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Loss Of Ambulance Could Cost Lives A review is being carried out by the HSE and Dublin City Council in regard to the ambulance service in the Dublin area, which may have a profound effect on the service in the North County.

By Patrick Finnegan

was the officer who whipped Reuben off me to do CPR,” Had the Dublin Fire Brigade At present, Dublin Fire role played by the ambulance not turned Brigade and the HSE Dublin Fire Brigade up when they did, we provide ambulance ambulance service, was would not be talking service for the North their part in about this County from their bases saving the life of story,” he said. in Swords, and the fear Swords baby, Meanwhile, is that control of Reuben Clifford. Swords based Dublin’s ambulance His parents Paul councillor service is set to move (41) and Jen (35) Darragh Butler from Dublin Fire Brigade will be forever (FF) has grateful to the to the HSE. expressed his A number of Dublin Fire members of B concerns that who Brigade ambulance Watch, this review is to crew members tended not an indepencontacted this news- Reuben at their dent one, and is Cllr. Butler paper, outlining their Swords home, being carried little concerns and anxieties after out by the HSE, who stopped have a vested interest in for the safety of local Reuben people, should this vital breathing when he was this, and the fear is that service be moved from just four days old. They Dublin City Council and Dublin Fire Brigade to were able to express the HSE may view this the HSE. They as a cost saving “Had Dublin Fire Brigade fear that such a issue, which Ambulance Not Turned Up move will lead should not be the to longer When They Did, We Would Not case, he mainresponse times, Be Talking About This Story.” tains. particularly if He recently met the local HSE ambu- their gratitude in with Billy Kelleher, lance is not available person, when they Fianna Fail’s Health and one has to be brought Reuben, now spokesperson, along dispatched from longer aged seven months, with local senator, distances. The Fire and his brother Harry Darragh O’Brien and Brigade ambulance is (3) to the station to two members of Dublin ideally located in meet the dedicated Fire Brigade Ambulance Swords to provide crew. crew, Garry Hayden and emergency cover for the Paul believes that the entire North County ambulance service area. The crew provided by the Fire members also Brigade station in expressed their disap- Swords is providing a pointment that the vital service to the area. Minister for Health, who Speaking to the County is a resident in the area, Leader, he said, “The has remained silent on family expressed their the issue. They said gratitude to station chillingly, that “the loss officer, John McNally of this service is likely to and the crew from B lead to a lives being lost Watch when they met in the community.” them. It was a team A recent example of the effort. Joe Dromgoole

Glen Ellis, to express their fears for the service in Swords. The meeting took place in Leinster House. Butler, said, “We are very lucky in Swords and North County Dublin to have both the HSE Ambulance Service based in Lissenhall, for whom we have also recently strongly campaigned and the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) Ambulance service. Both services complement each other

and provide an invaluable service to Swords and North County Dublin. This is already an issue for locals, and I have been asked about this on the doorsteps last week.” He concluded, “I will be putting a motion before the Swords area committee and the full council meeting, calling for this review to be abandoned, and if they do carry one out, that it should be independent.”

Pictured are the delighted Clifford family on their recent visit to Dublin Fire Brigade station in Swords, to say thanks to the ambulance crew for saving their son, Reuben's life. Paul is pictured with baby Reuben in his arms, with wife Jen and son Harry (3) enjoying the fire engine.

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Office. Instilling unnecessary worry on regular users of Malahide Post Office is unacceptable, particularly when there is no basis for the concern,” he said. “Malahide Post Office is not closing. nor is it moving to Tesco. This fact has been confirmed by Angus Laverty, Local deputy, Alan Farrell Public Affairs Manager of An (FG) has confirmed that Post. Considerable welcome Malahide Post Office will not investment in the services be closed. provided by An Post at Speaking to the County Malahide recently took place, Leader, Farrell said, “Over having moved from Townyard the last number of weeks, I Lane into the Malahide have been contacted by Shopping Centre, a much numerous residents of Malahide, and most recently, Alan Farrell TD larger, more user friendly environment for customers and by the Malahide Community Forum, regarding the scare tactics staff alike. I am therefore, happy to employed by the Irish Postmasters confirm that there is no threat to Union, and locally at Malahide Post Malahide Post Office,” he concluded.

