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Hennessy Launches Attack On Elected Reps A candidate in the upcoming local elections, has launched a blistering attack on existing county councillors, over their lack of action in having Swords Main Street and the Castle regenerated. Fianna Fail candidate for Swords, John Hennessy was furious at the fact that the present council has had five years to do something, yet nothing has been achieved to date. Speaking to the County Leader, a fuming Hennessy said, “I have knocked on over 6,000 homes in Swords alone and one of the main items that resonates with them, is the embarrassment they feel about Swords town centre and the way it is. In August 2009, Ryan’s pub was pulled down, and in the intervening time, there has been absolutely no action, drive or ambition to make Swords a decent place to live in,” he said. “It just sickens me, when I hear existing councillors, who have been there for five years and more, talking about the town centre of Swords and about regenerating it, just as an election is looming. What have they been doing for the last number of years? Nothing’s been done and

By Patrick Finnegan all we are left with is the condition of the town centre That’s an embarrassment to the county and it’s a disgrace, and has been for years. The net effect is that businesses have closed down and people haven’t got the town centre to enjoy, that they should have.” He then said, “I’m walking around estates, where people are cutting their grass and keeping their areas nice and neat, and the one area they have not got control over is the town centre and the Castle, and the Council have manifestly failed in this regard and it’s an absolute disgrace, and should not be allowed to happen again. I challenge any of these councillors, who have been there for the past five or ten years, and are now talking about the regeneration of the town centre, or the opening of the Castle. I can’t understand it and It just beggars belief.” Hennessy continued by saying, “One million American tourists visited the island of Ireland last year, and I would guess that between 70 and 80 per cent of them came in through Dublin

Local election candidate for Swords, John Hennessy (FF) is pictured at the junction of North Street and Main Street in Swords, which he says needs urgent attention

airport. I would say that we got less than a handful of these visitors to come to Swords. Let’s call a spade a spade here. The reason for this is that Swords town centre is in atrocious condition, and is an embarrassment to the entire region and that’s the responsibility of the Council, and that’s what I intend changing.” When asked what he expected the local authority to do, he said. The Castle needs to be opened up and the two or three remaining buildings should be CPO’d and immediately knocked down and the area opened up, and have somewhere pleasant like Avoca. This, in turn, would create businesses around it, because it would bring a footfall to the place. I was delighted to see families enjoying the

Boland Calls For Historic Summer School Independent candi- British and Irish polidate in Balbriggan tics, united in the celeElectoral area, Cathal bration of that visit. Boland is calling for Noting the Queen’s the setting up of a comments of members Fingal Summer of her family standing School. This would with us in 2016, along commemorate the with the invitation achievements of two extended by North County men, Taoiseach Enda Tom Kettle Kenny, I am and Thomas proposing that Ashe, who the North played signifiCounty should cant, but act on the different roles opportunity in the political which these situation 100 events present, Cathal Boland years ago. and host an Boland told the inaugural Summer County Leader, “I was School in 2016.” forcibly struck by the He continued, “It visit of President seems to me that such Higgins to the United an occasion provides Kingdom, some weeks an ideal venue for all ago, with political traditions and their representatives from senior representaall strains of both tives, to commemo-

away from the main state ceremonies, and those to be held at the GPO, would provide a calmness to allow proper reflection of these Thomas Ashe Tom Kettle historic moments and their relationship to rate the contributions each other,” he said. made in both 1914 and In the course of the 1916, by Irish men and President’s address in women. Such an event, Westminster, he made

reference to a man from the North County, the nationalist, poet, parliamentarian and soldier Tom Kettle. Boland explains, “Kettle came from a family, who were at the épée centre of the politics of nationalist Ireland, whose father was a founder of the

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Brian Boru festival and the amount of people was incredible. However, at other times, they do not have a town centre to enjoy, and that’s down to the Council. It beggars belief that councillors would start talking about this, when they’re responsible for this disgraceful situation. If the people of Swords elect me, my first few meetings will be with the County Manager, to find out what’s to happen, because this is an urgent situation,” he concluded.

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young daughters and a buggy with me. Cars come very quickly along this part of the road, and pedestrians travelling to the

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Rush Man’s Extraordinary Gift Rush man, Rhys Byrne has been blessed with a most unusual gift, he is an exorcist. Whilst this may appear to be a glamorous enough gift to have, Rhys explained to the County Leader, how he came to have this gift, and some the more practical sides of exorcism.

By Patrick Finnegan Pictured here is River Valley Scout Leader, Dave Clarke, with fellow scout group members: Jean Higgens, Sahron Chapman, Bernie Reddy, Louis Bebbington, Katelym Delaney, Darragh Ball, Rhys Mahony, Suzanne Kavanagh, Ronan Shivenan, Melissa Care and County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison at the awards presentation night in Swords last week.

Special Awards For Swords Scouts By Rachel Wallace Last Wednesday saw the gathering of this 171st Swords River Valley Scouts group to the County Hall in Swords for a very special ceremony. There were six very special beavers who received Chief Scout awards from County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison. Also there on the night to award the children was Stephen Peppard, head of Corporate Services at the County Council, Bernie Reddy who is the Scouts County Commissioner and Dave Clarke, the group’s Scout Leader. Speaking at the event, Stephen Peppard and Kieran Dennison mentioned their

intent to see through long standing plans to expand Swords Scouts and other scout groups within the North County. They both agreed that Scouts is a hugely important organisation for young people in local communities, and they said they had it as one of their top priorities to have a Regional Scouts Building established in the North County in the near future. Peppard mentioned a site off the M1 which has been selected for this purpose built Regional Scouts Den, which will hopefully come to fruition over the coming months. The young scouts in attendance where very enthusiastic about these upcoming plans, and the Mayor chimed in and said: “the North County is one of the best places to be a scout in, as we have land, sea and sand.” He never had the opportunity to become a scout himself, but he became an honorary scout for the evening, when he was presented with his very own scouts neck tie!

