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Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte TD has told his Dublin South West constituency council’s AGM that passing the Stability Treaty was a necessary precondition for Irish economic recovery but was not of itself a sufficient policy response to our problems.

“When you’re in a hole, the first step is to stop digging”, the Minister said. “The next step is to haul yourself out of the hole – preferably with some help from your friends.

“Ireland went through a period of unsustainable growth, with no thought or care to the possibility of economic downturn. Our tax base was wholly reliant on the fantasy of a construction boom that would never end. We desperately need to return to a ‘good housekeeping’ system of national budget rules. There is no other way to return to sustainable growth, employment, competitiveness and social cohesion. “People argue that ‘austerity isn’t working’, as if austerity was our policy for

economic growth. It isn’t. But fiscal discipline is a necessary for pre-condition stability, and stability is a necessary pre-condition for a return to economic growth.

“Francois Hollande has spoken of the need for a growth agenda in Europe. I agree fully with that. We in Ireland were to the forefront in seeking to prioritise growth in this Treaty – in fact growth is in the Treaty's very first article. We also successfully ensured that a whole series of growth-enhancing initiatives were agreed

by EU leaders on the very same day they agreed the Treaty. “While I welcome, for the sake of certainty, the reassurance from the Hollande camp that he will not seek to unpick the Treaty text as signed, I also welcome and share his to commitment complete the package, with additional measures to promote economic growth in Europe. These additional measures do not need to be added to the text we will vote on next month, but we do need to continue to campaign for them.


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protection Child concerns must be acted on not ignored local Fine Gael T.D. and Minister for Children & Youth Affiars, Frances Fitzgerald, has published the Heads of the Children First Bill. This Bill will be sent to the Oireachtas

statutory basis which is a key commitment in the Programme for Government.

Committee on Health and Children for consultation with key stakeholders to take place before the Bill is finalised. The purpose of this Bill is to put Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children on a

“I published the Heads of the Children First Bill; a key commitment of the Programme for Government and a recommendation of the Ryan Report. This law will put Children First Guidelines on a statutory footing, giving added force to child protection. This legislation is part of a suite of measures being introduced to help

protect children,” said Frances Fitzgerald. “I have worked closely with a number of voluntary and sporting organisations in lucan, Clondalkin, Ratchoole, Newcastle and Palmerstown who are already following First Children Guidelines and would like to commend them for the fantastic work they do with children throughout our area,” continued Fitzgerald. “The main message here is that child protection concerns

need to be acted on and not ignored. This new law will require certain professionals and volunteers working with children to report child protection concerns to a Designated Officer who will in turn refer concerns to the HSE. In the past two decades alone, we’ve had 16 major statutory reports on child protection. We have seen horrors beyond imagining and we have reached a point where there is national consensus that we have to change.

The Heads of Bill for Children First are part of a suite of legislation to protect children being developed in accordance with the Programme for Government. This includes the publication today by the Minister for Justice of the Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information) Bill and the forthcoming National Vetting Bureau

Bill. “I have been working closely with my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality on these matters and we will continue to work together at Ministerial and official level over the coming months to ensure that the legislative framework that develops is well-integrated, complementary and very importantly, clear for those who will be required to comply with it,” concluded Fitzgerald.

you to join with me in canvassing every household with our message. “So far as voting No is concerned, we need to realise we do not have a veto on this Treaty and so we have no bargaining power on that front. If we reject the Treaty the other Eurozone countries will

simply go ahead without us. “What’s worse, we would be excluded from any possibility of a further rescue package if we need one. Naturally, we are not planning for another bailout – quite the opposite. The package negotiated with the troika was

extraordinarily onerous, due to the madness of the unilateral bank guarantee. But without that package we would have sunk without trace. And we do still live in uncertain times, with most of the uncertainty coming from Europe. “We need a Europe that

is restored to stability, confidence and credibility. Without stability restored to the Eurozone, the levels of growth that we need – and that in normal circumstances are available – will not be forthcoming. “Now is not the time for us to be paddling our own canoe.”

Almost everybody now agrees we have to do things better,” said Fitzgerald.

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The Minister for Housing and Planning, Ms. Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. has launched a report, commissioned by Clúid Housing Association, which highlights key measures needed to fund successfully the provision of social housing in Dublin and around Ireland.

The report, entitled “Financing the Irish Social Rented Housing Sector: lessons from England and Canada” looks in detail at two countries that use private finance to deliver social housing.

Clúid’s Regional Director in Dublin, Kath Cottier said: “Clúid is confident that private finance can help to provide homes to people on social housing waiting lists in Dublin and around the country.”

