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The recent decision of Clare County Council to attempt to withhold third level student grants from people who have not paid their Household Charges, has caused division locally. This decision was backed by Minister for Education, Ruairi Quinn, who said he expected other councils to follow Clare County Council’s decision to send letters to third-level grant applicants asking them to submit proof they have paid the Household Charge. The County Leader contacted our local authority to see if they had plans to follow the Clare example, they said they would not be following their example. Local Fine Gael deputy, Alan Farrell, accepted the Council’s


By Patrick Finnegan decision, but still agreed with Minister Quinn and the attempt by Clare County Council to link the household charges with student grants. He told the County Leader, “I think that the stance adopted by Clare County Council is the correct approach to people who do not pay legitimate state taxes. If I were not tax compliant, I could not take my seat in Dail Eireann. Similarly, if a company wishes to win a tender to undertake work for a state agency, it must be fully tax compliant, before winning the contract.” Former Colaiste Choilm, Farrell also believes Swords students, Eoin that this should apply Howard and Cahal Flynn across the board to have made history, Eoin anyone seeking assis(left) will be playing for Dublin minor hurlers tance from the public against Tipperary in the purse and help should replayed All-Ireland only be given to Hurling final next Sunday, people who have paid while Cahal who plays for Ballyboughal, was part of their legitimate taxes the winning Dublin footin full. ball squad, which A furious, Independent defeated Meath in last TD, Clare Daly took the Sunday's All Ireland opposite point of view Minor football final. See story on page 7 and told the County

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Leader, “It has now been established that no local authority can withdraw grants. We have noted that some government departments are now making reference to household charges and are seeking information about whether the household charge has been paid or not. This letter is being put together in a way to fool residents that if they are not paid, your entitlement will be affected,” she said. Daly continued: “It is absolutely scandalous Continued on page 17

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This summer, the three RNLI lifeboat stations in Dublin launched a total of 37 times. Dun Laoghaire launched 18 times, Howth launched 12 times and Skerries a total of seven times. The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. It’s volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the North County and beyond. As it depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service, this invaluable service would not exist without the tireless efforts of all its volunteers and donators. Back in August, Skerries RNLI launched to reports of a yacht drifting on to rocks in the vicinity of Skerries islands. The lifeboat quickly located a 26ft yacht with two people onboard. The yacht was taken under tow by the lifeboat and brought safely to Skerries harbour. The charity’s volunteer crew

members were involved in many different types of call outs to a range of casualties. Both locally and nationwide many of the launches were due to people getting caught out by the tide, problems with their vessel’s engine or machinery, and an increasing range of leisure marine activities. However there were also a number of tragedies and many of the RNLI’s lifeboat crews were involved in searching for missing loved ones or in bringing them home. Speaking to the County Leader, Owen Medland, RNLI Training Divisional Inspector said: “This has been another busy summer for the RNLI despite the unpredictable weather. There have been some stories of incredible bravery and also some stories of devastating loss. In all cases our lifeboat volunteers have shown extreme professionalism and commitment.”

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kayaking, archery, climbing, survival skills, rifle shooting, assault course and a host of other activities. The scouts of camp were awarded to Peter O’Brien and Lauren Grouse. There was also a very special event on this evening, Tuesday 25th in Dublin Castle. One of the young leaders has successfully completed the Gold Gaisce President’s award and will be presented with an award by the president. Its not often a person get to that achievement and his will be the first in Portmarnock for over 25 years, which is fantastic. Well done to all the members for all their hard work.

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Thirty seven scouts and leaders from Portmarnock scouts spent ten fantastic fun filled days on the Isle of Man during their recent annual camp. They spent two days exploring the Island Heritage and another day hiking around Snaefell Mountain, the highest point on the island. During the camp 12 scouts headed off on the Millennium Way – a forty kilometre route over the mountains from North of the Island to Castletown in the South, and hiked over 26kms as part of their Bronze Gaisce- Presidents Award. They brought tents with them and ovenighted on the hills. The main group had great fun at the Venture Centre where they experienced abseiling,

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Welcoming Reception For Catherine McInerney Saunders were delighted to be the official Chartered Accountants for Paralympics Ireland this year. They offered their services free of charge for a three year period and were fully supportive throughout the event. It was in recognition of this support that encouraged Swords lady and Paralympic heroine, Catherine Walsh to call to McInerney Saunders offices recently to

show the staff and partners her Silver and Bronze medals. The firm arranged a very warm reception for Catherine to commend her on her marvellous achievements. Neal Morrison of McInerney Saunders said that, for him, the Paralympic Games was about elite sport – he did not see athletes with disabilities – it was their abilities that he was inspired by – ability to win, to break world records and to achieve personal bests. He told the County Leader: “It is difficult to convey in words the feeling and emotion of watching all the athletes triumph as they did. ”McInerney Saunders congratulates Catherine, her fellow athletes and all the support personnel of Team Ireland and wishes them continued success.”

A Quiz Night was held in the Milestone in Balbriggan, as part of Balbriggan Safety Week. Proceeds from the quiz were donated to Balbriggan Meals on Wheels. Pictured at the event are Zoe Nelson (Quizmaster), Louise Butler (Balbriggan Community Policing Forum), Sean Crossan (Adjudicator) and Meals on Wheels members, Helen Davis, Colette Brangan and Margaret O'Brien.

Bank Closure Greatly Affects Rush Community Local independent T.D. Clare Daly has called on A.I.B to withdraw its decision to close the branch at Rush. She warns this decision will take the heart out of Community of

Rush unless a U-turn is made. Speaking about the closure, she told the County Leader: said, “Having considered the research undertaken by


Inside the issue Ballyboughal’s Cian Unlucky In France

Ballyboughal man, Cian Delaney flew out last Friday, 21st September to Nancy in France to represent Ireland in the World Duathlon Championship. The event, a 10km run, followed by a 40km bike run, is rounded off with a gruelling 5km run, took place on Sunday last.

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Feeling Blue In Colaiste Choilm Students and staff of Colaiste Choilm in Swords were all in blue last Friday, 21st September. But no need to worry, it was all by way of celebrating an historic occasion for the school. Two recent graduates are involved in All-Ireland action with the Dublin minor football and hurling teams. See page 7

Announcement Of Balbriggan Primary Care Centre Welcomed Local councillors, Tom O’Leary (FG) and Ciaran Byrne (Lab) have welcomed the announcement of a new primary care centre for Balbriggan by the Minister for Health James Reilly TD.

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Alan Leetch Memorial Day Blows The Lights Out The Alan Leetch Memorial Family Fun Day was held at Fingallians GAA grounds recently. The Alan Leetch fund was set-up after the death of their friend, brother, and son Alan Leetch. It was truly a momentous day with in excess of €60,000 being raised. See page 14

the Chamber of Commerce in Rush, it is clear beyond any doubt that this Community is being worst effected by far out of all of the branches pinpointed for closure. Eight thousand people in Rush will be effected if this decision goes ahead. This is simply unacceptable.” “To imagine that citizens in Rush, including many elderly citizens who can’t drive, would be forced to make the journey to Balbriggan and Skerries, in order to carry out their banking transactions is an outrage,” she continued. “I fully support the call of the Rush Chamber of Commerce to the senior executives in A.I.B to reverse this decision and to meet with the community and elected representatives in advance of the October 26th deadline, so that we can ensure that it is reversed. No other community is affected in this way. We have to make a stand in that regard.”

Snippet Exhibition In Ballyboughal An art exhibition by Portmarnock artist, Rhóda Uí Chonaire, takes place in the Grange Gallery, Ballyboughal, every day during September from 10am - 5pm. The exhibition entitled ‘Súil Siar Samhlacha: Simulacra’, includes work in oils and acrylics, and features portraits, still lives and landscapes.


Local Paralympic cyclist, Catherine Walsh paid a visit to McInerney Saunders Chartered Accountants office in Swords last Wednesday. McInerney Saunders acted as official Chartered Accountants to Paralympics Ireland and Catherine dropped in to show off her silver and bronze medals. Pictured are staff members, Agatha Miros, Anne-Marie Coughlan, Fiach O'Shea, Darragh Henry, Thomas Anthony, Owen Sheehy, Cathal Saunders, Donagh Waters, Susan McKittrick, Catherine Walsh, Neal Morrison, Ruth Brereton and Deirdre Healy.



