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8th October 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 38 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 • firstname.lastname@example.org
BEWARE The recent robbery of seven radioactive lightning preventers from a Swords warehouse is potentially one of the most serious incidents to have taken place in the North County in many years. The robbery of the deadly material took place at Rainey’s Steeplejacks, at the junction of North Street and Balheary Road in Swords. They have the appearance of aluminium or stainless steel, but are of no scrap value. Gardaí say these are highly dangerous and should not be touched or approached. The photographs above are of the missing lightning preventers and the red box they were stored. The County Leader is advising parents all over the North County to be extra vigilant and to warn their children about the dangers of coming in contact with this material. Because the haul has no value as scrap, which is most likely the motivation for the robbery, the chances are that it has been dumped. This is where children, in particular, are vulnerable. Halloween is fast approaching, and if it’s dumped in a river or in ditches, you can be sure that children will find it. The RPII has said “if handled they will cause radioactive contamination to the person’s hands and clothing with the possibly of internal radioactive contamination. Close proximity to them, even if they’re in the box, will result in a person exceeding the annual radiation dose limit in a matter of hours. The likely damage that can be inflicted on anyone, especially children, who finds these lightning preventers, is a terrifying prospect, not to speak of the environmental havoc that would ensue. Local councillors, Darragh Butler (FF) and Tom Kelleher (Lab) were horrified at the danger posed by the stolen material. A shocked Kelleher, who is principal of Rolestown NS said, “I urge all school principals, no matter where they are in the North County to alert schoolchildren about this robbery and to advise them of the dangers posed. This is a most serious situation,” he said.
Butler said, “I’m shocked at the lapse in security that allowed this to happen, especially when it is well known such scrap metal gangs are operating in the county. That such dangerous material could be stolen so easily is staggering and Government agencies must immediately get involved to investigate this breach and track down the material. I would encourage all land owners to watch out for this and walkers etc. Let’s hope it’s not kids playing in fields, down the valley or in one of our parks that find these,” he said. The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) confirmed that the robbery poses a very real health risk to our citizens, if they are unfortunate to come in contact with this material. The fact that there is no scrap value attached to the lightning preventers, heightens the risk that they may have been dumped.
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The County Leader, in investigating this deadly robbery, is shocked at the lacklustre, almost casual response from local agencies, which are entrusted with the wellbeing of our citizens. We are also shocked to find out that the public were only alerted on Wednesday last, a full four days after the incident. Why were the public not alerted sooner? With an incident as serious as this, why were the public not informed. Residents will wonder why the HSE, the County Council, the Gardai and the liquidator appear not to have a cohesive plan, where they pool their resources to ensure the public’s health is not at risk. Dr Tony Ryan, Director of Regulation at RPII confirmed that they had instigated their Emergency Plan to ensure that the public are safe. “We were informed about the robbery on Monday by the liquidator, who was aware of the hazardous material on the premises. The public alert went out on Tuesday and all local
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authorities in the country were notified about the incident. We have contacted landfill sites and waste metal dealers to alert them and we are liaising with the Gardai. There was a security system in place, which clearly failed,” he said. The County Council, when asked what plans they had in place, especially their emergency plan, responded that, “this is entirely a matter for An Garda Siochana. and that a Major Emergency is a situation that is beyond the ability of one of the Principal Response Agencies (i.e. Local Authority, An Garda Siochana or HSE) to deal with. This is not such a situation.” Continued on page 10
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Hauliers Get Free Pass On Toll Roads North County Hauliers will not have to pay tolls on some motorways next month, as part of efforts to increase the numbers of heavy goods vehicles on the network. The Department of Transport has decided to make the M1, M3, M6 and Limerick Tunnel toll free for November, with the State paying the tolls to private operators. The move comes because of concerns about the high number of HGVs using local and regional roads to avoid tolls. These roads are not designed to carry HGVs, which can weigh up to 40 tonnes, and there are also road safety concerns. Minister for Transport and Tourism Leo Varadkar said of the matter that he was concerned about the use of local roads, which was adding to the wear and tear of the national network. The cost of this to the State is not known yet.
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) will be tweeting for Godot over the next three weeks, with a multi-layered social media campaign to support it’s sponsorship of the 2013 Dublin Theatre Festival (DTF). DAA is sponsoring the Gare St Lazare Players Ireland/DTF production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which is expected to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. Dublin Airport will use Twitter,
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Trade union SIPTU will again ask Aer Lingus workers to consider striking over a major pensions dispute. The union has written to Aer Lingus accusing it of “deliberately frustrating the resolution of the pension process by multiple means,” and being “insulting and disingenuous.” It said it was “left with no option but to ballot for industrial action, up to and including a full withdrawal of labour to assist our objectives.” According to reports, Aer Lingus’s pensions troubles are well documented. It’s retirement scheme, which serves thousands of current and former Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority workers, carries a massive shortfall which hasn’t been resolved by its trustees and the Pensions Boards. However, Goodbody Stockbrokers analyst, Donal O’Neill urged caution in response to the news. “I don’t expect a big reaction in terms of ticket sales or share price,” he said. Strike threats are part and parcel of the aviation industry, they happen all the time.” He said that there had not been a strike in Aer Lingus in several years, despite threats. However, its regional service, Aer Arann only narrowly avoided a strike earlier this month and talks are ongoing.
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Youth Sports Grants Scheme Now Open The County Council’s Sports Office, in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council and County Dublin VEC, are now inviting applications for funding under the Youth Sports Small Grants Scheme. This scheme is open to any local community, voluntary or sporting organisations working with young people and based in the North County. Clubs affiliated to an Irish Sports Council recognised by a national governing body (e.g. GAA, FAI etc) or a recognised Disability Organisation may apply for this grant. The application process is very straightforward and clubs may apply for grant aid for equipment purchase, referee/coaching fees and so on. Applications for projects designed to create a positive impact on participation levels and which also demonstrate sustainability within the club are more likely to gain funding approval. For further information on this scheme, or to request an application form, please contact Fingal Sports Unit. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 4pm Friday, 11th October.
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Enhanced Gymnasium To Benefit Balbriggan Community The sight of cranes reaching into By Patrick Finnegan the Balbriggan skyline indicates @TheCountyLeader that an exciting new project, that will benefit the community of Balbriggan, is well on the way to completion. Purcell Construction are on site at Ardgillan Community College, developing a campus for up to 1,000 students at the school, and the building of an enhanced community gymnasium, which can be used by the local community, after school hours. Principal of Ardgillan Community College, Michael O’Leary told the County Leader about how everyone will benefit from this venture. “The facility, which will include an all weather pitch, a gym, crèche, meeting rooms and a large PE Hall, will be used by us during school hours and will be available for use by local clubs and the wider Balbriggan community after school and at weekends,” he said. The first stage of the development will see
Donabate Choir Seeks Members Local group, the Lambay Singers are a well-established popular secular choir based in Donabate and Portrane, with members from all parts of the North County. They are always on the look-out for new members to swell their ranks. They meet for rehearsal on Thursday nights from 8pm to 10.30pm in Donabate Educate Together, so if you like to sing and enjoy good choral music, the Lambay Singers would love to hear from you. The choir will soon be starting up after their summer break, and are happy to hear from anyone who is interested in joining. Please contact Louise on 0862600316 if you would like to know more.
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a new classroom, which is expected to be ready next Easter. Then the rest of the school will form phase two, with the third stage seeing the gym being completed. The entire project is being funded by the Department of Education and the local authority. Michael O’Leary added, “The key for me is that the gym will be used by the local community. This is for the people of Balbriggan and it’s a big plus for both the school and the local community,” he concluded.
Cllr Ciaran Byrne is pictured with members of Skerries Cycling Initiative, as they display some of the broken locks found at the station.
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The plans for the new enhanced gymnasium and all weather pitch at Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan. Inset: Pictured is Michael O'Leary, principal of Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan, with the construction site in the background.