She added: “Government funding can be employed more effectively by using it to leverage private finance which in turn will deliver more social housing. Other

countries have taken to this model already and it has proved to return a much greater funding stream.”

Minister O’Sullivan said: “The Government sees voluntary and cooperative housing associations as being at the heart of social housing provision in the years ahead and this will call for creative and imaginative measures in terms of both financing solutions and housing measures.

“The use of loan finance has the potential to develop a stronger, more sustainable funding base for social housing and the challenge for the sector now is to learn from experiences abroad as applied to the Irish context.”

By looking at how the UK and Canada successfully employ a private finance model, the research, commissioned by Clúid, identified some of the key measures that would help to make private finance work

in Ireland.

One of the report’s main recommendations is the need for an independent regulator for the social housing sector. The research that effective found regulation is the single most important element in creating an environment in which private funders can lend to housing associations with confidence.

Ms. Cottier added: “With the economic decline the Government has transformed social housing in Ireland in the past year by giving housing associations a much greater role in the delivery of social housing, and by moving towards a private finance model of funding. As one of

the biggest providers of social housing in Ireland, Clúid Housing Association is in a position to source this funding. “We are keen to keep this momentum alive by working with Minister O’Sullivan and her Department to discuss some of the

recommendations in this report in order to develop a successful private finance model.”

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Ms. Cottier commented: “Clúid believes that effective regulation is to inspiring critical confidence among private lenders in the housing association sector which will in turn lead to a flow of funds from private funders.” The significant reduction in Government funding available has led to housing associations seeking private funding, in the form of loans from banks or the Housing Finance Agency. This private funding is supported by a low level of Government subsidy.



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local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has confirmed that over €1 million will be allocated to South Dublin County Council for public transport and sustainable travel projects.

Minister Hayes stated “In total 14 projects across South Dublin will benefit from this funding, 4 of which are in Dublin South West. I am delighted that South Dublin have benefited greatly by this announcement. The money

released will be used by South Dublin County Council to develop cycle lanes, new pathways, traffic management, junction upgrades, bus stops and taxi bays. Minister Hayes continued, “I am happy to see that one of the projects given the go ahead is the development of new pedestrian footpaths and cycle ways in Kiltipper leading to both Aylesbury and Tallaght Stadium. This will involve the upgrading of the existing pedestrian route to both a walking and

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Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin has called on labour TD Joanna Tuffy “to stand by her public opposition to water meters and water charges”.

The call comes as the Government confirms that it intends to charge households for the installation and use of water meters along with the introduction of a tax on water in 2014. Ó Broin said: “In 2009 when the then Environment Minister John Gormley announced his intention to install water meters and charge people for water usage, Dublin Mid-West labour Party TD Joanna Tuffy strongly criticised the move. “Deputy Tuffy said that the move was “a retrograde step”; that a water tax was

“regressive” and “objectionable”; and that it would “add to inequality”. “She called on the then Government to focus resources on fixing our antiquated water distribution system. She also said that “The labour party abolished water charges when Brendan Howlin was Environment Minister in the Rainbow Govt in 1996. We would oppose any attempt to reverse that move”. “Joanna Tuffy was right in 2009 and she is right today. Water charges are a regressive tax on a vital public service that people already pay for through our general taxation. With up to 50% of water lost in the distribution system the best way to conserve water would be to invest in upgrading that infrastructure. “Families across Dublin Mid-West are under

enormous financial stress. This is being made worse by the introduction of the Household Charge. Now the Fine Gael – labour government want to add an extra charge on families already unable to make ends meet.

“The Fianna Fail-Green Party government were wrong when they proposed water meters and taxes in 2009. Fine and labour’s Gael proposals to implement this Fianna Fail policy are wrong today. “I am calling on Joanna Tuffy to stand by her convictions are oppose this unfair and regressive tax when it comes before the Dáil.

“Sinn Féin in the Northern Assembly has shown that it is possible to resist the introduction of water meters despite massive pressure from the

British Government. It has been one of the great successes of the Executive in Belfast. Joanna and her colleagues in the labour Party should follow Sinn Féin’s lead and resist Fine Gael’s pressure to introduce this tax here.”

