme or costing jobs.”

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cyber-bullying as child protection concerns.”

The Minister said she expects to receive the report of the National Anti-Bullying Forum working group before the end of the year.

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Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, has called on the government to stop its crippling austerity as workers and their families are suffering from its fall out. Crowe was speaking after the release of the latest Irish League of Credit Union’s “What’s Left? Income Tracker”. The tracker found that more than 1.3 million adults in Ireland have less than €50 left over after paying essential bills each month. “The income tracker shows in black white what Sinn Féin has continually argued; we need investment and growth, not more

austerity and social spending cuts. “Those living on €50 or less a month after paying essential bills now amount to 1.3 million adults, with another 1.9 million living on less than €100 a month after paying essential bills. “Looking ahead to this winter, I am extremely worried that households will be under severe pressure to pay heating costs and Christmas expenses. According to the Irish League of Credit Union’s, heating and fuel costs are now the second most essential bill for households. “This 2012 tracker sees Ireland with 42% of

its people having to borrow money to pay bills. Some 70% say they are unable to save any money due to a lack of disposable income, and one in ten say they are unable to pay their bills from month to month. “The income tracker started in March 2011 when this government took power, and it is updated every three months. This latest surveys shows a steady decline in the amount of disposable income that households are left with at the end of the month. "When, if ever will the government wake up

we Finally HaVe our sHelter says young Fg

Young Fine Gael Dublin have South-West welcomed the final confirmation that the long campaigned for bus shelter outside of I.T. Tallaght is being installed.

Dale McDermott, who is a local activist and Dublin Organiser for Young Fine Gael said "I really do welcome the recent developments

after a long and hard fought campaign to get this bus shelter for the students and people of Tallaght village".

"This is something which we in Young Fine Gael have demanded from an early stage and managed to get movement on the issue after we wrote to Dublin Bus" he added.

"This is the 21st century, and for one of the busiest areas for public transportation in Dublin not to have a shelter is nothing short of a joke, but I am glad we can fix that for our most vulnerable".

He also said that "I hope that the people of Tallaght village and students of I.T. Tallaght benefit greatly from

this shelter, they deserve it and to see final progress on the issue is a good result".

Dale McDermott also stated "Young Fine Gael worked tirelessly on this campaign but it is a shame that petty claims by other political parties have overshadowed the result for the students and people. I will

indeed be using this bus shelter next week, but I have no doubt I won't see any Labour TD's or Councillor's within a mile of it".

Dale McDermott finished by thanking who everyone supported the campaign and looked forward to its successful installation.

and actually see that its austerity programme, with its toxic fall out is'nt working. The income survey shows there is no more to give,individuals and families cannot take any more of this.

“The government needs to focus more on real alternatives and begin helping Ireland’s struggling citizens. We need to focus on creating jobs and getting people off the dole. We need to stimulate our stagnant economy and use the likes of National Pension Fund, with other available funds to begin building again for a better future."

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Speaking at the 45th British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly Plenary (BIPA) in Glasgow on the subject of Sign language, Fine Gael Dublin South West Senator, Cait Keane, has called on the Irish and British Governments to proceed with the official recognition of British and Irish Sign Languages, respectively, without further delay.

“I welcome the passing of the motion that I put forward at the meeting of BIPA in Glasgow which calls our respective for Governments to recognise Irish sign (ISL) and British Sign Language (BSL) language in legislation. The Programme for Government commits to introducing various mechanisms to promote the recognition of

Irish sign language in this State.

“I raised this issue in an adjournment motion in the Seanad in July of 2011 and the Minister of State for Training and Skills at the Department of education and Skills, Ciarán Cannon, stated that the National Council for Special education, NCSe, had commissioned an external high-level review of the issues surrounding deaf education, which would offer policy direction to the Government in relation to ISL. “I am urging the to Government acknowledge that people who use ISL want their language to be protected and promoted in the same

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“In 1998, the european Parliament passed a resolution on sign language and in 2010 the Brussels declaration on sign language in the european Union was signed. I have noted that the Welsh & Scottish Assemblies are more advanced in the facilities they provide for their respective sign language. In the UK, there is a verbal recognition of BSL (and ISL in Northern Ireland) but there is no legal recognition and that is what we are advocating for ISL/BSL by passing this motion.”

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radical sHake-uP oF local goVernMent will Mean greater eFFiciencies and better serVices For tHe PeoPle oF soutH dublin

The local government reforms announced by the Minister for environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, represent the biggest shake-up of local government in the history of the State which will result in greater efficiencies and improved service delivery for the people of South Dublin and people right across Ireland.

“Local government have structures remained largely unchanged for more than 100 years and now more than ever we need to focus on doing more with less and getting better value for money. The reform programme, entitled

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‘Putting People First’ will see local government leading economic, social and community development through a more streamlined and better managed system that will save the taxpayer over €420 million when fully implemented. “Reform will be carried out under four main themes; Structures; Funding, Accountability and Governance; economic Development and Job Creation; and Services Delivering efficiently. It will see all 80 existing Town Councils being replaced by a comprehensive system of municipal governance and the number of Councils going from 114 to 31. The number of

Councillors will be reduced by 42% and the number of Council seats will be reduced from 1,627 to no more than 950. “’Putting People First’ aims to address the weakness in the current system and to re-build confidence and trust in local government. It will also place a greater emphasis on responsibility, with a Chief executive Post replacing the local authority manager. This will ensure that, in the same way as the Chief executive of a business is accountable to the Board of Directors, so the Chief executive Post will be answerable to the elected members of the authority. “In line with national government policy,

steps have also been taken to assist the women of South Dublin in playing a greater role at local level by overhauling the way business is conducted in terms of the timing of meetings and other arrangements. A focus will also be placed on economic development with economic development plans to form part of the City or County Development Plan and one-stop-shops for business support to be provided through new Local enterprise Offices (LeOs).

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tHe laurels Pub raises oVer €100,000 For our lady’s cHildren’s HosPital

Patrons of the Laurels Pub, Clondalkin village have raised over €100,000 to date this year for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. Damien Long, manager at The Laurels presented a cheque for the funds raised to Gerry Cully, fundraising manager for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.