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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.
Are you a book worm and looking to join a book club. The Balbriggan Book Club will meet in the Bracken Court Hotel on Wednesday, 23rd October at 7pm. The book for this month is J. K. Rowling’s, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. New members are very welcome.
Swords’ Ladies’ Club The Swords Ladies club members meet every Tuesday upstairs in the Senior Citizens Centre at 8.30pm. New members always welcome for a cup of tea and a chat.
In a follow up to our By Jennifer McShane facilitating crime.” He recent story about the @TheCountyLeader continued, “Erecting ‘Bicycles Parked at theft of bikes from Skerries Railway Station, a local Owners Risk’ signs and allowing voluntary group have expressed thieves unhindered, unobserved their concern about this continuing and unmonitored access to parked problem. Michael McKenna, bikes compounds this failure. Many Secretary, Skerries Cycling Initiative suburban railway stations, including told the County Leader, “Forty Skerries, have no staff present from people park their bikes at Skerries early afternoon. By not putting Station each weekday. At least 15 adequate security in place, Irish Rail bikes have been stolen or damaged are creating an opportunity which (nearly 40 per cent) in the last year. thieves have been quick to exploit.” Localised CCTV provides little deter- Skerries Cycling Initiative claim that rent when it is not being monitored, the theft of 15 bikes shows clearly while stations are unmanned. that Irish Rail have not addressed People in Skerries want to know the problem. why Irish Rail continues to allow Local councillor, Ciaran Byrne (Lab) their customers’ property to be raised the issue of bike theft at the stolen and damaged, even though DRA’s meeting of 17th September there is funding available to them with his motion calling on Irish Rail from the National Transport to take action on the bike theft Authority to fund secure parking. epidemic. The motion was passed Opportunities for theft are provided and the Authority agreed to write to by their failure to provide a duty of Leo Varadkar, as the Minister care to customers’ property, thus responsible for Irish Rail.
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Pictured at a seminar on Working More Effectively held as part of Fingal Enterprise Week were Oisin Geoghegan and Joe Harford of Fingal Enterprise Board with Tony Lambert, CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber.
Celtic Rider, a motorcycle rental and self-guided tour company, was announced as winner of the 2013 Fingal Enterprise Awards at County Hall, Swords on Thursday, 3rd October last. Pictured is Celtic Rider MD, Paul Rawlins, as he proudly displays the trophy, with Joe Harford, Chairman, Fingal County Enterprise Board and Oisin Geoghegan, CEO, Fingal County Enterprise Board.
Pictured at the Carpe Diem: Succeeding in your Business seminar at County Hall, Swords are Paddy McCarney (Causeway Pictures) and Althaea Federlein (Regus).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Anne Nagle, James Hussey, Dave Byrne (Buzzoo) and StiofĂĄn Nutty (Consultant Broadcaster).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Neal Morrison (McInerney Saunders), Ciaran McGuinness (Archer Heritage) and James Cassin (PJ's Playcentre).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are Aidan Curran (Oracle) and Geraldine Finnegan (Margan).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Liliana Gaspar, Muriel Lawlor (English for Special Purposes) and Elizabeth McElligott.
Pictured at the Carpe Diem: Succeeding in your Business seminar at County Hall, Swords are Ian Jackson (Go2Web), Regina Behan and Andrea McQuillan (both from Coppertops, Swords).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, John Fitzgerald and Owen Sheehy, all from McInerney Saunders.
Pictures at an On-Line Business Masterclass with PayPal and eBay held as part of Fingal Enterprise Week were Oisin Geoghegan of Fingal Enterprise Board, Kathryn Fanning, Eason Ashbourne and Mel Connors, Seasons, Skerries with Anthony Rafferty, Jonathan Davies, Barry Leydon and Jonathan Staran of Paypal and Colin Creagh of eBay.
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnrgie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Sean Fitzmaurice (North County Leader) and Donagh Waters (McInerney Saunders)
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Rosie Amrgelyte and Greg Elsner (both from Rosie's Cafe).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are,Rachel Bevan (Hasse Pet Food), John Fitzgerald (McInerney Saunders), Carmel Sugrue and Maria Abbott.
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Michelle Twomey and Jane Wherity (Wherity Chartered Surveyors).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Loraine Power (Power Drama School), Thomas Knape (AIA) and Sean Cullinan.
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Rosie Amrgelyte and Greg Elsner (both from Rosie's Cafe).
Pictured at the Taxation for SMEs seminar at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords, which was presented by McInerney Saunders Accountants are, Teresa Long (Carnegie Court Hotel) and Karen Devine (Events Co-ordinator).
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Malahide Shuttle Service Starts Later This Month After recently reporting that provisional approval and a licence had been granted for a new shuttle service in Malahide, we can now confirm that the shuttle service will finally be up and running at the end of October. It has been four years since the hard working local Shuttle Group was set up, with the plan of creating a local bus route that would better serve those that live in and around Malahide. It has taken all that time to persuade the authorities concerned that there is a need for a Shuttle service in Malahide, to connect the Station with outlying areas, to reduce unnecessary car journeys and to reduce parking problems.
According to the group, the licence that has been offered covers a schedule of bus services during the morning and evening weekday commuter peaks. These services will connect with all DART trains (and some Commuter trains) at Malahide Station from 6.30 to 9.30 in the mornings and from 4.20 to 7.32 in the evenings. The areas covered by these services will be Seabury, Swords Road, Millview Road and Yellow Walls Road on the west side and the Coast Road as far as Robbswall on the east side. The price of the service will be €1.50 per trip (€14 for a 10-trip ticket); they also plan to join the LEAP system. A service like this can only be successful if it is used regularly, so the group are urging you to contact your colleagues and neighbours to tell them about it. The shuttle service will finally take to the road on Monday, October 29th.
Neglected Balbriggan Playground Attracts Vermin A build-up of litter around litter bins at a playground in Moylaragh estate in Balbriggan is now starting to attract vermin and fast becoming a public health issue, according to local councillors who have asked the Council to step in and tackle the problem. This issue was first
into his own raised some hands by time ago, when collecting Green Party rubbish from representative the playground for the himself, and Balbriggan now local counWard, Joe cillor Ciaran O ’ B r i e n Joe O’Brien Byrne (Lab), has expressed his horror at the state of the echoed his sentiments area, and described the and demanded action condition as from the Council. However, both O’Brien “appalling.” Byrne were He also took matters and
The AIB Club of the Year Competition is based on the club’s successes from the last year 2012 - 2013. Last year’s committee that worked tirelessly to achieve such fantastic achievements were: Chairperson - Louise Ballantyne, The North County Macra Club, based in up and running. Since then, they have Secretary - Kelly Morris, Treasurer Swords have just been shortlisted in thrived and blossomed. This is the first Anne O’Reilly and PRO - Clodagh head office of Macra na Feirme as one of year they have been short listed for AIB Barnwall. The last year in this North the top 14 clubs in the country for this Club of the Year and it is a fantastic County Club has been a busy one for year’s annual AIB Club of the Year testament to the hard work and dedica- them, as they organised and took part in an array of events and activities Competition - a first for the club and a tion the members give to their club. throughout the year. fantastic achievement. They hold monthly Macra na Feirme is an meetings in the Harp organisation for young Bar, Swords usually on people between the the first Thursday of ages of 17 and 35, who the month and covers are interested in all of North County not meeting new people just Swords, so don’t and getting involved in be afraid to come along sports, travel, drama, and check them out. debating, or just want There is something for to meet new people everyone in Macra, and and have some fun. they are currently The club has been in recruiting new existence since 2009 members. Everybody after a few local people decided to get it back Pictured here are some of the members of the North County Macra Club (based in welcome to come along Swords), at a recent fundraising event. to the meetings.
