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Local Charity Shocked At Demand For Help Pictured here at Fingal Community College are AIB Swords Branch Manager Lucia O'Riordan, Brian Walsh, Aimee O´Rourke, Conor Rogers, David Farrelly, Garrett Dillon, Chloe McCarthey and AIB Representative Pol O’Murchu.

Talented Students Open Bank In Swords told the County Enterprising students By Emily Withers of Fingal Community @TheCountyLeader Leader, “This is an incredible opportunity College (FCC) in Swords officially opened their for students to become financially student bank ‘Fingal Cash Centre’ responsible from a young age and get into the habit of saving.” on Thursday 5th December. In attendance for the event were The bank is entirely student run the entire student bank and led by pupils, who successcommittee, alongside Tony fully interviewed for their roles, Lambert, CEO Fingal Dublin and provides the opportunity for Chamber, Lucia O’Riordan, AIB fellow students to open accounts, Swords Bank Branch Manager and lodge cheques and start saving Sharon McGrath, FCC School their money. “Enterprisers such as Principal. The AIB ‘Build a Bank’ these students are where the Challenge is an initiative for future’s going and they just need Transition and fifth years to run that bit of encouragement,” their own school bank with the Lambert said. Their collective hard support of AIB. Now in its eleventh work has led them to partake in year, it enables the students to the upcoming regional final for the develop a business and maintain it ‘Build A Bank’ Competition, with a throughout the school year. Conor view to reach the National Final Rogers, the student Bank Manager next year.

40 PER CENT HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR The local St Vincent de Paul Society, the largest charitable organisation in the North County, is currently experiencing it’s busiest year to date, and is now struggling to keep up with demands for it’s services. With the recent exit from the By Patrick Finnegan tors in the past, are now among the people we are now visiting. bailout programme and the @TheCountyLeader We’ve had a lot of job losses fact that our economy is returning to health, this news will come as earlier in the year, and if some families had a surprise to many. In an effort to find out multiple members working in a company how serious the problem is in the local that closed down, then everyone is in area, the County Leader spoke with some trouble,” he said. of the leading members of the charity in the Meanwhile, President of Balbriggan SVP, North County. All spokespersons we talked Dermot Murray said, “In general, the calls to were full of praise for the continuing, are up this year and there’s a real need out outstanding generosity of people here in there. People are experiencing food the North County, but were shocked at the poverty, which is very sad in this country, in extent of the increase in requests for their this day and age. We’ve gone from such a high, to the lowest point. People are no services over the past 12 months. Denis Barry, President of St Finian’s longer able to manage, and it’s Conference in Swords, told this newspaper, impacting working families, as well “The demands on our services this year, are as people on social welfare, who definitely higher than last year. I reckon don’t know where to turn. Married that we are 40 per cent up on last year, couples are now put to the pin of which was 38 per cent higher that the their collars to survive. When prop-

Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal were out last Thursday at Swords Pavilions collecting for local St. Vincent de Paul. The club changes the money collected to shopping vouchers and then passes them on to St. Vincent de Paul to distribute to their clients. Pictured at the collection are Michael Eustace and Dave Murray

previous year. There is no doubt that things are getting worse, as the recession is really starting to bite,” he said. “Thankfully, our income seems to be holding up, despite everything. People look upon the St Vincent de Paul as the local help and anything that comes into the parish, is spent locally, which supports local jobs.” When asked if there was a different class of people now seeking help, Barry was very definite. “Over the last couple of years, many people who would have been dona-

erty taxes and water charges are put into the equation, I don’t know how these people can survive. It’s steadily getting worse and the type of people we are calling on has changed,” he said. Barbara McDonnell of St Sylvester’s Conference in Malahide, which also includes Ballymun, spoke about the changing trend in the type of people seeking help. “We are experiencing a more diverse problem

this year because of the recession, with people losing their jobs, which is a relatively new trend, as opposed to when I joined the organisation some years ago. We have helped some people, who without our intervention, would not have been able to cope with school books, heating and food. We believe strongly in making sure that school needs are attended to, as we feel that education is the way out of poverty for many people,” she said. The inability of people to pay utility bills and education fees, as well as the failure to heat homes, due to a number of reasons, or the loss of a business for unemployed people, are seen as factors that have taken their toll on families in the North County and beyond.