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“The move by Environment Minister John Gormley to install a water meter in every home in Ireland represents a retrograde step towards the introduction of a regressive tax. The labour Party believes that water is a basic and fundamental need and should not be treated like a market commodity. Many people, particularly the very old and the very young are heavily reliant on water for their health and wellbeing, and the notion of placing a charge on it, is objectionable. Charging for domestic water, in the light of our current taxation system, will only add to inequality, since such charges don't take account of people's ability to pay. In addition, I believe that the €600m that Minister Gormley says installing metres will cost, seriously underestimates the scale of the project. I am aware that an estimate for a similar plan in 1996 came to £1bn, and that was when there were far fewer houses, and

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Cllr Mick Duff deputised for Mayor Cllr Catriona Jones and launched Eco–week 2012, presenting certificates & prizes to winning students of the South Dublin County Council funded Garbo Productions Code Name Green Warp anti-litter Drama & recycled flag workshops on Tuesday 24th April in the Council Chamber, Tallaght. Cllr Duff said “This year the Eco-Week workshops and activities had a wide a range, from magic recycling shows, to creative recycling, to energy workshop, to composting and green business talks on increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.”

“Also as part of the launch we saw the young people of the County getting involved in spreading an important anti-litter message, that “Its not cool to litter” and that they are proud of where they live and that they want to keep it clean. The Anti-litter earth patrol: code name green warp workshops were a great idea as they teach responsibility through creativity. The students explored the fact that they play a huge role in the future of keeping their county ‘litter free’ and looking after the environment.” Sorcha O’Brien Environmental Awareness Officer said

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local Fine Gael Minister, Frances Fitzgerald, was given a warm welcome in Palmerstown as she arrived to officially open their new Youth Café last week. The service which recently started operating out of the Palmerstown Sports and Community Centre was opened with financial support from office, the her Department of Children

and Youth Affairs. “It’s such an honour to be here in the heart of my constituency to open this fantastic new service for the area. It’s quite obvious that you have managed to create a fun and safe space for our young people in this well-used centre. Foroige’s Regional Youth Office, Claire Hutchinson, has put enormous effort in to establishing the

Palmerstown youth club and I was delighted to make funding available for their latest project – the Palmerstown Youth Café,” said Minister Frances Fitzgerald at the launch. The Minister paid tribute to the work and political support of other local representatives who attended the event, Cllr. Gus O’Connell, Cllr. Emer Higgins, Cllr.

William lavelle and Cllr. Eamon Tuffy as well as her Dail colleagues Deputies Dowds and Tuffy. Fitzgerald stated that local political support was key to establishing and maintaining local services and facilities.

café. The response was overwhelming and I was delighted, in my new role as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, to be able to help that idea become a reality by allocating funding towards this said project,” Fitzgerald.

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was just thinking as I watched these confident, talented young people on stage, that it is so positive that they are being given the opportunity to develop their skills like this. It’s a great learning experience for them and you can clearly see how much they all enjoy it,” continued Fitzgerald.

“Well done to all those who made tonight’s official opening possible and I wish you all continued success and look forward to continuing to support this youth café and families right across Palmerstown and lucan,” concluded Fitzgerald.

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local Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Brian Hayes has called on the FAI to allow Shamrock Rovers FC TV to continue to operate. Minister Hayes stated “last week I was approached by a group of Shamrock Rovers fans who have been involved in the running of this free service. Shamrock Rovers FC TV is a completely voluntary service run by fans, which streams live coverage of all Shamrock Rovers home matches in Tallaght Stadium.” Minister Hayes continued, “This service exists because fans living abroad have no means of watching the games live. As it was put to me by fans This is a God send for Rovers Fans.” Minister Hayes further stated, “I contacted the FAI last week on this matter and informed that all

teams participating in the Airtricity league signed a participation agreement which excludes broadcasting of fixtures. While I accept that Shamrock Rovers are signed up to this agreement I find it unbelievable that this service has been stopped. Minister Hayes concluded. “I am calling on the FAI to allow this service to continue to operate. This relatively small community is doing no harm. It consists of a small number of fans, primarily living abroad that simply want to watch their local team play. These days, fans at games can simply record parts of games and upload them straight away to sites such as YouTube. I believe SRFC TV is a great initiative by fans and I strongly support those behind the service.

Dublin South West Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has said figures published by the Irish league of Credit Unions showing the disposable income of Irish citizens are a clear illustration of the growing financial hardship facing thousands of hard pressed families. Deputy Crowe said: “The 2011 “What’s left” tracker findings show that over 1.6 million people in Ireland have now just €100 to spare at the

are telling us that householders may have to pay €300 for the installation of water meters. “Other findings contained in the survey show that 28% of people cannot afford to pay the household charge; 46% are unable to save money and that 45% are struggling with their car finances as a result of increased fuel prices and the cost of motoring in general. “All of this highlights the growing despair of

Credit union surVey highlights finanCial hardship of irish Citizens end of each month. The Credit Union survey found that many people feel they are just “living to work”, with 41% believing there is no longer a future for them or their family in Ireland. “What this survey also shows is that a significant percentage of our working are population struggling to keep their heads above water. Yet on the same day these findings are published, Government Ministers

people who are being pushed further and further into poverty yet the Government continues to impose crippling austerity measures on those who simply cannot pay. “The Credit Union survey makes for depressing reading and it must act as a wake-up call for the Government that must prioritise its citizens instead of paying billions into toxic banks.”



plans for the national Children’s hospital in tallaght taKe off!

