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14th December 2010 • Volume 17, Issue 28 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • ISDN 8139966 • Tel: 8•400•200

North County A Great Place To Live! Despite the gloomy predictions we hear every time we turn on our radio or television, the County Leader is delighted to bring to your attention that there are a number of very positive news items here in the North County. They merely emphasise what we have always maintained, that the North County is open for business and is one of the only regions in the country showing definite growth. The good news ranges from job creation at Swords Pavilions, funding for a Youth Cafe in Rush, major development initiative in Lusk, to the building of a new hospital in Whitehall, which is bound to have a knock-on effect in the North County. These good news stories are featured in more detail in this week’s edition of the County Leader, as follows:

Funding For Rush Youth Club

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Job Creation At Pavilions New Jobs At Hospital

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Major Development For Lusk

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Grants For Local Clubs Deal For Paralympic Council Good Times For Local Teens

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Funding Secured For Rush Youth Club There was great news for the youth of Rush, with he announcement that funding has been secured for a Youth Cafe in the town. Deputy Darragh O’Brien (FF), has confirmed that Rush Hour Youth Café is receiving €93,000 from the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The Balbriggan Youth Service is a Foróige managed youth service and in partnership with the County Council and a local consortium, including Swords Youth Service applied for funding to develop Martin’s Shop in Rush as a youth café. O’Brien said, “I’m delighted to confirm that my colleague, Minister Barry Andrews has sanctioned a significant funding commitment for Balbriggan Youth Service. The Rush Hour Youth Café will benefit greatly from this funding. I’m very pleased for

By Patrick Finnegan the young people in Rush, as there is a large and growing population in the town and a large cohort of young people.” He continued, “As Foróige points out itself, young people take ownership of the café and how it is managed and activities can vary from a pool tournament, a Wii face-off or a big band night for up and coming youth bands. I want to congratulate Foróige and the staff working on the project on this news today. They are doing great work and I wish them continued success,” he concluded. Senior youth officer in Balbriggan Youth Service, Derval Cumiskey, said, ”The Balbriggan Youth

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Service currently operate an outreach programme to young people in Rush through the project officer Sharon Cumiskey. Derval told the County Leader, “The Rush Hour Youth Café will not only provide a safe place for young people aged 12-18 to socialise, but also offers more services, such as educational groupwork, for example the after school drug and alcohol peer education programme currently run by the youth service in Rush and the youth leadership programme which is being delivered in conjunction with St Joseph’s Secondary School. The youth café will operate in the evenings, providing internet access, couches to relax on while watching Darragh O’Brien TD TV and movies or music channels, a pool table for young people to organise their own pool competitions and a dart board as requested by the young people in Rush. The Rush Hour Youth Café will be much more than a space for young people. It will offer services to young people which will be all encapsulating, meeting the specialised needs of young people in the Rush area. The purpose of the café will be to provide young people with a safe place to involve themselves consciously and actively in their own development and in the development of their society. We will do this by providing a café which also provides information and operates educational programmes to enable young people to reach their full potential.

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Senator Brendan Ryan (Lab) has welcomed the news that the County Manager has approved the initiation of prosecution, under the Planning Acts, against the owner of the Casino, Dublin Road, Malahide. This has come about following failure to comply with the Council’s direction to ensure the protection of this very important heritage building. Ryan said, “Following complaints from local residents, I made representations to

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Possible Airport Link For North County Rail Users A DART connection to Dublin Airport could be the next public transport proposal to be considered for the County’s local representatives. The DART currently services the likes of Malahide and Portmarnock, but the new proposal would be for a direct line to the airport from the new station at Clongriffin. The new initiative will not replace the proposed Metro North link, but be an addition to the area’s burgeoning public transport system. A new submission by Iarnród

Éireann could have very beneficial consequences for rail commuters in the North County. If implemented, it would mean that rail commuters from Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush/Lusk and Donabate could have rail access to Dublin Airport. Deputy James Reilly (FG), has welcomed the submission which calls on the County Council to make provision in their Development Plan 20112017 for an extension of the DART Line from the new Clongriffin station to Dublin Airport. “I fully support the

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the Metro North project has produced a more favourable outcome, as the build cost has come at a more competitive price. Indeed it is claimed it is now priced at a similar cost to Madrid Metro which was built at a very

economic price. If we followed Fine Gael’s plan for the orderly wind down of Anglo Irish Bank and stopped pouring billions into that black hole, we could afford projects like DART to Dublin Airport. Terri Ryan was the winner of a whopping cheque to the value of €500 to be used on a shopping spree at the new Millfield Shopping Centre in Balbriggan, which is due to open in the Spring of 2011. Pictured at the cheque handover are, Shane Barrett of Millfield Shopping Centre, Cathaoirleach Frank Snowe, Patrick Ryan with his very happy

Council To Receive Funding For Integration Initiatives Deputy Trevor Sargent (GP), has welcomed news from his Green Party colleague, Minister for Integration, Mary White, of details of funding for certain local authorities, sporting bodies and national organisations. Funding is being targeted at local authorities who have plans for local activities that encourage integration. Also included are sporting bodies that encourage and enhance diversity within their sports, and national organisations, with a certain focus on improving the quality of migrants’ lives through the provision of either services or information.

Minister White said, “Integration happens in our workplaces, our sports fields, our schools and community facilities. These funding allocations will help facilitate projects, services and integration plans throughout the country in the coming year, activities which can make Ireland a more integrated country.” Sargent said “The €155,000 being allocated to the County Council, the largest of the allocations announced to date, will certainly help the local authority to develop and support a range of local activities. The population of the North County is quite diverse and any investment in integration is to be welcomed,” he concluded.