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learning enjoyable and take the stress out of numeracy and literacy. The students enjoyed team games and rose to the competitive atmosphere, as they competed to be the fastest to solve Maths problems and word conundrums. St Finian’s is committed to promoting Literacy and Numeracy in all subject areas, not just English and Maths. Other initiatives are ongoing, such as a paired reading programme, where a selection of first year students gets the opportunity to read with a fifth year student to improve and enhance their reading experience. A “Drop Everything and Read” week is also being planned by Mr. Young. At random times throughout this week, students will get the opportunity to drop everything and read a book of their choice for 20 minutes. The whole school will fall silent as students, teachers, principal and deputy principal will collectively get lost in a book.

Pictured here is Saimonas Semata, Craig Cahill, Jeffrey Iyobosa, Mark Corcoran, Lukas Benevicius at the recent Literacy and Numeracy Day in St. Finian's Community College in Swords.

Farrell Welcomes Reduced Crime In North County Local TD, Alan Farrell (FG), has “ T h e s e r e c e n t s t a t i s t i c s a r e welcomed the recent statistics progressive news for the North f r o m A n G a r d a S í o c h á n a t h a t County, where Garda have placed a clear focus on providing highlights a downward people with crime preventrend in crime rates tion and security advice. across Malahide, Swords However, in order to mainand Balbriggan. tain this positive trend we “This positive trend has need continued community been possible because of engagement with An Garda the proactive and Síochána,” he continued. targeted approach being Alan Farrell TD “As a member of the Joint taken by members of An Garda Síochána. For example, Committee for Justice, Defence operations, Acer and Visor have and Equality, I commend Minister had very e n c o u r a g i n g Alan Shatter for his vital proviimpacts on burglary rates which sion of a further €9 million to have dropped by 11.5 per purchase 305 Garda cent in the Malahide/Swords vehicles, coupled with his a r e a , a n d 1 4 p e r c e n t i n commitment to reinstate Garda Balbriggan,” Farrell said. recruitment in 2014.”

Aer Lingus Passengers Down Five Per Cent Aer Lingus expects no improvement in its short-haul operations during the rest of the year, but said its US traffic “remains positive.” Releasing traffic statistics for November, the airline said total passenger traffic declined by 5.7 per cent in the month to 641,000. Numbers on its short-haul routes fell to 5.6 per cent to 560,000, while on long haul they were 6.9 per cent lower, at 81,000. Short-

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North County Christmas Cards For A Cause A ‘Christmas Card Design Competition’ was recently run in the North County. Aaron Creighton, with the backing of ‘Think Big’ and ‘Headstrong’, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health ran the competition to raise awareness of positive mental health at Christmas time. The top four designs have been printed and are currently on sale at the cost of €5 per pack. All proceeds from the cards’ sales will go directly to Jigsaw North Fingal, a service which only opened in October this year, and provides one-to-one support for young people who suffer from mental health issues. To purchase cards or for more information, please e-mail The card designs can be viewed on their Facebook page.


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the staff and students in Ardgillan College, an amazing €1,000 was raised, which was transferred straight away to Trocaire, who are involved in providing help to the people of The Philippines. “The idea was that every student who donated €2 would get a night off homework,” the 1R pupil explained. “Almost every student donated and I was surprised at how much we raised overall; the total amount raised exceeded our expectations.”

A thoughtful idea from a kind hearted Balbriggan boy has resulted in over €1,000 being raised for the victims of the Typhoon Haiyan in The Philippines. First year student, Joe Coyne from Ardgillan Community College, felt so moved when he saw the devastating effect of the typhoon on the people, that he felt compelled to do something to help. Speaking to the County Leader, Joe said he was glad to help and explained the idea behind the fundraiser: “After I watched the event on here is Mr Finnegan, First Year, Year Head from the news, I just Pictured Ardgillian Community College, student Joe Coyne and 1R thought it would be Tutor Ms Dunne. nice to try and do something to help. “I mentioned The school are very proud of Joe this to our Principal, Mr. O’ Leary, for coming up with such a kind and we came up with the idea for idea, and they want to say a big thank you to everyone who made the fundraiser.” Thanks to the generous efforts of this happen.

Great Balbriggan Christmas Bake Off Do you think you have what it takes to become this year’s Star Baker in Balbriggan? If so, pick up an entry form in the library and take the opportunity to show off your baking abilities on Thursday 19th December from 6.00pm. Each entry costs €3 and all proceeds will go to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.