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Tallaght Hospital and South Dublin County Council have formally submitted their joint bid for the new National Children’s to be Hospital co-located on a publicly owned site adjacent to the existing Tallaght Hospital Facility. Eilísh Hardiman, Chief Executive of Tallaght Hospital stated that “The Tallaght Hospital Board has worked closely with South Dublin County Council on this joint submission to National Children’s Hospital Review Group. The proposal envisages an overarching campus governance arrangement that facilitates separately governed hospitals in a

dedicated medical quarter to achieve maximum optimisation of shared services, campus operations and development of state of the art, patient friendly children’s, maternity and adult hospital facilities”.

Philomena Poole, County Manager, South Dublin County Council that “The added development opportunity at Tallaght Medical Quarter has many driving factors in accommodating a children’s and maternity hospital in terms of clinical and operational tri-location benefits, access, site availability and buildability. Our view is that this proposal, from

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Older & Bolder has called on Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to launch a public awareness campaign to highlight radical changes to the Contributory State pension linked to the

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill. While the changes to qualifying contributions will affect some people from as early as this year, so far the complicated changes have not been clearly

highlighted to citizens. “There has been some publicity about the increase in the age at which you can collect your State Pension, but other changes about what you need to qualify for a full pension

have so far gone under the radar,” Patricia Conboy, director of Older & Bolder said. “The majority of older people rely heavily on the State Pension and the lack of clarity about impending changes is

contributing to the climate of insecurity for people now approaching pension age. Those with breaks in their social insurance contributions records perhaps due to time taken to look after

children or sick and frail relatives are now worried that this will be a disadvantage to them in retirement.

e. Property which the owner has left due to long term infirmity (i.e. the owner is in a nursing home)

is a LATE PAYMENT fee where payment is made after the due date of ;

A residential e. property owned by an approved charity or held in a discretionary trust.

charges on property and never made any payments to his Local Authority. we took out a Grant of Probate which issued in December 2011 and we hope to sell the properties by Summer of this year. what will we be liable for?

The Legal Column f. Properties located within unfinished housing estates.

Where a property contains several separate units, the charge arises for each unit. This would apply in a situation where the owner of a house has converted the home into three self contained units. In this month’s edition of the paper, Romaine Scally Solicitor, of Romaine Scally & Company, Solicitors, Main Street, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Telephone 01-4599506 email advises readers on recent developments on Property Tax. We hope that readers find it useful. Q. I am a householder and also have a rented house nearby. Could you clarify whether or not I have to pay Property Taxes on both properties?

A. The Government introduced an annual household charge on December the 19th 2011 in the local Government (Household Charge) Act, 2011. The Act also amended the 2009 legislation governing the NON PRINCIPAL PRIVATE RESIDENCE (NPPR) CHARGE to bring the two parallel charges onto a similar footing. The Act envisages increases in the level of the charge to allow for inflation and there has been speculation that the Charges are simply the thin end of the wedge and that the level of the charge will increase in the future

or they will be replaced by a value based property tax.

THE €100.00 HOUSEHOLD CHARGE All Irish residential properties are subject to the new €100.00 Household Charge with exemptions which include the following ;

a. Properties held as trading stock which have not been sold or generated income since construction (i.e. unfinished houses or housing estates)

b. A mobile home, caravan, vehicle or vessel.

c. Property which is subject to Commercial Rates (a business premises)

d. Property held by a Housing Authority or a Charity or Discretionary Trust.

