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To mark the arrival of the Giro d'Italia to Ireland, Fingal County Council created a giant grass graphic at Ardgillan Park. The graphic has broken the world record. See our Giro d’Italia picture special on page 16

End Of An Era Last week marked a very poignant moment for the people of Balbriggan. After serving the community for 153 years, the Balbriggan Town Council met for the very last time. The decision was made to abolish all town councils across the country last year, which sounded the death knell for Balbriggan’s own town council. It was an emotional and moving day, as the local town councillors and representatives from the County Council met for what, former councillor Monica Harford (Lab), described as, the “end of an historical era for Balbriggan town.” Balbriggan Town Council (Town Commissioners as it was prior to 2002), has had a long history of service to the community of Balbriggan going back to 1860. The first meeting was held on 4th June 1860 with George A Hamilton in the chair, and over the years, it became an integral part of life in Balbriggan. Harford, a true stalwart of the council, having served on it for 25 years, was emotional as she spoke to the County Leader about the piece of Balbriggan’s history which is no more. “I feel very nostalgic and sad, but will always look back on the fond memories,” she said. “As the person who has been on the town council the longest and witnessed all the change over the years, I think I can speak for all the former councillors when I say how much we all loved serving the people of Balbriggan, and how grateful we are they allowed us to do this,” she continued. “I’m extremely proud of what we achieved and am happy to say that the council always fought to ensure that the people’s needs came first over anything else.” Harford described two of her many highlights over the years; the first when she was Cathaoirleach and the town council celebrated their 150th year in existence, and secondly when she aided the partnership between Balbriggan and St. Wendal in Germany: “When we marked the 150th milestone, representatives from all across the country came to Balbriggan, and I was given the chance to name Hamilton Road, which I was very proud to do. Secondly, the partnership with St. Wendal is always something I fondly remember, as I’m still invited back every year to visit,” she said. Harford wants to assure the people of Balbriggan that she will not be a “shrinking violet,” and will still be very much in the

By Jennifer McShane public eye, despite the council’s abolition. Peadar O’Kelly, who was the council’s last ever Cathaoirleach, also told the County Leader of his pride at having had the opportunity to represent the local people. “I

County Manager, Paul Reid is pictured making a presentation to Cathaoirleach of Balbriggan Town Council, Peadar O'Kelly, on the occasion of the Town Council's last ever meeting. See our picture special on page 4 of the Gala Dinner, which was hosted by Fingal County Council to commemorate 153 years of the Town Council’s service to Balbriggan.

Councillors Bite Back A major row is developing, as the local elections are heading into the final stretch. Two Swords councillors have hit back at Fianna Fail election candidate for Swords, John Hennessy, about comments he made in last week’s edition of the County Leader. In it, Hennessy criticised current county councillors for their perceived lack of action in having Swords Main Street and the Castle renovated. He also accused them of using the upcoming election, as an excuse to leap into action on this contentious issue. Long standing councillors, Darragh Butler (FF) and Anne Devitt (NP) blasted Hennessy’s comments, accusing him of knowing little or nothing about the efforts put into transforming this end of Swords over the last number of years. A furious Butler told the County Leader, “I have consistently had this item on the agenda over the last 7 years since I became a councillor and thanks to a grilling that the previous County Manager and Council offiCllr. Butler cials received from both myself and the other Swords councillors in 2012, we have started to see real progress.” He vowed, “I will not rest until Swords Castle is opened up as a major tourist and amenity centre and I think my track record speaks for itself in this regard. It is unfortunate that certain election candidates are willing to skip these facts for a cheap headline, in the hope of getting elected. I thought that was the type of old-school politics that we were supposed to be moving away from, and it is certainly a type of politics that I have no interest in engaging in,” he said angrily.

regarded every event as a highlight,” he said, proudly. “I enjoyed meeting so many people, and my horizons were really expanded thanks to the diversity that we have in Balbriggan.” He said the fact that the local councillors were linked to the council, would be sorely missed by the people. “The town councillors were local and approachable. The people of Balbriggan were aware of this. They could chat to us on the street, and always knew we were associated with the council.” O’Kelly concluded by saying that one of the most important and positive elements of the town council, was that it was a “voice for the people of Balbriggan.” County Manager Paul Reid, echoed this sentiment, but wanted to assure locals that Balbriggan would not be forgotten about, and said that the County Council would not be reducing its involvement in promoting, developing and enhancing the town. “I look forward to working to deliver the best for Balbriggan, and I know the Balbriggan representatives elected will continue to work hard for the people of the town,” he said, enthusiastically. “We will also be retaining a local County Council office here for the residents.” He continued: “The County Council staff have a proud record of excellent work with Balbriggan Town Council and I’d like to thank everyone involved for their contribution over the years. In an interesting turn of fate I am reminded that Balbriggan Town Commissioners was first established in 1860 to introduce public gas lighting in the town. It’s fitting then that the new ‘Public

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By Patrick Finnegan Devitt was equally scathing, when she spoke to the County Leader, “It is true that footfall in Main Street lower end has fallen and shops have closed. Sitting councillors have highlighted this deterioration and raised the matter vociferously and passionately with the council at many meetings.” “We highlighted our embarCllr. Devitt rassment at the area’s decline in the past few years and the local authority bought up properties that were in the way of the castle restoration. Anyone keeping up with local news and local media and council activities, would be well aware of this.” She continued, “It would preferable that this particular candidate would use his energy to work with Swords Tidy Towns, and propose solutions, instead of venting and fuming and taking cheap shots at his running mate, on whom he is dependent for transfers to get elected,” she blasted. She then said, “I have worked hard with my fellow councillors from Swords, irrespective of political party or ideology to meet community needs. When it comes to Swords, the five councillors collaborate with the community and local authority, to squeeze what we can from available resources. In the last five years, finances were tight but our commitment did not diminish. The wish list is long and we want more, much more. Shouting, blaming and venting and having a hissy fit in the editor’s office will not increase footfall, paint a building, or support business,” she concluded.

