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7th December 2018

1,410 LESS OVERNIGHT RESPITE SESSIONS

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“It is completely unacceptable that less respite care is being provided so far in 2018 compared to last year. He revealed that 1,410 less overnight respite sessions were provided in Dublin South West in 2018 compared to 2017” said Sean Crowe T.D.

the State. Teachta Crowe said: “Respite care is one of the most important services provided by the health service. Those who avail of respite services will tell you that it is precious in providing their loved one and their family with much needed rest.

The TD said that despite all the promises made by the government in 2017 to improve and increase respite care, it is clearly failing those that need this vital service in Dublin South West and across

“It is utterly unacceptable that despite rising requests and need, less respite care is being provided this year compared to last year. “Figures released to Sinn Féin show that the number

of overnight respite sessions accessed by people with a disability fell by up 2,911 sessions in the first half of this year, compared with the same period in 2017. “In Dublin South West there were a massive 1,410 less overnight respite sessions provided so far this year compared to 2017. “This situation is completely unacceptable. When provision is cut or reduced it has serious real life implications for families. “These

respite sessions provide respite and relief to parents and families who have a person in the household with a disability; they are some of the hardest pressed and struggling families in the state, and the evidence shows that this government is failing them. “We need to see year on year increases and investment in respite services in order to provide for currently unmet need and future need. You cannot provide less respite to the tune of thousands of hours and expect families who need it not to suffer. “The cutting of these respite sessions has real life implications for families across the State and it has to be reversed as a matter of urgency.”

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DEANSRATH STUDENTS RECEIVE LIFESAVING CPR TRAINING

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The Irish Heart Foundation recently presented Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin with a Special Recognition Award for training all its pupils in the lifesaving skills of CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). The school is only the second in Dublin to receive the award, which recognises schools for remarkable efforts in CPR promotion and training. The award was presented as part of the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme, which is supported by Bank of Ireland. The charity is creating a generation of life savers by training secondary school students around the country to perform CPR and use an AED in cardiac emergencies and respond when someone is choking. Laura Hickey, Children and Young People Programme Manager at the Irish Heart Foundation, said: “Today we awarded Deansrath Community College its special recognition award in recognition of its dedication in providing lifesaving CPR training to each of its

pupils and staff. Everyday 13 people in Ireland die from a cardiac arrest and schools are an ideal setting to educate young people in CPR and reduce the incidences of death from cardiac arrest. “CPR is a lifesaving skill that everyone can learn, and this programme is available to every secondary school in Ireland, equipping young people with the skills and confidence to perform CPR. Deansrath Community College has done tremendous work in creating awareness and taking the fear out of

lifesaving.” John Doyle, Physical Education Teacher, Deansrath Community College, said: “We have really enjoyed delivering the CPR 4 Schools programme here at Deansrath Community College. The programme fits in well with the school curriculum and all of us, teachers and students, are proud to now know how to perform CPR in a cardiac emergency. We hope that having trained everyone in the school in CPR, we will be able to make a difference in our local community

here in Clondalkin and we’re delighted to receive this award from the Irish Heart Foundation today in recognition of our efforts.” The next CPR 4 Schools training day for teachers in Dublin will take place on Tuesday 22nd January in the Irish Heart Foundation Head Office, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Secondary school teachers interested in attending can register by emailing schools@irishheart.ie. To find out more about CPR 4 Schools, visit the Irish Heart Foundation’s website, www. irishheart.ie/cpr4schools.

Pictured are Students with Frances McNicolas, Deputy Principal, Amy McLoughlin, BOI, Laura Hickey, Irish Heart Foundation, Helen Taylor, Principal and John Doyle PE Teacher. Pic Credit: Conor Healy / Picture It Photography


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REMARKABLE YOUNG TALLAGHT GIRL CHOSEN AS DUBLIN YOUNG CAREPLUS CARER OF THE YEAR

The National CarePlus Carer of the Year 2018 Awards took place at a

special ceremony in The Westin Hotel presented by broadcasters and patrons

of Family Carers Ireland, Marty Whelan and Mary Kennedy. Shauna Tighe (14) from Tallaght in Dublin was announced as the Young CarePlus Carer of the Year for Dublin. She helps to care for her brother Daniel (11) who has a rare genetic condition called Sotos Syndrome. This condition causes severe intellectual disability, epilepsy and a sensory processing disorder. Daniel is non-verbal, incontinent and visually impaired with challenging behaviour and feeding difficulties. Shauna helps out with bathing, feeding and helping to get Daniel up and down the stairs. When Daniel has a sensory overload, Shauna is the number one person to calm him down. She is able to administer Daniels medication and feed him with a peg, she constantly steps in to give her mam and dad a break. Daniel wakes at 3am most nights and Shauna will often get up and help her mother with him as he requires two

people to care for him due to his size and behavioural difficulties. She does all of this and goes to school the next morning without ever complaining. She often takes over household chores such as ironing, dishes when her parents are busy with Daniel. Shauna has been helping to care for Daniel since she was just six years of age.

Family Carers Ireland recognised 27 family carers from across Ireland for their dedication and many sacrifices made in their caring roles. Mrs Brown’s Boys stars Danny O’Carroll and Paddy Houlihan were also in attendance on the day as they took on ambassador roles with the organisation. According to CSO Irish Health Survey there are approximately 91,878 family carers in county Dublin. Family carers in Ireland provide 45 hours of unpaid-for care per week in their homes saving the state €10 billion every year. Today one in 10 people

provide care for a loved one in the home, by 2030 demographic changes predict that one in five people will take on a caring role. “We are delighted to recognise and celebrate Carers in every county of Ireland for their trojan work as Family Carers. A huge congratulations to Shauna who is now the Dublin Careplus Young Carer of the Year 2018. Family Carers across Ireland make extraordinary sacrifices and work very hard, sometimes 24 hours a day, to provide care for their loved ones, safely, in their own homes. With limited access to services and particularly respite, Carers in Dublin are over stretched and receive little acknowledgement for their unpaid work with

three quarters receiving no payment from the State” Said Catherine Cox, Head of Communications and Carer Engagement with Family Carers Ireland. Niamh Lynch, Commercial Director of CarePlus Pharmacy commented “We are delighted to support Family Carers Ireland in recognising and celebrating carers for the second year through the CarePlus Carer of the Year Awards. Our pharmacists meet carers in their communities every day and we are constantly in awe of the enormous sacrifices they make. We offer a huge congratulations to the inspirational carers who have been awarded today for their commitment and contribution.”