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Dublin Airport will have 850,000 extra seats available this summer, a five per cent increase in capacity compared to last year. A total of 15 new services, comprising 12 shorthaul routes to continental Europe and new long-haul routes to San Francisco, Toronto and St. John’s, Newfoundland will begin in the coming weeks. Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison, told the County Leader that this summer is set to be the busiest since passenger numbers reached their peak in 2008. “There’s an exciting range of new destinations to choose from this summer at Dublin Airport,” he said. “The significant increase in seat capacity and frequency provides our customers

with greater flexibility, whether travelling for business or leisure purposes,” he added. This summer will also see a significant increase in connectivity between Ireland and Canada with additional service to Toronto and a new route to St John’s Newfoundland. Starting this month, Aer Lingus will begin non-stop flights between Dublin and Toronto, seven times per week with a Boeing 757 aircraft. WestJet will also start daily service on 15th June with Boeing 737-700 from St. John’s to Dublin, with connecting service from several other Canadian destinations. “With strong historical connections between

Newfoundland and Ireland we expect this to be a very popular destination across the summer for both Irish and Canadian visitors,” he continued. Capacity on European routes is set to increase by four per cent with 520,000 more seats available this summer compared to last year. There will also be a significant expansion in capacity to the Middle East during the summer season. Extra capacity will also be added to many existing services such as United Airways to Newark, Munich and Düsseldorf with Lufthansa, CityJet to London City and Bucharest with Tarom, along with significant frequency increases to Aer Lingus and Ryanair’s flight schedules. This summer, 59 airlines will fly to over 180 destinations from Dublin Airport.

Pictured here are local election candidates for the Swords Ward Ken Duffy (GP) and Joe Newman (NP), with members of Swords Tidy Towns just before they participated in the recent St. Patrick's Day parade. They also featured a touching tribute to the late Chairperson of the group, Des Becton.

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Ryanair Creates Jobs At New Swords Office

Failte Ireland, as well as Kevin Toland, CEO of Dublin Airport Authority. The new office in Swords will cater for 200 new jobs, primarily for technology, software development and digital marketing specialists, to develop the company’s digital plat-

Thursday last, 3rd April was a significant day for job creation in the North County, when Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, officially opened their new Dublin office at Airside Business Park in Swords. The high profile opening was performed by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, who was accompanied by Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, as well as County Mayor, Kieran Dennison and Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary and Company Chairman, David Pictured at the official opening of the new Ryanair Dublin office at Airside Business Park, Swords, are CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, County Mayor, Kieran Dennison and An Bonderman. Also in Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. attendance was new County Manager, Paul Reid and tourism chiefs, form, as well as it’s new mobile app at the end including the CEOs of both Tourism Ireland and of June.

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the club a massive lift. It is worth mentioning that many of these girls have been with the Club since Junior / Senior Infants and it is wonderful to see their dedication paying off with cup final appearances.” He continued, “With no pitch to practice or to play matches locally, I’d like to pay tribute to the players, parents and coaches for their enormous efforts and sacrifices over the last five or so years. With these players coming through, it only makes the club renew its efforts to have the All Weather Pitch in Donabate repaired and back in use as a matter of urgency.” Henchy was keen to thank Pictured are members of the victorious Portrane Hockey Club Girls X8 team after their Ed Van Dreumel, Anita great victory in the Leinster Plate final. Patterson, Orlaith Read achievement by the North County they can stick together and they and Stella Davis for all their hard club. The club was also represented will, no doubt, contest many more work in coaching and developing in the Minor Final on the same day, cup finals in the future.” the Girls Junior Section. This work where the girls put up a great “It was a brilliant performance and has truly paid dividends with both performance, before losing has given everyone associated with squads competing in finals.

narrowly. Club Development Officer, and Fianna Fail candidate in the upcoming local elections, Adrian Henchy was keen to praise the girls on their achievement. “The future is bright for this team if

Lusk Fun Day Next month, there will be a Family Fun Day in the GAA Club in Lusk on April 27th again in aid of the Rainbow Arch Club. The day will have five-a-side football tournaments at 2pm, following on with outdoor activities such as a climbing wall, archery, zorb balls, face painting, balloon modelling and more. All this will be happening from 12pm to 5pm and all are encouraged to come along and join in to support a great cause.

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Pupils from 4th class at Holy Family National School in River Valley, took place in a litter pick around St Finian's Church, in a drive to keep the area clean and tidy in the run up to Holy Communions and Confirmations at the Church. The clean-up is supported by McDonald's and by Hilltown Environmental Group. Pictured are pupils, Benedicta Fordjour, Matthew Kuzmicz, Larisa Rosca, Sonia Erminia, Shauna Byrne, Sophie Tracey, Jennifer Kirwan, Ella Power, Jonathan Onyeabor and Edward Strimbu.

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Thomas McDonagh receiving his Gold Gaisce award from President Higgins in November 2013.

