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49 jailed in 2008, 75 in 2009, 152 in 2010, 182 in 2011 and 272 in 2012
Tallaght TD Sean Crowe has described as "extremely worrying" the jailing of nineteen local people for the non-payment of TV licences. According to reports, nineteen By Rachel Murray individuals from the locality were recently summoned to Tallaght facing jail time," Deputy Crowe Garda Station over fines associated said. with the non-payment of TV He said he is aware of a number licences. of cases whereby people are turnDeputy Crowe said the locals ing to unlicensed money lenders in were loaded onto a minibus at the order to avoid going to prison. station and transported to Mountjoy “The idea of sending people to Prison to serve a sentence from jail is an uncomfortable reality but four hours to a week. I personally don’t believe that Unlicensed money lenders sending someone to prison for a “I believe that many of those victimless crime like the non-payheading to jail were not aware that ment of a licence does anything to they are entitled to apply for more enhance or protect our justice systime to pay their fine either through tem. It is clear that the legislation the court were they were convicted to allow for structured weekly or or through the appeals court. I am monthly payments of these fines getting reports of people being needs to be prioritised," Deputy summoned even though they do Crowe said. not live in the house where the telRisen steadily evision or radio is alleged to be and The number of people being in one case where the wife of a wheelchair bound man (who is jailed for non-payment of TV entitled to a free licence) is also licence fines has risen steadily
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since 2008. According to recent figures released by the Irish Prison Service, 49 people were jailed in 2008, 75 in 2009, 152 in 2010, 182 in 2011, and 272 in 2012. Meanwhile, the Government recently announced that the television licence fee will be replaced by a new Public Service Broadcasting Charge. Regardless Under the new plan, every household in the country will have to pay the charge, regardless of whether or not they have a TV. Commenting on the charge, Minister for Communications, Pat Rabbitte, said, "I don't believe that people live in huts and I don't believe people don't access public service broadcasting. It's not some of us that should pay for it. All of us should pay for it. We should not have freeloaders." It is understood that the new charge, when it comes in to effect, will not exceed the current €160-ayear licence fee.
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MAKING DUBLIN FIT FOR CYCLING: The hugely successful Dublin Bikes scheme was a Labour initiative. Labour Mayors are committed to delivering a Dublin-wide cycle network that will further enhance Dublin as a bikefriendly city. This attractive cross-city route will reach along the coast from Balbriggan to Sandycove and then on to new cycle trails in the Dublin Mountains. It will enhance our city’s sustainable transport profile and tourism potential. Labour Mayors will also prioritise new routes along the canals to connect our city in a cycle-friendly way and enhance Dublin’s cycling tourism and recreational potential. ENSURING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: Dublin plays a key role as the engine of economic growth for Ireland and Labour is deeply committed to supporting jobs and growth across the Dublin Region. In driving our jobs and economic development approach, Labour Mayors will ensure that all development is sustainable, that the region’s green lungs are protected and that past planning mistakes are not repeated.
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ENHANCING YOUTH, HERITAGE & CULTURAL SERVICES: Labour Mayors believe that Dublin’s incredible historical and cultural heritage must be protected and promoted. It is important that this is done in a way which engages with Dublin’s significant population of young people. Labour Mayors will prioritise the rollout of a number of successful reading and library initiatives with schools and libraries across the Dublin Region. In the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, Labour Mayors will also work with schools to promote awareness of this crucial event in the history of Dublin and Ireland.
Good news! This is the number of people who found new jobs every week for the past year in Ireland. The numbers employed in Ireland has reached 1,869,900 an increase of 32,000. The Irish economy has finally turned the bend and is producing new jobs. Allied to the rise in the property market, indications are that confidence is rising. Hopefully, this new confidence will encourage people to spend again adding new jobs to the statistics.
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Tallaght In Brief... Illegal cigarettes popular in Tallaght
Smokers in Tallaght are among the biggest users of illegal cigarettes, according to a recent report. The report, which gathered data by analysing 5000 used packs of cigarettes to determine if tax had been paid on them, found that the level of illegal cigarettes in Ireland remains high. According to the report, conducted by market survey firm MS Intelligence, the level of tax avoidance on tobacco for the second quarter of this year was 27.9%. The highest incidence of the use of illegal cigarettes was measured in Tallaght and Drogheda, both of which had an average of 32.8% for the second quarter of this year. They were followed by Athlone at 32.4% and Ennis at 32.3%. Cork was above the national average at 30.3% NIDP (Non Irish Duty Paid), while Dublin and Limerick were slightly below at 27.4% and 27.2% respectively. A spokesperson for the Irish Tobacco Manufacturers Advisory Committee, said: "These figures confirm what we had expected. The attractiveness of the illegal tobacco market remains extremely high and will continue to attract members of the public who can purchase illegal tobacco at half the price of legitimate product. The spokesperson added: "Despite the Government efforts and initiatives, we have not got to grips with the problem of illegal tobacco in this country. We have the second highest cost for a pack of legal cigarettes in the EU but consumers can easily obtain a pack of illegal cigarettes in their local area for half the price. The figures reflect this. We also have tobacco criminals who view Ireland as a haven. Low
with Martin Flanagan fines of a couple of thousand euro, fines that many of them will easily make in a day, coupled with a high demand for low cost cigarettes. "The Government seems to feel that increasing legislation around legitimate tobacco products will actually help decrease the number of smokers, but what they continue to ignore is that much of the illegal product does not adhere to any new Irish legislation and undermines all measures seeking to reduce consumption."