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Rivervalley and Rathingle Senior Citizens enjoyed their Christmas dinner at Rivervalley Community Centre last week. Pictured are members of the hard working committee, who made sure that a great evening was had by all, including, Lorraine Cummins, Hazel Keogh, Celine Rooney, George Lynch, Anne Sweeney, Marie Donohoe, Eileen Mundy, Trish Bailey, Alan Delaney and Declan Brennan.

Rush Students Shine At UN Conference Students from St Joseph’s secondary school in Rush have struck gold at the National Model United Nations conference. Feeling confident and raring to go, three teams of 19 students set off from St. Joseph’s accompanied by three of their teachers – Mr. Reade, Ms. Malone and Ms. McCarthy. Their desitnation was University College Cork to participate in the National Model United Nations conference for the second year in a row. Following weeks of preparation, the students were eager to commence the weekend long debate, with the hope of drafting resolutions to the prob-

lems being discussed. The event is a three-day competition organised for second level schools throughout the country. Based on the format of the United Nations, students are required to explore topics and issues of global concern with the aim of generating resolutions that can be adopted by the delegates at the end of the debate. St. Joseph’s students represented diplomats from Argentina, Cuba and Turkey. After a weekend of dedicated work, the Argentinian team was awarded Best Delegation, resulting in St. Joseph’s being crowned National Champions.

In addition, student Ellen Thorp was awarded Best Delegate and student Sadhbh Price also received an Honorary Award for their respective committees as part of the Turkish delegation.

Everybody is welcome to attend the St. George’s Church Christmas Concert on Saturday, 21st December at 7.30pm. Following the success of last year’s festive concert given by the Fingal Chamber Choir, they will be returning to St George’s Church, Balbriggan, this Christmas again, with a new programme. Fingal Chamber Choir will be performing Christmas choral favourites – the two “lead” pieces will be John Rutter’s “What sweeter music” and “O Radiant Dawn” by James MacMillan. Proceeds from the concert go to St. George’s Church Restoration Fund and Protestant Aid, which seeks to relieve the horrors of poverty and deprivation in the Republic of Ireland on a strictly non-denominational basis, treating all genuine calls for help equally, regardless of religious, ethnic or social backgrounds. Tickets are €15 each (or 2 for €25) available from the Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan.

Pictured enjoying the books at the Christmas Church Fair in Malahide recently are: Alex and Sophie Brady and Warren Brady. Lots of families turned out to the newly built parish centre to show their support. There was mulled wine, mince pies and lots of prizes and hampers to be won, along with plenty of books, kids toys and bric a brac for stocking fillers this Christmas. Santa was in great form chatting to all the children about Christmas and telling them what he wanted left out for himself and Rudolf this Christmas eve for their long sleigh ride around the world.

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Fingal Dublin Chamber Christmas Lunch at The Clarion Airport Hotel

Sean Fitzmaurice (North County Leader), Julie Curtin (Country Crest) and Michael Hoey (Country Crest).

Jock Jordan (One4All), Jennifer McKenna (Crowne Plaza, Blanchardstown) and Ian Hunter (Pavilions Shopping Centre, Swords).

John Rodgers (Country Crest) and Gerry Sinnott (Ulster Bank).

Guy Thompson (Castleknock Hotel) and Lynn Cawley (Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport).

Lucia O'Riordan, Michael O'Connor and Fiona Freyne (all AIB, Swords).

Siobhan Kinsella (CPL), Gerry Fitzmaurice (North County Leader) and Maureen Lambert (Fingal Dublin Chamber).

Siobhan O'Donnell (Chamber President) is pictured with incoming Chamber President, Siobhan Kinsella.

Mick Lorigan (Fingal County Council) and Ian Talbot (CEO Chambers Ireland)

Lisa Halligan (Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport), Darren Doyle (Acumen) and Andrea Molloy (Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport).

Julie Curtin (Country Crest), Paul Horan (Bank of Ireland, Swords) and Chris Harmon (Country Crest).

Joanne Buckley (Stream, Swords) and Gerry Buckley.

Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber) is pictured presenting Siobhan O’Donnell (Chamber President) with a token of appreciation for all the hard work she has done for the Chamber over the last three years, also pictured is County Mayor, Kieran Dennison.

Phil Gaynor (Express Bus), Robbie Whelan (National Sports Campus) and Alan Martin (Express Bus).

Sandra Tuffy (Regus) is pictured with Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber).

