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3rd December 2013 • Volume 20, Issue 46 • Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin. • Tel: 8•400•200 • info@northcountyleader.ie

Swords Kids Get Into Christmas Spirit A warm-hearted gesture by Swords children has been welcomed by the local St Vincent de Paul Society. Thirteen year old Nadine Lawlor-Redmond and her brother Leon (12) and sister Amber (7) from Broadmeadows, Swords teamed up with their friends Adam Cowan (11) and his sister,Marie (13) in an effort to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul. They decided to take to the streets of their estate, singing carols for families in need at Christmas. Nadine explained to the County Leader about how the idea came about. She said, “We knew that there are people who don’t have much to eat at Christmas and we just decided to help them by carol singing in our estate. We’re not long living here, but our neighbours were really generous. Leon said that they did the same last year and decided to do it again this year. A delighted Denis Barry,

President of St Finian’s Conference of St Vincent de Paul was overjoyed by the generous gesture of these children, who really demonstrated the real spirit of Christmas. He said, “It’s just wonderful to see young children like these, taking an interest in people less fortunate than themselves and realising that there are families out there, who don’t have enough to get by on. Mother, Sinead Lawlor was rightly very proud of her children and also of Adam and Marie. “I told them that the St Vincent de Paul is under great pressure at Christmas and it’s a really tough time for some people. As their mother, I’m delighted that they will take this with them throughout their lives. The children met with Denis Barry and his wife Phyllis to present them with €138, which they managed to collect, on behalf of St Vincent de Paul.

It Just Makes Sense To Shop Local This Christmas Preserving Local Jobs The busy Christmas season is well and truly underway here in the North County. As we approach a crucial time of year for our businesses and retailers, the local Chambers of Commerce are actively encouraging all Christmas shoppers to support their local community and buy their gifts close to home. There is expected to be a By Jennifer McShane home town at this imporreal boost for the local @TheCountyLeader tant time of year. CEO of Fingal Dublin retail trade over the festive season, and consumers natu- Chamber, Tony Lambert, was eager to rally spend that bit more, so it’s vital stress the hugely important aspect of they say, to “give something back to shopping locally this Christmas, and is encouraging everyone to “think local traders.” There is no better way to start your and shop local.” “The chamber is Christmas shopping than in your home calling on everyone to think and shop local this Christmas,” he said. “It’s town. The North important that as many local jobs as County can possible are retained, and this can boast two of the only be done if people shop around finest shopping their locality. We would ask that centres in the people shop in local stores and entire county, supermarkets whenever possible to namely the help support the creation of these Pavilions in Tony Lambert , Fingal jobs.” Swords and Dublin Chamber “The North County is a wonderful Millfield in Balbriggan which provide free car place to live, and this is echoed in the parking and a wonderful range of the excellent service we receive from our finest products at great prices. Why local traders,” he continued. would anyone want to undergo the Anthony Murphy, President of treacherous trek into the city centre in Balbriggan Chamber of Commerce search of limited parking space and was also eager to emphasise the importance of shopping in your local higher prices? All of our towns are proud to display town during the busy period: “The their wonderful produce, where you local business is for the local people, are most likely to be served by a neigh- so I would ask everyone to really bour and also where you can negotiate think local this Christmas,” he said. “It’s so impora bargain in a friendly, personalised tant to consider shopping atmosphere. Should you local retail jobs, need to exchange a purchase, you will and everyone be received by a friendly shopkeeper, has a responsiwho is only too willing to make sure bility when it that your every need is met, something comes to this. which you’re unlikely to experience in Even a few local the city centre. All this combined with Tony Murphy, purchases can those beautifully decorated shop Balbriggan Chamber have a tremenfronts, and special deals and discounts on offer, mean you won’t have to go dous impact on a local area, so even any further to get all you need this with just one purchase, you are making a difference.” Christmas. The County Leader contacted the local “I also want to say thank you to the Chambers of Commerce and they all County Council for offering the free were united in their views on the parking each Saturday in December importance of shopping around your across all towns in the North County,

which encourages local shopping,” he concluded. President of the Malahide Chamber of Commerce, Patricia Murtagh echoed this sentiment and said thriving local businesses were essential in order to support and sustain the local community. “The personal shopping experience you receive in local shops here in Malahide and throughout the North County is second to none,” she said. Patricia Murtagh, “The retailers in Malahide Chamber our local shops have a vast amount of knowledge and expertise in their trades, and this is one of the most wonderful aspects about shopping locally. What we encourage people to do is to keep their money within their community.” President of the Skerries Chamber of Commerce, Martin Scully said that this is the time to really show our appreciation to all the local businesses who work so hard during the year. He told the County Leader: “This is the time Martin Scully, of year to give Skerries Chamber something back to the businesses that have been so obliging during the previous months,” he said. “I can’t stress the importance of shopping locally enough, and thankfully locals are usually very good about shopping in Skerries, so we want to encourage more of that this year.” “Throughout the year, the chamber and local traders have been working hard to ensure that the shops, and indeed the town, looks its very best, so we would ask people to come out and support this. If our town is to continue to thrive, the local businesses have to stay put.”

Pictured are Nadine Lawlor-Redmond, Leon Lawlor-Redmond, Amber Lawlor-Redmond and Adam Cowan, from Broadmeadows, as they present the money collected from their carol singing to Phyllis and Denis Barry from the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Marie Cowan, who also participated in the fundraiser, is missing from the photo.