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LOCAL HEATING SCHEME SECURES €4.5M

A ground-breaking district heating system for Tallaght has received a huge boost by securing €4.5m in Government funding, according to Minister Katherine Zappone. The local scheme is one of seven across the country which made a successful bid for funding under Project Ireland 2040. The Minister says South Dublin County Council

and Tallaght now have an opportunity to take the lead in developing a sustainable district heating solution providing low carbon heat to public sector, residential and commercial customers. Minister Zappone added that combatting the global challenge of climate change will only work when local communities take the

PROPOSED OPENING UP OF PEDESTRIAN/ BICYCLE ENTRANCE IN CLONDALKIN

Labour Councillor in Clondalkin, Breeda Bonner, has welcomed the longawaited footpath and bicycle path from Alpine Heights and Ashwood estates on to the Fonthill Road. South Dublin Co. Council hopes that the work on the project will begin in March 2019. The projected work includes two entrance gates for pedestrians and cyclists, one near Ashwood and adjacent to the traffic lights on the Fonthill Road at the entrance to Oakwood and Dunawley estates. The other entrance will be nearer to Alpine Heights and will open out close to the lower roundabout at the junction of the Fonthill

and New Nangor Roads. Separately there will also be a new path from the Bawnogue Road to the Grand Canal path.

Cllr. Bonner said she is relieved that these pedestrian openings are finally going ahead. In the last 6 months alone she has tabled 4 motions at the County Council to get this work started and has been raising the issue for the past 6 years. Because she realised that there was some opposition to this plan, she consulted widely and came to the view that the great majority of people wanted this development to happen. It was at that point that she pushed hard for the

pedestrian openings to be constructed. These two new openings will be of great value to local residents in Bawnogue according to Cllr. Bonner. No longer will people have to scale the wall and railings. Getting access to Clonburris national school and the railway station will become much easier for everyone. Given that the railway services have greatly improved at rush hour times in that there are now trains going right into the City Centre at Connolly Station and beyond, these new pedestrian entrances will greatly assist people wanting to use the trains as well.

lead. “The fact that our local communities have been selected in the first round of Climate Action Funding under Project Ireland 2040 is a tribute to the foresight of those experts in South Dublin County Council and local campaigners determined to safeguard our environment. Ending the impact of climate change, including severe weather, will only happen with imagination, innovation and inventiveness. By coming together to develop a local sustainable heating system those living and working in Tallaght are showing their readiness to take such an approach. This will be a project which will benefit homes and businesses. There will also be further rounds of funding. Our communities

need to continue working to identify other ways in which Tallaght, Citywest and Templeogue can play their part as Ireland seeks to cut carbon emissions by 200 tonnes a year. As Minister for Children and Young People I have seen how our schools and youth clubs are working to increase awareness about the dangers of climate change and how we can do more to stop it. They are the loudest voices demanding renewables, recycling and sustainability. Now in response a big step is being taken but as an Independent Minister I know a lot more must be done by Government to support the great work in our communities. I will work to ensure that continues to happen.”

PASSPORT ONLINE SERVICE TO BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE RENEWALS FOR CHILDREN

John Curran T.D. recently welcomed the planned expansion of the Online Passport Renewal Service which launched on 28th November 2018. Deputy Curran was commenting after receiving a reply from Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney to his Parliamentary Question on the issue. “On account of the long delays at the Passport Office last summer and in particular for passport applications and renewals for children I have continued to follow up with the Minister on the need for improvements in efficiencies with the passport service. It is very welcome news that the Passport Online service will be expanded and operational to facilitate

the online renewal of children’s passports, introduce the option of a passport card for children and expand the categories of adults who can renew or replace their passports online such as those changing their name and those requiring an observation on their passport. I would urge applicants wishing to renew their passports, whether residing in Ireland or overseas, to avail of the online service where possible and to check their passports before they book their Christmas/New Year/Summer 2019 getaway. Go to www. dfa.ie for more information”, concluded Deputy Curran.


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€10,000 RAISED BY RAMS CD AND BENEFITS 4 IRISH CHARITIES To mark Social Inclusion Week the ‘RAMs in Rhythm’ awarded the proceeds of their own CD to four Irish charities. The benefiting charities, Laura Lynn Foundation, Saint Vincent de Paul, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Capuchin Fransicans each received €2,500 from the proceeds of the CD. “I was delighted to attend the Social Inclusion Morning in Newcastle recently and thrilled to see €10,000 in CD sales being given to four Irish Charities. South Dublin County Council puts in huge effort to ensure that Social Inclusion Week is a massive success and thanks to the ‘RAMs in Rhythm’ this year’s event was particularly special as the Laura Lynn Foundation, Saint Vincent de Paul, Down Syndrome Ireland and the Capuchin Fransicans each received cheques for €2,500,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins. “The RAMs are an incredible group of men who bring to life the spirit of volunteerism, empathy and charity. They have busier social calendars than any working men I know and I’m delighted to see them award the proceeds for their fabulous CD to these amazing Irish charities. It was great to see the hall packed with men and women coming together to celebrate social inclusion. As always Matt and Deirdre provided restaurant quality catering,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins.

