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North County Leader 21st June 2011

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Defiant Locals Demand Delivery Of Metro A very determined gathering of supporters of Metro North took place outside Council Offices in Swords on Monday, 13th June last. The newly formed ‘Yes to Metro North’ campaign gained momentum following a passionate display of support from the Swords community at the rally for the project. A committee of politicians, businesses and

By Kieran Dunne residents turned out in force to lend their support and demand the delivery of the much needed Metro infrastructure, following recent reports indicating the bleak prospect of the project being axed. Organised by Deputy Clare Daly TD (SP), locals attended carrying placards of support, signed peti-

Swords Dumping Ground Needs Urgent Attention

tions and listened attentively to an intertwined group of political representatives outside the County Council offices in Swords. The mood was one of conviction as those who gathered listened attentively to the confident pitches Pictured at the 'Yes to Metro' public meeting outside County Hall in Swords are from local representa- from left, Ken Duffy, Des Becton (Swords Tidy Towns), Clare Daly TD, and Swords tives such as Deputy residents, Alice and Paddy Gerrard. Clare Daly (SP), Cllr Eugene Coppinger Devitt (FG). All had jobs. Deputy Daly ment and economic (SP), Cllr Tom Kelleher gathered for what is insisting that Metro benefits of this project (Lab), and Cllr Anne the start of a project North has gone further and in turn, we are to get Metro North than the other two calling on the people delivered for the proposed projects in of the area to come people of the North terms of money spent out and let their feelCounty. The ‘Yes to and planning. The ings known. This Metro North’ European Investment project is not only for campaign backs the Bank has also agreed Swords, but for the building of a transport a figure of €500 city as a whole and we link that will connect million which would want to make the Swords and the City be paid to the contract Government and Centre with 14 stops tender. Ministers aware about Fingal Dublin Chamber how important Metro along the way. The line, when deliv- CEO, Tony Lambert North is,” he ered, will pass four was very forceful in concluded. hospitals, two univer- his support for Metro sities, Croke Park and North. He told the Dublin Airport. It is County Leader, “The fully viewed as an essential Chamber project for North supports YES to Metro Dublin and would North. We must make create well over the people of Swords The residents of 25,000 immediate aware of the employ- Balbriggan are gearing up

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John Kelly is pictured outside the dumping yard on Dublin Road in Swords. The yard backs on to his back garden and is seen as an eyesore and a safety hazard in the area.

pride in their community, but what chance have they when others have no pride in their own areas. This is a particularly gruesome eyesore for all, not only for residents, but for visitors alike. It is the first thing you notice upon arrival in Swords. and if you are upstairs in a bus, you will get a bird’s eye view.” An angry John continued, “What a wonderful first impression of Swords. There is a constant stream of tourists here who avail of the local hostelries and this is right in the middle of their walkabout on their way to the town centre,” he said. “Outside of the visual impact, it has enormous implications for the safety of children, who are attracted to this wasteland like a magnet. I am dreading the upcoming Halloween season, where serious injury will occur unless something is done,” he concluded. Balbriggan which assist in safety. We’re hoping to make it an annual event so we just want to let people know early that it will be happening as we’d love everyone to get involved.” “Although I can’t say too much about the events

just yet, I do know that we have some super things lined up that will make the whole week vibrant, exciting and great fun for everyone involved,” she said. More details of the events will follow in the coming weeks.

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for their first safety week at the end of September. The Balbriggan Community Police Forum, who are holding the safety week are looking to organise the event in conjunction with national Garda Safety Week. Speaking to the County Leader, Louise Butler from the Balbriggan Police Safety Forum says the event will be fantastic for Balbriggan and will encourage greater involvement with the local residents: “The whole aim of the safety event is to involve, inform and promote services in

By Patrick Finnegan Swords resident, John Kelly has hit out at a major eyesore at the entrance to the town, on the eve of the arrival of the Tidy Towns judging panel. John, from Carlton Court estate on Dublin Road lives beside a dumping yard for old vehicles and debris, which is owned by developers, the Bailey Brothers. Debris collected from various repair jobs around the county are dumped in the yard, along with old machinery and other odds and ends. He said, “I read with great interest your article in last week’s publication of the County Leader about Tidy Towns in Swords looking for volunteers. These are people who take care and

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North County Leader 21 June 2011  

North County Leader 21 June 2011

North County Leader 21 June 2011  

North County Leader 21 June 2011