Lighting Improvement Scheme’ for the Harbour area, that will use energy efficient low maintenance LED lights, will be joint funded by Balbriggan Town Council and County Council, ensuring the town council’s legacy is lighting the way for the future of Balbriggan.” As one historical era ends for Balbriggan, the people now await the results of the local elections in less than two weeks time, to see who will lead the town into a new one, but there’s no doubt that the presence of the local town council will be sorely missed.

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Swords Students Break World Record Students in Loreto College Swords recently successfully attempted to break the Guinness World record for the ‘Most people in a decorated hat competition’. Students of the school dressed in Easter themed hats. The money that was raised was in aid of Loreto Secondary School in Sudan. Staff and students were wearing decorated Easter themed hats. And the level of imagination and talent that went into making the hats was praised by both judges. The overall winner was Emma Nulty in First year, who designed a beautiful Easter floral hat. All students created a great atmosphere and school spirit. A total of 445 students and took part in the competition. Two witnesses,

Mr Seamus McDonald (Peace Commissioner) and Mr. Mark Garvie (a local milliner) along with ten stewards, oversaw the competition where students designed their own hats with an Easter theme. The record was

broken at 13:2, at that time 373 participants had entered the competition. The final number of competitors was 445, smashing the previous record of 372, which was held by a Primary School in England.

Pictured here is Niamh McKittrick, Martha Jawahery, Fiona Masterson, Jenny Luc, Niamh O’Halloran, Hannah McCormack, Ciara Banda, Tara Drumgoole and Itunu Santo at the recent Easter Bonnet Day held by Loreto College in Swords.

Devitt Demands Rural Broadband Service The lack of broadband in the involved in an industry that is value instead. Farming is essenrural areas of the North County, essential for the council and tial in these parts, and not is causing distress to local busithey shouldn’t be counting the having broadband in this day nesses and farmers, who rely on numbers, but looking at the and age is a lack of essential the service to conduct infrastructure. It’s like business effectively. That having no electricity, We is according to Councillor are the food centre of Anne Devitt (NP) who Ireland, which needs contacted the County farming, which in turn Leader, in an effort to highneeds technology,” she light this problem. She said. She points to the fact said, “Eircom told me that that the new County it is uneconomical to send Manager has a strong broadband out to some of background in telecommuthe rural areas, because nications, and is hopeful there are not enough users that the problem will be in this area. My argument Pictured is Cllr Anne Devitt with local farmer, solved soon. Local farmer is that the users are high Alan Fitzachary on his farm at Deanstown, Alan Fitzachary, who farms value users and they are Balheary. at Deanstown, Balheary,

just three miles from Swords Main street, said,” Yes, we attempted to get broadband to the farm yard earlier this year to facilitate a CCTV Cow Calving System that would send video images back to the house, which would help us enormously in the calving season,” he said. “We had Eircom and Vodafone on site, but neither was able to get a signal strong enough from the Swords Exchange to the yard. We were told that there are plans to upgrade the exchange and phone lines over the next three years, but obviously we were not in a position to wait. Good broadband is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury for agri industry,” he said


Vicious Attack On Local Milkman A vicious attack on a local milkman, on his delivery round last week, has left the man in a shocked and terrified state. Pat McHale, who has been delivering milk to his customers in Malahide, Rush and Lusk for many years, was set upon by thugs, who tried to rob his van and hijack his cargo of milk. He spoke to the County Leader about his ordeal. “I started my deliveries at about 12.30am in Inbhir Ide in Malahide, and I was about one hour into my deliveries, when I saw a man jumping into the van. I immediately ran back to the van to try and get him out, when another guy came from behind the trees with, what looked like a knife. The fellow that jumped into the van drove off in it and he hit me with a bottle on the head. Luckily I wasn’t seriously injured. It all happened so quickly. I managed to get him out of the van and he threw a bottle at me. Thank God I had my phone and I rang 999, and within three or four minutes, detectives were on the scene, and they apprehended the man who tried to hijack the van nearby,” he said. Pat, who lives in Rush, was still in a

Pictured is milkman, Pat McHale.

shocked state, when he spoke to this newspaper. He was full of praise for the quick response from the Gardai. “They did a search of the area, looking for the second man, and it appears that there was a woman with them. Everybody tries to put the Gardai down, but only for them I could have lost my livelihood, or even been killed. I have had to call them before and they have always come up trumps,” said a relieved Pat. Pat has been delivering milk for the past 28 years and has been in Malahide for the past eight years and in Rush for about four years. He was very anxious that his customers were left without milk for the day. “I had to go to the hospital, as a result of the attack, as well as losing a whole night’s stock, and I hope my customers will understand,” said Pat.

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Boland Concerned Over Future Of Rural Transport

Gala Dinner Hosted by Fingal County Council to commemorate Balbriggan Town Council’s 153 years of service

President of Balbriggan Chamber, Chris Harmon is pictured with County Manager, Paul Reid.

Town Clerk, Brian Murray (right) is pictured with his parents, Ollie and Tina Murray and his wife, Edwina

Monica Harford is pictured with members of her family, sons Pat Harford and AA Harford, daughter Anne Marie Everitt and sister Brigid Nolan

Under Government plans, it appears that the independent operation of the Nifti service is over, and the rural community are deeply concerned that their local bus service may be lost to them. Local election candidate for Balbriggan, Cathal Boland (NP) told the County Leader, “The service has operated for the past twelve years from its Ballyboughal base, and has provided valuable support to its client base across North Fingal. It is on target to complete 44,500 passenger journeys this year.” “This voluntary company provides an important connection for many, particularly the aged and

infirm. From weekly shop- based company, which ping trips to the visit to will decide on service bingo, the Nifti is an delivery across the three important aspect of counties of Meath, Louth connectivity for many. The and Fingal. The expertise and passion Government provided by the transferred the local community national responsiinvolved in the bility to the NTA in operation will 2012, which now potentially be proposes to lost,” he said. reduce the Nifti is full funded number of companies operating Cathal Boland until the end of June but there community transport services from 35 to after there is no clarity. The company has a 18.” A concerned Boland is responsibility to six clearly worried about the employees and their future of rural transport in many customers. The not the region. He continued, for profit company will “The operation of the now be managed by what service will now move in effect is a commercial from our local company, operator. to a centralised Navan Boland continued, “Rural