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annoyed to discover that neither the County Council or NAMA want to take responsibility for the playground. The Council have argued that the area remains the responsibility of Parkway Partnership, the developers of the estate, and for it to go in and remove rubbish from the area might “constitute trespass.” They
said they had attempted to take the area in charge, but says it has not received the documentation required from the developers to complete that process. Cllr Byrne said that residents in the area were now paying property tax and had a right to expect they would not be faced with “health and safety hazards” on their estate. He also
said that the area was now “subject to infestation by vermin” and posed a health risk. The Council responded by saying that there could be a resolution “before Christmas” but complained that some problems where down to vandalism, and that the developer had attempted to fix the playground twice before.
Volunteer Info In Balbriggan If you are interested in volunteering in the North County area, the Fingal Volunteer Centre will visit Balbriggan library on Tuesday, 22nd October at 3.45pm to give advice and information on volunteering.
AWARE Call For Volunteers Volunteer recruitment is now open for AWARE’s Dublin based helpline listening service supported Monday to Sunday from 10am to 10pm. The group are particularly interested in people from all around the North County who can volunteer from Monday to Friday, 10am to 7pm. Full details and application forms are available on the AWARE website.
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“With the price of houses on the increase again, do you think that things are getting better for people?” Margo Clerkin, Rush
“Yes I do think that things are improving for people. I think that there are more jobs available. Luckily the unemployment hasn’t been increasing at the same rate, that might be because so many people are emigrating, but the future looks brighter and people are living within their means now as well.”
Patrick O’Neill, Tyrone “Well I bought my home in 2006, in the height of the boom and if I had known then what I know now, I don’t think I would have bought. I would have held out a bit longer. I think it just got out of control.”
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Dublin Rotary Takes On Truly Special Project Four of Dublin’s Rotary Clubs have joined forces to deliver an inspirational project to one of Ireland’s longest established charitable organisations, the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) in Clontarf. The project involved transforming a barren and unused part of the CRC site into a beautiful Sensory Garden, with features designed to stimulate, inspire and educate the children who attend the clinic.
Just one year ago, four Dublin Rotary Clubs – Dublin Central, Dublin Fingal,
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Dublin North and Dublin Viking, came together to collaborate on a project to
“I don’t think so. I just think it’s hype and I don’t trust it. I’m not against auctioneers, but I think they hyped it up horrifically and every week the prices would be different, so I don’t trust it.”
build a sensory garden in what was then a dark and dilapidated space, hidden away and unused. The idea was to build a practical, colourful outdoor space, where the children could enjoy sunshine and fresh air, while learning more about plants, gardening, and related topics; in what is a truly outdoor classroom, after so much planning, consultation and fundraising. Speaking to the County Leader, past president of Dublin Final Rotary, David Murray said it was
many. “it is wonderful to see such an amazing result, a garden that will bring pleasure and purpose to so many deserving people; this includes the staff as well as the attendees of the CRC.” He explained how the idea came about: “The Rotary was on the lookout for a local community project to be involved with and we thought this would be perfect. Quite frankly, we
Silvio Fusciardi, Swords “Yes I do think things are getting better for people because the prices are increasing. If you’re going to make more money on your house, why not. Why isn’t that a great thing? I’m not in that situation anyway, so I don’t have to worry.”
Rita Moore, Swords “Well I hope things get better, it may or may not. We’ll have to wait and see. I wish for people who did pay the high price for their property, that it will go up again. A lot of people have had to leave their homes, which is sad due to unemployment and they can’t afford it. It’s the young people starting off in life that I feel sorry for.”
Roisin Sloan, Baldoyle “I do think things will get better for people, but I think it will take a long time before it does. I really hope it gets better, it’s nice to think that it will, but with all the promises we’re being told, do you believe it or not?”
Breda Houlihan, River Valley “No I don’t think things will get any better for people, because at the end of the day, if the prices are on the increase and you’re going to sell, you’ll get a bit more, but you still have to have more money to buy somewhere else. Then they’re going to tax us more on property tax.”
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Mary Boland, Rathfarnham “No I don’t think things will get better because of unemployment. Four years is too long, people are in serious debt and need help to get out of it. I think the government is doing loads for the banks, but it’s not doing enough for the people.”
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Bernie Moore, Swords “I do think it will get better and I really hope it does get better, but I also think it might take a long time before it does. People are still in debt, so it will take a while before things start looking up.”
Jerry Quinlan, Kinsealy “I feel very positive that things are getting better for people. I think there are more job opportunities for people. The IDA have announced there’s more jobs and I feel things are getting better soon.”
Gillian Keogh, Malahide “I don’t know about it getting better for people who are selling, because I only bought recently and I bought my apartment for much cheaper than what it’s going for now. So I guess for buyers maybe not so much, but maybe for people selling, but yeah I do agree that things are getting better.”
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Michael Trainer, River Valley “I don’t think things are getting better for people. I don’t think anyone is even interested. I bought a little bungalow a few years ago and they were trying to sell them for €300, 000 and now they’re trying to sell them for €150, 000, it’s a mad game.”
Margaret Tancred, Swords “No I still think people are struggling to pay their mortgage, it’s still very hard for people with unemployment. It’s hard for them to do what they have to do. I do think the economy is slightly improving, but I think there needs to be more money for the unemployed youth. Not just internships, but proper jobs.”
Paul O’Dea, Kerry “It’s fantastic at the minute because properties are so cheap compared to what it was years ago, especially for people who don’t need a mortgage who are cash buyers, it’s simply brilliant. I think in the midlands it will stay cheap because it’s not in demand. I think it’s fantastic for buyers.”
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were surprised we got it done in the year and are thrilled with how everything looks.” He mentions the aspects of the garden that he particularly likes. “Firstly, we placed a big emphasis on the garden being really accessible and the fact that it was so bright and colourful. Another special feature of the visit to the garden was the ceremonial planting of a bed of purple crocus, arranged in a Rotary wheel; what better place than this to promote the End Polio Now Campaign.” “We have so many people to thank,” he continued. “Chief amongst them, local Garden Designer Kevin Dennis, without whom none of this would have been possible, TV chef Neven Maguire, who is an ambassador for the project, and everyone who supported our fundraising and this project for all the CRC staff for working with us.”