The liability date for payment is 1st January 2012 so, if a residence is acquired after this date, the Household Charge will not arise until the following year. The charge is payable by the OwNER of the property and “CO-OwNERS” are jointly and severally liable for the charge. The interpretation of the word owner includes a tenant who holds a “LONG RESIDENTIAL LEASE” (more than 20 years). The due date for payment of the charge is three months after the liability date so payment should be made on or before the 31st March 2012. Owners can register the property and pay up to the deadline online at www.householdcharge. ie or pay to the local Government Management Agency or directly to the local City/Council Office. The Household Charge can be paid in full or in four installments of €25.00 each and there

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The owner is also liable for interest at 1% per month or part thereof (12% per annum) which is higher than the standard LATE TAx rate of 8%. €200.00 NON PRINCIPAL PRIVATE RESIDENCE CHARGE (NPPR) The existing €200.00 NPPR Charge applies to non-principal private residences in Ireland including a holiday home and vacant properties. The exemptions include ;

a. The principal private residence (PPR) of the tax payer or separated or divorced spouse.

b. Properties occupied rent free by the owner’s relative (or a relative of his spouse) or by a Ward of Court or child in his care. The second residence must be a self-contained unit of the same property (i.e. a granny flat) or be within two kilometers of the owner’s home.

c. A mobile home, caravan, vehicle or vessel.

d. Properties held as stock trade which have not been sold or generated income since construction.

f. Property let by or occupied under a shared ownership arrangement with a Housing Authority or the HSE.

g. A property which the owner has left due to long term infirmity (i.e. the owner is in an nursing home) h. A building liable for commercial rates.

The PPR exemption may be extended if a person moving house temporarily owns two properties provided that the first property is sold within six months. PAYING THE NPPR CHARGE The liability date was June 2009 and payment was due within two months (i.e. by the 31st May and the due date thereafter was 31st March every year) up to 2011. The NPPR Charge arises to the owner of the property i.e. the person entitled to receive rent and again co-owners are jointly and severally liable. It can be paid online at or directly to a local Authority.

Q. My father died in July 2011 leaving his principal private residence and a holiday home which will have to be sold to administer the Estate. He was opposed to the payment of

“The bar is being raised significantly in 2012. The Minister and her

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A. The principal house, being your father’s family home, will be liable to a €100.00 Household Charge with a late penalty payment if it is not discharged by the due date of the 31st March 2012 as per the previous reply. With regard to the NPPR on the Investment property, the payment of €200.00 per year will be due from 2009 onwards with a late penalty payment of €20.00 per month for each charge up to the date of death of your father. Thereafter a further penalty payment from the date of the Grant of Probate of €20.00 per month until the date of sale. We would strongly recommend that you sort out these tax affairs before the house is sold to avoid further penalties accruing.

Q. I signed a rental agreement on an apartment about nine months ago and still have another three months to go on the Lease. I need to emigrate for work purposes but if I leave early (and break the Lease) will I lose my deposit? I cannot afford to lose it as I need the money for a

new rental place but I will have no job if I stay. what can I do?

A. The rights of a tenant to terminate a lease will differ depending on whether they are on a fixed term or periodic lease. Given that you say that you moved into the apartment nine months ago, and also say that you are leaving three months early then, I will assume that you are in a fixed term lease of one year. In this case, you may give notice to the landlord that you wish to terminate the lease but this notice must be in writing and you must also request that you are allowed to sub-let the property to another tenant. You must also give twenty-eight days notice. If the landlord refuses to allow you to sub-let the property then, you will be entitled to terminate the lease and get your deposit back. If you are allowed to sub-let the property, then, it is your responsibility to find a tenant to replace you at the rent that you are currently paying and under the terms of your existing lease, unless otherwise agreed with your landlord. If you do not give notice in the correct manner, then you may be liable to pay the rent for the remaining period of the lease. Please refer to the Private Residential Tenancies Act, 2004 and the Private Residential Tenancies Board for further information.

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local Fine Gael Councillor, Emer Higgins, has welcomed the reopening of the Sports Capital Grant Scheme and commended the

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to us that the government was reopening the long awaited Sports Capital Grant. Many local sports clubs are struggling financially

and some need to expand to meet growing demand in the area. The reopening of this scheme finally makes this a real possibility,”

The deadline for application forms is 11th May but online applications will be

St Michael’s House launches its Annual Art Exhibition 2012, one of Dublin's premier art exhibitions, at St Michael’s House, Willowfield Park, Goatstown, Dublin 14. Pictured at the launch: Cathaoirleach John Bailey, St Michael’s House Service Users Jacob Coleman (3) and Art Exhibition chairwoman Anne Riordan. The Exhibition will run from 17th to 20th May, with works by celebrated artists such as Liam O’Neill, James English R.H.A., and Senan O’Brien. All funds raised will go towards the provision of Early Services at St Michael’s House. For more information: or 01 884 0345

