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Where Are Radioactive Rods?

Rainey’s and if that was a possible cause of the burglary. He asserted, “The materials were secured and alarmed and this was deemed suitable by the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII). Our legal team have been involved in assisting the Gardai and the RPII. The rods were secured properly in a lead bunker, with an alarm,” he said. He refused to comment on any other aspect of the robbery, saying that it was a Garda matter. However, an informed legal source told the County Leader “The liquidator was to sell Rainey’s Steeplejacks operation, but the RPII put up a notice that radioactive material was present in the building and he would have to dispose of them by export. The cost of such an The Most Hazardous Material Ever Stolen action is believed to be upwards of In North County Is Still Missing! €100,000. So the liquidator was effectively stuck with a company he Following on from our By Patrick Finnegan urged anyone with inforcouldn’t sell and was forced into story in last week’s @TheCountyLeader mation to contact them at providing security for items he didn’t edition of the County Swords Garda Station on want, and couldn’t dispose of. Leader, concerning the most serious 01-6664700, or any garda As the money was not availcase of radioactive theft in the history station. able for their disposal, of this country, we are no closer to a The County Leader spoke the liquidator asked the resolution of the mystery. The seven with the liquidator of High Court to declare missing radioactive lightning rods Rainey’s, Kevin Shiels the radioactive matewere stolen from Rainey’s of KSA Chartered rial an ‘Onerous Steeplejacks in Swords. Accountants, who was Asset’, meaning it was This Newspaper is issuing a renewed unable to shed any no longer his responsiwarning to parents to be extra vigilant further light on the bility. and to inform their children about the disappearance of the “The judge refused to dangers of coming in contact with this rods or how the thieves give the liquidator an order hazardous radioactive material. Gardai gained access to them. We The radioactive rods have also repeated their public health asked him about the secu- and the red box they and adjourned the case, but were contained in. declared Mr Rainey (as warning about the rods and have rity that was in place at

owner of the building) and the RPII as ‘Notice Parties’. This means that either Mr Rainey or the RPII might also be responsible for the costs of disposal.” It will appear strange to many that an alarmed security system, that passed all the rigourous tests of the Gardai and the RPII, was inadequate to prevent what is being portrayed as a casual burglary for scarp metal. However, Kevin Shiels, the liquidator, is adamant “The RPII visited Rainey’s along with the Gardai, to ensure that the rods were properly secured and the RPII inspector was satisfied that they were indeed secure.” The fear of health and safety experts is that the rods have been buried in a landfill and may be a source of contamination later.

Garda Orva Keogh from the Mounted Unit with Donagh the horse at the open day at Balbriggan Garda Station. See picture special on page 6

Every Yard Counts For Marathon Man Barry Skerries man, Barry O’Brien has come up with a novel way of fundraising for his old school, Realt na Mara in Skerries. He has decided to run a marathon around the school perimeter in an effort to raise much needed funds for repairs to the school yard. The unusual marathon, which will take place on Friday, 22nd November is being promoted as ‘Realt na Marathon - Every Yard Counts’, which is a clever play on words to get the message across and is fast becoming a by word around Skerries. Speaking exclusively to the County Leader, Barry explained how the idea came to him. “I have three children at the school, Lucy, Abbey and Jack and I was aware that the school yard was in need of funding to complete necessary work on it, and that the school was trying to raise the money for quite a while. I have completed nine marathons up to this point and the thought struck me about this novel idea,” he said. Andrea Campbell, Chairperson of the Parent Council committee, was delighted with Barry’s plans. She said, “When Barry came up with this idea, we felt is was a terrific idea that would be a great success, which will involve parents and children participating in the event, should they wish.” Barry reckons that this marathon will be his toughest yet. “All marathons I have competed in have been around cities, where the scenery and buildings change all the time. The circuit around the school is about 300 metres, so I will have to make 125 laps of the perimeter, which is a daunting task, but one that I’m looking forward to,” said a determined Barry.

To help him along the way, parents, children and the wider Skerries community are encouraged to participate. Everyone in the community is welcome to participate and either run or walk for 5km, 10 km or any distance right up to and including the full Barry O'Brien marathon itself. The more the merrier. Barry explained, “We have begun training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and at 8am on Saturday mornings and we have already signed up 30 people to participate. We are now a

familiar sight as we train around the streets of Skerries. My aim is to raise 10 cent for every yard and, as there are 46,140 yards in a marathon, the target is €4614, which would achieve the goal of completing the yard.” It is planned, all going well, that Barry will finish at around 2.30pm on the day, which will coincide with the children getting off school and they can all join him on the last lap, thus making this a real community effort. School principal, Máire Ní Odhráin spoke glowingly about Barry and his efforts for the school. “Barry was a pupil of mine in the first class I taught here at Scoil Realt na Mara. We are delighted that he’s involved as a parent, and now in this wonderful fundraiser for the school. We’re all very proud of him,” she said.

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the day! Will showed shoppers how to perfect their icing skills and how to create the perfect cup cake. He was a huge hit with shoppers who queued up to get a one-on-one baking lesson with the Great Irish Bake Off contestant. Speaking about showcasing his skills in Swords, Will said “I had such a great day showing the kids and shoppers my baking skills, it’s great to see so many people who are passionate about baking!”

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Locals On Community Games Committee The newly elected Dublin Community Games County executive for 2014, contains members from the North County. Included among these are, Assistant. Treasurer, Angela Torsney (Swords), and Executive Committee members, Siobhan White (Balbriggan), Eoin Cope (Swords West) and Nicola Torsney (Swords), while Betty Fox (Oldtown) was elected as an honorary life member. The elections took place at the recent Dublin Community Games AGM, where there was only one topic being discussed. That was the proposal to stop medals for Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 age groups. National Secretary, Jude Feehan detailed that there will be participation medals for every participant at the National Finals every year, beginning in 2014, but that 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place medals would no longer be presented to Under 8, Under 9 and Under 10 year olds in 2015. This led to a heated debate from the delegates who ultimately, unanimously opposed the proposal. It was felt that the removal of medals would be a huge disincentive for these young age groups, as this is where Community Games try to nurture future talent and also to encourage each and every child to take part. It was agreed that the removal of medals for these would be a loss rather than a gain.

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Skateboard Park Wanted In Skerries Skerries Community Association are currently exploring the possibility of establishing a Skateboarding Park for Skerries and the surrounding areas. The committee recently held a meeting to assess local interest in the project and are looking for a number of ways to get the project off the ground. Skerries are not the only town to express interest in getting a skateboard park for their area. Locals in Balbriggan are also eager to get their own park, having asked the County Council about this in recent months. They feel that a park would be of great benefit to the youth in the area. If you are interested in the idea of getting a park for Skerries, please contact Nunce McAuley at

Tea Dance For Senior Citizens Fingal Senior Citizens Forum will be holding an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fingallians GAA Club, Swords from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday, 31st October. Admission will be ¤10 each, which will include light refreshments. For Tickets and information contact Jim Collier at 0872865946.