Paralympic Council To Benefit From Deal Well known, Swords based Accountancy firm, McInerney Saunders has announced that they have negotiated a deal with the Gift Voucher Shop. One4all have kindly offered to donate €5 to the Paralympic Council of Ireland for every €250 gift voucher purchased where the reference MCIS is quoted. Under the Revenue Commissioners’ approved ‘Small Benefit Exemption’ scheme, employers can now provide employees with a gift card or voucher up to the value of €250 as a once-off benefit during the tax year which is not subject to PAYE, Income Levy, Healthy Levy or employee & employer PRSI. The €250 gift card or Neal Morrison voucher is tax free, even if the employee is receiving other taxable Benefit In Kind. Neal Morrison, of McInerney Saunders said, “This is one of the few remaining tax breaks left and enables employers to give a tax-free gift to their employees for a value not exceeding €250 – the caveat being it cannot be cash. The best delivery method for such a gift we have seen is by purchasing a One for All Gift Voucher which I am sure many of you will have already used. Companies using this opportunity to reward their staff will also now be supporting their community,” he said.

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North County Volunteers Honoured By Citizens Advice

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By Leslie Murphy It was celebrations galore last week in Malahide Library as volunteers received awards for their contribution to Citizens Information Centres in the North County. Development Manager of Fingal Citizens Information Service, (CIS), Andrew McCann, Mayor Ken Farrell and well known media personality, Marty Whelan all made speeches to acknowledge the great work and contribution these volunteers have made to the North County. Andrew McCann told the County Leader, “ It’s great to recognise the work of the volunteers in Citizens Information, some of these people have given 35 years service. It was essential we take the time to recognise their commitment and dedication in giving their time for free. In these current difficult times people need help more than ever and we have seen a major increase in people using our service.

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Pictured at the awards ceremony to volunteers to the Citizens Information Service in Malahide Library are guest speaker, Marty Whelan, Joan Craig (Secretary), Mayor Ken Farrell, Francis Halligan (Administrator Citizens Information Service) and Andrew McCann (Development Manager, Citizens Information Service)

We have to deal with some very emotional and difficult circumstances. We assure a free confidential service, trying to help all with their day to day queries.” County Mayor Ken Farrell told the County Leader, “ This coincides with the recent UN International Volunteer day and it’s important we stop and recognise the collective work given to the community by volunteers.” Andrew also made a speech and thanked all the people who were in receipt of their certificates. He mentioned that Marty had used the service when he was in-between jobs and the audience

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broke into laughter and clapped. Celebrity speaker, Marty Whelan presented the volunteers with a certificate of their achievements of volunteering for ten and five years and said, “ Citizens Advice is close to my heart, I was an only child and my father passed away when I was quite young. I remember going there with my mother and it’s a strange thing that has stuck in my head. There are occasions people need advice and it’s a great service. This is a day for celebration and well done to all the volunteers who continue to give their time and efforts for free.”

7.00pm. It was originally set for 12th December, but has been rearranged until Friday, 17th, due to the inclement weather. This has always proven to be a great evening for all the family and this year’s event is expected to be one of the best yet. Everyone is welcome to attend, so come along and have a night to remember.

Fianna Fail TD for Dublin tory. The Labour Party has North Michael Kennedy has continuously said that it would welcomed the Government’s “shove” back projects like Metro commitment to provide signifi- North in Government. They are cant funding for enabling works clearly playing politics with on Metro North next year and this issue”. “Last year, Fine has called on the opposition to Gael leader Enda Kenny stop playing politics and suggested that projects like Metro North would outline their posibe put on the “back tion. Following the burner” despite his publication of deputy leader James Budget 2011, Reilly advocating its Kennedy, a member job creation merits. of the Joint Just like Labour, Committee on Fine Gael continues Transport, said: “I to send out mixed am delighted to see messages around its funding for Metro support for the North next year and project. Also, both confirms the Michael Kennedy TD parties failed to Government’s commitment to continuing with make any reference to Metro this project. Enabling works North in their own budget will cost as little as €75million proposals for 2011.” “There are and this will be the only cost thousands of jobs at stake if faced by the state in relation to Metro North does not proceed. Metro North next year. When We have said we are prepared you consider that this project to support it next year. It is will create 6,000 jobs in the now time for the opposition to construction phase, it offers clarify whether or not they very good value for money for support Metro North and the taxpayer”. He added: whether they will allocate “Despite the clear commitment funding to this project if they to Metro North in next year’s are in Government. Not only budget, Labour’s Joe Costello will it create 6,000 jobs during criticised the level of funding construction, but it has the for the project and questioned potential to create and sustain the Government’s commitment a further 37,000 jobs. As a job to Metro North. Not only is this stimulus package, this project wrong, but is highly contradic- is a no-brainer,” he concluded.

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Saturday, 4th December was the 30th birthday party of Paddy Peppard in The Old Boro, Swords. Enjoying the night are, Dina Donnelly, Nicole Peppard, Tony Martin, Paddy Peppard, Denise Coffey, Sue Fox, Pauline Kennedy and Claire Coffey. EMcQ

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Bright Side Of Budget Deputy Darragh O’Brien (FF), has welcomed the wide range of pro-enterprise, proemployment measures contained in Budget 2011, describing it as a “budget for jobs, growth and stability.” He said, “The package of measures announced reflects the Government’s determination to stimulate growth and create jobs. Getting people back to work remains our number one priority - it is the driving force behind everything that we do. We will continue to spend significant sums on investment to sustain employment and growth. Over €1 billion will be invested

in Department capital programmes in 2011 which will support 10,000 jobs.” “The labour intensive construction industry will be given a much needed boost by Budget 2011 through the introduction of tax incentives for retrofit scheme and reforming the relevant contracts tax regimes,” he said. “It is also extremely important that our corporation tax of 12.5 per cent is being retained. This will help us to attract Foreign Direct Investment.” O’Brien claimed that other measures will help to stimulate growth. Among these are

New Jobs Created At Pavilions Shopping Centre

fashion and other stores available to the consumer at Swords Pavilions. Next is a strong retailer which consistently delivers great service and standards, and is constantly evolving its offer and look as the market place changes.” With this opening, Next has demonstrated its confidence in the Swords Pavilions location. The 86 new jobs created by Next will add to the 110 new jobs already created this year within the centre. The centre is now 100 per cent let, following the opening of Compu B and Tom Tailor and are looking forward to a strong Christmas trade. There are plenty of attractions to enhance the shopping experience, with Santa’s Grotto, Human Snow Globe, a kiddie’s train, as well as weekend entertainment and Fossett’s Circus. Swords Pavilions has become one of Dublin’s most successful shopping centres. Located adjacent to the M1 at Swords, the centre comprises over 80 stores and attracted over 11 million customers last year and continues to show steady growth this year. Swords Pavilions employs approx. 1,500 staff across all retail units.

