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Latest figures released in recent weeks by the CSO have shown that burglary is on the increase, while all other offences continue to decrease. The national report show that a total By Ed Diggins of 27,439 burglaries and related offences were reported in 2011, an "In addition to these measures, increase of 8 per cent on 2010. Alarmingly for locals however is the Operation Acer was established in fact that the majority of the increases March 2012 in response to the recent have taken place along the east coast increase in burglaries in the Dublin with almost 5,700 incidents reported Metropolitan Region (DMR). This compared to just 4,500 for the same operation provides both a preventative and detection element and focuses on period in 2010. The report also shows that 500 more geographical areas and specific tarincidents took place in the general gets," he said. “In combating burglaries in the R Dublin metropolitan area bringing the total to over 10,500. Figures had been District, local Garda management has showing a downward trend in both directed that regular patrols, regions prior to late 2009. Local politician Tommy Broughan has led the calls for Justice Minister Alan Shatter to introduce new measures to tackle this increase, especially in the local 'R' district of Dublin. In his response, Mr. Shatter (pictured) outlined the new measures. "You will be aware of the Commissioner’s recent announcement concerning the introduction of a new operation, Operation Fiacla, aimed at tackling mobile gangs involved in burglaries around the country, "said Minister Shatter.

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Community Policing Units, Detective Units and Special Resource Units conduct checkpoints in areas of high incidents and in areas identified through analysis as vulnerable to this type of crime. “In addition, enhanced case management has been introduced in relation to prolific offenders. This enables Gardaí to manage current charges before the Courts more effectively and to raise objections to bail on the grounds of re-offending, or on the basis of warrant history,” he said. “Another valuable tool being utilised by An Garda Síochána is the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR) present in Garda vehicles. This is being used to target suspect vehicles and routes used by criminals,” said deputy Shatter. On a more positive note, homicide offences were down 29.2%, the number of controlled drug offences was down 11.5%, public order offences saw a decrease of 10.8% while weapons and explosive offences were down 15.3%. A full breakdown of the figures for the Dublin north east region is expected in the near future.

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The Stability Treaty Referendum


1. Attracting Investment: Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is vitally important for the Irish economy. FDI companies support 250,000 jobs here, both directly and indirect. If we want to sustain this level of investment and help prevent our sons and daughters from emigrating by providing them with high quality jobs at home, we need to send out a clear message that Ireland is a stable economy at the heart of the Eurozone. We can only do this by voting Yes to the Stability Treaty. 2. Continuing our Recovery: Progress has been made over the last year on putting Ireland on a sustainable footing. But we still have a long way to go. Voting Yes to the Stability Treaty is a key step in our recovery, as we rebuild a working Ireland. A Yes vote will bring certainty, and the right conditions to attract investment and create jobs. 3. Access to Funding: By voting Yes, we will ensure we have access to the ESM, Europe’s new bailout fund, should we ever need it. The ESM is a bit like an insurance policy; we don’t want to use it, but having it there as an option gives us confidence and security. We will need to borrow €18 billion to run the country in 2014, after our current bailout ends. If we have trouble accessing this money on the markets and if we are cut off from the ESM, we would have to close the gap between what we take in in taxes and what we spend running the country overnight. This would lead to austerity far worse than anything already experienced by the Irish people. 4. Regaining our sovereignty: Voting Yes will make it easier for Ireland to exit our bailout programme and re-enter the international markets. This will allow us to regain our sovereignty and complete control over our financial affairs. Getting back into the markets and funding ourselves as a country will be made much easier by the confidence and stability a Yes vote will bring.


1. It won't work: It won't deal with the debt or banking crisis. It will deepen the recession and destabilize the currency. The Austerity Treaty will not solve the Eurozone crisis and will in fact make matters worse. It is bad economics and bad politics. It seeks to impose right wing austerity policies on Irish and EU governments for years to come. 2: More cuts: It means at least €6 billion more in cuts and taxes from 2015 on top of cuts in the next three budgets: New debt and deficit rules mean more taxes, more cuts to health and education and higher unemployment and emigration. Austerity isn’t working. Pumping billions into the banks isn’t working. And now Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil want us to support an Austerity Treaty that puts these policies into the constitution. It’s no surprise that Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour all support this Treaty. They all promised us Lisbon would bring us jobs and growth – it didn’t. And after all that, they still put the big banks before the public. 3: Less power: It hands even more economic power over to unelected officials in the European Commission: If the European Commission decides Ireland is breaking their rules they can force future Irish governments into an ‘economic partnership programme’ and dictate policy on tax and budgetary matters. The Irish government needs to start standing up for Ireland’s interests. Ireland’s position as a member of the EU and Eurozone is secure no matter what way we vote no the Austerity Treaty. 4: Risk of fines: It allows the European Court of Justice to impose fines of €160 million: The Treaty gives the European Court of Justice the power to determine whether we are obeying the debt and deficit rules and they can impose fines of up to €160 million (0.1% of GDP).