APPLY ONLINE FOR YOUR DRUGS PAYMENT SCHEME CARD

The HSE’s National Medical Card Unit, PCRS has launched the new centralised Drugs Payment Scheme (DPS) service. This new service allows people, for the first time, to apply online at www.hse.ie/dps for their DPS card. As well as now being able to apply for and renew DPS cards at www.hse.ie/dps, new DPS application forms have been developed, in conjunction with the National Adult Literacy Agency. Forms are available at local Community Health Offices, GP surgeries, community pharmacies, Citizens Information Centres and can be downloaded at www.hse.ie/dps. Under the DPS, a person and their family pay a maximum of €134 in a calendar month for approved prescribed drugs, medicines and

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certain appliance s in that month. GPs and community pharmacists have been updated about these changes and have been sent new leaflets, application forms and posters about the scheme for patients. According to Anne Marie Hoey, HSE PCRS, “Making applications for the DPS available online is another positive development in the centralisation of schemes in the National Medical Card Unit. This new, streamlined service will bring great benefits for people in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security. Anything that makes applying for HSE demand led schemes more convenient for people helps us provide a better service to the public.” Further information is available on www. hse.ie/dps or LoCall 1890 252 919.


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HOSPITAL CAR PARKING CHARGES MUST BE INTRODUCED RIGHT AWAY

John Curran T.D. has said that changes to regulate car parking fees in hospitals nationwide, particularly

those in Dublin, must be introduced by early 2019. The Dublin Mid-West Deputy has been consistently

raising this matter with both the Minister for Health in Dáil Éireann and the Health Service Executive (HSE) for

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the past 18 months. Commenting following the report’s publication, Curran said, “The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘*Park the Charges*’ report revealed that very unwell cancer patients were paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges to simply make essential appointments.

treatment and already under pressure to make ends meet while out of work to beat their illness. “The cost of car parking in some of the country’s most leading hospitals has been bordering on immoral all these months and years. This review has been needed for a very long time.

“This was placing an additional financial burden on people that were likely receiving life-saving

“I hope now that the findings of this report will lead to clearer guidelines on car parking fees in

hospitals and that they will be capped right away. This may have seemed to some as just a petty row over the cost but really it’s been about adopting a more compassionate and fairer approach. He concluded, “When so much is out of a patients control, parking fees and transport arrangements should be made as stress free as possible while they are receiving care.”

CLONDALKIN DRAMA GROUP PRESENTS HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Be ready to laugh and shout with Clondalkin Drama Group’s newest Pantomime! This original pantomime, written by two of the group’s own, is set amongst the pages of a fairy-tale book, ‘Happily Ever After’ tells the story of all the characters you know and love from your favourite stories trying to organise a ball to celebrate the book’s 200th birthday. With scorned villains rising up to rebel, the magic quill going missing, and a group of hapless goodies trying to make things right....What else could possibly go wrong? Dates: 12th January 2:30pm & 7pm, 13th January at 2:30pm, 18th January at 7pm, 19th January 2:30pm & 7pm and 20th January at 2:30pm. Location: Moyle Park College, Clondalkin Tallaght based Estate Agents REA McGee were delighted to receive two awards recently namely REA Firm of the Year 2018 and REA Best Service Provider, Leinster. Maggie Walshe, Operations Manager of REA presented the awards to newly elected Vice Chairman Anthony McGee & his team.

Tickets: Child - €5, Adult - €8 & Family - €25 (Includes 2 Adults and up to 4 children). Booking office to be clarified in the coming weeks. For more information facebook.com/clondalkindrama


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EARLY YEARS SECTOR PROFILE REPORT 2017/2018 LAUNCHED

Minister Katherine Zappone recently launched the Early Years Sector Profile Report 2017/2018, developed and published by Pobal for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). The

comprehensive findings are based on the largest ever survey of the early years sector, with responses from a total of 3,928 childcare services (88% of childcare facilities) providing

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significant insight into current childcare numbers, fees, staff qualifications and wages.

Overall, there are estimated to be 202,600 children attending early years services nationwide (an increase of 9%). While the total capacity within the sector has grown by approximately 6%, this has not kept pace with increased demand, with the total number of vacant childcare places reducing by 31%. Nationally, the cost of a full-time childcare place has increased by just below €4 (to €177.92), compared to a €7 increase last year. Over the last 12 months, fee increases have been more prevalent in community based services and in those located in rural areas. Despite this increase, fees remain more expensive in affluent areas, in cities, and in private facilities. Currently, the childcare sector employs over 29,500 staff, almost 26,000 of whom work with children. The average qualification level of childcare staff has

increased, with 65% to Level 6 (up 2%). The 2017/2018 report also revealed 47% of all staff work part-time, 3% less than last year. On average, staff working with children earn €12.17 per hour; almost half of these are early year’s assistants, earning an average of €11.20 per hour. The staff turnover rate in the last 12 months was 24.7%, down slightly from 28% the previous year.

Speaking about the report, Dr. Katherine Zappone T.D. said: “We are experiencing a period of transformative change in the Early Learning and Care sector in Ireland. Over 200,000 children attended an early learning and care setting last year; an experience that will impact these children positively as they make their way through life. More than 84,000 benefited from the enhanced measures introduced last year. The new subsidies we introduced last year have stabilised the cost of childcare, which has only grown by 2% this year and the new Affordable Childcare

Scheme will launch in late 2019. Investment in childcare has grown 117% over recent budgets and these figures show that this is working. The number of staff working in the sector has grown by 8% to nearly 30,000 and we welcome the nearly 100 new services delivering our schemes this year; improving access to quality early learning across the country.”

Denis Leamy, Pobal CEO added: “Once again, the Early Years Sector Profile Report, developed and published by Pobal has revealed important findings, analysis and key insights into the early years sector. The responses received from our colleagues in the early years sector, allow for the formulation of accurate and dependable analysis, highlighting existing opportunities and challenges. Pobal are proud to produce this important publication on an annual basis and we are mindful of the significance of the report and how key findings are used to inform and guide future developments and

policy within the sector”.

The detailed report, presents an overview of the early years sector in Ireland for the programme year 2017/2018. Report analysis is based on survey responses received in late April and early May 2018 and supplemented with information available from the national childcare ICT system – ‘Programme Implementation Platform’ (PIP). Responses also demonstrated that, nine in ten children who are currently attending early years services receive funding from one of the three DCYA funded programmes (ECCE, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) / Training and Employment Childcare programmes (TEC)). During the programme year, over 185,500 children were supported by programmes, an increase of 24% on the previous year. The report also found, 7% of children attending early years services had additional needs. The Report 2017/2018 is available at www.pobal.ie.