Carmel Dunne, Ciaran Moore and Maura Cassidy (all DAA).

Linda and Michael Barrable (Michael Barrable Motors)

Maurice Cregan (Cregan Accountants), Eddie Roche (Print Logistics), John Lambert (Print Logistics) and Kenny Morgan (Bank of Ireland, Swords).

Mark Beazley and Kathrina Bentley (both from Dogs Trust), with Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber).


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Consumer Rights I bought a stereo and it does not work – the shop is refusing to deal with me – what do I do? These and other similar queries are often presented to me. There are two main tranches of law, both of which emanate from Europe: The Defective Products Act, 1991 – this requires a consumer to prove that the item is defective. There has been considerable case law on the issue. It is known as a strict liability test. That to me means simply demonstrating it does not work. Defendants often say though, that the Act requires an engineer or appropriate expert evidence to prove the product is defective. This, if the defendant insists, can be easily done but is expensive ultimately for the defendant. More often than not, the threat of legal proceedings prevails. Of importance, for a retailer or shopkeeper, they can escape liability by clearly identifying the supplier/distributor/manufacturer of the product. The Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act, 1980 – in order to succeed the consumer must show the product is not fit for purpose and is not of merchantable quality. Again, expert evidence is required if the defendant insists on same. These and other European based Acts give huge protection to the consumer. The following should be noted; • Return the goods to the supplier who sold it to you (you should not return the goods to the manufacturer) • Act as soon as you can – a delay

can indicate that you have accepted faulty goods or John Hennessy services • Do not attempt to repair the item yourself or give it to anyone else to repair it • Make sure that you have a proof of purchase (a receipt, cheque stub, credit card statement or invoice) • When lodging your complaint either by phone or letter, keep a copy of the letter. Keep a record of when or whom you spoke to re: the issue. • Quote the above Acts – they are easy to read and strike fear into the retailer. • If you do not receive an adequate response, threaten the small claims Court or the District Court process. You have no grounds for redress if • You were told about the defect before you bought the item (for example, if the goods were marked 'shopsoiled'). • You examined the item before you bought it and should have seen the defect. • You bought the item knowing that it wasn’t fit for what you wanted it to do. • You broke or damaged the product • You made a mistake when buying the item (for example, if you bought an item of clothing thinking it was black when it is actually navy). • You change your mind Happy shopping!

Buying A Gift Voucher If you are considering buying a gift voucher this Christmas, you should always check the following with the voucher provider; • When does the voucher expire ? Omar Perrozzi • What happens to unused credit on the voucher ? • Does the voucher allow usage in one shop or a chain of shops ? Some shops will not have a clear policy on the use of vouchers and if the voucher is silent on expiry dates and the retailer seeks to avoid honouring the gift voucher, you may wish to consider taking a claim through the small claims court. If you lose a gift voucher, there is no duty on the retailer to replace the gift voucher. In most cases where you can prove the purchase of the voucher, the retailer will furnish a replacement voucher so please ensure that you retain the receipt as proof of purchase. When you have unused credit on the voucher, you are not entitled to demand the change being the difference in the credit used and that unused portion of credit, so be sure to use all of the credit when expending your gift voucher. If you have a voucher for a Retail Store which subsequently closes prior to your use of the voucher, you will in law be deemed an unsecured creditor and you must file your claim with the Official Liquidator to request the return of your money. In practice, there is little reality to you ever recovering the money if the Retail Company is liquidated. Unfortunately the attempt by the Labour Party to afford consumer protection specifically in relation to gift vouchers was rejected by the Seanad in late 2009, as much of the content was contrary to European Consumer Law.

Local TD Alan Farrell, who is organising the Christmas Day GOAL Mile in Malahide, is pictured here with CEO of GOAL, Barry Andrews.