In April, 220 locals accompanied by orthopedic surgeons Pat Kiely and David Moore, took part in a sponsored cycle from Galway to The Laurels Pub in Clondalkin. A group of enthusiastic female advocates showed their support in September by participating in a sponsored walk from The Garda Club in Islandbridge back to the pub. In total, their

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More than 180 individual events in Dublin have been registered so far as part of Science Week 2012 ‘everyday experimenting’, takes place which nationwide from 11th – 18th November. Over 600 events are being held in libraries, colleges, schools, universities and other centres across Ireland.

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Science Week 2012 ‘everyday experimenting’ aims to demonstrate that you are a part of Science. You are constantly From experimenting. attempting a new level on a game, to trialling a new recipe and even embarking on a first date – these are everyday experiments. events across Dublin

include: · ‘The Science Show with Michael Moylan’ taking place in Coolock library where Children can experiment with heat, light and sound, as they see the world through new eyes and experience the wonders of physics, chemistry and biology. · Dave’s Jungle will be

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Feeling the pinch in the run up to Christmas but still want to buy a new party dress and accessories? Then new independent shop Lots of Bling may have the solution for you, satisfying shoppers who don't want to spend a fortune on a dress they may only wear once. ‘'I recognise the fact that a lot of women do not like to be seen in the same dress twice especially with photos circulating on social media websites. Looking good and creating a new look for each night out comes with a price tag - not any more'’. said Laura Blighe Owner of Lots of Bling. Lots of Bling was recently opened in Unit 2B Kilinarden enterprise Park, Tallaght. Having worked in retail for over 7 years in

jewellery and fashion and working in a fashion agency for almost a year and then finding herself recently unemployed Laura decided to take matters into her own hands and carve out a job for herself. ‘’ I had always thought I’d love to work for myself and have my own independent shop, so I started doing my research and now here I am and I’m delighted with how it all turned out’’ she said. Opening up in a recession could have been a risky move, but as all of Lots of Bling’s stock are quality pieces with a recessionary price tag it’s a winning formula. You can check Lots of Bling out on facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/LotsoBling http://www.facebook.com/lob.jewellery

Jobless generation must be Government priority as long term unemployment increases by 4.6%.

ISMe, the Irish Small & Medium enterprises Association, has called for renewed effort from Government to tackle the jobless situation by increasing support for SMes - the main job creators. The Association warned of the long term effects on the economy and the danger of social unrest as the jobless generation increases.

The latest live register figures from the CSO confirm that unemployment remains stubbornly high 434,200 people with claiming assistance, however the number of long term claimants has increased by 4.6%, up 8,344 in the year. Just as worrying is the reduction in persons under 25 claiming, down from 19.3% in October 2010 to 16.6%, as a result of

wholesale emigration. The standardised unemployment rate remains at 14.8%,

According to ISMe Chief executive, Mark Fielding, “The ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ is not working for the SMe sector and it is unlikely to work, if government imposed costs continue to increase. Added to that is the uncertainty generated by polar opposite proposals from cabinet on job creation and sick pay schemes. In addition, the lack of progress on public sector cost reduction and inefficiencies under the Croke Park Agreement, must be remedied”. The Association demands the following; • A full overhaul of all influenced government business costs with a target

of a reduction to below the eU average for all. • Introduce an employment Incentive scheme to provide subsidies to employers for each additional job created. • A reduction in state assistance for those who refuse job offers – two offers at a maximum. • Address the lack of bank credit for SMes. “Jobs will be created when the Government prioritises SMes and job creation. It is essential that we kick-start the domestic economy’s recovery with financial support aimed at maintaining and creating employment, a reduction in state costs and social welfare inhibitors to work. Small businesses will begin recruiting again when costs concluded reduce,” Fielding.

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laVelle seeks ProVision oF Playing PitcHes at griFFeen Valley Park extension council agree to relocate soil from new Parks depot development works so as to prepare lands for future pitch provision

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has this week called for the provision of additional playing pitches at the extended area of Griffeen valley Park south of the railway line.

Lavelle stated: “I know from speaking with many local sports clubs, including in particular with Lucan Sarsfields GAA club who are located nearby, that there is a significant demand in the Lucan area for additional pitches “The extension of the Grand Canal green route through this area south of the

railway has opened up the area and highlighted the great potential that exists here.. I believe the provision of much-needed playing pitches should be the next phase of development in this area. Clubs like Lucan Sarsfields would benefit greatly from my proposal.”

Last year Lavelle first proposed that pitches should be developed adjacent to the new Green Route extension and that this should be examined in conjunction with the plans to relocate the Lucan Parks Depot to a location south of

the railway. However the relocation of depot was delayed due to a Bord Pleanala appeal affecting the associated development of a school at esker Lane. earlier this month Bord Pleanala granted planning permission for the new school at esker Lane. This move now means the council can proceed with plans to move the depot to the location south of the railway. Recently Lavelle asked council officials to examine how the planned depot development could be accompanied by works to

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enhance the surrounding areas of parkland, including provision of additional playing pitches. Council officials responded positively saying that “works on the development of the new depot will require the excavation and relocation of topsoil and subsoil within the park to accommodate the depot” and that “it is likely that some of the excavated

material will be relocated to the site of the proposed pitches.

However the council official also advised that “the subsequent development of the park and associated facilities will be subject to the identification of the necessary resources at that time.” Lavelle

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“I will continue to work to the additional secure funding needed to progress delivery of pitches at this location.” he concluded

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Speaking in response to the decision by South Dublin County Council to issue letters to households across Dublin South West and Mid-West for non-payment of the Household Charge Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative eoin Ó Broin said: “Across the country hundreds of thousands of people have not paid the household charge. Some have paid because they firmly believe the tax is unjust. Others have not paid it because they simply do not have the money. “The Government is now

trying to bully these people into payment. They have threatened cuts to funding for local government. Now they are imposing additional charges. “Under pressure from central Government South Dublin County Council have written to the 45% of home owners who have not paid telling them that they now owe €127 “This is totally unacceptable. The Government must admit failure, abolish the household charge and return the money collected to date. They should then

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Fine Gael Dublin South West TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has the welcomed announcement of an additional €2 million in funding for the

