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Anti-charge campaign starts to heat up locally As the deadline for the payment of the Household Charge fast approaches, the campaign against payment has intensified with members of the opposition parties supporting the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes (CAHWT). Introduced in the last budget, payment of the tax on owners of a resi- By Graham Connors dential property is due by 31st County March 2012. CAHWT has printed Laoghaire-Rathdown Council to withdraw its consent to half a million leaflets to try counter information from the Government the placing of posters on its poles regarding the tax. If all homeowners which advocate the non-payment of do pay then the Government is due lawful charges. I fully respect the to net €160 million. As it stands, a entitlement of protesters to free little over 120,000 home owners speech, but this does not extend to have paid, amounting to €12 mil- advocating the commission of criminal offences,” Cllr Humphrey’s said lion. In Dun Laoghaire, United Left Fines and late payment fees councillor Melissa Halpin says that A spokesman at the Department opposition to the charge is growing, of the Environment echoed Cllr with several succesful meetings held and more planned. “Along with Humphrey’s sentiments, saying: “It every other area of the country, peo- is unfortunate that public representaple in this area are clearly saying no tives are actively encouraging by refusing to register and refusing householders to break the law, as it is an offence under the legislation to pay,” she said. not to register for and pay the houseCall to ban posters hold charge. Under the legislation Cllr Richard Humphreys, the there are fines and late payment fees Labour Party Councillor for the for households who don't register Stillorgan Ward, has criticised the and pay the charge.” Yet, despite the threat of penalties CAHWT. “I am calling on Dún

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for late or non payment, there seems to be a growing discontent among the general public with recent rallies in Wexford, Cork, Kilkenny and Waterford drawing hundreds of people onto the streets, while protesters in Dublin are planning a major rally at the 2,000-seater National Stadium as part of their ongoing campaign to persuade homeowners not to register for the tax.

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Richard Boyd Barrett, the United Left Alliance TD for Dun Laoghaire has stated his opposition to the tax, claiming that householders are being asked to “pay more to get less” and that those out there who cannot pay this tax are not alone. But Cllr Humphreys said that: “It is somewhat striking that the 'Campaign against the Household and Water Taxes' is a somewhat shadowy organisation which does not list its members or committee conspicuously on its website. Nor does it publish on its website any rules or constitution which would show that its committee is accountable to its members.”

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Campaign of non-payment can force change With the Government’s first major deadline passed (the 29th of February, the last day for paying in instalments) and less than a month to go until the overall deadline, over 90% of people have still not registered for the household charges. Even if the rate of registration was to increase by 1000% there would still be hundreds of thousands of people unregistered. The Government is worried, as well they might be, they are now in a very weak position. Their own campaign to get these charges implemented as an interim measure, before bringing in a full property tax next year and water charges from 2014, is under serious pressure. Their information leaflet has still not been delivered in huge areas of the country and there is a question mark over whether all the leaflets have been printed. They may decide to extend the deadline and make the excuse that they will introduce ways that make it easier and more practical to pay. But this perspective fails to recognise the anger and the resolve of people in relation to this issue. Decided to make a stand

Up and down the country, hundreds of thousands of people have decided to make a stand on this issue and they will not pay. People recognise the inherent injustice of this charge. The Government says, for example, that the money will go to fund local services. Nothing could be further from the truth.

By Clare Daly TD The Council’s budgets have been cut by more than what could be possibly raised from the household charges. The charges collected go to a central fund; they are not allocated to the County Councils. Bailout money

The reality is that this is simply bailout money. Several weeks after the registration process opened, the Government handed over €1.25 billion of taxpayer’s money to pay the debts of unguaranteed, unsecured bondholders of Anglo-Irish bank. That represents eight years’ worth of household tax. On the 31st of March, the Government will hand over a €3.1 billion promissory note relating to debts of Anglo-Irish and Irish Nationwide. This is the context in which we are being asked to register for these charges. The context of the household charges and the campaign against them is also all of the austerity measures that have been implemented since the crisis began, and the disastrous effect that this austerity is having on the lives of ordinary people. For four years now, we have experienced one cut after another, the destruction of our public services and new, unjust taxes such as the Universal Social Charge. We have seen deeper and deeper unem-

"The Government handed over €1.25 billion of taxpayer’s money to pay the debts of unguaranteed, unsecured bondholders of Anglo-Irish bank. That represents eight years’ worth of household tax" ployment and the return of mass emigration. The opportunities available to people have become narrower and narrower. It has become ever more difficult to live on social welfare while at the same time, cuts to hours and paying high mortgages has swelled the ranks of the ‘working poor’. The household charges and the campaign against them represent an opportunity for people to fight back and they are taking that chance. During the past two months, the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes has held doz-

ens of meetings all around the country in relation to the household charges and the septic tank charges and those meetings have been attended by thousands of people. Grassroots campaign

Ordinary people have become organisers of the campaign in their communities, holding further meetings, weekend stalls and calling door to door to talk to people about the issue. This is a concrete opportunity for people to build a grassroots campaign. The inaction of the trade union leadership over the past few years has cut across widespread protest but this is an issue which ordinary people can win on. A strong campaign of mass-non payment can force the Government back on this issue. It is real democracy in action to oppose unjust laws. For more information, or to get involved in the Campaign Against Household Taxes see www. or contact 1890 98 98 00.