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NIAMH’S HAIR CUT RAISES €8,000 FOR IRISH CANCER SOCIETY

Local Cllrr Emer Higgins has congratulated Niamh Ready on her successful fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society. The teenager, Niamh, grew her red hair long in order to cut it off to make wigs for red-headed children going through chemotherapy and raised €8,000 for the Irish Cancer Society in the

process. “I am absolutely bowled over by Niamh; by her attitude, her generosity and her initiative. After finding a photograph of herself as a toddler wearing her mums wig when she was going through chemo, Niamh vowed to support red heads going through treatment by

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donating her beautiful tresses to the Little Princess Trust. She organised a huge event where Hair to Dye for, Rathcoole, did the honours live on stage in front of hundreds of supporters; and that event and her fundraising efforts raised €8,000 for the Irish Cancer Society,” explained Cllr. Emer Higgins. “What Niamh did is an incredible act and achievement for anyone, but for a young girl like her to do it is especially amazing. I know her parents are immensely proud of her and the whole of the villages is behind her – that was clear from the turn out in St. Mary’s GAA Club last Saturday. Niamh is one of the Dancity troupe and her friends were on hand for a special performance before she cut her hair. Niamh looks fantastic, both before and after, and I’d like to congratulate her on everything she’s done to raise awareness, funds and provide new hair for a young girl who needs it,” concluded Cllr. Emer Higgins.

STARDUST POSTCARD CAMPAIGN HIGHLIGHTS PUBLIC SUPPORT

Seán Crowe T.D. has said the gathering of 48,000 signatures calling for a new inquest into the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire is highly significant and highlights once again the continued public support for the families and loved ones of the 48 who died that Valentine’s night. The TD was speaking after he raised the issue with the Minister for Justice and said he believes that the opening of a fresh inquest into the 1981 Stardust nightclub fire is the only way to ensure the families and loved ones of those who died that night will get closure. Deputy Seán Crowe said: “Dubliners of my generation will never forget Valentine’s night in 1981 and the young people who died in the Stardust nightclub fire. “Young Dubliners were robbed of their innocence by the events that night. 48 innocents died with many, many more victims scarred and left with burns, lifelong reminders of the fire that swept through the

nightclub. “The Stardust fire changed a generation, destroyed families, and left an anger and resentment that bubbles away 37 years later. “No can deny that the original 1982 inquest into the fire was deeply flawed. Since then there has been an inquiry and two reviews which have called into question that account and version of events on the night in question.

“Thankfully, in recent years new evidence and witness testimony has come to light and that evidence must be examined. The 48,000 signatures to the Stardust postcard campaign highlights the continued public support for the

families and their long campaign for justice. “We have seen from the North of Ireland and from Britain how fresh inquests some decades later can assist in bringing closure and justice to families who have painstakingly waited for the truth to emerge about what exactly happened to their loved ones. The Hillsborough disaster is just one example. “The Stardust families have waited far too long for the truth to emerge about the fire and the events surrounding that night. “It is way past the time to do the right thing and I fully support the postcard campaign and the call for a new inquest into the 1981 Stardust fire.”

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POSITIVE PATIENT SURVEY RESULTS FOR TALLAGHT HOSPITAL

Seán Crowe T.D. has said that the results of the HIQA National Patient Experience Survey for 2018 highlights the positive care delivered by nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals in hospitals like Tallaght, and across the State, despite the crippling recruitment and retention crisis. Deputy Seán Crowe said “In the midst of all the crises facing the health service, a recurring point that is made by any patient who has spent time in the health service is that once you are admitted to a hospital the standard of care from nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals

are usually excellent. “Indeed, the recently published National Patient Experience Survey has backed up that assertion. The National Patient Experience Survey is the largest survey of its kind in Ireland. It recorded that 81% of respondents said that they were always treated with respect and dignity in hospitals across the State.

average patient rating for examinations, diagnosis and treatment recorded at 8.2 out of 10. “The big positive is that this level of care is being provided by staff that are under extreme pressure due to difficult working conditions brought about by a recruitment and retention crisis across the health sector. That makes it even more worthy of praise.

“Almost 700 patients from Tallaght University Hospital participated in the survey and 82% rated their overall experience as very good or good. “When it came to care the results were similar with the average patient rating for care on the ward being 8.3 out of 10 and the

“As with any report, there are always areas for improvement and this one highlights that in the area of discharges patients need better care plans and information regarding how to actually care for themselves after leaving hospital. Families should also be more involved in the care and discharge of patients. “As an elected representative I usually get the more negative cases where the care has not delivered or something has gone wrong, so it is welcome to get a wider view in this survey. “I have no doubt that many of the issues reported can be adequately addressed if the recruitment and retention

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crisis across the health service is resolved. We need to ensure hospitals have the necessary staffing levels to

spend the requisite amount of time with each patient and their family. “I hope the findings of the 2018 survey

will help Tallaght Hospital to improve patients’ experiences of care in the hospital.”

PETITION TO HAVE FLOODLIGHTS AT LUCAN SKATE PARK TURNED ON

Pic Credit: Lucan Skate Park Lucan Skate Park opened around ten years ago and in the last two the floodlights are no longer switched on at night. The facility which is located beside Lucan Leisure Centre in Griffeen Valley Park. The group of skateborders and other athletes use the facility throughout the year including the Winter months, however as the floodlights are off in the evenings it is impossible for skaters to use the facility after school or work. The lights fuel skateboarding progression but also assist in eradicating anti-social behaviour at the amenity. The skate park is one of the few outdoor spaces for youths in the area to improve their skating and make friends. To help and support the cause, you can log on and sign the petition at www.change.org/p/south-dublin-county-council-the-turn-onof-lights-in-lucan-skatepark.