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Fingal Enterprise Week Just Around The Corner T

he much anticipated Fingal Enterprise Week is just around the corner. This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better than ever. The week will be crammed with opportunities for businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs and most events are free of charge. Fingal County Enterprise Board has joined forces with some of the world’s most respected technology companies and social media brands for Fingal Enterprise Week. Representatives from IBM, Paypal, Sage, Facebook, Apple, Realex

theme of the Food Forum is ‘Growth, Innovation and Collaboration in the Food Industry’, and is expected to be one of the biggest events of the week. Group Managing Director of Keelings, Caroline Keeling will be sharing the group’s ‘keys to success with food producers and suppliers, giving a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the Food Central facilities. This event is open to anyone involved in the food growth, production, transport, wholesale and retailing sector. On Wednesday, October 3rd one of the highlights of the day will be the

Paddy Lonergan, Manager of Bank of Ireland, Swords (centre), is pictured with the four Fingal Enterprise Awards finalists, John Aherne from Golfgraffix, Tom Keogh from Keogh's Crisps, Darragh Richardson from Agile Networks and Adrian McGreevy from Amphibia Sport.

Payments and LinkedIn will be meeting small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs at three free events. On Monday, October 1st, the curtainraiser for Fingal Enterprise Week is the ‘Working in a Digital Age’ morning workshop at the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. Key experts will be discussing new media, new challenges and best practices for small businesses. Then there is the eagerly awaited Food Forum on Tuesday, October 2nd, which is being hosted by Keelings at Food Central in St. Margaret’s. The

‘Business Start Up Bootcamp,’ which is a full day bootcamp (from 9am5pm) designed for start ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. The cost is €25 per participant (including lunch) and takes place in the Hilton Hotel in Dublin Airport. Next up is the National 50+ Enterprise Day on Friday, October 5th. Aimed at anyone aged 50 and over, the initiative may boost the number of ‘senior entrepreneurs’ in Ireland by increasing the number of new companies set up by people in that age group. The County Enterprise Board is hosting a day-

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long conference in Blanchardstown under the theme of ‘Succeeding In Your Start-Up.’ Building on the success of previous workshops for senior 4UESDAYND/CTOBER entrepreneurs. "RIDGINGTHE'AP THESKILLNE NDUSTRY There are four entrepreneurs and Business Briefing over Breakfast with FingalEDSOFI Dublin Chamber companies shortlisted for the 4HE"USINESSOF!GEING Exploring opportunities for your business among ageing Fingal Enterprise Award. consumers. They are Darragh Richardson $UBLIN&OOD#HAIN Growth, Innovation and Collaboration in the Food industry. from Agile Networks, Tom Keogh from Keogh’s Crisps, John Aherne 7EDNESDAYRD/CTOBER from Golfgraffix, and Adrian "USINESS3TART5 P"OOT#AMP McGreevy from Amphibia Sport. An energetic one day adventure for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. Agile Networks Ltd. is a "USINESS3TART5P%VENING#LINI CS specialist provider of IT One to one business mentoring for new entrepreneurs. networking solutions in Ireland. &INGAL7OMENIN"USINESS The company was set up by Speed Networking Event Darragh and Francoise 4HURSDAYTH/CTOBER Richardson, designs, builds and !LL4ALK supports complex networks How to get your business message to the outside world. based on technically-led engi- 4AXATION4IPS Reduce the tax you pay and improve your cashflow. neering excellence. Keoghs Crisps Ltd. was incorpo- $RIVING"USINESS/NLINE WITH0AYMENTS!NYTIME !NYWHERE !N rated less than 12 months ago Manageme Y7AY nt Masterclass with Paypal (November 2011) on the Keogh 0ITCHINGFOR)NVESTMENT family farm at Oldtown. Keoghs Business pitching competition at LINC has already won prestigious &RIDAYTH/CTOBER awards including the ‘Food Start Up Company of the Year .ATIONAL %NTERPRISE$AY Succeeding in Your Start-Up Award’ and two ‘Great Taste EST#HALLENGES Gold’ awards from the Guild of 3-Y"IGG Entrepreneurs tell you how they overcame their biggest business challenges. Fine Food. Golfgraffix Ltd. is the brainchild of self-confessed golf fanatic and Workshop’, which takes place at the computer geek, John Aherne and has Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan been in operation since 2010. It with free entry. offers web users the ability to play Experienced entrepreneurs and various golf courses at home. exporters at the evening event Amphibia Sport designs innovative include sports equipment. Its main features, Celine Hayes English from Couveture, including a waterproof pouch and a premium desserts manufacturer, changing mat have been incorpo- Patrick Doyle from WH Scott Lifting, rated into the new smaller “Evo Bag” manufacturers of heavy lifting equipwhich is targeted at more main- ment and cargo control products and stream sports, including the gym and Philip Gaffney from O’ Gowna, swimming. designers of Irish craft and giftware. Speaking about the Enterprise week, Colm MacFhionnlaioch from the Manager of Bank of Ireland Swords, Potential Exporters Division of Paddy Lonergan said, ”Bank of Enterprise Ireland and Chris Gordon, Ireland is delighted to sponsor Fingal Chairman of the Irish Export CoEnterprise Week. They provide great Operative will also be on hand to support to businesses in the area outline the assistance on offer to and we are very happy to be associ- those companies planning to break ated with such a prestigious event.” into new export markets. The workOn the opening day, 1st October, a shop runs from 6pm to 9pm. panel of successful exporters will be On the final day, October 5th, ‘My offering advice to aspiring exporters Biggest Challenges’ workshop with at the ‘I’ve Been There! An three successful entrepreneurs takes Entrepreneur Led Exporting place at the Marine Hotel at Sutton



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Cross. Nicola Byrne from 11890, Michael Dawson from the Gift Voucher Shop and Tom Keogh from Keogh’s Crisps will all be revealing how they overcame their biggest challenges. Chaired by Sarah Carey from Newstalk, the event runs from 8am to 10.30am, with free continental breakfast and free entry. Oisin Geoghegan, CEO with Fingal County Enterprise Board said; “Through Fingal Enterprise Week, we’re encouraging aspiring exporters, as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs, to take the opportunity of learning from those who have gone before. By gaining valuable insights, top tips and words of wisdom, potential exporters and entrepreneurs can potentially avoid making costly mistakes and increase their chance of success.” The winner of Fingal Enterprise Awards 2012 will go forward to the National Enterprise Awards in November.

Balbriggan Railway History Presentation Balbriggan and District Historical Society’s next presentation is entitled ‘The Coming of the Railway to Balbriggan’ and will be presented by the renowned author and railway historian, Brian Mac Aongusa. It takes place on Wednesday, 26th September at 8pm in the Town Hall, Balbriggan. Brian is an authority on Ireland’s railways and has contributed to many television programmes, including ‘Bóithre Iarainn’ and ‘Iarnród Uladh’, both for TG4, Snippet and also the Irish leg of the BBC’s very popular Join Youth series, ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ Theatre which was presented Group by Michael Portillo. There are still a couple Among the books that of places available in the he has written are Millbank Youth Theatre ‘Broken Rails: Crashes (MYTH) earlier slot from and Sabotage on Irish 7pm - 8.15 p.m. Age 12 15 year olds. If you are Railways’ and ‘The interested please Harcourt Street Line: contact Millbank Back on Track’. All are welcome to attend. Theatre on 8437475.

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Psychiatric Soft Toys Hit The Shops A German toy maker has unveiled a controversial new range of animals which all have psychiatric illnesses. The toys – suffering from everything from bipolar disorder to acute depression – come with their own medical history, a referral letter and a treatment plan. ‘Patients’ from the Paraplush toy company include Dub the turtle with severe depression, Sly the snake who suffer from terrifying hallucinations, Dolly the sheep with a multiple personality disorder and a crocodile with an irrational fear of water.


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Business Seminar Designed To Reboot Your Business

Ballyboughal’s Cian Unlucky In France Ballyboughal man, Cian Delaney flew out last Friday, 21st September to Nancy in France to represent Ireland in the World Duathlon Championship. The event, which comprises a 10km run, followed by a 40km bike run, is rounded off with a gruelling 5km run, took place on Sunday last. Cian ran a great race and was well in contention.

How do successful business people flourish in turbulent times? A seminar entitled 'Reboot your Business' will reveal all. The seminar, which takes place on Friday, 12th October at Bewley's Hotel Dublin Airport from 9.30am until 1pm, is set to provide the answers to people whose businesses are stuck in a log jam. Find out how you can be more successful, spend your time more productively and have more loyal customers. The seminar will be conducted by three well known and successful business people, called ‘The 3Authors’ and are made up of Ted Corcoran, Ciara Conlon and Rachel Killeen. They are business experts, who have published books that help business people to succeed. Ted Corcoran told the County Leader, "Many business people feel depleted. They simply don't have enough resources or time to think. We all want greater success and

satisfaction from our work. We all need more time to devote to the activities that we really enjoy leisure, family and friends. We all need to grow our customer base and to build relationships for the long term. The 3Authors are business experts, who have published books that help business people to succeed. Our approach is purely practical and this is what we talk about: Ted Corcoran, author of The Leadership Bus continued, "The

idea behind the seminar is that it is generally accepted that business is at the bottom of the cycle at the moment; therefore the only is to go up. This seminar will give you some tips on how to move forward and will kick-start businesses that need the motivation and tips on how to get going again," he said. Corcoran served as International president of Toastmasters International in 2003/04, a worldwide organisation of some 300,000 members in 120 countries, which

Business expert, Ted Corcoran is pictured getting ready for the upcomig seminar, 'Reboot your Business'

is the leading organisation in communication and leadership training in the world. He is the owner of "Ted Corcoran & Associates" based in Dublin. His presentation will include what distinguishes successful people from the rest. What do they do or how do they act to

make them so? "In my presentation, I talk about ten habits that successful people employ to achieve their goals," he said. Strong demand is anticipated for this seminar. The cost is € 100. Register at ootyourbusiness to ensure that you get a ticket.