In the midst of economic gloom that seems to have enveloped the country, there was a ray of hope on the jobs front locally. The bustling Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords, is continuing to grow and thrive, despite the recent economic doom and gloom The popular Swords Shopping Centre has announced 86 new jobs with the opening of the new Next store. Next will trade over two floors housing Womenswear, Kidswear, Menswear and Home, focusing on current fashion trends in fantastic store surroundings, and will further enhance the retail offer in the centre. Commenting on the new store, Ian Hunter, Centre Director said, “We are delighted with the arrival of Next which brings a new dimension to the wide choice of

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the revamping of the Business Expansion Scheme, the extension of the Employer Job PRSI Incentive Scheme, the extension of the tax exemption scheme for start-ups, the extension of accelerated Capital Allowance Scheme for Energy Efficient Equipment and the reduction in the travel tax from €10 to €3. He went on to say, “We have also introduced a programme of activation measures to keep those who are unemployed close to the labour force. This means that they will be in a position to take up jobs that will arise as the economy recovers. A total of 15,000 additional places will be provided in the private sector under the skills Development and Internship Programme, and the Work

Placement Programme. Placements will also be provided under the community and voluntary sector under the Community Work Placement Scheme. I will be lobbying the relevant Ministers directly to ensure that the North County gets its fair share of these placements,” he concluded.

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Anger Rises In Community Over Taxes Councillor Clare Daly (SP), has pledged to initiate a massive nonpayment campaign in response to the government’s proposed water and property taxes. Speaking after the launch of the government’s National Recovery Plan, Daly told the County Leader,

“This plan is a blatant assault on working people, pensioners and the unemployed. In essence they are talking about restoring household rates and opening up a new tier of taxation while at the same time slashing wages and increasing other central taxes. Meanwhile,

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disobedience in relation to these taxes. Nobody will be conned that the property tax, which will start at €100 will not go beyond €200. All experience of such taxes show that once implemented they will rise relentlessly. How dare they impose this tax on householders already struggling with mort-

gage repayments and management fees and unable to sell or move because their home is in massive negative equity. We demonstrated in the mid 1990s that when people stand together it is an unstoppable force. Hundreds of north county Dublin residents went before the courts and stood firm on this issue, making the tax uncollectable. Combined with political pressure we forced a Uturn on the water tax then, and we’ll do it now. The new government in particular should take note and get ready to axe the tax.” Daly concluded.

Action on Lusk Sewage Plant Odour Problems The County Council have now directed MMD Consortium to take immediate measures to eliminate the source of the ongoing odour problems at the temporary sewage treatment plants in Lusk. The news has been welcomed by Senator Brendan Ryan (Lab), who said, “I have received many complaints from local residents about this matter, and am glad that the Council has taken action following my ongoing representations. He continued, “The Council has informed me that their Area Engineer and drainage Inspector visited the three temporary Waste Water Treatment Plants in Lusk. The temporary Waste Water Treatment Plant opposite the Forge housing development showed no problems and no odours were detected from it. The temporary plant beside the school, while detecting an odour in the area, showed no sewage overspill.” However, at the Lusk Septic tank site, a sewage overspill was detected. Further investigation showed this to be from a blockage in the outlet pipe. Drainage personnel and machinery from the County Council were immediately sent to the site to resolve the problem. The Council’s Area Engineer contacted the Private Operator who runs the three plants, regarding their obligation to manage the plants so as not to cause odour nuisance to the public. The Water Services Department has written to MMD Consortium advising them of the problem and their responsibility (as previously agreed) to manage these facilities until the plants are decommissioned, when the network in Lusk is connected to the new plant in Portrane. “The local authority has issued an apology to Lusk residents, who have experienced foul odours from the plants. I hope that this problem will now be resolved for the people of Lusk, who have had to put up with this for too long,” concluded Ryan.

Roslyn Fuller from Malahide is one of three Irish and seven international authors, who gathered at the Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin to launch the new book Dublin: Ten Journeys, One Destination. The release of the book, which coincides with UNESCO naming Dublin one of only four world Cities of mLiterature this year, features short stories by all ten writers which centre around Ireland’s capital. Roslyn is pictured, second left at the book launch.

Plenty Of Life In Winter Gardens Many people here in the North County think that there is nothing to do in the garden at this time of year. However, Susan Maxwell from Corduff Allotments has some excellent advise for those of us who are green fingered. She said, “There has been an over abundance of weather, but up until the snow came, the ground had remained reasonably workable despite periods of heavy rain. Some of the allotments have been formed into “lazy beds. These have been made by throwing up the soil from the narrow paths onto the beds which are about 4ft (120cm) wide. These can then be cultivated from each side without having to walk on the soil, a great advantage in wet weather. Not forgetting the psychological aspect, how much easier it is to tackle one bed at a time rather than the whole allotment.” She continued, “Harvesting now under the snow are cabbage, kale, sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli as well as leeks, parsnips, carrots and swiss chard and I see garlic planted a few weeks ago is already showing above the ground. When planning next year’s crops, remember that most seeds will keep for more than a year if you reseal the foil packet and store them in an airtight container in a cold dark place. The fridge

is ideal if you have room. You can test their viability the next year by spreading about twenty seeds on damp kitchen paper and putting it in a plastic container in a warm dark place, such as the airing cupboard. If they fail to sprout, you have not

wasted time sowing them. The one seed that must be fresh every year is parsnip.” Let us hope for a good dry spell over Christmas and New Year, so that lots of preparation can be done to get everyone off to a good start next Spring.