Ailing Fishing Industry Needs Urgent Attention The once thriving trawler fishing industry on the east coast of the country, is in grave danger of disappearing forever. This vital industry, which has provided essential employment and livelihoods for countless families in the North County, has been decimated, due to the restrictive quota system imposed by the EU. The decision to reduce quotas of whitefish caught in the Irish Sea, means that the only fishing available to the majority of trawler men, is for prawns. The County Leader spoke with , Bill Price a member of one of the leading fishing families in the region, who is the proprietor of Rockabill Shellfish Company in Balbriggan and whose family own 12 fishing vessels. He spoke about the changing dynamic in the fishing industry along the east coast. “We, as Skerries and Howth people used to depend on the Irish Sea for our livelihoods, but now we have all-weather boats, which are larger than before and capable of fishing for up to 10 days at a time. These modern boats can freeze prawns on board, and today’s skipper must have the similar qualifications as an airline pilot,” he said. However, not all fishermen are in the position to be able to compete at this level, and as the only fishing left to them on the east coast, is for prawns, any reduction in quotas has a devastating effect on jobs in the area. Fishing ports like Clogherhead, Skerries,

Balbriggan, Loughshinny and Howth used to have up to 30 boats in their harbours before the era of quotas, and the employment provided was a necessary lifeline to these maritime towns. Local trawler men are mystified by the tiny quotas on white fish in their areas, and many report on an abundance of cod, haddock and monkfish, but there are significant quota reductions on these, including 75 per cent reduction on haddock. The quota on prawn fishing has also been severly reduced, leading to boats being tied up in our harbours. According to Bill Price, “no fisherman can make a living with this kind of reduction in their total allowable catch.” Because of the nervousness and uncertainty surrounding the quotas imposed on prawn fishing, Bill Price has been forced to look elsewhere for this valuable commodity. He said, “We have been forced to source raw material (prawns) from the Northern Ireland fleet, in Ardglass and Portavogie, in order to maintain jobs at our operation in Balbriggan. The governing body needs to sit down and look at the situation. We need fishermen in decision making situations, not suits, who do not have the required knowledge of the industry. The fishing industry needs people, who understand the strategies and structures of the the industry, at the heart of decision making who have the interests of fishermen at heart,” he said. Many people living in our coastal towns and villages believe that it is high time that the Government realised that the fishing industry is composed of dedicated people, who deserve a hand-up, not a handout and that they should be provided with the same level of assistance given to the farming community. This would help to reinvigorate our coastal towns and villages, by providing much needed employment, just as it used to


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Skerries RNLI Christmas Raffle Skerries RNLI are holding a raffle for two wonderful prizes, as part of their Christmas fundraising efforts this year. The prizes in question are a majestic quilt kindly donated by the Lusk Quilters, and a fantastic framed photograph by retired volunteer crew and Lifeboat Training Officer, Eric Walsh. Speaking about the prizes on offer, Lifeboat Press Officer, Gerry Canning said ‘The quilt is handmade, with each square made from various fabrics and patterns from all over the world. All brought together in a labour of love to form a truly magnificent piece of handiwork, that is destined to become a future family heirloom for one lucky winner.” ‘The photo is a little bit of history. It was taken the on the day President Michael D. Higgins unveiled the Sea Pole Memorial, and it shows Skerries RNLI, Clogherhead RNLI and Howth RNLI lifeboats all together.” Tickets for the raffle will be available at Skerries RNLI Lifeboat station every Sunday until December 15th, between 11am and 1pm, where fundraisers will also be selling a great range of Christmas cards and gifts. Tickets cost €2 each, or a strip of six tickets for €10 and all are urged to support this great cause.

Pictured are members of the Lusk Quilters, who joined Skerries RNLI volunteer crew members to show their quilt, which is one of the prizes on offer in the RNLI Christmas raffle.

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Christmas Hope From Swords Senior Citizens

Charlene Pigott, a Team Hope volunteer for 12 years, came to collect the boxes and gave a short address, saying how the children “know they are loved in Ireland, and know they are not invisible. Well done to everyone taking part and making a life different.” She gave her heartfelt thanks to the members and presented them with a certificate for providing a little hope to those who need it the most this Christmas. “A staggering 200,000 shoe boxes are donated each year, but it’s the one that counts,” Charlene concluded.

Once again, Swords By Emily Withers Senior Citizens have @TheCountyLeader completed a heartwarming good deed, as they set out to make Christmas a happier time for poor children in Africa this Christmas. They have managed to fill almost 100 shoe boxes, full of toys, which were collected by Team Hope representative, Charlene Pigott at the centre on Chapel Lane recently. The local senior citizens’ group have been supporting Team Hope’s Christmas ‘Shoebox Appeal’ for over a decade, and this year, a total of €625 was raised for underprivileged children in Africa and Eastern Europe. The boxes will arrive in time for Christmas, where, according to volunteers, some African children have never held a toy in their lives, so the Pictured here at the Swords Day Centre are Patricia Stephenson, Josie Collins, Jo difference the boxes Harrigan, Robert Mooney, Rose Clarke, Vera O'Reilly, Maura Deeley, Teresa Woods, make will be enormous. Treasa Byrne and Charlene Pigott from Team Hope.

Charity Christmas Swim In Portmarnock The annual Christmas Day swim in Portmarnock in aid of St Francis Hospice is looming, and the organisers are calling on locals from around the North County to get involved. Over ten years ago, the Jesson family of Onward Walk, Portmarnock, were devastated when their dad, Billy died from a rare brain tumour. They felt compelled to do something in his memory and thought it was important give something back to St Francis’s

Hospice in Raheny, for all the care and support they received. The first Billy Jesson Christmas Swim took place the year he died in 2002, and was followed with a Golf Classic a year later. Over the past ten years, over 60,000 euro has been raised for the hospice. Last year, some of the money raised went towards the Laura Lynn House- the first purpose built hospice for children with long term illnesses. Times have changed and it is more difficult to

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Rush School Wins Outstanding Drama Award Rush National School are celebrating their FIS Film festival success after winning one of the top prizes at the Helix Theatre recently. The award ceremony, attended by over 800 children and teachers from across the North County and beyond. It was the ninth annual film festival and was presented by Sinead Kennedy of RTE, with The Voice star Eoghan McDermott also among the special guests at the event. Children from over 100 primary schools throughout Ireland participated in this year’s project by writing, directing and producing their own five-minute films in a wide variety of genres, including comedy, history, and horror. To enter the festival, primary schools across the country were asked to devise a five minute long film on a subject of their choice.

raise money, but the Portmarnock community is a generous one and last Christmas Day, more than 60 locals braved the elements of the Irish Sea for this great cause. For more information or a sponsorship card, call 086-888-5285. The co-ordinators of the event hope that this year the swim will be bigger and better than ever. So, why not join in for a swim, or just come down and soak up the atmosphere; the swim is at 11.00am and it’s a great start to Christmas morning. Be sure to wear your santa hat!