New app provides comprehensive directory of mental health services
South Dublin County Council, in partnership with Comhairle na nÓg, has launched an app known as MIndMindR that provides a comprehensive directory of Mental Health services and resources for South Dublin County. Using the latest smartphone technology, the MindMindR app will enable users to quickly gain access to information on a range of mental health services available in their local area, concentrating mainly on Tallaght, Clondalkin, Lucan and Rathfarnham areas. Emergency contact and service details for national services are also listed for information purposes, and services within the South Dublin County map boundary are mapped to enable the user to navigate to the address of the service they require. The Android version is now available from Google Play. The Apple iPhone version is also available from itunes.
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Allowance for the 2013/14 school year is still open for applications until the end of September. The allowance helps families meet the cost of uniforms and footwear for children going to school. The scheme operates from June to September each year. The payment rates for the 2013 Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance scheme are €100 in respect of children aged 4 to 11 on 30th September 2013 and €200 for children aged 12 to 22 on 30th September 2013. If you think you might be eligible for the allowance, applications are available in all social welfare local offices and online at www.welfare.ie.
On Friday 4th of October the referendum on the abolition of the Senate and the Court of Appeal will be held. With the total electorate currently standing at 3.1 million, every Irish citizen who is 18 years of age and included in the register of electors can vote. If you are eligible but unregistered then you can apply up to Tuesday 17 September 2013 to your local authority for entry on the supplement to the register of electors to be published before polling day and so be able to vote on 4 October 2013. Application forms (RFA2) can be downloaded from www.checktheregister.ie or can be obtained from local councils.
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Waste not, want not
So that rare phenomenon, summer in Ireland, is over, schools are back, and it is time to reflect, regroup, and look at where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going. For sure, very few of us has more disposable income than we had this time last year, and I doubt if the rumoured rise in Dublin house prices is going to make any of us rich. Nonetheless, maybe because we all got a bit of sun on our faces this summer, there seems to be a general feeling that things are not quite as desperate as they were for most of us. Not for all of us – I’m well aware that many people can’t afford the roof over their heads, or for that matter the family food bills – but I seem to be overhearing more positive than negative conversations these days even from flat broke parents trying to cope with back to school costs. (And there is great information on how to cope with those and how to produce good lunch box food on a tiny budget from www.wholesome. ie).
Finding a VOICE
In this more positive world lots of people are looking for ways to save money that impact positively on our environment. One organisation that’s great for looking at simple ways communities can make things better from the ground up is VOICE – the Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment. Their campaigns are always about what people can do in their own lives that will improve things at home and in the wider community, and what they really know about is waste and how to prevent it. By developing pilot schemes with existing grass
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Of course, those of us in the Dublin area are now breaking the law if we send waste food to landfill. I hadn’t realised that until I spoke to Mindy of VOICE and I’m prepared to bet that most of the rest of you hadn’t either. From July 13th we have had to either recycle all food waste through our brown bins or compost it at home. And council workers have the right to come and check up on what we are doing – they can ask to see our compost heaps and other recycling methods If we are too lazy to do it properly and are putting food waste in the black bin there is a €75
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By Kathy Marsh, Sonairte on the spot fine. The regulations are being gradually rolled out, starting with communities of over 20,000 and gradually working down to the tiniest villages by 2016.
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Meanwhile, I have to ask why food waste is still not being used for power generation using anaerobic digestion. Nor is it being reprocessed for animal feeds. Surely we are a sufficiently mature society to avoid the scandals that arose in food re-processing in the past. I was shocked to find that under Department of Agriculture regulations the members of Balbriggan Community Allotments pig club were not allowed to feed leftovers from their own kitchen, perfectly suitable for human consumption, to the five Tamworth pigs they raised over the summer that are now residing safely in the club members' freezers. You can download information on composting from the VOICE website voiceireland.org, or from the EPAs Stop Food Waste website www.stopfoodwaste.ie where you can also learn about setting up a master composting scheme in your own community.
