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After 21 years providing supports to new enterwill not only retain the experience of my prises and small local businesses throughout colleagues from the Enterprise Board, but will the North County region, the Fingal County be enhanced with the expertise of new staff Enterprise Board ceased operations yesterday, from the local authority,” he said. Monday 14th April. It has been The new LEO will be located on the replaced by the new structure, called first floor of County Hall in Swords. “Local Enterprise Offices” (or Funding is provided by Enterprise “LEOs”), and it officially opened for Ireland under a Service Level business today, Tuesday, 15th April at Agreement with the local authority. County Hall in Swords. The establishment of the LEOs marks LEOs have replaced the 35 County the most significant change to the Enterprise Boards around the country provision of local Enterprise support and have an expanded role in the services in the state for over twenty provision of business supports and years Commenting on what to expect are based within the local authorities. from the LEO, Geoghegan said: “Our The previous Chief Executive of Fingal core objective is to create a positive County Enterprise Board, Oisín entrepreneurial environment, where Geoghegan, has taken up his new Oisin Geoghegan small businesses can succeed and role as Head of Enterprise with the employment will be created. A very County Council in the Local Enterprise Office in exciting schedule of programmes and services Swords. Geoghegan told the County Leader: “I will be rolled out in the coming weeks and have been privileged to have led an extremely months. We have been examining the changing effective and committed small team at Fingal needs of businesses and all of the LEO service County Enterprise Board for the last number of offerings will reflect those needs, he years. I am delighted that the new Fingal LEO concluded.”
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Last week in the County Leader, we told readers of how a mysterious photo had been delivered to our offices here in Swords, and we are delighted to report that, after just a few days, the owner came forward to claim the picture, which is over 30 years old!
By Jennifer McShane The wonderful family photo was originally discovered by a couple in a photo frame (hidden behind another picture), which they had purchased in the St. Vincent de Paul charity shop in Swords. Malahide woman, Toni O’Sullivan (formerly Toni Kirby), who owns the picture (and is in it alongside her parents, two brothers and sister), was delighted
to get the photo back. Toni and her brother, Michael called into the County Leader to retrieve it, and to tell us a little bit more about it. “That picture is a family photograph that was taken in my sister Joan’s house around thirty years ago, during the summer,” she explained. The photo is of the Kirby family and pictured in it alongside Toni and Michael, are their late parents, Doreen and Michael Kirby Sr. sister, Joan and their late brother, Hilary. “It brought back plenty of happy memories, seeing us all together. Myself and Michael are living here, and my sister Joan is in Spain at the moment, but our parents and brother Hilary, sadly aren’t with us anymore, so it’s wonderful to have the picture of us all.” Both Toni and Michael were extremely touched that James and Claire Cooney (who located the picture originally) had the thought to hold on to the picture and drop in it to the County Leader. “It would be so easy for anyone to just throw the picture away without thinking,” Michael said. “So, we’re so thankful to them for going to the effort to ensure that it was given back, we hope this encourages other people who come across anything similar to do the same thing.” They both laughed as they recalled some Pictured are delighted brother and sister, Michael and Terri Kirby, as they display the family photo from over 30 years ago, which they rather unique details about the picture, collected at the offices of North County Leader. such as the Christmas Tree in the background, which was still up (and decorated in pink), of course assume that the picture was taken around all those months later! “We know why many would Christmas time, but it was actually taken around
June or July,” they said, laughing. Toni explained the reason for this: “My sister Joan bought the tree off a man named Michael in Malahide, and loved it so much, that she simply kept it up. Joan loves anything pink, which explains the choice of all the pink decorations. When we told Michael that the tree was still up and standing, he said it wasn’t too good for business to see his trees surviving that long!” Commenting on the disappearance of the picture, she said that she had not actually realised that she had misplaced it in the first place. “I figure that I must have mislaid it, when I was moving house.” She went on to say that an old friend of the family actually spotted the picture ahead of her, and Toni couldn’t believe how the dots had been joined together. “An old friend of ours, Monica Owens, was the one who contacted me about the picture, and believe it or not, it must be at least 40 years since we last saw each other, so I doubt she would have even recognised me, or any of my siblings. ” “We used to see her quite often as teenagers, as she was a very good friend of my parents, but she wouldn’t have seen any of us for years,” she continued. “I couldn’t believe that she managed to locate me after all that time, but when she rang me, she told me she recognised my parents instantly and after that, went about trying to find me. I was amazed she managed to, and that was another lovely thing to come as a result of the picture; Monica and I are now in touch again after all these years.”
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Malahide School To Welcome Brazilian Students For the first time, Brazilian students will be coming to the North County, and indeed Ireland, to study for the Irish Academy of Public Relation’s Certificate in Journalism and Certificate in Event Management in July and August. The courses will be held in Malahide Community School. “We are delighted with this expansion of our courses. This is the first time
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Dublin Airport is delighted to welcome the launch of Aer Lingus’ new direct service to San Francisco. The launch of the San Francisco route, coupled with additional capacity on existing transatlantic services, will deliver a 17 per cent increase in services to and from North America this summer, which is equivalent to 320,000 extra seats. During the peak summer months, 268 flights will operate each week between Dublin Airport and North America, which is an average of 38 flights per day. Welcoming the new route, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) Chief Executive, Kevin Tolan told the County Leader that he was particularly pleased to see the
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15.04.2014 all his hair shaved off last Thursday, April 10th, at a barbers in Skerries. His mother Vicki got in touch with the County Leader to say how very proud she was of both her sons, and gave Chandler a special mention for his wonderful act of kindness. “He just came to me all on his own one day and said that he wanted to do By Jennifer McShane something for Autism Awareness, as he knows A local boy from Rush, in a heart-warming how difficult things can be for Shay, and said “if gesture, has decided to have his head shaved only people knew him like we do,” which was just so lovely,” she said. in tribute to his younger “I’m really just so proud of brother Shay, who has him,” she continued. Autism. “He contacted Irish Chandler, who attends Autism Action, set up St. Joseph’s a Facebook event and Secondary School in even has a sponsorRush at just 14, ship card organised in decided all on his own the staff room of his that he wanted to raise school. He also some more awareness Chandler is pictured with his brother, contacted the barbers and and funds for Autism Shay before and after his head shave. arranged to have his head Awareness Month (which takes place all throughout April), for his 11 year old shaved here too, so he’s really done something brother, to whom he is very close. Chandler had so fantastic,” she concluded.