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Unemployment Figures In North County Remain High
by Jennifer McShane
Local TD, Brendan Ryan (Lab) has said that the unemployment rate in North County Dublin remains very high; but that it is coming down. In figures released from the CSO, figures for the Swords region (including Donabate and Portrane) show a figure of 4,380, down from 4,653 in August, a decrease of almost six per cent . In the Balbriggan region (including Rush, Lusk, Skerries, Balrothery and rural Deputy Ryan villages), the figures of 4,704 were down 165 from the August figure of 4,869. When comparing the figures to the September 2012 numbers, it shows an annual percentage of employment decrease of 5.2 per cent in Balbriggan and 4.1 per cent in Swords. Ryan told the County Leader: “It is important to
Tackling Community Issues Caroline Mills, who has been a development worker with the Swords Community Policing Forum for a number of years, is about to take on another similar venture in the local community. She sat down with the County Leader to tell us more about this and why she loves being involved in the centre of community life. Caroline would be a well known face around Swords and Balbriggan in particular, thanks to her active involvement with the Swords Community Policing Forum, and now she’s about to set up a similar forum in Donabate. The new Donabate Community Policing Forum, run by Caroline herself, is set to officially open in November. She says that, even though Donabate is a much smaller area than that of Swords or Balbriggan, the various anti-social behaviour issues are just as prominent. “We looked at a number of issues before deciding to set one up in Donabate,” she explained. “We work with the Gardai and the County Council to look for a community way of solving any anti-social behaviour issues that there might be in a particular area, and try to find away to solve them.” Caroline is a development worker for Swords and now Donabate. “We really started out the Swords and Balbriggan forums as pilot projects; Donabate was always in the pipeline, and we decided that if the forums worked well in the bigger areas, we would set one up there.” Both forums in Swords and Balbriggan have been very successful; regular meetings and safety days have taken place in both towns over the past two years, with residents making full use of the outlets to talk publicly about any concerns they had, so no doubt the community in Donabate will make full use of their own forum. “Donabate doesn’t have the same facilities that Swords and Balbriggan have, such as their own garda station, whereas they have a fantastic community centre and plenty of groups going on. I’ve been linking up with these, and everyone is concerned about young people growing up without an outlet to deal with any issues, so I know myself that the forum will benefit everybody in the town,” she continued. At the heart of tackling these issues is the Gardai, whom Caroline was quick to praise. “I think a lot of locals are concerned about the lack of Garda presence in Donabate, but the other stations, such as the one in Swords really up the ante and are vigilant and and well aware of the difficulties and issues other towns without a garda station will have. I’ve found that they really have a good rapport with the people in Donabate and they make their presence known to the community.” Caroline goes on to explain what the purpose of
the community forum is, and also her role as a community development worker in more detail: “We’ll basically be looking at all the issues people have in the area, dealing with anti-social behaviour, educating parents about drug use and the public meetings. My role as a development worker is to act as a link between the community and the gardai, it’s all about filtering the issues through the right authority, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing in Donabate.” “Any issues of crime should always be reported to the garda straight away,” she stresses. “That’s what they are there for, and I’m there as a link between them. Quite often, we would collaborate on community projects together, such as the safety week, which is always great as it’s a real chance for the community to directly see what we do.” She also emphasises that the gardai and members of the forum are very well aware of the different needs of individual members within the community, so for example different events and projects are put together that would cater for an elderly person’s needs as well as the youth of the area. “The policing forums are community outlets and we want to emphasise that we are all working towards the same goal - to create a happy community.” “We don’t want residents to be afraid to speak out to us; it’s what we are here for.” She says that community issues have always held a strong interest for her, and this led her to study addiction in Trinity College. “I knew when I finished my diploma, that I wanted to work within the community and take on the challenge, because it is a challenge, but I wanted to take it head on.” Caroline is most definitely a people person, and well suited to her role within the community. “I would hope that others think that I’m a people person and very approachable,” she said, laughing. “Because that aspect is important - I want the locals to feel they can approach me with any issues that they have.” Originally from Howth, she says that she comes from a very small village, which gave her a strong basis for her own knowledge of the community. “I suppose as the towns continue to grow, we want to try and keep that sense of community spirit that’s so prevalent around the towns, and try and help as many people as possible.” Caroline has a young daughter which occupies a great deal of her time and what’s left of it is spent getting the Donabate Community Policing Forum up and running. “We’ll be officially opening it next month and will be organising a number of different events that we’re encouraging the community to come to, so they are familiar with us if they ever need anything in the future,” she concluded.
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Volunteers Needed In Swords Home-Start is a local voluntary organisation working from Swords and supporting young families through the work of volunteers. They are presently seeking new volunteers, and a new volunteer preparation course is starting on Monday 14th October in Swords. Home-Start trains and supports volunteers who pay weekly visits in their own homes to young families who are under stress. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to parents helping to prevent family crises or breakdown. Volunteers are often (but not always) parents themselves and know the ups and downs of “being there.” If you’ve got through the early days, why not volunteer your experience to help someone else? This is a no paid work, but expenses are paid. Volunteers are required to complete garda vetting, administered by Home-Start and volunteers are also asked to provide support for up to three hours a week. If you are interested, email email@example.com or phone Valerie on 085 7599430 for more information.
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see the numbers on the live register trending downwards, even if the figures are still high. We are still a long way away from where we need to be in terms of employment levels, however we are facing in the right direction. I have had two jobseekers information days over the past year in Balbriggan and Swords and saw first-hand the skills and talent on offer from the North County workforce.” “I look forward to welcoming a Conference on a Youth Guarantee on Friday, 11th October in the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. The problem of youth unemployment needs to be tackled with even greater energy, and we need employers to be investing in our youth with opportunities for real jobs and careers,” he concluded.
enjoyable day. Tesco would like to thank the teams who played , all the sponsors who gave money and prizes and all the suppliers and businesses who gave spot prizes. Over €2,800 was raised on the day and the count is not yet complete. They want to say a special thanks to everyone who supported them.
Swords Folk Group Calls for Members Swords Folk Group who now sing at Saturday evening Mass at 6:30pm in St Colmcille’s Church are eagerly recruiting musicians and singers. Anyone interested in joining can meet the group after Saturday evening mass.
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Now The Referendum Is Over
Railway Street Project Grinds To a Halt
By Cathal Boland The European Parliament kicks off its pre- election information campaign as the bored electorate here in Ireland shows little interest in its own political structure. The election of members to the EU Parliament will take place between 22nd and 25th May next year. The big question is can this “super” parliament attract out the voters. Some 400m are entitled to vote, with 37m electors across the new member states voting for the first time. This increase in member states accounts for the reduction in the number of members to be elected here in Ireland. Those elected will we are told have real power. Be players in making real decisions that affect us all. The President of the EU Commission will be elected by the Parliament and the main Political groups are all due to nominate their candidate for the post over the coming months. The Socialist Group commenced their process last Tuesday and the European Peoples Party will decide their candidate when they meet in Dublin in November. It is believed that this new dimension to the election will stimulate voter interest. We will wait and see.
Balbriggan residents, who are looking forward to the transformation of the town’s Railway Street, will be disappointed with news that those plans may be shelved for some time. Cllr. Ciaran Byrne (Lab), recently called on the council to make a start on progressing the exciting plans revealed in the Public Realm document entitled, ‘Railway Street – A New Beginning’ during the summer and asked that provision be made in the new budget to begin work next year, particularly on plans to underground cables in the area. The reason for this, is that in order to clean the gutters at the Smyco building, the wires need to be
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underground and the pylons removed. This is because a scissors lift is needed, due to the height of the building. However, because a scissors lift is made of metal, it will cause the electricity to arc to the lift, with potentially fatal consequences. This historic building is an important part of the built heritage of Balbriggan. The gutters at the historic building are overgrown and are full of water. The water has nowhere to go, except to seep back into the building, causing decay. It is estimated that the cost of this remedial work will not be too large. But the council
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Town Centre Committee chairman, Gerry Andrews told the County Leader, “All the recommendations that were in the report have been completed by the residents and retailers. The remedial work on the Smyco building is the last remaining piece of the jigsaw. This is an active street which cannot progress without this vital work being carried out,” he said. In a report, the council said: “Following on from the publication of a Public Realm Plan for Balbriggan in 2011, the County Council, Balbriggan Town
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Valley Walk In Aid Of Cancer Society The seventh annual Valley Walk in aid of Irish Cancer Society will take place on Saturday, 19th October around River Valley in Swords. This walk is always a very popular event and is organised by well known resident, Margaret Harris, a cancer survivor. Walkers will meet at Peacocks Pub in River Valley at 1.30pm and the walk starts at 2.30 pm. It will take approximately one hour and will be followed by a raffle and refreshments in Peacocks. Sponsorship cards are available or donations on the day. This walk is buggy friendly. For further details, contact 087-2213605. Your support is requested for this very worthy cause.