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Archbishop Opens New Naul School Extension

Last Friday, 11th October was a memorable day By Patrick Finnegan in the history of Naul National School, as it’s @TheCountyLeader not everyday that the Archbishop of Dublin pays a visit to the school. The purpose of this visit was the official opening of the new extension to the school, which was also blessed by Dr Diarmuid Martin. The excited pupils entertained Dr Martin and the large gathering of parents present, with some delightful singing and readings. The school motto, Learn-Respect-Achieve was composed by pupil, Robert Jones, who was recognised for his wisdom. Archbishop Martin then unveiled the plaque on the new extension and also raised the school’s second Green Flag for Energy, amid wild excitement and cheering from all the pupils. Seamus Hynes, Chairperson of the Board of Management was delighted that the new extension of two classroom was officially opened. He told the County Leader, This is a great day for this school. Work began on this new building last November, and it replaces the prefabs, which were used up to now. Local clubs in the area use the new building after school hours. It’s wonderful for Naul School to have the Archbishop here to open and bless this fine new facility,” he said. Pictured at the official opening of the extension to Naul National School are Seamus Hynes (Chairperson Board of Management), Martina Arthurs (Principal), Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, who performed the opening ceremony) and Andrew Cassidy (Architect).

Annual Awards Night In Balbriggan Balbriggan Town Council held its Annual Awards Night on Thursday, 10th October last in the Bracken Court Hotel. An Cathaoirleach Councillor Peadar O’Kelly and the members of the Town Council presented a number of awards to individuals and groups in recognition of their contribution to community life in Balbriggan. The Stephen Scarff Perpetual Award which recognises outstanding service in the community was awarded to Eddie Darcy and the Cathaoirleach’s Special Certificate was presented to Kevin Curran for his literary skills. The Town Councillors Special Award was awarded to Balbriggan Invitation Racing Pigeon Club for their commitment to local charities. The Cathaoirleach’s Award was

Island Golf Club Hosts Annual Tournament In Donabate The Island Golf Club in Donabate recently undertook it’s own version of The Gathering, when they hosted an annual triangular tournament, including clubs from England and Northern Ireland. This event has been in operation for the past 23 years and includes Ilkley Golf Club from Yorkshire and Portstewart Golf Club from Northern Ireland. Each year, one of these clubs hosts the others and great friendships have been developed over the years. While golf is certainly a centrepiece of the events, copious amounts of alcohol are consumed and old stories are regaled. One of the highlights of the three day event was the dinner at the Carnegie Court Hotel Swords recently, which was enjoyed by all. Celsus Brennan from the Island spoke to the County Leader about how the annual event evolved. “This is a friendly golf competition, where friendships are made. There are usually about 15 or so who travel each

Three Captains: Pictured at the gala dinner at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords, as part of the triangular golf competition, hosted by The Island Golf Club are, David Deakin (Captain of Ilkley Golf Club, Yorkshire), Malcolm Glover (Captain of Portstewart Golf Club) and Christy Bollard (Captain of The Island Golf Club).

year and we have a great time. The golf is more or less secondary,” he said. Des Wreath from Portstewart Golf Club thoroughly enjoyed the visit. He said, “We’ve been coming down since 1990 and we have a great time. A week like this is like a retreat. It’s like Lough Derg without the punishment,” he said. Bob Dowds from Ilkley Golf

Giro d’Italia Coming To North County Local TD, Brendan Ryan (Lab) has welcomed the news that two cycling events will take place in the North County next May. The final stage of the An Post Rás will again finish in Skerries on Sunday 25th May. Just before this, the world famous Giro d’Italia will wind its way through our roads on Sunday, 11th May. This represents a major coup for the North County. Ryan told the County Leader, “I’m delighted with the announcement that the An Post Rás will

Club also enthused about the occasion. “We’ve had a really great time and we renewed old friendships and made new ones,” he said. The sense of camaraderie was very evident on the night, as everyone enjoyed their meal and songs were sung by all, as plans for the next event at Ilkley Golf Club were made.

again finish in Skerries next year. This is always a great day in the Skerries Summer calendar and a good boost for local businesses. The North County will also welcome the third stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday, 11th May. This stage begins in Armagh and finishes in Dublin City and will travel through Balbriggan, Skerries, Lusk, Swords, Malahide and Portmarnock on its 187km run into the city. The Giro d’Italia is one of the world’s biggest sporting events and is second only to the Tour de France in the sport of cycling. “This will be a major boost for local tourism in the area and I look forward to welcoming thousands of spectators to line our county’s roads to cheer on the world’s elite cyclists,” he concluded.

presented to Tara Nixon for being the first Girl Guide from Balbriggan to receive the Girl Guide Commissioners Award and the Town Council also presented recognition awards to Bethany Bereavement Support Group, Pat Halpin, Shannon Embroidery, Cairde, Gertie Shields Balbriggan Failte Isteach and Sean Farrell. Community Recognition awards were presented to Ben Graham, Alex May and David Grant and St. George’s Church was also highlighted in recognition of its 200th Anniversary in the town.


Practice Your Irish In Skerries An Irish conversation group was formed in September 2012 in Skerries, which includes people with weak and moderate Irish. There are a few ‘Ciorcal Comhra’ groups in other North County towns like Balbriggan, Swords, Malahide and Donabate. These present opportunities to practice an Gaeilge. If you wish to refresh your Gaeilge, or you have children attending a Gaelscoil and you want to keep up with them, or simply have a night out ‘As Gaeilge’ you are welcome to attend. Skerries Ciorcal Comhra meets at 8pm on Tuesdays in the Bus Bar, on Strand Street in the town.



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by Jennifer McShane

Dear Editor, are to go toll free for the month of Following last week’s article in the County Leader, detailing that hauliers free tolls. November, the general public must be wondering why the hauliers are getting high for the small time saved too far tolls the of cost the This I feel is for several reasons: Hauliers are finding for off-peak times (unlike in and the fact that there are several tolls on the same motorway, with no reductions costs per month, the government other countries). The strange thing is that if a toll road doesn’t reach it’s sales has to subsidise the toll company. truck in Ireland, it costs €3380 If you look at our road tax. In order to tax a six axle road friendly suspension €680. This means I could tax four per year, whereas the very same truck in Northern Ireland or England is trucks in England for the price of one in Ireland. But, getting back to the article. Firstly, in Ireland we can operate at 46 ton GVW,