Rhys (19), says he has been given a special gift that helps him overcome devils and ghosts that possess people and haunt houses. Since I was very young, I always knew that I had different senses to anybody else. I had the ability to see and speak with spirits since I was a child. He explained, “People can become possessed by a demon without even realising it. As I got older, I spent more time working on it, because I used to see spirits, who came to me and frightened me. Whatever form they passed away in, was the way they appeared to me,” he said. When he was 15, Rhys fell into a coma, and it was this that had a defining effect on him. “When I awoke from the coma, I was more aware and I knew things that I didn’t know previously. It was then that I started working with demonics, which people regards as devils. Rhys, who is a Buddhist, trained to be a monk in India and his exorcisms are totally different to those of anyone else. “I don’t us the bible or crucifix, I use one to one approach, face on

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Official Opening Of Donabate Portrane Library County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison officially opened Donabate Portrane Community Library, at the Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre on Wednesday, 30th April last. The delivery of the Council’s newest library provides the full range of services, from a collection of lending material including books, CDs, DVDs, Prints and gaming, to programmes of events for adults and children, free WiFi and substan-

Pictured at the official opening of the new Donabate Library on Wednesday last are, Cllr Anne Devitt, Cllr Darragh Butler. Cllr Gerry McGuire, County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison and County Manager Paul Reid

tial IT resources to the 9000 strong community in the region. Designed as a community space to meet the educational, cultural, and leisure needs of the public, Ann Marie Farrelly, Director of Services, told the County Leader: “This new project is unique as it is the first co-location of a public library with a community and leisure centre in Ireland, thereby maximising the efficient use of existing space. This allows us to deliver a sustainable community library to the residents on the in Donabate and Portrane.” “I am very proud that the County Council has one of the highest library memberships in the country. We also have one of the most innovative and proactive library services,” said the County Mayor. Already a great success, the new library opened its doors on Monday April 14th last and within the first fortnight had 2124 visitors and recorded 3,640 transactions, “This library, housed within the Donabate Portrane Community & Leisure Centre and located in the centre of the schools campus in Donabate, is set to become the heart of the community, accessible to all,”Yvonne O’Brien, Senior Executive Librarian with Fingal concluded.

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without the use of books, or such. What I do is completely unique,” he said. He is inundated with requests from people looking for help, and as he explained, he does not look for financial rewards. “I do this to help people and the payment I get, is to see the satisfaction on their faces, after the demons have left. This is in accordance with the Buddhist teachings,” said Rhys, who assesses each situation to find the reason for any possessions, in case they have been induced by medication, or substance abuse, or may just be in the person’s head. “A lot of people will be too afraid to come out openly and say they are possessed, as they fear most people won’t believe them. I can help these people by doing a reading on them, finding out what’s troubling them and then drawing the demon out. There has never been a situation, where I was unable to help a person,” said Rhys, who sometimes regards his gift as a burden, such is the amount of work he has to do.

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clean water. This is a disgrace and needs to be addressed immediately,” he said “This matter is all the more urgent with the imminent introduction of Independent candidate for Balbriggan water charges - a new tax on hard Electoral area, Tony Murphy, is chalpressed households. I do not agree lenging the County Council to address with this charge, as water is a natural the sub-standard water issue in resource for which we are already Balbriggan, before handing over to Irish paying for in our taxes.” “I have been Water and washing its hands of the informed on a daily basis by matter, after years of neglect. residents of Balbriggan that Murphy told the County they have made personal Leader, “Balbriggan has been representation to the local badly let down by the County authority about the water Council and local councillors. issue, without success. It’s not We need action now to address a new issue and the Council the issue of water going into have had plenty of time to Balbriggan homes, which is resolve the matter. They are destroying central heating now passing the problem to systems, washing machines, Tony Murphy Irish Water, an organisation dishwashers, showers and which will eventually become a private kettles. The issue is costing Balbriggan company, with little or no responsihouseholds tens of thousands of euros bility to the individual” he said. “The every year for replacements and County Council cannot be allowed to repairs. Some families have had to go avoid its responsibility in this matter. to the expense of installing filtration We need to act now,” he concluded. systems, to ensure a suitable supply of

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Local Chernobyl Group Takes On Fundraising Challenge A group of 35 volunteers from the North County and the surrounding areas recently headed to Co. Tyrone to face their fears in a bid to raise funds for North Dublin Chernobyl Children International (CCI). They signed up to the Chernobyl “Head for Heights Challenge” which took place at an activity centre in Ballygawley. The event was organised by North Dublin CCI, an outreach group for Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International, officially founded in 1991, five years after the Chernobyl disaster. Every year, North Dublin CCI fundraise to help children affected by the disaster. The money raised

helps to fund the many different programmes run by the organisation. Sponsorship brought in by the volunteers came to the fantastic amount of €9346.75. Chairperson of North Dublin CCI, Trina Gilchriest was Pictured here are Adam Burke, Aisling Brady, Amie Doyle & Grace Doyle delighted with the event on the at the recent North Dublin Chernobyl Children International "Head for day, and told the County Heights Fundraiser." Leader: “We had an amazing help the children we work of children to the North County fun day out, with a wonderful group of volunteers. We have with.” “The money raised will in June/July for much needed met some fantastic people, be spent on a few different rest and recuperation from who although they had never projects, and the funds will their contaminated homealso help to transport a group land,” she said been involved in fundraising with the Department of Social Protection. us before, came The balance of the rent is being on board and provided by the tenant from social made a huge welfare payments,” she said. effort to bring in Councillor Anne Devitt (NP) is calling on Devitt was mindful of the human sponsorship to the local authority and relevant agen- misery that is faced by families in such

possibly in a separate classroom for Dublin West voters, the ultimate deciwould be permitted to sion will be taken by the vote in the Council and County Sheriff and not the European elections in St. County Council. Cronan’s School, but it Unfortunately if the now looks like the Government decides to Government are going to proceed with the by-elecdecide to hold the unextion on the same day, this pected Dublin West bycould mess up our plans election on the same for St. Cronan’s school day,” he told the County which will unfortunately Leader. result in a lot of voters “Unfortunately whilst we staying at home won the fight to and in protest get Swords rerefusing to exerunited back, as cise their democpart of the one ratic right. o v e r a l l I have put down constituency of the following Dublin Fingal motion for our (that will replace May Swords Area Dublin North), meeting: “That unfortunately Darragh Butler Brackenstown this only fully Dublin West voters kicks in the next time (Brackenstown Village there is a full general elecand Park Avenue) must be tion.” “Whilst I have permitted to vote across proposed a number of the road in St. Cronan’s possible solutions to the for the Local and Council to allow residents European elections, even still vote across the road, if the Government decides as opposed to having to to hold the Dublin West travel the long way by-election on the same around to River Valley, day.”

