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Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe, said that the publication of the updated live register figures, which indicate an increase in long-term unemployment and a rise in part-time and casual workers, was a stark reminder of the crisis that Ireland and rest of Europe are facing. Crowe was speaking after attending the publication and launch of a report on youth unemployment by his

party colleague Senator Kathryn Reilly

Deputy Seán Crowe said: “While the reduction of 2,500 on the live register is to be welcomed, it must be viewed in the context of continuing high emigration particularly in the under 25 years of age category. “The live register figures also show an increase in part-time and casual workers and the continued increase in long term unemployment which is

worrying and reflects the pattern of previous figures. “The national picture does not reflect the jobs situations in communities across the state with some estates having an unemployment rate of over 40%. “The fact is that the unemployment rate has not reduced by even 1% since this government came to power, despite record emigration levels. “It is clear, even to the most naïve observer,

that the policies of this are government undermining the domestic economy and stunting economic growth. Only last week we heard of over 2,000 potential job losses in Hewlett Packard and Ulster Bank. “It is our citizens who are paying the cost for the continued failure of government policy and Australia and other nations that are benefiting from the educated labour of our young people. “The government needs

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Sinn Fein youth affairs spokesperson, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has said that “young people need jobs not election stunts”. The comments came as 20 EU leaders attend a summit in Berlin on youth unemployment. The summit has been widely criticised by youth advocacy groups and trade unions as an election stunt.

people across the EU is officially unemployed. Here the figure is a staggering one in three. These figures do not include those young people disengaged from employed services or who have emigrated outside the EU in search of work. “Last week 20 of Europe’s top leaders gathered in Berlin for a youth employment summit called by german Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

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to stimulate the economy to grow, to support investment in business, and to help get people back to work. “One way they can do this is to create a robust and well-funded State wide youth guarantee scheme, which would promise that a person under the age of 25 will be guaranteed a job, education, training or an apprenticeship within a short period of time after leaving school or becoming unemployed. “A high quality scheme that receives adequate investment, is accessible to all,

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“The summit is nothing more than an election stunt called in advance of September’s parliamentary elections in germany. It has been criticised by youth advocacy organisations and trade unions. “young people need jobs not election stunts. They need investment in training, education and apprenticeships. “There are 7.5 million young people not in employment, education or training across

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the EU. given the scale of the problem, €6bn allocated by the EU for youth unemployment is nowhere near enough. “The government has no strategy for addressing youth unemployment. It has no plan and it is not investing adequate resources to tackle the problem. Until this changes the number of young people not in employment, education or training will continue to rise.

irisH Homecare recruiting care assistants across Dublin

Please note that the Irish HomeCare Open Day took place on 25th June in the Tallaght Plaza hotel and will not take place on 25th July as reported in a recent issue of this paper. Irish HomeCare is currently recruiting care assistants across Dublin.

“A youth guarantee on its own will not completely solve the unemployment problem here, but it can certainly have a positive affect and reduce unemployment. “It is something the government urgently needs to take on board and implement.”

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Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has welcomed a report that is before the Oireachtas Education Committee that calls on schools to stop forcing students to wear expensive crested uniforms.

This is a measure Deputy Crowe has been supportive of along with other measures to reduce the costs of sending kids to school. Deputy Crowe said; “A 2011 survey of 1,000 people by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) found that on average, €400 will be spent annually on each individual child attending school. A significant percentage of the sum is spent on school uniforms. “That is why I am welcoming this proposal from Labour’s Aodháin Ó Riordáin and I congratulate him for producing his report.

“I believe relatively straightforward, sensible measures including standardising the design and colours of uniforms and providing an option for parents to sew on school crests would allow families the opportunity to shop around for better deals and not be forced to rely on a select number of retailers who can charge outrageous prices for uniforms.

“The days of parents being ripped off by a racket that inflates the price of a simple crest on a school uniform need to be ended and relegated to the past. These recommendations need actions by the Minister for Education and school boards. Hard pressed parents could do with at least some good news before pupils return to school in September.”