A Lust For Life Marie Clark from Rivervalley in Swords is this week’s North County Living candidate and is the current Chairperson of Clan Fingal Probus Club. This extremely busy local lady was a joy to speak with, brimming with stories and endless chatter. She sat down to tell us a little bit more about what is so appealing about the Probus Club, her love of travel and all the other activities she gets up to in her spare time. Originally from Louth, the first thing Marie tells me when she sits down is that she used to work as a primary school teacher. This is a job perfectly suited to her lively and chatty personality, and after teaching for over 30 years, she says she’s well used to having to talk on a constant basis. “I suppose you could definitely say I’m a bit of a chatterbox,” she said, laughing. She tells me how much she enjoyed teaching, and says that her love of children made the job a great one to have. “I’ve always loved children and I really think that goes hand in hand with teaching. If you don’t like dealing and interacting with them, I can’t see why you would want to become a teacher in the first place.” “I came into teaching because, when I was young it was a great career to have, and of course I loved kids, so it was a natural choice really.” She says even now that her teaching is done, some of her “traits” have stayed with her. “My children often tell me that I still use my ‘teacher’s voice,” she explained, Which I’m told is a little on the bossy side!” Marie happily tells me all about her own children (she has six), and how she dotes upon her 11 grandchildren. “I originally moved to Swords so I could be closer to my children, who were scattered around and Louth was just too far away, so I found a house in Swords and 20 years later, I’m still here. It’s wonderful to be close to my grandchildren as well, and it means I’m close by if an extra pair of hands are needed!” Tying in with her love of children, she says she also used to read to sick children in hospital. “This was something I initially loved. I’d dress up as a character and read to the children and it was wonderful. But then one day, I came in to find that one of them had passed away and as much as I loved it, I couldn’t do it anymore after that. It’s the kind of thing that you’re torn about, because on the one hand I loved it, but if anything happened to them it was so upsetting, so I had to leave it.” She goes on to tell me that since retiring, she has kept extremely busy and enjoys being out and about. “I retired a little earlier than usual, as I was ill for a time,” she explained. “For a

while after that I continued to tutor children, but then stopped as I felt it was so time consuming that I had no time for anything else.” “I always find something to keep myself occupied and I have plenty of interests.” Marie is a member of a wide range of local groups and clubs, which includes a local choir, the Swords Ladies Club and Fingal Probus Club. “The Probus Club came about soon after I retired. A friend thought it would be something I would enjoy, and I decided to go along and see what I thought of it.” For those that aren’t too familiar with the Clan Fingal Probus Club, it’s a meeting point for retired business professionals (and an offshoot of Rotary Ireland), who can share similar interests and members meet every fortnight (the first and second Wednesday of every month) in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords More often than not, there’ll be a speaker or activity arranged, but regardless of this, she says it’s a great opportunity to socialise and meet like-minded people. Marie has been a member of the club for the past four years and is the current chairperson. “Being chairperson has been quite a challenge for me, in terms of finding speakers and so on, but one that I’ve really enjoyed.” She goes on to clear up what she feels is a misconception about the club: “I’ve encountered quite a few who think that the Probus club is solely for men, which of course isn’t the case. It can be largely dominated by men, but we have quite a few women now and we’d always love to see a few more. I’ve made some great friends and found being a member really rewarding.” Marie says the club has around 40 members and they are always looking for new people to join it. “Anyone who is retired and wants to come along to the meetings is more than welcome.” She says the club has had a lot of resonance in her life because it brought her out of her shell when she first retired. “I think the club definitely brought me out of myself a lot more,” she said. “Initially, I would have been a little intimidated, but gradually I got more comfortable, and now I’ve joined lots of different groups, so probus has done me the world of good.” She is a keen globe trotter and has travelled to various corners of the world. “I have family living in China, so I’ve been there a few times and I’ve been to America and France and Rome, so it’s something I really enjoy; seeing different places and experiencing different cultures.” It’s abundantly clear that Marie lives life to the fullest and enjoys each day as it comes. “I just plan to continue to keep busy and do more travel. I’m busier now then I ever was before I retired!,” she said, laughing.

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about the high number of HGVs Secondly, in the article, you wrote: “The move comes because of concerns to carry HGVs. - To me, the toll using local and regional roads to avoid tolls. These roads are not designed roads already. If the toll was those using roads bypassed towns, so before the toll road was built, trucks were through towns when there is a cost effective hauliers would use them, after all truck drivers don’t want to drive motorway beside them. this to the State is not known yet.” Finally, you wrote: “...Wear and tear of the national network. The cost of be the same on motorway and From my point of view, I don’t understand this, the wear and tear should taxing so highly the indigenous national surfaces. But doesn’t this point to the question why is our government how much revenue the governhaulage fleet, while not charging one red cent to out of state haulage. I wonder ment is ignoring per year? Best Regards, Wm Cyril Mc Guinness.

Byrne Welcomes Improved Maintenance In Balbriggan Local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab), has welcomed the imminent resolution to the ongoing problem over Open Space

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Byrne had put down a motion in the Council in September on the issue (the second time he had done so this year), calling Cllr. Byrne for a permanent solution to this problem. Following Cllr. Byrne’s first motion, the grass was cut and the playground area cleaned up But problems arose because of a lack of follow-up. Cllr. Byrne told the County Leader that he was very happy that the ongoing problem at the Open Space adjacent to the

Moylaragh Estate, but also used by other residents in adjoining h o u s i n g developments in north-west Balbriggan, would be resolved shortly. “The commitment by Council officials to meet with stakeholders at the end of this month with a view to a permanent resolution of this issue is very welcome and I believe will result in the regular grass cutting and clean-up of litter bins at the playground,” he said.

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Ali Rostas relaxes on the Garda Rescue boat.

Joanna Egan, Michelle Gaffney and Louise Cox, all from the Order of Malta in Balbriggan.

Pictured at the Open Day at Balbriggan Garda Station on Saturday, 5th October last are, Sonya McGarry, Luke Fallon, Alanna McCormack, Luke Holohan and Garda John Quinn.

Yun Bai and Adam Florczak explore the Garda car

Ben Kershaw enjoys trying out the sub aqua section. Charlie Naessens and Ronan Murphy from Skerries Sea Scouts enjoy the Garda car.

Matthew and James Breen enjoy trying out the Garda motorcycle.

Members of Skerries Sea Scouts paid a visit to the Garda Open Day at Balbriggan Garda Station.

Zach Kelly and Ella Nicholson try out some Garda caps.

Four year old Conor McCabe tries out one of the Garda motobikes for size.

Aoife Keely and Izzy McLean on the Garda rescue boat.

Garda Orva Keogh from the Garda Mounted Division, Phoenix Park.

Balbriggan gardai, Tom Tighe, Gavin McGee and Joey Carolan are happy to entertain the public.

Cormac McLean and Adem Saleh enjoy trying out the Garda Rescue boat.

Future recruits: Conor and Emma Tracey pose as Gardai

Sam O'Reilly and Evan Reburn on the Garda Rescue Rib.

Ben Farrell getting to grips with the Garda car.


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Sustainable Travel Flag Raised At Portmarnock School On Tuesday, 8th October last, the fourth Green Flag for sustainable travel was raised at St. Helen’s JNS, Portmarnock by County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison, with help from the children on the Green-School’s committee. The school was awarded the flag for their efforts to make school travel greener, which included a St Helen's JNS in Portmarnock was awarded a fourth Green Flag for Transport. Pictured raising the flag is County Mayor, Kieran Dennison, Sandra Flavin (An Taisce Green Schools committee), Patricia Kennedy (County Council) and teacher, Susan Kavanagh, in the presence of the hard working Green Flag committee.