A young man from Swords, will be joining President Higgins in London tomorrow (Wednesday) when the President meets with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards team. Thomas McDonagh, who is part of Crosscare Swords/Baldoyle Youth Service, is no stranger to President Higgins, having received the President’s Gold Gaisce award in November last year. He was chosen, as one of five young people, who have received Gold Gaisce medals. Thomas will be accompanied on the trip by Allyson Lambert, a Council member for the Gaisce President’s Award. He will participate in a forum, called ‘Taking Charge of Change Together’ as part of the historic State visit and the forum will take place on Wednesday, 9th April at London City Hall. It be attended by young people from all over Ireland, as well as members of the British Youth Council.


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Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Kirsty Mullen, from St Molaga's NS, with her parents Deirdre and Mark.

Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Orla Hoey with her dad Eoin, her sponsor Grace and mother Carol.

Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Iveta Pompova, with Vojtech, Jessica and Silvia Hradecka.

Sean Keenan from Rush NS is pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush, with his dad Paul, mother Linda and sister Emma

Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Sasha Hackett with her sister Claudia, grandmother Emer and Stewart Browne

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Rush National School pupil, Cian Broderick and his family.

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Rush National School pupil, Stephen Wilde with his sponsor Geraldine Fuller

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Rush National School pupil, Sean Corr and his family

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Ryan Weldon with his parents

Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Olanna Kaluh-Anyim and her family

Stephen Dowling is pictured with his grandfather, Mick Quinn, after making his Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan

Killian Donnelly from St Molaga's NS in Balbriggan made his Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan recently. Killian is pictured here with Paddy and Karl Donnelly

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Kyle O'Brien from St Molaga's NS, with his family.

Pictured after making his Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Lorcan Farrell, with members of his family.

Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Maur’s Church in Rush is Rush National School pupil, Laragh Molloy, with mam Gwyneth, dad John and sister Emma

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08.04.2014 A mysterious photograph made its way into the County Leader offices last week, and we are looking for its owner to come forward and claim the picture. This wonderful family photograph was brought into us by James Cooney, and was found by his wife Claire, in a photo frame she had purchased in the St. Vincent de Paul charity shop in Swords. Claire explained how she came across the picture: “I had originally purchased the frame because it contained a separate Chinese photo, which I was really drawn to,” she explained to the County Leader. “It was only when I got home and went to remove the picture from the frame, that I discovered the family photograph - hidden completely behind the Chinese picture! So, it probably went into the frame completely unnoticed,” she said. “It’s a wonderful photo that contains a lot of happy memories for somebody, so we want to see that they get it back,” Claire continued. If you own the photograph, or know of anyone that does, please contact the County Leader.


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New County Manager Sets Out His Plan Reform, I look forward to the Paul Reid has now joined challenges ahead as I join the County Council as County County Council staff delivering Manager. He most recently services to a growing and diverse worked at the Department of population,” he told the County Public Expenditure and Reform, and previous to that Leader. “The North County with Trócaire and with Eircom. comes with a reputation for The new Manager set out his being a very progressive county early priorities for leading County Manager, and for attracting investment local service delivery in the Paul Reid and strengthening social incluNorth County, in the County Hall in sion and I hope to continue this Swords last week. progress,” he said. “Having most recently worked at the Among other things, he mentioned a few Department of Public Expenditure & of the changes the North County and the

Council have undergone in the past few months and years, and spoke about how the North County has the potential to be the leader in economic growth: “Nationally it’s encouraging to see solid indicators of economic growth,” he continued, “and the North County is ideally placed to leverage this growth.” “The Fingal Local Enterprise Office opens in County Hall in the coming weeks, and with a strong focus on expansion of Economic Development Services in the Council, my intention is to make It the leader on economic growth, getting people back to work and improving social inclusion,” he concluded.

dents and I am calling on the County lems with odour Engineers to deal with this issue substancontrol in unit No 1, and remediation tively, rather than works would begin, dealing with each minor problem unfortunately as it arises. this is still an Clearly there o n - g o i n g are problems problem and an with this plant issue many and the only residents raised way to deal with me during the last local Bob Dowling with the issues it to commiselections and on many occasions in sion a full engineering the last five years,” appraisal of its functionality and the Dowling continued. “Frankly this it not impact on surrounding good enough for resi- residents,” he said.