Pictured here are pupils from Rush National School proudly holding up their top FIS award, which they won for their film 'The Missing Mouse.'

Rush National School took home the prize of Outstanding Achievement in Drama for the film: ‘The Missing Mouse.’ The students involved in making the film were Enda Hurley, Darragh Halpin, Isabelle Gray and Harry Doyle from Mr O’Neill’s 3rd Class in Rush. Their film about a pet owner who loses his mischievous mouse received a total of

five nominations, including one for outstanding achievement in special effects! Mr O’Neill and his entire class were present on the day to support their classmates and to watch them receive the coveted award. Retired Principal Margaret Dobinson was also in attendance and was “thrilled” with the win for the school.

Reilly Welcomes Funding For Balbriggan BMX Track Local Fine Gael TD, and Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, has welcomed the provision of ¤35,000 in funding towards the cost of a BMX track for Bremore Park in Balbriggan, by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Dr. Reilly said, “This funding will help to provide a superb facility to young people to keep fit and healthy. With childhood obesity levels at an all time high, we need to be investing in more facilities like this. I am delighted that this project is now one step closer to completion,” he said.


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Urgent Food Appeals In North County There is a worthwhile appeal this year, launched by the Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in association with Crosscare Food Bank. Parishioners are invited to support this vital cause throughout Advent, by donating non-perishable food items on each of the four Sundays of Advent. You can bring them to your local

Parish at weekend mass times and Crosscare will then collect and distribute the food to ten charities who benefit greatly from this service, including St. Vincent de Paul, who provide help to over 20,000 families at Christmas in the Dublin area alone. Food items that are urgently needed include pasta, rice, food in tins, tea, coffee, soup, sugar, powdered milk, biscuits, packaged desserts and hygiene products. At the current rate, Crosscare will distribute over 750 tonnes of food this year, compared to 500 tonnes in 2012, and there is still an ongoing need. Dr. Martin states, “They need urgent help sourcing food supplies or more people could be turned away in the coming weeks.’

North County Lights Up 1 Pictured at the turning on of the Christmas lights in Swords on Thursday, 28th November last are, Tony Lambert (CEO Fingal Dublin Chamber), Joe Harford (Chairman, Fingal County Enterprise Board), Peter Caulfield (Acting County Manager), Tom O'Leary (Acting County Mayor), Cllr Gerry McGuire and Cllr Darragh Butler, with his son, Adam.

2 Cllr Tom O'Leary is pictured with his daughter, Amandine O'Leary at the turning on of the Christmas lights at Echlin Square in Rush on Saturday, 30th November.

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Pictured at the switching on of Donabate Village Christmas lights on Saturday, 30th November are local children, Callum and Ella Martin, Jill O'Mara, Holly O'Keeffe and Alannah Dunne.

4 Pictured here are Zach and Jed Sweetman at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Balbriggan recently.

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5 Pictured here is Dean and Warren Brady with County Mayor, Cllr Kieran Dennison at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Malahide last weekend.

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Swords Pupils Do Their Bit For Environment Pupils from the Holy Family Senior National School in Rivervalley, Swords participated in a Litter Pick and Graffiti Removal Project in their local area on Wednesday, 27th November last. The children, aged 9-12 years old did a litter pick in the vicinity around their school and also painted over graffiti on walls around their local sports pitch. The children are pupils of Mr Tommy Duffy and Mr Peter Madden and each one was a credit to their school and were presented with an environmental certificate afterwards. The project

was organised by Gerry White, who is the Chairperson of Hilltown Environmental Awareness Group (HEAG), which is affiliated to Rivervalley/Rathingle Residents Association and Swords Tidy Towns. Joe Newman, who is a environmental officer for the Residents Association and community activist, was also there in support. Speaking to the County Leader, Gerry White said, “I would like to thank Morgan McStay of

Christmas Fair In Portmarnock Portmarnock Community School are holding a Christmas Fair in Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday December 7th from 10.00am-4.00pm. The Fair will be in aid of Action Ireland Trust, so pop along and enjoy the wonderful selection of festive stalls and even take the opportunity to meet Santa.

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McDonald’s, Swords who, along with a number of his staff, were there on the day to support the project. McDonald’s Swords has been one of the main sponsors of HEAG since it’s foundation in April 2001. Morgan has confirmed that one of McDonald’s objectives is to work on the ground and

participate alongside local groups in the future on such environmental projects,” he said. It is planned that this initiative will be ongoing with the local Holy Family SNS in Rivervalley, and it is intended that different classes from the school will be given an opportunity to participate in similar projects to help their local environment over the school terms.

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Pictured are (front row, pupils Chloe Lynn, Conor Kinahan, Peter Warren, Amy Carter and Alison Molloy. Back row, Tommy Duffy (teacher), Joe Newman (Rivervalley/Rathingle Residents Association), Gerry White (Hilltown Environmental Group), Morgan McStay (McDonald's Swords) and Peter Madden (teacher)


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YOURVIEW With reporter Emily Withers

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“Do you think it’s important for people to shop locally this Christmas?” Emily Withers

Adrienne Doyle, Donabate “It’s important for local trade, to keep the businesses going. They need all the help they can get.”