Skerries Project Approved The delivery of an exciting new development project for Skerries has taken a step closer to becoming a reality. The successful conclusion of the Masterplan phase for the Holmpatrick Cove development on the Rush Road in Skerries has been achieved. The news has been welcomed by local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab), who described the project as one of huge benefit to the local community. The site is in a particularly beautiful setting and a top quality hotel here is seen as a major boost to local tourism. Four years ago, Byrne had argued strongly for adoption of the local objective in the current County Development Plan, 104 of the County Development Plan, requiring Ciaran Byrne the preparation of a Masterplan for the ‘Holmpatrick’ lands, which has now been agreed. He told the County Leader, “In my view, the Holmpatrick Cove proposal represented a very high quality plan that would provide major community gains, such as a playing fields to be provided to the Council and a public coastal walkway along the Holmpatrick site, as well as a badly needed local hotel and swimming pool, with public access hours.” “In addition, the economic benefits from the hotel and the consequent tourism spin-offs, are not just for Skerries, but for the entire North County. I feel there is a great community benefit to be had from this development. The swimming pool, which can be accessed by locals at certain times, is a major plus and I’m confident that it can commence in the next year or two.” Byrne concluded by saying that “the time it has taken to reach the Masterplan stage illustrates the care that the Council has taken to ensure that all the necessary conditions for the development will be met.”

Coaching Conference At Fingallians Fingallians GAA club’s fourth annual coaching conference will take place on Saturday, 26th October. The conference is open to all club members. The theme this year is “Making a difference through the Years” and it will be delivered by high profile speakers and practitioners. There will be practical hurling/camogie and football sessions with appropriate drills for both adult and juveniles.

Saints and Souls Variety Concert St Mary’s Secondary School, Baldoyle are holding a spectacular fundraising variety concert in the school on Thursday, 17th October at 8 pm. There will be many acts and the full list not yet confirmed. It promises to be a fantastic night. Tickets are keenly price at €12 for an adult, €10 for a student/senior citizen and €38 for a family of four. All monies raised will go towards the repair of the school chapel.


number of measures, such as introducing WOW (Walk on Wednesdays) and the Golden Boot award for the class with the highest number of green travellers. The pupils from 2nd class had their ‘blinged up’ shoes on display for the occasion. Over a two years period, the school decreased their car usage by 10 per cent and recorded over half of all pupils taking part in Walk on Wednesday Days. The Mayor congratulated the school’s staff, pupils and parents on their commitment to greener travel and their achievements, while working on the travel programme.



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CAN MY EMPLOYER VIEW MY WORK E-MAIL ? In employment law cases, the Courts are forever charged with striking a balance between an employee’s right to privacy and the employers’ right to run their business in a manner which they decide is the most efficient. Arguments within the work place in relation to the employees’ right to privacy can often be emotionally charged without much thought of the law in this area, until the relationship between the employer and the employee has broken down and either or both are seeking the advices of their solicitors. Unfortunately, there is no legislation particularly governing the surveillance of e-mails in the workplace or indeed the use of internal CCTV cameras and employers should be aware that the manner in which such surveillance is introduced in to the workplace could lead to an employee feeling victimised, bullied or harassed. An employer must be conscious that the introduction of surveillance within the workplace must be justified and applied fairly throughout the workplace, for example; the prohibition of the use of social networking sites within the workplace. The employer must be in a position to satisfy all employees that any policy to introduce workplace surveillance is proportionately applied and also no particular individual is singled out for surveillance. Whilst the legislature introduced the Data Protection Acts which afforded privacy entitlements to individuals, it is regretful that the legislature failed to use this particular legislation to particularise rights afforded to employees within the workplace regarding their e-mail communications. We are regularly advising employees of their right to privacy within the workplace in circumstances where employers have probably acted in good faith in seeking to introduce workplace monitoring, but their application of monitoring may be considered “over the top”. Employers who are concerned about the efficiency of their workforce whilst in employment, should take professional advice prior to introducing a workplace policy on e-mail communications. Of particular importance when introducing a workplace policy on e-mail use, is that the employer inform all employees that e-mails are being monitored. Covert moni-

toring of employee e-mails is unlawful, except if the employer has reason to believe that the employee is committing a criminal offence. The employers’ duty does not just extend to the employee, but also to the person outside the workplace sending or receiving the e-mail being monitored and in this regard, there is a duty on the employer to attempt to inform any such persons that their e-mails are being viewed. It would be prudent for employers to effect a warning notice confirming the existence of e-mail monitoring to all e-mails sent from the particular workplace. If an employer seeks to introduce internal CCTV in the workplace, the employer must be in a position to confirm to all employees that the introduction of CCTV monitoring is justified, having regard to the type of work being undertaken and the reason for the CCTV monitoring should be displayed in an area within the workplace that is visible and apparent to all employees. The employer may seek to introduce internal CCTV in a large warehouse handling goods for the purpose, of preventing theft but if that is the case, the employer is then prevented from using the CCTV footage for any other purpose save the overriding factor of any other criminal activity. In one particular case, the hiring of a private detective to follow an employee was deemed inappropriate and completely disproportionate to an employers’ concern that the employee was not dedicating their full time to their job whilst out on the road during working hours.

Subs Play In Europe Most think the European elections, held every five years, elect those whom they wish to represent them in that parliament. The reality is somewhat different in practice. Of the three members elected in 2010, just one with their name on the posters continues to serve.

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Proinsias De Rossa who was first elected as a Workers Party representative in 1989, resigned the seat in 1992 to ultimately lead his party into government was at that time replaced by Des Geraghty. Representing the Labour

Party, DeRossa returned to the European parliament in 1999. He retired in 2011 when he was replaced by his party’s substitute Emer Costello. Joe Higgins (SP) having contested each election since 1999, was eventually elected in 2009 and replaced by a second sub

Paul Murphy. Gay Mitchell (FG) first elected in 2004 tells us he will not be seeking re-election next year. While Mitchell will, of the three elected in 2009 be the only one to serve out their full term. He did make the effort to leave Europe when he unsuccessfully contested the Presidential Election. When we elect an MEP, we also elect a substitute. This person is the automatic replacement should the member elected vacate the office. Since 1979 Dublin has directly elected 27 people as MEPs. On nine occasions over that time substitution has

Farrell Blasted For Twitter Comments Local deputy, Alan Farrell (FG) has been roundly criticised for his comments regarding singer, Sinead O’Connor on his Twitter account. He referred to the singer as being ‘mad as a brush’. Speaking to the County Leader, Farrell accepted he was wrong. “I wasn’t seeking publicity and was

The monitoring of e-mail activity or indeed the introduction of CCTV cameras by an employer does constitute “data processing” and the employer is deemed a “Data Controller” in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, so any employee who does feel aggrieved by the employers’ use of monitoring can always make a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner. It is incumbent on employers to be proportionate and transparent when implementing any form of monitoring within the workplace but once the employer has fairly and justifiably introduced a monitoring system, the onus is on the employee to be vigilant not to abuse their terms of employment.