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BEWARE OF SOCIAL MEDIA & TEXT MESSAGES
Your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are fast becoming central pieces of evidence in both civil and criminal cases before the courts. Your use of Social Media sites may be on the basis that you have subscribed to their highest privacy settings, but Social Media sites are obliged by law to deliver records to all law enforcement authorities and to furnish to the Courts in accordance with discovery orders obtained in the Civil Courts. On the break-up of most relationships, the last emotionally charged communication between spouses is usually by way of text message. Text messages can be admitted into Court as evidence in Family Law cases and accordingly you should always take a moment to consider the content of your text before, during and after a Family Law case. Never send to a spouse a text message that you would not like a Judge viewing in a court case. A week does not go by in my office where I do not have at least one client seeking my advices in relation to comments they consider to be defamation after being posted on a Social Media site such as Facebook. It is accepted that Social Media sites are largely beneficial for enabling friends and family to keep in touch with each other, irrespective of what part of the world they are residing in but social media sites can be a canvass from which to potentially destroy a person’s reputation. You should, at all times, be mindful that the electronic world is subject to the same laws we are to abide by in the real world. Defamation laws exist to protect the reputation of a person, but the law does support free speech which in
turn allows social media sites to flourish. When using social media sites: • Never write anything that will be published on the internet that you would not be happy to see published in a newspaper. • Never “share” or “retweet” comments made by someone else you consider may be untrue. • Increase your privacy settings in all social media sites to their highest available setting.
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back to its former glory. Interior work is required on the church which was damaged due to water leaked into the church through the roof. A large variety of local artists exhibited their works at the exhibition, and all the the money raised will go towards the church’s restoration fund. The exhibition, which had normally been held in the church for the past seven years, was held this time in The Meeting Room of St Columba’s Parish Centre. The organisers were delighted with how the event turned out hope to see it being held back in St Columba’s Church, once it has been restored.
Artists from all over the North County exhibited their works at a recent special fundraising exhibition for St Columba’s Church in Swords. The exhibition, organised by Pauline Langan and Jean Lowndes of Swords Pride of Place committee, raised just over €600 for the church fund – which will go directly to the restoration works required to bring the 200 year old church completing over 2,000 schoolbook lists, The Skerries Bookshop are putting all their efforts into The Bord A local bookshop in looking for a last push Gáis Energy award for Skerries is in the in the competition. the Bookshop of the running for the presti- Although The Skerries Year. You can vote gious award of Bord Bookshop is small, it online at Gáis Energy Bookshop caters for a vast www.bgebookof the year. The community; Skerries, shopoftheyear.ie and Lusk, Skerries Bookshop Rush, all voters are entered has received Balbriggan and the into a draw to win a outstanding support greater North County prize once you do this. from the local commu- area. After a very busy Voting closes October nity so far, and are school period of 18th. chairman of the juvenile section, Alan Manning will be in contact with a life coach and expert in this field in order to progress the project further. The club are holding a series of workshops aimed at different age A leading GAA club in the North groups in the club, right up to County is to take the lead in teenagers. Alan Manning said, “We campaigning against bullying don’t have a bullying problem in the among it’s juvenile section. club, but we are being proactive to Fingal Ravens GAA club in ensure it doesn’t happen. Parents Rolestown, which does not have a and mentors at the club are bullying problem itself, has been at also being included in the initiathe forefront of the initiative and tive,” he said.
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Balbriggan Town Council has called on the County Council to institute its own tenant purchase scheme for people in local authority housing who want to buy their council house. A similar national scheme came to an end in December of last Cllr. Harford year, but local councillor Monica Harford (Lab) of Balbriggan Town Council believes that decision was a mistake. Harford said that the Council should have its own scheme to “enable renting tenants who were not in a position to apply for the scheme that closed in December 2012, and are now, but do not have the choice available to them.” In response the Council, in a report sent to the town council on the issue, explained that tenant purchase schemes were introduced on a national basis by the Department of the Environment, and they explained that new applications for the existing tenant purchase scheme stopped at the end of last year, but the scheme itself would not end until December 31 of this year. So after that date, they said its hands “were tied” on the issue, unless the Department began another scheme. The report explained: “In the absence of further underpinning legislation and Regulation from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Council cannot adopt a new Tenant Purchase Scheme.”
• Do not say or repeat anything about another person that you cannot verify as being true. The use of Social Media sites continues to be subject to inspection by the law enforcement agencies. In England, a student admitted posting racially offensive comments on Twitter was sentenced to 56 days imprisonment. The student admitted inciting racial hatred over the remarks that he made which left the judge with no alternative other than to impose an immediate jail term. Irish Courts are no stranger to seeing an accused in a criminal case being brought before the Courts due to their actions on a social media site. In 2011, a man was charged under section 2 of the Incitement of Hatred Act over comments published on Facebook which led to him being accused of publishing material offensive to the Traveller community. Although the case was dismissed due to the lack of intent of the accused to incite hatred, the case did highlight that those involved in law enforcement are very aware that legislation exists to prevent the abuse of the freedom of speech we all enjoy when “logging on”.
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BEWARE Continued from page 1 When pressed about the fact that these preventers may be hidden on waste land or in ditches around the county and if there are they extra plans in place by the council to make sure this material is found, again the response will be seen by many as disappointing, given the gravity of the situation. “We have no way of knowing if the material is in Fingal and, as explained, the issue is
one for An Garda Siochana and the RPII. We have circulated a warning notice issued by them to all staff and to members of the public via Twitter and Facebook. There is no further role for the Council at this time,” the statement ended. The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly is one of our most prominent residents, yet the silence from his department on such a serious health matter, is deaf-
ening. The fear is that the burglars may not be aware of the potentially deadly cargo they will have transported. If they have been dumped, the possible damage that can be inflicted on anyone, especially children, who finds these lightning preventers, is a frightening prospect, not to speak of the environmental havoc that would ensue. Dr Ryan said: “It is vitally important that this material is located as soon as possible. I would also appeal directly to the people who have stolen these.
There will be a Conference on a Youth Guarantee for the North County on Friday, 11th October, 9.30 am to 12 noon in the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords. This event is aimed at enabling young people in the North County and organisations working with them to find out more about the European Youth Guarantee. It will also allow them to have their say on how it should be implemented, so that the European Youth Guarantee makes a real impact on the area’s youth unemployment. Speakers will include Minister for Education & Skills Ruairi Quinn TD, representatives of local partnership groups, unemployed groups, and Government and European bodies involved in the European Youth Guarantee. As places are limited, please register by calling 8746109. They may have no idea what it is that they have in their possession or they may have discarded them somewhere. If that is the case, then I would ask them to contact us, so that we can recover the items as soon as possible,” he concluded. We can only hope that this incident will be solved without injury to
anyone and that a salutary lesson can be learned about how we handle major incidents and that a cohesive plan can be put in place by all the agencies for the safety of our citizens. Anyone with information is asked to contact Swords Garda Station on 01-6664700 or the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland on 01-2066913.
Here in Ireland, we hear people complaining about having the flu. This is often not the case, as people regularly confuse the flu with the common cold. But there is a wide chasm between the two conditions. Whilst the common cold is very debilitating and uncomfortable, there is no comparison with influenza, which can be a life threatening condition. So what exactly is Influenza (Flu)? It is a highly infectious acute respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Influenza affects people of all ages, outbreaks of influenza occur almost every year, usually in winter.
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In the aftermath of their success in the recent Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards, River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association paid tribute to their sponsors, whose contribution lead in no small way to their success. Joe Newman of River Valley/Rathingle Residents Association said, "We wish to acknowledge our generous sponsors, including Donal Ó Ciobháin of SuperValu in Boroimhe Shopping Centre and all of our sponsors. We appreciate the support of SuperValu for the Tidy Towns initiative," he said. Pictured are Gerry White (Hiltown Environmental Group), Donal O Ciobháin (SuperValu, Boroimhe Shopping Centre) and Joe Newman.