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Pictured here is teacher Wesleigh O'Hagan with student Ihsan Kamil from Donabate Community College and Vincent Reynolds from the County and City Enterprise Boards at this year’s Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park.
A local teenage entrepreneur from Donabate impressed judges at the 12th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park recently, winning the award for Best Display in the Junior Category. First Year student, Ihsan Kamil from Donabate Community School (with the support of the Fingal County Enterprise Board), competed at the National Finals with her business ‘Zeet Argan’, which supplies a plant oil from Morocco that is used for cosmetic and nutritional purposes. Ishan spoke to the County Leader about her project: “Zeet Argan was set up to supply Argan Oil (used for cosmetic purposes), which unlike others that are on the market, is 100 per cent organic and loses none of its benefits during the manufacturing process,” she explained. “When I decided to enter the Enterprise Awards, I toyed with a few ideas including an app and possibly doing something on air fresheners,
Easter Comes Early At Swords School
resources for all the pupils of the schools. A monster raffle was also held on the day, with some fantastic prizes, on offer, which were donated by a number of local businesses in the community. The Easter Bunny and Chick even popped in for an early visit and they were laden down with delicious chocolate eggs for the occasion. It all added up to a day of great fun and a
Easter arrived early for the pupils, parents and staff of Holy Family Junior and Senior Schools in River Valley, Swords, when they held their Easter Cake Sale Eggstravaganza on Thursday last, 10th April. The cake sale was held in the Senior School hall and the ‘eggcitement’ was palpable, as pupils, teachers and parents all came together to sell their delicious range of cakes and goodies. The delicious array of home bakes and goodies were provided by pupils and their families, along with other Pictured at the Easter Cake Sale fundraiser at Holy Family School in River Valley are bakery i t e m s , delighted pupils, Sam O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Caoimhe Whelan, Charlie Martin, Brid d o n a t e d b y l o c a l Mann and Leon Ryan. businesses. All proceeds of the sale, which was organised wonderful way to get the children, families, by the members of the Parents’ Association, school and the local community involved in w i l l g o d i r e c t l y t o p r o v i d e a v a r i e t y o f putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising. before deciding to go with the Argan Oil because I hadn’t a whole lot of time to prepare my project, and I had a contact who could supply me with it, so I thought it would be a great idea to use this.” “I really enjoyed working on my business, and was delighted to win an award for it,” she continued. This dedicated student worked six hours every day on various aspects of her business such as the marketing, packaging and branding, and her teacher Wesleigh O’Hagan, was full of praise for all her hard work. “Ishan worked for countless hours on this, and she isn’t even a business student! The school is, of course very proud of her great achievement,” she said.
Lusk Heritage Group Celebrates 25 Years The Lusk Heritage Group will be celebrating 25 years in existence by working on a new dvd of the area by recording Lusk people and newcomers to the area, and invite anyone who is interested to participate in this as well. The group says its been great fun over the years recording, and acting out parts, and said that they have thoroughly enjoyed producing their heritage book, keeping records of times past and meeting new people.
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Mullan Supports Proposed Community Fund Initiative “I have Local election candi- said: date for Balbriggan discussed the idea of proposed Electoral Area, this Garrett Mullan (NP) community fund idea, has backed the call which is supported by by fellow indepen- councillors and other dent election candi- candidates.” “If every coundate, Justin cillor in the S i n n o t t North County (Swords area) contributed, it for a proposed would not be Councillors’ hard to create Community a fund Fund to be amounting to created by the G. Mullan (NP) County Council. between €50 Sinnott origito €100,000,” nally proposed that he said. “There is too that each of the 40 much cynicism about councillors elected to politics and the the County Council in community fund idea May, should donate is a practical way to €1,000 of their annual respond. It would allowance, so that the also provide a small fund can be estab- but much needed lished. Mullan is in support for many support of this community organisaproposed fund, and tions.”
Naul To Host Easter Sunday Commemoration This year’s Easter Sunday Old IRA Commemoration will be held in Naul and in a significant change from previous years, the running order of the Ceremonies has been altered for the 70th year of celebration throughout the parishes of the North County. All who are attending are asked to assemble at Killian’s Pub in Naul at 10.15am for the march to the local cemetery, behind the Colour Party and the Black Raven Pipe Band, returning to Nativity of our Lady Church for 11.30am Mass. All are welcome to the ceremonies and also to attend a fundraising event ahead of the commemoration in Kettle’s Country House Hotel in Rolestown on Friday, May 2nd at 9pm.