Foróige Comes To Loughshinny Autumn Foróige needs your help to start a much needed youth initiative for young people in the Loughshinny area. Foróige believe in the development and potential of young people. Foróige clubs provide a space where young people can socialise safely and get involved in a variety of activities. Volunteers are a key component to ensuring the success of such clubs. There are currently over

600 clubs and cafes throughout the country. Loughshinny could be next! An information evening will take place in Loughshinny Community Centre on Wednesday 26th September at 8pm for anyone interested in finding out about Foróige and how to get involved. Further information available from Bryan Gavin, Regional Youth Officer 0868519639.


Unfortunately, he had a mishap on the bike, when the chain came off and he lost almost a minute, putting him out of contention. The County Leader spoke to him, prior to leaving for the event and he explained what is involved in this event. “I’m competing in the World Age Group Championship in the 30-34 year old category. Last year in Spain, I won a bronze medal in the 25-29 year old category.” I became interested in the event when I played football for Ballyboughal, I realised that I was good at running. I started taking it up seriously about a year ago.” The cycling event is a particularly strong event for Cian and he is a member of Stamullen Cycling Club. He won a few Leinster medals with them. “I had a bad crash on

flowers, embroidery and sewing, glass art, designer knitwear, beauty products, baking, jams chutneys and preserves, sweets, toys, paintings, photography and The Rush Autumn Craft Fair much more. Everybody will take place on welcome. All profits from September 30th at the GAA stall rental will go to the Complex St Maurs from Hospice and the Jack & Jill 11am to 5pm. This is the Foundation. biggest non-commercial craft fair in the North County and will host up to Are you a budding writer? Then this group is 50 stalls with different the one for you! Swords Writers’ Group is open crafts such as jewellery, for membership. The group comprises poets, woodwork, cards, handnovelists, short story writers, screenwriters and made fashion items,

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the bike about 7 weeks ago, but I’m back racing again and I feel really fresh, due to my injury lay-off.” Cian is aware of the

size of the task confronting him, but promised that he would give it his all in the event. “I’ll be competitive and confident of giving a good account of myself. Cian’s entire family were in France to support him and this gave him great encouragement to do well.

Cian Delaney is pictured as he gets ready for his last training session prior to leaving for France to compete in the World Duathlon Championships.

journalists who use the peer support of the group to learn about and develop their craft. The group is open to new members all year round. For further information, visit All budding writers are encouraged to attend.




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YOURVIEW hough the games have been and gone, By Pierre Vandevelde Ireland and indeed the North County, has much to be proud of as our athletes did tremendously well during the Olympic and Paralympic games, surpassing everyone's expectations. The County Leader went out and about recently to get the opinion of our locals. We asked them if they felt the country got a boost from the games. Here is what they had to say:


MICHAEL KECWUEY (Swords): Yeah I think it did. We got great coverage on the London Olympics. Any time we perform well in sports it gives the country a bit of a lift. And at the end of the day we need a positive lift, you know. And that’s probably the only good news we have.

MAUREEN REECE (Visitor, Derby England): Yeah, it was a very good lift. I hope they can do it again.

SINÉAD HUGHES (Swords): Yeah I think Ireland did get a lift from the Olympics and the Paralympics. Definitely yes.

TOM FEEHILY (Rush): Yeah, I think it was a big boost. You know, it’s like a big football match, we need to get together. Yeah, it was a big boost.

FRANK REDMOND (Swords): Of course it did. And everyone admired the athletes that went to the Paralympics. Whether they get home with a medal or not, simply participating is a marvellous achievement for them and for our country.

GERALDINE SHERIDAN (Swords): I think the Paralympics should have got more television coverage, advertisements or something. They performed marvellously well at the Paralympics but they didn’t get enough coverage. That’s all I have to say.

Announcement Of Balbriggan Primary Care Centre Welcomed Local councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) has welcomed the announcement of a new primary care centre for Balbriggan by the Minister for Health James Reilly TD. “The HSE has signed an agreement to lease with the proposers of this excellent new primary care centre for Balbriggan and I am informed, as part of that agreement that planning permission is expected to be lodged to the County Council next month,” said O’Leary. “I know that this primary care centre in Balbriggan has been a priority for myself and Minister Reilly for some time.” O’Leary continued, “The existing HSE Health Centre which has served the people for a long time is in a dilapidated condition for some time and the people of Balbriggan deserve a new modern state of the art primary care centre with modern diagnostic facilities available locally to the people in Balbriggan. I understand the local GPs are broadly supportive of this project and look forward to the new facility becoming available to their patients as soon as possible,” he concluded. Meanwhile, Cllr. Ciaran Byrne (Lab)

says that data on disadvantage supports the inclusion of Balbriggan on the Department of Health’s Primary Care Centre Priority list. Byrne said that “parts of the media has sought to portray Minister of State Shortall as opposed to the inclusion of Balbriggan. In fact, in

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her Dail speech, she was merely insisting that Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD, publish the written rationale for such an inclusion in the priority list, in the interests of political transparency and fairness. “Furthermore, in her speech on Friday at the launch of Community Safety Week in Balbriggan, Minister Shortall acknowledged the need for a primary heath care in the town.

“Her concern has been to ensure that the provision of essential services and facilities across the country is fair and does not revert to the kind of stroke politics practised in this country for decades that led directly to the crash of the Celtic Tiger,” said Byrne. He went on to say that the data s u p p o r t i n g Balbriggan’s inclusion in the priority list actually exists. “Three years ago, during my term as Chairman of the Fingal Leader Partnership, we undertook additional research that conclusively showed that the level of disadvantage in Balbriggan was higher than Government statistics suggested. Former Minister Pat Carey was so convinced by this additional information that, at a time of severe cutbacks, he made extra funds available for services for the unemployed in the town.” Byrne continues, “Current data shows that the situation has deteriorated since then. So, as there is a direct correlation between disadvantage and poor health in the population, the argument for a primary health care centre in Balbriggan is therefore valid.”

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DERMOT GERAGHTY (Swords): I didn’t watch the Paralympics but as for the Olympics, we definitely got a lift from it. It really brought the country up. That’s all, I am more of a football fan!


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PABLO RODRIGUEZ (Swords): I didn’t really follow the Paralympics, but yeah, I think it was a big lift though it didn't get enough coverage.

CLELIA HINOST (Dublin City Centre): We did so well at the Paralympics but I think the coverage could have been a bit better during the games, because the Olympics got a lot of coverage and the Paralympics were mainly mentioned during the news on TV and in the newspaper. But generally speaking I'd say we were very pleased about how we did.

STEPHEN KEELING (Malahide): Yes it did, I thought the boxing at the Olympics was great, fantastic. I didn’t pay that much attention to the Paralympics, but we did very very well and it was a good lift, yes. Pictured here is Kerri McDonnell from Swords with boyfriend, Jamie Matthews Crampton from Leeds. Kerri attended her debs recently.

A US woman who went missing in the early hours of the morning had gone for a swim in the river – while sleepwalking. The 31-yearold was reported missing by her husband who awoke to find her gone. She had left the home barefoot, wearing only pyjamas, and left a sliding door open. Deputies found her a quarter of a mile downstream from her home on a sandbank. She was safe but disorientated and soarking wet after apparently swimming while still asleep.


Anna Robinson from Skerries was the winner of the €2,000 Utility Bill prize, which was presented by Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan. Anna, who is pictured here with Millfied Centre Manager, Peter Carey was thrilled with her win. "I'm absolutely delighted. I was shocked and thrilled to hear that I had won. I hardly ever win anything and this is a brilliant bonus leading up to Christmas." Anna is a regular shopper at Millfield and spoke of the free parking and 24 hour shopping as a real bonus and had great praise for the friendly staff there.