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Commencement Of New Mental Health Facility The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, has officially announced the commencement of the construction of a new purpose built 200bed care unit by the Highfield Hospital Group. They are one of Ireland’s leading privately owned hospi-

profound effect on the entire North County area. Michael Eustace, Chairman of the Board, told the County Leader, “I have had a long association with this area through my work at Wavin Pipes in Balbriggan, where I served as a member of

County. There is still an acute shortage of beds right up to Balbriggan, so this facility will have a hugely beneficial effect on the area,” he said. The Minister joined the management of the Group in the laying of the foundation stone ceremony at

of the new project. This new facility will consist of a mix of 100 mental health beds and 90 nursing home beds. In addition, a 10bed unit will be built to provide acute psychiatric care for both the adult and older population. The Mental Health facility

Pictured at the laying of the Foundation Stone for Highfield Hospital on Friday last, 10th December are from left, Melanie Eustace, Dr Andrew Eustace, Dr Denis Eustace, Minister for Health, Mary Harney, Stephen Eustace, Michael Eustace and Dermot Kelly.

tals. The project will take 18 months to complete and will employ over 300 construction staff immediately. When completed, the hospital will employ a further 150 members of staff across all levels of care. The opening of this facility will have a

the Senior Management for HR. Many of our staff come from Balbriggan and Skerries as well as many of our patients. Stephen Eustace CEO said, “There is a strong possibility that many of the 300 construction jobs will be filled by workers from the North

this new development. This new €37 million mental health facility for older people will be located next to the site of their existing hospital on the Swords Road, Whitehall. Highfield Hospital and the Alzheimer Centre will continue to operate throughout the construction stage

is being built to replace the existing Hampstead and Highfield hospitals and will be a two-floor facility. Commenting on this new development, Stephen Eustace, Chief Executive of the Highfield Hospital Group said, “Over the past 185 years, our

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family business has been deeply involved in the care of people with mental health problems. This is central to our thoughts throughout our work and the new facility is truly world class and will be built to the latest HIQA standards. Today, we are delighted to welcome the Minister back to our facility to open our next phase in care,” he said. Minister Harney told the County Leader, “These new care facilities will be purpose built and designed to meet the future needs of older people, in particular those experiencing mental health problems. When this project is complete, the quality of the services provided will have a real impact on the lives of residents. I am familiar with many of the facilities in the Highfield Hospital Group and am confident that the strong commitment to the provision of quality person centred services which the Eustace family promote will be continued in this new unit.” The Highfield Hospital Group’s philosophy is to provide a strong caring environment and a commitment to

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Stephen Peppard, Ian Hunter, Tony Lambert, Des Becton, Tom Kelleher and Mayor Ken Farrell, pictured with some of the dancers who entertained the crowd

Des Becton (Swords Tidy Towns), Mary Barrett, Bernadette Marks (Swords Historical Society) and Joe Harford (Le Cheile)

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The Biggest Circulation Of Ed O'Donnell from Malahide recently climbed Mount Everest in aid of the Hope Foundation, a charity to help homeless children in Calcutta. His niece, Emma Harlick who is a pupil at St Patrick's Girl School, Donabate mentioned this to principal, Margaret O'Neill, who thought this was a great opportunity to contribute and she authorised a non uniform day for the Hope Foundation. A total of €600 was collected in two cheques. Pictured at the presentation of the cheques are, L-R, Maya Hanley, Tanya Collins, Niamh Jackson, Faye Harlick. Emma Harlick, Sinad Badmus, Regan O'Dowd, with climber, Ed O'Donnell and Principal, Margaret O'Neill.

Wastewater Treatment Plant To Be Upgraded Works on the upgrading of the Swords Wastewater Treatment plant is expected to get under way in Spring 2001. Councillor Tom Kelleher (LAB) has been informed the contract to expand capacity at the plant from it’s current population equivalent of 60,000 to 90,000 was currently at Cllr. Tom Kelleher tender stage. In 2009, a specialist UK contractor, Simdean Envirotec Ltd, was chosen to install a new odour abatement system at the

plant. Odour Monitoring Ireland Ltd, is managing this project on behalf of the council. Kelleher told the County Leader, “ I got a response from the County Manager (David O’Connor), in regard to the upgrade and what it will involve. What we don’t want is it being worsened. The people who live in the area have had to put up with odours on occasion, so hopefully this will eliminate this problem. The County Manager has assured me that the upgrading will involve the improving of existing equipment to state of the art equipment”. Kelleher received a statement from the council saying, “Installation of the system was completed during the summer of 2010 and currently snagging and commissioning activities are taking place prior to hand over of the system to the council”. He was also told that the council keep a log of odour complaints registered by local residents and during the past six months eight complaints were made which compared with 22 complaints the same time last year.

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Websites For North County Businesses WebActivate is a new initiative aimed at improving the web presence of businesses in the North County. Pharmacies, solicitors’ practices, manufacturers and grocery shops are just some of the businesses that will go online for the first time, or upgrade their existing websites. The WebActivate project is being run as part of the Labour Market Activation Fund 2010, funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund. The aim of WebActivate is to provide small and medium-sized businesses in the North County with an effective online presence, while simultaneously creating employment. Under the project, businesses can apply to have assistance in building a web presence, free of charge. The Digital Skills Academy is currently delivering training with all trainees unemployed people, who successfully applied to participate in the first phase of the project. They are currently spending six weeks receiving ‘in-centre’ training and will then commence a further 12 weeks on structured work placements, helping small businesses in the North County to establish an online presence. Interested businesses in the North County are now being invited to apply to take part in the WebActivate project. Six hundred businesses nationwide will be accommodated in the first phase. There are no costs involved for participating businesses and ‘WebActivators’ will not need desk-space, as they will be equipped to work from home.