Butler Resumes Fight For Brackenstown Voters Local councillor, Darragh Butler (FF), has expressed concern that voters on the Brackenstown Road, Brackenstown Village and Park Avenue areas, might



not be permitted to vote across the road from them in St. Cronan’s National School for the Council and European elections in a few weeks time, as

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cies to address the problems associcircumstances, and said, “A family ated with families in receipt of rent forced to quit their rental home are allowances in Swords and surrounding finding it impossible to find replaceareas. She told the County Leader, “In ment homes in the school catchment recent weeks, I have been area, or in any area at an contacted by mothers, who affordable rent. These families have been given notice to quit are not only facing eviction, from their rented accommodabut are also facing the tion in Swords, due to the prospect of having to move shortage of rental properties their children out of the area in the town. Rents are and find news school places increasing by 20 per cent or for them. To make matters more.” worse, many landlords now “Three bed units that were specifically exclude rent €1100 per month last year, can Anne Devitt allowance recipients from now command rent of €1400 per month their properties. “The housing agenat the moment. Landlords are either cies are full and the council has a increasing the rents, or terminating the waiting list of thousands. Many of lease, stating that they need the propthese people have been over eight erty for a family member.” years on the housing list.” “I am “This is putting these properties contacting a number of agencies and outside the reach of those on rent am asking the council to take the lead allowance, which, for such a unit is in setting up a working group to deal €850 and is being reduced to €650 by with this crisis,” she concluded.




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Smith Wants Bike Scheme In Swords Duncan Smith, Labour Party by local businesses, would Candidate for the Swords Ward in encourage travel within our town the upcoming local elections, is and would also attract people to our main street. Bike supporting the implemenschemes in European tation of the not-for-profit towns have been Fingal Bikes Scheme, to successful in regenerating be piloted in Swords, as a urban centres and this can means of regenerating the happen in Swords and it is main street in the town. something I strongly Smith told the County support.” Leader: “The primary Duncan Smith “We need creative soluissue coming up on the doorsteps in Swords is the state of tions and I believe a bike scheme our Main Street, particularly at the would improve the amenity of castle end, where many shop units Swords, promote mobility within lie vacant. There needs to be a our town and it would be a strategy for our main street, as support for future tourism growth. part of an overall regeneration This is a policy I will actively pursue, should I be elected in plan for our town,” he explained. “A public bike scheme, supported May,” Smith concluded.

County Mayor, Cllr. Kieran Dennison is pictured opening the Multipurpose Youth facility in Rush with County Manager, Paul Reid Fintan Price, Vice Chairperson Rush Community Council, local councillor, Tom O'Leary (FG), Rush teens and Local Community representatives.

Youth Facility Officially Launched In Rush Last Thursday, May 1st was a big day for the youth of Rush, with the official launch of Rush Multipurpose Youth Facility (Martins Shop) by County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison. The event was a vibrant one, with lots of attractions and young people displaying their talents on the day. The Mayor told the County Leader: “For over a hundred years, Martin’s served the people of Rush and I am delighted that this building will retain its place at the heart of the community serving the needs of the youth of the area.”

This project was born in response to the identified needs concerning the youth of the area. The primary vision for this building was to act as a youth facility and with this vision in mind, a committee was formed to raise funds to renovate it. In 2010, a funding application was made, which was successful, and this funding was used to renovate the downstairs portion of the building. The community office of the Council supports the newly formed facility committee and is assisting in developing a wide range of appropriate programmes identified by the local community with priority given to youth centred groups, such as: the local brass band, after school club, breakfast club, supervised study, art classes, youth council and Satellite Counselling Services.

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Preparations Underway For Balbriggan Summerfest Preparations are well underway for this year’s Balbriggan Summerfest which promises to be just as good and exciting this year. The dates for this year are Sunday 25th May to Sunday 1st June with plenty of fun filled activities for all the family. The first event on is the annual ‘Balbriggan’s Got Talent.’ Open auditions will take place on Saturday 10th May from 11am to 4pm in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, and the organisers are looking for all kinds of acts, from, singing, dancing, comedy, magic, bands and more. Balbriggan Summerfest would encourage all ages to take part and there is no age limit.

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Organ Donation Awareness Day At Swords School On Thursday last, 1st May, students and teachers from St Finian’s Community School in Swords held three separate events, for the purpose of raising money and awareness of organ donation and for the Alan Feeley Trust, in conjunction with the Irish Kidney Association. The Alan Feeley Trust was set up this year, after the sudden death of the young Mayo PE teacher. Alan was an organ donor and his organs saved the lives of five people, and was a friend of one of the teachers at the school. One of the events involved a 25 kilometre sponsored cycle, in which 12 pupils, two teachers and two members of the local Gardai participated in the fun cycle. A great sense of occasion was evident at the school, as the cyclists headed off on their way. The other events included a cinema outing and a stationary cycle. Colin White from the Irish Kidney Association was also in attendance at the school, where he delivered a talk about organ donation to the students. In all, the staggering amount of €1,180 was raised on the day, as a result of the wonderful commitment of the students.