Dagnija Kalpina, Swords “I think so, yes. You are spending less time on shopping and travel, it is more convenient.”

Emma Tiernan, Mayo “Yes, because it keeps small businesses open. I actually support local businesses, I shop at little shops.”

Jake Brennan, Swords

Will New German Government Have Impact On EU? After protracted negotiBy Cathal Boland ations, the shape of the @TheCountyLeader new German Government was unveiled during the course of last week. The division of Government ministries will see Mrs Merkel’s CDU with six seats, her sister party the CSU three seats and their new partners the SDP will have five seats. Mrs Merkel was deemed to have won a convincing victory in the General Election. But the CDU/CSU position in this Government is not as strong as it was in the previous administration. Their electoral success was insufficient to secure an overall majority and it was gained partially at the expense of their then, coalition partners. That outcome forced the CDU/CSU to form this administration with their main political rivals the SDP. The adopted programme of Government states that German must become an official working language of the EU. Currently the working languages are French and English. Should Germany be successful and the UK with-

draw from the EU, we may all need to take night classes to keep up. The agreement has strong emphasis on “subsidiarity” stating that the EU must only act where action on other levels is not sufficient. It will seek to further enhance the role of the EU Parliament and promote the close involvement of national parliaments in the decision making process. And that the role and number of EU Commissioners should be one that is “stringent and efficient”. These policy positions may see the Germans seek to change the current practice of the appointment of Commissioners, from the appointment of a Commissioner from every member state, to a reduced number who would focus on policy areas. An appointment system under such a proposal is not clear, but could see Ireland without a Commissioner over a long period. The general sub text now coming from across all sections of the EU establishment is that there is a need for reform. That Europe needs to be big on the big things and small on the small things. There appears to be an opportunity opening for the UK to successfully renegotiate aspects of how the EU works. Will member states take the opportunity of such negotiations to rid themselves of troublesome partners, or embrace the opportunity to rebalance how the EU functions and how it interacts with the citizens of the union?

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“Yes, there are so many shops closing in the recession, I think it’s very important to keep business locally and in doing so you keep the local jobs continuing and perhaps if more people did shop locally, it would create a little more employment in the local areas.”

Jason Kilbride, Swords “It’s as important as anywhere else. We could do with a few more shops, town would have more variety, that’s why people go into town.”

John Rogers, Dublin “If it’s available locally, get it. Provided it doesn’t cost too much more than getting it on the net, I’d rather buy locally and spend the extra fiver, than getting it on the net and taking the chance of having to send it back.”

Kathleen McCann, Swords “Well, I like to to shop locally. I don’t go to town anyway, It’s not convenient enough.”

Nicolas Lowe, Swords “Yes, because you don’t want to miss the time with your family. You have to be with your family. It’s more convenient, you don’t want to spend two hours travelling. You don’t want to miss it, it’s only once a year.”

Paddy Cox, Swords “Absolutely, if what you want is here. I like to boost the local economy always. I’d try here first and then go elsewhere.”

Robbie Burns, Swords “Yes, it’s very important, it supports local jobs, it keeps local people working and boosts the local economy.”

Shauna Slaney, Swords “No, I would shop in the city centre, as there are more options. There’s not many shops around here.”

Steven Trimble, Swords “I actually own a newsagents, so I think it’s very good. Especially in local communities like this, people always employ locally, so we can keep the business local, and everyone has money.”

Pictured here are students from Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan Sarah Patterson, Thérese Ferguson, Hannah Tobin Jones, Megan Laverty and Hannah Morrison along Oisín Geoghegan (CEO), Cllr. Gerry McGuire and Martin MacEntree.

On Thursday 28th November, the countdown to the County Final as part of the ‘National Student Enterprise Awards’ was launched by Oisín Geoghegan, CEO of the Fingal County Enterprise Board. The event was attended by acting County Mayor Councillor Gerry McGuire and Martin MacEntree, Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board,with the Council and Training Board both being key partners and sponsors in the annual programme. Also in attendance were participants from three Schools including Loreto Balbriggan. Now in its thirteenth year, a record number of over 2,000 students from 22 secondary schools and nine primary schools in the North County are participating in the 2013/14 programme, which entails the students setting up and running their very own businesses between now and the County Finals in March 2014. Speaking at the official launch, Geoghegan stated, “The lessons they will learn from this experience are invaluable and will stand to them in the future world of business and beyond.” Category winners from the County Finals will advance to the National Enterprise Awards held in April 2014. We wish them all the best in their endeavours.


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Scout’s Honour Eddie Darcy has been involved in Balbriggan Scout Group, now called the 34/164 Balbriggan Scouts, since he was just 10 years old. He is what one might call a true veteran of the scouting community, as he is still involved as a Group Leader today. He sat down with the County Leader to talk about why he’ll always be a scout at heart and why he is proud to call Balbriggan his home. He says the idea of being a member of a scout group, even at that young age, always appealed to him: I’d always liked the whole idea of being a scout, and two of my school friends had joined, so like you do when you’re that young, I followed suit, and that was it, I’m still here now.” “I always loved that sense of adventure I got from being a scout,” he said. “I think it’s a great way to for kids to build up character, as well as teaching them some fantastic skills.” They get to interact with children of their own age, learn new skills, how to cope when they’re out in the great outdoors, have plenty of new experiences and take on challenges. The activities are different to all the digital games and so on that a lot would play nowadays, which I think appeals to the kids," he continued. "I also think the different scouting activities give them a chance to do things that they might not necessarily be allowed to do otherwise, like lighting fires and things, so there's a lot of fun involved." The group participate in a variety of different activities such as: camp craft, orienteering, survival skills as well as the more traditional activities, so there is definitely something for all ages to get involved in. When I ask if he thinks scouting has changed over the years, he says that there hasn’t been any huge changes, and any changes that have taken place have been for the better. “What I notice today, is that there are a lot more young people involved today than there was years ago, which is fantastic to see.” He is delighted that some of his grandchildren are also scouts. “It’s great that I can encourage the grandkids, and I love seeing them get the same enjoyment out of it as I did as a young boy.” Eddie worked his way up through the ranks over the years, and has learnt all his tricks and tips from the ground up, which he is more than happy to pass onto the younger scout members. For those that don’t know, there are a number of different ‘ranks’ in a scout group: Beavers, Cubs, Venture Scouts and the