O’Brien Selected As Green Candidate Last Thursday, 20th September, the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan saw the rebirth of the Green Party in the North County. The selection convention for the local election candidate for the Balbriggan Ward (which also includes Skerries, Rush, Lusk and much of rural North County), saw no less than four candidates vying for the position. After an evening of passionate speeches and hard questioning, Skerries man Joe O’Brien (35) was successful. O’Brien currently works as a Policy Officer with the NGO Crosscare Migrant Project which works with Irish emigrants, returning Irish emigrants and new immigrants to Ireland. Afterwards, he said, Joe O’Brien “The Green Party in the North County is on the road back. After learning from difficult local and general elections, we are now stronger and wiser. We have regrouped and renewed and now we start the fight to show the people of the area that the Green message is more important than ever.” He continued, “I believe it is vital we have a Green perspective on the Council to oversee and monitor issues like sewage treatment, water quality, planning and how the natural resources of the North County are protected. The development of a monster sewage plant in particular makes the need for the Green representation on the Council particularly pressing.” “We need to show that the Green way is at the same time the most immediate and best long term way of giving something back,” he concluded.


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Feeling Blue In Colaiste Choilm Students and staff of Colaiste Choilm in Swords were all in blue last Friday, 21st September. But no need to worry, it was all by way of celebrating an historic occasion for the school. They wore their blue Dublin jerseys to celebrate the fact that two recently graduated students have achieved great success on the GAA fields. Cahal Flynn and Eoin Howard are on the Dublin minor football and minor hurling panels respectively. Cahal, who plays for Ballyboughal, repre-

sented Dublin minor footballers in last Sunday’s epic encounter with neighbours, Meath, while Eoin, from Whitehall Colmcille, will be on duty against Tipperary in the replayed hurling final on Sunday. Both lads paid a trip back to the school on Friday last, amid great excitement from their former colleagues. Teacher and coach, Sinead Hynes said the school was giddy with excitement. “The lads in the school are thrilled to see familiar faces taking centre stage at Croke Park and they are a credit to the school. Everyone was glued to the telly to see Cahal and the same will happen again on Sunday for Eoin. We’re so proud of both of them,” she said.

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Pictured at the Coffee Morning at Rolestown Hall last Thursday, in aid of St Francis Hospice, which was hosted by Rolestown ICA are, Maureen Sherry, Eithne Moore, Ann O'Meara and Geraldine Canny. All proceeds from the morning go to St Francis Hospice. This is the 20th year that ICA Rolestown has hosted this event.

Malahide Woman Involved In Cancer Campaign Local lady, Sheila Morris from Malahide is involved in a brand new Breast Cancer Campaign called ‘Get the Girls.’ Sheila is one of the founders of ‘Get The Girls.’ She has been involved in fundraising for breast cancer research in the North County for some time. She got involved as she was personally touched by cancer several years ago. Her sister passed away from leukaemia 47 years ago and as a

result she was driven to support the Irish Cancer Society and fundraise to do her bit. A few of the ladies on her fundraising team have suffered from breast cancer, so there is a great local effort to get involved. The campaign was launched as part of the Irish Cancer Society. It asks women around the North County and beyond to do their bit for breast cancer research this October.

Update On New Mental Health Units In Portrane Deputy Brendan Ryan (LAB) placed a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Health in which he asked the position regarding the proposal to move the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum to Portrane in North County. He also asked the stage the proposal is at and if there are any timescales on how the proposal is progressing. Ryan told the County Leader: “I was informed by the Minister of State that the Infrastructural and Capital Programme 2012 - 2016

The Irish Cancer Society is calling on every woman in Ireland to come together and ‘Get the Girls’ during October to combat breast cancer. At the launch of its new campaign recently, the Irish Cancer Society sent a rallying call to all women to help reach the next groundbreaking breast cancer discovery by raising funds for vital breast cancer research in Ireland.

includes capital funding for the Reconfiguration of the National Forensic Mental Health Services. This will include the replacement of the Central Mental Hospital (CMH), the development of a 10 bed Intellectual Disability Forensic Mental Health Unit, a 10 bed Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Unit, as well as four regional Intensive Care Rehabilitation Units. It is planned to build the new CMH, the Intellectual Disability and the Child and Adolescent Forensic Mental Health Units at Portrane.” “The design team has recently been appointed and commenced work on the project. It is expected that construction will commence in 2014 and take two years to complete,” he concluded.

A kangaroo has escaped from a German zoo – with helps from his accomplices, a fox and a wild boar. Three kangaroos originally got out of their enclosure after a helpful fox dug a hole next to the fence. Two of three were then able to escape the park entirely through another hole dug by a wild boar under the exterior boundary. Vets had managed to snare one of the pair after a long chase. The other one had managed to stay one hop ahead of authorities.

This is a fun way for women to get together and raise money for breast cancer research. There are so many ways to take part: you can ‘Get the Girls’ round with a girly movie night or come dine with me dinner party, ‘Get the Girls’ dancing with a sponsored dance off, ‘Get the Girls’ volunteering selling pink ribbons on October 5th, Get the Girls baking with a cake sale at work or Get the Girls running with a fun run - every activity counts!

Snippet Big Win In Skerries Skerries Zingo draw had a big winner recently when Pat Kenny picked up a cheque for €3,100 from Fergal Lynch from Skerries Harps f u n d r a i s i n g Committee. The draw for the Zingo takes place every Thursday night in various venues in Skerries. Envelopes cost €2 and can be bought from Gary Holland, or you can now enter on line at Jackpot now stands at €1,100.


Invitation: Celebrating 25 Years in Business After 6 Network Evening Fingal Dublin Chamber Supporting Local Business Date: Thursday October 4th Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm Venue: Crowne Plaza, Northwood, Santry, Dublin 17 Nifast, in association with Fingal Dublin Chamber, cordially invite you to join in the celebration of 25 years of Nifast in the delivery of sustainable health and safety solutions. We are delighted to announce that the special guest speaker on the night will be Anne Heraty, Chief Executive of Cpl Resources plc, on her leadership and direction of the Group, overcoming the current challenges facing business and to looking forward to successful years ahead. Anne Heraty is Chief Executive of Cpl Resources plc. Ireland’s largest and only publicly quoted Human Resource Solution provider. Anne is a former winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2006. Join Chamber members and Nifast Clients for complimentary drinks, some finger food and plenty of networking with the many other business women and men who will be there enjoying the social side of business and of course celebrating this significant milestone in Nifast’s history.

On the night, one lucky person will win €5,000 worth of training for their company from Nifast. *Winner will be selected from those attending on the night – make sure to bring plenty of business cards.

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Playing It Safe In Balbriggan By Patrick Finnegan Balbriggan Community Policing Forum held the Balbriggan Community Safety Week for the second year. The event was officially opened by Minister of State at the Department of Health, Roisin Shortall. The colourful event was held at St George’s Square on Friday last, 21st September. The Square was awash with colour and atmosphere, as families gathered to see safety demonstrations from local emergency

Miinister of State at the Department of Health, Roisin Shortall cuts the ribbon at the official opening of Balbriggan Safety Week on Friday last, 21st September.

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Pictured at the official opening of Balbriggan Safety Week on Friday last, 21st September are Tom Daly and Adrian Sutton from Dublin Fire Brigade at the back, with Skerries RNLI members, Linda Russell, AJ Hughes and Ronnie Horan.

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RNLI, Nifti, The Coast Guard, Dublin Fire Brigade, who were delighted to show off their skills to mesmerised locals. The local Farmers’ Market was also present and the scene resembled something from the continent. The week kicked off with a public meeting in the Town Hall, Balbriggan on Monday 17th of September last. The event was attended by the new An Garda Siochana Balbriggan Area Superintendent Noel Carolan, Inspector Declan Yeats, Louise Edmonds and Brian Murray from the County Council and chaired by Louise Butler from the B a l b r i g g a n Community Policing Forum. This was followed by a well attended event in Bracken Court Hotel,

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Balbriggan on Thursday 20th September, which was hosted by An Garda Siochana and assisted by Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce, to raise awareness of crime issues that affect the business community. It provided an opportunity for the recently appointed superintendent for Balbriggan District, Noel Carolan to meet the Business community and he kindly offered his assistance in any area and at any time. Detective Inspector Gus Keane who organised the event then introduced the specialist speakers. Important advice in relation to Crime Prevention and Fraud Detection were presented to the attendees. This was the first meeting of its kind to take place in the North County region and Kevin Tolan, President of Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce stated that he was “pleased that direct efforts were being made by An Garda Siochana to bring better communication between The Business Community and the authorities.” “The Chamber of Commerce have also agreed to work with An Garda Siochana in setting up a ‘text alert scheme’ for Balbriggan similar to the successful scheme in operation in Letterkenny. Overall a very worthwhile event that can only be good for Balbriggan and bad

Pictured at the Nifti stand at the official opening of Balbriggan Safety Week on Friday last, 21st September are Eric Bentley (Manager, Nifti), Acting Cathaoirleach, Monica Harford, Mick Kavanagh (Nifti) and Balbriggan Town Clerk, Brian Murray.