The Rush Daffodil Day Committee want to say Thank you to their volunteers and to everyone who supported their events for Daffodil Day recently. To date, with their various fundraisers in Rush, they have raised the fantastic amount of €25,096.77.

Senior Social Group In Malahide The St Sylvester’s Senior’s Social Group meets in the Parish Centre in Malahide on Wednesdays from 2.15pm to 4.15pm. There is tea and/or coffee and different music or poetry events and so on each week, as well as speakers on issues such as health care, security and safety.

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Sinnott Calls For Tax Relief For Local Homeowners Many home owners in practical issues, such dents were led to local estates built as responsibility for believe by the devellighting opers that responsiduring the boom, are public faced with paying becoming contentious bility for the roads in issues between home- their estate would management owners and pass to the County fees to private local authori- Council, along with management ties. He high- responsibility companies, as for lighted in street well as paying lighting. particular, the However, this has not property tax. issue of public happened. So in effect Independent lighting in you have the residents candidate in Justin Sinnott Boroimhe in in Boroimhe paying the upcoming Swords: elections for the property tax for public Swords Ward, Justin “In the Boroimhe lighting as well as Sinnott (NP), believes estate in Swords, resi- management fees.” that people in this situation feel they are paying twice for the same services. Sinnott told the County Leader: “Paying on the double is not fair or reasonable. The Government needs to recognise the situation thousands of Summer Baskets Now Available local homeowners find themselves in. If I am Hanging Baskets From €40 elected, one issue I will be campaigning on is the introduction of tax relief for those home owners who pay management fees. Essentially, people are in effect paying on the double with property tax for local services Open Mon - Sat: 9am – 6pm and a service charge to Open Wednesdays Til 8pm maintain the estate. Sundays & Bank Holidays: 1pm - 6pm There are many Grace Dieu, Ballyboughal, estates across the 1st turn left northbound after Blakes Cross North County in this Phone 087-6610929 / 8433349 / 8078791 position,” he said. Email: Sinnott also points to Web.

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By Cathal Boland The European election campaign has only just kicked off here in Ireland, but the battle for power across Europe has been in full play for some time. The projections show both the EPP and the PES very close in the number of MEPs which they will return after the election. Their lead candidates, Schulz and Junker are fighting hard to become the President of the Commission. This job is expected to go to the candidate of the party with the highest number of MEPs returned. The Parliament must vote on the appointment and the smaller groupings may join forces with either the EPP or PES, to decide the issue or cause both Junker and Schulz to do a deal. Both candidates are campaigning across Europe and appearing in televised debates setting out their vision for Europe. Parliament has taken the unusual step of passing a vote of censure on Martin Schulz, the Parliament’s President, for using his office to push through the appointment of close aides to civil service positions and of using his office improperly in his campaign. Junker is moving to a position of embracing reform and says he will find a way to keep the UK within the union and deal with their concerns. This bigger picture does not appear to be a feature of the election here at home. There seems little or no interest among the voters in respect of the management of Europe. So it seems the election will be fought just on home issues. One way or the other, MEPs will be elected on the 23rd and your vote can help decide who they are.

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Duffy Objects To “Poster Mania” By Jennifer McShane Local candidate for the Swords Ward in the local elections, Ken Duffy (GP), has strongly objected to what he calls the recent bout of “poster mania” around Swords in the lead up to the local elections later this month. “The mad clamber this year to plaster Swords Main Street and surrounds with election posters really hit home last week. This year, more than previous election years, has seen a

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The evening will consist of talks delivered by Jigsaw North Fingal on ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ followed by a discussion and open dialogue on supporting the mental health of young people growing up in Balbriggan. ‘Supporting Young People’s Mental Health’ is an hour-long talk aimed at parents and other adults concerned about the mental health of young people. Everybody is welcome.

Mulville Determined To Provide Strong Voice Paul Mulville has announced his intention to run as an Independent candidate in the Swords electoral area, and has vowed to provide a fresh new approach to politics in the ward. Mulville, who is a Portrane native, has an intimate knowledge of the needs and concerns of residents on the peninsula, and is clearly very devoted to making sure that these concerns are fully addressed at Council level. Speaking to the County Leader, Mulville outlined the difference he will make to residents here, and in other areas of the ward, if elected. “I have been involved for many years in local community

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level of postering never seen before in the town, due mainly to the increase by five in seat numbers in the Swords Ward, it is pure poster madness,” he told the County Leader. “Postering is now a free for all, posters staring down from trees, low hanging posters which are a serious treat to a face or eye injury. They are on roundabouts, creating a distraction to motorists ,with the potential to cause accidents, the list just goes on. There are

height are being ignored and in breach of the rules. breaches of the rules on Speaking as a candidate the main street outside and a concerned resident the County Council offices, of Swords, I would like to see the Council set a limit posters that on the amount of should have been posters each removed immedicandidate can use.” ately. Where are “They should our enforcement introduce a officers?” postering ban for Duffy continued. Swords Main Street He went on to and North Street explain, that many Ken Duffy and have of the posters prohibitive fines, with currently out on display, were breaking regula- strong swift enforcement tions: “All around the for any candidate in North County, regulations breach of these rules,” specific to positioning and Duffy concluded.

A Plant Sale will take place at Rush Community Centre on Saturday, 24th May from 8am to 2pm. Bargains are guaranteed on the day, as well as a raffle. The Annual Horticultural Show will take place in St Maur’s GAA clubhouse, Rush, on Friday, 11th and Saturday, 12th July, which is always a well supported event.