For many years now, Skerries has continued to charm it’s residents and many visitors alike. This gorgeous seaside town has one of the most recognisable names in the country, especially where tourism is concerned. Bur people who come to see the quaint thatched cottages and quirky old fashioned buildings that give Skerries it’s charm, are in for a very pleasant surprise. Recently, Skerries had a very historic day with the visit of President Higgins to the town, where he unveiled the memorial to remember those lost at sea. This event was attended by hundreds, who listened as the president spoke eloquently and at length about the memorial and it’s significance. This event will go a long way to enhancing the already lofty reputation that the town enjoys. Not only is Skerries renowned for it’s natural amenities, it also offers visitors a wonderful array of shops, atmospheric pubs and top class restaurants, serving the finest local cuisine anywhere. In the last decade, Skerries has become more accessible, with the opening of the M1 motorway. Skerries will always have a special place in the hearts of Dubliners, who for decades, came in their droves to holiday here, where they rented out whole houses during the summer months and enjoyed the summer activi-
ties of a bygone era. The excellent performance of the Tidy Towns group is now an annual occurrence and this is down to the wonderful commitment and dedication of hard working committees and volunteers, who ensure that Skerries continues to be the top town in Dublin each year. This year, they managed to get 309 points, an increase of three on the previous year. The annual Skerries Soundwaves festival, which finished recently, once again was one of the highlights of the year, with local star, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and his band performing at Skerries Mills and wowing the crowd, who
Three men were arrested after Custom officers seized 315 kg of tobacco at Dublin Airport last week. Three Chinese men, aged 41, 33 and 27 were arrested in connection with the seizure which had a retail value of €128,000. The tobacco, believed to be of Chinese origin, was found when officers searched a cargo consignment that had arrived from Bulgaria described as containing “advertising T-shirts.”
Dainis Berghanis, a Tesco Millfield Shopping Centre, Balbriggan employee, is pictured with Geraldine Casey, Tesco Ireland Operations Director and Anna Coyle, CEO of Gaisce The President Award, receiving his Tesco Gaisce Bronze Medal award. This was the first Tesco Gaisce options programme graduation and 17 young Tesco employees took part in the 18 month challenge. Successful candidates had to engage in community work, undertake physical challenges, and develop personal skills before the challenge culminated in an adventure journey. This year, there are a further 37 young Tesco employees embarking on their Gaisce journey.
turned up to see one of their own. Another local singer, Liz Seaver had an incredible journey on the recent RTE show, ‘The Hit’. The talented 26 year old wrote the song, ‘Somebody Like Me’, which was performed by Samantha Mumba and was just pipped at the post to win the event. The town has many places of interest to visit, including Skerries Mills, providing a trip down memory lane to what things were like years ago and where you can purchase craft items of interest. St Patrick’s Island provides a hint that the national saint has strong connections with this area. The new Floraville Garden project on Strand Street
depicts facets of life in Skerries and is well worth a visit. The town is also famed for its beautiful beach and harbour, which have received throngs of visitors this year, due to the summer weather,which thankfully we are still enjoying in autumn. Skerries is a thriving and friendly community, which enjoys spectacular sunsets and is awash with pubs, shops and restaurants. No matter what season, there is something quietly romantic and atmospheric about this lovely fishing village. It’s the perfect place for shopping, a stroll, a meal and some good old fashioned fun as well. Traditional pubs will have a roaring fire in winter, where you can avail of hearty soups and stews to fortify yourself against the bracing sea air. However, this is a while away, and these same pubs and restaurants will provide the finest seasonal food at the keenest prices anywhere. All in all, take some hustle and bustle out of those packed shopping centres and towns and come to Skerries and do it all at your leisure. There is so much to do in Skerries, that the shopping and sightseeing are just a few to mention. The town has developed into a really nice place to do business and to enjoy its many amenities. A visit here is well worthwhile.
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O’Brien Wants Local Climate Change Looked At Following the publication of able,” O’Brien told the County the latest report from the Leader. “Local authorities International Panel on Climate across the North County have Change, local Green Party been mandated with the representive for the responsibility of Balbriggan ward preparing for and acting launched a scathing on the impacts of attack on political climate change. In this leaders locally. context, I wrote to the “At a local level what County Manager many we are facing in the months ago suggesting years ahead is a decithat the Council should mation of Council Cllr. O’Brien be keeping account of budgets – with rising weather related sea levels and a wetter expenses that the Council is climate, huge amounts of incurring, such as flood money will have to be poured prevention works and repairs into works to keep our homes to infrastructure after storms habitable and our roads pass- and flooding. I was baffled to
Disappointment Over BMX Track For Swords Doyle has been United Left repreadvocating for a sentative for project to build a Swords at the BMX track in the upcoming local area, in line with elections, Ken other areas, where Doyle has they have been expressed his disappointment Ken Doyle proven to be a success. with the reaction from council officials to a He told the County proposal to build a BMX Leader, “Council officials initially indicated a positrack in the Swords area.
be fobbed off on such a basic and sensible suggestion. I have little doubt that such expenses have been rising, yet there seems to be no interest in forward planning for what will be the biggest challenge to our communities and our lifestyles in the years to come.” “Looking at my hometown of Skerries alone – the three main roads into Skerries have all shown themselves to be prone to serious flooding in recent years, businesses have been adversely affected and indeed Red Island, which is in many ways the hub of Skerries social and leisure life is at long term risk of being disconnected from the mainland,” he concluded.
tive response to the idea, but recently we have been informed that a project in Swords would be two years down the line. I would really question a decision to begin six similar projects in local authority areas, which excluded an area like Swords.” “The growing youth population in this area will necessitate a real need for resources if we are to avoid social problems in the near future. I feel that
the council are being short sighted, obviously funds are an issue with everything now, but there are plenty of local people willing to volunteer to see this project through. A project like this is not new territory. It has been a proven success in other areas, where some political will and leadership could get this project off the ground and be of great benefit to our community,” he concluded.
International food industry media and buyers are pictured outside Country Crests' head office in Lusk, as part of Bord Bia's ‘Global Sustainability Conference.’
Lusk Business Hosts Sustainability Conference Last Friday, local business, Country Crest was delighted to welcome a group of international food buyers and journalists to take part in a site tour of their premises in Lusk as part Bord Bia’s Global Sustainability Conference. The conference included high-profile speakers from leading edge companies and organisations. On arrival at County Crest, guests enjoyed a meet and greet with members of the company’s senior management team including; Managing Director, Michael Hoey, Commercial Manager, Tony Doyle and Marketing Manager, Julie Curtin. Activities began with a walkthrough of the onion and potato pack houses with Tony Doyle explaining the processes involved from delivery of harvested crop
through to finished product packed and ready for sale. Marketing Manager Julie Curtin who co-ordinated the site tour commented on the visit , “the team here are so pleased that Bord Bia selected Country Crest to showcase the agri-business sector. Country Crest is winner of the Bord Bia Sustainability Award 2012, and a founding participant of Origin Green, so sustainability is integral to all sides of the business.” Themed “Our Food, Our Future: The Bottom Line”, the conference, was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and was the centrepiece of a week-long business development by Bord Bia to further establish Ireland’s credentials as a leader in the global sustainability sphere.
‘Quilt’ A Project For Balbriggan School Educate Together schools are characterised by their high
levels of Parent involvement in the school and in particular, Balbriggan Educate Together wanted to come up with a project to emphasis this. Just over a year ago, the school’s Parent Association sat down to brainstorm how best they could come up with a school project that would bring parents together in the school setting. It was then that the idea of a ‘Quilt’ was hatched. Slowly but surely, ideas for the design of the
quilt emerged. 112 squares of fabric were needed to fill one large rectangle. Each square was to be somebody’s story; a story from their life, a story from their country of origin, the story of their family. Over the course of a whole year, the parents got together and shared their stories and their skills. Collaboratively the squares needed to be stitched together to make a rectangle with the symbol of their
Educate Together school in the middle, the tie that binds these families together. The Quilt, displayed prominently and proudly in the school’s foyer, was launched recently. A sample of parents shared the story of their square with the audience over refreshments. There were two outcomes from this project; firstly a beautiful work of art and secondly a memory of a genuinely successful multicultural project. Visitors are welcome to come to the school and see the quilt anytime.