Government Hiding Truth About Water Charges - Butler Councillor Darragh Butler (FF) has criticised Minister Hogan and the Fine Gael / Labour Government for, what he claims is, ‘deliberately attempting to hide the true extend of proposed water charges, until after the Council and European Elections’. He told the County Leader, “This is a major issue that is coming up when I knock doors as
residents, is only adding to their fears and concerns,” he said. “This Government was part of my re-election supposed to be about a campaign. With the new type of politics, a Local Property Tax new way of doing already having things, but hit North County instead we now residents hard, have a they are now Government that very fearful with is prioritising regard forthpolitical gain coming water over the welfare charges. The of households, fact that the Cllr. Butler by refusing to Government is clarify the exact deliberately hiding the amount of water extent to which water charges that housecharges will hit local holds can expect to pay. How are households expect to budget for the future when the true extend of the forthcoming charges are being hidden from them? Irish Water is being deliberately shrouded in secrecy and this is simply not acceptable,” he said. Butler continued, “So far, approximately €800 million of taxpayers’ money has been pumped into the establishment of Irish Water, the removal of assets from local authorities, the water metering process and the framework for charges. Not one cent has been spent on fixing leaks, upgrading older water systems or on improving water quality in the communities that are still suffering chronic water problems,” he concluded.
Balbriggan Order Of Malta Needs You Balbriggan Order of Malta are currently looking for volunteer doctors, paramedics, nurses, emergency medical technicians, emergency first responders, cardiac first responders and first aiders from around the locality. The group train every Tuesday from 8:30pm to 10:00pm in the Order of Malta unit in Hampton Street, Balbriggan. They cover various duties throughout the year in their ambulance and they also provide First Aid training. If you are interested in volunteering please contact them or just turn up on any Tuesday when they are training to the Order of Malta unit in Hampton Street.
Charity Night For Sheila In Swords By Rachel Wallace St Colmcille’s GAA Club in Swords was the venue for a fundraiser recently, in aid of the ‘3Ts charity’, which stands for ‘Turn the Tide of Suicide,” This amazing charity offers support for families affected by suicide. They offer intervention support for those who feel they could be affected by suicide. They also take part in research into suicide prevention and lobby on behalf of everyone involved in the charity. The charity also provides support for, and on behalf of Irish people, to try to get more structures in place
Pictured here is Shelia's husband, Anthony Davis and her best friend, Gillian O'Hara who both organised the evening to help raise suicide awarness.
within the HSE, to adequately resource national mental health and suicide prevention strategies. The night itself was in memory of Sheila Davis, who tragically took her own life last year. Her husband, Anthony Davis and best friend, Gillian O’Hara, bravely organ-
ised the event to raise awareness for the charity. Both Gillian and Anthony would like to thank everyone who came along to the race night and took part in the fundraising, and also the local companies who so kindly sponsored the event.
Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Jackie McNamee with members of her family.
Rush Dramatic Society Presents Big Maggie To bring their 2013/2014 season to a close Rush Dramatic Society will stage a production of John B. Keane’s opening on Wednesday, the 23rd of April at 8.30pm. The play tells the story of a woman determined to create a better life for herself and her children after the death of her husband. Her vision of the future, however, is not one that sits comfortably with her offspring and on the journey, her actions come with dreadful consequences. This production is directed by the veteran director Seán Corcoran and has an all-star cast featuring some of the finest talents in the Company. The matriarchal role of Maggie is played by Anne Mc Crudden after a long absence from
the Millbank stage. Her family are skilfully portrayed by Stephanie O’Sullivan, Ciara Boyle, Peter Weldon, and Conor Molloy. The role of the smarmy travelling salesman is being performed by Donagh Humphries. Corcoran has veered toward the darker sides of the production reflecting a time when life was hard and love was harder. In what promises to be a performance of Power, Passion and Pride this production, the last in the current Patron’s Scheme also, is not to be missed. Bookings are already heavy and the opening night charity is in aid of The Caring for Caroline Medical Trust. Bookings can be made by contacting the theatre.
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Boland Deplores Condition Of Rush Road The condition of the approach roads to St Maur’s GAA club in Rush, is causing concern to one of the local election candidates in the area. Independent candidate for the Balbriggan Electoral area, Cathal Boland spoke to the County Leader, expressing his fears that a tragic accident could well be the upshot of the deplorable condition of the roads, accessing the popular football club. He said, “The condition of the road in all directions
to and from St Maur’s GAA club, needs immediate attention, in the form of widening and footpaths put in place. Currently there are no footpaths and the line of vision is extremely poor in places,” he said. Boland was mindful of the great number of young people using the road in all directions to get to the club, and the presence of the Gael Scoil Ros Eo on the campus, means that there is a steady stream of people, both young
Swords Set To Celebrate Battle Of Clontarf To commemorate the Swords connection with the County’s history. Get into 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the spirit of things by coming the death of Brian Born, as well as the North dressed as a Viking or Irish Brian Boru County’s strong links to the Vikings, there will be a warrior, you can even grow, knit or weekend of activities in Swords starting on Friday, make you own beard! 25th April from 8pm and also on Saturday, April The Friday night Fire and Torch Parade on the 25th 26th from 11am to 5pm. Activities will include a April will take place on Swords Main Street from night time torch lit parade to mark the funeral 8pm to 10pm with re-enactors marching down Main procession and handing over of Brian’s body to the Street by torch-light carrying the body of Brian Local election candidate for Balbriggan, Cathal Boland delegation from Armagh, as well as two-days of Boru to Swords Town Park, and there will be a (Ind) is pictured at the hazardous approach road to St family fun with a Viking Village in the town park of Viking Village in Swords Town Park , on Saturday Maur's GAA club and Gael Scoil Ros Eo, in Rush Swords Castle, that will include battle re-enact- 26th April 2014 from 11am to 5pm. and old using the road. that there will be an acci- ments, archery and falconry demonstrations, an Come to see how the Vikings lived with battle re“This road should have dent involving young exhibition on “The Vikings in Fingal”, talks for chil- enactments, crafts, weapons demonstrations, been upgraded years people, which may lead dren on Viking life, and hands-on activities on falconry, music, food, story-telling. Take part in the ago, and the presence of to serious injury, because what it is like to be an archaeologist digging for “Big Dig”, where children can see what it is like to the Gaelscoil here, of this inaction by the ancient treasures and remains. All events are free, be an archaeologist searching for hidden artefacts. heightens the need for local authority and I’m immediate action by the calling on the new so bring along family, County Council to County Manager to look, friends and visitors for address this very serious see and act without an exhilarating trip back traffic problem. My fear is delay, concluded Boland. through the North The count for the upcoming local European Election Returning Officer elections in May, will not take place for Dublin has decided upon the City in the North County, it has been West Hotel Conference and Event Centre for the vote, so that all revealed. Local councillor European Election votes for Darragh Butler (FF) has the North County, Dun expressed disappointment Laoghaire / Rathdown and that the counting of votes for South Dublin County the local Council elections, Councils are stored and due to be held on Friday counted in the one location, 23rd May, will not take place which is disappointing for us at the National Show Centre here in the locality,” he at the Cloghran roundabout, Cllr. Butler continued. Swords.He told the County Leader: “I had asked that this loca- “Our Council election votes will also tion would be, as it is within the be counted at the City West Hotel North County, more accessible for Conference and Event Centre as a Pictured at the release of balloons at Swords Town Park candidates, the media and anyone result of this decision. The Dublin City to mark World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, 2nd Council election counts will take else who wishes to attend,” he said. April last, are Sarah Jane and Darragh O'Halloran from “Unfortunately however, the place at the R.D.S,” Butler concluded. Swords.