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newest addition, the Rovers. These groups within the group, means virtually any age can participate. Having worked his way up through the ranks, he eventually became the group leader of the Balbriggan Scouts and is still as actively involved with the group now as he was when he first got involved. This in itself is a true testament to how much he devotes to the group, not overlooking the fact that he clearly loves every moment of it. “I’ve always loved working and interacting with children. Getting to see them accomplish all of their achievements, is one of my favourite things about my role as a scout leader. I still get as much out of it now as I did years ago.” He says that he has always enjoyed working with young people; which no doubt has stemmed from his scout duties. The local scout group is extremely active, and currently has about 120 members. The scout group obviously means an awful lot to Eddie, who along with all the other volunteers, devotes a huge majority of his free time to the group, but he says he wouldn't have it any other way. It’s a part of my life and I’ll keep going as long as I possibly can,” he continued.” I loved the scouts as a young child, and I still love being involved now. Over the years, I’ve been able to see how everyone gets so much out of the group; members and volunteers." He was recently given a special award to acknowledge his years of service and dedication to the group and the community by the Balbriggan Town Council, something which he was very proud to receive. “I’ve always felt a true sense of achievement being a scout.” He tells me that he has served under nine Chief Scouts, which is an accomplishment all in itself! He fondly remembers many highlights over the years, including the 2011 World Jamboree in Sweden which had thousands of scouts attendance. “It was quite an experience, seeing thousands of scouts come together.” Eddie is quite the globe trotter, having visited many countries around the world (mainly on scouting duties), and though he says he enjoyed all the travelling, he remains a home bird and loves to call Balbriggan his home. He enjoys other hobbies outside his scouting involvement (he loves music and used to play in a band, and he also breeds canaries), but his heart will always be with the scouts. “I can’t imagine my life without them,” he concluded.

“The scouts are a part of my life and I’ll keep going as long as I can.”

Name: Eddie Darcy Location: Balbriggan Newsworthiness: Group Leader of the 34/164 Balbriggan Scout Group

Credit Union Schools Quiz Launched The 23rd Annual Credit Union Schools Quiz has been launched. This is a highly anticipated event in the school calendar, with over 25,000 school children, many from the North County participating every year. Several local primary schools in Malahide and district have performed really well in recent years, and they will participate in the first exciting stage of the quiz at St Sylvester’s GAA Club in February 2014. Commenting on the Schools Quiz, Vivienne Keavey, Manager of

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Brendan Ryan TD Phone: 6183421 Email: brendan.ryan@oir.ie @BrendanRyanTD

Brendan Ryan TD Advice Clinics Balbriggan Combined Clubs, Dublin Street Saturday 11.00 am Skerries Carnegie Library, Strand Street Saturday 12.00 pm Rush Rush Community Centre, Main St Thursday 7.00 pm Lusk Carnegie Library, The Green Thursday 8.00 pm Swords Senior Citizen Centre, Chape l Lane Friday 5.30 pm Donabate Donabate Parish Hall, Thurs day 5.30 pm Malahide St. Sylvester's GAA Club, Church Rd

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Malahide Credit Union said: “It is important to actively engage with our youth, encourage good and healthy saving habits at an early age and prepare them for the future.” “This is a time of great change for credit unions and Malahide Credit are here to help and recommend that you plan ahead. It is business as usual at Malahide Credit Union. We are lending so, please come in and talk to us first about all your loan requirements. We have a lot of talented pupils here in Malahide and we are very proud that our schools have made it to the finals in the RDS on several occasions and we look forward to that happening again this time,” she said. Registration for the 2014 Schools Quiz is now open.For registration forms or further information, please contact your local credit union or visit the ILCU website. Teams must submit their official entry form by Friday 17th January 2014 to their local credit union.

Active Senior Citizens In Swords The Senior Citizen Centre in Swords always has a vast array of entertaining and significant events and activities for its members. Every week they have games such as bingo, bridge and darts; arts and crafts, for example knitting, card and jewellery making; a music recital featuring a range of music from classical to jazz and a weekly keep-fit session. Men’s bowling is on every Friday night at 8.00pm. They also partake in an annual memorial service for any loved ones lost each year and are regularly involved in supporting charities and putting on fundraisers. If you are 55 or older, you are welcome to drop in any time for a tea or coffee for a chat, and to ask for any more information.

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LEGAL Corner Buying Presents Online It is widely accepted that there is a significant increase in online purchases leading up to the Christmas period. Whilst many of us are wary of purchasing goods on the internet, the law does afford us some protections. Purchases on the internet are governed by the The European Directive on Distance Selling (Directive 97/7/EC) which was incorporated into Irish Law by the EC (Protection of Consumers in respect of contracts made by means of distance communication) Regulations 2001. At the outset, the regulations apply to purchases from the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland. The USA is not covered by the Regulations. There are other exceptions, for example financial services products, online auctions, concert tickets and travel services. Some important protections afforded to you are: • You are entitled to a “7 day cooling off period” which begins on the day that you receive the product. During the immediate 7 days after you receive the product, you are entitled (without reason) to cancel the contract without incurring further charges save the charges in returning the goods. • Contracts contained in websites requiring you to waive your rights as a consumer are not

enforceable by the supplier of the goods. Omar Perrozzi • If the supplier is not in a position to supply the goods ordered within 30 days, you are entitled to a refund but beware that some websites will contain terms and conditions that if the goods are unavailable, equivalent goods may be validly furnished to you. In such circumstances, you should seek to impose the cooling off period above and return the goods within 7 days if you are not satisfied with the goods received. You should always be wary when supplying your credit card details. If your credit card is thereafter used in a fraudulent manner, you should contact your financial institution immediately. Financial Institutions vary in their policies regarding the fraudulent use of a credit card, but in any event your liability is capped at €150.00 pursuant to European Law. On a final note, it is only the purchaser of the goods who is deemed covered by the consumer protection, as you are not a “consumer” if you are the person who obtained the goods as a gift. All dealings with the supplier in asserting your rights should be made by the purchaser of the goods.