Money saving courses
If you are trying to save a few pennies by making home made cider or preserving all those delicious vegetables you grew in your garden or allotment there are two upcoming courses at Sonairte that might be right up your street. On Friday September 20th David Llewellyn, well known producer of excellent fruit, juices, vinegar, wine and cider will lead a one day cider making course. And you even get to take 9 pints of fresh
pressed cider home with you, while on Saturday 28th September Hans Wieland of the Organic Centre in Leitrim and Garrai Glas fame will demonstrate traditional and modern methods of food preservation including, for the health conscious, pickling and preserving without sugar. And you get to taste some of the finished products. It’s amazingly easy when you know how. Full details at www.sonairte.ie
Tough going on the bogs
Elsewhere, the news continues to be bad for Irish bogs. The government has made endless commitments to end turf cutting on the small area of raised bogs that remains, so that the increasingly endangered wildlife and plants can survive – a treasure that should surely belong to the people of Ireland and the world. But the handful of individuals and companies that own this land continue to defy national and EU law and we have once again been treated to the spectacle of the Gardai standing and watching as turf is stripped, occasionally by hand but more often by machine, despite the availability of compensation packages. Although we are all going to have to pay EU fines neither the Department of Justice nor the National Parks and Wildlife Service seems to be willing to take action. Can this be because so many members of Fine Gael hail from the rural West? I wouldn’t like to think so but I can’t help wondering. I certainly resent paying for their pusillanimity. At least 30 of the 53 protected bogs have been vandalised this summer. What puzzles me even more is why so many in the media appear to sympathise with the perpetrators – surely they aren’t falling for the little old lady with a slean mythology that the contractors association tries to feed us?
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Angler's Angles with Keith McDonnell
Sometimes it’s not about catching fish
It’s been a generally poor season for trout and lake. I looked at the bus loads of tourists coming to salmon angling this year. While I have had occasional spend a day out in this magnificent country and success it has been mostly difficult to coax fish into realised that I was privileged to be able to go afloat taking a fly. This can be attributed mainly to an on this lake in surroundings that haven’t changed abnormally cold spring followed by very little rain much since the last ice age. I spent some time taking during the summer. photos but really I couldn’t do justice to the beauty of When my wife asked me what I’d like for my this place. birthday in August the answer was simple: “two Having packed up for the long drive back to Dublin days off to go fishing please”. I had my favourite I decided to have a quick look at the river which fishery in mind, Kylemore in Connemara. In particular, drains the entire Kylemore system into the sea. The drifting the north shore of the upper Kylemore lake river was very low and it was possible to sneak up to where the next pull on my flies could be just a small the pools and watch shoals of salmon sitting in crystal brown trout, a 3lbs seatrout or a large Salmon. In the clear water. I couldn’t resist casting to them and it was weeks prior to the trip I tied all manner of flies, big an amazing experience to watch the reaction of the and small in preparation and had plenty of daydreams fish snapping and turning at the fly but conditions about large silver fish taking my flies with abandon. Kylemore is a fishery that has been having exceptional prevented a solid hook up. For further information on Kylemore Fishery see fishing and a call to Nigel Rush the fishery manager the week before fishing told us that a number of www.kylemorefishery.ie . anglers were catching up to 6 fish in a day! Keith McDonnell is a fly fishing guide and One of the reasons I love fishing at Kylemore is instructor and big trout nut based in Dublin. that the seatrout are normally very free rising and will www.fluffchucker.com keep you amused while waiting for a salmon to take. The first day was fairly unfruitful with one salmon briefly hooked and a small sea trout. The only excitement was feeding a shoal of trout at the bridge in Kylemore Abbey, they have grown large by adapting to eating bread thrown off the bridge by tourists feeding the birds! On day 2 I hooked a second salmon and Iost him close to the boat. We stopped at midday for a coffee on the lake shore and it was only then that I realised where I was. I looked around me and saw sheer cliffs, mountains, and the small spawning streams flowing into the n Upper Kylemore Lough
The sky over Dublin with Conor Farrell, Astronomy Ireland
Astronomy just using your eyes The nights are now getting darker earlier as we make our way into autumn, and by 9:30pm it’s already quite dark outside. But as we wave goodbye to the summer we can say hello to stargazing season! With longer, darker nights over the winter, it’s much easier for us to see the wonders in the sky. If you’re starting out with stargazing, the best thing to use is your own eyes – there is no need for a telescope or anything yet. What you will need, however, is some warm clothes. The best thing is to wear multiple layers, especially during deep winter, as this traps more air close to your body and keeps you warmer. Don’t forget to wear a hat and gloves, too. When you go outside, give your eyes about 10 minutes to adjust to the darkness. This will allow you to see fainter objects in the sky. Don’t look at any bright lights – including your phone! – as this will ruin your night vision and you will have to wait several more minutes to readjust. If you need to, wrap a torch in red cellophane, as red light won’t affect your night vision. The first thing to look for is the Plough (also known as the Big Dipper). It’s easily recognisable as a large saucepan shape and forms part of the constellation Ursa Major, meaning ‘Great Bear’. The Plough is located in the north, and an imaginary line through the two outermost stars of the ‘pan’ part will point you to the North Star.
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