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Green Scene Democracy now – have your say Where the environment is concerned you would think we were currently in public consultation heaven. What do you think we should do about climate policy? – head for the Department of the Environment website and fill in the consultation questionnaire. You have until April 12th to tell the Minister what you think of our past track record, our current opportunities (or lack of them), fuel prices, green jobs and a whole host of multiple choice questions. Set aside an hour or more of your time and gather the family round the screen while you fill it in – after your children probably know more about it than you do because they get taught about it at school. Tell the government what you think of insulation grants and roof top power generation – tell them if you think windmills on every hilltop are a good idea or a bad one. And should we tax cow pats? – yes, the question really is in there in more polite form. All over the world the weather has gone mad this winter – again – and it can only get stranger. So this is your opportunity to have your say. And you

By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte can tick 'Newspaper' when it asks how you heard about the survey. And yes, there is a section on job creation.

Septic Isle? Filled that one in? Live in the country and have a septic tank? Still at Environment, Minister Phil Hogan has published draft septic tank standards and wants your comments by the end of this month. The standards aren’t as alarming and expensive as initial comments suggested – you don’t have to get a tank de-sludged unless it actually needs it, for instance. So if you have a small household and a big tank it might be that it only needs emptying every ten years – which everyone who lives in the countryside knows but seemed to have been missed in the initial announcements. Anyway, check it out at - it’s a short, written in straightforward language with no jargon and your own experience may mean you can give some useful feedback – email address on the document.

GMOs are back on the agenda And the Environmental Protection Agency is also looking for some feedback from the public because the planting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is back on the agenda. Wikipedia tells me that a genetically modified organism is one whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These techniques, generally known as recombinant DNA technology, use DNA molecules from different sources, which are combined into one molecule to create a new set of genes. This DNA is then transferred into an organism, giving it modified or novel genes. You really wanted to know that didn’t you? And to be honest it would take me half an hour with illustrations to really explain it. So let's just say that to make a GMO plant you take bits of a plant, mix it up with bits of either another plant or even an animal and you get yourself a new plant that does something you want. A giant unmonitored field trial

The idea can be exciting, scary or boring – it just depends how you view it. Some say 'yuk!' and others say 'wow, I want it'. The technology is very new – barely thirty years old – and at the moment a huge international experiment is going on. GM plants are being grown in open fields all around the world and the crops that result are being fed to millions of humans and animals – yes, everyone reading this is taking part in a giant unmonitored field trial. Here in Europe very few crops are licensed for growing, and food made from unprocessed genetically modified food plants can’t be fed to human beings. But in Ireland the only meat that hasn’t been raised on GM grain and soya is organic – organic standards ban GM – so we are all taking part in this unofficial trial. Teagasc wants to experiment

And now Teagasc wants to experiment on the wildlife of Ireland as well. Last week, they applied to the Environmental Protection Agency for a license to grow genetically modified potatoes at Oak Park Research Station so they can see what effect, if any, growing them has on the creatures in the soil, compared to conventionally bred ones. The difference is that the conventionally bred ones get regularly sprayed with fungicide to prevent potato blight and these GM potatoes are blight resistant so they won’t need to be sprayed. Now I’m all for potatoes that don’t need to be sprayed with fungicide, whether it is the traditional copper based fungicides permitted to organic growers or the rather nastier chemicals used in conventional growing – personally I don’t use sprays at all when I grow potatoes because I don’t want either kind of poison in my garden. But I don’t need GM potatoes to avoid blight. There are some really good varieties on the market already – you can buy the Sarpo varieties anywhere you can get seed potatoes – and there are others like Setanta out there. A really good tasty newcomer is called Tibet because that’s where its parents came from. GMO problems

I’m still trying to get the technical details on this latest offering but so far GM crops have led to the following problems. Loss of genetic diversity – everyone grows exactly the same variety and all the others die out so there is nowhere to get plants with new genes to cross back in if a problem arises – in the past this has come close to wiping out pineapples, bananas and maize and many wild animals. You need a big gene pool for survival. Then there’s allergies – noticed how food allergies have increased in recent years? There’s a school of thought that puts it down to the altered gene structures of some basic foods – such as maize and soya. Next time you are in a supermarket try and find a packaged food that doesn’t include those two. And we don’t actually know what, if any, changes it makes when we give GM feed to meat animals. The Food Safety Authority says GM food is 'substantially equivalent' which is another way of saying 'we don’t actually know how to test'. There are a whole host of issues around the topic and I don’t have space for them here. Can I ask you to Google No2GM or GM-free Ireland and find out more?