Malahide Pilgrimages The following upcoming Malahide Parish Pilgrimages will be taking place over the coming weeks: Lough Derg, 17th May, Fatima, 5th June to the 12th June, Knock 22nd June, Lourdes 28th August to the 2nd September. If you’re interested in going on any of these pilgrimages, please contact Jo Morris on: 0876163648.

groups, and in planning area need proper facilicampaigns around the ties, including a playarea and in particular, ground. the beach in Portrane. Mulville is very familiar The erosion of the beach with the concerns of here is a major issue for locals, having been me, and I will be pushing involved with the Community for this to be Council and given urgent Parish Council in attention, if I’m Donabate, and lucky enough to indeed he served be elected,” he as Secretary of said. the Parish He also cited the Council, which s i t u a t i o n regarding the arti- Paul Mulville helped to familficial pitch in Donabate, iarise him with many as something that needs local issues, including to be addressed immedi- planning around new ately, as teens in the schools and the commu-

nity centre. He was involved with the Labour Party some years ago, where he was involved with Labour Youth. “I disagreed with their economic policies and I decided to leave the Party,” he said. “We need stronger voices at Council level and making sure that the people’s views are heard and that major projects are presented to the people for genuine consultation, not just railroaded through, and I will make sure that I am one of these voices,” he said.

VOTE No. 1 A proven track record in your community DONABATE • Demanding a greater police presence on the peninsula • To continue to enhance community and school facilities • To insist the Coastal Walkway connects directly to Donabate Village and to protect our beaches against coastal erosion • To provide badly needed youth facilities locally

SWORDS • To enhance the appearance of Main Street and provide a centralised Swords bus service for the outskirts • To enhance mental health provision and services • To establish a third level institution in the town • To ensure planning promotes community, educational and social provision

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McGuire Hits Out At Derelict Buildings In Portrane Local councillor, Gerry McGuire (Lab) has hit out at the HSE over eight houses, in their possession, that are left boarded up in Portrane. The houses in question are located on Portrane Avenue on the main thoroughfare up to St Ita’s Hospital. McGuire told the County Leader, “It’s a disgrace to see eight houses boarded up, particularly as we are in a housing crisis in the Swords electoral ward. A number of these properties have been idle for almost 20 years, and that is an absolute scandal in this day and age, with people on long housing lists. I am now asking the HSE to evaluate these properties and to repair them and let them out again for rental purposes. Either that, or dispose of them to the local authority, where they can be brought into use for much needed accommodation in the community,” he said. These houses are listed and have been the scene of anti

social behaviour, where an attempt was made to burn one of them down. Tiles have been removed from some of the roofs, along with other damage. McGuire insists, “It’s urgent that we get these houses back to an occupiable state. I believe the HSE should hand them over to the Council, if they decide not to renovate them. Councillor Gerry McGuire (Lab) is pictured outside the row of derelict buildSome of the resi- ings on Portrane Avenue. dents on this estate have been tenants of the HSE for up to 40 years, and they should be afforded the opportunity to purchase their homes, because they have effected improvements, like central heating and weatherproof windows, as well as the maintanance of the houses.” “These boarded up houses are a real eyesore for people using this road, and it is unfair to residents here to have to put up with it. It’s another ghost estate. within what was once a very vibrant living area,” he concluded angrily. Balbriggan, Ballyboughal,

The Annual Clean-up with Swords Tidy Towns will take place on Saturday, May 10th at 11am. The Tidy Towns group and other volunteers will be meeting in the Town Park in Swords. The County Council’s Conservation Officer Hans Visser, Fingal Conservation Volunteers and hopefully many local groups, such as the scouts, guides, brigíns will also be coming along. Do plan to come along for what will be a busy and productive day.

Coffee Morning In Malahide There will be a coffee morning in aid of Laura Lynn, Age Action and Headway in Malahide Cricket Club on Friday, 16th May from 10.00am to 12.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th or 60th wedding anniversary in 2014? There will be a mass in the church in Lusk in September to help you and your family to mark the occasion, followed by refreshments in the parish hall. If you wish to be included in these celebrations please give your details to Siobhán Murphy, Parish Pastoral Council.

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More Concern Expressed Over Sale Of Portmarnock Land Local councillor, Judy Dunne (Lab), has called on the County Manager to register Legal Caution, to protect public lands at the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links. Portmarnock Community Association have also expressed their concern over the purposed sale of the lands, fearing that they will become privatised, if suitable action is not taken by the County Council. Seamus Horan, PRO Portmarnock Community Association told the County Leader: “Portmarnock Community Association are deeply concerned over the inclusion of public lands in the sale by NAMA of the Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links,” he said. “The lands have been in public use for many years, but the Judy Dunne arrangements for the takeover of the land by Fingal County Council have never been completed and now they are shown as part of the hotel property in the sales brochure produced by the estate agents, selling the property on behalf of NAMA, which we’re concerned about,” he continued. “These lands include a section of Golf Links Road which is the public access road to Portmarnock Golf Club, and to a very popular car park serving the Velvet Strand, and also contains a section of land that is included in the Baldoyle Bay Special Protection Area.” “The Portmarnock Community Association are calling on all parties involved to speedily conclude arrangements for the takeover of the land by the County Council, and to ensure that these public lands do not become privatised by default,” he concluded.

Mulville Calls For Shelters At Donabate Railway Station Paul Mulville, minimal clearance Independent candidate distances between the for the Swords local boundary and platform electoral area, has edge, resulting in called on Irish Rail to passengers using provide shelters along either the station the platforms at building or the bridge Donabate Railway for shelter in the event Station. of inclement weather.’ Mulville told the An area on the city County Leader: bound platform “Commuters has been identiawaiting the fied as a train into work possible locaoften get tion to erect a soaked on a shelter, which rainy morning. will require a As someone Paul Mulville civil engineering who uses the solution.’ So, train on a daily basis, I with this in mind, I have seen this myself. have requested for the There is some room to feasibility of this to wait in the station commence and this will building, and under- be completed, subject neath the pedestrian to funding being availbridge, but on a busy able,” he explained. morning there is a need Mulville concluded by for shelters along the saying that: “I platform.” “Iarnród welcome this response Éireann has stated from Irish Rail and that: ‘with regard to hope that the feasishelters at this loca- bility study can be tion, unfortunately carried out and the both platforms are funds put in place as a quite narrow, with matter of urgency.”