Treatment Plant Still Causing Problems - Dowling Local candidate in the upcoming election, Bob Dowling (FG), has said that the County Council is again struggling to deal with malodours coming from the Swords Waste Water

Treatment Plant (SWWTP). Dowling, who is a candidate in the Swords Ward, explained: “I was at the fore in campaigning against the location of a

Monster Sewage Plant in Portrane, and witnessed the smells first hand when canvassing in Swords last Saturday afternoon,” he said. “I was informed last week that there are prob-

ment. This is an issue that I keep getting told about time and time again, and one local residents are concerned about.” he said. “I’m calling on the County Council to install more bins in all of these areas. If we are to encourage people to dispose of the Local independent candidate for the excrement the sufficient amount of bins Balbriggan Ward, Richard Davis has must be provided,” Davis called on the County Council to continued. “We have long and provide more bins around the beautiful stretches of coastline North County to combat the all along the North County, issue od dog fouling. He which are very popular places explained to the County for people to walk, yet we do Leader: not have the bins in place in “Over the past few months theses areas.” “Locals are while out delivering my doing their bit in cleaning it up, campaign flyers and meeting so the Council should be doing the people of Balbriggan, Richard Davis their part in return, so I hope Skerries, Rush, Lusk and rural they will endeavour to provide the Fingal, I have been made aware of the much needed bins,” he concluded. lack of bins to dispose of dog excre-

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Murphy Demands Playground Facilities For Balbriggan Independent candidate for not seen fit to invest some Balbriggan ward, Tony of the money collected Murphy, is challenging the from the builders in faciliCounty Council to provide ties for the children of the adequate public play- town.” ground facilities for the “I have received regular children of Balbriggan. representation from resi“With a populadents expressing tion of over their anger at the 20,000 residents, disgraceful 8,000 of whom manner in which are under 18 they have been years of age, the treated over the people of years by their Balbriggan Council, particudeserve proper larly, when they recreation facili- Tony Murphy see the facilities ties in public provided in neighspaces,” says Murphy. “It bouring towns in the beggars belief that, with county,” says Murphy. all the housing develop- He continued, “We were ment and levies paid by promised a swimming builders to the Council pool, theatrical perforover the last 10 years, that mance space and a the local authority have maritime museum, all of

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Good Times On The Way reduced. Each country In the run into the By Cathal Boland European Election @TheCountyLeader is entitled to nominate a person to the there seems to be a wave of good news across most Commission. As the EU expands member states and it will be s o t o o d o e s t h e s i z e o f t h e interesting to see how this Commission. The argument for impacts on the electoral returns. change is that there just is not Holding the Presidency must be enough portfolios to go around. Some propose that it may be good for the economy as we possible to appoint from note that many of the the nominees a smaller statements issued by the “inner cabinet” with the Greek Government, remaining commiscurrently holders of the sioners, while full EU Presidency, could be members would in effect almost direct lifts from be assistants. Such our own Government Press change is feared as there is a Office when we held the Presidency. The Greeks had a belief that by having a national scandal in their Finance r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s i t t i n g a t t h e Department which saw the depar- t a b l e p r o t e c t s t h e n a t i o n a l ture of a senior official after he i n t e r e s t . O f c o u r s e , e a c h was found to have provided infor- c o m m i s s i o n e r i s o b l i g e d t o mation to the far right. This will d i s c h a r g e t h e i r d u t i e s a s not stop them as they prepare to Commissioners of the Union and re-enter the money markets. Their not as nominees of their state. Finance Minister says that this is Currently six EU Commissioners the right time but that the return have taken electoral leave. Mr will be “trial and error”. The B a r r o s o h a s n o w a s m a l l e r French Government have also had commission of just 22 as portfotrouble with the far right, whose l i o s a r e r e a s s i g n e d . S o f o r a electoral success has resulted in s h o r t t i m e t h o s e w h o s e e k a reduction in Commissioner a change of PM. There are calls for the numbers of numbers prevail, at least till after E U C o m m i s s i o n e r s t o b e the election.

are on the electoral register for the upcoming local and European elections, taking place on 23rd May. Speaking at the launch of the campaign, James Olly, NCI Deputy Director told the County Leader: “We strongly encourage young people throughout the North County to register to vote ahead of the local and European elections. Anyone who is 18 years of age on or before polling day can apply for inclusion on the supplementary register up until Tuesday, 6th May.” “A number of young people who have moved away from where they are registered to vote, because they are in education or employment elsewhere and are unable to travel back to vote, can change their voting registration to their current residence, again on or before 6th May,” he said. Local young people seeking to register, can obtain the relevant form (RFA2) from local authorities or can download it. Those wishing to change their registration address can download the RFA3 form. These forms must be completed and brought to a local Garda station to be witnessed and stamped, and I.D. will be required.

which seem to have been forgotten”. It’s interesting to see however, that these and other large projects are

now being highlighted as election promises at this point, nine weeks before the County Council elections,” he said.