The last big experiment And finally can I mention a big experiment mankind carried out a while back and what it caused and how long it took before we saw the results. It happened about 10,000 BC. We call it agriculture. And in the late twentieth century we discovered it causes climate change.

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Early spring has continued where winter left off with lovely mild weather the like of which I can’t remember before. Last weekend we had temperatures of up to 15 degrees in some parts. However don’t be fooled by this as March can be a very tricky month when it comes to gardening. Don’t be tempted to plant out young vegetable plants that you have germinated indoors unless they are planted under a cloche or protected with horticultural fleece as there can be very hard night frosts in March. Unseasonal hazards

The unseasonal weather has not only brought plants and flowers on but has also meant that various pests are appearing earlier this year. I was shocked last weekend to discover dozens of the dreaded Vine Weevil larvae in a large container planted with some of last years strawberry plants. These little critters wouldn’t normally be about so

early as they can’t withstand hard frost. They kill plants by eating the roots. The only effective way to get rid of them is to use a biological control called ‘Nematodes’. These are microscopic eelworms which enter the bodies of the larvae and transmit a fatal bacteria. These nematodes are not usually available until April, however Mister Middleton in Mary Street expect to have them available in the first two weeks of March. You mix the nematodes with water and apply to any areas that may contain the larvae. There are also masses of slugs and snails about which need to be controlled. Spuds ready to plant

The potatoes that I started to ‘Chitt’ last month will be ready to plant out in a few weeks time, usually around Saint Patrick’s day. Don’t worry if you haven’t started to get your seed potatoes ready as there is still loads of time for the early and second early varieties. Keep doing a small bit of digging on a weekly basis to loosen up the soil in your veg plot and keep incorporating fertilizers. The lettuce seeds that I started to germinate in early February are coming on nicely and will be ready to plant out under cover in or around Saint Paddy’s day. If you don’t have the time to go though the whole germination process you can buy small lettuce and other vegetable plants in the garden centres in early April. Lawn prep




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Animal Tracks with Miriam Kerins, DSPCA

Your new baby and your dog Earlier this week a grandmother-to-be rang me for advice. “How do I introduce my dog to my infant grand son?”, she asked. I understood her concern. I’m a grandmother and there’s nothing as special as the moment you welcome that new bundle of joy into your home. However, if there’s a dog in the house, this process can be stressful as sadly, the poor animal gets ousted out in favour of the newer, human addition. This is especially true if the pet is older and hasn’t previously been socialised with infants or small children. Here’s what I advised. While mum is still pregnant; act as if baby is already here. Buy a lifelike doll, one that makes realistic baby noises, and allow your dog get used to the sound of a crying baby. Put the doll on your knee and hold it in your arms. This will show your dog your lap is no longer for him alone. Leave baby products around the house and allow your dog to get used to the new smells; encourage him to give them a thorough inspection. Keep a close eye on your dog and watch for any new signs of insecurity, separation

anxiety, and discomfort or, most importantly, signs of aggression. If in doubt, speak to a trained professional as soon as possible. Teach your dog important control commands when around the ‘baby’ doll. Commands such as “down,” “sit,” “leave it” and “heel.” Gradually decrease time spent with your dog. This will get him used to not expecting as much attention from you when the new, peculiar smelling and noisy addition arrives. Finally, the initial meeting with baby should be positive and calm for your dog. However, do have a lead on him as a safety precaution. Remember; supervise, supervise, supervise… This is not Hollywood and all dogs are not like Lassie! Happy Grand Parenting. For more information log onto or email me at © Miriam Kerins, Head of Communications and Public Relations, Dublin SPCA.