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Newman Calls For New Pathway In Swords Estate Parents of school going children in Castleview estate in Swords, have expressed their concerns about the lack of a footpath, leading from the estate to the nearby primary schools, to ensure safe passage for the children. Resident, Joe Billings contacted local election candidate for Swords, Joe Newman (NP), in the hope that this situation can be resolved as soon as possible. He told the County Leader about how this problem is impacting on the safety of children in the area. “We moved in here when the estate was built in 2001. However, the planners, in their wisdom, never put paths through the green. Aesthetically it looks very nice, with trees and a break between houses. However, when you have kids

trying to get across from one side to the other with no pathway, they have to walk over a green area, which can be wet and mucky at times,” he said. “People pushing a buggy are forced to walk on the road with heavy traffic, particularly at rush hour in the morning. People accessing the walkway leading to the two local schools, from the estate, have to cross a busy section of road, with obvious dangers. Otherwise, they have to walk across wet, mucky ground, where the children’s feet get wet, and buggy wheels get stuck. All they have to do is to connect two pathways, to solve this problem - a distance of no more that 20 yards,” he said. Election candidate, Joe Newman agreed, “I think this is an important

Pictured at the grassy path at the top of Castleview Avenue in Swords, are local resident Joe Billings, with election candidate, Joe Newman.

safety issue and is another example of bad planning and I’m calling on the Council to make contact with the Residents Association to resolve this issue, before the next school term. It won’t cost too much money to resolve this problem, and I would like them to come an evaluate the situation, before a tragic accident occurs,” said Newman.

Boland Calls For Historic Summer School

Students from Colaiste Choilm, Swords added their voices and ideas to a Student Council Conference, hosted by the Edmund Rice Schools Trust in the Red Cow Hotel on Wednesday, 30th April. Amongst the topics discussed on the day were: the role of student councils in 97 Edmund Rice schools nationwide, best practice and “how leaders are ordinary people doing extraordinary things”, fundraising fatigue in schools, and how to “keep the buzz going”, celebrating diversity, the importance of student to student anti bullying campaigns, listening with eyes and heart, as well as both ears, and giving students a real voice especially those with a smaller voice. Pictured at the Conference are Sinead Hynes (teacher), student Aaron O’Neill, Tony McCann (Edmund Rice Schools Trust) and student Andrew Barker.


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Continued from page 1 he joined the British Army and was killed in action in September 1916.” “Thomas Ashe, a Kerry native was the most militarily successful Easter 1916 Commandant. He was a national school principal at Corduff, Lusk. He founded the Black Raven Pipe Band and established a branch of the Volunteers, whom he lead in the Battle of Ashbourne. He went on to be the President of the IRB, the defacto President of the Irish Republic. After the general release in 1917, he went on hunger strike, during which he died as a result of force feeding.” “Both men were nationalist, one a poet the other a musician. These were men of conscience who made a real contribution. Both died for their beliefs. They just died on different battle fields. These are two great men of vision, of culture, of action, men who wanted the same thing. Both died seeking it in different ways.” Boland concluded by saying, “Should I be fortunate to be elected on May 23rd, I intend formally calling on the incoming council to establish, and host an annual Kettle Ashe Summer School. This would be a fitting tribute to these great men, while providing a perfect platform for men and women of all traditions to join together in celebration of the role that Fingal played in both struggles. Such an occasion embraces all traditions and allows all to recognise the contribution made a hundred years ago.”

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Donabate Scouts Raise Funds For Local Group The Donabate and Portrane Sea Scouts Group recently took park in a 5K sponsored walk to raise funds for the local Senior Citizens and the scout group. All involved assembled at the Parish Hall in Donabate and walked to Newbridge House and back. The children raised €595, of which €500 was for the Senior Citizens and €95 went to the Scouts Group. A spokesperson from the Donabate and Portrane Scout Group told the County Leader that they would like to say thanks to all the children and leaders who took part and a big thank you to all who sponsored them. The group also want to say a very big thanks to the Senior Citizens Committee, who provided goody bags to the children and had lovely refreshments for the leaders, when the walk was completed.


McGuire Welcomes Progress On Portrane Erosion Swords councillor, Gerry McGuire (Lab), recently attended a meeting in the County Hall on the issue of the coastal erosion issue in Portrane. Among those attending were representatives of the coastal protection group and Burrow residents, who were meeting with RPS Consultants and County Council officials. The purpose of the meeting was to afford the stakeholders the opportunity to have an input into addressing the issue of coastal erosion at

Portrane beach. “I have been issued with detailed design drawings that show the work being proposed by the County Council and have passed these on to the residents,” McGuire told the County Leader. “The plans include extensive replenishment and protection works to be carried out on the dunes by the Council. I have been working with the community on this issue and have consistently fought for funding to be allocated for coastal

International Healer Visiting Emmaus In June Joe Dalton, the highly sought after faith healer and international speaker, will visit Emmaus in Swords from 6th to 8th June, to facilitate a Healing and Renewal weekend. After a personal encounter with God which changed his life and priorities, Dalton gave up a steady,

pensionable job in the Civil Service, plus a very successful singing career in opera, to serve God exclusively and promulgate His Word. His calling has taken him to every corner of Ireland, Europe, America and many parts of Asia and Emmaus are delighted to welcome Joe back after a five year hiatus. With the gifts that he

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protection works in Portrane,” he continued. “I am aware that the works are subject to Appropriate Assessment and must go to full tender, but I am insisting the council expedite the process in order to alleviate Gerry McGuire any further pressure on residents of the area, ahead of the likely next storm surges expected later this year.” “The progress on the coastal erosion issue will be welcomed by the many residents who have been subjected to extreme pressure and the uncertainty surrounding the issue,” McGuire concluded.