Chris Bond, Labour Party Councillor for Tallaght South, has called for the removal of youth Defence Posters around South Dublin County.

youth Defence have ran an aggressive Poster Campaign against impending legislation for the x Case. Such Posters depict a woman who appears to be in

the third trimester of her pregnancy and a foetus in the late stage of Development. These posters are a cynical attempt to obfuscate what the x Case legislation will provide for- which merely allows for termination of pregnancy only if the woman's life is at risk. ''It is my understanding that these posters are

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With effect from Monday 1st July 2013, County Dublin VEC merged with Dun Laoghaire VEC to become Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB (Education and Training Board). The Education and Training Boards Act 2013 provides for the establishment of 16 new education and training boards to replace the soon to be dissolved 33 VECs. The ETBs will have significantly greater functions than VECs. Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB will continue to provide the same wide range of education services as ever; Primary Education, Second Level Education, Further Education and Adult Education as well as all other programmes will continue to run as normal. Their website address will be changing from www.codubvec.ie to www.ddletb.ie

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Cllr. Trevor gilligan PC, has expressed outrage at the announcement that the Clondalkin Motor Tax Office will be closed on Mondays. that gilligan said “Clondalkin Motor tax

office is to close every Monday indefinitely in order to concentrate on the back log of postal applications received. The result will mean an even bigger backlog. I foresee at least a 20%

increase in postal applications as well as applications handed in personally. Will we be told in the near future that the tax office is closing on a Friday as well? They may very well close up shop totally and only accept only postal applications. I was outside the office this morning, there were about 50-60 people in the queue. There is definitely a need to keep this office open on Mondays.” "I have set up a petition asking anyone to sign who supports keeping the Motor Tax office open and who also supports no further closures at any level in the office. The plastic card style driver license came into effect from the 19th January 2013. The Road safety Authority (RSA) defined new additional procedures in processing applications for these new licenses.

This has added considerably to the motor tax workload and as a result backlogs of post have occurred. This in turn is leading to delays for customers seeking tax and driver licenses, increased phone calls and email queries." “Changes will commence on July 8th and 9th until further notice. Staff in these offices will concentrate on the back log of applications. postal Staff will concentrate on processing the backlog of postal applications.”

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FitzgeralD unVeils new youtH bus

Minister Fitzgerald passes over the keys Local TD and Minister for Children and youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has unveiled Clondalkin youth Services’ brand new bus. The new bus will cater to local youth services in Clondalkin including Bawnogue, Deansrath, Knockitten and Clondalkin village. “I am delighted to celebrate Clondalkin youth Service’s achievement of raising funds to buy a new bus. I know this bus will be put to great use; from taking young people to training opportunities, volunteering activities and vocational weekends,” stated Minister

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Fitzgerald. Clondalkin youth Service provides support to young people across the area through youth groups, after school clubs, personal development training, youth café’s and information on education and training opportunities. “We are fortunate to have passionate and dedicated youth workers who provide such a great resource for young people in Clondalkin. In spite of restraints on resources I, as Minister for Children and youth Affairs, was able to provide €1.5million in funding for Clondalkin and Lucan youth

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“I have also written to EU Council President, Herman Van Rompuy on behalf of my fellow European youth Ministers to highlight the value of youth work and its potential to respond to the challenge of youth unemployment in particular. I am lucky to have had such motivated youth workers in my constituency, illustrating the ability of youth Services to meet the needs of young people and I look forward to working with local and national organisations to support the work they do,” concluded Fitzgerald.


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Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD, Seán Crowe, welcomed the announcement by the Minister of State for Housing, Jan O’ Sullivan, that she will make new funds available for essential housing adaptation grants for people with medical needs. Crowe highlighted two cases with the Minister in the Dáil in which local constituents, who have cancer and kidney failure, are waiting three years for housing adaptation grants. Deputy Crowe said:“I

Minister welcome O’Sullivan’s commitment to allocate new funding housing for adaptations. These adaptations can literally transform a person’s life, enhance their family’s lives, and saves the state money in the long and short term. “Daniel, who lives in Rossfield Tallaght with his family, has multiple medical needs and is waiting three years for a housing extension. “Daniel’s life revolves around getting

lifesaving dialysis. An extension would mean that he could receive this treatment at home and not have to travel to the hospital, making life a lot easier and reducing the risk of an contracting infection. “Traci lives in Fettercairn, Tallaght, and has multiple cancers. She relies on her young children and elderly father for support. “Traci’s medical condition means she finds it increasingly difficult to get upstairs

to the bathroom. She is also waiting 3 years for her home to be adapted to her medical needs. cases are “These replicated right across the state. In some local authority areas these have been grants suspended or stopped altogether. “I welcome the announcement from the Housing Minister that she will begin to address this backlog and begin to bring about changes to the system, which is currently not fit for purpose.”

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Minister for The Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has launched this year’s Summer Reading Programme at Rathmines Library in Dublin.