“I believe that these projects should be delivered for the people of Balbriggan, but I will not make an election issue out of something that I could not guarantee to deliver,” he concluded.


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Garrett Mullan is the latest candidate to declare his intention to contest the upcoming local The Whileaways will play on Friday, 11th April at 8.30pm. Finally, Tumbling Bones will play on Saturday, 26th April, with the show starting at 8.30pm. elections. Mullan will campaign as an Independent candidate in the Balbriggan Electoral area. Speaking to the County Leader, he outlined some of the differences he will make, if elected. “My message is that Balbriggan needs a strong voice, as it’s an area that has been let down, and • Experienced • Capable • Proven Deliverer is a microcosm for bad planning Garrett Mullan and bad decisions. I have a number of points that I feel need to be DONABATE attended to, including the provision of more • Demanding a greater police presence on the peninsula youth services and the development of • To continue to enhance community and school facilities Bremore Castle as a public park facility.” • To insist the Coastal Walkway connects directly Mullan also spoke about working with groups to Donabate Village and to protect our to regenerate Balbriggan town centre and beaches against coastal erosion supporting active communities and clubs that • To provide badly needed youth facilities locally rely on volunteers and making sure that grants that these clubs need, are provided, in order SWORDS that they can continue to provided services. I • Protect Ambulance Service would like to work actively in this area,” he & Medical Provision said. Mullan is convinced that Balbriggan • To enhance mental health provision Pictured centre, is President of Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal, Paul O’Reilly having needs a strategic task force. “I believe the situpresented Paul Harris Fellowships to long standing Rotarians and past presidents, and services ation is at crisis point. The main street is dead, Gerry McInerney and Gerry Fitzmaurice. Both were awarded the honour, because of • To establish a third level institution with many units closed up. Any business that their hard and diligent work and commitment to the local community, local business in the town community and the club over the years. The Paul Harris Fellowship is the highest opens up, like a coffee shop for example, will • To ensure planning promotes community, accolade to be presented to a Rotarian by their club. suffer, as there is not enough footfall in the educational and social provision area. The Council achieved the highest mark in the country after needs to pay attention completing the course at Malahide to regenerating the Community School. town centre, particuAfter the award ceremony, Katie told the larly some of the flagCounty Leader that she was delighted with ship buildings in the the award, and said that she had really town. The area 42 The Links, Donabate, Co Dublin. enjoyed taking the course: “I found the between De Brun’s pub Mobile: 087 918 5976 Email: course very enjoyable. The classes were inter- and the old AIB A local student from Malahide has been esting and relevant and they were always bobdowlingfg building needs special awarded the Irish Academy of Public interactive and friendly.” Evening classes Bob is working with Minister James Reilly TD, Alan Farrell TD, Dianne Sexton attention,” he said. and Minister Brian Hayes, Candidate for the European Parliament. Relations’ Event Management Student of the have been taking place in Malahide Year. Katie O’Donoghue, from Malahide Community School for the last 30 years with the aim of advancing Adult and Community Education in Malahide and surrounding communities. The Irish Academy’s courses have been taught there since 2007. On hearing of the award, Director of Adult Education at Malahide Community School, Robbie Harrold said, “I’m very proud that one of our students has achieved this award. Our Adult Education programme here at Malahide Community School has a long association with the Irish Academy of Pictured here is Student of the Year Katie O’Donoghue from Malahide Public Relations. Their Event (centre) with Director of Adult Education at Malahide Community Management and Public Relations School Robbie Harrold and Director of the Irish Academy of Public courses have been taught here for Relations Ellen Gunning. a number of years.”

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Portmarnock Chess Club is looking to attract new players to the club with meetings taking place every Thursday at Naomh Mearnog GAA Club, Blackwood Lane, Portmarnock. Juniors meet at 7.30pm, adults at 8.30pm.

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Rinceoil Fingal Back Again

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Rinceoil Fingal has started back up. There are classes in tin whistle, guitar, bodhran, accordion and fiddle every Tuesday night in St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Rush from 7.30 to 8.30 p.m. If interested, please contact 0876307324.

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If you love to sing then come along to Applewood Community Centre in Swords and join a newly formed Gospel Choir in the North County. They meet every Tuesday from 8.00pm to 10.00pm and are currently recruiting new members.