Fine Gael TD for Dublin Mid-West, Derek Keating, has called for shopkeepers and other national lottery retailers to be protected in the event of the sale of the national lottery. Deputy Keating was speaking in Dáil Eireann in the debate on the sale of state assets as recommended by the McCarthy Report. “I welcome the sale of the National lottery as recommended by the McCarthy Report. I believe it is of paramount importance that the commission provided to retailers is not affected. Since its

inception in 1987 over €3.6 billion has been raised for a significant number of good causes. Over 3,700 retail agents sell lottery products for which they receive a 6% commission on ticket prices. “Given the difficulties many of these retailers are facing as a result of the current economic difficulties and the fact that many people are not spending as much as they used to, I believe it is critically important that the commission received by these retailers is not affected in any way. I have called on Minister Howlin to ensure that

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accepted up until June 1st. "The reopening of this scheme represents a real opportunity for local sports clubs to develop and continue

to thrive. I would encourage anyone involved in any capacity in a sports club to make sure their club’s board are aware of the scheme.

as a condition of the sale of the National lottery, the commission provided to retailers is not affected.

tickets. Two thirds of Irish adults regularly play played the lottery.

shopKeepers must Be proteCted in any sale of national lottery “I welcome Minister Howlin’s statement that he will investigate this issue and hope that the interests of shopkeepers and other retailers are protected in the sale of this important asset.

“It is important to bear in mind that retailers are crucial to the success of the national lottery. It is a weekly ritual for many people to call into their local shop to buy their lotto

“The lottery is an extremely valuable asset and, given the Government’s commitment to spend money raised by the sale of state assets on job creation and economic recovery, I completely support the sale of this asset. the “Whoever, successful bidder is, it is important that lottery ticket retailers are protected as they are the ones who have helped make the lottery the success it is.”

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Cancer in young people aged between 13 And 24 is rare, but it can also be hard to diagnose so it’s really important to know the warning signs so it can be spotted early if it does occur. Teenage Cancer Awareness Week aims to educate young people, parents, teachers and health professional about the most signs and symptoms of cancer. We want young people to notice any changes in their bodies and have the confidence to talk about them and we want doctors to think cancer quicker. Signs and symptoms of cancer are UNExPlAINED, meaning you don’t know what’s causing them and PERSISTENT, meaning they don’t go away, always

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It’s been a hell of a year for Ireland’s hardest working band: a movie coming out, a new album in the charts and celebrating thirty years on the road. Oh, and the small matter of headlining a massive stadium gig right here in Tallaght.



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Speaking to guitarist Billy McGuinness, it’s hard to know where to start. Did he ever think they’d make it this far? ‘Well, as everyone knows we’ve had our difficulties, our challenges, but one thing you can say about Aslan, we don’t give up too easily, y’know? We’re resilient, we’re very lucky and we appreciate where we are. And we wouldn’t have lasted without the fantastic support we have. So many people stuck with us through the hard times, down through the years and now. I hope they’re sharing all this positivity that’s around us at the moment as well. We’re really enjoying it.’

There’s certainly a lot of momentum and a real buzz around Aslan these days. Tickets for the concert in Tallaght in June are being snapped up fast and it should be a fantastic occasion. 20,000 fans will be lucky enough to

see Aslan take the stage that summer evening, and it’ll be one you won’t want to miss! Gates open at 1pm and there’s a full line up of Irish and international acts including Kaiser Chiefs and Royseven and Red Empire with another act to be confirmed that, according to Billy might just surprise a few people. It’s to be a massive occasion for Aslan and for Tallaght. It’s the first event of its kind in our stadium.

Billy: ‘We’re so excited about the gig. We really can’t wait for it! It’ll be an event. One we’ll never forget. We’ve played in stadiums before, supporting David Bowie, Bryan Adams and that, but this is OUR gig. our 30th With anniversary, we really wanted to have a new album out and then with the gig, well if we’re going to, this is the year to do it. It’s a great location, we’ve played in Tallaght many, many times over the years and we’ve a lot of fans there, but the stadium is fantastic, a great facility and hopefully the people of Tallaght will really get behind the day. Transport is great too, it’ll be easy for fans to get there from all over the country’

The album Nudie Books and Frenchies went on sale last week and received great reviews from critics, but more importantly, the fans love it. ‘It might be the first time in the thirty years that the fans and critics both seem to be on the same page. We felt it was a really strong album, but we don’t release anything we don’t feel is up to standard. So you can never really tell how your work will be received. To see all the positive reviews and have the fans pleased is fantastic. There’s a lot of good will out there towards us right now.’ Not more so than when the band held the world premiere of their film Please Don’t Stop in Dublin’s Savoy last week with over 700 in attendance. The film was well received and will go on limited release later this year.