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NEWLANDS CASTLE PARK FC AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS FAI CLUB MARK Recognising when your child is avoiding school Recognising when your child is avoiding school rather than suffering genuine illness can be difficult. You can, however, look for tell-tale patterns and signs that may give it away. Does your child take the same day off regularly? If this is the case, there may be a specific lesson, teacher or person that they are attempting to avoid. Complaining about feeling unwell, with symptoms that cannot be explained is another common type of school avoidance. As your child is attempting to avoid discomfort, communicating how they are feeling is difficult. This can easily be mistaken for illness Why is your child avoiding school? The difficulty with school avoidance is that most children will not be able to communicate why they feel they are having issues. Nor will they be able to easily tell you what the issue itself is. Most often school avoidance is as a result of schoolrelated anxiety across a wide range of areas, listed below: • Fear of failure. • Problems with other children. • Anxieties over the school location itself. • Issues with teachers. • Pressure from outside factors. • Threats of physical harm. • Actual physical harm. • Dealing with school avoidance As tempting as it may be to let your child stay home when they’re not feeling up to school, don’t allow this. It is important for your child to learn that school cannot be missed unless they are truly unable to attend. This is the case with any job also and your example should be enough to demonstrate the importance of attendance. Helping your child to overcome the desire to avoid school is instrumental to their success and happiness. Here are a few quick tips to get you started when dealing with school avoidance: • Firstly, discuss your child’s issues with them directly. Show them that you understand their concerns but remain firm regarding their school attendance. • It may be the case that your child can effectively communicate their issues. If this is the case, act on them and put a plan in place. • If they cannot, discuss your child’s school avoidance with the staff, including their teacher or the principal. This may provide the answers you’re looking for. • If your child’s anxieties are severe, they might benefit from a step by step return to school. Request help from the school staff to assist in this transition. • If the problem is due to abuse, involving staff is key as they will have access to all parties. As well as this all schools are required to have child safeguarding procedures in place to protect children in these kinds of situations. • If your child does stay home, make sure that they feel safe. However, do not provide any special treatment such as allowing them to sit and watch TV. Occupy them with educational activities, or if they are truly ill, make sure they’re in bed. Although managing your child’s issues yourself is possible, if the problem persists it may be best to seek professional assistance. Above all, it is important to remember that issues such as school avoidance affect you almost as much as your child. Seeking help is almost always the correct course of action.

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Members of the Newlands / Castle Park Football Club gathered in the Green Isle Hotel recently to celebrate the achievements of their academy and under 15s football teams. The event attended by Mayor Mark Ward and local Councillors Emer Higgins and Kenneth Egan, also saw the club awarded the prestigious FIA Club Mark. “Huge congrats to Newlands Castle Park FC who this weekend became the 14th club in the country to receive the FIA Club Mark. They received it in recognition of the talent coming up through their academy, the quality of the coaching they provide and the commitment and achievements of the Club,” said Cllr. Emer Higgins. “It was great to attend the Newlands Castle Park FC Awards where under 8s and the under 15s players received their end of year awards. I was delighted to see the Club awarded the FIA Club Mark in recognition of the efforts put in by the grass root members,” said Cllr. Kenneth Egan.


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ANNUAL REVIEW OF INCOME THRESHOLD FOR GOVT SCHEMES SOUGHT

Some Social Welfare payments have increased but the income threshold has remained the same in a number of Departments - John Curran T.D. has said that in order for the increases provided for in Budget 2019 to have a positive impact on people’s quality of life, a cross departmental review of all income thresholds needs to be conducted. Deputy Curran raised the matter directly with the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann. He said, “In recent budgets we have seen an increase in both the minimum wage and social welfare payments. The USC ceiling and PRSI

thresholds were also extended to guarantee that the modest increases introduced were felt by citizens. “However, the threshold for a number of Government schemes remains unchanged despite other Budget announcements affecting people’s income. For instance, if a person receives the extra few euros in social welfare payments in Budget 2019, that could then make them no longer eligible for a necessary medical card or the SUSI grant for their child. These are just two examples. “I have urged the Taoiseach to examine the need for a review to ensure that from next year the

Cllr Charlie O’Connor has urged Government to work closely with South Dublin County Council (SDCC) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) to repair the damage caused to the premises used by the St Aengus Community Drug Treatment Project. The St Aengus Centre in Tymon North was very sadly destroyed by fire on recently. It has since emerged that criminals ransacked the premises following the blaze and stole equipment. O’Connor said “Those involved with the St Aengus community based drug treatment, rehabilitation and education project have been providing tremendous support to those struggling with drug misuse or dependency in the greater Tallaght area.

public close by. “I joined my colleague on the Regional Health Forum, Councillor Mick Duff who manages the project, in visiting the site to see the horrendous damage. Those I met, which included local residents and the families of those that availed of services at the centre were visibly upset. “Relocating services to the local community centre is not a viable long-term solution and it’s important that funding is made available for remedial works to be carried out and to get the centre back up and running. “As a member of the executive of the Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce I wish to acknowledge their support - I know they will provide assistance to those working with the St Aengus project. Government need to now closely co-ordinate efforts to repair the premises with SDCC and HSE. He concluded, “Those responsible for the crimes carried out after Dublin Fire Brigade had left the scene must be identified and dealt with appropriately.”

income thresholds for Government grants or schemes are expanded in line with other increases. “Ultimately, I am concerned that people in need of support will suffer

far greater losses in the longer term for a very small short term gain. For that reason, I believe it’s crucial that the Government address this loophole,” he concluded.