Transport is a vital part of rural infrastructure. Government should be delighted to capitalise on the voluntary community input in the delivery of this service. Subsidiarity in decision making should be promoted. This change in direction is another body blow to the building of a sustainable rural community. Earlier in the year, it was revealed that our local Post Offices are under threat, now our transport. Irish Water intends to charge the rural community for a service they do not receive, which is the treatment of domestic effluent. I am calling on the users of Nifti to make contact with their public representatives and voice their concern at this move to remove control over this local service,” he concluded.

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Pictured on a visit to Old Trafford, during the Fingal Dublin Chamber Trade Mission to Manchester are, Ann Reilly (Paycheck Plus), Andrea Molloy (Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport), Tony Lambert (Chamber CEO), Ethna Felten (Fingal County Council), Cllr. Nareem ul Hassan, Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr. Dylan Butt, Mayor of Trafford, Siobhan Kinsella (Chamber President) and Jock Jordan (One4All).

Students In Walk To School Week County Manager, Paul Reid is pictured with Gerry Fitzmaurice, North County Leader

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students have decided to celebrate the week in their own unique way by holding a ‘Trot on Thursday’ Day, followed by guided walks to the local Loughshinny Beach and a beach scavenger hunt facilitated by An Taisce Green-Schools. The ultimate aim of increasing the number of students who make the school journey on foot during the week. National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative, which will result in pupils, their parents and teachers walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey. Building on the success of last year’s National Walk to School Week, An Taisce hopes that schools will help it achieve its target of 20,000 pupils walking to school all over Ireland on National WOW (Walk on Wednesday) Day on May 14th. The week will also be an opportunity for schools to try other modes of travel including: cycling, scooting, Park ‘n’ Stride, carpooling and travelling by bus.

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Swords Road Names Causing Confusion - McGuire The lack of coherent signage in Swords is causing concern for many, including the emergency services, according to a local county councillor. Gerry McGuire (Lab), who is seeking re-election in the Swords ward, has highlighted the fact that there seems to be confusion regarding the location of Seatown Road in Swords. Speaking to the County Leader, McGuire said, “Swords residents are concerned that there are three Seatown Roads in Swords, which is baffling locals, visitors, and even the emergency services, who have the ridiculous choice of three addresses,” he said. The first Seatown Road, opposite the Seatown Roundabout, goes as far as the junction with Which Way? Councillor Gerry McGuire is North Street, past Seatown Terrace and Seatown Villas. Then there’s the Seatown pictured at one of the Seatown Road signs.

Murphy In The Pink For Little Molly By Patrick Finnegan I n d e p e n d e n t Balbriggan local election candidate, Tony Murphy, has come up with a novel way of helping a local child, who is suffering from a particularly aggressive form of cancer. Murphy decided to paint the outside of his Goldsmiths Jewellers business premises pink, in aid of the Molly McNally Miracle Trust. Little Molly (5) was diagnosed last October and since then, the lives of her family have been consumed by the fight to nurse Molly back to health. Murphy spoke to the County Leader about the inspiration behind the idea. “This all started back when it was learned that the Giro d’Italia was coming through Balbriggan. I wanted to do something to promote the town, by way of celebrating the visit of the Giro. When I discovered that the race leader wears pink, I decided to

Road on the other side of Seatown Roundabout, past Woodies. That’s also known as Seatown Road. Then, there’s the Seatown Road that goes down past the Industrial park and on to the estuary, past a number of housing estates,” he said. “I have brought this to the attention of the Council and they agree that this is unacceptable and that they are prepared to take a motion from a councillor, or a group of residents, and following a plebiscite, to rename the roads. A suggestion has been made that they could be called Seatown Road East, West, and Seatown Road Industrial, which I believe would help to remove this confusion, and inform people, especially the emergency services, about where they are going,” concluded McGuire.

Maura Walshe from Portmarnock, celebrated her 80th birthday, with a party at the Carnegie Court Hotel in Swords recently. Maura is pictured here with her son, Brian Walshe and her daughters, Fidelma Roche and Deirdre Walshe.

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do something with a pink theme. I was then that it struck me that the local cancer group wears pink. One or two options were available to me, one being to paint the shop pink, which would not necessarily add value to people in the town. I then came up with the idea of asking people to donate €10 and, if we got 50 people, we would donate the €500 to the local cancer society,” he said. “Shortly afterwards, I answered a message on

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my phone from Gerry McNally. I rang him and he explained about Molly’s situation. It was then that I decided to up the game and get 100 people, bringing the total to €1,000. If we reached that amount, which we have, I vowed to paint my shop pink and we are on our way to getting vital funding for Molly. There are other organisations in the town helping Molly, and people have been wonderful, and they come to my shop to make a donation, which is greatly appreciated,” said Murphy. Brave Molly has been through 11 courses of chemotherapy to attack a tumour in her stomach and over 80 bone tumours and the treatment has been reasonably successful. Molly’s dad, Gerry said, “We are fundraising to be in a position to travel abroad, when Molly is in remission, to give her a better chance of keeping this thing at bay. We knew we had to face up to it as a family and stick together,” said Gerry. That’s exactly what this brave family have done, with the support of friends and family, and the brilliant medical staff at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin and Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda.