Medical Negligence Medical Negligence queries are often presented to our office for consideration. The area of law is a very specialised area and should always be approached with great caution. Before seeking advice in this area, John Hennessy the querist should check very carefully that the solicitor has the appropriate area of expertise. Medical negligence is a different principle to the standard rules of negligence. The Irish law on medical negligence was streamlined and summarised in the case of Dunne v The National Maternity Hospital (1989) IR 91. In this case the Irish Supreme Court said that, in order to establish that a doctor has breached a standard of care, it must be proven that he is “guilty of such failure, as no medical practitioner of equal specialist or general status of skill would be guilty of if acting with ordinary care”. Therefore, even if it is established that the Defendant (doctor) deviated from the general approved medical practice (made a mistake), it would be necessary further to establish that the course taken by the Defendant was “one which no medical practitioner of like specialisation and skill would have followed had he been taking the ordinary care required for a person of his qualification”. It is because of the particular nature of medical negligence law that experts are retained from outside of the jurisdiction for several reasons. A solicitor has to be very careful about bandying around loose negligence accusations. To do so, might result in the costs implications for the client and even a negligence action against the solicitor! Hennessy & Perrozzi Solicitors has extensive experience in this area and is available for consultation.

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Schools Joy For Balbriggan And Malahide There was some great news on the schools front in the North County last week, with the news that the Department of Education and Skills has appointed Educate Together as patron to a new second level school in Balbriggan, which is expected to open in 2016. This news comes in the same week that St Oliver Plunkett’s National School in Malahide, has been given the go-ahead for a new school at a cost of €7 million. Local TD Brendan Ryan (Lab), has welcomed the announcement that the new Secondary School planned for Balbriggan will be run as an Educate Together school. “I am very pleased that the new post primary school for

Donabate Project Gains Momentum A newly formed subcommittee dedicated to getting a new pool installed in Donabate, are working hard to ensure their project goes ahead. The Donabate Portrane Swimming Pool Project committee, now a subcommittee of the Donabate Portrane Community Council, started up some months ago, when a group of local residents decided that a pool was something that was needed in the community. Group member, Clara La Combre told the County Leader that the group were working hard to promote the project, and looking for more volunteers and support from the community. “The positivity for this project is really growing,” she said. “We have gathered more volunteers and have engineers, architects and project managers on board. We recently held an open day, where we answered any questions the public had for us about the project.” The project is really gaining momentum, and La Combre says they are in the process of looking at sites and dimensions for the pool and building their business plan. “We’re really delighted about how things are progressing,” she concluded.

Coffee Morning At Riasc Centre Swords Baptist Church are hosting a fundraising coffee morning at the Riasc Centre in the run up to Christmas, in support of local charities. The next one is on Friday, 6th December in aid of Nurture Post Natal Depression, a charity that provides support for anyone who suffers from any mental health issues around pregnancy.There is a small charge of €2 or €3 for the coffee and cakes, which serves as a donation. The morning is open to everyone and starts at 10.30am.

Balbriggan will be run under the patronage of Educate Together. There is a real demand for such a school in Balbriggan and I am sure many parents will be delighted at this news. This decision will improve the diversity of choice available to parents in Balbriggan.” The announcement was also warmly welcomed by the local parent group who have campaigned for access to an Educate Together second level school in their community. Lavinia McLean, Chairperson of the Balbriggan Action Group said: “We are delighted with the announcement which recognises parental choice in second level

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education. Parents and community representatives have worked hard for seven years in Balbriggan to achieve this goal, and are looking forward to a new Educate Together Secondary School in our community.” Meanwhile, deputy Alan Farrell (FG), was delighted has with the news from the Department of Education that St Oliver Plunkett’s primary school in Malahide will get new school building, with work beginning in 2014. He told the County Leader: “I am especially delighted with this news, particularly as St Oliver Plunkett’s is my old school. This will be a new three storey school, which will have a very positive impact on the local community. I have been campaigning for a new school for a long time, so this comes as great news. Students will stay on-site during the construction phase,” he said.

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Fun Run For Rush Musical Society Members of Rush Musical Society swapped the stage for the outdoors recently, as they took part in a fun run to raise money for the group, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. Participants in the 5k run assembled outside the Millbank Theatre recently for the jaunt around the town. The group are as busy as ever, having just completed performing a a variety of songs from the

society’s shows over the past 25 years, and next March the group will stage the hit musical comedy ‘Curtains’ for nine nights. The musical was penned by the talented Kander and Ebb who brought us some musical gems such as ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Chicago.” As always new members are welcome. For information on joining the society, email: secretary@rushmusicalsociety.com.

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O’Dwyer’s GAA Club and Balbriggan RFC have struck up one of the most unusual of alliances in sport. However, both clubs have one clear goal in mind, one that is driven by the necessity for the provision of sport for the youth in Balbriggan. The relationship began back in the summer of 2012, when both clubs decided to jointly run a white collar boxing event to raise much needed funds. With this in mind, the two clubs formed a joint fundraising committee and set about its task. A lot of hard work was done between June and November 2012, with a lot of late nights and worry, but in the end the

event was an outstanding success, with over 1200 people from the local community attending and tremendous support from the local businesses. The next major fundraiser for both clubs will be ‘Take Me Out For Christmas’, which will be held on the 29th December in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan. Tickets (which are in limited supply) are priced at €20 and are already selling fast. The joint fundraising committee are brimming with new ideas for 2014, always bearing in mind that the effort is keeping teams on pitches and providing an opportunity for every child in in the community in Balbriggan to participate in sport.