The sky over Dublin with Conor Farrell, Astronomy Ireland

Jupiter and venus shining If you haven't already noticed the two bright objects in the evening sky, there is no doubt that you soon will. Venus and Jupiter currently lie between the west and south-west, and over the coming days and weeks they will draw closer and closer together for their ultimate display on the nights of March 12th & 13th. On these days Venus and Jupiter will be placed right next to each other in the same region of the sky. When two celestial objects (planets, the Moon, or the Sun) move close together they are known to be in conjunction. As Venus and Jupiter are the two brightest objects in the sky at the moment, the conjunction will impossible to miss. Floating above the horizon, the two planets will be among the first objects to appear in the sky as twilight sets in. Watch the two planets over several days before and after the conjuction and you will notice that while they are quite close, their positions in the sky change. The stars don't move like this, and this is how the planets were rec-

ognised in days gone by: planet means 'wandering star'. It is that exact same motion of the planets you are observing that led Galileo, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton to realise that the Earth is not the centre of the Universe with everything orbiting around it; we are but a small cog in a great machine built of planets, stars, clusters, galaxies, and even greater structures whose sizes we can't even begin to imagine. So when you look out in coming evenings and see Venus and Jupiter travel around our parent Sun, remember that the planet beneath your feet is doing the same thing, and remember that took thousands of years for us to realise our place in the Universe.

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Rocking with the radio waves Where did you grown up? Sligo town. Where are you living now? Dublin. Most memorable childhood memory? Listening to Diana Ross in the kitchen with my mum when I was about three! What kind of child were you? Shy as a very young child - wasn’t long coming out of my shell. Married or single? In a relationship for the past two years. How would you describe yourself in three words? Happy, caring, optimistic. What else would you be if you weren't a radio presenter? Perhaps I would be doing something creative, art or design I always loved art as a youngster. What are your favourite colours? Purple and pinks are always my favourite. Your favourite piece of clothing? At the moment a pink blazer I bought recently.

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The Informer Interview Who do you consider great fashion icons? Jennifer Anniston, Eva Mendes. Describe a typical working day for you? I start at 6am and prepare my sports bulletins for Breakfast with Hector on RTE 2FM which finishes at 9am. Then I work on other bits and pieces depending on my plans for the week. I also work in RTE TV continuity so I could go straight to the studio at 9am until 4pm.

What is one thing you must do before you leave the house? Moisturise.

What shows do you like to watch on TV? Grey's Anatomy, Homelands.

If you knew were going to be put on a desert island for a month, name three things you would bring with you and why? Liquorice allsorts – my favourite treat. Plenty of reading material - I love books and a radio/iPod to keep me company.

If you could speak to one type of animal, what would it be and why? A racehorse, to find if they know how much they are worth and what they are doing.

Who inspires you? Female broadcasters like Miriam O’ Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas and also some Irish athletes and sports stars who have done so well - Rory McIlroy, Katie Taylor, to name two. What would be the first thing you would do if today was your last day? Something unexpected like jump off the 40 Foot in Dun Laoghaire which I’ve never done!!! Or maybe just spend it with my family. How do you spend your free time? I love running and keeping fit and am a big cinema goer. What type of music do you listen to on your iPod? Upbeat music when I’m running like Rihanna and some classic 90’s dance.


Who is the most interesting person you have ever met? Dustin Hoffman. If you could have lunch with three people (past or present) who would you choose and why? Maureen O’ Hara – have always admired her, I think she’s an inspiration for Irish women. Brad Pitt (for very obvious reasons) have always loved him and George Best Where do you see yourself in three years? Still radio presenting and hopefully on TV Tell us something people would not normally know about you? I have four brothers and one sister, I am double jointed, I won All Ireland medals for art when I was under 16 in the Community Games!


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Impressive numbers at No. 6 Watch out... they’re behind you! I know, I know. Panto Season is over... Hands up who encountered one of the annual ‘Christmas Check Points’? Well ‘Operation Focus’ has come to town, so you better watch out. The operation kicked off last month in Dublin, and will extend through all other regions throughout 2012, in a bid to focus road users’ attention on ongoing Garda enforcement of speeding, driving under the influence of drink or drugs, dangerous driving behaviour, the non-use of seatbelts, and the illegal use of mobile phones while driving. During the Dublin operation, mandatory alcohol test checkpoints will be held at the designated locations from 4.30am to 5.30am, 6.15am to 7am, 7pm to 8pm and 11pm to midnight. The M50, M1 and M11 will be patrolled on a continuous basis by six Garda vehicles equipped with automated number plate recognition technology and 57 high visibility checkpoints with 19 patrol cars. Did you know that if a vehicle is found by the Gardaí not to have a current motor insurance policy they have the power to impound the vehicle until such time as an insurance certificate is produced? The owner of the

vehicle will also be liable to all charges or costs incurred by the Gardaí in the removal and storage of the vehicle. So says ‘The Road Traffic Act 2006’ and by the way, these powers now extend to vehicles registered outside of Ireland Similarly, the Gardaí are empowered to impound any vehicle which has not been taxed for a period of two months or more. You must then show proof that the motor tax has been paid for that vehicle to include the date on which it was impounded (i.e. paying the arrears due on the vehicle). Again, the owner of the vehicle will be liable for all charges and costs incurred by the Gardaí in the removal and storage of the vehicle....getting worried yet ? It might be worthwhile considering more closely the entire condition of your vehicle, now that the chances of coming across a check point have increased during this period. Defective tyres, broken wing mirrors, missing bulbs front and back all give the Gardai more reason to stop you and fulfil their duties! As always drive safe, drive smart and....... Arrive Alive !