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turnout at the national society’s first event of the summer is expected once again. This year will see a continuation of the successful exhibitor points system introduced last year to encourage entries, and with over €300 in cash prizes and crystal awards on offer it will be a “must” show for any serious breeder’s calendar. Day membership is available at just €5, and all are welcome - so dust of those cages now! Once again the group are bringing their birds around the North County to promote the interest and offer advice and help to those both new and experienced in the hobby. A raffle will be held for two Florian Bock birds, and an additional raffle will be held in memory of former club member, Chairman and Treasurer, Brian Flynn, with all proceeds being donated to the Friends of St. Luke’s.

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Viking Wedding In Swords A wedding with a difference took place at Swords Town Park on Thursday last, when Barry Gaynor and Alison O’Rourke tied the knot. What made this wedding different is that Barry and Alison, both from Swords, got special permission to have their civil ceremony wedding held in the Chapel in Swords Castle. Both are part of the Fingal Living History Society, who have organised the Fire Parade in Swords and transformed Swords Town Park into a Viking village, much to the amazement of locals, who enjoyed their hard work last weekend. The reception was held in a large Viking tent in the park, which was attended by family, friends and crew, working on the Viking project. The happy couple are pictured at the entrance to Swords Castle.

Duffy Is New Swords Tidy Towns Chairperson Local election candidate for the Swords Ward, Ken Duffy (GP), has been announced as the new Chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns. He got in touch with the County Leader on behalf of the Swords group, to pay tribute to former Chairperson, the late Des Becton, and to encourage others to get involved in the group if they wish. “As the new Chairperson of Swords Tidy Towns, I would like to convey on behalf of our members, how much Des Becton is sorely missed by us all. Our thoughts are always with his family, and his memory will always hold a special place in our hearts. I have inherited a very large pair of shoes, and filling them will be a mammoth task indeed,” he told the County Leader. “We both served on the Swords Community Council the year Swords was designated a Litter Black Spot. This news jolted us into setting up the Swords Tidy Towns. From the start, Des was the driving force behind its success. His tireless energy inspired and drove us to achieve success after success,

culminating this year in Swords being designated Clean To Above European Norms,” he said. “I would like to take this opportunity to encourage new members, young and old, to come along and join us in our cleaner community work.

Besides contributing to making your town a visually better place to live in, there is also a social side to being a member of the Swords Tidy Towns team. The group meets on Wednesday nights at 7pm and Saturday mornings at 11am for two hours. If you feel you can spare a couple of hours every now and then we would love to hear from you,” Duffy concluded.


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May Fair In Malahide QUINN, (Dublin Street, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) The death has occurred (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital of Jane (wife of the late Paddy Quinn (New Ireland) and sister of the late Michael Brady). Deeply regretted by her loving brothers Joe and Tom, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace. ARGUE, Lorraine (Beverton, Donabate) - April 27, 2014, suddenly, at her home; sadly missed by her mother Emily and partner Billy, sister Emma, niece Lauren, partner Michael, his daughter Lauren and all his family, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, friends and neighbours. Rest in peace. DOONAN, Gary, (Balbriggan and Bray, Co. Wicklow) April 27th, 2014, at Beaumont Hospital, beloved husband of Shirley and loving dad of Sophie, will be sadly missed by his parents Anthony and Kathleen, brothers Samuel and Cody, sister Kerrie, granny Bridget, aunts, uncles, family and friends. Rest in peace. LYNSKEY (Rush and fromerly of Fairview) 28th April 2014, at home, Basil, beloved husband of Mary. He will be sadly missed by Mary and his loving daughters Mary and Karen, sons-in-law Johnny and Paddy, grandchildren Killian, Lucy, Alice, Eve, Sean and Mark, sisters Mary and Lelia, brother Michael, extended family and friends. Rest in peace. MCMYLER (late of Malahide) - April 27, 2014 (peacefully) surrounded by her loving husband and family, Lena, beloved wife of Stephen Murray, adored mother of Grace, Brian and Shane, darling daughter of John and Una, cherished sister of Kevin and Cathy. Rest in peace.

St. Andrew’s Primary School in Malahide are holding a May Fair on Saturday, 17th May 2014. There will be a Bar-b-cue, Cafe, children’s games, strawberries and lots more fun events on the day. All are welcome to come along and join in the fun.

St Vincent De Paul Clothing Collection In Lusk The Society is seeking your help, with its Annual Clothing Appeal in Lusk Parish. The appeal is for clean, good-quality clothes, bedclothes, curtains, shoes and so on. Bags will be collected outside Church on 10th and 11th May. The Society is very conscious of the tremendous support given by the Parishioners of this Parish for their charitable works over the years. They would like to thank you all most sincerely on behalf of those you have helped.

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REALE, Joseph (Portmarnock, Co. Dublin and formerly of Ballysimon Road, Limerick) - April 27th, 2014 (peacefully), at home after a short illness surrounded by his loving family; Joe will be very sadly missed by his loving wife Eileen, sons Damien, Ciaran and Patrick, partners Ivanka, Tina and Aoife, grandchild Bonnie, twin brother Pat, brothers Michael, Kieran and John, sisters Renee, Goretti and Rhoda, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family and large circle of friends. Rest in peace. SUTTON (Malahide and formerly of Finglas) April 26, 2014, (peacefully) surrounded by his loving family in St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, John (Patrick), loving husband of the late Laura; very sadly missed by his sons and daughters Lorraine, Sean, Gerard, Bernadette, Brian and Deirdre, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, brothers-in-law, sisters-inlaw, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. BARKER, George (Malahide), 25 April, 2014. Peacefully, following a period in the wonderful care of the staff of Beaumont Hospital. He will be sorely missed by his wife Irene, son Robert, daughter-in-law Patricia, grandchildren Russell and Victoria, greatgrandchildren Lily and Darragh and family and friends. Rest in peace. HALPIN (Nee Kerrigan) (Skerries, Co. Dublin), 26th April 2014, peacefully at Rush nursing home, surrounded by her loving family, Eileen, wife of the late Matthew, sadly missed by her loving son, John, sister, Lily, daughterin-law, Lucy, grandchildren, Eoin, Ciaran and Aoife, great grandsons, Conor and Caleb, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

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06.05.2014 Swords, Co. Dublin for Ms. Joanne Wilson. Revised plans, in relation to the application have been furnished to the Planning Authority, and are available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the office of the authority during its public opening hours. Submissions or observations in relation to the revised plans may be made in writing on payment of a prescribed fee, no later than 2 weeks after receipt of the newspaper notice and site notice with the planning authority.

Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for a new part-two storey, part single storey extension to rear of existing two-storey dwellinghouse & new front porch along with associated siteworks at No.46, Foxwood, Swords, Co. Dublin. Signed:- John & Priscilla Kieran. 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 Monday-Friday. 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.

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. Fingal County Council Planning permission is being sought for construction of 2 storey, 3 bed detached dwelling(124 sq.M)to side of existing house with 2 No: vehicular entrances in place of existing and all associated site and development works to side of 45 Chalfont Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin, for Kevin Eakins & Leonor Espinosa. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased between the hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday - Friday at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords,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 Planning Permission is requested for a new two storey extension to the side & rear of existing two-storey dwellinghouse along with associated siteworks at No.34 Pinewood Green Avenue, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Signed:- Ann Wilde 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 Monday-Friday. 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 is being sought for construction of a two storey extension (84sq.M) to side of existing split level/two storey dwelling at ‘Edgehill’, Claremont Road, Howth, Co. Dublin, for Leonard & Toni Owens. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased between the hours of 9.30 - 16.30 Monday - Friday at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords,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 Planning Permission is requested for alterations & extensions to existing dwellinghouse along with associated siteworks to include upgrading of existing septic tank & percolation area. at ‘Longhouse’, Balgaddy, Ringcommons, Naul, Co. Dublin. Signed :- Paul & Ann Kimmage 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 Monday-Friday. 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 We Gerard & Bernadette Quinn intend to apply for planning permission for development at this site 2 Tudor court, Estuary Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a proposed new 2nd storey extension only built on top of the existing ground floor extension to the side of the existing house and all associated works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours of (9.30a.m.16.30p.m.) Monday to 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 the prescribed fee (€20.00) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning author! ity 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 Retention planning permission sought by James Boylan for entrance door to main house and granny flat, porch to granny flat and Sun Room to rear at St. Margaret’s, Dublin Road, Skerries , 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

Fingal County Council REVISED PLANS / SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Revisions to Planning Application Ref: F13A/0498 to include; Planning permission is sought to demolish existing single storey shed to side of existing dwelling and to build new two storey ‘granny flat’ extension to side / rear of existing dwelling with single storey element to rear. Also for new two storey extension to rear of existing dwelling and to widen existing vehicular entrance to provide for 1 no. additional off street car park space, at 81 Seatown Villas,

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Fingal County Council Application for full Planning Permission for new dormer extension to rear first floor and single storey extension to side at 24, Beaverstown Orchard, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Signed Louise Cleary This application may be inspected/purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy between 9.30am-3.30pm, monday-friday, at the offices of Fingal Co. Co., County Hall, Main St., Swords, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal Co.Co. of the 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 Bishopswood, 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. Fingal County Council Paul Kinna intends to apply for Planning Permission for an extension of the utility room at ground floor to the rear of existing dwelling, a first floor extension to the front and side of existing dwelling, and an attic dormer window to the rear (total area 30 sq.m) of 4 Beverton Grove, Donabate, 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 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 I, Alan Hartford intend to apply for planning permission for construction of Anaerobic Digestion Facility comprising of 1 no. Reception Building, 2 nos. Digester Tanks, 1 no. Storage Tank, 3 nos. Silage Clamps, 1 no. Digestate Solid Storage

Fingal County Council The trustees of Malahide Golk Club Mr N. Corr, Mr M Lenihan Ms O’Shannon Mr K Goss are seeking planning permission at malahide Golf Club Beechwood The Grange Malahide Co Dublin for a new single storey locker facility comprising of a storage area only.the planning application may be inspected or purchased for a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public office opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the planning authority in writing on payment of the prescibed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application Fingal County Council Permission is sought for new dwelling house together with new access with oakstown waste water treatment unit and Polishing filter, with all site ancillary works and landscaping at Killeen, oldtown for P.Stafford. 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 county hall,Main Street Swords County Dublin , during its public opening hours (9:30 to 15:30 Monday to Friday ). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on the payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of five weeks beginning of the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We Gwen and Kevin Spicer intend to apply to Fingal County Council for planning permission for development at 76 Drumnigh Wood, Old Portmarnock, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the extension and conversion of the existing garage to the side of the main dwelling and a change of use to allow for a granny flat and associated site works. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission may be made to the authority in writing on payment if the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application Fingal County Council Planning Permission sought for Alterations to existing house to include 1. The construction of a new storey and a half extensions with Gable end adjacent to the existing front door on the North West Elevation of the existing house (Millview Road elevation). 2. Instillation of velux roof lights to the new & existing roofs. 3. Replacement of the existing front door. 4. Replacement of the existing conservatory roof with new tilled roof incorporating velux roof lights. 5. Plus all associated site works. All at 90 Árd Na Mara, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Signed Fran Woods and Raffaella Bonomonge. 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) 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 Planning Permission is sought by Cathal & Lynsey O'Donovan for a single storey detached rear garden recreational room and associated site works at 33 Glen Ellan Avenue, Swords, 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 its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application.

Building, 1 no. Combined Heat and Power Unit, Biofilter, Office & Control room, Weighbridge, Wheel Wash Area, access road, parking spaces, and all associated site works and services at Regeens, Lusk, Co. Dublin .This development also requires a Waste Facility Permit under Regulations 2007 ( S.I. 821 OF 2007 & S.I. 86 OF 2008 ) in which application is also being made to Fingal County Council. 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 of 9.30 – 16.30, Monday to 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 the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Signed: Alan Hartford.

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