5. Good Housekeeping: Every mother knows that you have to have a good household budget to keep food on the table. In much the same way, the Stability Treaty requires countries in the Eurozone to stick to sensible budget rules, which will ensure that future Governments will not be able to make reckless economic decisions, like the ones that got us into our current situation. It means we will gradually reduce our debt, so that we can spend more of our taxes on public services, like schools and hospitals. Having a lower debt level is also good for the economy, growth and jobs.

5: A step too far: The Treaty is a step too far - it is binding and permanent. If the Irish people ratify this Treaty it can only be changed by a future referendum and with the agreement of the other EU states who signed up to it. Europe is deeply divided over this Treaty, with Labour parties in Germany, France and the Netherlands refusing to support it and with growing opposition from the trade union movement including the European Trade Union Confederation. There are more and more people across Europe calling for jobs and growth as a direct alternative to the policy of austerity, bank bailouts and cuts. This is your chance to say if you think the way to resolve Ireland’s current difficulties is through cuts and more bank bail-outs or through jobs and growth and sorting out the debt crisis.

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Green Scene The last few years have seen many of Ireland’s green energy entrepreneurs moving to the UK in response to the guarantee of fixed generous prices offered for renewable energy by the Labour government there. That was followed by a move back when the new Conservative/Liberal administration cut the guarantees. But this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a bright future for sustainable energy in Ireland. This year’s Energy Show saw Minister Rabbitte launching an impact report on Better Energy Workplaces 2011 which showed that the state’s €11 million investment to support 85 organisational energy upgrades, will be repaid in energy savings in one year. To add to the good news the SEAI published figures showing that the sustainable energy sector has already generated over 10,000 jobs and will have tripled that figure by 2020.

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We are proud to say we live in a democracy, but just how democratic is our society? How easy is it for the man (or woman) in the street to make their voice heard? We have a referendum this month but how many of us really understand the issues involved? Have we even read it? What direction should our democracy be going in and how can we steer it that way? After the Claiming our Future debate and a stream of other events and initiatives all aimed at improving the way in which we can make our society more genuinely democratic, the government proposed a very limited Constitutional Convention on which ordinary people might have some say.

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I’ve been thinking about what is happening to the sea and fishermen of late – maybe prompted by annual Lifeboat Collection which saw volunteers all over the country grateful that they had oilskins when they went out on the streets on one of the coldest and wettest days of what has been jokingly called spring. Back in March the Irish Examiner touched a sore nerve with Agriculture and the Marine Minister Simon Coveney when it that Ireland’s 'light touch' with fishery regulation was setting alarm bells ringing and that salmon farms, many unlicensed, have had a devastating impact on migratory fish stocks and water quality. The Minister, who is a keen supporter of fish farms, was quick to write to the paper’s letters page to say that Ireland has a ‘rigorous systems in place in consultation with the European Commission and we ensure that our best practice systems are rigorously enforced.’ Odd then that he told the Oireachtas last July that there are more than 520 licences outstanding, and that no licences have been issued in the last two years. Indeed he went so far as to say that: "many existing aquaculture operators are essentially operating outside of licence." Operating outside of license is of course another way of saying “breaking the law”. I’m wondering when he’s going to enforce the law and make fish

farms stick to those rigorous systems he’s so keen on. The relationship between the build up of sea lice on farmed fish, and the disappearance of wild salmon and trout from our rivers is not fully understood, but we do know there is one. If you want to know more about what lives in the sea, how fishing (and fish farming) can be made more sustainable, and how to protect sea life and the marine environment there’s a fascinating free seminar on Marine Biodiversity taking place in Dublin on Biodiversity Day, May 22nd. You can find full details and register at the Irish Wildlife Trust website - register by May 15th

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Facts on Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) There is a season This month, I thought I’d write about a medical condition known as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV. Officially diagnosed back in 1986, FIV is commonly associated with cats; a condition that often scares the wits out of concerned pet parents whom, once given the bad news, tend to panic, thinking their poor kitty has been handed a death sentence. In fact, with proper care and attention, many cats go on to live normal, happy lives; often to the ripe old age of 15 years. So, with that in mind, I thought I’d do a sort of FIV 101 for cat parents; just in case any readers had a kitty that’s recently been diagnosed with the disorder and were a bit confused regarding the myths and facts surrounding her condition. Is FIV like HIV? It belongs in the same group as the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV, so it gets a lot of negative press and is often referred to as Feline Aids. Can I/the kids/my dog catch it from my cat? No. It’s species specific. FIV cannot be transmitted to humans or to any other animals. So please don’t stop giving your kitty love and attention just because she’s been diagnosed with the condition. How did my cat catch the virus? Ever heard of a cat fight? Well that’s possibly how your kitty caught the virus. You see the virus

is present in the saliva and blood of infected cats; and although a very fragile virus, meaning it is unable to survive outside of the body making it difficult to pass from kitty to kitty; it can be passed through biting. What are the signs of FIV? A blood test is needed to ascertain infection so do go to your vet who will best advise. What is an infected cat’s life expectancy? Infected cats usually retain their strong immunity for years following infection and it’s usually some time before the symptoms begin to show. Most of them can be treated quite easily with prescribed medication. In fact, did you know, your cat is more likely to die as a result of a road traffic accident than to have her life ended as a result of FIV? How do I protect my cat? You could keep her indoors but possibly a tad dramatic. We would recommend you spay/neuter as it reduces the need to fight and wander, and it controls the population of stray cats. The information is a guideline only and is not a substitute for professional veterinary advice. For more information contact your log onto or email me at © Miriam Kerins, Head of Communications and Public Relations, Dublin SPCA.