Portmarnock Charity Event Cooks Up A Storm Over 250 food fanatics attended a charity food event in The Portmarnock Hotel and Country Club recently. The cooking event, now in its second year, was hosted by JW Smyths Butchers with all funds raised on the

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Local deputy, Alan Farrell (FG) is organising a charitable walk in aid of the charity ‘GOAL’ at Malahide Demesne on Christmas morning. Farrell is organising the event alongside Malahide man, Will Mullin and this will be the seventh year of the event. The GOAL Mile is a fun way for local people to start off their Christmas Day, whilst also helping a worthy charity. Participants are asked to walk, jog or run a one mile circuit, which will be marked out in the Demesne. Farrell said, “These events are

held by GOAL throughout the country, and I can vouch that they are both enjoyable and very worthwhile. Both serious runners and those looking for an enjoyable Christmas morning stroll can partake in the event. Last year, the Malahide Mile attracted over 150 participants and since 2007 has helped raise in excess of €25,000. The event will take place between 11am and noon on Christmas morning and will begin at the rear car park of the Malahide Castle, off the Back Road. Donations can be made on the day or at

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adults in Ireland with mental health support, information and services. On the night Kate Moran, on behalf of ‘Walk in My Shoes’ spoke to the audience about the importance of mental health. Afterwards, Malahide chef Oliver Dunne who was the star of the show, cooked up a Christmas storm where the audience listened intently to cooking tips and tricks from Ireland’s youngest Michelan starred Chef. The JW Smyth Charity Cooking Event raised a total of €3,100 for ‘Walk in My Shoes’. A wonderful evening was had by all.

Busy Times For Skerries Students Students from Skerries Community College have showcased, in terrific style, their musical talent. The school hall was packed out as the teenagers took to the stage to a rapturous welcome, as they put on a musical show to remember. The musical evening was deemed a terrific success as the students hard work in rehearsals paid off as they performed in front of friends, family, teaching staff and of course their fellow students. It’s been a busy few weeks for the school which also held its CAO/Careers evening, which was very well attended. This informative night for fifth and sixth years provided lots of invaluable information to students on everything related to CAO applications. A study skills seminar, facilitated by the Parents’ Association, was also held. This covered practical, realistic advice and ideas to help students with their studies. Goal-setting, timetables, homework, note making and a unique study technique were all covered.


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Will the recent controversy surrounding charity funds propping up the salary of CRC Chief Executive affect your donations to charity?

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Kay Conroy, Swords "Yes, I do think it’s going to reduce the amount of money that’s going to be donated from now on, because you’re giving what you can afford, and it’s topping up people’s wages, and they’re already getting paid enough."

Paud Curran, Swords "Not particularly, it would probably make me think twice about it, but with a charity that was genuine, I’d still give to it, it wouldn’t put me off."

Katrin Lukes, Garristown "I try to help anyway, as far as I can; if I can help, I help, and if I can’t, I can’t. You have to look after yourself and your family you know."

Lisa O'Brien, Swords "Yes, we need to know exactly where the money is going. I understand that they need to pay for people going out on the streets and to get to places and that, but it needs to go into the right hands."

Moya McVeigh, Donabate "Yes, I do think it will put people off contributing to charities and I think it's going to confirm what people had suspected for a long time."


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"I have a standing order for a couple of charities each month, but I think I'd be waiting for the other charities that haven't come out. I think there's thirty left to come out and say, so there's a lot more to come. And would it affect me? Absolutely, definitely it would if the resources are not going where they need to go."

Rebecca Archibald, Swords "Sometimes yes I suppose it would, in case they're keeping the money and it's not going towards where it's needed, you know.”

Emma Cummins, Swords "Yes, because I don't like to think I'm handing out money to something that's not necessary."

Méabh Corish, Portmarnock "I felt really sorry for the CRC, because I know the really great work that's done. I think we need to be very careful not to jump on the bandwagon and say that charity is bad. It wouldn't make me say I'd never buy a teddy bear from the CRC again, it wouldn't."

John Kearney, Swords. "I usually collect for Cancer Daffodil Day, and it wouldn't stop me collecting for them. I don't want it to have a negative impact on what I do."

Open Europe, a UK “Think Tank”, based in London is staging what they describe as the First Ever Simulation of Negotiations that could shape the UK’s future in the EU. The UK’s Prime Minister’s position is that he wishes to renegotiate the terms of membership of the EU or at least have Europe change some of the controls and regulations across the union. David Cameron is not alone in seeking reforms. Many countries and business leaders express disquieted on particular aspects of the direction which Europe has taken in recent years. Last week, Matteo Renzi the expected new leader of Italy’s main centre left party says he would renegotiate the EU’s deficit limit of 3 per cent of GDP arguing that it dates back to the Maastrict Treaty. The CEO of Polish Oil joined the call for reform when he criticised what he described as “Over Regulation which is sapping the commercial creativity and dynamism of the continent”. The UK Government has