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Rathdown Slabs

The earliest settlers have remembered their ancestors by various mean through the ages. The first farmers to our island built those huge prehistoric or Megalithic tombs as they are known. These took various forms at different periods in history. Passage tombs seem to dominate the south-west part of the county like those at Tallaght, Saggart and Kingston. These take their name from the stone passage that provides access to a burial chamber within a large mound. The portal type of tombs seem to occupy sites on

the south-east part of the county like those at Brennanstown and Kilternan. These are recognised by their two upright stones which form a portal or entrance to the tomb chamber. The wedge tombs are later and are situated more to the east such as Kilmashogue and Shankill. With the Bronze Age, man ceased to build those important tombs for their dead but it is thought that Hillforts may have commenced at this period. With the Bronze Age came a change in burial rites. A range of specially designed pottery became associ-



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ated with burial rites. Some of these burials were covered with stone cairns similar to the site on the Great Sugar Loaf. In other cases, stone lined graves were used like at Edmonstown near Rathfarnham. The Vikings, possible best known for their destruction carried out on churches, did in time convert to Christianity. The distinctive grave slabs associated with the Vikings are only to be found in south County Dublin, in the vicinity of Rathdown. These became known as the Rathdown slabs which are recognised by their distinctive type of decoration. Each slab is unique with certain decorations common - herringbone and cupmark, for example. The designs are based on local Viking art styles. They are found at such church sites as Kilgobbin, Killegar, Kilternan, Tully, Rathfarnham,

Rathmichael and Whitechurch. An excerpt from 'Dundrum, Stillorgan and Rathfarnham - Gateway to the Mountains,' with text by Christopher Ryan and paintings by Olivia Hayes. Published by Cottage Publications it costs around €22.

Lesser Known Dubliners Dubliner William Molyneux (1656-1698), the second of five children, was born into a wealthy family. After a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College he studied law in London. He married Lucy Domville, the youngest daughter of Sir William Domville the AttorneyGeneral for Ireland. Shortly after their marriage Lucy went blind. Of their three children only one, Samuel, lived to adulthood. Politically well-connected he picked up some handy official positions - Joint Surveyor General of the King's buildings and works in Ireland (1684) and Commissioner of Forfeited Estates (1693). He represented Trinity College in Parliament from 1692 until his death. In 1683 he founded the Dublin Philosophical Society and became its first Secretary. He was active in the proceedings of the society recording weather data, calculating

eclipses and demonstrating instruments and experiments. His publications included translations of the works of René Descartes and he collaborated with Roderic O'Flaherty to collect material for Moses Pitt's Atlas. He also published several papers in Philosophical Transactions, as well as papers on optics, natural philosophy, and miscellaneous topics. Just before his death he published The Case of Ireland's being Bound by Acts of Parliament in England, Stated. Following a debate in the English House of Commons, it was resolved that Molyneux's publication was ‘of dangerous consequence to the crown and people of England by denying the authority of the king and parliament of England to bind the kingdom and people of Ireland’. Molyneux was not punished but his work was condemned as seditious and was ceremonially burned at Tyburn by the public hangman.

William Molyneux His books are mostly forgotten but one question posed by Molyneux was only recently, though perhaps not conclusively, answered. 'Molyneux's Problem', perhaps inspired by his wife's blindness, asks if someone born blind, who knew through touch the a sphere and a cube, would recognise them if their sight was restored. The problem with testing 'Molyneux's Problem' is that very few people born blind ever come to have sight - one study estimated that it had happened to fewer than 20 people in 1000 years. Improvements in modern medicine gave a chance to test the question. A programme in India (2003) in which five people were given sight allowed Pawan Sinha, a professor at MIT in Boston, to determine that the answer was 'no' - they were unable to form the connection between an object perceived using the two different senses.