Slowly but surely we're moving into summer, and with it we hope that we'll get some good weather. Earth travels round the Sun on a slightly elliptical orbit (like an oval) meaning it's not quite a perfect circle. This means that at one point in the orbit, Earth is at its closest to the Sun, and at the opposite point, it's at its furthest. Contrary to what you might think, our summer does not occur when the planet is at its closest. In the Northern Hemisphere where we're located on Earth, it actually happens when we are furthest away (in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, it would be winter for them). This is due to Earth's tilt. The North Pole doesn't point 'straight up', as it were, but instead it's at an angle. During summer in the Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun, whereas the South Pole is pointed away. Because the North is then exposed to much more sunlight, it gets warmer than the South, eventually resulting in warmer weather.

However, meteorological seasons come around about seven weeks later than astronomical seasons, thanks to this gradual warming. This is why astronomers will often say that spring begins at the start of February, while meteorologists will say that it begins at the start of March (these are convenient dates, rather than a proper seven weeks). This month, as the evenings get brighter, we can use the Moon as a signpost to see both Mars and Saturn in the evening skies. On May 4th and 31st the Moon will be right next to Saturn, and on May 28th it will be placed beside the Red Planet. Even a small telescope or binoculars will reveal the red disc of Mars and the rings and moons of Saturn.

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Shaping up slowly for the summer Gerry Norton, Living Landescapes, 97 Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 Tel: 087-2462724 or email

As I complete this month's article it’s wet and windy and really miserable outside and today is the first day of summer! ‘Shed not a clout ‘till May is out’ comes into mind. Shed not your thermal underwear and hat and several layers would be more appropriate. While I’m starting to accept all the austerity and doom and gloom that surrounds us at present I’m wondering what did we do to deserve this awful weather. Ah never mind. Us gardeners are made of sterner stuff so onward and upward. Vegging

The veg patch is looking a wee bit sorry for its self right now. The lettuces that I planted have been battered in the last week or so and the shoots of the early potatoes which are about four inches high look like they’ve been in a fight.

The lettuces will recover with a little bit of TLC and earthing up the potatoes will help to protect them. I have nothing else planted so far in the veg patch but my small plastic green house is alive with other seedlings which I hope may be able to go outside in a week or so. Careful on the lawn

The lawn which was rock hard not too long ago due to a lack of rain is now the opposite so be very careful when you are cutting the grass if you use a powered lawn mower. It’s very easy to do damage if the drive wheels can’t get traction, the resulting wheel spin will tear up the turf very easily. Keep Protect plants like Hostas and other tender plants from the feeding the lawn at this time of dreaded slugs and snails. I use year due to fast growth. pellets because they work. The early white clematis Montana is looking great at the moment bearing in mind that it was planted only two years ago to replace a very old Montana that died after the winter of 2010-2011. It is already covering a 20 foot wall. I have also planted recently a clematis called 'Early Sensation'.It has lovely small white flowers and I think it will be a slow grower rather than the Montana’s. My few Roses are all in bud and need little or no care except to keep any eye out for aphids. Check your tall roses and stake them if they are loose as roses don’t like their roots to be disturbed by the wind.

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The pond has started to come alive and the fish need regular feeding but only a few sticks is best. The Marsh marigolds are in great flower and will flower again in the autumn. Keep any eye out for cats as in my case I’ve lost a few fish to a local moggy rather than a heron. Remove blanket weed and duckweed as it will become a nuisance when it gets established. I usually added a plant or two every year and this year I’ve put in a water hyacinth 'Eichhornia crassipes' which is a tender floating plant. If readers have any tips for me to pass on or any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me. Finally folks, if you need any information on gardening or if you have any tips or suggestions which I can pass on, please send them to me at I would be delighted to quote for any/all of your garden requirements from set-up organic vegetable plots to restoration of neglected gardens, design, planting and maintenance. No charge for initial visit and I will travel within reason.