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lgBt helpline launches Volunteer recruitment drive

The lGBT Helpline – the national support service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people – has launched a nationwide volunteer recruitment drive. It is looking for members of the lGBT community in Dublin to contribute

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towards expanding the opening hours of the helpline, which is currently unable to meet demand for its services. The lGBT Helpline (1890 929 539) provides confidential support to lGBT people, their family and friends, and

to people who are questioning if they might be lGBT. It is currently open for 16 hours each week. The service is provided by a network of trained volunteers but, due to high demand and limited numbers of volunteers, it is unable

Volunteers from the LGBT National Helpline at the launch of the support service’s volunteer recruitment drive. Left to right: Derek Shaw (Clontarf, Dublin); Wayne Barry (Clondalkin, Dublin) and Tony Cooney (Lucan)

to answer every call it receives. “Despite recent progress in advancing for lGBT equality people, many still encounter difficulties in relation to their orientation or gender identity,” said Paula Fagan, Coordinator of the lGBT Helpline. “Our service is one way of supporting people as they face these difficulties, but we need more volunteers if we are to answer all of the calls we are receiving. “In our first year, we have dealt with 2,500 queries. However, we know we could have answered four times that amount of calls if we had more volunteers. If we can recruit additional volunteers, then we’ll be able to expand our opening hours, and better meet the

demand for support amongst the lGBT community.”

The lGBT Helpline’s new recruitment drive will run over the next three months and will encompass a media campaign, as well as an online recruitment drive. The service is calling on members of the lGBT community in Dublin and surrounding areas to volunteer their services to help others who may be in need of support. Volunteers are required to complete an initial six-week training period and to contribute a minimum of four hours’ service per month. their initial After training, they will be based in one of the lGBT Helpline’s affiliated local helpline centres, which are located in Roscommon, Dublin, Cork and

Dundalk. The identity of volunteers is never revealed, and the helpline safeguards their privacy at all times. “Unfortunately, the reality is that many lGBT people have had negative experiences at some stage or other, and have felt in need of support. Often, lGBT people – or their family or friends – simply need a non-judgemental space to talk about concerns they have about how they or their loved one will be accepted as an lGB or T person. We know what that feels like. And we also know how great it is when you find someone – either a friend or a professional service – that can offer you information and support. “So, with our recruitment drive, we’re asking members

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Rarely during recessionary times will you see companies invest in their products and services, however this is exactly what lamartine Fires and Fireplaces have done with the opening of their newly refurbished energy efficient showrooms on Ballymount Road, Dublin 12. Celebrating 30 years in business this year, lamartine Fires and Fireplaces hold a long established reputation as a provider of quality fireplace, wood burning & granite worktop products. They pride themselves on keeping to the forefront of changes and enhancements in the fireplace industry.

lamartine Fires and Fireplaces provide their customers with specialist installation services of fireplaces, gas and electric fires, stoves and granite worktops. The company's success is based on exceeding the customer's expectation with a dedicated emphasis on service, innovation, technical excellence and training. New innovations in energy efficient fires together with the company's ability to manufacture and produce their own products and designs has ensured that they remain the clear market leader in their field. Their reputation is further enhanced by distributing many prestigious products such as KAl Fires, Bodart & Gonay, Wanders Fires and Chesney’s Fireplaces. These products allow them to offer cutting edge European designed built-in multi fuel & wood burner fires. These innovative burners have high

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lamartine Fires and Fireplaces is committed to sustainable energy and has built a dedicated showroom to display these products along with their existing solid fuel and gas stove centre. Modern heating systems can be quite technical and it’s important to ensure you have all necessary information before buying. This is why lamartine Fires & Fireplaces is the first choice for you. Not only do they have a huge range of different models to choose from but all their staff are highly technical and trained in both the function and installation of these fires. As part of Retail Excellence Top 50 Stores 2009, lamartine Fires and Fireplaces are experienced in catering for all their customers needs. They offer ancillary services such as chimney camera inspections along with annual services on gas fires and bespoke made to measure designs. Customers also benefit by being able to view their fireplaces prior to installation, a service unique to

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of the great community spirit that exists in Harelawn. It was co-ordinated by Tanya Gunnery, Elizabeth Doyle and Miriam Keegan all of whom are very active in the community.” Praising the Harelawn residents Cllr. Bonner said "I wish that all estates had an active environmental group like that in Harelawn. They are proactive and positive and get up and act instead of complaining about the state of the place. I hope that they will enter their estate into the Tidy Towns and the Beautiful South Dublin competitions. They are a




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Imagine, you've just walked onto a film set and you're surrounded by Y-Wings, AT-ST Scoutwalkers, R2D2, Actors, Stormtroopers, and even the dark lord Darth Vader himself. At Invasion Dublin, you don't need to imagine, you're already there. Featuring life sized replica props and sets from the original and new Star Wars trilogies, and costumed characters so lifelike that David Prowse (Darth Vader) and Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) commented were even better than the original. The Emerald Garrison brings Star Wars to life in a way which amuses, informs, entertains and educates.