Balbriggan Lourdes Parish Pilgrimage took place recently. Pictured at the famous Basilica in Lourdes are: Back row (L-R) Veronica Buckley, Mary-Jane Crowe, Susan McGrath, Margaret Sweeney, Anne Whelan, Michael Whelan, Willie Rooney, Luke O’Toole, Robert Cullen, Liam Nelis, Paul Sinnott, Tommy Reilly, Nicole Campbell, Kieran Campbell, Bridget Delaney, Eugene Griffin, Frank Kiernan, John Reilly (hidden by banner), Fr Mikey O’Grady (Spiritual Director), Chris McMahon, Albert Garraway, Jane Crowe, Michael Myles and Esther Myles. Middle row (L-R) Siobhan Reilly, Shirley Webster, Roisin Sweeney, Niamh Stirling (hidden), Imogen Stirling, Jacqueline Farrell, Anne Peters, Joan Christley, Stephanie O’Connor, Therese McCormack, Delores Byrne, Margaret Cluskey, Lily Sambrooks, Mary Burke, Doreen Reilly, Pearl Costello, Bernie Bissett, Joan Carey, Mary Bissett, Marian Maguire, Anne Hammond, Eileen Rice, Pat O’Grady, Kay Orange, Eoghan O’Ceallacháin, Breda Byrne, Bernie Rooney, Patrick Murphy, Jemima Murphy and Damien Myles. Front row (L-R) Ellie Webster (little girl), Sylvie Gorman, Carmel McGuire, Rita Keogh, Lilah Maguire, Sandra Richardson, Karen Rhattigan, Corinna Tolan, Anthony Guildea, Declan Walshe, Anne Walshe, Amanda Gaffney, Tina Gaffney, George Finglas, Patricia Finglas, Kathleen Reilly, Ann Maguire, Kathleen Kiernan, Anne Garraway, Philomena Garry and Cathy McMahon.
Gardai Warn Locals To Beware Of Bin Theft Recent incidents have been reported to Gardaí at Swords Garda Station from local residents, and Councillor Darragh Butler (FF), concerning the theft of bins from various estates. They are reminding perpetrators that theft of bins is a criminal offence and persons found committing such an offence are liable to prosecution. Superintendent Ronan Galligan told the County Leader he was encouraging residents to take extra precaution to avoid bin theft: “The theft of bins increases
during the dark evenings, as they are stolen to be set alight by groups or individuals who aengage in anti social behaviour and use these burning bins as a congregation point,” he said. Always store your bin when not being collected at the back of your house, making sure it is inaccessible, then secure your bin when not being collected to a fixed object by locking it with a chain. Leave it out on the morning of collection day if possible,” he continued. He
Lusk Tidy Towns committee held a celebratory evening at the Top Shop in Lusk recently, to celebrate the performance of the town being crowned as the Overall Winner at the recent Fingal Cleaner Communities Awards ceremony. Pictured with the trophy are, Anthony Rogan, Albert Cruise, John Flynn, Caroline Keane, Pat Kelly, Trevor Kearns (Supervalu Lusk), Nina Flynn, Teresa Kilmurray, Sorcha O'Connell and James Whelan.
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inside the bin.” All reports of bin theft should be made to Gardaí so that patterns can be established to aid Gardaí in apprehending those involved in such activities,” he concluded.
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Sixth year North County students now have the chance to tune up and win a €2,000 bursary to develop their musical talent, as the annual Fr Frank Maher Music Awards is now looking for entries for 2013. It is Ireland’s largest classical music competition for post-primary schools around the North County and closing date for entries is Monday 14th October. The Fr Frank Maher Music Awards were set up to showcase outstanding young musical talent all over the North
County and beyond. They are open to sixth year post-primary students of strings, woodwind, brass and piano and a classical programme can only be entered. Emmet O’Rafferty established the Awards several years ago in memory of the late priest who was a teacher. Emmet said “Excellence is the ethos of this competition and last year’s winner, Sinead O’Halloran is an outstanding example of the calibre of talent it has attracted over the years. Sinead has now won
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Well known Dublin fan, David (Daisy) Walsh is pictured with Dublin football stars, Paul Flynn, Darren Daly and Paddy Andrews.
Rachel O'Brien, Eddie Fitzpatrick, Ray Bracken and Brian Kiely are pictured with the 'Sam' Dublin fans, Paddy Hughes and Con Dalton are pictured with Dubs stars, Paul Flynn, Ciaran Kilkenny and Paddy Andrews. The three major trophies won by the team, the National League, The Sam Maguire and The Delaney Cups are also pictured.
Michael Savage and Ă‰abha Savage are pictured with Ollie Woods and Aaron Woods. Audrey and Callum Skinner with the famous trophy.
Rachel Savage, Paul Flynn, Darren Daly, Catherine Savage, baby Nicole Savage, Paddy Andrews, Joe Savage (Jnr) and Joe Savage are pictured with the three trophies.
Michelle Ellis, with her children Caitlin and Lillie Dublin stars Darren Daly and Paddy Andrews are pictured with Conar Dunne and Callum Dunne (holding the Sam Maguire).
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Liz Seaver To Perform At Millbank Fresh from the finale of RTE’s The Hit this summer, local musician Liz Seaver will be playing a headline gig at her home venue, The Millbank Theatre in Rush on Saturday the 2nd of November accompanied by her full band. Liz Seaver, a 26 year old singer/songwriter from Skerries, released her second album ‘Turbulent Bliss’ in June this year. With great reviews from The Times, Hotpress, The Independent and RTE, Liz has gained recognition in the industry as a hard working independent artist. Liz’s debut single ‘In Between You And Me’ went straight to number 4 in the Irish singer/songwriter charts back in February this year. This Summer, Liz was part of RTE’s new popular music show The Hit where songwriters pitched their songs to established artists. Liz reached the finale with her song Somebody Like
Eventful Month At Balbriggan Library Balbriggan Library will be holding a number of events for October, all of which are free. Weekly art classes begin on Thursday 17th October from 2.00pm to 4.30pm and will run for seven weeks.
Skerries girl, Liz Seaver, who will perform at the Millbank Theatre in Rush in November.
Me chosen and performed by Samantha Mumba as her first come back single in ten years. Liz’s song Somebody Like Me reached number 5 in the Irish charts in August. Liz Seaver is appearing in the Millbank Theatre, Rush on Saturday 2nd of November at 8.30pm, and tickets are available by contacting the Millbank directly.
Materials are not supplied. Spooky Halloween crafts for children from 4 to 7 years old are on Wednesday 30th October at 3.30pm. There will also be a Halloween-themed art competition for children with great prizes to be won! The Scrabble club for adults meets on Mondays at 10.30am. All are welcome and scrabble boards are supplied. Other events include an Irish conversation group. This
group meets every Thursday evening from 7.00 – 8.00pm. Come along for a sociable chat as Gaeilge! There is also the Chess Group which meets on Thursday 3rd October and Thursday 17th October at 6pm. Children, beginners and improvers welcome. The Balbriggan Crime Book Club will meet in the library on Tuesday 29th October at 7pm to discuss Mark O’Sullivan’s “Crocodile Tears”.
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The residents and staff of Rush Nursing Home would like to say a sincere thanks for the kind donation of the altar that was previously used for Mass in St. Brendan’s National School. It will be used every Thursday for the Mass in their home.
People are being encouraged to attend weekly Masses in Irish at 11am each Sunday in the Church of the Visitation in Drynam, Kinsealy. This new venture is proving to be very popular and all are welcome to attend.