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occurred. In some cases the person elected has been replaced twice. In others the first sub has declined to serve. Political parties hold selection conventions to decide who their candidate(s) will be and who will be substitute. The problem is that none of us look to see just who the sub is for the candidate we are electing. So we can end up with a total unknown who has no elected or front line political experience. It may be time to fess up and put the whole panel on the programme. Just like in a football match, we ought to know who we are electing to be our representatives and not leave it to those in the back room.

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merely referring to a snippet I had seen on TV. Some people blew it out of proportion and said I was insulting people with mental health issues. Nothing could be further from the truth. I apologised to Ms O’Connor and removed the offending tweet. It was a throwaway remark, which was not meant to offend anyone. I actually complimented her about her stance on the exploitation of women,” he said. His comments, however, drew a sharp rebuke from local senator, Darragh O’Brien (FF), who blasted Farrell for his insensitive remarks. He said, “He should have known better, particularly in his role as a TD. Using a phrase like ‘mad as a brush’ to someone who has bipolar, a recognised mental illness, is outrageous. He didn’t withdraw his comments until he was under pressure to do so. He has no idea of the effect that mental health issues have on people. It’s unbecoming for a senior politician like him, to make such insensitive comments.” O’Brien asked if Farrell had ever raised the issues of Curam in Swords with Minister Reilly and why services are being cut in our area. He’s completely out of touch and his comments are disgraceful,” he concluded.


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nity use and become a focal point for the town and its people. Once again, local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), at a recent Council meeting, asked what progress had been made in drawing up plans for There has been much debate in recent weeks the building’s future. about the status of the works of Swords Castle, The council’s parks and heritage properties diviand it seems the project is at last to be sion explained: “The Conservation given a knew lease of life. According to Plan for Swords Castle has been the County Council, a conservation completed, and a series of actions plan for Swords Castle has been have been derived from the policies completed and will be published soon. contained in the plan. They include The plan will identify the priorities for stabilisation of the gatehouse, provithe continued development of the sion of information panels and castle and define the future for this programme of works for the public, historic building at the heart of initiating research and a Swords. community archaeology project and The slow progress in the restoration of deposition of research material the castle and a desire to have the Cllr. Butler collected in the course of making the venue of the building at the heart of plan in County Archive.” community life in Swords has been a topic of According to the Council, the plan is currently unanimous discussion over the last year, as being worked on by a publishing editor to Swords councillors have been united in their produce what the council hope will be an desire to see the building put back into commu- “engaging text suitable for publication.”

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Baldoyle School Goes Pink For Cancer

St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle recently held their school walk along the Baldoyle Road down to the Coast Road and on to the causeway at Dollymount and then back to the school. It was a Pink Walk Day, where all the students wore pink clothing to highlight Breast Cancer Awareness. The Sponsored Walk was in aid of IT upgrade and the school will be making a donation to Breast Cancer Awareness. So far, almost €5,000 has been raised, with money still coming in. This is a very significant amount

Pictured are fifth year students of St Mary's Secondary School, Baldoyle, who took part in the recent sponsored school walk in aid of Breast Cancer.

North County Votes For Real Change Fianna Fáil leader in the Seanad, Senator Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the outcome of the two referendums held on the Seanad and the Court of Appeal, describing the Seanad referendum result as “a clear message for real political reform.” O’Brien told the County

Leader: “The message from voters in the North County and across the capital was loud and clear. They want real change in the political system and an end to cynical politics. I welcome the public’s support for the establishment of a Court of Appeal

Councillors Still Outraged At State Of Local Cemetery The current state of Fingal Cemetery deemed “appalling” by a local resident is still causing a heated debate between local councillors and the County Council, months after it was originally brought up. Three local councillors sought action on the issue once again at a recent committee meeting. Cian O’Callaghan (NP), who raised the problem a number of weeks ago, also agreed, and said the graveyard was not maintained to a “good standard” and the periphery of the cemetery was “strewn with litter.” He called for the removal of the bunkers which he called “permanent skips.” Cllr Eoghan O’Brien (FF), called for a “higher standard of cleanliness” to be

maintained at the graveyard, and said it was ‘incumbent’ upon the Council to maintain graveyards to a high standard where people are tending the graves of their loved ones. Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG), also called for the problem to be tackled and said the Council “have to do better in its maintenance of the cemetery.” The Council’s Operations Department said that given the size of the graveyard, they had received very few complaints about it but he acknowledged there “was a problem.” He said that a number of options have been looked at to deal with the issues. He said that the installation of wheelie bins in the graveyard would carry too high a cost.

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given the times that we are in. Ms.O’Donnell’s First Year class were the clear winners collecting a staggering €1,300. They thoroughly deserve their reward - a half day. Two Second Year classes, were runners up and both classes will be rewarded. Lots of individual students collected very significant amounts. The school are very grateful to everyone who has supported the Walk.

and believe the strong Yes vote there dispels any notion that voters were confused. “People in the North County and around the country did not vote for more of the same, they want real change. The Taoiseach has a duty now to engage with other

parties and civil society in a serious discussion about real reform of our parliament and government.” “We have tabled a list of proposed reforms, including a significant move of power from Ministers to the Oireachtas. These proposals, and those of others, should now be discussed. We need an end to the arrogant and dictatorial approach from this Government,” he said.

Instruments Needed For Rush School

Michelle Howard from Balbriggan recently married Tommy Cleary. The happy couple are pictured here with the bride's parents, Dessie and Helen Howard.

Have you any unwanted musical instruments? St. Joseph’s School in Rush would happily give a new home to any instruments that people might have, in particular guitars, keyboards and Irish traditional instruments. Please leave instruments in the front office or give to your child to bring in to Ms Lynch.


A nationwide schools’ campaign to raise awareness of littering has begun with, local and national schools being visited by the ‘Bin it!’ workshop. ‘Bin It!’ is a key element of the Gum Litter Taskforce (GLT) litter awareness campaign. The campaign also includes outdoor poster, TV and online advertising which ran from May until September this year. Bin It! features an actor-led workshop visiting secondary schools across thirty local authority areas. The workshop is geared towards first year students and explores littering and social responsibility. This is the 7th year the ‘Bin it!’ campaign has toured around the North County and beyond and the previous campaign’s have always been a great success. Chairman of the GLT, Paul Kelly said; “The national Bin it! campaign gives us the opportunity to directly educate and influence an local children on the importance of responsible litter disposal. It is one of the most important elements of our campaign and one from which we receive overwhelmingly positive feedback. Our goal is to have a significant and sustainable impact on behaviour and a schools education programme is an excellent tool with which to achieve this.” The 2013 ‘Bin it!’ tour will visit 30 local authority areas over a six week period from now until 22 November.