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Red Letter Day For Balbriggan Thursday last, 10th April was a hugely significant day for Balbriggan, when the Office of Public Works came to the Swords Balbriggan Area Committee meeting. Here, they made a presentation in relation to the redevelopment of Gallens Mills, to accommodate the Intreo offices for services to the unemployed in the area. The project, when complete, will provide extensive training facilities and a one stop shop,
been vacant for several years, since it where local people ceased to function as c a n a c c e s s t h e i r a mill.” benefits and assis- Byrne said, “I have tance in one location. b e e n p r e s s i n g f o r Local councillor, many years for the Ciaran Byrne Council to take (Lab), told the over the County Leader building and that this develbring it into opment will community use. have huge It will now significance for provide a range Balbriggan. He of services for said, “This is a Cllr. Byrne the unemr e d l e t t e r d a y f o r ployed, who now will B a l b r i g g a n , a n d a not have to travel to huge boon for the the city, so in this town, b e c a u s e respect, this is a huge G a l l e n s M i l l s h a s boost for the town,”
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15.04.2014 he said. The fit out of the building is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Byrne went on to speak about the great potential that this will provide for the area, as well as it’s close proximity to Railway Street. “The little square at the entrance has the potential to be developed with a restaurant and shops. When taken in context with the Public Realm work that is taking place in Railway Street, this new development, with Department of Social Protection staff, is destined to bring in a lot of commercial activity to the area,” he said. Byrne sees this a just one step along the way to regenerating Balbriggan, with the development of the Town Council building and the courthouse high on the priority list for future funding.
Nessa Comes to North County By Cathal Boland Last week the independent candidate for the European election, Nessa Childers, toured the North County meeting voters in the Dublin constituency. Ms Childers, the daughter of the late President and former FF Minister, Erskine, was first elected as a Green Councillor in Wicklow before moving in 2008 on to the Labour Party. She won a seat in the European Parliament for them in the Ireland South constituency. In 2012 she resigned from the Labour Party and currently sits as an Independent. Now with the redrawing of the constituency boundaries, Childers has opted to contest the Dublin Constituency. On calling into the Offices of North County Leader she told us that, because of the amalgamation of her current constituency into the greater South constituency that she had no option but to move. She says she is anti-austerity and pro transparency. When asked how she will vote should she be elected in the contest for Commission president, she said that she was unsure as the election itself will create change, but that she would be voting for a social democrat when the time came. Indeed the position seems quite unclear. The agreed understanding was that the candidate of the party who secured the most votes, would be elected as President of the European Commission. The current forecast suggests that the seats in the parliament will be EPP 214, S+D
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208, Alde 60, GUE/NGL, 51 Greens 44 with the other 174 across a range of the smaller groupings and others. While the big three appear to have some understanding between them as to how they will proceed after the election, Gabi Zimmer of the GUE/NGl, to which both the Socialist Party and Sinn Féin are aligned to, said that back room deals are a thing of the past that the nomination of President must be reflective of the new parliament. Time will tell with your vote and those of the rest of Europe influencing the outcome.
Skerries RNLI Big Winners At Fundraiser Skerries RNLI were the big winners at a race night held in in Skerries Rugby Club in aid of the charity recently. Over €2,300 was raised through the event and everyone at Skerries RNLI would like to say a big thank you to everybody that was involved in making the night a success. Particularly to Richie Browne and his team of fundraisers, who put a huge amount of work into organising the event. Also to everybody that showed up on the night and all the local businesses and clubs, who once again showed tremendous support for their local lifeboat.