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raised concerns that migrants are arriving in the UK to avail of its welfare benefits. Some UK Conservative MPs are calling for the transitional labour market controls to be extended to 2018 when they lapse in January next. The Romanian Employment Minister has said that the UK should be grateful for Romanians and Bulgarians who are prepared to do jobs shunned by British workers. The EU Commissioner Viviane Reding said last week that Britain’s welfare system is too generous. “Don’t blame the Commission or EU rules for national choices and national regulatory systems”. The German Interior Minister Peter Friedrich speaking last Thursday said that Romania and Bulgaria are unprepared to enter Schengen, the free movement area. In the Netherlands there is cross party support to limit Social Welfare benefits to migrants. Their Employment Minister is said to have raised the matter at a meeting of Employment Ministers when they meet yesterday. In the War Games, an impressive group of European experts will each play the role of a country or a group of countries. John Bruton the former Taoiseach and EU Ambassador to the US will represent the EU Commission’s position in the games. Two scenarios are to be played out during the course of the day. The first will explore what areas of reforms are open to renegotiation and what changes may be possible. The second game will focus on Brittain leaving the union and the terms on which it may do so. This seems to be the first stage of forcing all, to seriously consider the real implication, not only of the UK’s attitude to the EU, but also what alliances may potentially exist to shape the altered Europe after the UK forces the reconsideration of the relationship between the 28 member states.


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Big Hearted Gesture By Swords Children The horrific typhoon that wreaked such devastation in the Philippines has left it’s mark on some very generous and big hearted young children in Swords. Pupils from Appleseeds Preschool and Afterschool, along with Swords Educate Together National School decided to collect vital foodstuffs to be shipped to the Philippines, as aid for those affected by the typhoon Rachel Ogilsby, manager at Appleseeds told the County Leader about how the idea came about. “We wanted to do something because one of our children’s families come from the Philippines and the hardship suffered by the people touched us all. We wanted to show solidarity and support with these people”, she said. “We saw a post on facebook from Stream, who

have an outlet in Swords and one in Santry and we wanted to join with them.” Joanne Buckley from Stream explains the company has sites in the Philippines, so the typhoon affected the families of many of our employees there. As a company, we wanted to do something to ship some aid to them. We decided to run a food drive from local businesses and the children from Appleseeds and Swords Educate Together came on board. The Community Centre in Applewood allowed us to store the food, until it was shipped out on Friday, 22nd November last,” she said.

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The dream of establishing a skateboard park in Skerries has had some positive news over the last week, as council officials agreed to meet with the local committee established to drive the

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provide a skateboard park at a suitable location in Skerries. The committee feel that a skateboard park will be hugely beneficial to the youth in the town. Local Councillor, Tom O’Leary (FG) was liaising with the local group, and asked the council officials to meet with the group to evaluate a location for a skateboard park in Skerries. The committee have held three meetings on the project so far and have scheduled a fourth for sometime this month, which is very positive news. It is still early days for the project, but among the possible locations being looked at are at Red Island, The Ballast Pit and a location close to the local community centre.


Pictured are pupils from Appleseeds Preschool and Afterschool in Applewood, who collected vital foodstuffs to be sent to the Philippines, to aid the people stricken by the recent typhoon there. Also in the picture are teachers, Claire Kearney, Rachel Ogilsby and Elaine Tierney, as well as Stream Swords employees, Marite Stupane, Caroline Laurette Kealy, Rebecca O'Hanlon and Joanne Buckley, who collected the parcels for shipment to the Philippines.

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Pocket Money Shop Opens In Pavilions The Pocket Money Shop is a new toy store that has opened in the Pavilions, beside the post office. It has been created by asking kids what they want

to spend their pocket money on, and by doing so, they were able to develop an expansive range that puts the fun back in toys. The County Leader spoke

to shop manager, Maria Keegan, who said “All our toys are stimulating, engaging, whilst entertaining and at a cost that kids can buy multiple items with their pocket money. Many of our toys are substantial and will make great gifts for Christmas, like our

Sluban brick blocks range, which is for 3 One Direction premium tickets; completely compatible with other also they will be opening an online leading block ranges, but better store soon. value,” she said. The Pocket Money Shop will be expanding their range over the coming months and will offer seasonal products. The first store opened in November 2013, with the intentions of expanding across Ireland. Currently they are running a great Pictured is the new Pocket Money Shop, which has opened Christmas competition at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, near the Post Office.