MINI-BASKETBALL LEAGUE FINALS

CO-ORDINATED EFFORT TO HELP ST AENGUS PROJECT

“Thankfully there was no one killed or injured as a result of this fire but the loss of this centre is still devastating for our community. I very much commend those with Dublin Fire Brigade who ensured the safety of everyone involved and the general

Mother Mary of Hope SNS Littleplace protecting the ball from Scoil Treasa Firhouse. The National Basketball Arena was the focus of all of the action for the 2018 Dublin Primary Schools’ Mini Basketball League finals this week, as over 1,000 children took to the court for a big festival of basketball. Throughout the finals, 1,110 children played in the games, with 76 children officiating and more than 2,000 supporters on hand to cheer them all on. 76 school teams were clustered in local groups, and then were ranked in their cluster and paired for the finals in Tallaght. The Dublin Primary Schools MiniBasketball League finals use the 4v4 format with teams of 12 players and six periods. All children participate in two periods per game. This format encourages more fundamental movement learning opportunities. All children are awarded a participation medal and the winning schools are presented with a trophy. Two children from each school act as scorekeepers and timekeepers. This educational approach to sport and physical activity is very much in keeping with the Primary School PE Curriculum and the newly published National Sports Policy.

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CASSIDY TRAVEL WINS TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR AWARD

Leading travel agency Cassidy Travel has been awarded the title of Travel Agency of the Year in the annual Irish Travel Trade News travel awards, which were announced in the Clayton Hotel Burlington Road [last night]. Adjudicated by a panel of travel experts, the prestigious award

recognises and reward excellence in product and service. A travel agency was honoured in each province, from which Cassidy Travel was selected as the overall all-Ireland winner. This and other awards were presented at a glittering gala dinner attended by over 350 leading figures from the travel industry in Ireland.

The judges commented: “In addition to developing nine branches and travel pods throughout Dublin, as well as a strong website and eight product brochures, Cassidy Travel has shown real innovation with its in-store self-service iPads, ‘suitcase’ mascots, Little Explorers writing programme for children, and development of its

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standing in the market.”

The company currently holds the ITAA Travel Agent of the Year title for 2018 as well as Best Luxury Tour Operator (for its Classic Resorts brand). Cassidy Travel was also voted Best Travel Agent in the 2018 Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards. Established in 1985, Irishowned Cassidy Travel is

the country’s largest travel agent, with Travelshops in Liffey Street, the Ilac Centre, Liffey Valley, Dundrum, Talbot Street, Blanchardstown, Tallaght, Donaghmede and Swords and an online at cassidytravel.ie. Across its sun holiday, city break, cruise, sports and Classic Resorts long-haul divisions, it will cater for close on 100,000 Irish holidaymakers this year.

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CAPITAL SWITCHGEAR RAISING FUNDS THIS CHRISTMAS

Graham will cycle to work every day in December.

The staff at local company Capital Switchgear which is based in Rathcoole want to make a difference. Every day during the month of December, their colleague Graham will cycle to and from work in all weather conditions dressed as Santa Claus. The MakeA-Wish foundation has been their chosen charity for the past number of years and they are particularly

inspired by the work of Children In Hospital Ireland and wanted to support them by raising money. The management and staff of the company will be making a sizable donation to support the cause. Help them by giving whatever you can using the ‘Give Now’ button. The more people that know about Children In Hospital Ireland, the greater their impact, please spread the word

range of business activity, attractiveness of town, partnership and reaching out, town leadership, overall community support in town and inclusion and diversity.

wishes to pay special thanks to the numerous people and groups that contributed to a successful outcome for Tallaght, including; SDCC LEO staff, Tallaght Stadium, Partas, Institute of Technology Tallaght, Synergy Centre, South Dublin Chamber, South Dublin Partnership, Henkel Ireland, Shamrock Rovers F.C. and Citywise.

TALLAGHT WINS REGIONAL AWARD

South Dublin County Council is pleased to announce that Tallaght has won the Regional Award in the Large Town Category of the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Awards 2018. Building on an impressive performance in 2017, South Dublin County Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) entered Tallaght into the Large Town Category of the

Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018.

A committee representing a broad range of enterprises was formed to prepare a presentation and tour for the independent judges to assess Tallaght under a range of criteria including; The Enterprising Town focusing on the extent and

The Large Town Category comprised areas with a population of over 7,000 people and came with a €3,000 prize. The Council

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ABBVIE AWARD SUCCESS

AbbVie was among the winners at this month’s Irish Early Career Awards when the company was announced as the best in Ireland for ‘Early Career - Best Organisation Learning and Development’. AbbVie is a global biopharmaceutical company spread across five sites in Cork, Dublin and Sligo. The Irish Early Career Awards provides

an important opportunity to recognise exceptional young professionals in the early stages of their careers and the organisations who are leading the way in fostering talent and supporting employee training and development. AbbVie fended off stiff competition in this category from Dalata Hotel Group, AIB, Northern Trust, Kuehne + Nagel and Lidl.

Pictured Louise Clarke, Early Careers Programme Manager, AbbVie (pictured with the ‘Early Career - Best Organisation Learning and Development’ trophy) is joined by AbbVie colleagues from sites across Ireland (and representative from sponsors KBC Bank, far right) at the Irish Early Careers Awards event in the Mansion House, Dublin recently. Pic Credit: Paul Sherwood

COMMITMENT TO FUND OUTSTANDING MAGDALENE LAUNDRY REDRESS PAYMENTS

Seán Crowe T.D has welcomed a public commitment made by the Taoiseach that outstanding redress payments to women who survived the Magdalene Laundries will now be progressed, and that promised full medical cards are now to be provided.

Deputy Seán Crowe said: “This week the Minister for Justice finally brought overdue legal advice to Cabinet enabling his Department to finally progress redress payments to the survivors of the Magdalene Laundries. “A year has passed since the Ombudsman published his report following an investigation by the Office into the administration of the Magdalene Laundries redress scheme. “The Ombudsman’s investigation found a serious inconsistency in the Department’s application of the redress schemes eligibility criteria. “Women who were recorded as admitted to a different institution closely

associated with another named laundry were wrongly refused admission to the Scheme. “Even after this investigation was complete and the recommendations prepared, the first instinct of the Department was to delay and hinder progress.