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year. “Two million euro in additional funding is being supplied to assist the people of Dublin South West and beyond in their attempts to organise events and activities at local level as part of the biggest tourism initiative ever planned in Ireland; The Gathering 2013. “The fund will be administered by local authorities to support activities and I am encouraging anyone in Dublin South West who is interested in planning an event, to apply for funding from their local authority. City and County Councils will be administering grants of between €25,000 and €60,000 which will support up to three flagship events in each Council area. Grants of between €500 and €2,500 will also be available for other local and community events. “The Gathering 2013 is a fantastic opportunity

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for each locality to demonstrate all they have to offer. It’s a fantastic excuse to bring friend and family home or to encourage those who merely have an interest in Ireland and Irish culture to pay us a visit. It is hoped that the year-long series of festivals and events will bring an additional 325,000 tourists to Ireland next year which have a significant impact on our economy, contributing to our overall economic recovery. “The Gathering will not only have benefits for tourism in Dublin South West but it should also bring enhanced opportunities for the business community in terms of forging links and relationships for future trade. “To date, there have been between 6,000 and 7,000 people attending meetings to organise events in every constituency in Ireland.

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members of The High IQ Society based around the world; with 22,500 Mensans based in the British Isles. Those interested in finding out their own IQ score can attend a Mensa supervised IQ test session on Saturday 24 November (1.45pm)

at St Conleth’s College for just €20.50. To reserve a place on the test you can book online by visiting the IQ Test section of the website at Mensa www.mensa.org.uk. Alternatively you can contact Helen Oliver on +44(0)1902 772 771

(option 1) or email bookatest@mensa.org.u k for more information. More information about Mensa and IQ testing can also be found via the Mensa website at www.mensa.org.uk. Chris Tyler, Chairman of Mensa, says “many people obtain a higher

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welcomes people from all walks of life, with the objective of enjoying each other’s company and participating in a range of social and cultural activities. There is an excellent events programme exclusively for Mensa members including intellectual talks, sports and themed days. Members of Mensa also receive a

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MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. B.k.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. D.k.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. A.G.

“THe HAUNTeD” was an evening filled with HalloScreams and the Spooktacular and this was all created by the young people of the County. The festivities took place in Tallaght and Clondalkin with a display of scary lanterns and figures and finished up with music, dance and games to celebrate Halloween in a safe and fun way. For months in the run up to Halloween, youth groups in Tallaght and

Clondalkin worked at creating scary lanterns and figures which were used in the HAUNTeD.

Mayor Cathal King said “I am really impressed by the creativity displayed by the young people in Tallaght at THe HAUNTeD. There were all the elements of Halloween - fun, games and dressing up.” He added “I hope that the HAUNTeD will continue to grow and become the way we

celebrate Halloween in South Dublin County – in a safe fun way”

Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Mattie McDonagh, attended the HAUNTeD at Collinstown Sports Complex and said “The lanterns made by the young people of Clondalkin created a great display. The costumes added to the occasion and there was a marvelous display of music, dance and games. I want to

congratulate all groups involved.”

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monthly magazine and newsletter. The society’s aims are to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members; to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; and to encourage research into the nature, characteristics uses of and intelligence.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. J.w.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will

become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. L.A.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. B.D.

MIRACLE PRAYER Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked for many favours. This time I ask you for a very special one. Take it, dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. k.Mc.

ASk SAINT CLARE for 3 favours, 1 business, 2 impossible. Say 9 Hail Marys for 9 Days. Pray whether you believe it or not. Publish on the ninth day. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored today and every day. Request will be granted no matter how impossible it seems. Publication must be promised. Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised, adored and glorified, today, forever and always. E.R.

O MY JESUS, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you”. Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of..Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you. E.R. N.B. This novena prayer was recited every day by Saint Pio of Pietrelcina for all those who asked for his prayers.

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Dublin South West TD, Seán Crowe, has called the delay in students receiving their university grants unacceptable and has called on the education Minister, Ruairí Quinn, to unblock the system immediately. Deputy Crowe said the SUSI online processing of student grants is clearly failing after Sinn Féin received a response to a parliamentary question from the education Minister which

confirms that more than 52,430 grant applications are still being processed. The Tallaght TD said: “In Dublin alone 13,114 grant applications have been received, 12,258 are still being processed, and a final decision has only been made on 2,754. The new SUSI on-line system was supposed to make the process of applying for a grant more efficient, but regrettably, there have

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first time since this crisis began in 2008, the Government has begun to put in place laws with the people in mind and not the banks. Needless to say, the banks have lobbied strongly against these laws and may yet seek to frustrate them at every turn. However, if the Government remains true to its word, there will be the basis of a properly functioning Insolvency System by the end of this year. The Bill which is currently being discussed, puts in place a comprehensive and new approach to personal insolvency and could have profound consequences for people living with the consequences of debt and negative equity.

Over the next two editions, Romaine Scally Solicitor, of Romaine Scally & Company, Solicitors, Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24 (Telephone 01-4599506 email legal@scally.ie) deals with the proposed new Insolvency Legislation and how it might help people trying to cope with high levels of debt. Readers are cautioned to read both articles to ensure that they are fully advised in relation to the terms and conditions of this proposed new legislation.

The first article will discuss matters generally and deal with Debt Settlement Arrangements (DSA). The second edition will deal with Personal Insolvency Arrangements (PIA)

Due to the unprecedented collapse in the financial and property market, with its significant effect on the economy in general and on the property prices, many people are living with very high levels of debt and unable to sell their houses to relieve themselves of the debt as a result of negative equity.