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Ballyboughal Pitch And Putt

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The Sunday game winner was Tommy McCann, with a net 47. The runner-up was Josie Cahill. Congratulations to Anthony Parkinson, with a hole in one on the 9th. Membership renewals for 2014 are due since 1st April and new members are very welcome.

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A Boat Jumble sale in aid of Howth RNLI will take place on Saturday, 12th April, between 10.30am and 1pm at Howth Sea Angling Club on the West Pier in Howth. Tables cost €20 and 25 per cent of sales go towards Howth lifeboat.


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High Housing Needs In Swords And Balbriggan A new report published by the Government’s advisory body on housing, the Housing Agency, has projected the level of housing needed across the country, including the

North County, in the next five years. The expert report forecasts that there is a marked requirement for units in areas, such as Swords (1,448 units between 2014-2018) and


Balbriggan (925 units it is a crisis. People on the housing list are being told between 2014-2015). Duncan Smith, Labour it will be ten years before Party candidate for the they receive a housing Swords Ward, has allocation. This is astondescribed the Housing ishing. At the moment, due to the lack of Agency report, new private and which states that social housing, Swords has the rents are being greatest housing forced upwards need in Dublin, is and families on a timely reminder rent supplement that the housing are being made crisis is not going homeless.” He to go away. It is continued, “I an indication of the housing crisis Duncan Smith believe we need to start building we are facing today, and it is a crisis homes. Over the past 15 which will require innova- years we relied on the tive and creative thinking private housing market at all levels of local and for new housing stock national government. and this has proven to be Smith spoke to the unsustainable. I believe County Leader and said, small, mixed develop“It has come as no ments, part funded by surprise that Swords has selling a minority proporthe highest need for tion of units directly onto housing, requiring 1448 the private market. This new units over the next would provide a stimulus five years. For me, for construction workers, stimulate housing is the primary and issue coming up on the the housing market in doors in Swords. There is a controlled manner,” a shortage of housing and he said.

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Newman Calls For Solution To School Problem The capacity problem at Holy Family Junior National School in River Valley, Swords is set to force new pupils to seek alternative schooling arrangements in September. However, Independent local election candidate, Joe Newman, told the County Leader, that a solution to this problem can be achieved locally, thus preventing young children from leaving their area in search of a school. Newman said, “The problem arose because of the volume of junior infants in the area, who have made application to attend the school in September, and the refusal of the Department of Education and Skills to sanction a further classroom, which would solve the problem. I have been in contact with Holy Family Senior National School, who have come up with an interim solution to the problem.” He said,

water from the school’s water system. This at the Swords Educate Together School, where issue commenced shortly after the school metallic levels were found to be high and it was opened and continues up to the present time. then decided to compare results with the Collins told the County Leader, “The Donabate/Portrane facility. Similar results were Department of Education provide bottled water found and the County Council will now not on a daily basis for consumption by both permit the water to be used for human teachers and pupils. Analysis of water samples consumption. Collins feels that this daily ritual has consistently indicated high levels of certain of distributing bottled water interferes with the substances, including copper. In an effort to schools curricular activities and is an unwanted eliminate the problem, the entire piping system Michael Collins burden for teachers, pupils and parents to bear. was replaced. However this failed to remedy “I am calling on the Department of Education the situation and the inconvenience continues,” he and the County Council to work tirelessly until the said. He understands that the problem initially occurred problem is resolved,” he concluded.

Duffy Wants Fly Tipping Stopped Local Green Party candidate in the upcoming elections, Ken Duffy has hit out at those who are illegally dumping litter around the locality. “I came across some illegally dumped rubbish recently in a cul-de-sac at the end of North Street in Swords recently,” he told the County Leader. “This type of irrespon-

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are dumping rubbish illegally. This initiative was rolled out to help staff be more effective in dealing with both private and council tenants suspected of illegal dumping.” I would like to see a name and shame, I would like to see enforcement so stringent that people will think long and hard before taking the risk of being caught and having their names out on public display for all to see,” Duffy continued. “If you see someone littering or dumping rubbish, a litter fine can be issued on foot of your report. If the fine remains unpaid the County Council can pursue the matter in the District Court. They have warned it is illegal to use waste collectors who are unlicensed and said their clampdown on unlawful users and dumpers will continue,” he concluded.

Movie Quiz In Swords An innovative Big Movie Quiz will be held on 12th April at 7pm at the Old Boro pub in Swords. This quiz, which is bound to test the knowledge of all movie buffs, is in aid of the Saint Columba’s Church Restoration Fund and will include 100 fun movie questions. There will also be a raffle, as well as plenty of prizes. The cost is €10 per person, with all proceeds going to this very worthwhile cause. It sounds like a great fun event, so come along and enjoy the craic.