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Knocksedan Residents Need Bus Service - Dowling Fine Gael candidate for Swords, Bob Dowling, is calling on Dublin Bus to provide a bus service for residents of Knocksedan, whom he regards as being in isolation, due to there being no bus service in the area. He told the County Leader, “Residents of Knocksedan have waited too long for an essential bus service to their estate. They are isolated due to inaction by Dublin

Bus and the County “ U n f o r t u n a t e l y , Council, to provide there’s a path outside essential services to the estate going these residents. Door nowhere. To attempt after door, to walk on a residents very busy voiced their narrow road is anger at their harrowing for elected counan adult, cillors, Dublin inconceivable Bob Dowling Bus and for a child,” the local says Dowling. authority, who they The frustration is all feel have abandoned the more understandthem within a short able, as buses pass distance of the Park by the estate View bus terminal entrance daily. and shops at Swords Residents who Manor.” attempted to work

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13.05.2014 with Dublin Bus on this issue, were told they were marginally outside the distance stipulations to extend the service,” he said. Dowling admits the road is narrow at the entrance to the estate but acknowledges that there is sufficient land to construct a parking bay. “I have written to Dublin Bus outlining the dilemma that residents face, their daily pilgrimages to schools, sports and all the other transporting that parents do with young families. I will be strongly representing the residents to Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport,” he said. “This is a solvable problem, by extending the bus service and pedestrian assess through the rear of the estate to nearby Park View, via a floodlit walkway, I am committed to working with the residents to bring the problem to a satisfactory solution,” he concluded

Pictured at the handing over of a cheque for €1,145 to the St Vincent de Paul Society by Swords Bridge Club are, Padraig Maloney (Treasurer Swords Bridge Club), Michael Beirne (Vice-President Swords Bridge Club), Eileen Pennell (President Swords Bridge Club), Jeanette Devine (Treasurer St Vincent de Paul), John Campbell (St Vincent de Paul) and Frank O'Brien (Hon Sec Swords Bridge Club)

Collins Has Novel Solution To Poster Problem Independent candidate for Swords ward in the local elections, Michael Collins, has made, what he calls, a responsible decision with regards to election posters. He has decided not to erect posters on electricity or telephone poles. He told the County Leader, “We have acceded to the request from ESB Networks not to put posters on their equipment, as it poses a major danger to the individual and the network itself,” he said. However, this is compelling reason is not the only one cited by Collins. He is very conscious of the efforts of local Tidy Towns volunteers, and has previously assisted Donabate’s participation in Tidy Towns competitions. “I am fully aware that posters can quickly become eyesores, as many will become dislodged, due to high winds and they become a hazard to motorists and can injure members of the public,” he said.

While Collins is mindful of the fact that candidates feel under pressure to put as many posters up, as possible, to get their faces out to the public, he has come up with a novel solution to the problem. “I will erect a relatively small number of Independent candidate, p o s t e r s a t g r o u n d Michael Collins, is pictured on Rathbeale Road in l e v e l , a t s t r a t e g i c Swords, with one of his stand p o s i t i o n s , o r o n alone posters, which he p r i v a t e p r o p e r t y , moves from place to place on w i t h t h e o w n e r ’ s a daily basis. consent. I will also deploy billboard displays, which will be on view between 8am and 8pm daily and they will be moved around between various locations, to maximise their impact and to ease public concerns,” he concluded.

Ryan Welcomes Bicycle Lockers For Skerries Local TD Brendan Ryan (Lab), has welcomed the news he has received from the CEO of Irish Rail, that individual bicycle lockers will be installed in Skerries train station. He told the County Leader: “Over the last couple of years, there have been numerous incidents of bicycle theft at Skerries train station. The existing

CCTV has not worked as a deterrent and bicycles of high monetary value have been stolen on a regular basis.” Ryan continued, “I have been lobbying Irish Rail for the past year to increase security measures. Irish Rail have been working closely with local Gardai in relation to Skerries train station and they have

New Aer Lingus Route To Canada Dublin Airport has welcomed Aer Lingus’ new service to Toronto, Canada, which will operate year-round with a daily flight between Dublin and Toronto during the summer season and up to four times per week during the winter months. Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said the airport was delighted to see Aer Lingus launching a new direct year-round service to Toronto. “This new Aer Lingus Toronto service is part of a major increase in services to Canada this summer, giving customers more choice and convenience. We have been working with Aer Lingus to promote this Toronto route, and we look forward to continuing to work closely together in the future,” he said. Aer Lingus joins Air Canada rouge and Air Transat on the Toronto route. Air Transat will also fly to Montreal and WestJet will commence services to St. John’s in Newfoundland in June. During the peak summer months, a total of 48 flights per week will operate to and from Dublin to Toronto, Montreal and St. John’s in Newfoundland.

now opened negotiations to install new individual security lockers. These lockers will definitely help commuters keep their bicycles safe.” “The model of providing individual bicycle lockers has

been implemented in several other train stations throughout Ireland and has worked very successfully for cyclists and hopefully it will be the same case for Skerries train station,” he concluded.

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Good Intentions Not Enough - Sinnott Independent local election candidate for election. The new Council will see 40 members Swords, Justin Sinnott believes that the North elected to essentially oversee an annual budget County needs councillors with realistic and for the next five years. Proper management of achievable sets of policies and not just good this budget and ensuring value for money for intentions. Speaking to the County Leader, taxpayers should be absolutely core,” he said. Sinnott said, “Mainstream political parties may He continued, “Councillors must ensure unsustainable planning becomes a thing of the get the brunt of voters’ frustration, but past. We cannot allow developers and alternative political parties and indeplanners to build estates, without proper pendents need to state clearly what and functioning services in place. they want to achieve over the five years Councillors must ensure that planning is on Fingal County Council.” community based and that no developIt’s all well and good to call for ‘change’ ment occurs. We have already seen the or to claim to be a ‘new voice.’ However lack of school places in Swords there needs to be substance behind the Justin Sinnott becoming critical, and this is a direct slogan. Those elected on promises that cannot be delivered, are essentially no result of poor planning.” different from the parties they want to “Fingal County Council needs councillors with experience and with clear policy objectives for replace.” Sinnott believes there are two critical issues is the next five years. People are rightly cynical this election, namely ensuring value for money about politics and politicians, let this be the for our taxes, and that there is complete trans- election where it’s those candidates who have parency when it comes to public money: “In my set out a clear and realistic set of goals that get opinion this should be the critical issue for this to serve the people,” he concluded.