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HAVE you been battling the smoking habit? So many people made New Year resolutions to stop smoking. The New Year is gone with the resolutions and the smoking habit prevailing again. Then came Ash Wednesday and Lent with a new resolve to refrain from smoking but that also went up in smoke. Patches, pills and potions were just a mocking irritation. Is this familiar to you? Yes! You too can easily and effortlessly succeed like thousands of successful non-smokers. It is easy with the proper help and the knowhow that works. Experience will have told you that otherwise it is nearly impossible. Most people who have successfully stopped smoking for good experienced failure many times before effortlessly become non-smokers. If they could do it so can you. How can you become a non-smoker? First of all stop using the conscious struggle of willpower. You know from experience that it doesn’t work. You have an infinitely more powerful subconscious mind that controls the smoking habit or programme. It can now be used to switch off the habit and the craving. The only thing that can stop you now is fear. • Fear of losing your crutch or pleasure

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First hand History

About the year 1804-5, a young man, named M----, entered into the employment of the Bank of Ireland as a junior clerk. For some time after his entry into the service of the Bank, the conduct of M was exemplary. His bearing denoted modesty, mildness, and meekness; perhaps, however, it was a little too austere. He continued to be a constant attendant at chapel, was very devout, and maintained the costume which had contributed to captivate the deputy cashier - that is, he wore no collar to his coat; his hair, too, was of the least possible fashionable cut. Within two years his appearance had changed and he had, for instance, been known to enter the shop of Harry Riblan, the woollen draper, on the sunny side of Dame Street, and to select stuff for coats, waistcoats, and trousers, to the amount of £100. He was still mild, civil, and attentive while on duty, but, business over and his fustian sleeves withdrawn, he changed to the fashionable lounger after his exit from the Bank; or, followed by his groom, who attended with his horses at Essex Bridge (the Bank of Ireland was then in Mary's Abbey), he took a constitutional ride into the country, and returned to town to dine at one or other of the fashionable taverns of the day, or at the

house of a pleasure seeking associate, and finished by a visit to the theatre or some other place of amusement or dissipation. Senior bankers were curious as to the source of his wealth but accepted his explanation that he was the nephew and heir of an Earl and was getting £2,000 a year from him. At length came the breaking of the ice. A bank-note for £500 was changed one day in the cash office for smaller notes in the usual way of business. It formed, of course, part of the balance of the teller, when, at three o'clock, he surrendered up his trust for the day. On reference to the stock of M in the course of the afternoon (he also had left the Bank as usual at three o'clock), it was discovered that he had not debited himself with this note for £500, nor with some 30 or 40 more of a similar amount, the chequefoils only of which were found. [Bank notes were then more like cheques, if you had the money the bank would write you a 'cheque' - it held onto the counterfoil] On presenting himself at the Bank next morning, he was taken into custody, and after examination, the case being clear, he was committed to Newgate. One or two other clerks, suspected of being his accomplices, were suspended, and subse-

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quently dismissed without arrest or prosecution. In due course M was brought to trial, charged with stealing money the property of the Bank of Ireland, to the extent of

fourteen or fifteen thousand pounds. M was acquitted of the felony, but held responsible for the sum deficient in his accounts. He was accordingly immediately on leaving the court arrested, and

n 'Bank of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin. R.556.' A Real Photograph postcard by Valentine's posted in Dublin in 1949. The bus in the foreground is the No. 54 to Kimmage. The No. 21 behind it (Westland Row to Inchicore) ceased to operate in February 1940, proof that you can't rely on postmarks to date postcard images.

committed to the sheriff's prison, or Marshalsea, and ultimately died there. An excerpt from Reminiscences of an Emigrant Milesian (Vol. 3), by Ansdrew O'Reilly, published in 1853.

Advertisements include Clerys, Cairnes Stouts, Shaws Sausages and Bacon, and Jeyes Fluid. On an enlargement a horse and cart, possibly delivering coal, can be seen inside the railings of the Bank of Ireland. The rather odd looking lorry on the left with the man enjoying a free ride is identified as W & R Jacob & Co. Ltd.

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WE constantly hear in the media reports of the cost of day to day products and services increasing. The Household charge of €100 arrived in on 1st January 2012 and is due by 31st March 2012 is yet another additional cost for consumers to bare. 1. Switch to a cheaper electricity/ gas provider ESB (now called ESB Electric Ireland) are now able to compete with the likes of Airtricity, Bord Gais and Flogas to offer lower cost electricity and gas. There is really now no excuse for not making savings on your electricity needs. Go online to and use their tool to see how much you can save by switching provider. It only takes a few moments Total savings of approx €15 per month