Left to their own devices, financial institutions will never show leniency of their own accord or goodwill. Insofar as any banks are prepared to show restraint, it is only motivated by their own interests and not the interests of the borrowers. The banks hope that property prices will eventually increase so the value of their security would return in the future. Then, they would move against the borrowers for all the monies due, including penalties and accrued interest. The reality however is becoming clearer in that there is no immediate end to our economic problems and therefore some other solution needs to be introduced. This needs to come in the form of the New Insolvency Laws. For the

been serious flaws which have resulted in delayed payments, poor communication and inadequate responses to applications and document submissions. “The Minister for education must introduce a clear tracking system that will enable students to know exactly at what stage their applications are at. A better designed more user friendly website would also help and

The word Insolvency is defined as “not being able to pay one’s bills as they become due”. The fact that any of the creditors are being lenient does not change this fact. Hundreds of thousands of Irish people are currently insolvent and many are living literally “on the brink”. Insolvency may be a short term difficulty in which case, the terms of the Personal Insolvency Legislation will not apply. For the legislation to apply, it must be established that a person is both INSOLVENT AND UNLIkELY TO BECOME SOLVENT AGAIN wITHIN 5 YEARS. Given the scale of the crisis in Ireland, most people who are currently insolvent are likely to remain so for a very long time unless there is some system to relieve them. The objectives of the legislation can be listed as follows: -

1. To provide a mechanism whereby unsustainable debt is written off immediately or over time;

2. To provide the opportunity for a “fresh start” for people in all circumstances;

3. To protect as far as possible the Family Home;

To achieve these aims, the legislation has devised two “non-judicial” debt settlement arrangements whereby debtors enter into arrangements with their creditors. The legislation has also reformed the laws relating to Bankruptcy.

While the settlement arrangements do not involve the Courts, a careful analysis of the legislation shows that the Courts will have a very important role on how the legislation plays out. In fact, this legislation may well pitch the Banks against the Judges. Banks that unreasonably refuse to engage with the

spirit of the legislation will need to apply to the Court for Orders against Borrowers. Judges might be reluctant to grant such Orders in circumstances where the Banks are deliberately frustrating the efforts by a hard-pressed borrower to deal with his or her debts.

A DEBT SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENT (DSA) and a PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENT (PIA) are arrangements whereby an insolvent debtor comes to an arrangement with his creditors. The difference between the two is that the DSA applies only to unsecured debt while the PIA applies to both unsecured and secured debt. In each case, a proposal is submitted to the Creditor through a PERSONAL INSOLVENCY PRACTITIONER (PIP). A PIP is most likely an Accountant or Solicitor who has been licensed by the Insolvency Agency which is the Agency being established to oversee the operation of the Legislation. As you can imagine, this Personal Insolvency Practitioner is a very important person in this whole new system. His/her role begins in an advisory capacity to the Debtor and once it has been decided which course of action to take, the role progresses on a more formal footing acting as a Mediator between the Debtor and the Creditors. The proposal therefore has a strong element of Independence about it as the PIP has to analyze the Debtors situation and has to look to make the Debtor solvent again within no more than 6 years. The Act gives a non-exhaustive list of the types of restructuring envisaged. The PIP begins by carrying out (in private) a full analysis of the Debtors Financial Position to determine that the Debtor is genuinely insolvent and, despite any forbearance on the part of its creditors, is likely to remain so for five years. The PIP will then inform the Debtor of the range of options most suited to his/her situation. Only then, with the Agreement of the Debtor, does the PIP go out to propose an arrangement to the Creditors. There are two principle objectives of the arrangement. a) TO MAkE THE DEBTOR SOLVENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

b) TO PRESERVE THE FAMILY HOME Debt Settlement Arrangement (DSA)

extra resources need to be found to improve the briefing and training of Helpdesk staff who are doing their best under a system that is unable to cope. “Many students are massively reliant on the grants to get them through college and long delays like this will force even more students to drop out of college and into future emigration”

by Romaine Scally

A DSA only applies to unsecured lending (i.e. lending that is not the subject of a mortgage and has no upper limit). examples of unsecured debt include personal loans and liabilities arising from personal guarantees. The legislation gives a non-exhaustive list of the types of arrangements envisaged under the DSA including a)

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A lump sum payment to creditors A payment arrangement

c) A transfer of a specified asset to creditors

It is likely that the concept of payment arrangements will be the most common form of arrangement in a DSA. This will typically be an agreement to repay an amount to the lender over a period up to a maximum of 5 years, after which the residual debt is written off. Importantly, the amount to be paid under the DSA will not depend on the size of the Debt but rather on the Debtors ability to pay. Under the terms of the arrangement, and provided the arrangement is honoured, the balance of any debt due is then written off. The Personal Insolvency Practitioner will be responsible for reviewing the Debtor’s position over the period of the Debt Settlement Arrangement (DSA). Any change in circumstances would involve an alteration to the terms of the DSA. It is suggested that it would be built into any arrangement that an increase in any Debtor's income would not automatically increase the payment to the Creditors. The Debtors should be entitled to substantial benefit from any increase, making this available to the wider economy. A portion may be available to the Creditors. TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NExT EDITION TO DEAL wITH PERSONAL INSOLVENCY ARRANGEMENTS AND A GENERAL SUMMING UP

roMaine scally & co, solicitors operate a FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC on the second Wednesd ay from 2.00pm until 6.00p of every month m at in Main Street, Tallaght, their offices Dublin 24. NEXT CLINIC: WED. 14TH NOV. No Appointment is ne We look forward to answ cessary. ering your legal queries in person.

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Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has called on the Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs to clarify as to the future of the Language Commissioner. Tallaght Cancer Support Group were founded in February 2007 and have been in their new premises, at Trustus House, 1-2 Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24, since June of this year. Tallaght Cancer Support Group are a community based service run completely by volunteers. They are a drop in service for cancer patients, their friends and family. They provide a listening ear to anyone affected by cancer. Their support services include a Counselling Service, Holistic Therapies and Monthly Group Meetings. Tallaght Cancer Support Group are not confined to Tallaght, everyone is welcome. They are the only Cancer Support group for the South County Dublin Area

Tallaght Cancer Support Group do not have medical staff attached to their centre and they will never offer medical advice. However they have a huge amount of literature available and they work closely with local services to provide support and information to people going through cancer, such as Social Welfare, Hospitals etc. Tallaght Cancer Support Group are affliated to the Irish Cancer Society. If we don't know the answer to something they make it theirr business to find out or point people in the right direction.

Tallaght Cancer Support Group were recently awarded €5,000 from Dublin Bus in recognition of their contribution to the community, this is a huge boost to their resourses and will go a long way in helping them continue to provide an excellent service. It means that people will continue to have a place where they can come to have a chat and a cuppa in an environment of Trust, Respect, Confidentiality and Compassion.