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Joyous Partnership For Balbriggan School The staff and students of Balbriggan Community College were delighted to finally welcome the friends they have encountered through recent trips abroad, as a result of the Comenius partnership to their school. Three groups of exchange students came over from Germany, Finland and Italy to Balbriggan Community College to commermorate their taking part in this unique partnership with the school. The Balbriggan Community College Comenius experience stemmed from the school’s successful German cultural exchange with St. Wendel. German teacher Martine O’Brien, was loud in her praise of Balbriggan Town Council for their continued support and foresight in promoting Balbriggan in the wider European context. “This has been of great benefit to the students of the school,” she told the County Leader. A joyous opening ceremony to launch the final phase of the two year Comenius friendship was held in the school’s colourfully decorated John Bailey Hall recently. Many hands assisted in creating a happy, celebratory atmosphere. Flags, bunting, thatched cottages,
giant balloons, banners, welcome signs all played their part. In attendance were Balbriggan hosting students, students who had worked on the project in the last few years, including staff, friends of Balbriggan Community College, Cathaoirleach Peadar O’Kelly, Principal Emmet Sheridan and Deputy Principal Christine Dunne to name but a few. In addition to welcoming their guests from Finland, Italy and Germany, musical entertainment was provided by students and teachers. “The Comenius Partnership has been a most enjoyable learning experience,” Martine continued. “Since 2012, Balbriggan Community College has been involved in this EU led Comenius Inter-Schools Project. This allows groups of students and teachers to have direct experience of each other’s education system and culture, through inter-cultural exchanges,” she explained. “The project theme chosen by the schools involved was Humour comparing and contrasting the Humour enjoyed by our neighbours in St. Wendel, Eurajoki and Acquaviva delle Fonti with our own Irish humour.” “Forty two Balbriggan Community College students and teachers were involved in the three visits to our European neighbours in the last two years, and we want to say a special thanks to everyone who made this wonderful two year project a tremendous success,” she concluded.
Pictured here is Councillor Grainne Maguire from Balbriggan Town Council, Paddy Lavelle, CEO, Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, Peadar O'Kelly, Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Principal of Balbriggan Community College, Emmet Sheridan, teachers Martine O'Brien and Katie Thiesen, German student,Lea Kvgelmann with Balbriggan Community College students, Brian Cabraley, Sam Ogou and Andrew O'Dwyer.
Rush Needs Community Responders The Rush Community First Responders are currently looking for volunteers. The idea is to have local people trained and equipped to respond to 999 Cardiac emergencies using pagers and be able to take those vital first steps to saving a life until the ambulance arrives and the professionals take over. Full training is given. The group also runs CPR only courses for those who might be interested. The next CFR course is on Sunday 20th April from 2pm – 6pm. Please contact Claire at 087 2393264 if interested.
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Collins Calls For Conversion Of Disused Donabate Site Independent candidate for Swords Electoral Area in the upcoming local elections, Michael Collins is calling on the County Council to convert the disused site at the old Donabate Portrane Educate Together school, and make it available for community use. This site is located on the Beaverstown Road and is adjacent to the Donabate Community College and Donabate Portrane Educate Together. It is also beside the Donabate Portrane Leisure Centre and behind the Credit Union. Whilst an excellent children’s playground already exists at Newbridge House, it is somewhat distant from the centre of Donabate village. Collins told the County Leader, “This site, which is conveniently located close to Donabate village would be the perfect location for a stake park, or an area where football could be played on a hard surface. It is located beside the local Community College and behind the Credit Union. There are no houses in the immediate vicinity, meaning there would be no disruption to residents. Not every young person is a member of a club, and at present, the youth of the area have nowhere to play in safety. Instead, they are
congregating in the village centre, with nothing to do,” he said. Local resident, Antoinette Reilly was in full agreement with Collins, and fully supports his call to the local authority to have this unsightly and derelict site put to community use. “I have two children, and I am worried about the fact that they do not have Independent candidate for Swords somewhere safe to play Electoral Area, Michael Collins, is with their friends. I think pictured with local resident, Antoinette this area would be an ideal Reilly outside the site. place for children to play in and which would keep them out of the village area,” she said. Collins is urging Donabate and Portrane residents to voice their opinion in support of his proposal, as some reports suggest that the site may be used for a church.
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Local Cleaner Communities Davis Calls For Support For More Awards Launched Acting County Mayor, Councillor Tom O’Leary, Garda Funding launched the 2014 Cleaner Communities Awards Local election candidate for the Balbriggan Ward, Richard Davis is calling on all fellow Labour and Fine Gael election candidates to push for extra funding, to aid the Gardai to fight crimes in the smaller towns Richard Davis and rural areas of the North County. “Over the past two months while out delivering my campaign literature, I have met a number of people who are too scared to leave their homes, due to the recent spell of burglaries and lack of Gardaí on duty around the locality,” he told the County Leader. “I have met a number of people who are to scared to leave their homes and have no faith in the current system which is supposed to protect them. The local Gardaí do everything they can to protect us, but with decreasing Garda numbers and an huge increase in population, it is physically impossible them to patrol the whole constituency,” Davis explained. “I’m calling on all Labour candidates and Fine Gael candidates to push the Defence Minister for extra funding to help the police fight the criminal gangs who are running riot in small towns and rural areas where their presence is, in some cases, non existent. Its extremely sad to meet elderly men and women who have worked all their lives and paid all their taxes to be left living in fear and feel like they are sitting ducks for burglars,” Davis concluded.