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Alan's family fortunes Where did you grow up? Ballyfermot. I lived in Enniscorthy for a brief time when I was 10 but I ran away, back to good ole Ballyer. What is the one thing you miss about being a child? Well, without sounding morbid, my parents. They died within six months of each other when I was 10. (That’s when I ran away from Enniscorthy, as I was sent there to live with my Big brother after they passed away). How would you describe yourself in three words? Genuine, loyal, loving. If you were a TV presenter, what would you do? I think I’d produce more shows. I star in the 'Cheerio’s' Panto in The Tivoli Theatre each year and co-produce it too. I'd definitely be happy producing or presenting Ireland AM. I’m learning my Panto script and songs, producing the Panto, starring in it twice a day for five weeks, then filming 25 episodes of Family Fortunes directly after it, was a bit manic. If I was just to produce, life might be simpler....but maybe not as much fun. Do you remember how old you were when you started caring about how you dressed? I think I’ve always cared about dressing to suit my shape. I've always liked dressing smart to head out at the weekend. I would like to see this trend of 'dressing down' disappear. I think people spend two hours getting ready to make it look like they haven’t tried. What are your favourite colours? I like blue. My eyes are blue so that colour works for me. I like purple and that was the colour scheme for our wedding, though I don’t wear purple very often. What is your favourite piece of clothing? M&S dress me for Ireland AM and recently I got the most beautiful distressed brown leather jacket. Karl wants it, so I have to keep an eye on it. Who do you consider great fashion icons? David Beckham springs to mind, though he could probably wear anything really. He does make an effort. I'm tired of very good looking celebs playing down their looks with grungy gear. People like Brad Pitt and Ashton Kutcher do this a lot. Smarten up lads!!!!! Describe what you like to wear for casual nights out? I like to wear jeans, a pair of converse runners, a nice shirt and a suit jacket.

Where do you normally shop for clothes? As I said, M&S dress me so I rarely need more clothes than they give me. I'll shop anywhere from Zara (though their sizes suit my hubby Karl, way more than me) to Penney’s. Ya have to love Penney’s. They are the first place I'll go to for holiday clothes and beach wear. River Island is good too. Favourite fashion designers/labels, describe? Lapel 1865 in Cork dressed us for The VIP Style awards in March. I am not big into labels....It's more important that the clothes fit me properly and suit my shape rather than being designer. You married Karl Broderick last year, who chose the suits? Andrea Roache introduced us to a guy named Pat Morley from Lapel 1865 who was interested in doing our suits. He was such a lovely, friendly guy. Karl looked up hundreds of images of suits on the internet, sent a few choices to Pat and when we met him we just loved his first choice for us. We didn’t even look at any others, we just knew. The suits were very important to us and we absolutely adored them. and Karl & myself were voted ' 'Ireland’s most stylish couple by the readers of VIP magazine and I think our wedding suits had a lot to do with this award What was the most memorable part of your wedding day? Luckily I remember it all, despite the fact we didn’t get it videoed. The church part was incredible. It was simple and beautiful and Brian Kennedy sang “Somewhere” from West Side story, which is Karl’s favourite song. I broke down crying and couldn’t get my vows out. Karl hugged me till I was ready to carry on; everyone was balling. When I eventually finished my vows, Karl came out with a gem when he simply said... "Folly That"...everyone roared laughing..through their tears. I wanted to do the church part all over again, minutes after we'd done it.

With his down to earth style of presenting, Alan Hughes is today one of Ireland's most popular TV stars on TV3's breakfast show, Ireland AM. 2011 was probably the most important year of Alan’s life after he married his partner after 18 years, Karl Broderick in what has been hailed as the 'Irish Celebrity Wedding of the Year'. After Karl and himself being voted 'Ireland’s most stylish couple' by the readers of VIP magazine last month, host of TV 3’s leading Saturday night show 'Family Fortunes' Alan took time out of his busy schedule to chat to Kevin O’Brien from Fashion. ie about his life and his love for fashion.

The Informer Interview pics of me in various costumes on our Panto site What do you look for when trying on clothes? I like clothes that are nicely tailored and feel good as well as look good. Do you shop for what's trendy or what works best for you? I shop for what suits my shape. I also try to be age appropriate too. I don't want to be mutton dressed as lizard.

How do you plan your outfits for TV appearances? Generally I try to put an outfit together the night before. I generally pay attention to the seasons and try to appear summery in hot weather and suitably wrapped up in winter.

What is the best fashion advice you've ever been given? Karl always says, the best thing to do it get in shape. If you're in shape you can wear a black plastic bag and still look well. It's easier said than done but it's the best advice.

Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunctions on stage? Once, in Panto I spilled red paint all over a costume while back stage in the dark. Our fabulous costume designer Florrie O'Brien ran me up a whole new costume by the time I was due back onstage 12 minutes later as Sammy Sausages (the character I've played in The Cheerio’s Panto for 0ver 10 years). You can see

Is there one fashion accessory that you simply can't live without? It's probably not a fashion accessory as such but Karl convinced me to get an iPhone. I resisted for so long but it only took hours for me to fall in love with it. Interviewed supplied courtesy of Ireland’s leading fashion website www.