With guests including the iconic Billy Dee Williams (lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi) Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) Mike Edmonds (logray) Invasion Dublin will host the European premiere of James Arnold Taylor’s, (the voice of Obi Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars and literally hundreds of other voices throughout the film, cartoon and gaming world) one man

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James himself is so excited about the show he had this to say to fans: “Invasion Dublin is just an amazing adventure into the world of Star Wars. It is something that is totally family friendly and I personally am looking forward to seeing the amazing pieces that will be set up there to walk through and experience!” Keeping things local, Cork Native Will Sliney completes the lineup. Sliney was one of the animation team on the 3D release of The Phantom Menace as well as drawing some of the Star Wars comics. He'll be doing daily workshops entitled "How to draw Star Wars".

Featuring a full educational programme on the Friday which will include talks from Astronomy Ireland, Mechatrons, How to draw Star Wars, Q+A sessions from the actors, The Emerald Garrison will "recreate the magic", an interactive session where artisans and sculptors will re-create

creatures from the Star Wars series.

Other new features throughout the weekend include Star Wars Weddings, A cosplay competition, Star Wars Quiz and the amazing "Galactic Attack" will join old favorites line Force

Training, The Death Star Throne and everything else that has made the Invasion brand so strong.

Tickets, a snip at just €12.50, are available now from along with a full schedule and list of features.

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Shape up with the help of a whole new fat-burning concept:

time to tone up for the BiKini season If you want to look great in your bikini this summer you should try the new fat-burning supplement that enables you to burn more fat not only during the day while your active – but also at night while your sound asleep!

like it or not Summer is only around the corner and if the very thought of it makes you break out in a cold sweat you need to read on. First off don’t panic, you still have time to get in shape. We all know that in order to slim down and firm up we need to increase our activity levels and eat a varied and nutritous diet. What you may not know is that there is now a fat burning supplement that makes loosing weight a whole lot easier. The supplement which is now available in pharmacies and health food stores has a 24 hour effect which speeds up your body's fat burning capacity day and night.

why dieting alone isn't effective Have you ever lost weight only to put it all (and sometimes more) back on again? Restricting calories means that the body can go into “starvation mode”. The body adapts to the drop in calories and starts to store the little fat it gets from the diet. Instead of burning fat stores it burns lean muscle mass. The loss in muscle mass slows metabolism so you need fewer calories to function and in turn weight loss slows down.

Avoiding the yo-yo effect Weight loss followed by inevitable weight gain whilst dieting is often reffered to as the “yo-yo effect”. The 24 hour fat burner prevents this dreaded process from happening.

How is this 24 hour fat burner different? Unlike normal slimming products this supplement focuses on improving the ratio of fat and muscle in the body. It reduces body fat and stimulates muscle mass – this reduces the risk of future weight gain. Since muscle actally weighs more than fat, you may not end up a whole lot lighter – but you will look a whole lot healthier. You will look and feel firmer and that is exactly what you need to look your best in your bikini this Summer. Energy for the entire day Tablets containing green tea and l-Carnitine are taken at lunch time. This gives your fat-burning capacity a boost that lasts for several hours. It also increases your energy levels so that you are more inclined to stay active throughout the day.

Capsules containing ClA are taken at dinner time, this has been shown to increase the amount of fat that is burned during the night. The substance has been tested by scientists who were surprised to find that it produced an impressive 14% increase in the amount of fat burned during sleep.

WHAT’S THE SECRET? There are three active compounds in the new fat-burning supplement. It is the combination of them that enable them to provide a 24 hour fat burning effect.

At lunch time The tablets containing green tea extract (GTE) and l-Carninitine are highly useful substances for weight loss. l-Carnitine is a natural nutrient found in meat that works by transporting fat to the cells where the fat is converted into energy. The green tea extract contains something called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is an active substance that has been shown to increase fat oxidation (fat burning) by over 30% when taken with breakfast.

At dinner time The capsules contain a natural fatty acid called ClA (conjugated linoleic acid). Researchers have found that ClA reduces body fat by 8-9% and seems to have an affinity for “stubborn fat” that tends to accumulate in the stomach region and the thighs. A study where ClA was given to volunteers before bedtime showed that the they burned approximately 14% more fat during their sleep.

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