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Generous Gesture From Swords Credit Union Last week in Balheary, Swords and District Credit Union and Swords Celtic Football Club announced a community partnership. The initial agreement is for a three year period during which the credit union will provide sponsorship to the club of €2,000 per annum. Swords Celtic chairman, Ray Kelly, told the County Leader that the club are extremely grateful for the generous gesture from the local credit union. “I wish to gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Swords and District Credit Union,” he said. “This sponsorship will greatly assist the club in its continuing development of facilities for the benefit of our membership. In Swords Celtic we have some 40 teams and over 600 underage players representing a total of 17 nationalities living in the area. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Swords and District Credit Union.”

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Ventura Collection, a new interior design company launched their new collection of bespoke lighting, furniture and wall coverings, at Fairco House on the Old Airport Road, Santry on Thursday last, 3rd April. Interior designer, Arlene McIntyre set up Ventura Design, with her partner, Juergen Riedel in 2005. She has been working as a designer for 15 years and is originally from California and said, “Now that we have the Ventura Collection on show at Fairco House, people can call in any time to speak to our in-house designers and experience our exclusive range”. The Santry showroom is just minutes from Dublin Airport and includes an extensive range of light fittings, chandeliers, fabric, as well as sofas, armchairs, tables, bookcase and occasional furniture. a planning application in 1994 and it appears may not have been registered by the Council. The Council are at present trying to establish if the deed of dedication has been executed,” she said. Dunne explained the reason behind a legal caution: “Basically, a legal Local councillor, Judy Dunne (Lab), caution in this case would mean has called on the County Manager, that the Council put on record, that Paul Reid to register a they have an equitable Legal Caution with the interest in the land on land registry and to take site in Portmarnock (as whatever steps are they have been mainnecessary, to protect the taining that land for the public interest and rights past number of years), so of way following the that as the process goes imminent sale of the on, it’s a matter of official Portmarnock Hotel and record.” Golf Club. She told the Cllr. Judy Dunne (Lab) “I believe that even if the County Leader: legal documents are not “The Hotel and Golf Club are being registered, the Council has an equioffered for sale by its receiver and table right to ownership and this from the sales brochure, it appears has been established by usage,” the publicly owned land is included she continued. This is why I have in this sale. This land was to be called on the Manager to register a transferred to the Council as part of legal caution.”

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The Malahide Young Musician of the Year competition will be held on Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13th April and is open to young musicians under 19 years of age who live, attend school or music lessons in Malahide, Kinsealy or Portmarnock. The competition has been held every year since 1981 and its purpose is to encourage young people from around the locality to engage in the performance of music.

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Sinnott Calls For End To Expenses Culture Independent candidate for Swords, Justin Sinnott is up in arms about the expenses that are being claimed by councillors, and he is calling for an end to the culture of entitlement on the Council Sinnott told the County Leader, “Over the lifetime of the current Council, €300,000 has been spent by the Council, reimbursing councillors’ expenses for attendance at conferences, both in Ireland and abroad. Many of these conferences were organised in remote parts of Ireland, in order to maximise mileage payments, while timetables were arranged to maximise overnight accommodation expenses,” he claims.

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Balbriggan Club Stages Strictly Event It seems that Strictly Come Dancing fever has well and truly been caught around the North County! After previous Strictly’ events recently taking place in Swords, Balbriggan Golf Club will now stage their own version of Strictly Come Dancing to be held on April 19th. The idea was born simply enough - one

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place, but at the same time, I would rather put council of Fingal with disdain and contempt. this to a vote when we definitively know what They regard the region as a backwater, except powers any proposed Mayor would have, so we for the airport and our industrial base. Dublin region needs an ambassador to sell the could have a proper debate on this,” he said. Speaking to the County Leader, Fingal Dublin region, not a power grabbing, money guzzling Chamber Chief Executive, Tony Lambert said, additional layer of bureaucracy,” she said. “The local councillors acted in a very wise and However, not all are in agreement and Duncan Smith, Labour Party local Election totally democratic manner in voting down Candidate for Swords, has described what was a very poor proposal. Why was majority decision to vote against the the full cost of the proposal not disclosed? proposal as “very disappointing. I feel Was there something to hide? Would there the vote to deny a plebiscite is an opporbe higher charges? This was not good for tunity lost to open a conversation with local business, who already pay their constituents.” share in commercial rates and water Tony Lambert “A directly elected Mayor for all Dublin charges,” he said. Councillor Anne Devitt also backed the decision may or may not be the answer, but what we and said, “It is evident that the proposers of the certainly do need is a real debate on the future Dublin mayor only wanted a mayor to serve of local government. Unfortunately reform has Dublin city, they have treated the elected been blocked at the parish pump,” he said.