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The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Irish language and Gaeltacht Affairs was responding to a statement issued by Minister Dinny McGinley TD, indicating the Government's intention to subsume An Coimisinéir Teanga into the Office of the Ombudsman. According to Senator Ó Clochartaigh, the statement has added to the uncertainty of the future of the role and that there is little benefit to the State apparent from the move.

“It was clear from the start that the Department had not put adequate thought or consideration in to the proposal to merge the two offices. There has been no evidence put forward for any potential financial savings, nor much detail as to how such a merger would work practically."

"In a statement by line Minister, Jimmy Deenihan, he also said that a comprehensive consultation into the matter had been undertaken. However, that didn't appear to have included possibly the two most important players - namely the Ombudsman, emily O'Reilly & the Language Commissioner, Seán Ó Cuirreáin. When I spoke to them both a little over two weeks ago they had not been consulted and I doubt a comprehensive consultation ensued with them since." "We are no wiser on this subject after the Minister’s statement on the matter. He should clarify whether the Coimisinéir Teanga will still be independent of the Ombudsman, or if the

Ombudsman's Office will have have control over how the Coimisinéir Teanga fulfils his or her functions. Will he for example, still be able to investigate the Ombudsmans Office itself in relation to breaches of the Official Languages Act, as he has had to do in the past."

"It is unclear also as to what this will mean for the remainder of the staff in the Office of the Coimisinéir Teanga. I understand from the statement that the staff will be merged with the Office of the Ombudsman. Does this mean that they will be based in Dublin - and if so, how will they be in a position to provide an effective service to the Coimisinéir Teanga?"

"The bottom line is that this move does not make economic, or operational sense. The Minister of State and the Minister for Public expenditure and Reform are trying to present this as part of a process of reform and improvement in Public Bodies, but this is a pretence. It is only optics on the part of an incompetent Government desperate to give the appearance of making savings. The result will be the undermining of the Official Languages Act and the crucial role that the Language Commissioner plays in its implementation."

"The Minister should publish the outcomes of his consultation process and detail the savings he thinks he will make. I fear that they do not even understand the implications of the decision they are making, or the damage it will do to the rights of Irish language speakers in the future".

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Cllr Breeda Bonner is very pleased with the response of the Council to her motion to Clondalkin Area Committee on the issue of facilities for bicycle parking in Clondalkin.

Cllr. Bonner had pointed out that there were hardly any facilities for bicycle parking in the greater Clondalkin area stating that “As a cyclist myself, I find it very frustrating that it is nearly impossible to find a place to park your bike in Clondalkin. I try to cycle to work and to meetings and to the shops etc, but the lack of proper bicycle parking facilities makes this very difficult. I have been contacted by many residents about this issue, most recently by staff in Ronanstown Youth Service who pointed out the complete lack of bicycle parking in the North Clondalkin area.”

being good for us! If you haven’t used the canal greenway, which stretches from Lucan all the way into town get on your bike and try it out.”

She continued “from Clondalkin into the city is a pleasant, relaxing cycle of half an hour or so. There’s also a newly opened, dedicated cycle track in Corkagh Park and plenty of cycle paths all over the county. Hopefully the promised provision of cycle parking around Clondalkin will help to encourage even more people to get on their bikes. I have to commend the council for the priority they have given to the promotion of cycling as a real alternative to the car.”

Cllr. Bonner has raised this issue before with the council and was always disappointed with the response. However, at the recent Clondalkin Area Committee she feels that “this time it appears that funding has been sourced from the NTA who are actively trying to encourage the investment in cycling infrastructure, and the manager was able to assure me that more bicycle parking would be provided in the Clondalkin area in the very near future.”

Cllr. Bonner actively encourages “more people to get on their bikes! There has been huge investment in cycle paths and cycling really is a great form of transport. It costs nothing after the initial investment, for short journeys it’s often faster than using the car and it has the added benefit of

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siMPle burglary PreVention tiPs By Ciarán O’Connell

There is no doubt burglars welcome the dark evenings that winter brings, as they increase the opportunity for their criminal activities. However, by considering some simple security measures, I’m hoping you will see how you can make it more difficult for the opportunist burglar and at the same time reduce the level of anxiety and fears within the household.

We are all beginning to realise that while perimeter security i.e. intruder alarms and CCTv cameras may act as deterrents, they do not necessarily prevent burglars from entering our homes. In fact, when we take time to think about it, we soon realise the main thing they do is tell us that somebody is already on the premises, and for many of us this has already proven to be all to late. Undoubtedly we do need intruder alarms, however, in Ireland today, and unlike anywhere else within the eU, there is an over dependency on perimeter security which often contributes to a cultural under- estimation of the importance of other worthwhile security methods.

Throughout most of continental europe and the UK the term Target Hardening is well known. This means focusing on the physical security i.e. the critical strength and resistance provided by our doors, locks, windows, and glazing. As we improve the strength of these important elements we harden the security at the main entry points of our homes, and make it more difficult for the burglar to gain entry. evidence shows that when the criminal has to spend more than a few minutes attempting to open a lock or a door, he will soon move on to find a softer target, of which you can be assured, there are hundreds located within the vicinity of your own home.

I know you may find this hard to believe but it is estimated that as many as eight houses out of ten with UPvC doors, have locks that can be penetrated in seconds. As was pointed out recently on Joe Duffy’s Liveline programme, the flaw in these locks is a major reason for our burglary epidemic. Therefore, the single most important bit of advice I can give you today is to

have these locks replaced as soon as possible with cylinders that are Safe-Secure, Anti-Bump and Anti-Pick. As there are many lowlife businesses peddling imitations it pays to be safe rather than sorry, and so when you have these installed you should insist on the cylinder manufacturer’s confirmation that all replacement cylinders meet Secure by Design standard, which is also the preferred Garda standard. For more information see www.burglarybusters.ie and see the Zentry Snap & Break Secure & Anti- Snap Cylinders page.

