11th June 2018
HIGH RENTS UNSUSTAINABLE - Young Families Stuck In Costly Private Rental Market Until Government Tackles Housing Supply
The cost of rents and the rate of increase over the past five years are unsustainable for young families, even with the rent pressure zones. Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West John Curran has said that young families are being forced by the Government to remain in the costly private rental market as a direct result of the Government’s failure to deliver on housing supply. Speaking in the Dáil on the Residential Tenancies Bill, Deputy Curran said;
“Many of the issues relating to rent, residential tenancies and the high rents being charged are a result of supply and demand. Many people who are in private rented accommodation do not want to be there. They are applicants, people on social housing lists and people who ordinarily might want to buy their own house, and no properties are available. Everybody is being squeezed into what is now a very tight market. Until the Government significantly increases
supply, this problem will persist.” “Until we get to a stage where we have adequate supply in the market, we are not dealing with the fundamental issue of housing. We are bringing in somewhat temporary solutions, such as rent controls, but these are not getting young families out of the prohibitive private rental market and into their own homes. Housing projects are simply not moving quickly enough. In October 2016 Deputy Noonan announced €50million in
funding to support the construction of the necessary infrastructure to subsequently support housing development. Virtually none of this funding has been drawn down. That money has to be spent to provide the enabling infrastructure to develop the housing projects. The cost of rents and the rate of increase over the past five years are unsustainable for young families, even with the rent pressure zones. They are consuming too much of a person’s income, especially in the greater Dublin area. The situation will not change until we radically address the supply side. The Minister and the Taoiseach previously said there would be 3,800 social houses however; they will not name the schemes that make up the promised 3,800 houses. The Government is hiding behind big numbers without providing the detail.”
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Fine Gael MEP, Brian Hayes has urged 18-year-old Irish citizens interested in exploring Europe to apply for a free Inter Rail ticket when applications open on the 12th of June.
The Dublin MEP was speaking ahead of the launch of DiscoverEU, which will provide 140 free Inter Rail tickets to 18-year-old Irish citizens this Summer. “The EU has introduced many programmes that have benefited young people such as Erasmus. DiscoverEU is another way that young people can benefit and at the same time promote tourism and social cohesion. Next week 15,000 EU citizens aged 18 will get the opportunity to travel across
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HOSPITAL TROLLEY COUNT FIGURES HIGHLIGHT BROKEN SYSTEM PALMERSTOWN VET SUCCESS the numbers levels, which in itself was system is a staggering delivered
Dublin South West Sinn Fein TD, Seán Crowe, has described the unprecedented Trolley Watch figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), which show over 50,000 patients on trolleys, as further proof that the current health system is broken.
Deputy Seán Crowe said: “The Trolley Watch figures released by the INMO for May now show that the number of patients on trolleys is surpassing 2017
the worst year since records began for patients on trolleys. “The number of patients on trolleys in May was 9,091, which is an increase of 937 on May of last year and is the highest figure ever for this summer month. “The figures for this year are following a definite and negative trend, highlighting once again that the system is broken. In the first five months of this year the grand total of people left on trolleys in the hospital
“The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, claims that he is addressing the situation but the reality is he is not up to the job. “Simon Harris’ tenure in his job as Minister for Health is coming up its two year mark. Throughout his reign three of the biggest issues in the health service have continuously escalated– patients on trolleys, waiting lists, and the recruitment and retention drive hasn’t
needed. “He has also ignored the implementation of the Sláintecare Report, ignored the bed capacity review, ignored Dáil motions proposing solutions to the mounting trolley debacle, the growing waiting lists, and the recruitment and retention failure. “Clearly the unprecedented figures show the current health system is broken and the current Minister incapable or unable to resolve the unprecedented trolley and health crisis.”
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COMMITMENT ON NEW ENTERPRISE SPACE IN TALLAGHT SDCC names three potential options for new enterprise space in South Dublin -
plans for the establishment of new Enterprise Units in the Tallaght region.
Cllr. Charlie O’Connor has said that South Dublin County should support local start-up businesses to develop and expand by providing additional enterprise space in our area.
It has been proposed that Tallaght Town Centre, the existing Bolbrook Enterprise Centre and the Greenfield site at Grange Castle Business Park will be considered as potential locations for the development of new enterprise space in the county.