A total of eight football Clubs from North Dublin have qualified for the McDonald’s FAI Future Football Cup Finals Day in the Aviva Stadium Included among them are North County sides, Balbriggan United, Swords Celtic, Swords Manor and Rivermeade FC, who have secured a place in the finals day, which will be held on 15th October in the Aviva Stadium. They are among 43 football teams from across Ireland that will compete to secure a place in the Final, which will be held at half time of Ireland vs. Kazakhstan World Cup qualifier match. The cup competition is part of McDonald’s FAI Future Football, a programme to support the development of football at grassroots level in football clubs nationwide. Morgan McStay, owner operator of McDonald’s restaurants in Swords, who champion Swords Celtic
Sandra Magee from St Margaret's recently celebrated her 40th birthday with a party at the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords. Sandra (in white dress) is pictured here with family members, Sinead McCormack, Andrew O'Hare, Mark Magee, Bobbie Lee, Christopher Magee and Niamh Magee.
and Swords Manor FC said: “We have been working closely with the clubs and the FAI through out the summer in coordinating the Future Football Fun Days and cup competition. We are delighted to see eight clubs from the North Dublin area progress to the finals day in the Aviva Stadium.” The programme has inspired local communities to get behind the initiative and support local football clubs and in turn, help develop the game at grassroots level.
Rush Group Resumes Its Classes Rush-based Rinceoil Fingal, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, has resumed its popular classes. The group has big plans to celebrate this milestone in 2014, which will also be the 15th year it has held its annual Scoil Samhradh Chris Langan. To be approaching their 20th anniversary celebrations is a great achievement for a voluntary organisation, and long time member Lenny Martin expressed his gratitude to the local community for all their fantastic support so far. He said that the group were so appreciative for all the support, and that they hope to still be going strong for a long number of years yet. Classes are held on Tuesdays in the Convent in Rush, with classes running from 7pm. to 8.30 p.m. There is also a general music class from 8.30 to 9.30pm. when all instruments are welcome. Classes will be held in fiddle, whistle, bodhran, piano accordion and guitar, with all courses subject to numbers. Information regarding the classes is available from Lenny Martin at 0876307324.
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Recent published deaths from the North County CARTY (nee Corr) (Rush) – Sept 28, 2013, (peacefully) in her 100th year, at Lusk Community Care Unit, Elizabeth (Lily) beloved wife of the late Jimmy ; sadly missed by her son Laurence, daughter Catherine, son-in-law Patrick, daughter-in-law Gertrude, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother-in-law Tom, sister-in-law Aine, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. MCMUNN (Luttrell, Cherry Park, Swords) – Sept 28, 2013, (peacefully) at the Bons Secours Hospital, Yvonne, beloved wife of Gerard (Gerry) and much loved and loving mam of Andrew ; deeply regretted by Gerard and Andrew, sister Deidre, Sheila and Michele, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and her many friends. Rest in peace. LYNCH, Michael (Millie) (Rivervalley Swords and formerly of Sligo) – Sept 28, 2013, (suddenly) at Beaumont Hospital, Michael (Millie) ; deeply regretted by his loving wife Dorothy (O’Gorman), son Ronan, daughter Olivia, brothers Pat and Bert, sister Mary, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, family, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. O’REILLY (Hampton Cove, Balbriggan) – Sept 30, 2013, (peacefully) in Beaumont, surrounded by his loving family, George (ex Aer Lingus) ; deeply regretted by his loving wife Patricia, his children Eibhlin and Eoin, mother Madge, sisters Maura (Forsyth) and Bridie (Brid Ward), brothers-in-law Donal and Martin, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. BOOTH, Padraic (Malahide) (formerly of Guinnesses Brewery) – Oct 1, 2013, aged 91 years (peacefully) in the Bon Secures Hospital surrounded by his family, brother of the late Robert (Bobby), beloved husband of Dymphna, loving father of Deirdre, Naoimh and Tanya, very sadly missed by his family, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Maire, brother Tomas, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. MCGUIRK, Aiden (St. Margaret’s) – Oct 2, 2013, (peacefully) at Connolly Hospital, Aiden (late of Aer Lingus), beloved husband of the late Brigid ; deeply regretted by his loving sons Andrew, Declan, Colm and Neil, daughter Elaine, daughters-in-law, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. BUTTERLY (Rogerstown, Rush Co. Dublin) – Oct 2, 2013, (peacefully) at the Hamilton Park Nursing Home, Liam, beloved husband of Brigid ; sadly missed by his wife, children Janet, Linda, Fergal, Niamh and Deirdre, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, his twin sister Bernie, extended family and a large circle of friends. Rest in peace.
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PLANNING APPLICATIONS Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought by John Aherne for Service Station at Rolestown, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of: demolition of existing two storage buildings, construction of a single storey convenience store building with retail area, ancillary off-licence, counter, office and storage rooms, staff facilities, instore ATM, café, seating area, hot food deli counter, preparation area, staff and customers toilets; enclosed external storage yard; construction of forecourt area with 4 no dual fuel dispensing islands, canopy with illuminated facia over forecourt; 3 no. underground fuel storage tanks with capacity of 40,000L each with associated pipework, overground fill and vent points; car wash facility comprising 1 no. pressure wash enclosure with ancillary water tanks and water recycling; 10 no. on-site car parking spaces and bicycle parking area; 1 no. main identification sign (MID); provision of access and exit for the site; associated corporate signs and insignia with secondary signage throughout the site; all ancillary site works including required signage, boundary treatments and landscaping at Rolestown, Swords, Co. Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee 20 euro within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission is sought to retain new bay window and new porch and home office extension to the side and sun room to the rear and to construct a new double garage to the front of the existing house with ancillary site works to previously granted planning permission for completion of house at rear of 14 Sherlock Tce, Skerries under Reg. Ref: F09A/0587 for Stephen & Linda Ennis The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main St,
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Swords, Co. Dublin, during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission. Fingal County Council James O'Connor, Is seeking planning permission and change of use at Sandyhill, St. Margarets, Co. Dublin. The work is to include; 1)Replacing the existing septic tank with a new tank and percolation area, 2)Change of use, to convert the existing vacant shop to habitable living room with 2 by rooflight windows. 3)Replacing the existing bedroom structure on the east elevation with a modern structure as a master bedroom on the exact footprint incorporating 2 X rooflight windows 4)reducing the height of the shop front wall and bring it in line with the existing roof by forming an apex to the front elevation 5)removing the existing toilet block and utility from the rear of the cottage and incorporating them into the existing building 6)converting a section of the barn to the rear of the existing kitchen as a utility and wc 7)extending the original roof line over the flat roof area and enclosing the existing water tank The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euros) 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 Nicola Butterly at Balcunnin, Skerries, Co. Dublin for a single
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08.10.2013 storey detached dwelling, new vehicular access, waste water treatment system, landscaping and all ancillary works necessary to facilitate the development. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Retention is sought for the continued use of existing laneway as vehicular access and 1 No. on site car parking space to front of existing dwelling @ “The Yard”, (off) New Street, Skerries, Co. Dublin for Noeleen Richardson. The 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 it’s public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Mr. James O'Connor is seeking Planning permission and partial change of use at Sandyhill, St. Margaret's, Co. Dublin.The work is to include;-1)replacing the existing septic tank with a new Biocycle waste water treatment system and polishing filter.2)change of use, to convert the vacant post office to a habitable living room with two new windows to the side elevation and roof lights. 3)replacing the existing bedroom structure on the east elevation with a modern structure as a master bedroom and ensuite on the exact footprint including two roof lights.4) reducing the height of the post office front wall in line with the existing roof to the front elevation.5) removing the existing toilet block and utility room. 6)extending the existing roof line to enclose the existing water tank.7)Converting a section of the attached stable as a WC and utility room. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 euros) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Planning permission sought for the erection of a new free standing gym/playroom, store and toilet to the rear of the existing dwelling/back garden together with all associated drainage and site works. at No.18, Baskin Lane, Kinsealy , Co. Dublin. Applicant: John Cannon. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.
North County Dublin’s N0.1 Quality Newspaper Fingal County Council Retention Planning permission sought for extension and façade alterations to existing garage located to front and side of Fairacre, Swords Road, Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicant: A. Kelly The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee, €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.
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