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All about Dublin 1

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Firsthand History

First impressions of 1800s Dublin This an excerpt from 'Travels and Sketches of Scenery,' published by W. & R. Chambers, London, in 1855. The Irish section was written in 1853:"When we reach Dublin, the very first fact which strikes upon the attention is, that Dublin is one of the 'cardrivingest' places (to use Thackeray's expression) ever seen. We are beset on all sides by cars, of which there are no less than 1500 in Dublin - a larger number than the omnibuses and cabs of London combined, relatively to the population... The Jarveys are dashing about from morning till night; their horses and harness nothing to boast of, and the men themselves rather seedy in appearance. The whole body are kept under stringent police regulations; and the fares, both within and near Dublin, are kept down with a tolerably tight hand. The banks of the Liffey are lined on both sides with granite quays for miles, and there are in various quarters public buildings of great majesty and beauty. Yet with all this, Dublin presents

strange contradictions. The dirt and squalor, and rags and misery, are in close proximity with the splendour. The two cathedrals are hemmed in with wretched streets; and the Castle, where the lord-lieutenant has his official residence, is not far distant. In walking, too, from the noble Sackville Street to the noble Phoenix Park, parallel with, but a little northward of the river, we go through a district in which he who is bereft of smell will be temporarily fortunate. Bare brown legs and dirty brown faces and ragged backs are at a premium. The rambler from England sees women carrying about placards - a work which with us is performed by men; he sees women squatting before the doors, and men lolling against door-posts, and children playing with the pigs; he sees very few butchersshops, but very many spirit-shops; and he sees - not perhaps so much rollicking fun as Irish writers talked about in past years, but a good deal of shrewdness and enjoyment."

n 'Royal Hospital and Inmates, Kilmainham.' Hely's postcard, printed in Germany. Postally used in 1907. Very much like the Chelsea Pensioners - the Royal Hospital remained an old soldiers' home until 1927.

Lesser Known Dubliners Dudley Loftus was born about 1618 at his father's castle (built by his greatgrandfather Archbishop Loftus) at Rathfarnham, near Dublin. He took his degree of B.A. at Trinity College, and finished his studies at Oxford in 1639. When the 1641 Rebellion began he returned home and successfully commanded troops when Rathfarnham Castle was under siege. The castle did, however, change hands between warring factions several times before being returned to the Dudley family at the end of the English Civil War in 1651. In his lifetime he was acclaimed as a linguist (according to one account he

Dudley Loftus

knew 20 languages by the same age), translating from Ethiopic, Armenian, Syriac, Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian texts. He served four times as a Member of Parliament and represented Fethard (County Wexford) between 1692 and 1693. He was also Vicar General of Ireland, Judge of the Prerogative Court of Ireland, and Senior Master of Chancery. Despite his many accomplishments, Archbishop Marsh wrote of him that "he never knew so much Learning in the Keeping of a Fool". (Even so, the archbishop collected the majority of

Loftus' manuscripts and housed them in Marsh's Library, next to St. Patrick's Cathedral, where they can be seen to this day.) When he was 76 he married a second wife, and died the following year, June 1695 He is interred in the family vault in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

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LEAFLETS New debt laws to be introduced DELIVERED with Noreen Maguire

The bankruptcy laws in Ireland will be significantly overhauled when the Personal Insolvency Legislation becomes law later this year. The proposed reforms included in the new legislation include non-judicial debt settlement. An independent body or insolvency service will be set up to maintain a register of any settlement arrangements. This will give the debtors and creditors an option of coming to arrangements without going to court. It should also put pressure on creditors to negotiate with the debtor, as in the alternative, the debtor may choose the bankruptcy route, which potentially leaves the creditor with nothing. There will be 3 non-judicial arrangements: 1. The first is a Debt Release Certificate (DRC). To be eligible, debtors must have unsecured debts of €20,000 or less (not including secured debts, eg mortgages, Court fines and family maintenance payments), a monthly disposable income of €60 or less after provision for ‘reasonable’ living circumstances and assets of €400. 2. The second is a Debt Settlement Arrangement (DSA), which allows for settlement of unsecured debt of €20,001 and over. Note that this arrangement has no effect on secured debt. A DSA requires the approval of 65 per cent in value of qualifying creditors, and a debtor can apply to the Insolvency Service for a protective certificate that will generally last for 30-40 working days to prevent enforcement while proposals are being made to reach a DSA. Failure to agree a DSA will leave the debtor vulnerable to bankruptcy. 3. Finally, a Personal Insolvency Arrangement (PIA), which applies to secured debt, will normally run for six years. Again, it must be supported by at

least 65 per cent of creditors (at least 75 per cent of secured creditors and 55 per cent of unsecured creditors in terms of value). It will deal with debt between €20,001 to a ceiling of €3 million. A PIA can only be entered into once in a lifetime and can only be proposed if the debtor is insolvent and is unlikely to become solvent over a period of time. It must only be proposed if a DSA would not be appropriate to restore the person to solvency over a 5-year period. An obvious problem with the new legislation is that, while there is a facility for write-down of secured debt, the banks are not obliged to writedown this debt. Some believe this means the law lacks teeth, but it is hoped the new laws will give the Banks an incentive to engage with debtors. If a settlement cannot be reached, the Bill also trys to bring the Bankruptcy Laws into the twentyfirst century. Under the new law, the minimum debt for which bankruptcy can be petitioned will be €20,001 and the automatic discharge period has been reduced from 12 years to 3 years. Also, the discharge can be delayed in circumstances where the Bankrupt has been found to be fraudulent during the bankruptcy process. Despite its critics, the legislation is a positive move in the right direction. With legal alternatives in place, the banks will be forced to consider solutions with customers who are in difficulty. Noreen Maguire is a solicitor with Maguire Muldoon Solicitors, 34 Gledswood Park, Clonskeagh, D14. Tel (01) 296 4266 E-mail: Web:

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All about Dublin 2 A Place in the City In 1831, the Burial Committee of the Catholic Association bought nine statute acres in Glasnevin adjoining the old residence of the poet Thomas Tickell. The following February the Roman Catholic Glasnevin Cemetery opened and was originally called Prospect Cemetery. For many years before its opening the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, had strenuously negotiated for a burial place for the people of north Dublin. Many mass graves were opened for victims of disease, including cholera and smallpox. There was also a large, unmarked pauper's grave. Many of the country's leading patriots are buried in the cemetery. In 1847 when Daniel's O'Connell died in Genoa his remains were returned to Dublin. The streets were lined as his cortege made its way to Glasnevin Cemetery. He was buried in a vault and later a 160 foot high round tower was erected in his memory. The next big funeral occurred in 1891 when Charles Stewart Parnell died. He was buried close to O'Connell, his grave is marked - at his request - by boulder. From 1916 there were a series of funerals through the streets as the Volunteers and leaders were brought to the final resting place. In 1917 Michael Collins gave the oration at the grave of hunger striker, Thomas Ashe. The biggest funeral since Parnell's came in 1922 following the death of Michael


Glasnevin Cemetery Collins. His body was brought by sea to Dublin and thousands marched behind the gun carriage carrying his coffin through the streets of Dublin to the cemetery. In 1965, following long negotiations with the British authorities, Roger Casemen's remains were returned to Dublin and interred in Glasnevin. In the Hades chapter of James Joyce's Ulysses Leopold Bloom watched as Paddy Dignam's coffin was taken from the hearse in the cemetery. In 1980 Dublin City Council gave planning permission for a crematorium - the first in Ireland, it opened in 1982. An excerpt from 'Dublin's North Coast Drumcondra - Clontarf - Howth - Malahide,' with text by Arthur Flynn and paintings by Margaret Roche. Published by Cottage Publications it costs around e22.

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Flashing the summer flesh With summer looming it’s time to think about flashing some flesh. But skin that’s been kept under wraps for months won’t necessarily be at its best, even if you have been taking care of it throughout the winter. Nothing says you're embracing summer more than a sun-kissed glow. Tanning guru, Marissa Carter, owner of A-list beauty spa Carter Beauty and specialists in spray tanning has rounded up some top pro self-tanning tips. According to Marissa two of the biggest tanning faux pas when making the transition from Spring to Summer are a lack of skin preparation and going too quickly from pale to tanned. Make sure to do it gradually and no-one will suspect that you’ve been faking it. Also invest time in prepping skin before hand to ensure that self tan has an even base. 1. Prep Skin Patches of old, dead skin will absorb the tan which can lead to spots and streaks. To ensure an even tan, drybrush before you shower or use an exfoliating mitt with an oil-free body wash to get rid of any dead skin 2. Be Bare After you shower stay away from any sprays or deodorants as the spray tan can turn your skin a green-grey colour when the tan hits your deodorant. A spray tan works

best when it’s applied on dry, freshly cleaned and exfoliated skin so avoid wearing any essential oils, perfume or body lotions. 3. Vaseline is Your Friend If you suffer from dark circles around your eyes, apply vaseline to the area before getting sprayed. This will act as a barrier to the tan and means the skin around your eyes won't darken further. If you have fair eyebrows, apply some vaseline through them too so the tan doesn't make them go orange. 4. Get Your Timing Right Waxing, threading or tweezing should all be done at least 24 hours before a spray tan. Hair removal that tears hair out of the follicle can leave the follicles open which means the tan can pool creating tiny dark spots which can cause an uneven colour. Carter Beauty use their own formulation and will assess your own skin tone to make sure the tan matches your skin and there isn’t a tango tan in sight. Made in Ireland the Carter Beauty tan comes in 3 shades-Light, medium and dark- 8, 10 & 12% DHA respectively. Carter Beauty Spray Tan is ₏15. Carter Beauty is based at 40 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01-2103624

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A moment in time

Remembering Zozimus

"Blind Zozimus," who may be regarded as the most popular of Dublin's street people - a composer and reciter of ballads sacred and profane - is surrounded as usual by a group of young and old. His long-tailed coat is closely buttoned over his chest, as if to conceal the absence of a shirt, and his faithful stick, secured by a leather thong, dangles from his wrist in readiness to avenge any undue familiarities. Probably the poet is croaking forth his favourite eulogy on the illustrious St. Patrick:Saint Patrick was a gintleman, And come of dacent people, In Dublin town he built a church, And on it built a steeple, or perhaps he is exercising his lungs on the still more popular effusion, "Moses in the bulrushes," one which will never grow stale:In Egypt's land, upon the banks of Nile, King Pharaoh's daughter went to bath in style; She tuk her dip, then walked unto the land, And to dry her royal pelt,

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she ran along the strand. A bullrush tripped her, whereupon she saw A smiling babby in a wad o' straw. She tuk it up, and said with accents mild, "Tare-an-ages, girls, which o' yez owns the child?" "Is there a crowd about me now?" "Any blackguard heretic around me" were the usual queries with which Zozimus prefaced his opening remarks. These were generally followed up by the maxim, "Our buzzum friends become our greatest backbiters." The peculiar shrugging of his shoulders and wriggling of his body which accompanied the comical upturning of his sightless eyes, as he mouthed out his favourite proverb, was most ludicrously impressive, but whether these gyrations were intended purely for effect, and originated in a desire to "suit the action to the word," I do not pretend to say. Taken from The Shamrock, Dublin, Saturday, November 12, 1850. Zozimus had died four years earlier, aged about 61.