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The Lambay Singers, with musical director George Rice, are presenting their Christmas concert, called ‘A Time of Snow’ in St. Patrick’s Church, Donabate, on Friday, 13th December at 8.00pm. There will also be a matinee on Sunday, 15th December at 3.00pm. Tickets are €10 and there is a special family ticket for €20 for the matinee performance on Sunday. There will be mulled wine and mince pies served after the matinee. Tickets can be obtained from any choir member or at the door. This year the choir will be holding their concert in support of St. Francis Hospice.

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North County Dublin’s N0.1 Quality Newspaper Long serving County Council official, PJ Howell, who held the post of Director of Services at the local authority, finally pulled down the curtain on his career, when he officially retired. A party was held in his honour at County Hall on Friday, 29th November last and was attended by council officials, as well as family and friends. Pictured is acting County Manager, Peter Caulfield congratulating PJ on his 19 years of service with the Council.

Specsavers Supports Guide Dogs Christmas Campaign Specsavers stores all across the country, including Balbriggan, have once again teamed up with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, to support the charity’s 2013 Christmas campaign. Specsavers stores will be selling the charity’s Christmas cards and 2014 calendars, with all funds going

towards the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Specsavers has worked with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind for the past ten years, raising vital funds for the charity and is proud to show its continued support as stores kick off their Christmas fundraising campaign for 2013.

The beautifully designed calendar features puppies and dogs in adorable, seasonal themed shots, making it the perfect stocking filler this year. All funds raised go directly to the provision of services, which includes guide and assistance dogs for people living with sight loss or autism. Chairman of Specsavers Ireland, Owen Blee, says: “We are hoping that

Specsavers customers will support us in our fundraising efforts this Christmas and help us to raise much-needed funds for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. Guide dogs are lifechanging partners for people in Ireland, who are living with sight loss. All funds raised by Specsavers and their customers will be going towards the cost of care and training of pups and their development into fully qualified guide dogs.”

Radio presenter, Mairead Farrell is pictured launching Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind seasonally themed 2014 calendar.

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Katherine Mallin is pictured here with her four children at her landmark 105th Birthday in the Grand Hotel in Malahide last weekend. Katherine who was born in 1908, shared her special day with her family, which includes 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The newest edition to the family, baby Leo, is just 10 days old and was described by katherine as a “handsome little fella.” Katherine, who is origionally from Carlow and a nurse by profession, is now residing at the Tara Wintrop nursing home in Swords. Her family have nothing but praise for the kindhearted staff and the work and care that they do for their residents.

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Bird Photo Talk In Skerries On Tuesday 3rd December, Skerries Rugby Club will be hosting a talk by John Fox associated with Birdwatch Ireland entitled ‘Photographing Birds in Urban and North County Dublin.’ The event starts at 8.30pm and all are welcome.

New Mural At Balbriggan Library On Tuesday, 3rd December at 6.00pm, a new young adult mural will be officially unveiled in Balbriggan Library. An art competition was held in conjunction with Balbriggan Community College to design and paint a mural in the young adult library, using the theme of Knowledge. The winners of the competition were Sarah Earp, Joanne Fong and Jason Madden from Balbriggan Community College.


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Indoor Hurling Blitz In Holywell

Pictured are pupils from Holy Family Senior National School, River Valley, who took part in the indoor hurling tournament recently. Also pictured is James Devlin (coach, St Finian's GAA Club), Barry Shelly (St Finian's) and Fionnuala Shelly (teacher, Holy Family SNS).

St Finian’s GAA Club in River Valley organised an indoor hurling tournament, which took place recently. The tournament was held in Holywell Educate Together National School hall and featured third class students from Holywell Educate Together, Holy Family National School, River Valley and Scoil Fhursa from Coolock. The excited nine to 10 year olds, complete with

Pictured are pupils from Holywell Educate Together National School, who took part in the indoor hurling tournament recently.

Swords Job Losses Cause Concern There recent news that pharmaceutical company, MSD, is to close its Swords factory, with the loss of 570 jobs over a four year period, has been greeted with shock in the local area. The company, which is based on Drynam Road plans to cease operations at the site by the end of 2017, will begin to let employees go in the middle of next year. All local representatives have expressed concern and a promise to look for a buyer for the plant. Local employee, Patricia Rogers spoke to the County Leader about the news, and the reaction of her fellow employees. Reilly TD “The workforce are devastated. We had been told of job cuts globally last September and we thought that there may be a certain percentage of employees affected here, but not plant closure. Many employees are trying to come to terms with the news. The fact that many of them may never work again is particularly hard to take. Local busiRyan TD nesses in the immediate area will also feel the pinch, like shops and other retail outlets,” she said. Minister for Health and local TD, Dr James Reilly expressed shock at the announcement. He said, “It is deeply upsetting for the workers in the plant and for their families to get this highly worrying news, particularly in the run up to Christmas. While it is some relief that workers are being given advance notice and that plans for jobs losses are on a phased basis, it is nonetheless a potential body blow for the town of Swords and the North County in general. I wish to express my deep concern for the workers and their families and I pledge to play my part to make certain that the Government takes all appropriate action for the future of the plant and to

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their small hurleys, were put through their paces by James Devlin, hurling coach with St Finian’s and he was really impressed with the standard of play in the tournament, particularly with ground hurling and he commended the three schools to continue practising their skills, at their clubs. James told the County Leader, “The purpose of this hurling blitz is to encourage the playing of hurling in Holywell and to look at ways to promote the playing of gaelic games among younger children,” he said. With the great level of skill on display, it is entirely possible that, in the near future, we may see some of these players returning to their respective schools, with the Liam McCarthy Cup.