Those of us unfortunate enough to have been burgled tend to take the matter of home security more seriously than those who have not, and this is resulting in an increasing demand for high-security window and door retractable grilles. While we have become accustomed to seeing these on windows, for those of us also concerned about the lack of security provided by our French or Patio Doors, security grilles are definitely worth considering. If aesthetics are an issue, it should be remembered too that when in use they can be concealed behind closed curtains or blinds (See photo). Nevertheless, when introducing high-security door grilles, great care must be given to the appointment of a permanent and adjacent location of a key, so as not to delay those needing to escape the house in the event of emergency. For further information on high-security window and door grilles see www.burglarybusters.ie and view the Windows page.

The Generation €uro Students’ Award challenges TY students to learn about monetary policy instruments, in particular interest rate decisions, and to simulate the role of the Governing Council of the european Central Bank (eCB) to determine the most appropriate interest rate for the euro area. The competition consists of three rounds including an online quiz, a group assignment and a presentation by the finalists to a panel at the Central Bank of Ireland. The winning team will represent Ireland at a european Award event which will take place at the eCB in Frankfurt in April 2013. Governor of the Central Bank, Patrick

Honohan said: ‘In its inaugural year, over 230 teams entered the competition and I would like to thank and congratulate all those who took up the challenge and represented their schools with exceptional diligence and skill. The Generation €uro Students’ Award is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the eCB, the eurosystem and the role each of the national central banks play to contribute to monetary policy decisions and financial stability for the euro area. We hope the competition will continue to encourage awareness in schools of the important functions performed by the Central Bank, the eCB and the eurosystem as a whole, and I encourage all schools to take part.’ Students can enter the competition in teams of four or five and must nominate a teacher to act as mentor. To register and complete the first round of the competition, students should visit the competition website, www.generationeuro.ie, before the closing date of 30 November 2012.

I do not normally recommend upvc doors to those thinking of having their front or back doors replaced as they are generally very weak and will seldom sustain an aggressive attack from a burglar. What I do recommend however, is a particular Composite door model or the range of Zentry Timber-faced, Steel-Reinforced Residential Security Doors which are becoming increasingly popular, because they treat security as a priority. These robust doors contain security cylinders and also sixteen locking points and are strong enough to keep the most aggressive of burglars out. See www.securitycertifieddoors.ie

It is also important to ensure that the main door and back doors are visible from outside and not hidden behind trees or bushes. Increased lighting should be given major consideration and areas adjacent to the front and back doors should be well lit with sensor lighting. Time switches to provide intermittent lighting inside the house are a huge deterrent and should not only be used when you are away from the house, but also when you are indoors, with feet up and enjoying your favourite soap.

I am available on the phone and email to answer any questions you might like to ask about Home Security and will carry out a free-of-charge security survey of your home or business. Also, should you wish for me to attend and speak about home security at your upcoming community meeting or get-togethers, I would be quite willing to do so. Ciarán O’Connell Director Burglarybusters Unit 17 Western Parkway Business Centre Lower Ballymount Rd Dublin 12 Phone: 01-4600016/0862444938 email: info@burglarybusters.ie W: www.burglarybusters.ie www.securitycertifieddoors.ie

There is now an increasing demand for high-security window and door retractable grilles

The Central Bank of Ireland has called on Transition Year (TY) students across Ireland to take part in the second year of the Generation €uro Students’ Award, a competition aimed at promoting an awareness of economics and monetary policy decision-making.

Ciarán O’Connell is a Residential Security Consultant and also a trained Mental Health Counsellor.

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GeNeRATION eURO: The Central Bank of Ireland today called on Transition Year students to enter the Generation Euro Students' Award; a competition aimed at promoting an awareness of economics and monetary policy decision-making. Pictured at the ECB in Frankfurt are last year's winning team from Marian College in Dublin. (Pic: Paul Gray)

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Findings on teenagers body iMage PublisHed

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Local T.D., Minister for Children and Youth Frances Affairs, Fitzgerald TD, has launched ‘How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People’s Body Image’. Young people from right across the country participated in this study which was carried out directly on foot of a key recommendation from Dáil na nÓg 2010 which noted the lack of national data on teenagers’ body image;

77% of participants ranking body image as important to them; 43% dissatisfied with their body-image

decided that this was an issue worth researching. Minister Fitzgerald stated: “Well done to all the young people who participated in this important survey. From meeting with young people right around the country I feel that it is representative of Irish young people in general. The Survey found that body image is a burning issue for young people in Ireland, with 77% of

participants ranking body image as important to them. 57% of the young people surveyed expressed some level of satisfaction with their body image, which means 43% were dissatisfied.” The Survey also found that almost 2 in 3 participants say they feel pressurised to look good for other people. More than half say that comparing themselves with others impacts

negatively on their body image and that body image their interferes with their participation in activities such as swimming, dating and putting photographs on Facebook. The report also contains a number of international comparisons. For example, in Australia only 32% of young people surveyed identified body image as a major concern for them

new eu Food, clotHing and essential goods aid PrograMMe welcoMed

Dublin Labour MeP emer Costello, has welcomed the eU Commission proposal for a new eU Fund to provide food, clothing and essential goods to people suffering from poverty and social exclusion across europe. “Under the new eU programme, which must now be approved by MePs and Member States social affairs ministers, from 2014 the Government would be able to apply for eU funding to provide through charities and NGOs food, clothing and essential goods such as shoes and personal hygiene goods to the homeless materially-deprived persons, especially children. 85% of the funds would come from the eU and the remaining 15% from the Government.”

"This programme is a small but important example of practical solidarity with people suffering from poverty and social exclusion, especially the homeless and children. The eU is committed to reducing the number of people in or at risk of poverty by 20 million by 2020, and this programme can help achieve this aim.” “Of course, the programme is at best an

Responding to the findings Minister stated: Fitzgerald “Having conducted this Survey; and having found how Irish teenagers are more sensitive to concerns over body-image than in other countries, I think there is an onus on all of us to understand this survey and its detailed findings”.

“Growing up is never easy. But for some

young people it can prove particularly tough. It is clear that for many young people concerns over their body image can be a source of much stress and pressure. International studies repeatedly stress the serious social and health issues associated with negative body image, such as eating disorders, use of artificial supplements, interpersonal relationship problems,

excessive exercise, withdrawal from participation and being subjected to teasing and bullying,” continued Fitzgerald.