The Programme runs in public libraries every July and August and is a hugely popular and successful reading event for children of all ages and abilities. It is designed to encourage children to read six or more books over the summer. Children get to pick their own books, keep a record of their progress and those who meet the challenge receive a

certificate at the end of the summer. It is primarily targeted at children in primary school but local libraries and mobile libraries are encouraging children and young adults of all ages and abilities to join. Launching the Programme, Minister Quinn said: “Libraries and librarians are a hugely important resource in supporting children's literacy. While libraries are an excellent resource for all families, they can be of particular assistance to families who find it difficult to meet the cost of providing a rich

range of books and educational resources in the home.

“The Literacy and numeracy Strategy acknowledges the importance of libraries and working with libraries to improve literacy. The Summer Reading Programme is an example of this kind of co-operation. It’s a simple, fun and free way of encouraging children to read during the summer break.” Last year thousands of children joined the programme and were inspired to read during the long summer break when their reading skills can decline

without the regular reading activity at school. Reading is a simple, fun activity that can fitted in around family holidays, camps etc. Parents can seek advice from library staff about the types of books that are available for borrowing, especially for emergent and ‘going solo’ readers.

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jobsplus FunDs to entice employers to Hire

The launch of the new JobsPlus programme by Minister Burton represents a hugely positive step by the government in getting the long-term unemployed into work, according to Eamonn Maloney T.D. “I welcome this new initiative, which provides regular cash payments to employers who hire someone who

has been long-term and unemployed currently on the live register. “Employers will be able to access up to €10,000 for each recruit, so this payment offsets the cost of taking on a new employee. Measures like this are needed in the current economic conditions, in which employers may be reluctant to take on

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The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors of Ireland (APHCI) are calling for people not to take chances with lives by cutting corners on gas safety.

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soutH Dublin county council elects new mayor For 2013/2014

At the Annual Meeting of the South Dublin County Council held on Friday 28th June, 2013 in County Hall, Tallaght, Councillor Dermot Looney (Lab) was elected the Mayor of South Dublin County. Councillor Looney is a primary school teacher by profession and is also a member of County Dublin VEC. Councillor Looney’s election marks the final mayoral election in the term of the current council. Accepting his chain of office Mayor Looney stated that ’as Councillors and as a Council we have a task of work to attract and maintain sustainable, meaningful jobs in this community. For the year ahead as Mayor, I am committed to working with Councillors, management and stakeholders across the board to make sure that the decisions we make here continue to prioritise the jobs agenda’.

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Mayor Looney continued “as a teacher, I am closely associated with education and work with young people in my day to day work. During the coming year, I intend to actively work with agencies and groups which represent children and young people to ensure their voice is heard on the Council. Mayor Looney went on to say that “protecting and enhancing our environment has been a central part of my work on this Council. As Mayor, I will continue to support the ongoing excellent work on initiatives such as the Tidy Towns and the Social Credits programme. I will aim to explore how we can further protect and promote our green spaces and our wonderful natural resources. I have a keen interest in sustainable transport options in the County and I will particularly focus on delivering further improvements for cyclists in our County. Finally I look forward to working with Management, Councillors and others to continue to tackle the scourge of littering and illegal dumping

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Minister of State and Fine gael TD for Dublin South West, Brian Hayes, has the welcomed announcement of funding totalling €49,000 for childcare services in Dublin South West. The allocation comes as part of the second round of Childcare Capital grants awarded since 2008. nationwide €2.75 million is being allocated to 671 childcare providers. “It is vitally important to invest in children in their

early years and I am delighted that for the second year in a row, the for Children, Minister Frances Fitzgerald TD, has been able to make funding available to support childcare services around the country. Local service providers will directly benefit from this funding. The allocation of nearly €50,000 to Dublin South West is a welcome investment that will help to ensure that we continue to

improve the quality of early childhood care and education in our area.

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The announcement by the national Transport Authority that they are providing €25,000 funding for the development of the Dodder greenway cycle route has been welcomed by Eamonn Maloney TD

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An art exhibition that shows superheroes are all around us hits the Mill Shopping Centre on July 20th

The exhibition is part of this year’s unique Summer Projects run by the Arts Programme with Clondalkin and Ronanstown youth Services which saw the youth Services’ teenage Junior Leaders teaching art-making skills to children ages 6 – 14. Jane Fogarty Artist facilitated the programme and designed its theme: ‘We are all Superheroes’.