O’Leary Proposes To Cut Local Property Tax Councillor Tom O’Leary (FG), and I have met many families who is seeking re-election in who are concerned and the Balbriggan Electoral Area, feeling the effects of recesis determined to ensure that sion and difficult times we are the County Council avails of in, by way of taxes that have it’s option to adjust the Local been imposed on them by Property Tax (LPT) down- Central Government.” wards, to provide “I’m a locally elected much needed relief county councillor and for hard pressed resithe only power I have dents. to alter that situaO’Leary told the tion, is to propose to cut the local property County Leader, tax on local homes in “Under the Finance my area, by 15 per Local Property Tax Cllr. Tom O’Leary cent. This power was Bill 2012, Sections 20 given to us by the and 21, the local authority has the power to Ministers for the Environment alter the property tax charges and Finance and I fully intend by a maximum of 15 per cent to use this power to alleviate either way. I have been the burden on families in my canvassing in the Balbriggan, area,” he said. Skerries, Rush and Lusk “I will propose, if the people areas, and the rural areas, decide to elect me, to reduce

property tax by 15 per cent, in the Fingal County Council area, by putting down a motion before the statutory due date of the 30th September. The motion must go in and be passed by the councillors, before that date, which will have the effect of ordering the Minister for Finance to reduce the property tax by that amount in 2015. I have been in contact with the Finance department of the County Council, who informed me that the total imcome from Property Tax in the county is of the order of € 40 million. A 15 per cent reduction would equate to a saving of €6 million for local home owners,” concluded O’Leary.

Donabate School Wins Best Project At Spider Awards Donabate Community College were this year’s winner of the “Best Project” award in the Giga Spiders category at the eircom Junior Spider Awards. The school, won for their entry Odyssey Racing F1 The awards, now in their fifth year, recognise and reward primary and post primary students for the innovative way they use the internet specifically in terms of website development, school blogs and design. Lisa Comerford, Consumer Marketing Director, Eircom and Chairperson of the Eircom Junior Spider Awards Judging Panel said “Congratulations to Donabate

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

Community College for scooping the Best Project award – it’s a great achievement. We had a tremendous response to the awards this year resulting in a 45 per cent increase in entries. Competition was genuinely stiff so it’s an incredible achievement to win an award, well done to the Donabate pupils and staff.” Pictured here are the 'Best Project' winners from Donabate Community College for their project: 'Odyssey Racing F1', students Conor Bolton, Oisin Dineen, Manus Doorley, Khalid Kamil, Matthew Wright and Bernard Holands with John Anslow (Meteor) presenting the award to them at the Junior Spider Awards.


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cÄxtáx átç lxá 4 Pictured here are Anne Holohan, Stephen O'Connor, Bailey Jones, Alexia Angelova, Maia McCann, students from The Art Academy in Rush have won top prizes in this year’s Texaco Children's Art Competition 2014. All five students from The Art Academy Rush will receive their awards on the 27th May from the Minister of the Arts The Academy Rush received one of the highest amount of winners in Ireland.

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

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13.05.2014 breathe new life back into the heart of our town. It is time to start thinking outside the box if we are to rejuvenate; it needs new blood and a new way of thinking. This is why I urge the residents of Swords to vote for local candidates,” he explained. Green Party candidate in the upcoming “My passion is Swords, all I want is what elections, Ken Duffy (GP), is encouraging is best for the town. It is my belief that a Swords residents to give their votes to lack of Swords based councillors has candidates within their locality on contributed in no small part to the May 23rd. Swords needs Swords town’s steady decline. We need as based County Councillors if we are many local voices as possible to change the negative attitude elected representing Swords interwithin the County Council ests, it is the only way to bring towards its capital town. Strong about change. Come election day representation on the council on May 23rd there are nine seats would help to turn around the up for grabs in the Swords Ward, I urge the people of Swords to use town centre’s rapid decline Ken Duffy their vote to elect as many Swords witnessed by myself and many other residents over the past few based candidates as possible. Swords is in need of compassion, some TLC, and years,” Duffy told the County Leader. “I am a long time Swords resident with the right people representing her on and a passionate campaigner for a the Council, this can be achieved,” Duffy creative investment plan that would concluded.

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Malahide Tidy Towns are busy preparing for the upcoming Tidy Towns competition, and got in touch with the County Leader to speak about their upcoming plans. “We are determined this year to recover the Gold Medal we narrowly missed out on last year,” said chairperson of Malahide Tidy Towns, Gerry Rafferty. “All through the winter, we have been working on repainting railings, weeding, clearing overgrown shrubs, planting and keeping Malahide free of litter, and we’ve done a lot of work on the train station, St. Sylvester’s’ Church doors, the railings, St. Sylvester’s Well and the planted area on Railway avenue,” he continued. “This year also involved a ‘Stop Waste Project with local families.” He also paid tribute to the Malahide businesses and residential areas who have contributed to the Tidy Towns efforts. At the group’s recent AGM, the committee revealed some of their plans for the coming year, including a permanent planting scheme for Railway Avenue, new seats for the village, a heritage trail and a ‘Waste to Art’ project involving local national schools. “The task of making the best of our lovely town is too big for a small group of volunteers, so we need as much support as we can get,” he concluded.