O’Connor was commenting following last month’s meeting of the Tallaght Area Committee where he raised the need to confirm
As Chairperson of South Dublin County Council’s
Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development Committee, he said, “There has been an increase in demand for new enterprise space in the county as of late and particularly since the economy has picked back up. “We need to maximise on the opportunities presented in the enterprise sector and support new and existing start-up’s to expand and grow. “Indigenous
real potential to contribute to our local economy and creating a vibrant and dynamic environment can help these enterprises to develop. By providing a hub, our Council can help nurture the entrepreneurial spirit that is so essential in our community. He concluded, “When people take a leap and invest in their innovative ideas in enterprise they should be offered every support to get their business off the ground.”
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TESCO EXTRA OPENS RETAIL CENTRE IN LIFFEY VALLEY
OVER €82,000 IN CAPITAL GRANTS FOR DUBLIN MID-WEST CHILDCARE PROVIDERS Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed over €82,000 in Capital Funding for childcare providers in Clondalkin, Lucan and Newcastle.
The €30m store is the largest in Ireland and has created 75 local jobs. Local General Election candidate Cllr. Emer Higgins attended the official opening alongside RTEs Lucy Kennedy. Speaking at the opening Cllr. Emer Higgins said, “I’m so impressed by the new Tesco – it’s absolutely huge and offers great parking, a massive fresh fruit and veg section, the largest clothing selection of any Tesco and even a Costa Coffee shop. It’s fantastic to see such investment locally. The Store Manager, Robbie Kelly, told me that about 80% of the 175 jobs created were filled by people in the local area. Creating local jobs is something I’m really passionate about and it’s fantastic to see Tesco so committed to ensuring that the store plays a positive role in the local community.
Through their Tesco Community Fund they’ll be supporting local charities and community groups and that’s going to provide much needed funding to organisations that matter in our communities. Already three local groups, The Clondalkin Youth Band, Liffey Valley Rangers FC and the Quarryvale Centre, have been selected to benefit from the charity strategy. “The Liffey Valley store will be donating all it’s surplus food to charities, clubs and organisations such as those working with homeless communities. Tesco practices corporate social responsibility through it’s commitment to environmentally friendly practices and it’s collaboration with FoodCloud. From what I hear they’re a great employer too and have been
leading the way in the retail sector when it comes to providing certainty around contracts and scheduling to it’s employees. I was delighted to welcome Tesco to Liffey Valley and wish them every success here in our local area,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins. The new flagship €30m Liffey Valley Tesco store is 60,000 square feet in size and is a cutting-edge architectural design that is highly carbon efficient with several environmental features built in including energy-saving measures, advanced lighting, heating and cooling systems and waste recycling facilities. The new opening is part of Tesco Ireland’s €70m store investment programme which is modernising our property portfolio and developing new stores across the country.
O’CONNOR WELCOMES SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL SUMMER PROJECTS GRANTS
Local Councillor Charlie O’Connor has welcomed the announcement by South Dublin County Council of Grant Aid for this year’s Summer Projects in the area.
& crafts, sports, educational trips, drama, films, games etc. The use of available community facilities (schools, community centres, halls, open spaces) is also encouraged.”
According to the Council “Summer Projects are aimed at providing a supervised programme of recreational and educational activities for young people over a consecutive number of weeks in the summer period.
Charlie O’Connor added that “South Dublin County Council assists Summer Projects in the County area by way of grant-aid, assistance in kind, organised activities and staff support. In 2018, it is estimated that approximately 6,000 young people in the Council’s administrative area will participate in projects.”
Emphasis is placed on community involvement and the development of resources and groups within localities. A wide range of activities are encouraged such as arts
He also noted that Crosscare provides insurance cover for Summer Projects. According
O’Connor these Summer Projects are important for local communities and he wished everybody involved well.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone, announced a total of €6.87m in Capital funding to providers of Early Years and School Age Childcare nationwide on Friday the 1st June 2018 €82, 160 of this was allocated to local childcare providers. Welcoming the announcement, Fitzgerald said: “This funding will contribute towards the creation of new early year and school age places as well as natural outdoor play areas across five different facilities. “A maximum grant of €50,000 has been awarded to Castle Kids in Clondalkin for the creation of additional early years places while €15,312 has been provided to Sherpa Kids, located at Scoil Mhuire GNS in Lucan, for the provision of new school-age childcare places.