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Swords School Goes That Bit Extra For Charity Loreto College in River Valley, Swords has a long tradition of contributing generously to the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. It also gives donations to the local parish conference, as part of the many fundraising initiatives over the year. Recently, however, they have gone a step further and set up their own school conference, named after the founder of Loreto, Mary Ward. Denis Barry, President of St Finian’s Conference in River Valley has been most helpful and supportive of this new conference. “We have about 30 members representing students from first to sixth year,” he said. Conference President, Niamh Arthurs from sixth year has the following message for Loreto College and for all who will help in this worthy and timely initiative. “I am very confident as president, that this newly formed conference, the only school conference in North County Dublin will be a great success. We will do our very best to help those in need, not just coming up to Christmas, but throughout the whole year. ”

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Call For Children’s Hospital For North County Cllr. Tom O’Leary (FG), has proposed that the new National Children’s Hospital be built in the North County. The funding for the proposed children’s hospital, which is currently being planned at a site at Mater Hospital, has been called into question and O’Leary has called for the hospital to be built in

The Lusk Heritage Group celebrated their 21st anniversary with a photographic slide show called “Lusk Through the Lens 2010”, a copy of which was presented to County Mayor, Ken Farrell. The group have, over the years, produced many videos, DVD’s, books and planted a tree and erected a plaque to the memory of Thomas Ashe

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Reilly has also raised concerns about the funding of the project and has called on the Minister of Health to clarify where the money for the new hospital will come from. “The Government are obviously very concerned and anxious that the National Paediatrics Hospital at the new Mater

site go ahead” said Reilly, “However, there is just one big problem with it. “There’s a €110 million hole to be filled by philanthropy, and a further €90 million profits expected to be made from running a car park and a coffee shop. €110 million from philanthropy in the current economic climate is not realistic, and I think it’s quite fanciful to think that a car park, which is supposed to be free for use by parents, and a coffee shop is going to raise a further €90 million; it just doesn’t stack up,” concluded Reilly.

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County Council ‘Community Group of the Year’ award, which was a great boost for us, We will continue to uncover and keep records for the future generation,” she concluded.

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting In Lusk Lusk Neighbourhood Watch will hold a meeting on Thursday, 16th December in St Macullin’s Centre at 8.00pm. The venue is situated beside the Round Tower in the town. The meeting will feature a Garda Road Safety presentation and promises to be well worthwhile. Refreshments will be served afterwards and free car parking will be provided at Murray’s car park opposite the pub on Station Road.


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Major New Development Proposed For Lusk An exciting proposal to relocate Lusk Utd Soccer Club and to build a new commercial development in Lusk is set to be submitted to the County Council. The plan, which is being put forward by developers, McGarrellReilly Group, involves the moving of Lusk Utd Soccer clubhouse and pitches to a new area on the ring road of Lusk, and the building of a commercial development. Cllr. Tom O’Leary (FG) told the County Leader, “This new plan will include a new street, parallel to Station Road, linking civic spaces and about 220 residential units, which includes 106 houses, the majority of which will

be 3/4 bedroomed houses. It will also include 96 Duplex houses, living over shop and 18 apartments. There will also be a large supermarket store, with smaller retail shops, both stand alone and street facing stores, approximately 15 in number. There will be a Gateway commercial unit at Redmount Roundabout and five services providers, incorporating office, banking, etc. Food and drink units, incorporating restaurant, café and Pavilion style kiosk buildings are included, as well as a Crèche,” he said. This list is subject to change in response to market demand and is aiming to fulfill the local

By Liam Keegan needs of the growing population in and around Lusk. An application for the lands is being prepared and should be lodged early in the New Year. At a meeting in the town last Thursday, 9th December called by County Mayor Ken Farrell, local residents were given a presentation of the proposed new site by the developer, Alex Walsh and architect, Michael Crowe. Walsh told the County Leader, “ The proposed development will make it easier for local businesses to prosper as it will allow them to be concentrated in the one area. When people in Lusk go to do their shop-

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ping, they leave Lusk and shop in places like Swords and Balbriggan. This development will keep people shopping in Lusk. All the other surrounding towns in the North County have more facilities than Lusk, and we want to change this,” he said.

Local residents, however, have raised several issues with the development, including the lack of facilities available for children in the area such as playgrounds, and also questioned the need for a large shopping centre in Lusk. Resident, Sylvia Caldwell questioned McGarrell Group’s plan, saying that their previous development in the area is still without important amenities for children. When Lusk Village was built, there was a proposed site for a crèche, yet this has never been built, also, in this large estate there is not one playground.” Mayor Farrell said that the development is still only in planning application stage and is set to be submitted to the County Council early in the New Year. “My only position is to inform residents of Lusk that this application is being put forward and that we need to take their views into account in the next steps forward”, he concluded.

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Good Times For North County Teens There is a particular vibrancy around Youth Clubs in the North County. The area has various youth projects ongoing and Foróige Youth Services operate throughout the country. In Malahide, they have been in operation since April, and have recently acquired a new meeting place in the new extension in the Malahide Tennis Club, which has been given free of charge. Malahide Foróige youth leader, Mary Shannon told the County Leader, “I see great enthusiasm in the youth and they are brilliant. They love to do so many different activities from, cooking to indoor sport. They also have planned a special day to take place on December 19th in Saint Benedict’s nursing home. They will serve tea and coffee to the residents, as well as perform some entertainment. We are hoping to set up a youth cafe for older teenagers as

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Rush, meaning ‘Peninsula of the Yew Trees’ is a small seaside town, situated between the communities of Skerries and Lusk. Rush is viewed as the heart of market gardening in the North County and many people are employed in agriculture. Rush is full of history and has a very beautiful landscape. There are many things to see and do in Rush and

quality shops. Rush can provide for many services to locals and visitors, from alterations to beauty treatments. It’s the perfect place to get away from the busy shopping areas and is well known for attracting tourists. You can find special things in this wonderful town and they also have shops specialising in jewellery and keepsake items. Rush has several

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there is a lot of history and historic features there like, Saint Maur’s Church, Kenure House, Smuggling, Martello Towers and sports. Rush is one of the fastest growing communities in the North County and has many different ways in which you can enjoy a different retailing experience. The town has grown remarkably in the last ten years, with the inclusion of many quality housing estates and the development of some top

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pubs and clubs together with a small number of restaurants. The local Millbank Theatre, home to Rush Dramatic Society is respected for its quality plays and dramas. St Maur’s GAA Club is a big asset to the town and provides sporting facilities for the local residents, with a fine clubhouse that hosts many a good evenings entertainment. Rush has two sandy beaches, called the North Beach and South Beach, which are separated by the rocky head of the peninsula and a small tidal harbour. The peninsula is the closest point of land to the privately owned Lambay Island. The prevailing winds and tides make Rush South Beach an extremely popular kitesurfing location while its sand and dunes attract many visitors. Close to the south shore is a 9 hole golf links. Rush has many caravan sites which are popular for summer holidays and close to its beaches. Rush sailing club is also located near the south shore and operates from a second harbour, Rogerstown harbour, situated on the Rogerstown Estuary.