Park Run In Ardgillan various voluntary groups, clubs and organisations operating in Lusk, why not come along to the Volunteer Pictured after making her Confirmation at St Peter and Paul's Church in Balbriggan is Sophie Recruitment Fair in Dowling, with her family. St MacCullin’s Centre (The Old Church) Portmarnock Community School students Brian in Lusk, on Wednesday, Gillen (Swords), Ellen Kenny (Portmarnock) and 14th May from 6pm to Moia Ahern (Kinsealy) are pictured with puppeteer and educational talks presenter Steve 8.30pm. The Lusk Wright during his recent visit to the school to Recruitment Fair is a deliver a talk on ‘driver safety’ to transition year partnership event students. Sponsored by tyre manufacturer organised by the Michelin as part of their ‘theatre in County Council and education’series of safety awareness events, the talks saw his life-like puppets ‘Bez’ and ‘Evie’ Lusk Community used to put across the message. Topics covered Council. Admission is included guidance on the dangers of peer presfree and all are sure and the importance of having a clean driving record when looking for work. One welcome.

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worrying statistic brought out in each talk is the fact that being a car passenger is the most common cause of death amongst young females.

Action Needed To Combat The Homeless - Mullan Independent Candidate would walk the for Balbriggan ward, streets to engage sleeping Garrett Mullan, has people announced his inten- rough,” he explained. “Homelessness is tion to support Focus Ireland, which aims to linked with financial protect the homeless. insecurity and job More action must be loss but also mental health, isolataken, he says, tion, addiction, if the homeless f a m i l y are to be conflicts, legal protected. “In and other the last week, I issues.” have received “People need many emails of from voters in Garrett Mullan support local Councils the ward asking me to pledge support and voluntary agenfor Focus Ireland’s cies to find a pathway sustainable campaign, which I to intend to do,” he told housing,” Mullan continued. “That is the County Leader. “My support for this why I am pledging my campaign arises from support. Change is my experience as an needed at both local Outreach worker with and national level to Dublin Simon respond to the housing Community. I was current part of a team who crisis. Last week, for

example, I met a man who said he is not eating for days in the week.” “I am delighted that so many people have been in contact with me and other candidates to highlight this issue Please keep up the pressure,” he concluded.

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VOTE No. 1 A proven track record in your community DONABATE Bláithín O'Hea, who made her Holy Communion is pictured with her parents, Barry and Niamh O'Hea and family members.

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Cillian Duignan, with his sister Caoimhe and parents, Jennie and Stephen.

• Demanding a greater police presence on the peninsula • To continue to enhance community and school facilities • To insist the Coastal Walkway connects directly to Donabate Village and to protect our beaches against coastal erosion • To provide badly needed youth facilities locally


Elle Doyle with her cousin Ava McAuley

Louise Callan with her parents Alma and Gavin

Daniel O'Shea with his parents Niall and Jackie

Niall Kinsella with his parents Fiona and Alan

Eoghan Fulton, Daniel O'Shea and Sean Cronin

Valerie Carwood is pictured here with her parents, Alasdair and Mila

Chloe Messer with her parents Gareth and Elaine Messer, sister Emily and Sarah Geraghty

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

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Who Cares Enough To Vote? By Cathal Boland The election campaign across Europe intensifies with the centre right candidate, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schultz of the centre left engaging in live televised debates on their vision for Europe for the next five years. Canvassers here in Ireland report that there is little interest in who is elected to represent us in the new parliament. These reports are in keeping with an Ipsos-MORI poll conducted across twelve member states, with some 9,000 respondents which suggests that 62 per cent state they are either “not at all” or not much interested in the elections, with only 35 per cent stating that they will definitely vote. The percentage turn out in Ireland will most likely be in the late 40s, due to the

holding of the local elections on the same day. Other surveys suggest that circa 220 of the members elected will come from anti-EU parties. This will perhaps polarise the parliament and squeeze those reformers who are currently the middle ground. Both candidates, Juncker and Schulz concede that reform of the structures and operation of the EU will happen. Both confirm that under their leadership the issue of migration will be addressed. They also confirm that in doing this, they will respect freedom of movement. What happens in Europe is important to us here in Ireland. It is important that we have representation from those who are capable and who not only have the skill to work within the system, but who also have the ability to help mould a better EU for us all. So don’t forget to vote on the 23rd. I am looking forward to the results flowing in from across the 28 states when polling closes across Europe on the 25th.


Local Court Services Must Be Maintained - Hennessy The possibility of the District Court being removed from the local area, is set to place victims of abuse in great danger. That is the assertion of Fianna Fail local election candidate for Swords, John Hennessy. Speaking to the County Leader, Hennessy said, “Domestic violence legislation allows a person, who is being beaten, abused or threatened by a partner, or someone he/she has resided with for a period of six months, to seek a protection or barring order.” “It is vital that this is accessible in the

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regularly used for this. If the District Courts are taken away, victims will be less inclined to travel and this presents a real problem,” he said. The fact that Swords and Balbriggan have been identified as areas of exponential growth means that more services are needed, not less. “Taking away services from these areas is insane in my view,” he concluded.

local area. If a Courts were to person is move from being beaten Swords and at, say 9pm Balbriggan, the previous then all of a night, they sudden, we may only have have a situaa window of an John Hennessy tion where the hour or two to p e r s o n get an o r d e r . doesn’t know where Currently the position the District Court is is that he/she can go setting in Dublin city down to the District a n d t h e v i c t i m o f Court office in Swords, and appear before a judge an hour later, here in J.P. Swords. This is effective and quick and protects people in that position,” he said. A NEW FACE FOR FINGAL Hennessy, who is a 2014 Local Election Candidate for the partner in a solicitors Balbriggan Electoral Area firm in Swords, continued, “If the


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domestic abuse could possibly have to take a number of buses to get there. That, to m e , i s potentially putting victims of domestic violence in danger,” he warned. Hennessy maintains that if the Court is near the victim’s residence, it becomes accessible and is designed for people in this situation. “Domestic violence is a reality and the local district courts are

The Irish women's soccer team paid a visit to the Maldron Hotel, Dublin Airport last week, prior to their World Cup qualifier against Russia. They cooked a nutritious meal for themselves, under the guidance of the hotel's head chef, David Steele. Pictured with some of the delicious food they prepared are, Emma Byrne (Team captain), Sue Ronan (Coach), Andrea Molloy (Commercial Manager Maldron Hotel) and David Steele (Head Chef).