was a very competitive application and appraisal process.” Fitzgerald detailed the broader picture around childcare and family supports that this funding fits into stating: “Fine Gael is delivering on its election commitment to support families and to help ease the financial cost of childcare. “Today’s announcement follows on from the childcare measures we introduced last September, giving up to 70,000 children extra supports. These included a universal childcare subsidy, of up to €1,040 per year, available for children aged from 6-months up to starting their free preschool year (ECCE Scheme) at 36 months. We also introduced two weeks paid Paternity Leave for new fathers for the first time in the history of the State. “Under 6s now benefit from GP care and an extra 10,000 children now qualify for a
medical card thanks to it being extended to those on Domiciliary Care Allowance. 47,000 extra breakfast club places have been created and the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance has increased by 25%,” “Improving preschool standards and introducing a second addition the free pre-school year (ECCE scheme) were important goals of mine as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Thanks to the improving economy, the Government were able to successfully extend ECCE which saves families an average of €4,000 per child. “While there is clearly more work to be done in order to improve affordable childcare, parents are receiving more practical assistance. I will continue working with my Government colleagues, as I have successfully done since 2011, to deliver more improvements for children and families in the years to come,” concluded Fitzgerald.
“Three facilities have received funding for outdoor natural play areas; Lucan East Pre and After School were awarded €3,600, Explore Together Childcare in Hillcrest was awarded €6,248 and Sticky Fingers in Newcastle given a grant of €7,000.
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IT EXTENSION A STEP CLOSER, ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS APPOINTED
A major expansion of facilities at IT Tallaght has taken a big step forward with the appointment of a team of architects and designers, according to Minister, Katherine Zappone.
“The appointment of architects and designers means this planned expansion is closer to becoming a reality.
The phase 2 development of the campus will now move to the design and planning stage.
The final scope of the project has already been agreed and all necessary technical and economic appraisals carried out. Now we will see this project start coming to life.
Minister Zappone says the plans will ensure that IT Tallaght remains a high tech hub of education not just within Dublin but for students from across the country. Minister Zappone added:
The expansion includes a technical development centre for engineering and science courses; facilities for the culinary arts; and new classrooms and computer labs. It is part of a €200m
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investment in eleven colleges and institutions. In Tallaght the institute of technology is not only a place of learning it is also a key part of the economic infrastructure, provided a skilled workforce for local
industry. The future development of campus is key if we are to firmly establish Tallaght as a smart city of the future. I would urge the project team to keep to tight timelines and ensure the
new facilities are available to students at the earliest possible opportunity. As the local Minister I will be keeping in close contact with my colleague the Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD to ensure
that investment continues in local education not just at third level, but also at primary and secondary. Demand in Tallaght, Rathfarnham and Citywest is high and we must meet the needs of local families.”
SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL’S LGBTQ+ STAFF NETWORK LAUNCHED
South Dublin County Council’s newly formed LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer +) Staff Network was officially launched on the 31st May 2018. Launching the network in the Mayor’s Chambers, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Cllr. Paul Gogarty gave a speech about the network whose purpose is to promote inclusion, equality and diversity, as well as providing support for LGBTQ+ staff members of South Dublin County Council. Alongside this, the network also sends out regular newsletters to its members, hosts social events, and is working on a number of projects such as LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, and training. The committee would like to thank Cllr. Francis Timmons, Selina Bonnie, South Dublin County
Council’s Disability Liaison / Access Officer, Niall Noonan, South Dublin County Council’s Communications Manager, and Paul Sharkey from the Council’s Libraries Department, in particular for their help. Mayor Gogarty also raised the Rainbow flag to mark the beginning of Pride month and the 25 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland. To coincide with Pride month, and the network’s launch, County Library Tallaght will be hosting an exhibition, and accompanying talk, by historian Tonie Walsh of the Irish Queer Archive (IQA). Both are entitled A Liberating Party and the exhibition is on view from the 18th – 25th June, with a talk on the exhibition on Saturday 23rd June.
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TU4DUBLIN SUBMITS APPLICATION TO BECOME IRELAND’S FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY The Technological University for Dublin Alliance (TU4Dublin) has officially submitted an application to the Minister for Education and Skills to seek designation as the first technological university (TU) in Ireland. The application, submitted jointly by IT Tallaght, DIT, and IT Blanchardstown, will be considered against criteria established under the new Technological Universities Act 2018. An independent international panel visited Dublin recently and evaluated the application. The HEA will now consider the Panel’s report and will make a
recommendation to the Minister for Education and Skills. The Minister will take the final decision on designation before the end of the year. Mr Thomas Stone, President IT Tallaght, said: “This potential new technological university in Dublin would have a population of over 28,500 students, more than 3,250 international students, 800 international students, 900 researchers, and 5,500 mature students located across campuses in Tallaght, Grangegorman and Blanchardstown. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a higher-education system that is inclusive and reflects
the educational demands and economic needs of Ireland in the twenty-first century. I am truly excited about the synergies and capacity for innovation across diverse disciplines such as business, law, the arts & humanities, STEM, ICT, health and welfare that will emerge if we are successful in our application.” This new university would be developed on three physical campuses - at Tallaght, Grangegorman and Blanchardstown. A digital campus would link all students services and resources academic, support and recreational.