“Whilst I welcomed the Government’s belated decision in April to accept in full the recommendations made by the Ombudsman, it is unacceptable that it took a further six months for the Department to finally right this error. “Like many others I am extremely concerned at the Department of Justice’s recent change to the

redress scheme application process that now requires elderly women to include the hours they were forced to work in their respective laundries decades ago. This is another barrier and difficulty being put in the path of the women. It should be withdrawn as there is a commitment from the Taoiseach that the hours in the laundries will not impact on payments. “There is also confirmation that a full medical card will be provided to the women once the necessary legislation has been passed and this is also to be welcomed.”

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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 matter of the Appointment of Executors to Wills. As always please send your queries to Romaine Scally, Solicitors, Main Street, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24. Telephone 4599506, Email – legal@scally.ie Question- I have not made a Will and am thinking of doing so. I know that I need at least one Executor but I am wondering if it is a good idea to have two. Could you please advise? A – Firstly, congratulations on your decision to make a Will. This is a very important document and one which will ensure that your assets are distributed following your death according to your wishes rather than under the Rules of Intestacy. To answer your question, it is only necessary to have one Executor. Many people choose two, partly to protect against the possibility of one Executor predeceasing the Testator and thus requiring a new Will and secondly as a form of “safety valve” in the event that one Executor might be slower at the process or perhaps not fully compliant with the Law. These are unlikely eventualities but are reasons why Testators often choose to have two Executors rather than one. If you have a particular preference for one person to administer your estate then, you could consider a clause in your Will appointing the sole Executor but indicating that if that Executor does not survive you then a substitute Executor is to be used. This will still give full authority to the first Executor chosen but includes a backup plan in the event that that Executor should either predecease you or indeed die prior to your estate being fully administered. We hope that this has been helpful and we would urge you to follow up your own advice to yourself now and put a Will in place. Question – I made a Will some years ago when my daughter was living in Ireland. She has now moved to live in Canada and is unlikely to be home. Should I change my Will or is it possible for the Executor to work from Canada? A – Firstly, it is always good to have an Executor whom you trust named on your Will. However, if your Executor is physically living abroad, it may pose some practical difficulties if they are subsequently called upon to administer the Estate. For the most part however, Executors do use solicitors to carry out the bulk of the work. Nonetheless, Executors do have to attend at the solicitor’s office certainly on at least one if not more occasions to sign documents. In practical terms therefore, if you have an alternative Executor whom you would be happy to appoint then, you should consider making that necessary change. Perhaps you could consider appointing a second Executor along with your daughter. That way, if anything were to happen you, if your daughter is still living abroad, she can renounce her right to act as Executor in favour of the local Executor. She does not have to do so but, if in practical terms it would be very difficult or indeed expensive for her to come home on a number of occasions to help administer the Estate, she could voluntarily choose not to act as Administrator. We would suggest that you discuss the matter in more detail with your solicitor. Any such change is minor and should not involve anything other than a nominal fee. We wish you the best of luck.


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INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO INCREASE BREASTFEEDING IN TALLAGHT A breastfeeding initiative has been launched in Tallaght to encourage women to breastfeed and to highlight the many benefits to the infant and mother’s health. The Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding initiative was launched recently by journalist and breastfeeding advocate Siobhan O’Connor who encouraged uptake from mothers – and for the community to back breastfeeding in public places. “We need to support women and empower them to have the confidence to breastfeed everywhere. I breastfeed just about everywhere from cafes, to buses, to park benches in summer time. The more

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breastfeeding is encouraged in public places, the more it will be considered the norm. “We need to teach all children in secondary school, male and female, about the benefits so that they have the facts and thereby normalise what is one of the most natural things we do as Mothers.” Ms. O’Connor attended the event together with her 14 week old daughter Éila who she is currently breastfeeding.

The initiative is being rolled out following figures released by the HSE earlier this year which showed a stark difference in rates across Dublin, with initial breastfeeding uptake rates

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reported at 84% in Dublin South East, 81% in Dublin South City, but lowest at 48% in Dublin South West, which incorporates the Tallaght area. As part of the drive community settings and organisations are being asked to display a Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding sticker to assure mums that they are very welcome to breastfeed in that location and can feel comfortable in doing so. The programme is led by the Childhood Development Initiative (CDI) as part of its Antenatal to Three Initiative (ATTI). It is supported by Public Health Nurses from Health Services Executive in Dublin South West, the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital,

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Tallaght University Hospital, Early Years Services, the Local Arts Centre (Civic Theatre) and parents.

CDI Parenting Specialist Elaine Fagan said the health benefits of breastfeeding are very widely accepted: “It reduces the risk of babies getting colds, infections and disease and strengthens mother and baby bonding. Breastfeeding support is most effective when provided by both professionals and peers,

with community peer support particularly helpful in changing attitudes and normalising breastfeeding.” Nurses and Midwives seek opportunities to speak about benefits of breastfeeding. Tallaght Welcomes Breastfeeding will also involve public information events. The project is seeking opportunities to speak to partners, grandparents and in wider community settings such as schools, active retirement groups, sports clubs, women’s groups,

youth groups and men’s sheds. Coombe Hospital Midwife Megan Sheppard said: “We would particularly value opportunities to speak in secondary schools to young people who have not even thought about becoming parents, and for teachers to champion this programme. If their mothers have not breastfed, then young women are unlikely to be encouraged at home so we need to talk directly to them.” For more information see www. twcdi.ie.

ANNUAL REVIEW OF INCOME THRESHOLD

John Curran T.D. has said that in order for the increases provided for in Budget 2019 to have a positive impact on people’s quality of life, a cross departmental review of all income thresholds needs to be conducted. Deputy Curran raised the matter directly with the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann recently. He said, “In recent budgets we have seen an increase in both the minimum wage and social welfare payments. The USC ceiling and PRSI thresholds were

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are just two examples. “I have urged the Taoiseach to examine the need for a review to ensure that from next year the income thresholds for Government grants or schemes are expanded in line with other increases. “Ultimately, I am concerned that people in need of support will suffer far greater losses in the longer term for a very small short term gain. For that reason, I believe it’s crucial that the Government address this loophole,” he concluded.