Portmarnock Leisure Centre Awarded Sports Grant The Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Centre (PSLC) was recently awarded a Sports Capital Grant from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, and has now a plan in place to use the grant The grant is for the upgrading of their allweather facilities and other works at the tennis courts adjoining the PSLC at Carrickhill in Portmarnock. The works will include the provision of three new all-weather pitches, each measuring 26m by 40m and the upgrading of existing tennis court surfaces.

Lighting columns will also be installed as part of the project along with a 2.4m high fence with netting. At a recent County Council meeting, many local councillors expressed their support about this, including Eoghan O’Brien (FF) who said there was a lot of support locally for the upgrade of facilities at the PSLC. Senior Council official, Stephen Peppard praised the club for their role in securing the grant for the work and said the new pitches would be a revenue generator for

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O’Neill Calls For Commercial Rate Cut For Swords Independent local election candidate for Swords, Joe O’Neill has suggested that a reduction in commercial rates, may be a solution to the lack of commercial activity on parts of Swords Main Street. Many election candidates have added their

voices to the dilapi- County Leader, he dated state of said, “I’m lower Main calling for a 20 Street, but per cent cut in O’Neill is rate fees convinced that because rates a gesture from in Swords are the Council far too high. It’s r e g a r d i n g Joe O’Neill the one rates may c o m m o n solve this problem. denominator that I am Speaking to the hearing. For start-up

businesses, I’m calling for a regeneration of Swords shops for the simple reason that there are more than 25 shops closing down in the town. One of the ways to reverse this, would be to have a rate reduction and to have a two year free rate status for start-up

businesses. That means that people coming in to open a new business can be rate free for two years,” he said. He continued, “Following this, there should be a gradual rate increase over the subsequent years, starting off at 30-40 per cent and then paying full rates eventually. I firmly believe that if rates were to be reduced in Swords town, some smaller

Callous Attack On Local Star’s Family The infant child and wife of Balbriggan reality star, Mark Guildea suffered an horrific attack last week at their home in County Meath.

Guildea, who featured on the Voice of Ireland last year. Was away when the attack took place. Both were gagged, tied up and threatened in a terrifying armed burglary at their home. Gardai have arrested one man in connection with the aggravated burglary. The raiders ransacked the house, seizing a safe containing legally held firearms, as well as some electronic devices and a small amount of cash. The raiders gained access to the house and physically attacked Allison Guildea and the couple’s three year old child, before gagging and binding them. It is believed that

Fianna Fail candidate for Swords in the upcoming local elections, John Hennessy hosted a night for his supporters at the Cock Tavern in Swords on Thursday last, 8th May. Hennessy (left) is pictured here, with crime correspondent, Paul Williams

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the raiders stole Mrs Guildea’s ATM card and forced her to reveal her PIN, before making off in her Toyota Yaris, and another BMW, which the gang had stolen in a hijacking previously. It is believed that the gang made off with about €800, which was taken from Mrs Guildea’s account. The traumatised young mother and daughter were recovering with family after the ordeal.

Portmarnock Chess Club 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.

multi nationals may be happy to locate in Swords,which would create extra footfall, with the potential to create 250-300

possible jobs, with a further 150-200 jobs in support businesses. I believe that a little bit more initiative by the County Council and


other agencies. Swords is in decline and it’s time someone said enough is enough,” he concluded.


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The town is served by a rail link and, although the station it is nearer to neighbouring Lusk, the town can be accessed by a regular bus service from here. Rush has always been a centre for culture and the arts and, in the Millbank Theatre, it has one of the most progressive theatres in the land. It is home to the Rush Dramatic society, which is famed all over the North County, for their quality plays and dramas. And the Musical Society here is respected far and wide for their annual productions. After the past wet spring, the local Tidy Towns committee will soon commence work to make the town as beautiful as possible. After great success in last year’s Tidy Towns contest, we’ve no doubt the town will do just as well this year.

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‘Something Wicked’ On In Malahide Are your children 11/12 years old? Do they love to read and to draw? Something Wicked’s second event sees bestselling author and kids graphic novelist, Alan Nolan share his tips on writing a great story and teach kids how to create their own comic strip. This event will take place on Saturday, May 17th in Malahide Library at 2.15pm to 3.30pm. Kids will also be treated to a reading from his new novel, Fintan’s Fifteen, which tells the story

of the trials and tribulations of Ireland’s worst hurling team, the Ballybreen Terriers U14s, and their unlikely captain, Fintan Heffernan. Nolan is the creator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook, a graphic novel for younger readers, and the ‘Murder Can Be Fatal’ mysteries. He is also the co-creator of the horror series Sancho. This event is free but in order to book a place please email us at This is a great opportunity for children who are interested in reading graphic novels. Something Wicked is a Malahide-based arts organisation that is currently organising a series of cultural events focused on crime fiction.

One Man Show At Millbank Actor Donal Courtney’s one man show ‘God has no Country’ is coming to the Millbank Theatre on Sunday, May 25th at 8.30pm

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Jacks High For Skerries Bowling Club The extremely active Skerries Bowling Club held their second Open Day recently. The members put a great amount of effort in ensuring the success of the day, which, according to the group, went down a treat with local visitors from around the locality. During the course of the day, almost thirty people from Skerries, Rush, Lusk, and Balbriggan came out, and there was a large group of willing club members on hand to

greet, meet and bring participants through the rudiments of the game. There were varying degrees of skill levels on show, and the general consensus was that everyone who came really enjoyed themselves. Many expressed their surprise in that they had passed by the club on several occasions, and did not know of its existence behind the the ‘large green hedge’. A large banner was put up by the members to solve this problem. The club is hopeful that many of those who attended the Open Day will join the club, and, with the success of this event, they are planning to hold a similar open day each year.