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40% DECLINE IN GARDAÍ AT RATHCOOLE GARDA STATION CONTINUES TO BE IGNORED BY GOVERNMENT There is no explanation as to why an area like Rathcoole with a growing population and economic activity has seen such a decline in Garda numbers. Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin Mid-West John Curran has yet again raised the issue of the continued decline in Gardaí stationed at Rathcoole Garda Station, in the Dáil, with the Justice Minister, saying that compared to other Garda Stations in the DMR West area it is out of line with everywhere else. In information received by the Deputy from Justice Minister, Charlie Flanagan through parliamentary question, it was revealed that there has been a drop of 9 Gardaí in our local Garda station of Rathcoole since 2014. These figures show a continued decrease in the number of Gardaí stationed in Rathcoole Garda Station over the past 4 years. Deputy Curran was speaking
in the Dáil during a Topical Issues Debate: “There is a very real need for the allocation of extra Garda resources in this locality. As a member of the Joint Policing Committee I am acutely aware of the issues in our area and regularly raise these matters during debate.
that number of Gardaí. This drop in numbers for Rathcoole is so obvious and the needs of the community and hinterland are not being addressed. Housing construction under way and in planning is very vibrant at the moment in Citywest, Saggart, Rathcoole and Newcastle.
I cannot understand why we have this decline when the population and economic activity in this hinterland is growing significantly. In 2014 there were 89 Gardaí in Clondalkin and today there are 92. In Lucan there were 74 in 2014 and today there are 70. In Ronanstown there were 91 in 2014 and today there are 88. In Rathcoole, however, in 2014 there were 23 Gardaí and today there are 14. That is a really significant drop.
Over 100 newly attested members of An Garda Síochána were assigned to the DMR West Division in 2014 following the reopening of the Garda College in Templemore. However, during the same period the number of Gardaí in Rathcoole station is on a continuous decline.
This drop means that each Garda unit is a unit of two or three at most. Nobody has cover for holidays or sick leave. It is not physically possible to police the area adequately with
“What is particularly concerning is that the rate in crime has steadily increased and the population is ever increasing in the areas of Rathcoole, Saggart, Newcastle and City West with ongoing development. “There were 86 vehicle thefts in Rathcoole in the first half of 2017 an increase
of 56%, a 21% increase in shop theft and a total of 56 burglaries in Rathcoole between January and August 2017. “Rathcoole Garda station is open 10am-1pm and 2pm -6pm Monday to Sunday, subject to the availability of Garda personnel. Visibility plays a huge part in deterring crime and easing the fears of local people, the fact is that there are not enough Gardaí policing and patrolling our area. “It is important that the people of Rathcoole feel secure and that means having visible Garda presence in the area,” concluded Deputy Curran.
Flavours of South Dublin Food Festival Rathfarnham Castle Park Sunday 24th June 2018
This free food and cultural festival will showcase the wide variety of ethnic and cultural groups living and working within the South Dublin County Council area through food, entertainment and a craft village. The Festival is scheduled for 24th June from 11.00 am – 6.00 pm. This unique food festival will showcase the very best cuisine from the locality, and aims to highlight the diversity and vibrancy of the food culture in the county. This is the second year of the festival, it is free to attend and guarantees to be a great day out for the whole family. The Festival will take place in the grounds of Rathfarnham Castle, which dates from Elizabethan times and is probably the earliest example of what is termed a ‘fortified house’ built in Ireland.
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- Additional Funding For Social Housing Should Be Fully Utilised Fianna Fáil Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Committee , John Curran TD has called on the Government to expedite the establishment of a new mechanism to support Credit Union investment in public housing. Despite the Central Bank allowing Credit Unions to invest in such a vehicle since January, the Government has yet to finalise a proposal. He said, “For years now, Credit Unions have put
forward a clear strategy to finance public housing. The Central Bank provided for regulations on the matter earlier this year. “There is a commitment in the Confidence & Supply agreement between Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael to “Develop a strategy for the growth and development of the Credit Union sector”. “Regrettably, this Government has failed to finalise a specific proposal to allow Credit Unions invest in the provision of public housing across
Ireland.“At a time when more and more families face a crisis in public and affordable housing, Fine Gael has prioritised funding private landlords rather than support the means for additional investment to develop new housing units. “It’s truly puzzling as to why this Government would wish to ignore such a worthwhile strategy put forward by the Credit Union to alleviate a national crisis in housing that has gone beyond measure, Deputy Curran concluded.