Pupils from Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigin in Balbriggan get some safety tips from the Civil Defence at the official opening of Balbriggan Safety Week.

for the criminals,” he said. A series of local events were held and locals were encouraged to visit the Garda station to see how the gardai carry out their work. This was very popular with locals, particularly kids, who witnessed a car being cut open to rescue people trapped inside. A helicopter rescuing people also proved to be very popular. all in all, a very informative and interesting week was had by all.

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Snippet Exhibition In Malahide Catherine Lawlor’s School of Art is holding its 10th annual art exhibition in Malahide Tennis Club on Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th in aid of the children’s medical and research foundation at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. All are welcome.

construction, health and education, to engage in a programme of work in impoverished areas in countries in Southern Africa. For the past five years this work has centred on the Lusikisiki community in the Eastern Cape in South Africa, an area that has been devastated by the HIV virus in recent years. Last year, the hugely successful project moved to a new phase and a new country, Lesotho. The school, project leaders, parents and students hope to repeat the successes of the last 5 years by bringing practical help and relief to the people, who live in equally disadvantaged areas of this country. Action Ireland Trust strive to educate, mentor, encourage and support a vast number

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Clean Sweep For Balscadden On Thursday 20th September last, the 37th community based anti-litter competition, Fingal Cleaner Communities

Awards, were held in the County Hall in Swords. It is primarily a litter-awareness competition to enhance the appear-

ance of residential and business areas around the county. It’s similar to, but separate from the Tidy Towns

The overall prize at the recent Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards 2012 was awarded to the Balscadden District Community Council for their excellent work within their Village. Pictured here L-R are: County Mayor, Cian O' Callaghan, Maria Cannon, Nick Halligan and Director Of Services PJ Howell.

Competition. The overall prize was awarded to the Balscadden District Community Council for their excellent work within their Village. Other notable prizes given on the night were: Best Presented Thatched Cottage for “Clay Cottage” in Lusk, Best Presented Town which again went to Lusk, Best Presented Community Centre given to Balscadden and Best Example Of Special Community Effort which went to Seabury Tidy Districts Group in Malahide. Many community groups from throughout the North

County participated in this year’s event. There were over 100 entrants across all categories, which range from Best Front Garden to the Green Business Award. A total of 35 prizes were awarded on the night, which is an increase of six prizes on last year due to the extremely high standard of entries. County Mayor, Cllr. Cian O’Callaghan, commented: “The Cleaner Communities awards fosters great community spirit. Householders who may not know each other have turned out to take part in cleanups in their local

Pictured with his award for best Thatched Cottage is Anthony Rogan from Lusk. Anthony is pictured here with County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan and PJ Howell (County Council)

areas having been encouraged by their local tidy towns communities. We owe a great deal of gratitude to those people who encourage the rest of us to take pride in our surroundings.”

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Lusk won the award for the Best Presented Town at the recent Cleaner Communities Awards ceremony at County Hall on Thursday last, 20th September. Pictured are County Mayor, Cian O'Callaghan, Nina Flynn, Pat Kelly, Teresa Kilmurray and PJ Howell from the County Council.

Great Start For Applewood Community Centre Faces were painted, castles bounced and magic tricks were performed all to the

delight of children from Swords and beyond. The local community centre in

Applewood was the place to be as it held its first ever Family Fun Day recently. Applewood Community Centre is only months old but has already woven itself into the fabric of the local community. The large attendance on the day was solid proof of this.

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Amid the obligatory face painting and bouncy castles, there was a whole host of entertainment and fun provided by local groups who came to add music and dance to the occasion. The good people at the Community Centre have publicly thanked all the groups involved in making the day such a roaring success.

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Hayley O'Rourke, Aine Butterly, Alex McKenna and Gillian Keane after receiving their Junior Certificate Results from Fingal Community College in Swords.

Sean Mok and Christopher Cambell receiving their Junior Certificate Results from Colaiste Choilm in Swords. Amy Keirnan, Balbriggan Community School

Pictured are Malahide Community School students, Ian Mangan, Paul Devanney, Tiernan Allen, Cian Copeland and Chris Lambert, as they receive their Junior Cert results.

Pictured are Malahide Community School students, Eimear Nicholl, Catherine Breen and Rachel King as they receive their Junior Cert results.

Pictured are Neil Butler and David Caffrey after receiving their Junior Certificate Results from Colaiste Choilm in Swords.

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Maree McLoughlin, Linda Okolo, Nicole Corcoran and Lorna Seagrave, from Loreto College, Swords are happy with their Junior Cert results.

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Pictured receiving their Junior Certificate Results are Lukas Medvedevas, Nazariy Lasiy and Micheal O'Sullivan from Fingal Community College in Swords.

Nikki Harford and Melissa Goggins from Malahide Community School are in happy mood, having received their Junior Cert results.

Pictured receiving their Junior Certificate Results are Ciaran Hegarty and Oisin Moule from Colaiste Choilm in Swords.

Emma Byrne, Emma Curran, Laura Cummins and Amy Morgan from Loreto College, Swords show their Junior Cert results.

Pictured receiving their Junior Certificate Results are Megan McKeown and Jodie Morris from Fingal Community College in Swords.

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A very noticeable feature of the town is the number of beautiful floral displays the length of the town. What a joy it is to see shop fronts awash with colour, providing a very welcoming aspect and feel. The many historic buildings were beautifully maintained and it was very obvious that a number of interested parties came together in unison to ensure that Balbriggan never looked better. The report from the adjudicators was p a r t i c u l a r l y favourable. "The general impression among the adjudicating committee was that Balbriggan has a new energetic committee, full of enthusiasm and is engaging well with all the relevant bodies to create a much improved town, with

better facilities for people to have and to visit. The town has the potential to improve, and the Tidy Towns group has the ability to move things forward." The adjudicators started at St George's Square and noted that "Balbriggan has taken on a plaza appearance. In this area, the fine stone Court House, the Library with its clock tower, new Town Hall and the Bracken Court Hotel makes the town centre very attractive.

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First Time In Ireland Last week, Hanna left the North County Leader after her internship to go back to her home country, Germany. Auf Wiedersehen, Hanna. It’s my first time in Ireland and my first impression when I arrived was that Ireland and Belgium share a similarity: the

“My name is Pierre Vandevelde. I’m 27 years old and I come from the French-speaking part of Belgium. I have just started a ten-weeks internship with the North County Leader. ”

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Alan Leetch Memorial Day Blows The Lights Out The Alan Leetch Memorial Family Fun Day was held at Fingallians GAA grounds recently. The Alan Leetch fund was set-up after the death of their friend, brother, and son Alan Leetch, nicknamed Screech. He took his life at the end of March of this year. The committee wanted to bring to light, the problem of suicide in Ireland. This committee

aims to raise money and bring awareness of this problem in order to help people see that it’s not the only way out. The Event will now become an annual thing. It was truly a momentous day with in excess of €60,000 being raised. Money will being given to Pieta House, Console, Fingal Bereaved by Suicide Support Service and the Irish Men’s

Group. Everything that was involved and everyone involved all offered their services for free, the community of Swords and everyone connected to Alan Leetch really came together to show their love and support. There were lots of activities during the day, including a 5-aside soccer tournament, a Cake Sale, tea and coffee, BBQ,

discovering new places, different ways to live and meeting new people. I also love learning new languages and improving old ones. I have been here for three weeks and I have already made good friends, which of course makes my experience that much more enjoyable. I have mostly explored the city centre of Dublin but I definitely will see much more around as weeks go by. It’s also my first week working at the County Leader. So far, I have a feeling that it will be a great experience.

plant sale, Petting farm for free given from Wooly Wards Farm and lots of entertainment during the day from the Trad Band. Evening activities included a Race Night, Play your cards right, as well as an auction which included a painting by Caoimhe King of Alan Leetch, boxing gloves signed my Bernard Dunne, Billy Walsh, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Darren O’Neill and Kenny Egan. There

The Alan Leetch Memorial Family Fun Day took place at Fingallians GAA Club. Friends and family who participated in a charity football match are: Ian Doran, Ray Mc Menamin, Donal Farrell, Ian Mc Cormack, Keith Green, David Killeen, Stephen Cahill, Mark Gibson, Ciaran O' Heafa, Chris Dent, Sean Mulligan, Ian Gleeson, Back row: Cian Kelleher, Rossa Kelleher, Domnall Creamer, Stephen Mackay, Stephen Lunney, Paul Flynn, Fiona Leetch, Stephen Mynes, Colette Leetch, Edwin Sweeney, Eamonn Creamer, Bren Mc Guirk, David McKittrck, Karl Connelly and Stephen O'Brien.

was also a fully signed Leinster jersey and a villa for a week. The committee would also like to thank everyone who donated from cupcakes to a villa in Portugal. It was an overwhelming day of a community coming together and really showing how much they cared about Alan and also how much they support suicide awareness.