15 young facilitators ages 13 – 18yrs worked with 320 children ages 6 – 14 over a 4 week programme in 8 different community centres throughout the Clondalkin area, including neilstown / Rowlagh; Clondalkin Village; Sruleen; Quarryvale; Deansrath; Knockmitten, Balgaddy; and Bawnogue.

Victoria Durrer, youth Arts Coordinator of South Dublin County Council, explained the programme’s rationale: “The Junior Leaders programme run by

Clondalkin and Ronanstown youth Services provides young people an opportunity to realise their potential as community leaders. nOISE Dublin, the dedicated youth Arts Programme of South Dublin County Council Arts Office strives to provide opportunities for young people to take part and progress towards careers in the arts. The workshops designed by Jane Fogarty were a perfect fit really. With teens teaching younger children how to create artworks around the theme of superheroes, we realise that the real superheroes are within us, in our own communities.”

The programme provides the Junior Leaders with an introduction into a potential career as an artist. The nOISE Dublin programme provides further pathways through its online presence. Via www.noisedublin.ie where young people can watch videos, read interviews and receive tips

from professional artists on different careers across the arts, including film, product design, video game design, animation, theatre, dance and more.

An important aspect of the Summer Project programme has been the opportunity for children to take part in arts. youth Arts the Development Worker, Marie Scanlan stated:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that the Mill Shopping Centre came on board to host an exhibition of the children’s artwork. It’s so important that children and young people have an opportunity to celebrate and share their accomplishments from a programme like this with friends, family and local community.” The exhibition will be held in the Mill Shopping Centre on Saturday, July 20th from 11am – 4pm with face painting and fun activities. All are welcome.

Lucan Hedgehogs Special Olympics Club, in response to Henkel Ireland’s ‘Make an on Tomorrow’ Impact (‘MIT’) programme, has purchased a new storage container for their bocce and basketball equipment. Henkel, the company behind many well-known brands such as Pritt, Sellotape, Unibond, Loctite, Right guard and Schwarzkopf is located in Tallaght and Ballyfermot. It encourages its employees to take part in its ‘Make an Impact on Tomorrow’ (MIT) employee engagement initiative, which enables them to perform volunteer activities in their free time, for the benefit of local community and children’s

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purchasing a new storage container. The result of the funding from Henkel is significant as each of the sports training sessions are at different locations; this is mainly due to the fact that the bocce equipment requires significant storage space. Brendan said, “Ideally the club would like to contain all their activities within one venue. With this sponsorship and funding from Henkel this is now a possibility as the storage facility offers a solution to our problems here at Lucan Hedghogs Special Olympics Club.” Pictured are members of the Lucan Hedghogs Special Olympics Club

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Local T.D and Minister for Children and youth Affairs has officially opened Clondalkin’s newest amenity, a skatepark. Fitzgerald was joined by Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cathal King, Councillors Tony Delaney, Emer Higgins and Trevor gilligan as well as children from the area, members of the FAI and South Dublin County Council officials. Speaking at the launch

Fitzgerald said, ”As Minister for Children and youth Affairs, it is a great pleasure for me to be launching a brand new facility for young people throughout Clondalkin. Some people think of play as a luxury; and recreation as frivolous. nothing could be further from the truth. Play and recreation are ways of promoting healthy living as well as emotional and social Play and wellbeing. recreation are about improving outcomes for

children.” Fitzgerald went on to pay tribute to the Council and, in particular, its staff who promote recreation for the proactive role they take when it comes to supporting children and young people. She said ”we are very lucky here in South Dublin to have a Council that has taken such a proactive role when it comes to play and recreation.” about the Speaking development of the skateboard Park the

It provides a powerful insight into what life was like at the time, with fantastic actors bringing the emotion of the Lockout to life through vibrant and convincing performances. “As we approach the centenary of the Irish State, perhaps we should consider more temporary events and performances like this around the city. There are many important anniversaries coming up that could be transformed into interesting experiences

for Dubliners of today. A quick glance at the website CenturyIreland.com highlights some of Dublin’s great forgotten stories, which would make for great museums, exhibits and experiences. “I would strongly urge people to make the time to have a look into no 14 Henrietta Street; it takes just an hour, and will give visitors a fascinating insight into what life was like during this historic period in our city 100 years ago.”