Deputy Michael Kennedy (FF), has urged schools across the North County to apply to take part in the FÁS Work Placement Programme. He said, “The Minister for Education, Mary Coughlan has announced the roll out of the programme which will Michael Kennedy TD allow schools in Applications to particiMalahide, Swords, pate in the programme P o r t m a r n o c k , should be made to FÁS. Balbriggan, Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Donabate, Loughshinny, Balrothery, Balscadden, Naul, Garristown, Oldtown and Ballyboughal to apply to take on one or more people for a work experience placement for 25-40 hours a week.” The placement period is for a minimum of two months and a maximum of nine months and the programme can’t be used to displace any existing workers or fill vacant posts. The idea behind the programme is to provide an opportunity for people who are unemployed to keep their skills up to date and get important work experience. Kennedy continued, “I know there are schools in my own area that can use the FÁS Work Placement Programme to engage teachers as well as nonteaching graduates and non-graduates. Expanding the programme at this time is very appropriate and will widen the number of places available for the unemployed. It’s important to say that those who take up this programme will maintaining their jobseekers benefit or jobseekers allowance,” he concluded.

Over 4,000 members of the public volunteered to take part in the operational trials at T2, Dublin Airport and during trials participants were invited to enter a draw for a €500 holiday voucher. Stephen Mc Hugh, was the lucky winner and was presented with his prize by Oliver Cussen, DAA Deputy Chief Executive and

Good News For Schools Water Usage Twenty three primary and post-primary schools across the North County will see major improvements in water conservation as new funding of almost €10 million is being rolled out across the country. The money will be used for works to reduce water use in schools. The fund of almost €9.75 million will finance over 1,823 projects in primary and post primary schools across the country such as the installation of water displacement devices, percussion spray taps, thermostatic mixing valves and other water controls. Since January 1st 2010, under the EU Water Framework Directive, all schools are liable for full metered water charges, which are set and collected by local authorities.

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Fine Gael Budget Proposals Would Punish Older Homeowners Deputy Michael Kennedy (FF) has hit out at Fine Gael’s budget proposals, saying they will hurt older

homeowners. He said, “Fine Gael, in its Budget proposals, would see those selling their homes having

to pay up to 10 per cent in Capital Gains Tax on the value of the sale.” He went on to explain, “It

Balbriggan Community College opened the John Bailey building last week, with his widow, Collette unveiling a plaque in his memory. John was an Engineering teacher in the college and was head of Adult Education, dying tragically in a road traffic accident last December. Pictured at the unveiling are colleagues of John who have decided to retire from teaching with 70 years between them teaching the North County's children at the College. The quartet are holding a photo of John Bailey donated by his widow to be hung in the new facility. The building will be used for both school time and extra curricular activities. Pictured L-R are, Cllr. Peadar Kelly, Collette Bailey, Ross Parks and Eugene BMcK Macken.

seems really unfair that Fine Gael would target older people in this way. Fine Gael also proposes retaining stamp duty, although reducing it to 2 per cent for two years. This would mean older people would be paying on the double if they sold their family home. Fine Gael clearly recognises that ‘older wealthier generation that purchased their home before 2002’ would feel the ‘burden of tax’ more heavily with their plan. Yet, often, many of this generation may be cash poor and the family home is their only asset.” “Fianna Fáil in Government is determined that the adjustments that need to be made are made as fairly as possible with

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everyone playing their part. Fianna Fáil’s Budget proposes a new flat rate of 1 per cent on stamp duty up to the value of €1m with 2 per cent applying to amounts over €1m. In the interests of fairness, anyone who has entered a binding contract before the 8th of December and who executes the transfer before the 1st of July 2011

will not lose out.” Kennedy concluded, “Our budget is focused on jobs, growth and stability and in targeting our adjustments we are determined not to focus on one group in particular but to be as equitable as possible. It is a pity that Fine Gael, in targeting older people and their family home are not so inclined.”

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Local Sports Clubs Receive Welcome Grants Garristown GAA Club has been awarded €5,000, and Lusk Athletic Club €1,000. The awards have been made through a new programme called “Gifted”, which was introduced by Diageo Ireland this year. The Gifted programme, which will run on an annual basis, allows the company’s employees who volunteer with local community groups or charities, to nominate these groups for a donation. As part of this nomination process, the brewing giant’s employees were asked to detail how a donation would be put to good use by the group or charity they volunteer with. When all of the nominations were received they were considered in detail, with Business in the Community assisting in this process. A total of 18 groups were finally chosen for support, with eight receiving a payment of €5,000 and ten receiving €1,000. Brian O’Sullivan of Garristown GAA club welcomed the grant. “The club is a central part of our

community and the sporting life of the North County. With 154 adult and 105 juvenile members, our club continues to go from strength to strength. We rely heavily on fundraising and sponsorship, the support that we have received through the ‘Gifted’ programme is really welcome. This support will go towards the provision of defibrillator equipment and training, which will benefit our club and those living in our rural community.” Seamus Flynn of Lusk Athletic Club was also delighted. He said, “Our club is a voluntary group dedicated to the promotion of athletic activities for young people in our community. We work year round promoting athletics and extending the club membership and activities, and are entirely reliant on contributions to do this work. Therefore, the support that we have received through this programme is welcome, and will help us to continue over the coming year,” he concluded.

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Brrr!, Clubbers was freezing it’s proverbials off and so decided to stay local and pop into Velvet’s on a Saturday recently. It takes more than icy weather to put velvet regulars off having a good time, and boy did they pack the place out. A special mention goes out to Sara Dolan celebrating her 18th birthday with friends, Jake Whelan enjoying 19th birthday drinks with friends, and Audrey Hurley having a 21st birthday blow-out.