HOUSING MINISTER MASSAGES HOMELESS FIGURES AGAIN
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has accused the Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy of “massaging the homeless figures again” as he confirms he as removed 297 people from Dublin and Meath from the official April statistics. Deputy Ó Broin said: “The Department’s official figures for April 2018 show a tiny drop in the number of homeless adults and families with 72 fewer adults and eight fewer families in emergency accommodation. “However, there was an increase in the number of homeless children, which was up 43 on the previous month to 3,689. This is an increase of 36% on the same month last year. “In total there was a marginal monthly drop of 0.2% in the total number of
homeless people, which is now at 9,652. This time last year it was 7,680. There has been an increase of 25% in one year.
“However if the 297 people who were removed from the figures were taken into account there has been an annual increase of 30% and a monthly increase of 3%. “So the Minister isn’t making any progress in tackling this homeless issue. It’s nearly a year since he assumed the role and manipulating the figures is about all he has achieved. Removing 297 people from the figures does not hide the fact that the government is failing miserably to deal with the housing crisis. “It is shameful that the Minister is more concerned with doctoring the figures in order to save his job rather than proactively
implementing measures to prevent people from entering homelessness in the first place. “Behind these figures there are real people and the fact that their government does not think they are in emergency housing need is appalling. “These figures don’t even include the hidden homeless. The adults and children in Tusla funded domestic violence shelters, those trapped in direct provision centres that have their leave to remain but can’t access housing in the private rented sector and those existing in overcrowded conditions. “The Minister has failed to make a dent in this problem. There are now serious questions over his judgement on this issue and over his ability to continue in his role.”
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TALENTED WEST DUBLIN STUDENTS WIN TEXACO AWARDS
Seven West Dublin students are among 37 Dublin winners who have been presented with top awards in this year’s 64th Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Pictured is Sara Jagodzinska (9), a pupil at Scoil Mhuire Girls National School, Lucan, who won third prize in the 9-11 years age category of the competition. Presenting her with the award is Minister for Culture, Heritage & The Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD and James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations at Valero.
SDCC MUST URGENTLY REMEDY EDMONDSTOWN ROAD CLOSURE - Sheer Lack Of Political Support To Carry Out Works Re-Open The Essential Road Local Fianna Fáil TD, John Lahart has urged be adversely affected by the closure and South Dublin County Council to urgently local residents are justifiably frustrated carry out the works necessary to re-open from being discommoded. the Edmondstown Road in Rathfarnham. “It is disappointing that there was such The Deputy was informed recently that little political representation present at South Dublin County Council has made the the well-attended meeting last night. That decision to injunct the third party that is fact that my party colleague Cllr Emma Murphy and I were the only local politicians responsible for the closure of the road. Commenting following the last recent public present is just not good enough. meeting on the matter in Wanderer’s GAA Club, Rathfarnham he said, “Edmondstown “Re-opening this road requires the full Road is one of the principal tourism and backing of all political representatives and business gateways to the Dublin Mountains I am urging the Council ensure to undertake as well as a primary residential transport the work required and seek the costs retrospectively. artery. The road has remained closed since “The fact is that if this was in any other excavation works were carried out on location or more of the public were private lands adjacent to the road last directly affected, action would have been year which caused damage to the road taken more swiftly but because this is a foundation. As a precaution, SDCC closed predominantly rural area, some politicians the road to traffic but have not made any don’t seem to be fazed. effort to reopen it since. “I fully support the community in their “The Council’s decision to now commence effort to escalate their action and organise legal proceedings will mean that the road a protest at the Council offices – this has will likely remain closed indefinitely. In fact impacted countless South Dubliners and there is no telling how long a legal action even more members of the public who rely will take or if it will even be successful. on this road, for over 12 months. It must be “Meanwhile, local businesses continue to urgently re-opened,”concluded Lahart.
DATASOLUTIONS CLONDALKIN MAKES IT THREE-IN-A-ROW EXHIBITION OF FLORAL ART DataSolutions, the leading IT solutions distributor, recently announced that it won the 2018 Distributor of the Year Award at the Irish Tech Excellence Awards in the Citywest Hotel on the 24th May. For the past 18 years, the Tech Excellence Awards has brought together Irish technology professionals and leaders to recognise excellence in the design, implementation and support of technology solutions and services.