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Ask the Could I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Pharmacist

Q: I have had periodic diarrhoea for some time, which has gotten more frequent over the past few months. It is unpredictable and can be embarrassing and really quite uncomfortable when it comes on, with severe cramping pains. Sometimes I take Imodium to stop the diarrhoea but I’m not sure if this is really the best thing. I think it might be irritable bowel syndrome. Is there anything more suitable that I could take?

A: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a very common disorder where the bowel reacts to relatively normal or benign stimuli, like the presence of food or gas, by going into spasm. This spasm often causes diarrhoea with painful cramping sensations, although constipation can also be a problem with IBS sufferers. This may alternate with diarrhoea. Bloating and excess gas can also be symptoms of IBS. While the most likely explanation of your symptoms is indeed IBS, it would be advisable to visit your GP to rule out other potential causes. Frequent diarrhoea could also potentially be a sign of an inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s Disease or colon cancer. If IBS is indeed the cause of your symptoms, your doctor would be able to prescribe medicines only available on prescription. However, IBS can often be treated effectively using over the counter medicines. Possible stress

Stress can often be a significant factor the development of IBS. If you have been under a lot of stress over the past few months, this may be an explanation of why your condition appears to have worsened in that time. Your

doctor may decide that a course of antidepressants may be suitable, even if you are not feeling depressed. Imodium acts to stop diarrhoea by causing constipation and would not usually be recommended to treat IBS. Colpermin Capsules are an effective treatment for IBS. They contain peppermint oil which gently relaxes the muscles in the bowel, preventing diarrhoea, cramping, bloating and constipation. They are best taken about half an hour before meals. You may see pure peppermint oil available as an aromatherapy oil, but this is not suitable to take by mouth. It is difficult to accurately measure a dose of the oil and peppermint oil can be highly toxic in overdose. Also, Colpermin are formulated to only release the oil in the place where it’s needed, thus preventing heartburn which can be a problem with other peppermint oil formulations. Other steps you could take help treat your symptoms include taking a high strength probiotic supplement, drinking plenty of water, increasing the amount of fibre in your diet and cutting down on fatty or spicy foods. You may also benefit from taking a food intolerance

test. IBS can be caused, at least in part, by an intolerance to certain foods. This is different to a food allergy, which will produce symptoms in seconds or minutes and in extreme cases by the life threatening. A food intolerance occurs when “fragments” of food pass into the bloodstream without being broken down, which the body then attacks as “invaders”. This produces chronic, delayed symptoms which can be difficult to diagnose as offending foods can react hours or days after being eaten. As well as causing gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating or diarrhoea, a food intolerance can cause a range of other symptoms such as migraines, fatigue, acne, fluid retention and rheumatism. Food intolerance test

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Getting Ready for a Blue Summer With the National leagues over in Gaelic Games it is now time to look ahead to Championship 2012. Last year was an excellent year for Dublin teams and we hope this Summer will be no different. Already the Dublin Under 21 footballers are in the All-Ireland final where they are up against Roscommon. No doubt you have that result now as at a time of going to press the game was on the Sunday after but regardless of if they won or lost getting to the final is a great achievement. senior footballers Most of the support as usual will be for the Dublin senior footballers who this year have the task of retaining their title. No pressure lads !! Since the rise of Kevin Hefferan’s teams of the 70’s, the support the Dublin footballers have received has be phenomible and the coffers of the GAA would be less off without it. Look at this year’s league semi finals and finals attendances. No Dubs and attendances at just over 11,000 for the semi finals and 22,000 for the Division 1 & 2 finals combined. The Dubs bring the crowds and the colour. back to back titles Putting back to back titles will be difficult. The City & County went ballistic

last September when we finally managed to bring Sam Maguire back after a sixteen year wait. But Pat Gilroy has a squad of players now that could just do the impossible in some people’s eyes. Ok, the league form was in flits and starts but championship is different. In Leinster Kildare, the new Division 2 league champions will pose the biggest threat. Kieran Mc Geeney’s men have threatened over the last few years to win a Leinster title. Dublin begin their defence on Sunday 3rd June with a 4pm throw in time when they take on the winners of the Westmeath/ Louth clash. minor football On the minor football front Dublin accounted for Carlow in the 1st round winning by as huge margin. They now await the winners of Laois and Longford with the game to be played at Parnell Park on Saturday 19th May at 7pm. Dessie Farrell will be hoping to go one further this year than last when Dublin were defeated in the All-Ireland final by Tipperary. Dublin hurlers The Dublin hurlers’ league campaign this year unfortunately ended in relegation from Division 1B however one must take in a number of factors for