“We must all be open to these concerns and we must all work to promote positive body image awareness, in particular in response to the ongoing policy debate surrounding bullying and youth mental health,” concluded Fitzgerald.

emergency support measure for people suffering from poverty and social exclusion. What we really need is a change in direction at european level, with a much greater focus on growth, jobs and equality, so that fewer people actually need such aid.

“Almost one quarter (23%) of the eU population is at risk of poverty or social exclusion. 8% suffer from severe material deprivation, including 10% of children, 17% of children in lone parent households and 6% of people over 65 suffer from severe material deprivation.

“I also welcome the fact that the programme has been proposed as a social policy measure, rather than simply as an adjunct to eU agricultural policy as with the current food aid programme, which is due to expire at the end of 2013. This should help keep a better focus on poverty and social exclusion at both eU and Member States level as well as enabling an exchange of best practice at eU level, thereby helping to improve national anti-poverty and social inclusion policies.”

new adVenture book raises Funds For cHildren’s HosPital

A new children’s book is hoping to raise much-needed funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Lucan resident John Devoy decided to become involved when he heard about the shortfall in funding at the hospital and thought that a book he had written would be a good way to “help in some way.”

John is now working with the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation at the hospital to put the profits from the book, “Big Adventures in Little Harristown,” towards raising €4,000 . Four euros of the five euro price goes back to the hospital.

“They were delighted to get on board with the project,” he said, noting that the book is available at the hospital, Abtree books at the Superquinn shopping centre in Lucan, the St. Thomas and Scoil Aine of esker book fairs, and online at johndevoybooks.com. If any other schools would like to get involved that would be greatly appreciated. “I started writing books in 2010 mainly because my son was so interested in reading and I wrote a story called ‘Two Boys Get Lucky’ where he and his brother were the main characters,” he recalled. “I enjoyed the experience so much I kept on writing.”

At the launch of 'How We See It: Report of a Survey on Young People's Body Image, L to R; Arsalan Ahmad - Dail na nOg Council and Laois Comhairle na nOg, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Angela O'Connell, University College Cork, Michael O hOgain - Dail n nOg Council & Clare Comhairle na nOg and Kaila Dunne Dail na nOg Council & Limerick City Comhairle na nOg. (Photo by Derek Speirs)

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a scientiFic breaktHrougH tHat radically cHanges our liVes: 24

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HuMan energy in caPsules

Scientists have miraculously discovered the substance that produces energy in our cells. Today they are able to manufacture the "fuel of life" and place it in edible capsules as a nutritional supplement. Millions of people throughout the US, Japan and Europe take co-enzyme Q10 in order to conquer fatique.

For the first time ever, it is possible to take a capsule containing the body's own natural energy source. The result? More energy and physical well-being. Science has even shown that Q10 strengthens the heart and is able to counteract gum disease (gingivitis). Our liver produces a certain amount of Q10, but as we grow older, it becomes increasingly more difficult, eventually resulting in a deficit. Also, a number of ailments empty our Q10-depots, thereby increasing the need for supplementation. Q10 is found naturally in several food items, some of the best sources being beef, pork, chicken, nuts and broccoli, but it is difficult to determine whether or not we get sufficient amounts of Q10 through our daily diet. Here are some of the things scientists have discovered about Q10: Energy and well-being 1. First of all, boosting your energy metabolism with coenzyme Q10 makes you feel more alert and awake. You will have more energy to do the things you want and this will automatically improve your quality of life.

Heart Q10 is vital for the heart, as your heart needs to produce huge amounts of energy to support its pumping action. Not surprisingly, people with chronic heart failure (or “energy starved hearts”, as

cardiologists call it) respond extremely well to supplementation with coenzyme Q10. In fact, coenzyme Q10 is a well documented and recognised therapy in the treatment of chronic heart failure. Gums People suffering from bleeding gums and periodontal disease are often able to improve their condition by supplementing

with Q10. The bleeding stops after a while, the gums change from bright red to a healthy pink colour, and there are even reported cases of loose teeth becoming solidly attached in their sockets again.

Fertility Studies reveal that coenzyme Q10 improves sperm motility, therefore a Q10 supplement is a convenient and effective way of increasing your chances of fatherhood. Blood pressure Recent studies demonstrate that Q10 supplementation helps hypertensive patients reduce their blood pressure.

Q10 also for healthy people Q10 has a remarkable effect on both ill and healthy people. The key factor is "energy". Whether the hurdle is breaking the official 100 metre world record in running or recovering from a blood clot, the cells need energy in order to mobilise maximum strength. Sudden physical performance empties the body's Q10 reserves, and if they are not replenished, a deficit occurs. A growing number of scientists believe that cells devoid of Q10 could be a plausible explanation to common diseases such as blod clots and gum disease (gingivitis). Tissue samples from gingivitis patients correspondingly indicate Q10 concentrations lower than normal.

NOT ALL Q10 WORKS THE SAME

Not all Q10-preparations are absorbed equally well in the body. Co-enzyme Q10 is a fat-soluble substance and therefore its biological availabi¬lity is highest when the substance is encapsulated in a palm oil solution. This has been scientifically proven and publicised at an international congress in Stockholm in November of 1993. In collaboration with The Pharmaceutical College of Denmark and The State Hospital, Malene Weis, a Danish pharmacist, used four different Q10 preparations on volunteers in a scientific trial. The aim was to compare Q10 Pharma Nord with a handful of different Q10 preparations and the result showed that Q10 Pharma Nord in soft gelatine capsules is absorbed 50% better than for example a powder Q10. A higher degree of bioavailability is of vital importance to the overall effect of the Q10 preparation.


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new dining concePt is Just 10 Mins oFF tHe M50

Food lovers in Dublin will be delighted to hear of the launch of a stylish new restaurant, @ The Samphire Waterside, located on the beach in Donabate. It is already getting high praise from Nick Munier (RTe 2’s Masterchef) and radio presenter Ronan

Collins, amongst other celebrities who attended the restaurant’s grand opening. Artist Clare Hartigan was also in attendance at the grand opening to launch her latest collection of paintings which are currently on display in Samphire.