on Wednesday, 9th April last, at The Square in Lusk. The launch was was attended by members of the local Tidy Towns committee. This is the 39th year of the Awards scheme, which rewards residents, community groups and businesses for their efforts in maintaining a litter-free and wellpresented community or place of business. Lusk Tidy Towns were the 2013 Cleaner Communities Overall Winner, and they are very keen to hold on to their title this year. They have make a great effort on improvements to the town, as can be seen by how well the area is looking. Regular clean ups in estates is a great way to get neighbours to know each other, to foster a community spirit and to get people involved in their local area. As a society, we owe a great deal of gratitude to those people who encourage the rest of us to take pride in our surroundings. Edwina Dunford, Environmental Education Officer
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Speaking in Lusk last This equipment is posiweek, Boland told the tioned on the opposite County Leader, “Council side to the community, management must think with no provision for before they spend our pedestrian crossing facilimoney. In recent weeks, ties at this point to access we have seen irreit. By their nature, sponsible these items of spending occurequipment are ring, which was attractions to chilnot challenged by dren who may, any of our public without thinking, representatives.” run across the Boland went on road to it. Surely Cathal Boland to cite two examthis great idea ples of irresponsible deserved a little more spending in Lusk. He said, thought to ensure that the “I raise two instances, equipment was safely both here in Lusk, the first positioned,” he said. is the positioning of the The second is the work at outdoor exercise equip- Devine’s Cottage, ment along the relief road. wonderful concept if the
only available building was Devine’s. The two cottages on either side of Devine’s are for sale. Surely the Council should have looked at the bigger picture and decided to acquire the two. I know the response would be, “We have no money.” However, that is exactly what the Council management said when Ardgillan came on the market. But courageous councillors insisted on the purchase, and look what a trophy the county has as a result. If the Council were to acquire these cottages, a purpose built community facility, properly sited could follow, with the added benefit of opening the Church and Tower view fully on to the square,” he concluded
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Fine Gael Launches Election Candidates Fine Gael launched the campaigns of their nine candidates in the Balbriggan, Swords / Donabate and Howth/ Malahide Local Election areas at the Grand Hotel in Malahide on Monday, 7th April last. Nora Owen, PR for Fine Gael in Dublin Fingal said, “Two of the candidates
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said. “These are exciting elections for the people of the North County, as the Council is expanding to 40 councillors and new legislation has widened the powers of incoming members. This region is seen as one of the finest areas to live nowadays, with its coastal amenities, its many fine parks, the Airport and the many good industries that provide good employment.” she concluded.
Newman Calls For Hazardous Tree Removal With the County Council going gung-ho coming from the other side. This tree means I have no line of vision either with cutting down trees in housing estates in the area, causing concern for way, especially when cars are parked there. It’s only the blessing of God that I many residents, the opposite is the case for one resident. mCharlie Maples, who haven’t hit anyone,” he said. Newman said, “I’m now calling on the Council to lives in St Cronan’s estate in Swords, is appealing to the Council to remove a address this serious problem immeditree outside his home, which he fears is ately. I know they are cutting down a safety hazard for people passing his trees left, right and centre and this is house. Charlie contacted local election clearly a safety issue and I am calling on them to come out and cut down this candidate, Joe Newman (NP), in an attempt to have the tree removed. He tree, without delay,” said Newman. told the County Leader about the problem posed by the tree. “Up to the time that I had to have an invalid access pathway built in my garden, the tree didn’t present a problem. However, the path has taken up much of the garden, which means that I don’t have the space to park my car as before, and the tree is now directly in my way. When I’m reversing out of the driveway, my vision is blurred, and I can’t see children passing by on the footpath. I’m terrified of hitting one of them, because children instinc- Swords resident, Charlie Maples, is pictured tively run along here,” said Charlie. outside his house in St Cronan's estate, with “Even when I reverse a little, the local election candidate, Joe Newman, and the tree is blocking my view to traffic tree that is blocking his vision.
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The Wedding Dress Part of the reason why spring weddings are so popular is because of the wonderful weather! Of course, this depends on where you live, but generally speaking, spring weather is very pleasant and fresh. Because the temperatures are typically not too hot and not too cold, there are a lot of options for the wedding dress. It is best to choose a more versatile
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Wedding Vows Writing your own wedding vows is the kind of gesture that your lucky lady will really appreciate. The traditional speech is a classic one, but you should try to add some spice and creative vocabulary to personalise and fill it with meaning. This will make it that extra bit special. Try to really make it your own. Getting married is a huge step in the journey of any couple and it’s also a great event for any family to experience. Therefore enjoy the experience and take it all in your stride. Nothing runs smoothly, so allow room for some little mistakes to happen. Thinking everything will run perfectly and smoothly is a bit of a high risk, so when
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A touching ceremony took place on Thursday last, 10th April, when a Commemorative Tree Planting took place in Swords Town Park, in honour of the late Des Becton. The tree planting, which was organised by the County Council, in conjunction with Swords Tidy Towns committee, and Des’ family, in memory of their much missed Chairperson, was attended by local representatives and members of the Becton family. The tree planting ceremony was performed by Des’ widow. Goretti, his daughter, Aisling and granddaughter, Emily. Goretti spoke of the significance of the event, “This is a wonderful day for the family and I would like to thank everybody on behalf of my family. There has been tremendous support for us since Des passed and the County Pictured at the planting of the tree at Swords Town Park, Council have been in honour of the late Des Becton, by Swords Tidy Towns wonderful in honouring committee are, Des' widow, Goretti Becton and his daughter, Aisling and granddaughter, Emily Becton. Des in this way, as well as Swords Tidy Towns committee, who have been very supportive of me and the family,” she said. Ken Duffy, chairperson of Swords Tidy Town committee said at he ceremony, “I am very lucky to have been asked to stand in Des’ position. They are very big shoes to fill and I hope that I can do even half as good a job as Des did, then that would be an achievement,” he said. An official ceremony will be performed by the County Council at a later date. to the Island Golf Club and Balcarrick Golf Club. He told the County Leader, “I have organised for an inspector from the County Council to come down and he has identified areas that are in need of immediate attention. I have been given an undertaking that Councillor Gerry McGuire (Lab) has these remedial works will be received numerous complaints carried out in the next few weeks,” about the state of the Corballis he said. Road in Donabate, and particularly McGuire spoke of complaints he the section between the entrances has received from residents of this area. It is good to be able to report that finances have been freed up to attend to these problems. In the longer term, the road will probably need to be resurfaced, which I will try to have included in the estimates for next year. This is a main thoroughfare from Donabate at the Balcarrick Road, right as far as the Hearse Road and is used extensively by motorists, accessing the local golf clubs in the area, and pedestrians alike, and it needs to be brought up Councillor Gerry McGuire is pictured at a hazardous to a reasonable standard.” area on the Corballis Road in Donabate he said.