Centenary Of Swords Riots Commemorated An event took place recently in St Colmcille’s GAA club, Swords to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Swords riots. The Swords riots took place in the context of the 1913 Lockout and the rioters were mainly striking farm labourers and workers, who rioted on Swords Main Street on the night of October 9th, 1913. This event is of historical importance in the town, and has gone largely unnoticed in the happenings of a century ago. The event was organised by Labour Party representative for Swords in the upcoming local elections, Duncan Smith. It included an historical retelling of the 1913 Swords riots from Declan Brady of the Swords Historical Society and a talk from 1913 lockout author and commemoration organiser, Padraig Yeates.

He said he was “conscious that it’s not perfect but I don’t think it is quite as bad as it is being painted.” Local resident, Michael Fox certainly

wouldn’t be in agreement with this as he originally contacted the County Leader and said the cemetery was in fact in an “appalling state.”

Aer Lingus Passengers Decrease The number of people flying with Aer Lingus dropped almost three per cent to 989,000 total flown passengers in September 2013 in comparison with the previous year. Last weeks traffic statistics from the Irish airline includes figures from Aer Lingus Regional operations. Over the last twelve months, the number of short haul flown passengers has decreased by over four per cent to 881,000, according to the airline’s report. Since September 2012, however, long haul flown passengers have jumped 11.3 per cent to a recorded figure of 108,000. The carrier’s mainline flown passenger load factor – the number of seats filled compared to total capacity - decreased in the last year. The short haul flown load factor for September 2013 also decreased by 3.7 points to 77.7 per cent compared with the same month last year, with capacity dropping 4.6 per cent. Meanwhile, long haul flown load factor was 88.7 per cent, a decrease of 2.0 points on September 2012.

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Malahide Man’s Historic Run Tony Keely from Malahide, has become the first Irishman ever to cross the finish line in the ‘Grand 2 Grand Ultra’, North America’s only selfsupporting race, held in the Grand Canyon, across Utah and Arizona. Finishing 13th out of 114 competitors, Tony completed the gruelling 170 mile, six stage race in just over 41 hours over the course of one week. Race participants cover an average of a marathon distance (26 miles) on days one, two, five and six, with a long day of 54 miles on days three and four. Day seven takes athletes on a climb of over 2,300 ft to the finish line at the magnificent Grand Staircase. “This was the most amazing and challenging race of my life,” said Tony. “Racing with 24 other nationalities across one of the Seven Wonders of the World is a unique experience in itself. This was my first stage race, and running with a 20lb back pack, is very different to regular running. Add in the difficult terrain of sand dunes, mountains, rocks, steep climbs

together with the intense heat and you’ve got a very different type of race to deal with,” he said “I far exceeded my own expectations in this race; my initial goal was to be the first Irishman ever to complete this race, finishing in 13th place was the icing on the cake, it just doesn’t get any better than that,” a delighted Keely concluded. Competitors were required to carry all their week’s food supplies as well as night time clothing, a sleeping bag and ground mat in a backpack throughout the race. Back packs typically weigh anything from 18-22 lbs. Water stops at checkpoints along the course are the only outside help given to athletes during the week. The course, which is 75 per cent over sand, takes racers through a desert landscape of sand dunes and red rock canyons navigating through stunning slot canons and across a tributary of the Virgin River, starting at an elevation of over 5,300 ft and finishing at 8,600 ft. The total ascent over the six stage course is 18, 359 ft, with a total descent of 15,026 ft. The race finished on the summit of the Grand Staircase, one of the world’s most iconic geological formations.

Another Youth Exchange For Swords Group A group of teenagers from Swords Baldoyle Youth Service took part in a youth exchange with a group from West Belfast earlier this year. On the first part of the exchange, the group from Swords went with the teens from the Colin Development to visit a number of sights in Dublin city. Now the teens from the ‘Colin Development’ have returned the compliment. The young people began an ‘Understanding Diversity’ programme in April as part of the Causeway Exchange. It explores cultural diversity among young people and the second part will be completed in Belfast through group work over five nights. The ten youths aged between 15 and 17 will travel to Belfast on

Tea Dance For Senior Citizens Malahide man, Tony Keely is pictured at the finish line of the Grand2Grand Ultra Race, after becoming the first Irishman to complete the course.

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Fingal Senior Citizens Forum will be holding an Afternoon Tea Dance in Fingallians GAA Club, Swords from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Thursday, 31st October. Admission will be €10 each, which will include light refreshments. For Tickets and information contact Jim Collier at 0872865946.

Balbriggan Rugby Star Fronts Concern Campaign Balbriggan native and London Irish rugby star, Jamie Hagan is fronting a campaign for his club team, to raise funds for Concern Worldwide. For the second year running, the club has chosen the Irish based aid organisation as its charity of the year and Balbriggan man, Jamie, is delighted with the choice. London Irish and Ireland International prop,

Jamie Hagan said: “Growing up in Balbriggan, I have always been aware of Concern’s great work in the world’s poorest countries, so I am delighted that London Irish have announced Concern as their charity partner for a second year.” “In 2012, Concern managed to reach 24 million people, I’m sure with the help of our wonderful supporters this year they will be able to help even more,” he continued. Since the launch of the partnership last year, London Irish has helped Concern raise almost €4,000 at their home games, which has gone to fight hunger in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.

Swords Lions Present Fundraising Cheques Swords and District Lions Club held its annual fundraising dinner night in Masterson’s Steakhouse in Swords recently. Funds raised help towards the Club’s local projects, including supporting BASE in Brackenstown and the co-located Fingal Counselling Service (FCS), as the lions club has done for many years now. Each of the two were presented with a cheque for €1000 by

Pictured at the Swords Lions Club handover of a cheque for €1000 to BASE, Brackenstown are, John Boylan (Club Treasurer), Marie Byrce of BASE and Maurice Kealy (Club President).

Club President, Maurice Kealy at the dinner. Marie Bryce was on hand to receive the donation for BASE, and FCS chairperson, Trish Curtis received their donation.

Club Draw For Malahide Parish Centre After such a long wait for the Malahide Parish Pastoral Centre, the response has been fantastic from the community. Those involved with the parish say they aim to be a “welcoming facility for community activities in the area and to foster an inclu-

The annual Lion of the Year Award, the Alan Brocklebank Trophy, was presented to John Boylan, who is a founder member since 1985, and has given sterling service to the

sive community spirit embracing all faiths and all segments of the population of Malahide.” “It is due to the great generosity of so many people in our community and one extraordinarily generous donation, that we have been able to arrive at this stage of completion, and that a massive €4.8 million out of the total cost of €5.8 million has already been raised. It is our plan to pay off the remaining debt of €1 million over the course of the next 10 years.”

club and community for 28 years. The award is named in honour of Alan, also a founder member, who passed away some years ago and was a well known optician in Swords.

As a means of raising funds, the parish are setting up the 1000 club draw. This will be limited to 1000 participants and will take the form of twelve monthly draws. For the first eleven draws there will be monthly prizes of €1,000, €500, €250 and € 250. The twelfth or final draw of the year will have a fabulous first prize of €10,000, and second prize of €3,000. The cost to enter the draw is €120 or €10 per month. Forms are available from the Parish Centre.