West Dublin-based DataSolutions earned the hotly-contested award via a poll of resellers and other professionals in the industry, who recognised the company’s ongoing commitment to the marketplace and the specialist role it plays in helping resellers enhance their businesses. Voters acknowledged Data Solutions’ significant business achievements throughout 2017, including its continued growth and
expansion in the UK market and recent €105,000 investment in marketing initiatives aimed at driving leads for its partners. Voters also recognised the success of Ireland’s largest annual conference dedicated to IT security, the Secure Computing Forum. Organised by DataSolutions, the 5th annual Secure Computing Forum was held in September and attended by over 300 people from a range of industries. The event was especially informative for companies seeking to prepare for GDPR.
acknowledged for our hard work. “We are exceptionally proud of our great relationships with our resellers and vendor partners and by showing their support for DataSolutions through their votes, they have made this award extra special to us. We are committed to bringing disruptive new technologies to market quickly, to drive business transformation and give partners the best opportunity to differentiate themselves and stay ahead of the competition.”
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The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Floral Art Group and Russborough are pleased to announce an Exhibition of magnificent arrangements entitled “Country House Flowers at Russborough”. It will be held on Saturday, 7th & Sunday 8th July from 3 pm to 6pm in the principle reception rooms of the house. Admission is €5 per adult and children are free. www.russborough.ie or www.rhsi.ie The designers will draw inspiration from the
paintings and furnishings in this splendid house demonstrating trends in floral art from historic times to the present day. For enquiries about the Exhibition and / or the RHSI Russborough Garden Show please contact: Eric Blatchford (CEO Russborough) at Tel: 045 865239 or eric@ russborough.ie The Alfred Beit Foundation (Russborough) and the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland are both registered charities.
Commenting on the award win, Michael O’Hara, managing director, Data Solutions, said: “The entire DataSolutions’ team is thrilled and humbled to have won this award for the third year in a row.
Pictured (L-R) Orlagh O’Connor, sales branch manager, Grenke, presenting the Distributor of the Year Award to Michael O’Hara, group managing director, DataSolutions and Francis O’Haire, group technology director, DataSolutions.
The Tech Excellence Awards are widely regarded as the principal professional accolades awarded in the Irish technology sector, they are the ‘Oscars for the IT industry’, and it is a huge honour to be repeatedly
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MOTORING LIFE WITH NEW NISSAN MICRA – ‘IRISH SMALL CAR OF THE YEAR 2018’ By Breda Corrigan The All-New Nissan Micra has arrived to challenge the small car standards in design, comfort and performance. With its unique blend of expressive, yet premium, design inside and out, intelligent features and agile driving characteristics, the fifth generation Micra offers an unexpected experience. The new Micra is very different to any of its predecessors. It has moved upmarket, with the benefit of a sportier drive and a higher quality interior in an effort to attract people who are downsizing from larger cars. Even the keenest driver will find something to like in the new Micra, as it does have an impressive spread of abilities. The new Micra is a radical change for Nissan. Where the previous generation Micra was a global car built in India, the new one is a Euro-focused model, which was designed in Tokyo and London, but is being built at a Renault factory in Paris, France. There’s something of the Renault Clio about it too, with the hidden rear door handles being an obvious parallel. Once inside the changes are similarly huge, with a high-quality feel in evidence throughout. The contrasting colour schemes are optional, and will appeal to drivers looking to make more of a statement, but overall the design is neat and smart. Presently, buyers can choose from a turbocharged 0.9-litre petrol engine with 90bhp and 140Nm of torque, a 1.0-litre petrol engine with 71bhp and 95Nm of torque and a 1.5-litre turbo-diesel with 90bhp and 220Nm of torque. Transmission is five-speed manual only and the body is only available as a five-door hatch. There are four specifications in the new Micra range – XE, SV, SV Premium and SVE. Standard specification across the range includes LED daytime running-lights,
auto headlights, 60/40 split rear seats, space saver spare wheel, electric windows and mirrors plus a huge array of safety features such as ESP, ABS, hill start assist, intelligent trace control, intelligent ride control and intelligent emergency braking. Boot space in the new Micra is generous, with a 300-litre capacity with the rear seats in place and 1,004-litres with the rear seats folded. My test car was the 0.9-litre petrolengined, range-topping SVE model and was finished in stylish Enigma Black metallic paint with Energy Orange exterior pack for a dramatic, head-turning look. SVE spec includes such items as black & grey cloth trim, 17” alloy wheels, Nissan iKey (intelligent key – featuring start & stop button and hands-free locking/unlocking of the car), Safety Pack (intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, high beam assist, intelligent lane intervention, auto wipers and traffic sign recognition), rear-view monitor with rear parking sensors and a BOSE audio with 6 speakers – of which 2 are embedded in the front seat headrests for a 360-degree listening experience. The optional ‘exterior pack’ on my test car really made the car stand out from the crowd with door mirror caps, side mouldings, front & rear bumper finishers and alloy wheel inserts finished in dramatic Energy Orange. On the road, the new Micra feels light and agile, with plenty of grip and good body control in corners. The steering has just the right amount of weight to it to make the car enjoyable and entertaining to drive. The engine in my test car consumes just 4.6-litres of petrol for every 100km driven on a combined driving cycle. The 0-100km/h sprint can be completed in just 12.1-seconds, leading to a top speed of 175km/h where permitted. Thanks to a low Co2 emission figure of 104g/km, annual road tax is just €190. This drops to €180 per annum with the diesel engine