An Evening Of Carols In Swords Swords Baptist Church are hosting an ‘Evening of Carols’ on Sunday, 15th December in The Riasc Centre, Feltrim Road in Swords. This free to all programme starts at 5:00pm (doors open at 4:30pm). Bring your family and friends for a fun evening of Carols and experience the true meaning of Christmas. Refreshments will be served afterwards. All are welcome.

Balbriggan Pupils Aim For Fourth Green Flag The staff and pupils in St. Teresa’s National School in Balbriggan are working hard on their application for their coveted 4th Green Flag. They recently held an Action Day which was a great success. There was lots of activities on the day, which tested the pupils’ knowledge of using transport to and from school in a more environmentally friendly way. Cycle training was run by

Michael Fay McKenna and Ray Ryan with Sandra Pokrant from An Taisce. Hugh Devlin from the Cycle and Angling shop in Balbriggan also held a bike workshop where he checked bikes and covered Safe Cycling. The children have worked very hard over the last two years on Waste, Energy, Water and now they are learning about Transport in order to obtain their fourth green flag. They have learned a lot and are becoming greener by the day. The school would like to thank everyone who helped on the day, including Hugh Devlin, Sandra Pokrant, Micheal Fay McKenna and Ray Ryan and Heather, the school’s lollipop lady.

Children Needed For Rush Nativity Play There is an opportunity for children to take part in a short Nativity play for Christmas Eve Mass at 6.00pm in St Maur’s Church, Rush. If you are interested, you should leave the child’s name with the Children’s Liturgy, or else in the Sacristy.

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Swords based solicitor, John Hennessy. Hennessy, who is a partner in Hennessy Perrozzi Solicitors told the County Leader, “About seven years ago, there was a major problem with anti-social behaviour and the country was pretty well held to ransom, with the main street in many towns becoming locations for anti-social behaviour. Then Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell, drafted legislation introducing ASBOs, where a particular individual would be identified by the gardai. They would then inform the Superintendent, who would prepare a statement and bring it to the District Court, where an ASBO would be brought against the person”. “Since that legislation was introduced seven years ago, there have been less than 10 ASBOs issued. He continued, “As I understand it, the reason for this, is that the superintendent has to do it himself, and nobody under the rank

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of superintendent can do it and they’re just not doing it,” he said. I have written to the superintendent in one particular case, asking why an ASBO was not issued, but I have seen situations where ASBOs should have been brought, but we not followed up on. The least we can do when we introduce legislation, is to follow it up. It’s all about the organisation, motivation and accountability of the gardai, before we look for any more legislation in this area,” he said. “ASBOs are very desirable instruments of the law and, when used properly are very useful indeed, where more efficient prosecutions can be brought. An ASBO effectively puts a person on notice, where they can be arrested, without warrant. A breach of an ASBO is a criminal offence, as it is a civil order. I come upon many

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to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council Retention Planning permission sought for modifications to approved dormer bungalow (F96B/0078) and approved garage (F99B/0856) retention also sought for external store and kennels at No. 6 Oakhill, Killossery, Rolestown , Co. Dublin. Applicant: T. Caslin 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. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, 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 Frank Shortle intends to apply for permission for development consisting of the construction of a single storey rear extension with the addition of a pitched roof over the garage of the existing dwelling at 193, Seapark, Malahide, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, Planning Authority, Planning Section, County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin between 9.30am and 15.30pm Monday to Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application.

Fingal County Council Planning permission sought for vehicular and pedestrian gate to existing 2 no. houses (F10A/0538) located at rear of Greengates, The Cove Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicants: A. & F. Maguuire 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. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, 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 by John McNally for agricultural shed at Holly Lodge, Damastown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought for the demolition of existing shed to rear(approx.2m2) and the construction of a single storey extension to rear (approx. 18m2) with First floor access to rear yard and all associated site works at 53 Tower Street, Rush, Co. Dublin for Brian and Arlene Carpenter. 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 and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee withi Fingal County Council Retention Planning permission sought for extension and façade alterations to existing garage located to front and side of Fairacre, Swords Road, Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicant: A. Kelly 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. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, 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

Fingal County Council Permission is sought by J & M Leonard to demolish an existing single storey dwelling (80sqm) and remove associated septic tank all at ‘Lima’, Palmer Road, Rush, 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 County Council (Swords) during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

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North County Leader - 10th December 2013