Portmarnock Student Gets Into The Swing Of Things A Portmarnock student has completed a golfing marathon by playing five courses on the Donabate peninsula in one day. Conor Bradshaw is a 15-year-old student at Portmarnock Community School and a talented golfer. Next February, he will join a number of transition year students from the school on their now annual trip to Lesotho to help the charity Action Ireland Trust. In order to do that, each student has to raise cash for the charity and Conor came up with the fundraising idea of playing all five golf courses on the Donabate Peninsula in one day and asked people to sponsor him to take on the challenge. On the appointed day, the young Portmarnock student started bright and early at 6am on the first course of five at

New Season For Local Athletics League The London 2012 Olympics may be over but for hundreds of North County schoolchildren interested in athletics, their year is only beginning. Last year 33 schools and approximately 1200 students took part and this year, the organisers are hoping for more!

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Pictured here is Lilian White and Ailise Furlong who recently took part in the annual championship finals day in Skerries Lawn Tennis Club.

Skerries Lawn Tennis Club held their annual championship finals day on September 15th last. They were the first championships on the new courts, located at Skerries Community Centre. The finals saw some great battles on court, including both Rob Carr and Kevin Branigan getting into three finals each, namely the Men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles finals, with Rob shining in all three events and taking home three winners prizes. There was a great attendance on the day both at the court side and

at the award’s night which was held in Skerries Sailing club that evening. Catering was provided by Aisling Smith with the help of others, including Clodagh Zomer. A great day and night was had by all. Winners on the day included, Rob Carr in the Men’s singles, Annie Purcell in the Ladies A Singles, Lynda Kennedy in the Ladies A Plate and Ailise Furlong winning the Ladies B Singles. Other winners included, Adrienne in the Ladies B Plate, Rob Carr and Liam Timmons in the Men’s Doubles Mixed Doubles. Rob Carr was successful again in the mixed doubles where he teamed up with Leon Gilbride, while the Ladies A Doubles was won by Ciara Conlon and Liz Neilon.

North County Youngsters Urged To Recycle The European Recycling Platform, (ERP) is calling on young bright sparks in the North County to Get Recycling! The ERP, Ireland’s only pan-European compliance scheme for electrical and electronic waste and battery recycling, has

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Farrell Welcomes Children’s Referendum Vote Local TD Alan Farrell (FG), has welcomed a recent announcement by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, that the Children’s Referendum will be held on a Saturday. The poll will take place on Saturday, 10th November. He told the County Alan Farrell TD Leader: “Earlier this year I introduced a Bill in the Dáil to legislate for weekend voting, on the basis that it will have less impact on public services, our schools, and

the North County are being asked to get collecting used batteries and fill up the ERP battery recycling boxes provided to their facility. ERP will be collecting the full boxes throughout the year and each participating facility will be in with a

would allow for students and those working away from home to engage in the democratic process. The decision to hold the referendum on a Saturday will ensure that the maximum number of people across the North County will have the opportunity to have their voices heard.” “This is a referendum that will protect the rights of the most vulnerable group in society; our children. It is appropriate that we do not exclude any group from this democratic process,” he continued. “I believe it is appropriate for this referendum in particular to be held on a Saturday as it reduces the disruption to our children’s education on polling day, where normally more than 1,200 schools around the country are required to close to act as polling stations, meaning parents must make alternative childcare arrangements.” “It also allows for our young students who are attending college away from home to engage in the democratic process on such a vital issue affecting young people,” he concluded.

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Find Your Rush Roots A committee is currently being formed to establish a Rush Open Organisation for Transition Status (ROOTS). The transition organisation geographically closest to Rush is the Transition Town Portrane Donabate (TTDP), which has been very successful since it was set up two years ago. It is a small group, which has managed to make a big impact with projects such as: a popular thriving farmer’s market held in Donabate every Saturday, a G Day’ event promoted and televised by TG4, which succeeded in turning the area into a mini Gaeltacht for

one day, a series of free training courses in food preparation and marketing, a cycle group which organises weekly cycling trips plus much more. The TTDP group currently have many more exciting projects planned and ROOTS would like to emulate some of this success. ROOTS will be formally launched at a public meeting to be held in Rush Community Centre close to the Christmas season. Even though it’s a few months away, locals are encouraged to get their thinking caps on early and bring up any issues they may have at the meeting.The meeting will be addressed by Trevor Sargent of the Green Party and by Sean Gibbons of TTDP. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

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Keep in mind that this week’s developments are only the beginning of a cycle of change, and you’ll feel less impatient. Instead, you’ll allow others to consider their options while you think about your own future.


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A week to tackle awkward issues. In some cases, you’ve already raised these, in others guilt or worry have prevented you from acting. Now you can address them, but circumstances are likely to acquire a tough stance.


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While this week’s dramas stimulate your courageous streak, others are rattled by sudden changes in arrangements involving business. You will have to deal with swift changes, while soothing numerous upsets.


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The County Council presented three local Athletics clubs with cheques for €6,150 each at a special ceremony in County Hall Swords on Thursday 14th September last. The donations, made by the Dublin Race Series, were to recognise the stewarding assistance provided by their members at the inaugural Fingal 10k road race hosted in Swords this summer. Over 4,000 athletes Fingal 10K would not participated in the run, have been possible making it the 2nd best without the support of attended event of its kind the three Senior Athletic in Ireland this year. Clubs and their volun“I was lucky to be a spec- teers. I would like to tator at this year's event thank them on behalf of and it was fantastic to the County Council,” the see Swords Main Street Mayor added. filled with over 4000 Joe Evans, Head coach of athletes," said County Fingallians Athletics Club Mayor, Cllr. Cian said that his club O’Callaghan. “The members, “were

delighted to be involved in the first ever Fingal 10K and the cheque will go towards our future youth coaching development.” “I would like to thank the Council and the Dublin Race Series for the opportunity and all our members are already looking forward to next year’s race,” he said. The council hopes to develop its support for events of this kind in 2013 and plans are already in place to support the 2nd Fingal 10K, an evening 5 miler and a “Run, walk or crawl” family fun event next year.

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Organisers of the Fingal Film Festival, which held a successful inaugural event this year, are back at their desks and preparing for next year. They have promised it will be bigger and better. Due to take place next ings and a special May, the festival will section in the festival feature a combination timetable for youth filmof workshops and makers to showcase equipment presenta- their work. They will tions. They also plan to also be launching a host a classical film short film heritage and section, Q&A screen- culture section.

Strictly Come Dancing, the popular reality TV show was back on our screens last weekend. Fans of the show can see locals competing in a version of the show at the CityNorth Hotel on November 16th in aid of Gaelscoil Bhrain Boroimhe, Swords. Twenty four brave souls have signed up to train for the event which will involve couples competing in various forms of dance. Local celebrity judges will

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Community Games Needs You North County children have a great record of success in the Dublin Community Games and to continue this success story, the Games committee are now looking for volunteers. All good things must come to an end, and that is what will happen, as a number of long standing members are set to retire at this year’s annual general meeting. A number of the existing committee are stepping down at this year’s AGM, after many years of dedicated involvement and Dublin Community Games would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to them. Dublin Community Games needs your help now. They need new volunteers to join the county committee to help run the extensive programme of competitions on offer. If Community Games is to remain active, and

Local Deputies Differ Over Student Grants Continued from page 1 that a young person’s access to third level education could potentially be affected by a decision of someone else in the house, who

hasn’t paid . They are not liable, so they cannot be affected. Daly differed from Farrell’s assessment of what constitutes a tax. “This is a charge, not a

More Speaking Success For Swords Lady Swords lady Martina Ross has overcome yet another small hurdle in her life. Following her interview with the County Leader, she recently gave another talk about overcoming her stammer for the ICA in Swords. “They were so welcoming and

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growing, around the city and county, then these vacancies need to be filled; if not, then they will have no choice but to reduce the number of activities available in 2013. This is likely to affect the performances of our local athletes in the process. Adult Volunteer members play an active role in organising all these activities. The social aspect is tremendously important and many volunteers have found the Community Games an ideal way to meet, make new friends and have a laugh. Other benefits of volunteering include: giving something back to your community, Encouraging young people to participate in sport and cultural activities; Foster community spirit; Develop new skills and advance your own abilities and skills; Enjoy a sense of achievement and satisfaction knowing your are making a difference. The AGM takes place on Tuesday, 2nd October at 7.30pm in Carmichael House, Dublin 7. Open to all and everyone is welcome. tax. This is a technical point and nonpayment will not affect a person’s ability to get a Tax Compliance Certificate. People have already paid for their services through general taxation, which includes the right to education and grants. It’s a principled opposition to an unfair charge,” she concluded.

interested in what I had to say, that it went very well indeed,” she said. “I would like to thank Doreen the President of the ICA and all it’s members for allowing me to speak.” She attributes her success once again to the McGuire Programme. “I could not have done this two years ago before I did the programme. I now have the confidence to seek out more speaking situations like the ICA, which is really wonderful.” those who may not otherwise have access to them in the local community. By all accounts, it was a fantastic day for all concerned.” “St Sylvester’s GAA Club is delighted to receive the support of this local Credit Union for our latest venture. This spirit of cross community support is at the heart of the GAA Social Initiative and it makes these outings more affordable and attracts greater involvement,” added Brendan Bannigan from St Sylvesters GAA Club.