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MOTORING LIFE WITH THE ALL NEW FORD FOCUS 4TH GENERATION By Breda Corrigan The all-new, 4th Generation, Focus proves that Ford is back to doing what it does best. It combines all the important family car ingredients - comfort, space, safety, technology and infotainment, but the fact that it is now the best driver’s car in its class is the real icing on the cake. The three previous generations of the Focus were hugely successful for Ford in terms of sales volumes, and the all-new model is destined for even greater glory. Ford’s Best Car Ever Ford claim that the all-new Focus offers “the most confidence-inspiring, intuitive and rewarding driver and occupant experience of any mid-size family car in Europe”. When Ford says the new Focus is all-new, it really means it, as no parts have been carried over from the previous car. Ford’s designers and engineers knew that they had no room for error when creating the new Focus. If the car is not practical enough, families won’t buy it. If it is not efficient enough, business buyers will avoid it, and if it doesn’t offer excellent driving dynamics, enthusiasts will look the other way. Thankfully, the new Focus is so good in every area that Ford is calling it the best car in the company’s long and illustrious history. Based on a completely new platform, called C2, the new Focus is super-stylish thanks to its neatly carved styling and dramatic flowing lines. It is also fitted out with the latest in-car technology and infotainment, along with state-of-the-art safety features for true peace-of-mind motoring. Body Styles & Specifications On sale now, the all-new Focus is available in 2 bodystyles (traditional 5-door hatchback and cavernous estate/wagon), with an Active SUV model to follow. Four specification levels provide plenty of choice for Focus buyers, with even the entry-level ‘Zetec’ model is equipped with such standard items as a 6.5” SYNC 3 infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 16” alloy wheels, LED daytime-running lights, automatic headlights, front fog lamps with cornering

function, cruise control with Lane Keeping Aid, Quickclear heated windscreen, PreCollision Assist including vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist detection, Post Impact Braking, electronic parking brake, selectable ‘Drive Modes’, manual air-conditioning and a front centre armrest. Next up is the sporty ST-Line, which adds 17” sports-style alloy wheels, ST-Line body kit, ST-Line badging on the front wings, ST-Line scuff plates, twin polished tailpipes, large rear spoiler, sports suspension (18mm lower than the standard car), keyless start, black headliner cloth, alloy sports foot pedals and interior sports trim. The ever-popular Titanium trim is based on the Zetec model but also includes 16” Titanium alloy wheels, power-fold mirrors, front & rear parking sensors, LED rear lamps, 8” SYNC 3 with satellite navigation, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, keyless entry & start, ambient lighting and dual-zone climate control. Range-topping Vignale specification adds pure luxury to the mix with 18” Vignale alloy wheels, unique Vignale body styling, LED headlights, LED rear lamps, LED front fog lights, Active Park Assist, privacy glass, ‘B&O Play’ sound system, heated steering wheel, full leather seating, multi-coloured ambient lighting and a Heads-Up Display. Available as an option on other models, the Heads-Up Display projects key information in your field of vision, so you can keep your eyes on the road ahead. The clear, bright image can display your choice of content, including vehicle speed, navigation, cruise control notifications and Traffic Sign Recognition data. This extremely useful feature is the only one of its kind to be compatible with polarised sunglasses. Engines & Transmissions Engine choices in the new Focus include Ford’s multi award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 125PS and a 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel with 120PS. A six speed manual gearbox is standard across the range, while a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic is available with the EcoBlue engine. In keeping with its competitors, Ford intends introducing a ‘mild hybrid’ option in the new Focus in due course.

Test Car My test car was a new Focus ST-Line 1.0-litre EcoBoost 5-door finished in stunning Desert Island Blue metallic paintwork for maximum impact. With 125PS of power and 170Nm of torque (200Nm with overboost), this wonderful engine was able to propel the car from 0-100km/h in just 10-seconds, on the way to a top speed of 200km/h (where permitted). Fuel consumption as low as 4.8l/100km is possible on a combined driving cycle, while low emissions lead to annual road tax of just €190. With the EcoBlue diesel engine fitted, fuel consumption drops to as low as 3.5l/100km on a combined driving cycle, while annual road tax drops to just €180. The new Focus covers ground with a sense of composure and precision that was largely absent form the previous model. It takes road imperfections and bumps in its stride, while the steering translates your every input accurately to the road to give the Focus a genuine sense of flexibility. Excellent driving dynamics ensure the new Focus remains smooth and controlled at all times, while never feeling underpowered or unwilling to respond to throttle inputs. In my mind, the new Focus comfortably regains its crown as the best car in its class to drive. Excellent Cabin & Boot Space The cabin of the new Focus is a very pleasant place to be, with Ford’s bright and intuitive, dash-mounted, touchscreen providing easy control of the vast majority of the car’s functions. There are, however, still buttons and dials below the display

for the audio and climate controls. Seat comfort is terrific, build quality is topnotch and multiple adjustments are available for the driver’s seat and steering wheel. An important consideration for families looking for a new car is practicality and this is yet another area that Ford excel in with the new Focus. The new platform has allowed Ford to extend the wheelbase of the Focus by 53mm, while inside there are neat touches such as the raised front seats. This allows rear passengers to slide their feet beneath them, making better use of the space available. There is ample head and knee room for adults in the back, and seating three across the rear bench is possible. There are two ISOFIX points as standard, too. Boot space is a healthy 375 litres with the rear seats in place and extends to 1,354 litres with the rear seats folded. Pricing & Verdict Ford Ireland have just announced revised pricing for the all-new Focus (terms & conditions apply) with a lead in price of just €22,495 (ex-works) for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost, Zetec 5–door model. The ST-Line car I drove is priced at a very reasonable €23,495 (ex-works), with the Titanium model priced from €24,495 (ex-works) and the Vignale model starting at just €28,495 (ex-works). The all-new Ford Focus delivers more style, space and advanced driving technologies than any previous version of the car. The new Focus keeps its place at the top of the family car tree, but adds extra functionality too. In fact, the all-new Ford Focus is so ingenious, visionary and remarkable, that every car bears Henry Ford’s signature.


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