this. The team was plagued by injuries although it did give an opportunity for new talent to emerge. Also they lost a couple of games by a single point and drew with Tipperary despite playing well. These results could have gone their way. However the table doesn’t lie and a heavy to defeat to Galway in their replayed relegation battle was tough justice having won the league title last year. They now have to put any negatives thoughts out of their minds as they approach the championship. The ‘3 Cruciates’, Stephen Hiney, Conal Keaney and Tomas Brady as manager Anthony Daly refers to them will be back in action although after the first round of club championship games more players suffered injuries. They take on the winners of the winners of Laois/Carlow in Tullamore on Saturday 2nd June at 5pm. minor hurlers The Dublin minor hurlers were in action last weekend, a game that wasn’t yet played as we went to press. If they lost they are out again on Saturday 12th May but if they won they will be playing on the 24th June. Like their football counterparts they reached the All-Ireland final last year so hope-

fully manager Shay Boland will take them further this year. Ladies football In Ladies football, Dublin bowed out of the league at the semi final stage losing out to Monaghan. This is manager Peter Clarke’s first year in charge and he has made many adjustments to last year’s panel. Dublin lost out to Cork, the eventual winners in last year’s championship quarter –finals. This year they begin their Leinster campaign on Sunday 24th June against Kildare. the Camogie front On the Camogie front, Dublin with a young squad under the manager Denis Murphy acquitted themselves quite well in the league. They will be in action on Saturday 12th May against Wexford in the Leinster Championship semi final in Gorey. Their All-Ireland series of games sees them in a group with Kilkenny, Offaly, Clare and Wexford with their two home games against Kilkenny on the 23rd June and Clare on Saturday 14th July. So another busy schedule ensues for our inter county teams. If you can support them in any of the fixtures I am sure it would be greatly appreciated. Here’s looking to another successful Blue Summer.


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Parnell’s Juvenile GAA club race night

The juvenile board of Parnell’s GAA club has announced details of their upcoming race night, which will take place on Friday the 15th of June. The event is being run to raise funds specifically for all juvenile team and will take place in the new clubhouse. Race cards are currently being circulated to the coaches and mentors of each team. The club is asking all parents and families of the team members to support the cause by buying a horse, trainer or jockey. Each place on the race card costs just €10 and all winning horses, trainers and jockeys will receive prizes on the night. Anybody interested in sponsoring the night or supporting in any other way is asked to contact Rosaleen Redmond on 0868395541 or visit for more information.

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Local TD Dessie Ellis has slammed the latest controversy surrounding Priory Hall after a national newspaper report suggested the banks would not be willing to engage in a new conciliation process with the residents of the maligned complex. The ongoing saga took another twist this month after the Supreme Court proposed the mediation between all parties including the residents, Dublin City Council and all financial stakeholders under the chairmanship of retired judge Mr Justice Joseph Finnegan. “The residents of Priory Hall have been very badly treated and have struggled hard to get to this point. They have lost their homes to the corruption of a developer and the failure of the state to properly regulate. Now they are being snubbed by the banks that they are in debt to for a home they no longer have,” said Deputy Ellis. “I welcome the initiative of the conciliation process proposed by the court and call on the IBF and the banks who lent to Priory Hall residents, including those in public hands, to engage with it,” he said. Reacting to widespread public criticism after the report, a spokesperson for AIB however moved to dismiss the claims and said that the bank is currently engaging with the residents. “A report that AIB has refused to take part in a conciliation process concerning Priory Hall residents is incorrect. AIB is supporting all customers in Priory Hall who have sought assistance from the bank and AIB is happy to engage fully with the new process,” the statement said. No statement of intent has yet been made clear by other the financial bodies involved in the saga.

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Researchers at the DCU laboratories are currently developing a blood test that is hoped will lead to early increased levels of early detection of bowel cancel. Bowel cancer is one of Ireland’s deadliest illnesses with over 2,000 people contracting the disease every year. If detected early however, the cancer is treatable and those at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at the university believe that their current project could lead to increased chances of a healthy recovery for its patients. Speaking to the national media, senior researcher Dr Gregor Kijanka outlined the necessity for early action if certain symptoms occur. “Typically patients who experience the symptoms of bowel cancer may visit their doctor when they have a number of complaints such as a change in bowel habit; passing blood in the stool; feeling of fullness after going to the toilet; or pain in the lower abdomen,” said Dr Kijanka. He said that the vision for their current research is that by applying the blood tests at an early stage to those showing early symptoms, it will hopefully become clear if the cancer is a risk or even in the early stages of development. Trials of the test are due to be run over the next 18 months, with funding being provided by the Irish Cancer Society. There was also good news for the university at the recent Smedia awards which recognises the student media talent throughout the country. A total of seven awards were captured on the night, five of which went to DCUfm. Darren Regan scooped the best Radio DJ award whiles the gongs for Radio - Arts/Features, Radio - News/ Current Affairs, Best Written/Audio/ Visual work on Science or Education, the People's Choice Award, Iriseoireacht i nGaeilge and Journalism relating to road safety all came to the northside campus.

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