Following a successful trip to Croke Park in March this year, St Sylvesters GAA Club arranged another GAA Social Initiative venture – this time to the theatre – with help from Malahide Credit Union. Guests were brought McAleese and her by coach from husband, Martin. As a Malahide, to see stalwart community Dublin's most famous organisation, we play 'The Plough and believe it is vital to the Stars', by Sean ensure that these O'Casey and produced initiatives are by the Abbey Theatre bolstered and on Saturday promoted in order to September 15th last. provide much needed Refreshments were outlets and services to served back in the Club after the trip to the theatre, along with some entertainment. Malahide Credit Union Manager, Vivienne Keavey told the The North County will host a community meeting in County Leader: advance of The Gathering Ireland 2013, the national “Malahide Credit tourism initiative launched earlier this year by An Union is delighted to Taoiseach Enda Kenny. A special Community Meeting support this wonderful will take place in County Hall, Swords on Thursday, 27th initiative originally September at 7pm. All are welcome to attend the established and imple- meeting which will offer an opportunity for local people mented through the to learn more about ‘The Gathering’ and how they can efforts of former be involved. Anyone with ideas can share them online President Mary after the meeting. They will also be able to access tools

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and supports online to help them to organise their own

Malahide Girl Guides Malahide Girl Guides meetings have now resumed after the Summer break. Cygnets (5.15 6.15pm), Brigins (6.25pm-7.50pm) and Guides (7.55pm9.25pm) will meet on Thursday September 27th and Rangers will meet on Sunday September 30th. Leaders will be in touch with girls on the

New Malahide Initiative Needs Your Votes Parkrun is a voluntary organisation, which is in the process of being set up at Malahide Castle. The group organises weekly, 5km timed

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Bicycle Ban For Women Abolished North Korea has lifted a long-standing ban on women from riding bicycles in urban areas. Kim Jong II imposed the repressive measure in the 1990s after the daughter of one of his generals was killed riding a bike downtown. Those caught violating the order were fined up to £25. The Daily NK news website quotes a source as saying: “This August, approval for women to ride bicycles was handed down by the state.”

waiting list over the next few weeks, once the number of available places has been established. Please see their Facebook page for regular updates.

Vantastic Around The North County Vantastic, in association with the county council and the Fingal Senior Citizens’ Forum, is offering a free door-to-door transport service to residents over 65 years in the Portmarnock, Baldoyle and surrounding areas to health appointments. The North County pilot health route will run till December. Early booking is required as places are limited. For further information, contact Vantastic on freephone 1800242703.

Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt News The George McDonnell Memorial Cup second game away to Julianstown was played last weekend. The winners were Frank Hughes and Maura Lynch, with a net 46, with the runners up, Mick Daly and Ann McDonnell on net 50. The Sunday game winner was Vince Walker with a net 48 and the runner up was Ronnie Delaney, with a net 50. Congratulations to Anthony Parkinson with a hole in one on the 10th. The next game in the McDonnell Cup was away to Laytown Saturday, 29th September at 3pm. Gatherings. Jim Miley, Project Director of The Gathering Ireland 2013, said: “The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a people’s project. It’s all about you, your family, your neighbours, your sports club, your college, your place of work – in fact, whatever community or group you belong to – I know the people of the North County have a great spirit and some wonderful suggestions for Gatherings. We’re looking forward to hearing all of your ideas.” Thursday’s meeting has been organised by the Fingal Gathering Steering Committee, led by local Gathering Co-ordinator, Noeleen McHugh. She said, “By calling this meeting, we’re asking everyone in the area to get involved in the Gathering in 2013. Projects, already underway throughout Ireland include, clan gatherings, genealogical projects, school reunions, twin-town visits and an outreach initiative where local communities will contact people who have left the country.

runs in public parks, free of charge for people interested in getting fit, but who might not be involved in other kinds of activity. It also caters

for more serious runners. The bar is set deliberately low, with no costs whatsoever, to encourage all types. They also provide a free

School Campaign In Balbriggan Balbriggan ET2L are campaigning is to get a 2nd Level Educate Together in Balbriggan. In the last few month, they have collected 1300 kids names from parents who are showing an interest in getting such a school for Balbriggan. As result of their hard work, Ruari Quinn has recognised their significant expression of interest and said that more decision will be made for Balbriggan in the near future. In order to be successful in getting another school for Balbriggan, they need to get more parents on board. Check out their Facebook page where they will be posting regular updates.


web page, for all participants. The group has been short-listed for funding from the Coca-Cola Thank You fund and need the people of Malahide to vote for them. If they succeed in obtaining the funding, this will really help them to get up and running. The voting closes at the end of September. Further information and details on how to vote is available by calling 086-2316465. Organiser, Michael McMahon told the County Leader, “If we get funding then it will be used to start more events in other parks as well.” So, go get voting for this worthwhile cause.



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Inspired by the Pretty Gothic trend, and with a stylish nod to the catwalk shows of Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, this latest piece from Oasis is perfect for the upcoming party season. Ideal for evening as well as a good party, the glamour is styled up a notch with this stunning Black and Gold Sleeve Dress. It’s a vintage-inspired look that looks very ‘now’ on modern separates, evoking the style sense of fashionistas from Olivia Palermo to Alexa Chung. Across Oasis dresses and skirts, there’s lace prints on the latest peplum shapes for a modern twist with all the look of lace but on more familiar fabrics. As the temperatures drop and we move towards winter, cocktail dresses such as this look effortlessly cool layered under classic leather biker jackets and finished with suede or leather ankle boots.

Awards Night In Balbriggan Balbriggan Town Council will host its Annual Awards Night on October 18th in the Bracken Court Hotel. The purpose of the

awards is to recognise and honour contribution to the community and/or exceptional achievement in any of the following cate-

gories: Community, Arts and Culture, Sports, Public Buildings, Tidy Districts and Special Awards. You may like

come see whether the glass slipper is for them. Shoppers will be invited to make their way to “The Throne” by their very own Prince Charming, situated near Nandos. There will be a wall filled with boxes of shoes. Shoppers will come in, pick a box and sit

themselves down on the throne, and, as they say “If the Shoe Fits”, they’ll get to wear them - right out of the centre! And to top that, if you win a pair of shoes you will also get a chance to choose from a wall filled with boxes of bags. “If the Bag matches” the shoes

these are up for grabs also. For those shoppers who aren’t into shoes, there will also be a chance to enjoy pamper zones, featuring L’Oreal, Benefit, Elizabeth Arden and Faces. Top Stylist, Courtney Smith will be on hand sharing her tips to suit all budgets and ages with her Fashion


Wardrobe sessions. She will be located on the upper mall (in front of Dunnes Stores) from 12pm to 5pm both days. Tips and tricks hairstyling will be provided by Peter Mark on the upper level. There will be lots of give-aways over the weekend also. It sounds like a weekend not to be missed!

Swords Lady In Fashion Final Edel Toal from Swords is one of only 20 contestants to reach the finals of a fashion competition. Edel, who is the only finalist in the North County area, beat a staggering 6,000 applicants to reach the final stages of the contest and, if she wins, she’ll become a spokesperson and model for the clothing line. Speaking to the County Leader, Edel says she was completely shocked when she got a callback as she wasn’t even aware she was entered into the competition to begin with. “My husband entered me in as a surprise when he saw the advertisment on television, as he thought I’d be a really good candidate.” “I would never have thought of doing anything like this before, but I just went for the interview with them anyway, just to see,” she continued. “They really promote a very healthy body image and made me feel totally at ease when I went in.” She says she was delighted to get into the finals and regardless of the outcome, is happy to be involved. The winner will be announced in October.

Pictured here is Edel Toal from Swords, one of the 20 finalists to be competing in the ‘Simply Be Curvy 2013’ competition.