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Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly has marked the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the workplace smoking ban in Ireland. Since 29th March 2004, smoking is prohibited in most enclosed workplaces under the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2002. “The workplace smoking ban in 2004 was a ground breaking initiative, and it has had a huge impact” the Minister told the County Leader. “Recent research found 3, 726 fewer smoking related deaths than would have been expected if the smoking ban had not been brought in. This is indisputable Reilly TD evidence that the ban is saving lives, and improving our overall health as a nation.” The Minister noted that the cumulative effect of Ireland’s tobacco control legislation to date has been a decrease in the number of people smoking. “The North County and Ireland have a strong track record in the area of tobacco control policy, and we are actively engaged in building on past successes,” he told the County Leader. “ We are also working towards introducing legislation to prohibit smoking in cars where children are present.” He said that the North County and Ireland have made good progress on tobacco control policy to date, and reaffirmed his commitment to continue tackling the issue, saying:

County Council told the County Leader that, “Moylaragh is now on the regular m a i n t e n a n c e schedule of the

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Recent published deaths from the North County CAREY, Skerries, Co. Dublin (Late of Raheny, former member of Skerries and Balcarrick golf club) April 2nd 2014, peacefully at the Mater private, after a short illness fought with dignity and courage. Alan, sadly missed by his wife Deirdre, daughter, Grainne, mother Peggy, brothers David and Robert, mother-in-law Catherine, fatherin-law Noel, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends. Rest in Peace. NUGENT, Malahide, Co. Dublin April 1st 2014, (peacefully), at Connolly Hospital, Maureen; deeply regretted by her loving sister Pauline, brother Patsy, brother-in-law Jack, sister-in-law Gerry, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace. McLern0n, Thomas, Blackberry Rise, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin March 31, 2014 (peacefully), at Beaumont Hospital, beloved husband of Eileen and much loved father of Thomas and Keith; he will be sadly missed by his loving sisters Brid, Maureen and Catherine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, colleagues and many friends. Rest in peace. Costello, Clonard Street, Balbriggan, peacefully at Hamilton Park Nursing Home, Kathleen, in her 96th year. Deeply regretted by her loving sister Cora, her nephew William and all her loving family and friends. Rest in peace.

CRONLY, Elmwood Road, Swords and formerly of Sallins, March 28th 2014, peacefully at home. Mary (Maureen), late of St. Ita’s, Portrane and St. Loman’s Palmerstown. Beloved daughter of the late Harry and Mary Cronly and sister of the late John and Vera. Sadly missed by her loving sister Carmel, sister-in-law Marie, nephews Kieran and Paul, niece Lousie and her many friends and family. Rest in peace. DELANEY (nee Wigglesworth) (Eden Grove Donabate, Co. Dublin) peacefully at her home, Monica, wife of the late Dennis Delaney. Deeply regretted by her loving daughter Louise and sons Denis and Paul, their partners John and Hillary, grandchildren Paul jnr and Katie, brothers, sisters, brothers-inlaw, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace. CARMICHAEL, Skerries, Co. Dublin, 29th March 2014, (peacefully) at Beaumont Hospital in the wonderful care of St. Laurence’s Ward. Kevin, sadly missed by his relatives, neighbours, friends, and his beloved community of Skerries. Rest in peace. ELLIS, Skerries, Co. Dublin, 28th March 2014, (peacefully) at Naas General Hospital, surrounded by family. Eamon, sadly missed by his loving sisters Patricia and Siouzy, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.

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Fingal County Council I John Spollen am seeking planning permission at ‘Saint Patricks’, Strand Road, Portmarnock Co. Dublin. The development will consist of a dormer roof, to side of dwelling. 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 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 his application. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for 2 no, 2 storey, 4 bedroom detached houses (house type 3), incorporating 2 no. within curtilage car parking spaces per site, on sites 17 & 21 Sea Brook, Site Fronting Brook Lane, Rush, Co Dublin for Highpark Developments Ltd. 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 of 20 euros within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Jim, Michael & Peter Browne intend to apply for planning permission at Unit 1, 69 Main Street, Lusk, Co. Dublin for a change of use from approved Class 1 retail use (Reg. Ref. F06A/0300) to coffee shop/cafe/deli use with opening hours of 8am to 11pm, internal alterations (including W.C. facili-

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North County Leader - 08th April 2014  

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