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Balbriggan Cricket Club Wants You! Balbriggan Cricket Club are in the process of installing new practice facilities at their club and are very excited about the new full time coach they will have on board (for the first time!) this coming season. The club is actively seeking new members of all ages to join their growing club. At present the club have 3 Senior teams competing at various levels, 4 Junior teams, two U11 teams and an U13 and U15 team which will all be coached by the full time club coach along with other very experienced club coaches.
The year seems to be flying in, and here at the County Leader, we can’t believe Easter is almost here. While we can always cross our fingers and hope that we get
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If you decide to do a bit of shopping over the weekend, the excellent shopping centres here in the North County will also have a huge amount of activities on throughout the day for the little and not so little ones. Take part in loads of Easter egg hunts, games, and a few surprises or two while nibbling on some chocolate and treating yourself in the shops. There’ll be something for everyone to enjoy. The shops will also be stacked with every type of Easter egg imaginable, perfect if you’re planning to do your own Easter egg hunts at home.
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With the recent spell of good weather, many are thinking of taking on some out outdoor activities for the Easter break and golf is an ideal choice. We are extremely fortunate here in the North County, to have an abundance of excellent golf courses, ranging from the finest links and parkland courses to be found anywhere. Most clubs have top class restaurant and catering facilities, where members can bring their guests and families after the game. Guests can also enjoy stunning views as they take time out to relax. These clubs Continued on page 14
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Get Away For Easter Easter is a great time for a family break, and the North County
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Easter Egg hunts, balloons, costume contests, egg and spoon races and much more. Keep an eye out around your local town for any activities that might be on over the Easter weekend, and cross your fingers for some lovely sunny weather too! You can also use this time of year to maybe refresh your garden for the Spring season. Easter is a very popular time to get back out in the garden, with those longer evenings definitely working in our favour. Cut the grass, trim those hedges, plant some new flowers; all these little spruce ups will work wonders for your garden, and if you’re not exactly green fingered, don’t worry! The North County has an array of top quality, professional landscapers and gardeners that will come out to your home and assist with all your gardening needs - the choice is yours.
Doing Easter At Home If you’re planning to have some Easter fun and games in the comfort of your own home, this is another fun option too. You can stock up on all your favourite chocolate treats (Easter is associated with eggs after all!) from your local shopping centres and make it a magical event for your little ones as they help you design special little Easter egg baskets and hunt for the Easter Bunny. There are lots of ways you can make Easter at home an egg-citing
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Kitchen It’s easy to get prepared for the Spring in the kitchen. Most likely you’ll be inspired by longer days; cooking a bit lighter food and perhaps trying out some new recipes, so the fresh smell fulfilling the house will give a hint of new not only to your taste buds, but also to the whole house. Why not also get more into freshness by growing your own herbs? The light is indeed the biggest spring maker, so the best way to cheer up your kitchen for the warmer days to come is to let the light flow in. So, leave the dark, heavy curtains for winter and go for some thin, translucent fabric instead. When changing the curtains and blinds, think about all the spring colours and choose the lightest and brightest options. Browse around the local decoration shops here in the North
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Duffy Wants To See Swords Tourism Maximised Local candidate in the upcoming elections, Ken Duffy (GP), has said that he wants to see Swords and its tourism potential maximised, and he mentioned the walkway in Rivervalley that connects to Hollow Lane, as one of the areas he wants to see improved as quickly as possible. Swords is home to one of the most diverse river walks in the North County,” he said. “It has all the Ken Duffy ingredients for a wonderful nature walk experience, unfortunately, like Swords Castle, work needed to complete this walkway is likely to take place at a very slow pace.”
“The connect of the Ward Valley River walk to Hollow Lane could have happened sooner rather than later, had the old Royal Irish Constabulary site that is up for sale been purchased by the County Council. The development lands at the rear of the Old Vicarage have lain dormant for some time. As part of their planning permission, land running parallel to the river must be ceded to the Council for use in the upgrading of the river walk connect. The walkway at the back of the Castle Shopping Centre will also be included in a connect to the Town Park,” Duffy explained.
Duffy insists that, until all projects such as this are completed and restored in the town, Swords is at a disadvantage as it will continue to deteriorate: “As yet, there are no definites, no positives, no timelines, only the hope that in the not too distant future the walkway will be completed. Swords is like a jigsaw puzzle with some pieces missing, and until all the pieces are put together, the town centre will continue to deteriorate - and Swords deserves better,” he continued. Swords has the potential to create a booming tourist trade if it is packaged properly, and as of yet, I have seen little serious evidence of the Swords tourism mantle being taken up. If elected I would put a lot of my energy into selling Swords to a wider audience. Tourism creates jobs, jobs create peace of mind, so lets start selling Swords,” he concluded.
Donabate School Goes Al Fresco
Pictured at the official opening of the outdoor classroom at Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School are, Principal, Maeve Corish and artist Sonny Wieler, with pupils Aoife Gleeson, Jess Fullam, Ciara O'Sullivan and Diarmuid Burke.
An innovative new outdoor classroom was officially opened at Donabate Portrane Educate Together National School on Friday last, 11th April. The new classroom is an attempt to bring nature into the classroom and it has already attracted very favourable comments from teachers, parents and pupils alike. Kathy Brady, Outdoor Classroom committee member, spoke to the County Leader about how the project was conceived. She said, “Two years ago, Donabate Portrane Educate Together school put together a
tender commission for an outdoor classroom, under the Government’s initiative for Arts scheme, which allocates one per cent of the building cost for any public building, for an art installation. The school community decided to build something that would be enjoyed by the students and the school for many years. The brief was for a relaxed area with seating arrangement with work spaces to accommodate 32 students and to have disabled access.” “The central theme of the new classroom is very student centred and
accurately reflects the core values of the school and it’s mission statement.” she said. This is the coming together of a lot of hard work and there was great praise for artist and stone mason, Sonny Wieler who managed to create a very relaxed area, which is a real throw back to the past and the skills of stone masonry. Principal, Maeve Corish said, “We are absolutely delighted with the design, which brings nature into the classroom. It’s a structure that is permanent and will be here for further generations to enjoy,” she said.