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you pass on. If you do not make a will, your estate will be divided automatically under the rules of intestacy; succession rights of surviving relatives. This means that if you are married or are in a civil partnership and have no children, your spouse/ civil partner will receive your full assets. If you have children, a spouse/ civil partner is entitled to two thirds of the estate, and the remaining children receive one third equally between them. If you are not married/in a civil partnership, your partner has no automatic legal share to your inheritance, but your children will be provided for under succession rights. However, there are separate rules in relation to the family / cohabiting home which will need to be considered. In the case that there are no surviving relatives, and you have no will, your inheritance goes to the State. When drawing up your will, once you have looked after your loved ones, consider leaving a legacy in your will to a charity that is close to you. See for information on local participating solicitors in the North County.

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With so much working in your favour, you can impress those involved with a new endeavour. You can also make it plain who is running the show - and how lucky others are to be part of what is going on.


Feb 19 - Mar 20

You will know instinctively how to handle a financial issue this week. However, if business associates or loved ones seem overexacting, it is only because they want to make sure that nothing is left to chance.


Mar 21 - Apr 20

To suggest that the world is your oyster is an understatement this week. With so many cosmic influences working with you there is nothing you cannot do, no one you cannot impress and no where you cannot get to.


Apr 21 - May 20

You will want to be by yourself this week, but don’t feel guilty. There is nothing wrong with wanting to spend time on your own, and, at times, it is vital when it comes to renewing your stamina and resources.


May 21 - Jun 20

Love, laughter, fun and friendship feature in your solar chart this week, leaving you with the pleasant task of deciding where you want to go, what you want to do, and with whom you want to do it with. That’s it.


Jul 23 - Aug 23

By Tuesday there should be nothing to stop you altering course in midstream. Before you do so, however, make sure that you have done your sums, and have the moral and material backing you need.


Green Party representative for Balbriggan, By Jennifer McShane @TheCountyLeader Skerries, Rush, Lusk, Joe O’Brien has said that if elected at next year’s local elections, he will be a reforming councillor. He is committed to changing the way that the Council does business He told the County Leader: “I have been working successfully on ways to bridge the gap between the citizen and central government and now I want to bring this experience to the local level and help make local Joe O’Brien government more democratic. I

Delay In New Reservoir Project Causing Concern Howth Malahide councillor, Judy Dunne (Lab) is very disappointed with the delay in the new reservoir project, a project that already had funding to proceed and was approved a few years ago. Cllr. Dunne told the County Leader, “There have been problems in Malahide, Portmarnock Cllr. Dunne and Kinsealy with water supply and businesses in Malahide were greatly affected by the problem. The Malahide Chamber of Commerce had meetings with the County Manager over their concerns.” “Although a new supply line was brought in from Swords, the capacity in the reservoir is still limited. If we have another severe winter we may see water cuts being introduced again,” she said.

New Postcode System To Suit All The green light has been given by the Government for a new, modern postcode system for Ireland which will make it easier for post, parcels and other services to reach local households. It will be the most advanced of its kind in Europe and the first in the world to use unique identifier codes.

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As the standard rebel, you don’t take kindly to being told what to do. And with so much cosmic emphasis on humanitarian issues, your thoughts this week will be on a different plane to those of your conventional peers.


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If you are dissatisfied with your current status you will be in a position to do something about it after Wednesday. Until then you should simply keep your grievances to yourself and make the best of the situation.


St Finians of Swords and Skerries Harps faced off in the three team division of the under-8 age group. On a lovely day for football, both clubs’ players exhibited all the skills of gaelic football, from great fielding to point scoring and dished up a fine exhibition of the sport. In all, there were six games played with Skerries Harps just taking the honours with four wins. Pictured are determined players from both sides as they try to get the upper hand.

areas. The new system will have a particular impact in rural North County, where many homes have ambiguous addresses that can only be interpreted by someone with local knowledge. From now on, a house-

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This week, you will be in a strong position to impress those in positions of influence, especially if work related. A major problem of a few weeks ago will now start to take on a more positive perspective.


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have been knocking on doors for the last 12 months and the underlying theme of the various issues that constituents have raised, is the gap between themselves and what should be their local government.” “We need to bring local government closer to the people. If elected, one of my priorities will be to give the public more input into the decision making processes of their local government. I submitted a proposal to the Council to initiate a Participatory Budgeting process, where the citizens of an estate, community, village or town make the decisions on how the money is spent in their area. It has been done successfully across the globe and now it is time that the North County leads the way in Ireland in terms of democratic reform and initiates this process. For me, it is one of my priorities to make local government more democratic and closer to the people – reform needs to happen at all levels of government in Ireland and I hope my proposal will get the ball rolling in our local authority.

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Do you and your dog both dread Halloween season? Well, you are not alone. At this time of year, there are a high number of dogs presented to vets with severe anxiety related from firework fears which affects many dogs A mild firework fear can progress to a more serious noise phobia if left unaddressed. Even the slightest noise can

cause panic and elicit sudden, extreme and excessive reactions in pets with noise phobias. Some hints and tips include: Preparing a den for your dog to hide in while the fireworks are going off, ideally a month in advance so it is accustomed to using it. It is advisable to make the den where the dog feels safe and where it would normally

retreat. Stressed dogs pant a lot more, so place a water bowl either in or near the den and provide your dog with healthy treats and its favourite toy and put it in the den to encourage your dog to use it. Close doors and windows and draw curtains to reduce the noise from outside. Heavy curtains are beneficial, as they will help dampen the noise and black out the flashing lights from fireworks. If your dog hides in a corner or under a bed, leave it alone and don’t try and coax it out. Fussing over a dog that appears frightened can reward and encourage this behaviour. Also, remember to walk your dog early in the evening before the fireworks start.


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Portmarnock School Celebrates Academic Achievements The 3rd Annual Academic Awards Ceremony was held in Portmarnock Community School on Thursday, October 10th last. These awards acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of students at Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate level. The school’s Acting Principal, Eithne Deeney introduced the event’s guest speaker on the night, President of Dublin Fingal Chamber and Communications Manager of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Siobhan Moore. Siobhan spoke about her own Loreto educational experience and how her career evolved after school. Her main message was on the importance of stepping outside the comfort zone and having the courage to take on the challenges of a modern world. Siobhan was warmly received and went to present the

Stephen O'Shea from Portmarnock Community School won the Geraldine Kenny award for Mathematics at the school's awards ceremony on Thursday last, 10th October. Stephen is pictured here receiving the award from guest speaker, Siobhan Moore from DAA.

certificate of achievements and gold medals for students of the year at Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate. These awards were a great reflection of the hard working students at the school, who should be very proud of their achievements.

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The Labour Party held a public seminar on Youth Employment and Implementation of European Youth Guarantee at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords on Friday, 11th October last. Pictured prior to the seminar are, Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber), Emer Costello (MEP), Siobhan Kinsella (Deputy President, Fingal Dublin Chamber) and local Labour TD, Brendan Ryan.