Suicide Support Group Friends of Autism and ADHD are offering their support to parents and carers of young people with a history of self harm or suicide attempts. If you are in the Balbriggan and Skerries areas and you would benefit from attending or getting involved in a peer support group of this kind, please call 018020484.

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ensure that jobs are saved,” he said. Local Senator Darragh O’Brien (FF), also expressed his shock at the news, saying: “I am calling on the government to ensure the state agencies, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, backed-up by support from Minister Richard Bruton, to get involved immediately. They need to look at the plant itself, the physical assets as well as the workforce (which is as good as any in the world), and use this opportunity over the coming months to highlight that message to alternative investors.” Local TD Brendan Ryan agreed, saying: “I will be pursuing the IDA on their commitment to aggressively pursue a buyer for the plant in Swords to hopefully mitigate against these potential job losses.” Fingal County Council’s Acting County Manager, Peter Caulfield, in collaboration with business leaders from Fingal Dublin Chamber of Commerce and the Chairman of Fingal County Enterprise Board, has arranged to meet the senior management of MSD’s Swords plant and the IDA to discuss finding a replacement company Sen. O’Brien for the Swords site. Caulfield stated that this announcement runs counter to all key economic indicators in the county; which are showing a steady decrease in unemployment and increased activity in the planning area. This is a modern sizeable plant and the Council is anxious to help in any way it can in the search €12,950 for a successor.

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The Irish language is making a revival across the country, but also locally at Malahide Library, where you can improve your Irish in a friendly, warm and laid-back atmosphere. Every Thursday morning from 11.30am to 12.30pm, locals are welcomed to Malahide Library to take part in an Irish language group. For anybody who is interested in practising or improving their Irish speaking skills, this is an excellent group to join. The Comhra Caint group was founded over five years ago by Malahide locals and has taken on a life of its own and continued to grow and thrive thanks to its loyal members and casual members alike. It welcomes people from any areas of the north county, including Pictured here are L-R: Maire Ni Chleirigh, Peggy De Burca, Ursula Jordan, Prionsias Brinkley and Maureen Kinsella. Back row: Helen Barry, Aine Mc Cormac, Treassa Quirke Malahide, Portmarnock, and Liam Maceochaidh, current members of the Irish Language group in Malahide.

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Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Michael & Laura Housley for amendments to previously approved plans(Ref 13B/0010) to allow for, A. Amendments to front,side and rear elevations. B. Amendments to roof profile over approved garage extension to side and all associated works at No 66A The Chantries,Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal Council Council, County Hall,Swords,Co Dublin, during public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of a prescribed fee (20 euro) within a period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning authority in making a decision on the application. The planning authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Fingal County Council Permission sought to construct new 2 bedroom dwelling house, car port,wastewater treatment facility and surface water soak-away for Joan Donnelly (nee O’Connor) c/o Hall Lane, Corduff, Lusk, County Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during opening hours of 9.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday at Fingal County Council, Main Street Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin during public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the Planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

Fingal County Council Planning permission sought by Marie Macken & Conor Cahill at 8 Balbriggan Road Skerries, Co. Dublin for construction of a 1 & 2 storey extension to rear and changes to the front elevation. 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 submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20Euros) within the period 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application.

Fingal County Council Planning Permission is sought for a single storey extension to rear, New bay window extension to side/rear of existing dwelling with internal room modifications, and a new front porch area at entrance to dwelling with associated site works all at The Chalet, Grove Road, Malahide, Co.Dublin for John & Donna Lynam 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 Planning permission sought by Thomas Ashe to construct a single storey house with connection to existing mains water and existing private wastewater treatment plant, adjacent to Hampton Hall a Protected Structure, at Hampton Demesne, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co Dublin. This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the cost of making a copy at the offices of Fingal County Council during its public opening hours. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.

Fingal County Council Planning permission is being sought for partial change of use of portion of ground floor from existing office use to dental surgery/consulting room at commercial premises (a protected structure) No. 2 Castle Terrace, Dublin Road, Malahide , Co. Dublin. Applicant: D. Killen 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. Fingal County Council Planning Permission is requested for alterations & extensions to existing dwellinghouse along with associated siteworks at ‘Longhouse’, Balgaddy, Ringcommons, Naul, Co. Dublin. Signed :- Paul & Ann Kimmage This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin between the hours of 9.30am – 16.30pm Monday-Friday. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to Fingal County Council on payment of a fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the application by Fingal County Council

Fingal County Council Planning Permission sought for The conversion of existing garage to form new playroom. The construction of a first floor extension to the side of the existing house over the existing garage. The construction of new single storey extensions to the front and rear of the existing house. Plus the instillation of velux roof lights to the rear of the new and existing roofs at ground and attic levels. Plus all associated site works. All at 25 Brookdale Road, Swords, Co. Dublin. Signed Noel O’Dwyer and Imelda Kavanagh This planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period Fingal County Council We, ANNRO Developments are applying for full planNorth County Leader, Your No.1 Local Newspaper ning permission for 5 no. are happy to announce that we are now accepting storey and half dwellings Planning Application Adverts for the following areas: complete with individual proprietary wastewater Balbriggan, Balrothery, Skerries, Lusk, Rush, Loughshinny, treatment systems and Ballyboughal, Naul, Portrane, Donabate, Swords, Kinsealy, percolation areas. The Malahide and Portmarnock application includes for a Adverts must be supplied by email to new access road, all associplanning@northcountyleader.ie ated services and works on or by visiting: lands at Oberstown, Lusk, www.northcountyleader.ie/planning County Dublin. The Planning Application you can also post your advert on a disk to may be inspected or North County Leader, purchased at a fee not Leader House, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin

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