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Diabetic foot wounds are one of the major complications of diabetes and an excellent example of the type of complicated wound which can be treated with hyperbaric oxygen. It is well known that many diabetics suffer circulatory disorders that create inadequate levels of oxygen to support wound healing. Diabetic wounds present a major problem for modern health care. The foot is the most common site of infection in the diabetic. For diabetic patients, foot problems remain the number one reason for hospital admission.. The therapeutic use of oxygen under pressure is known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and has been used to assist wound healing for almost 40 years. HBOT has several specific biological actions which can enhance the healing processes: • Oxygen used under pressure (hyperbaric oxygen) can assist wound healing. • can be used successfully in hypoxic or ischemic wounds such as diabetic, venous stasis ulcers, failing grafts and flaps, necrotising soft tissue infections and refractory osteomyelitis. • In wound healing, hypoxia is

an insufficient supply of oxygen which prevents normal healing processes. HBOT provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. • HBOT is able to combat clinical infection such as gas gangrene by acting directly on anaerobic bacteria, enhancing leukocyte and macrophage activity and potentiating the effects of antibiotics. • HBOT is a safe non-invasive, non-toxic therapy. Hypoxia (lack of oxygen) can be defined as an insufficient supply of oxygen to allow the healing process to proceed at a normal rate. In a typical wound care treatment, hyperbaric oxygen is capable of providing tissue oxygen levels of greater than 11 times normal values. Most chronic wounds are hypoxic and HBO provides the oxygen needed to stimulate and support wound healing. In properly selected patients with hyperbaric oxygen treatment the success rate is high and there are few absolute contraindications. HBOT in properly selected cases, has been effective in preventing amputations, speeding up healing of chronic ulcers and fistulae, saving threatened skin flaps and permitted surgery that would not have been possible without it. This in turn results in improved quality of life for patients. The incidence of amputa-

tion in diabetics remains unacceptably high: 6 per 1,000 patients. Diabetics account for 50 - 70 percent of all amputations performed each year. 10% of those surgeries resulted in the loss of a foot, 35% involved the loss of a lower leg, and 30% resulted in the loss of the knee joint. Ipsilateral or higher amputation occurs in 24% of cases. Diabetic amputees also experience other difficulties. Only 50% of the patients survive more than 3 years after the amputation (USA survey data). Although many individuals who lose limbs traumatically can expect to be rehabilitated to full activity, only 40 - 50% of elderly amputees can expect to enjoy such a successful outcome. The duration of hospitalisation for treatment of diabetic foot infections averages 22-36 days. Amputation offers a poor solution. Patients pay high personal costs when limbs are lost. When an amputation occurs, patients generally remain hospitalised for 40 days and to maximise walking ability or potential, patients may need an additional 6-9 months of rehabilitation. Many elderly diabetic amputees remain bound to wheelchairs for the rest of their lives because they lack sufficient energy, balance, and strength to walk.

Diabetic Ulcers and Amputations Canada's national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, dedicated an entire front page to an article by reporter Christine Blatchford which highlighted the fact that that 70% of amputations due to diabetic complications need never have taken place if HBOT had been used to treat them. The article said, "Since 2001, there have been four randomised, controlled clinical trials of HBOT on diabetic ulcers - the gold standard in evidence-based medicine. All studies found either markedly fewer amputations with patients who received HBOT compared to those who didn't, or enormously improved healing."

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Pictured receiving their Junior Certificate Results are Erica O'Sullivan, Agita Bukovska and Andrea Clare from Fingal Community College in Swords.

Evan Mooney and Cal McGrattan from Malahide Community School are pictured with their Junior Cert results.

Nicole Hamilton and Alicia Lally are pictured with their Junior Cert results at Loreto College, Swords

Malahide Community School students, Conor Matthews, Shane Desmond, Dylan Kenny and Nicholas Kidd are pictured with their Junior Cert results.

Emma Byrne, Emily McCarthy and Emma Jackson from Loreto College, Swords are pictured with their Junior Cert results.

Aisling Brennan and Cian Wallnutt from Malahide Community School, with their Junior Cert results.

Pictured receiving their Junior Certificate Results are James Carrol, Ian Daly, Dylan Kirwan, Vlad Sakums and Christian Burke from Fingal Community College in Swords.

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The AFAR group (Alliance for Animal rights) are inviting new, interested people to get in touch about joining local meetups. The purpose is to help animals achieve protective legislation and to campaign on local animal abuse issues. AFAR have been active since 1989 and believe abuse is increasing at an alarming rate. Phone 0877074433 to learn more.


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of Sherlock Park, Skerries 5th Anniversary on 29th September They say that time is a great healer but this I do not believe,when we meet again then I will believe Love you always from your loving wife Sheila ~~~~~~~~ Dear Dad Thinking of you daily, miss the laughs & banter but the memories of our laughter & banter together keep me going Love & miss you always Stephen and Deirdre and family ~~~~~~~~ Five years ago you closed your eyes, without saying goodbye you looked so peaceful, we were very shocked it was so sudden. I think about you daily, I know you are close and watch over us all Love & Miss You Marie & Family ~~~~~~~~ Five years have gone but you live on forever Don and family ~~~~~~~~ Life is tough without you Dad, I miss you everyday, But I know we’ll be together again, When we fly where eagles soar Stephen, Linda and Family ~~~~~~~~ I know how much you loved us dad as much as we loved you, If the sun could rise and dry our eyes of tears that fall for you. We miss you dad every day, your laugh and the joy you'd bring and all the memories that we hold is such a precious thing. Stephanie, Brendan and family ~~~~~~~~ One of life’s true gentlemen Those we love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard but always near, So loved, so missed, so dear. Pascal, Sharon and family

Recent published deaths from the North County HUGHES (nee Bright) (Donabate) - Sept. 15, 2012 (peacefully) at the Hermitage Clinic, Mary Florence (Flo); sadly missed by her loving husband Kiernan, nieces, nephew, relatives, friends and neighbours. GLEESON (nee Duffy) (Swords) - Sept. 16, 2012 (Suddenly), at Beaumont Hospital, Christina (Chrissie), beloved wife of the late Patrick; deeply regretted by her loving daughter Mary, son James, Brother John, sisters Eithne and Kathleen, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends. CARRAGHER, Paul (Swords, Co. Dublin and formerly of Whitehall) - Sept.17, 2012, (Suddenly), beloved son of Mary and Joe and dear brother of Breda, Aisling, and Geraldine; Very sadly missed by his loving family and Shelly Menton, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, brother-in-law, cousins, relatives and friends.

Miracle Prayer Dear Heart of Jesus in the past I have asked you for many favours. This time, I ask you for a very special one. Take it Dear Heart of Jesus and place it within your broken heart, where your father sees it. Then in his merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Say this prayer for 3 days. Promise publication and favour will be granted no matter how impossible. Never known to fail. S McC

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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for the change of use of the existing 16 bedroom, Bed and Breakfast in 2 blocks, to a 8 bedroom high support residential care unit with associated facilities including group rooms and activity rooms, the demolition of the existing kitchen, swimming pool and storage shed to the north and west of the existing building, the fitting of new wastewater treatment plant and percolation area and all internal alterations and associated site works at Carraige House, Lusk, Co. Dublin for The Health Service Executive. 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 its public opening hours (9.3016.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council I,Darren Bently intend to apply for Planning Permission for A. 1 ∏ storey detached dormer bungalow, B. Detached double garage, C.Waste water treatment system, D.All associated site works on site at Wimbletown,Ballyboughal, Co Dublin. 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 Co Council during public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a prescribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

opening hours of 9:30 – 16:30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of a fee €20.00, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for the demolition of the existing dwellings and associated buildings, the construction of 8no. semi detached houses and 1no. detached house consisting of 6no. two and half storey houses and 3no. two storey houses, new access road to the north east parallel to the Drynam Road, 18no. car parking spaces, 415sqmt. of public open space, and associated site works including piped and other services, ramps, footpaths, railings, landscaping and boundary treatment, on a 0.409 hectares site at Drynam Green, Feltrim, Swords, Co. Dublin and bounded to the north east by Drynam Road for PDK Behan. 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 its public opening hours (9.3016.30 Monday to Friday). A submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council I Peter Dennis intend to apply for retention permission for development at Airside Motor Park, Airside, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of Retention permission for temporary car sales area & office for a three year period & all ancillary & associated siteworks. 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 of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday – Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. 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, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed Peter Dennis

Fingal County Council I, Michael and Laura Housely. Intend to apply for planning Permission for, A.two storey extension to side. B.all associated site works at No 66A The Chantries,Balbriggan Co Dublin. 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 Co Council during public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a prescribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or Attention Home without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council I, Caroline Brennan, intend to apply for Planning Permission for development at Corduff, Lusk, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a two storey dwelling, detached domestic garage, shared entrance, waste water treatment system, and 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 the planning authority during the public

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North County Leader 25 September 2012  

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