RTE2’s Masterchef Nick Munier and Executive Head Chef Tom Walsh

Samphire will best suit those with an appetite for Irish inspired French cuisine. executive Head Chef Tom Walsh tells us “… the rich Irish-produced Goats Cheese Parfait with its nutty flavour coming through, matched by the earthiness of the beetroot, prepared in different ways, really brings an essence of Autumn / Winter to the restaurant”. Tom, former Head Chef of Cruzzo’s in Malahide & Dromoland Castle, further described his new dining concept by telling us “...another marriage of French cuisine & Irish produce is the Coq au vin dish. With locally grown vegetables and other Irish ingredients we have brought this classic French dish to life”. Samphire is perched right on Donabate beach and boasts stunning views of

Howth Head, Ireland’s eye and Lambay Island and yet is only a couple of minutes off the M1 motorway and just a 10 minute drive from the M50. Restaurant goers are sure to appreciate the fresh sea air before savouring the new flavours that Tom and his team of chefs will treat them to. “Naturally, with a prime location on the coastline, it is important for Samphire to embrace an element of seafood, but with such an abundance of quality produce available in the Fingal area, we have been conscious not to let seafood dominate the menu”. In keeping with their concept of giving a modern Irish twist to traditional French dishes, their Deconstructed Black Forest Gateaux is certainly a conversation piece in itself, not to

Pictured at the grand opening of their new restraurant,Samphire, are proprietors Chris and Thelma Slattery with RTE2’s Masterchef Nick Munier and Radio Presenter Ronan Collins and Chris Slattery mention the refreshing Lemon Posset.

Owners Chris and Thelma Slattery are delighted to bring another quality dining alternative to County Dublin. “We’re very excited about this new launch and are

determined to continue using local ingredients which our new head chef will transform into world class dishes. We look forward to welcoming you from Dublin and a far, as this experience should be tried at least once in a life time”.

eurolink... what’s happening in the european parliament

Erasmus cuts send “wrong signal”

Several MePs have warned that if planned cuts to the erasmus exchange programme go ahead next year, it would be a “serious retrograde step” which would badly impact on disadvantaged students. The european Commission has said that if it cannot address a budgetary shortfall of €90 million, it will be forced to either reduce the number of places offered to students on the erasmus programme, or cut the level of grant aid. About 3 million european college-goers, including at least 3,000 Irish students, are currently engaged in study programmes at foreign universities under the erasmus programme for periods of between 3 and 9 months this year. Irish MeP Liam Aylward said most of the student interns in his Brussels office have availed of the erasmus programme to help kick-start their career. “If I go downtown in Brussels

I can hear a whole load of Irish students who are currently participating in the erasmus programme. It has been a huge success. Irish colleges and universities have benefited immensely, and for the students themselves, it opens europe up to them. Many of them follow it up when they have finished college by coming back to europe, it helps to launch their careers,” he said. The Fianna Fáil MeP also cautioned that reducing the level of the grant would particularly affect disadvantaged students. “It’s a top-up grant to help students with expenses such as travel and accommodation costs, in addition to the student grant they get at home. Obviously, any cuts will hit the most vulnerable the hardest, and at a time of huge unemployment across europe, this would most definitely send the wrong signal,” said Mr Aywlard. He added that while those students who are currently engaged in the programme

will not be affected, he is concerned for college-goers planning to study abroad with the erasmus programme in 2013. Another MeP, Hannes Swoboda, added that one of the most important symbols of european identity was at stake. “We are telling young people who want to be european, ‘sorry we do not have enough money,’” he said. Irish people need certainty on bank debts

Independent MeP Marian Harkin has called on europe to show its solidarity with Ireland by coming up with effective ways to ease our banking debts. She was speaking at the european Parliament in Strasbourg, where she said it was time that the eU recognised Ireland’s role in shoring up the euro. “Our banking debt of €64 billion, which Ireland put in place to save German, French and other european banks, as well as our own cannot be left on the

shoulders of Irish taxpayers. It is unjust, unfair and makes the possibility of recovery virtually impossible,” she said. The Sligo MeP who has been twice awarded “MeP of the Year” is known for her hard work, outspoken commitment and fearless sense of justice. Unafraid to call a spade a spade, she denounced what she termed as a ‘Judas kiss’ by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the recent eU summit attended by Taoiseach enda Kenny. “Having embraced enda Kenny at the summit, Angela Merkel subsequently showed this to be a ‘Judas kiss’ when she ruled out back-dated recapitalisation of european banks,” said Ms Harkin. “Ireland took one for the team when europe badly needed it, and should Germany follow through on its apparent decision to block recapitalisation of Ireland’s legacy debt, it will sadly be a bitter blow to Irish hopes, and another nail in the coffin of european economic solidarity,” she

added.

EU must use new law to punish over-fishing

The eU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki is being urged to implement the provisions of a new law on unsustainable fishing to crack down on the over-fishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. The measures, officially signed into legislation last week, allow the eU to block these countries from exporting mackerel and white fish into europe if they continue to fish unsustainably. Irish MeP Pat the Cope Gallagher, who drafted the legislation in direct response to the crisis in the North east Atlantic’s mackerel fishery, said sanctions can now be imposed immediately against Iceland and the Faroes. “The regulation now gives Commissioner Damanaki the necessary tool to introduce hard-hitting penalties against any country engaged

Samphire is located at The waterside House Hotel, on the beach in Donabate. Now open 7 days a week for reservations, with an early bird menu served between 5-7pm. Tel: 01 8436153 / www.samphire.ie.

in unsustainable fishing. She must take urgent action, bearing in mind that the latest talks to resolve the dispute broke down again in London last month,” said the Fianna Fáil MeP. The mackerel fishery in the North east Atlantic was expected to be worth over €1 billion in 2010, before the outbreak of over-fishing by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In 2008, both places were fishing modest amounts of mackerel; however this is in sharp contrast to the number of landings recorded in 2011, which reached up to 150,000 tonnes in each case. The Federation of Irish Fishermen has backed Mr Gallagher’s call, saying it was “pivotal” for the continued success of Ireland’s mackerel fishery that sanctions be enforced immediately. eibhlin O’Sullivan, FIF Chairperson, warned that unless the situation is resolved, “it will be Irish fishermen who will pay for the irresponsible actions of Iceland and the Faroes.”


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