model. I found the rear-view camera to be a great asset when backing up – but when it comes to parking, it’s nice to see more than just what is directly behind you. That’s why the new Micra’s class-exclusive ‘Around-View Monitor’ uses four cameras that give you a virtual 360-degree bird’seye view of your vehicle, with selectable split-screen close-ups of the front, rear, and kerbside views for total peace of mind. Since not all obstacles are stationary (shopping trolleys and the likes), Nissan’s ‘Moving Object Detection’ system helps keep an eye around your new Micra, and can warn you about moving objects detected in your vicinity. Ex-works prices for the new Micra
start at €16,650 for the petrol engine models and €19,650 for the diesel. My SVE specification test car is priced from €20,650. New Micra buyers can create their own personalised design inside and out. Dare to express yourself by choosing among the stunning range of body colours, interior themes, exterior coloured wheel inserts and body decals. With over 100 possible configurations available, there is sure to be a style to suit every taste. Looks like Nissan are on to another winner with the new Micra. Winning the ‘Continental Irish Small Car of the Year 2018’ award is very well deserved and proves just how good the new Nissan Micra really is.
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In this edition of the paper, Romaine Scally, Principal in the Firm of Romaine Scally and Co, Solicitors, deals with the question of Wills. As always please send your queries to Romaine Scally, Solicitors, Main Street, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Telephone 4599506, Email – firstname.lastname@example.org Question – My Uncle died a bachelor leaving a small estate including his house. He appointed me as his Executor and sole Beneficiary. As the estate is not substantial, I am going to apply to take out the Grant of Probate myself. Will this pose difficulties because I am resident in the UK? A – Firstly, we are sorry to hear of the death of your Uncle. We also note that he entrusted you with the administration of his estate which is of course a big responsibility. Unfortunately however, as a non-resident executor, you cannot apply to take out a Grant of Probate yourself. You will need to instruct solicitors within this jurisdiction. In addition, as a non-resident executor, your solicitors are legally obliged to make your tax returns on your behalf and pay the appropriate Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT). Without any knowledge as to the value of the estate, we cannot advise you fully in this regard. However, as a class B beneficiary (nephew) your tax free threshold in this present tax year is €32,500.00. Thereafter, tax is payable at 33% of the gain less the cost of the administration and all other expenses including the funeral expenses, etc. We suggest that you make an appointment with a solicitor or at least a telephone consultation with a view to progressing matters in relation to your late uncle’s estate. Question – My Grandmother has prepared her own Will and wants myself and a neighbour to witness it. Is this legal? She said that we are not to read the contents when we witness her signature but I don’t know if this is appropriate. I would appreciate whatever guidance you can give. A – It has to be said that on the whole, Wills made by Testators themselves can be quite dangerous as if they are not valid then, the Will generally collapses and the estate proceeds as an intestacy (no Will). Your grandmother should be encouraged if at all possible to go to see a solicitor or perhaps to have a solicitor call out to her and prepare a Will based on her instructions. Many solicitors will agree to do this without difficulty or indeed any additional charge. However, if your grandmother is insistent and wishes to go ahead with her own Will then, there is no reason why you cannot give whatever assistance is required. Remember however that if you witness the Will, you cannot also benefit from that Will. You do not have to read the Will. There is no legal requirement to read the contents of the Will for your signature to be valid. However, you need to be direct with your grandmother and let her know that if she has named you as a beneficiary in the Will then, you cannot witness the signature and to do so would result in the gift to you being void. Similarly with a neighbour in case your grandmother has decided to leave her neighbour something small in the Will. These are the reasons why people should really have a Will professionally prepared by a solicitor. In any event, this might be your opportunity to discuss the matter in some detail with your grandmother and explain to her that she might be embarking on a dangerous path if she is to get beneficiaries whom presumably she wants to benefit, to witness the Will thereby disinheriting them. On the other hand, she may not have included you or your neighbour as beneficiaries and, this being the case, there is no difficulty about you witnessing the Will. I would also caution you that, although you do not need to know the contents of the Will (apart from clarifying that you are not a beneficiary), you do need to be in the same room as the other witness at the time when your grandmother signs the Will. You must both witness your grandmother’s signature together and then witness the document in the presence of all three of you. We hope that this has been helpful.