2. Switch to a cheaper Mortgage Protection provider with If you have a Mortgage it is likely you will have Mortgage Protection. Life Assurance unlike car and home insurance rates have come down significantly in the last number of years due to a more competitive marketplace. The cover you took out with the bank at the time of taking out your Mortgage may not be the most competitive available. It is important that you realise that you have a choice, and that you were not under any legal obligation to purchase these types of products from your lender only. The average monthly premium for Mortgage Protection is €60 per month. A saving of 30% would equate to €18 per month. This is over €4,000 on a 20 year policy. In addition also offers 70% off the first twelve months premiums. For someone paying €60 a month this is a minimum saving of €504 in the first twelve months. This saving in the first twelve months could go towards a holiday, savings or paying off your credit card for example. Contact on 01 498 0005 to get a quick quote or go online. It only takes a few minutes. Total saving of €18 per month (additional saving of €504 in the first twelve months with 3. Take advantage of the Group buying sites while the deals are still around It is still open to debate whether the retailers who adver-

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Dublin Using mindfulness in Advice psychotherapy and daily life When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. The now is the key. Eckhart Tolle

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Dealing with anxiety, relationship difficulties, work issues, depression, loss, past traumas, as well as other issues, can be ferociously difficult. Coping can be facilitated by psychotherapy. Psychotherapy offers a safe space to explore concerns and desires, and it offers support in implementing change. Mindfulness is a technique often used in therapy to facilitate this change. Many of us live our daily lives influenced, in varying degrees, by past experiences. For example, old patterns of dealing with issues around trust or commitment, may create an impulse to run away. Working with mindfulness and psychotherapy assists in looking at these patterns, letting go of unhealthy ones and creating conscious ways of relating to yourself, to others and to life itself. What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness relates to turning off the autopilot approach to life, developing and embracing awareness and clarity in a creative way. It entails paying attention to the present moment becoming aware of our surroundings, breath, sense

of touch, smell, taste, sound. To achieve mindfulness does not require all of these things at once; perhaps even just sticking with one for a couple minutes at a time, maybe at lunch, after dinner, while in bed, so as to give you a sense of your present moment and how you are within it. Working for long periods of time with mindfulness can be facilitated by a counsellor or psychotherapist as it may require support. We have approximately 25,000 thoughts a day, and clearing our mind of thought in order to pay attention to the present moment is no easy task. The important thing to remember is not to criticise oneself when thoughts come in – just notice them, and bring the attention back to breathing (or mindful act) again and again – is it fast, slow, coming from the chest, abdomen, notice air going in the nostrils and out etc. What are the benefits of using Mindfulness in Daily Life?

Mindfulness can help break the cycle of destructive reactions to situations and allow you to respond to situations maintaining control of mind, body and behaviours. It can reduce anxiety and give a sense of grounding during times of stress and distress, bringing you into contact with reality. It can help troubled sleep - paying attention to each

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The scandal of mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI) hits Ireland IN the UK, there has been extensive media coverage about the shocking scale of the PPI mis-selling scandal, and the behavior of some of it’s largest financial institutions. Banks had gained massively from the practice and weren't too pleased about being told to both stop ripping off their customers and to pay the money back! After a landmark court case, many of the UK banks set aside billions to cover the cost of paying the money back to their customers. The Central Bank of Ireland is currently investigating the sale of PPI in Ireland and consequently thousands of people could be due refunds. McHale Muldoon Solicitors have set up in Ireland to help Irish people claim back mis-sold PPI. Partner Michael Muldoon told the Informer: “We are sure that the same mis-selling tactics that were used in the UK were used in Ireland, indeed many of the same financial intuitions and credit card providers operated in both jurisdictions”. McHale Muldoon who only opened in December 2011 has already successfully reclaimed thousands of Euros having gained expertise in its sister firm McHale & Co in Manchester. Mrs M from New Street South, Dublin 4 was delighted after she received a refund of €3176.79 from AIB after she

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Mother’s Day on a budget Don’t forget Mother’s Day this year. It falls on Sunday 18th March and is followed by a Bank Holiday Monday. Here’s a few ideas for simple yet inexpensive gifts that will thrill the person who does more for you than any other: Hand-made charm – make a home-made card. She will appreciate the effort that went into it. Food for the gods – bring her a tray of her favourite breakfast in bed. Image-conscious – sneak her favourite photo of the family out of the album and have it blown up and framed. Singalonga magic – making her a CD or playlist of her favourite songs will really show her you care. Luxury bubbles – buy her a bottle of divine smelling bubble bath. It doesn’t have to cost the earth. Baking beauty - bake a cake or alternatively buy one and ice a personalised message.

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Directed by Daniel Espinosa. Starring: Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson and Vera Farmiga Matt Weston is an inexperienced CIA agent given charge of a safe house in Capetown. When rogue CIA agent Tobin Frost is put in his care, Weston finds himself under attack by those that want Frost dead and Weston has to ask himself why, as well as keep Frost alive. Take a bit of the Bourne movies; add a few scenes from Taken and a pinch of Ronin and you get a film called Safe House. There is very little new on show here and this film does seem tired and see-through because of that. Don’t get me wrong, it is not a bad film by any means; it is very enjoyable but it’s nothing that you haven’t seen before. Washington seems to be channeling a bit of Liam Neeson in the action sequences and it’s good to see Reynolds in something other than a comedy again. Both actors are better than this though so it’s a little disappointing when it doesn’t live up to expectations. It also stars two of Irelands finest, Brendan Gleeson (complete with annoying accent) and Liam Cunningham. Solid, if unspectacular stuff.