Minister said that this was an issue identified by young people participating in a youth Seminar in Clondalkin village recently and stated that they are likely to be thrilled to see the state of the art amenity open in their village. “Since my appointment as Minister I have highlighted childhood obesity as a major concern. Research

from the ‘growing-Up in Ireland’ national longitudinal study contains some very worrying data showing that nearly a quarter of Irish children are either overweight or obese and that one in four 3 year olds is overweight or obese. These startling statistics pose a serious challenge which requires a determined and multi-faceted response.

Improving rates of play and physical activity among children is a critical part of this response. In today’s technological world the reality is that children turn to xboxes and playstations for recreation; and this is a contributor to the problem. It’s up to us adults to encourage them to get out and about, to exercise and to be more active.” said Fitzgerald.

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The Dublin Tenement provides a Experience power insight into what life was like during the 1913 Lockout, according to Fine gael Dublin Senator, Catherine noone. Senator noone yesterday saw a preview of the show, which opened last Thursday at no 14 Henrietta Street.

“The Dublin Tenement Experience gives members of the public the chance to experience the tenements during the Lockout of 1913.

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Speaking in reaction to the publication of the Protected Disclosure in the Public Interest Bill 2012, Labour T.D. for Dublin South Central, Eric Byrne, said, “I am delighted to see

the publication of this bill in the house this afternoon. It will ensure that people who speak out against wrongdoing in their place of work, be it in the public or private sector are protected”

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The Legal Column DEBT RELIEF NOTICE (DRN)

To avail of this option, the Debtor must have a) Less than €60 disposable income per month with no assets and: b) c)

In THIS SERIES OF ARTICLES On InSOLVEnCy, ROMAInE SCALLy, SOLICITOR OF ROMAInE SCALLy & COMPAny SOLICITORS MAIn STREET, TALLAgHT, DUBLIn 24 (Tel: 01 4599506 Email legal@scally.ie) ExPLAInS THE OPTIOnS AVAILABLE TO PEOPLE In DEBT AnD WHAT IS LIKELy TO HAPPEn OnCE THE nEW INSOLvENCY SERvICE OF IRELAND (I.S.I.) IS UP AnD RUnnIng.

In THIS ARTICILE WE gIVE A gEnERAL OUTLInE OF THE DEBT RELIEF NOTICE (DRN) and DEBT SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENT (DSA). THIS ARTICLE WILL BE COnTInUED In THE nExT TWO ISSUES OF THE PAPER.

Although the details of the new Insolvency Service of Ireland (I.S.I.) were first published in January 2012, some 18 months on, the service has yet to start functioning. now however, it is anticipated that it should be up and running with the first Agreements in place by the Autumn. no one is sure how many people will avail of this service but, it is a widely known fact that more than 90,000 people are in long time arrears with their mortgage and many more are burdened with unsecured debts they are struggling to pay. It seems likely therefore that many people will make contact with the service over the coming years. The question arises however as to how this is going to help people in debt. It is important to look at the different type of insolvency arrangements.

charter of protection for those people who have the courage of their convictions to speak out against this behaviour. Fundamentally it will provide immunity civil and against

Unsecured debts of up to €20,000.00 (i.e. no mortgage) The slate will be wiped clean after 3 years

If you qualify under the above headings ( a) and b) ) then, you stand a good chance of having your debts written off after three years. These debts will typically be personal loans, credit union loans and credit card debt. Utilities and store cards are also included but family maintenance debts are not while, unpaid taxes can be included once the Revenue are in agreement.

Any debtor will be able to avail of this option if they can prove that they are unable to pay their debts in full as they fall due and there is no likelihood of being able to do so within 3 years. They will be required to complete the application process with an Approved Intermediary (A.I.). This will, most likely, be someone from the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).

Obviously there is some pain involved for the debtor in order to be able to avail of this service. For example, assets worth for than €400.00 cannot be kept although, interestingly excluded from the asset list is ONE ITEM OF PERSONAL JEWELLERY AS LONG AS IT DOES NOT ExCEED THE vALUE OF €750.00. A car is also allowed to be kept by the debtor once it is not valued at more than €2,000.00 while, reasonably necessary household equipment and tools WITH A COMBINED vALUE OF NO MORE THAN €6,000.00 WILL ALSO BE PERMITTED TO BE RETAINED BY THE DEBTOR.

In addition, the debtor must not have incurred more than 25% of their debt during the past 6 months and cannot be the subject of a DEBT SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENT (DSA) or PERSONAL INSOLvENCY ARRANGEMENT (PIA) now or within the past 5 years. This is to prevent people hurriedly running up debt

in order to avail of this service.