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Local Fianna Fáil T.D, Michael Kennedy is pictured with Kay Coleman and Fran Tobin at Skerries Christmas Lighting on Saturday, 27 November last

This Christmas, the hilarious and magical pantomime “Sleeping Beauty” will be staged by the renowned Magic Carpet Theatre Group in association with River Valley Residents association. The panto will run in the River Valley Community centre from Wednesday. 29th December until

Sunday, 2nd January, with matinee and evening performances. “The story is familiar to children of all ages,” says Director, Anne Stack. Well known Musical Director, Olga Reynolds promises a terrific mix of pop numbers etc. As Olga says, “we insist on the highest stan-

dards in our panto and we know that people appreciate quality.” “We have

made every effort to ensure that Swords has a panto to be proud of, with lavish lighting sets and costumes, top class performances and

Christmas At Newbridge House And Farm

Two Christmas concerts will take place in support of the Balrothery Heritage Centre. The concerts will take place on Sunday 19th and Monday 20th December in the Heritage Centre, pictured above, starting at 8.00pm. The concerts will feature the Heritage Singers and tickets are priced at €7.00, payable at the door. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Make sure to come along and enjoy a mixture of seasonal yuletide songs, old and new and Christmas carols.

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for Bitbuzz. The Carlton Hotel Group is one of the largest hotel groups in Ireland, with 10 hotels nationwide, and over 1,300 bedrooms. It will raise our coverage in hotel bedrooms from 6,300 to over 7,600, further cementing our position as the

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hilarious script- all at affordable ticket prices,” she said. Part of all the proceeds will be going towards the ISPCC.

Newbridge House in Donabate has plenty of activity in the lead up to Christmas. On the 18th and 19th December, Santa will arrive by carriage at 12.00pm and for afternoon visitors at 2.00pm. Each day at 12.30pm, the farmers at Newbridge will feed Santa’s reindeers for him at the Deerpark. Life continues as per usual on the Farm and a visit to Santa includes access to the Farm and the Living Crib in the Courtyard. Tasty home-made treats will be served as usual in the Café and Christmas cakes will be available to purchase. Stock up on very reasonably priced stocking fillers in our shop. A visit to Santa, gift and access to the Farm costs only €10 per child and to avoid disappointment, please book well in advance. Please allow enough time on the day of your visit to arrive at reception at least 10 minutes before your booked Santa visit. with five of the ten hotels, including Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport. Michael Kearney, CEO, Carlton Hotel Group, commented: “This is also an

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Jobs in bookmakers in North Dublin will be better protected by the Government’s plan to introduce betting duty for online betting, according to local Fianna Fáil TD Darragh O’Brien. O’Brien believes the measures announced in the Budget to ensure that bets placed on the internet by domestic punters are subject to the same level of duty as applies in betting shops, will help local bookmakers to survive. He said, “The fact is that online gambling is becoming more and more popular and this was starting to have an impact on bookmakers. One of the advantages enjoyed by online gambling websites is that up until now they have been exempt from betting duty. By introducing an online betting

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duty at the same rate as is currently paid in bookmakers throughout the country, the Government is helping to safeguard the Irish bookmaking industry. It is a move that I hope will help to safeguard jobs in local bookmakers around the North County,” he said. “I expect the industry will be commenting on the proposed measure, what is important is that this applies to all online betting websites operating in the Irish market. Otherwise it would be possible for companies to get around the legislation by offering their online services from an offshore location. I will be making this case to the Minister as he and his Department draft the legislation. In the meantime, I’m sure most of the local bookmakers will welcome this initiative, which will remove the unfair competitive advantage that was open to their online competition,” he concluded.

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What you can’t be asked at interview! Writes Siobhán Kinsella Getting to interview stage in itself is an achievement. You have prepared, researched the company, ensured your CV is appropriate to the role and now the time has come. Being slightly nervous before an interview is quite normal. You arrive in plenty of time and are ready to make the most of the opportunity! For some employers with whom you will interview; interviewing represents only a very small part of their job. How many people do you think have been formally trained in interview and in Employment legislation? very few! The Equality Act of 1998 and 2004 prohibits employers or potential employers from making their decision not to employ you based on any of the

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that the question has any relevance to your experience or the commitment you show in your professional career. Your genuine dilemma in this situation is whether you want to interpret the question as a genuine slip up or error or an intentionally discriminatory question. This also leads to asking yourself whether this is the organisation for you. Best of Luck Siobhan Kinsella is Manager of CPL and Flexsource Solutions with responsibility for the Fingal area. She is a Director of Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce & Drinan Enterprise centre. Siobhan is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal

tion somebody made by the memories they leave behind, then the value of these memories is priceless. Rena had a vision for Rogerstown Estuary to be the National Centre for Wildlife. Her love for nature and wildlife was exceptional. She formerly worked with An Taisce and in later years focussed all her efforts on the Estuary. In many cases this meant visiting other interpretative centres throughout Britain and Ireland. The commitment by Fingal County Council to construct an interpretative centre on the remediated Balleally landfill was the completion of those decades of work, and while she will never see it built, her work truly laid the foundation stone for it. It was only in later years I got to know Rena the person, rather than the Campaigner. An avid reader and follower of politics, we would regularly debate government policy and come up with our own solutions. The budget was one of these things that we’d discuss; ironically, Rena left us on Budget day 2010. As D. H. Lawrence wrote, “the dead don’t die. They look on and help” Rena was a resourceful neighbour, an ally in your corner when you needed it and ultimately a terrific raconteur to all her friends. She mightn’t be at the end of a phone anymore but her influence and our memories of her will live on. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí J.B.


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Action Welcomed on Historic Malahide House Continued from page 1 works be carried out by 7th October this year, in order to prevent this protected structure from continuing to be endangered. I understand that the Council’s Acting Conservation Officer has reported that these works have not been carried out and accordingly a prosecution pursuant to Section 63 of the Planning and Development

Acts, 2000 - 2010 has been authorised. The matter has been referred to the Council’s Law Agent for action and a date for hearing is awaited.” He concluded, “I am calling on the County Manager to ensure every effort is made to secure the protection and conservation of the Casino, given its historical and heritage importance in Malahide and countywide.”