Advice: It’s worth a shot.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel HHHHH

Director: Bill Madden. Starring: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel A disparate bunch of retirees are thrown together when they decide to abandon Blighty for the charms of a luxurious retirement hotel in India. On arrival they find the hotel to be somewhat less of a paradise than the brochure advertised. Directed by John Madden, the man that gave us the Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love, and starring some of England’s finest actors you would be forgiven for expecting a lot of this film. So it’s a good thing that it doesn’t disappoint. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a wonderful little story that will tickle your funny bone as well as pull at your heart strings. It’s not laugh-out-loud hilarious but it is well intentioned and quite often beautiful. Dev Patel puts in a wonderful performance as the hotel manager and Maggie Smith is at her comic best but Bill Nighy stole the show as the Hippy that never was. This is a wonderful little film, full of charm, colour and flavour.

Advice: A mid week cinema trip is required!

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IF you’ve ever wondered if there was a way to repair those small nicks and scratches without an expensive trip to the body shop then the service of ChipsAway could be just what you are looking for. The team decided to take a look at the service up close to see just how effective it is. Finding a volunteer really wasn’t that difficult. In the Dublin traffic and car park road wars there is no shortage of drivers who seem to manage their way around the mean streets by “touch”. "We found a Hyundai with a nasty scuff to the offside rear bumper, all the more noticeable because the car is finished in Electric Red." A phone call to ChipsAway brought the fully equipped mobile repair centre to the door at the appointed time. The first thing we noticed was how well-equipped the van was. It looked as if the man from ChipsAway could undertake any repair without difficulty. What followed was like watching a skilled surgeon at work. After a brief spell preparing the damage our man disappeared into the magic van to match the paint colour. No problem. Within minutes the exact colour match was made and the finishing touches were being put to an expert job. Even at close inspection it was hard

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Elle Woods can handle anything…so when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), Legally Blonde The Musical is the best show in town, case closed! Tickets from `20 are on sale now To be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets to the opening night of the show (April 10th), answer the following question. In the movie Legally Blonde, who plays Elle Woods? a) Renee Zellweger; b) Reese Witherspoon c) Cameron Diaz Answers by e-mail only to Please include your contact number Closing date for entries 1st April 2012.

The Dun Laoghaire Boat Jumble is back. A proven success in the past, the Boat Jumble is a car boot style market that provides a range of boating, sailing and water sports equipment and accessories, new and used; the essence of the market being value and quality. The RNLI will also be on hand to emphasise the safety aspect of all marine activity, checking Personal Flotation Devices. The Dun Laoghaire Boat Jumble is Sunday 25th March and prebooking for those who wish to sell is essential. Booking forms can be found on and limited catering is available on the day.

Loughlinstown in the swim

After 29 years, the Dun Laoghaire Leisure Services in Loughlinstown looks to be getting its pool. CEO of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Mr. Tom Mowlds, has stated that he expects the pool to be completed in November of this year. Mr. Mowlds told the Chamber that work is moving forward briskly on the 25m, six-lane swimming pool (including changing rooms), as well as four synthetic outdoor pitches, extended parking capabilities and other facilities for the gold standard rated centre. The pool will add to the Loughlinstown Leisure Centre as it is the only leisure centre in Leinster whose staff is trained in cardiac rehabilitation.

Booterstown student wins all-island writing award

Jillian Murphy, a student at St. Andrews College in Booterstown had a brush with the stars when she won the senior category of the recent all-island story writing competition, Tell the Future. The competition, presented by TV personality Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, is part of a pan-European environmental initiative ‘Future of Rural Energy in Europe’ (FREE) and supported in Ireland by Calor Gas, where students were encouraged to outline their vision of how to power Ireland’s homes, hospitals, factories and schools into the future in a sustainable way. Over 1000 entries were received for the competition from the 32 counties of Ireland.

New supermarket on cards for Dun Laoghaire

South County Dublin is to get a new ‘neighbourhood centre’, with Cosgrave Developments pressing ahead with plans to develop a new supermarket and shop units near Dun Laoghaire. Permission has been applied for the development of a 1,589sqm supermarket with the inclusion of seven shop units including mezzanine spaces providing 872 sqm of retail floor space at Honeypark, Glenageary Road Upper and Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire.


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