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€300,000 has been awarded to fund 15 projects in Clondalkin and Rathcoole. The 2018 Community Participation Budget of €300,000 was awarded to the Clondalkin electoral area after it was drawn at random from a hat by the County’s Mayor. The initiative offered members of the public the opportunity to have their say on how this money should be spent within their community. 230 nominations were made and nominations were shortlisted into 24 projects
which were then put out to public vote.
“On a sunny evening Bru Chronain, the Clondalkin Round Tower, hosted an exceptionally positive event for our area. Fifteen projects put forward by the people, and voted on by the people, were awarded a total of €300,000 to transform those ideas into reality. It’s been a fantastic way of engaging the public and a great opportunity for local groups to win the hearts of their community.
With over 230 nominations made and over a 1,000 votes cast this 300K Have Your Say initiative really captured the attention of the public,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins at the event. “There were some really innovative ideas submitted and it was brilliant to see groups like the Clondalkin Mens Shed win public support. A really interesting idea championed by students at Coláiste Bride was amongst the projects funded and will help make
Clondalkin more tourist friendly. It was great to see so many sustainable ideas supporting cyclists, encouraging walking and recycling, planting of flowers and signage to bring to life our Irish heritage, amongst the winning projects. Funding was also awarded to provide Christmas lights for the village. Rathcoole had three successful nominations and will receive an acoustic piano and gym equipment for the Community Centre as well as a playground at Forest Hills,” continued Cllr. Emer Higgins. “My only regret is that no ideas from Newcastle were shortlisted. Unfortunately, none of the proposals made in relation to Newcastle were eligible under the
Pictured: Neville Graver, Mayor Paul Gogarty and Cllr. Emer Higgins
criteria of nominations. The good news for Newcastle is that we’ll shortly be progressing to public consultation for a playspace which I know was one of the most popular ideas put forward there,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.
“A huge congrats to the fifteen people who put forward their idea and to all those who voted. Proposers now have until the end of next year to collaborate with the Council and utilise their funding to make those ideas community amenities; and they do so knowing they’ve got the backing of our communities,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins. The fifteen successful projects funded are for the renovation of porta-cabin
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GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING PLAN SIMPLY FAILING
John Curran TD says the Government’s housing plan - ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ is an epic failure and a damning indictment of Fine Gael’s policy on housing. Speaking recently Deputy Curran said: “Action one of the Government’s own Housing Plan ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ states -
‘We will accelerate and expand the Rapid-Build Housing Programme to provide, in the first instance and as a priority, more suitable accommodation for families that are currently residing in commercial hotels, while more permanent tenancies are secured and that a total of 1,500 rapid build units will be delivered by 2018:
200 by end 2016, 800 in 2017 and the remainder in 2018. - However, almost a year on after the launch of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’ the action plan status report indicates there were approximately 200 units built in total to date; so the Government has missed its targets by a mile and has failed in its housing plan.
“Not enough has been done by Government; looking at the targets from the action plan status report, there is only indication of another 491 units for 2018. This is a gap of over 1000 units not delivered. Deputy Curran continued; “The number of people we refer to homeless accommodation would be
reduced significantly, if the Government delivered on its own targets. There should be over 1,000 more units of accommodation for homeless families if the Government’s plan was on track. Government is missing the target and failing to explain to us why. If Government cannot identify the blockages to this housing programme, how can we deliver on solutions and a strategy? “The Government must get to grips with this crisis by directly building new social houses in every county. If the Government is serious about this problem then it must start building homes,” concluded Deputy Curran.
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Palmerstown Camera Club announce their annual exhibition to take place on the 23rd & 24th of June in the Parish Hall in Palmerstown. The exhibition will have a wide variety of work on display over 150 prints and projected prints on display. The exhibition will run between 10 am-5pm and entry is free. From the 4th of July, members start their annual evenings out where they travel to different locations to capture photographs. For more information see their Facebook Palmerstown Camera Club. Pic Credit: Gerard Phelan
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