Last Weeks published deaths from the North County Little (nee Kealy) – Bernadette (Bernie, Beppy) Donnycarney and formerly of Kinsealy. Bernadette (Bernie, Beppy), beloved wife of Tony, sadly missed by her loving husband, sons Philip and Anthony Junior, daughter Fiona, brothers and sisters. Condrot (nee Ruigrok) – Rena Lusk, Co. Dublin. Dignam (nee Byrne) Frances Drogheda, Co. Louth and Malahide, Co. Dublin. Barnwell – Patrick (Pat) Late of Swords, Co. Dublin.

Farrell – Bernard Malahide, Co. Dublin Bernard, loving husband of Mary and fantastic dad to Mark and Sharon, very sadly missed by his loving family, brother and sisters. Dunne – John (Jackie) St. Paul’s Crescent, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. John (Jackie) deeply regretted by his loving son Peter and daughter Rose. Norton – Carol Lusk, Co. Dublin. Beloved special daughter of Alice and the late James. Sadly missed by her mum Alice, her brother Gerard O.P., sisters Mary, Margaret and Joan.

Walsh – Kathleen Wyanstown, Oldtown, Co. Dublin

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council Permission is sought for a 1st floor extension, over existing Sun Room, to the rear of existing dwelling (floor area 14m2) at 12 Foxgrove, Townparks, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Jim & Brenda Rogan. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Christopher Moore for retention of three partially built 2 storey houses on which planning permission Reg. Ref. No. F04A/0770 has expired and for completion of the 3 houses at Coach Road, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by D. Kennedy for dwelling with attached garage and for waste water treatment system at Damastown, Naul, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for 2 No. 2 storey semi-detached dwellings (3 beds), site access and associated site works @ Burrow Road, Portrane, Co. Dublin for Yvonne & Eoin O’Brien. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the ,planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros), within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council We, Clann Mhuire G.F.C, intend to apply for retention and permission for developments at the grounds of Clann Mhuire G.F.C. Westown, Naul, Co. Dublin. The application will consist of retention for 2 no. montessori/crèche facilities and a porta-cabin structure to the rear of the existing clubrooms. One montessori/crèche facility is located within the porta-cabin structure and the other montessori/crèche facility is located within the existing club complex. The application will also consist of permission to construct toilet facilities in the car park area adjacent to the football pitches and for a gym facility, for club use only, to be located within the porta-cabin structure, to include all associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased, at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the

offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Planning Section, County Hall, Swords Co. Dublin between 9:30am and 15:30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20.00 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the Application. Fingal County Council The Good Food Company Ltd seeks planning permission for alteration to opening hours of previously approved (Reg. Ref. F08A/0098) restaurant with auxiliary takeaway and delivery service at Unit G, Balbriggan Retail Centre, Drogheda Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Proposed alteration is as follows from 12 pm to 12 am Monday to Sunday (as per F08A/0098) to 12 pm to 12 am Sunday to Thursday and from 12 pm to 4 am on Friday and Saturday only. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (9.30-3.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Tempore Ltd. intend to apply for planning permission for development on this site: Unit G51, Swords Pavilions Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of change of use from retail to cafe in Unit G51 (26.4sq.m.), located at the ground floor The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Department, Ground Floor, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin, during normal office hours (Monday to Friday 9.20am to 3.30 pm), excluding bank holidays. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of 20 euro’s within a period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the Application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for construction of a new replacement porch to the side, new gable fronted extension to the front & rear (all single storey), new detached shed to rear and modifications to existing vehicular entrance and all associated works to "Tournesol", Swords Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin for Mr & Mrs J. Whelan. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is requested for a new two-storey dwellinghouse with new Biocycle wastewater treatment system along with all associated siteworks including demolition of existing outbuildings and new vehicular entrance at ,Dublin Road, Lusk, Co. Dublin, Signed:Denise McDonnell. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County

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Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning permission is requested for the Use of part of existing Retail Unit (16sq/m) for sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. (master permission granted under ref no. F08A/0391 ) At:- Retail Unit, Ground floor, Building 1, Dublin Airport Buisness Park, Turnapin Great, Cloghran, Swords Road, Santry, Dublin 8. Signed:- David Orange. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning permission is requested for a)change of use of Ground Floor level from Residential use to Retail use. B) New two-storey extension to rear c) alterations to existing first floor level to accomadate two-bedroom apartment d) elevational changes to the façade to include new shopfront and new entrance door to serve first floor.level at :-43 Chapel Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, Signed:- Ray Murphy This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 15.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Permission is sought by Birchwell Ltd. for a residential development at Kinsealy Lane, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The application provides for 94 no. dwellings (86 no. two storey and 8 no. dormer 1 _ storey dwellings) consisting of 62 no. 4-bedroom and 32 no. 3-bedroom houses. The development also includes a single storey crèche (197 sq.m.) with associated staff parking, outdoor play and set down area; landscaped Class II public open space; riparian strips; pedestrian bridge; 2 no. car pool set down areas; foul and SUDS surface water drainage site development works (including underground foul sewage storage tank and upgrade to Connolly Avenue pumping station); and all other associated site development works, including ESB substations, footpaths, landscaping, boundary treatments, traffic calming and street lighting. The development is to be constructed in two phases as follows: Phase 1 (northern lands) 46 no. dwellings Phase 2 (southern lands) 48 no. dwellings and crèche unit. The proposed development provides for pedestrian and cyclist linkages, emergency and agricultural access to the adjoining 'RS1' zoned lands to the east. The development will also be served by a new proposed foul sewer to link the site to the Swords Road, Malahide as follows: 2.2 kms of (110mm diameter rising main) sewer from Connolly Avenue pumping station to Back Road, to Malahide Road (R107) and onto Swords Road (R106). The development will be accessed via 2 no. existing and previously approved vehicular and pedestrian accesses from Kinsealy Lane. This application is accompanied by a Integrated Transportation Management Plan, a Green Travel Plan and an Appropriate Assessment Screening Report. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin during its public opening hours (9.30-3.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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