People seeking a Debt Relief notice (DRn) will have to use MABS to apply to the Insolvency Service of Ireland for a DEBT RELIEF NOTICE. If they meet the strict criteria and are granted one, they will have to enter a three year suspension period, after which the debt is completely written off. If their circumstances change during this supervision period (three years) and their net monthly income increases by €400.00 or more, or if they get a gift of €500.00 or more, they must give half of this to the ISI (Insolvency Service of Ireland).

People who are granted a DRn have their details placed on an Electronic Public Register of Debt Relief Notices which will remain in place for a three year supervision period that follows the issue of the notice. If a person with a DRn goes looking for fresh credit of more than €650.00 during the process, they must inform the creditor that they are a specified debtor. 2. DEBT ARRANGEMENT

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If a person has more than €60 per month in disposable income but substantial unsecured debt they cannot pay, they can seek to enter a DEBT SETTLEMENT ARRANGEMENT (DSA). This arrangement runs for a period of 5 years and, with the help of a PERSONAL INSOLvENCY

criminal liability in certain circumstances.”

“This bill is another clear example of this governments commitment to real reform. In bringing this bill forward I would like

to commend Minister Brendan Howlin and his team for their work. .” “I welcome publication of legislation and forward to enactment”.

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by Romaine Scally PRACTITIONER (PIP) will allow people to restructure their debt. This process can only be done with a PIP, a Debt specialist who will inspect the finances of people coming into the Debt Relief Systems and mediate between Debtors and Creditors. Typically, PIPS will be accountants or Legal Professionals who have passed exams approved by the ISI and a list of PIPS will shortly be available on the ISI website, isi.gov.ie.

Under a DRN, people entering this process will have to pay some of the unsecured debt and the amount will be worked out on a case by case basis. In one example outlined by the ISI, a debtor has assets of €10,000.00, including a car, tools and a piece of jewellery worth over €2,000.00. The debtor owes €80,000.00 in unsecured debt through three different parties. They have a net income of €3,000.00 per month and a child. They are given SET HOUSEHOLD COSTS of €1,272.00 which does not include the €700.00 they pay in rent and €500.00 in childcare costs. When the set costs, rent and childcare are added up and deducted from their net income, they have €528 left with which to repay their debts. This is divided among their creditors and then, after 5 years, they are debt free. In this circumstance, they will have repaid €30,180.0 of their €80,000.00 debt. This works out at 38% once the Insolvency Arrangement is concluded. After that, they are clear of all outstanding liabilities which are written off and they can start again.

A certificate issued by the Court, offers those in the process and their assets, protection from legal proceedings by Creditors while they are applying for a DSA. This Protective Certificate will remain in force for 70 days but it may be extended. Once the certificate is issued, a DSA is put together by the PIP, agreed by the Debtor, approved by a qualified majority of the debtors creditors, voting at a creditors meeting, processed by the ISI and approved by the Court. If all this is done and the five years pass, then all the remaining debt is written off and the debtor can start again debt free.

In THE nExT EDITIOn WE WILL DEAL WITH THE PERSOnAL InSOLVEnCy ARRAngEMEnT (PIA)

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Ireland’s largest showroom dedicated to the elderly and less abled was officially opened Friday 28th June. The launch itself is pioneered by a local company and focuses its attention on products, supplying adaptations and services that improve the lives and living conditions of those who have lost, are losing, or may lose some level of ability, whether that be due to accident, injury, illness or simply older age. The showroom is home to some of the most innovative products available on the market, and world leading manufacturers have happily contributed to helping Mobility Plus Ltd make this unique facility a reality. With over a dozen different showering options on display, walk in baths, showerloo cubicles, stair lifts,

access ramps, height adjustable kitchens, hoists, rise recline furniture, profiling beds and much more – a wide variety of solutions designed to meet and array of requirements. In addition to the showroom and information centre, the property boasts its own Training Centre. Training rooms are available to suit both short and long term needs. The passion for helping our elderly and infirm is evident in the owners providing meeting rooms to various associated charities, organisations and groups for their

Mobility Plus Ltd is adjacent to the M50, between junctions 9&10 and is home to some of the most innovative products available on the market

weekly/monthly meetings at no cost to the group itself. The showrooms are open from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, with later opening times available on request. Mobility Plus Ltd is adjacent to the M50,

between junctions 9&10. The full address is Mobility Plus Ltd, Ballymount House, Business Parkway Centre, Ballymount, Dublin 24 and the team are available via 01 4050027 or info@mobilityplus.ie


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