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Swords Needs Playgrounds, the group which initiated a fundraising drive to provide two playgrounds and an all-weather pitch in the Swords area, are delighted to announce that all the funding has now been raised. The licensing agreement has been signed between the County Council and Swords Needs Playgrounds. This is an outstanding example of what a community can do when they focus on a particular project. Organiser, Marica Killi told the County Leader, “The local authority gave the remaining amount which was needed, so a total of €233,000.00 has been raised and a further €17,600 was raised by the very generous hard working people of Swords, so a big thank you to all the families and local businesses who helped out and got involved.” “The remainder was funded by Fingal Leader Partnership, and the County Council, so a huge thank you to them also. The next stage is awarding the contracts and building the playgrounds and the all weather pitch. The County Council have said that they will not delay in

getting this project started and, weather permitting, hope to have them completed before Christmas. What a

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fashion show organised by the parents’ association of Malahide Community School (MCS). The aim of the event was to raise funds for a defibrillator for the school gym and the committee are happy to announced that the new vital piece of equipment can be purchased immediately thanks to the generosity of people. The remaining funds will go

Second Chance Debs In Balbriggan Locals around Balbriggan recently had the chance to enjoy their debs night all over again to help raise funds for Aware. The Tesco Extra Balbriggan team held their latest fundraising event in aid of Aware, Tesco’s

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towards the Parent Support Fund, which is available to parents in financial difficulty due to the costs associated with returning a child to school. The elegant clothes were from local boutiques around the town. The parents’ association of MCS was delighted at the success of the night and hopes that this will be an annual event.

singer Frankly Buble and DJ until late as part of their own debs night experience. All proceeds raised from the night will go directly to Aware. Aware is the national organisation providing information, support and education around depression, a condition which affects more than 450,000 people in Ireland (one in ten) at any

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One Act Plays In The Millbank The Millbank Theatre is holding a series of exciting one Act Plays on, Tuesday, 29th October at 8:30pm. Rush Dramatic Society and Skerries Theatre Group will perform competitively on the one Act Drama Festival circuit during the month of November. In preparation for this event they are performing their plays for their local audience’s entertainment for one

night only. Firstly, Rush Dramatic Society will perform Cliff’s Edge by Paul Beard. This is a black comedy about a suicidal failed actor, a maniacally depressed pub landlord and a schizophrenic passer by. It is set on the cliff top at Beachy Head, England. Then, Skerries Theatre Group will perform A Disciple by Teresa Deevy. This is a

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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council We, ANNRO Developments are applying for full planning permission for 5 no. storey and half dwellings complete with individual proprietary wastewater treatment systems and percolation areas. The application includes for a new access road, all associated services and works on lands at Oberstown, Lusk, County Dublin. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during it's public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority 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. Fingal County Council Permission sought to construct new 2 bedroom dwelling house,car port,wastewater treatment facility and surface water soak-aways for Joan Donnelly(nee O'Connor)c/o "Cois na Habhainn",Hall Lane, Corduff, Lusk, 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 opening hours of 9.30-16.30 Monday-Friday at Fingal County Council,Main Street,Swords,Fingal,Co Dublin during public opening hours.A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of 20Euro, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application,and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application.The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions,or may refuse to grant permission Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Caroline Brennan at Corduff, Lusk, Co. Dublin for a two-storey detached dwelling, shared entrance utilising existing vehicular entrance, biocycle treatment system, landscaping, associated horse training facilities, and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. The planning appli-

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cation 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 I Dorothea Burger intend to apply for planning permission for a habitable attic room and the insertion of 1 number Velux Window to front for the development at this address: 6 Chapel Farm Row, Lusk 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 the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 9:30- 16:30 Monday Friday at: Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal Co Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought for a dormer type dwelling house with on site waste water treatment unit and percolation area, with access provided from existing vehicular entrance to family home together with all associated site works and landscaping at Surgalstown South, Swords, County Dublin for N. Kilgallon. 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 public opening hours, Monday to Friday (09.30 – 16.30). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Paul Atkinson at “Lima” Milverton, Skerries, Co. Dublin for garage extension. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the Attention Home Owners, Architects & Builders reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. North County Leader, Your No.1 Local Newspaper are happy to announce that we are now accepting Fingal County Council Planning Application Adverts for the following areas: Planning permission is Balbriggan, Balrothery, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Loughshinny, sought for retention for: Ballyboughal, Naul, Portrane, Donabate, Swords, Kinsealy, 1/ dormer window to Malahide and Portmarnock south-east elevation Adverts must be supplied by email to 2/ alterations to tion on south-east elevaor by visiting: tion 3/ height of existing you can also post your advert on a disk to dormer window to southNorth County Leader, east elevation - alterations Leader House, North Street, to previously approved Swords, Co. Dublin

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application ref. no. F12B/0154, (two storey extension to side of existing dwelling and associated site works) at No. 8 Hands Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin. signed Paul & Anne Doyle 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 (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by Crescent Park Properties Ltd. on lands at and adjacent to White Hart Lane, Stephenstown / Clogheder / Clonard, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin for an access/distributor road serving the Colaiste Ghlor na Mara secondary school and the Scoil Chormaic Community National School primary school approved by Fingal County Council under Reg. Ref. F13A/0232. This road will also provide access via 2 no. new vehicular/pedestrian and cyclist entrances to adjacent residential lands to the north and south of the proposed road. The overall development consists of a 6.0m road along with 3 no. vehicular/ pedestrian/ cyclist access points and all associated footpaths, verges, cycle tracks, street lighting, signage, pedestrian crossing points, road markings, traffic calming, landscaping, boundary treatments, drainage works, piped and other services, and other 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 in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We Richard and Yung Duffy seek Planning Permission at Naul Hill, Naul, Co. Dublin for the construction of a 74sqm extension to the rear with a balcony, the enlargement of the existing kitchen extension at the side of the house by 17sqm, the raising of the main roof by 1.5m and provision of 3 no. dormer windows, the addition of a bulls-eye window to the front elevation, the changing of the front exterior from a facing brick finish to painted render and the changing of the roof of a shed from flat to pitched. 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 (20Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council Balrothery Lifecare Ltd intends to apply for permission to construct single storey extensions (totaling 617sqm) to existing nursing home, provision of balcony to proposed rear extension, realignment of internal service road at Hamilton Park Care Facility, Blackhall-

Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for a) Extensions & Alterations to existing outbuilding b) Change-of-use of outbuilding from private/domestic to use as Montessori school (hours of operation-9.30am – 1.00pm MondayFriday) along with siteworks to include provision of car-parking and new treatment system & percolation area. At:Greatcommon, Lusk, Co. Dublin.. Signed:- Anne McGee This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 16.30pm MondayFriday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought for amendments to previous approved plans (Ref: F12A/0234) to allow for a. Amendments for front elevation b. All associated works to bungalow at Collinstown, Lusk, Co. Dublin for Vivienne Hughes. 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 a prescribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


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