Forest Road Needs Urgent Attention - O’Neill Independent local election candidate for Swords, Joe O’Neill has identified Forest Road in Swords as an area of great concern, in terms of safety for pedestrians. O’Neill is critical of the fact that Swords
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roadway by large trucks and buses is a clear danger to pedestrians, particularly for people with prams and small children. The road and footpath are far too narrow, particularly between Oulart and Boru Court estates, and if a bus and truck have to pass each other here, then one of them has to infringe on the pathway, to let the other pass. If pedestrians are using the pathway at this point, then there is serious consequences for pedestrians. This is a road that is used by many local residents with children, walking
Independent candidate in the local elections, Joe O'Neill is pictured on Forest Road in Swords, as the passing bus clearly demonstates the narrowness of the road and danger to pedestrians.
to Swords and the local school,” he said. He continued, “I have been observing this situation for the past six months and, as there are no bus stops on the Forest Road
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Recent published deaths from the North County O’HARA (nee Tiernan) (Swords and formerly of Iveagh Buildings, Dublin 8) ... April 8, 2014, (peacefully), at St. James’ Hospital, Anna, beloved wife of the late Christy; deeply regretted by her loving sons Joe and Fran, daughters Breda and Nuala, sons-in-law Lar and John, daughters-in-law Sheila and Sue, grandchildren Ryan, Jack, Sarah, Ruby and Sophia, brother Pat, sisters Rose, Patricia and Christina, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. O’BRIEN (Portmarnock) April 3, 2014, Desmond, surrounded by his family in the tender and devoted care of Pinel Unit, Highfield Hospital, beloved husband of Eibhlin, esteemed father of Cliona, Maghnus, Aonghus, Dara, Rossa, Neasa and Aoibheann, brother of William, Angela and the late Aiden, sadly missed by his loving wife, family, sons-in-laws, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family and friends. Rest in peace.
Miracle Prayer Sacred Heart of Jesus in the past I've asked for many favours this time I ask for a very special one take it dear heart of Jesus and place it with your broken heart where your Father sees in. Then in His merciful eyes it will become your favour and not mine. Say for 3 days promise publication. Never known to fail. J.D
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LYNCH, Gerard (Skerries, Co. Dublin) April 4, 2014 in the loving care of the staff in St. Paul’s Ward Beaumont Hospital; beloved husband of Elsie and loving father to Eric, Wendy, Barry, Lesley, Steven and Elaine. Remembered with love by his family, brothers Bobby and Eric, sister Irene, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren and many friends. Rest in peace. MURRAY, John (Malahide Marina, Co. Dublin and formerly of Seapark, Malahide and Shelbourne F.C 1966-73) 7th April 2014 (peacefully) in the wonderful care of the staff on St. Paul’s Ward, Beaumont Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Loving husband of Theresa and adoring father of Tracy and Audrey. John will be very sadly missed by his loving family, son-inlaw Conor, his precious grandchildren Katie, Robert and Tara, brothers Pat and George, brothers-in-law Louie, sisters-in-law, extended family and many friends. Rest in peace.
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Fingal County Council Retention planning permission and planning permission is sought by Andona Holdings Ltd. at Forrest Great, Cloghran, Swords, Co. Dublin. Retention planning permission is sought for the existing structure and change of use of same to provide for a development in accordance with Local Objective 354 of the Fingal Development Plan 20112017 which seeks to “provide for helicopter maintenance and heli-facilities, of a scale and intensity appropriate to the site’s rural location and having regard to the Irish Aviation Authority’s operational and safety issues”. Retention planning permission is also sought for the existing site entrance from the R108 and planning permission is sought for the upgrade of this entrance through the removal of the existing low level stone wall and realignment of existing fence along the R108. Planning permission is also sought for a waste water treatment system, landscaping (site markings) and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. 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 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 We, Matthew & Susan Sheeran apply for permission to construct a single storey garage to existing house at 4 Ardgillen Close, 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 office 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 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.
on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council J & K .Bracken seeks planning permission for 1/ Four detached dwellings in two/one and half storey designs with individual waste water treatment system and percolation area s on adjoining site . 2/ Access road to serve houses and site with entrance onto existing public road . 3/Boundary walls, landscaping and associated ancillary services ,paving and site works to facilitate the proposed development . on site located at Ballykea, Loughshinny, County 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 the planning authority during its public opening hours Monday to Friday at Fingal County Hall,Main St,Swords ,co. Dublin. 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 this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Declan Murphy for change of use of premises from commercial to residential and for alterations and single storey extension to rear of premises at 1 St Mels, Lower Main Street, Rush, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought by Patrick Patton and Amy Kirwan for two storey house and detached garage and waste water treatment system at Bishops Wood, The Ward, Dublin 11. 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.
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Fingal County Council Permission is sought for a single storey extension to the rear of an existing dwelling at Coldwinters, Ballyboughal, Co.Dublin for Mr David Grey. 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 opening hours, and a submission or observation may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Planning Authority of the application
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Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Genevieve Lynam at Plot no. 3 Abington, Swords Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin for a 6 bedroom, three-storey dwelling, a two storey outbuilding/garage, new vehicular access, parking and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. 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 authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning
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