Local Authority To Tackle Litter And Graffiti Issues The County Council is to receive a sizeable chunk of a new €850,000 fund from the Department of the Environment to tackle litter and graffiti around the North County. Some €138,050 of the national fund will wing its way to the North County to aid the Council’s battle against the litter louts and graffiti vandals. The new funding scheme, recently announced by Minister Phil Hogan, enables local authori-

ties to provide funding support to appropriate public education and awareness initiatives in relation to both litter and graffiti. This will come as welcome news to our local Tidy Towns groups, who will be busy getting their towns spick and span as the Tidy Towns season gets underway. In conjunction with the €2.975m announced last week under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme, a total of €3.825m has been

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


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Submissions Now Open For Fingal Film Festival Submissions are now open for the 2014 Final Film Festival, which will take place in Movies@Swords from 26th to 28th September in the Pavilions Shopping Centre, in Swords. Now in it’s third year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength, connecting emerging voices in film with industry experts and independent creative filmmakers from around the world. Emerging and established filmmakers alike from throughout the North County can submit their shorts, features or documentaries, animation to the Festival, and those selected will be in the running for the eight prestigious awards announced on the closing night of the Festival. The Awards categories are: Best Short Film, Best Feature Film, Best Irish Language Film, Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Animation, Best Fingal Newcomer and Best International Film. Deadline for submissions is June 30th. Commenting on the submissions process Festival Director Liz Kenny said “The increase in quality and quantity of submissions to the Festival year on year has been outstanding. We are very excited

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Classic Car Show In Malahide Visitors to this year’s Malahide Classic and Vintage Car Show, will have the chance to view a full-size, fully working replica of the world’s first motor car, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen. The show is being organised by Malahide Lions Club, and takes place at the Grand Hotel on Sunday, 18th May next, Exact in every detail to the original patented design created by Karl Benz some 128 years ago, the car was engineered by apprentices at

the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart and is one of a very limited number produced by them to mark the centenary of the motorcar. This, the third Malahide Classic and Vintage Motor Show, follows on last year’s enormously successful event, which saw 3,000 people attend and 100 classic and vintage vehicles, ranging in age from 20 to 120 years old. Also on display at Malahide will be some 100 classic and vintage cars that, collectively, portray how the motorcar has evolved over a century since it was invented. Entrance to the event is €5 per adult or €10 per family, with proceeds going to St. Francis Hospice in Raheny and other charitable causes.



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Skerries Set For Thrilling Rás Finale Presented by Morgan Keane: 0867764433 & Barry Keane: 087 243 0428 It’s less than two weeks to go until the 2014 An Post Rás gets underway. For the ninth consecutive year, the picturesque seaside town of Skerries will host the final stage finish on Sunday 25th May, where one rider will write his name in to Rás history and be crowned 2014 champion. Locals came out in their droves last year, lining the streets as they cheered on the riders for the final few kilometres of the gruelling eight day race and An Post Rás organiser Tony Campbell is expecting to see similar crowd this year. “The reception the riders get in Skerries every year is nothing short of phenomenal. The atmosphere is elec-

tric and the riders always talk about it after the race,” he told the County Leader. “After such a tough eight days it really spurs them on

for one final push and it makes for a great spectacle.” The final stage of the race sets off from Newbridge that morning

Minister for Health Dr James Reilly TD, is lending his support to the ‘Skerries Fitness For All’ Street Party for the An Post Rás Stage end on 25th May. The Minister is pictured here at South Strand, Skerries, with local youngsters Aoife O'Donoghue, Conor O'Donoghue and Skerries Miss Rás, Jill Jenkinson.

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will be giving everything to get that yellow jersey,” he continued. “The Swords Cycling Club, the Skerries Community Association, the Chamber of Commerce and others always put in a lot of hard work each year to ensure a wonderful end to the race so the riders can expect an incredible reception, as they make their way in to the town.” Skerries will once again host a gigantic street party, which will kick off at 1pm. This year’s theme is ‘Fitness for all’ to celebrate all that Skerries offers for an active and healthy lifestyle. There will be fun for all the family on Strand Street with sports clubs, static bikes, fitness testing and healthy eating stalls plus all the usual fairground games, face painting, street entertainers, magic shows and much more. The racing action begins from 2pm on Strand Street followed by trophy presentations made by Skerries Miss Rás, Jill Jenkinson.

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Recent published deaths from the North County ClUNE, (nee Flynn) (Swords, Co. Dublin), May 3, 2014 (peacefully), after a long illness, Nellie, beloved wife of Flan; sadly missed by her loving husband, daughters Maggie, Deirdre and Grainne, sons Paul and Brian, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Dean, Saoirse, Callum, Adam and Darragh, sister Kathleen, brothers Brian, Jimmy and John, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

at her home, Joan. Sadly missed by her loving husband Sean, daughter Shirley, son David, grandchildren, Caoimhe and Tadhg, son-inlaw Eoin, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace. GUILDEA, (Derham Park, Balbriggan, Dublin). The death has occured peacefully at Beaumont Hospital of William (Billy) Guildea, husband of the late Bridie Guildea. Deeply regretted by his loving children Dermot, Rose and Helen, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Anthony (Brexie), son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-inlaw, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

SWEETMAN, (Lusk, Co. Dublin), Clive (Clivie) peacefully at Beaumont Hospital. Sadly missed by his loving family, brother Chris, sisters in law, Geraldine and Eileen, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and a very large circle of friends. May he rest in peace. SULLIVAN, Siobhan (nee Egan) (Portmarnock, Co. Dublin) ex - Aer Lingus Cabin Crew and formerly of Coole, Gortnahoe, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, 4th May 2014, peacefully, in the Bon Secours Hospital. Beloved wife and best friend of her adoring husband Dan. She will be very sadly missed by her loving husband, brothers Micheál and Patrick, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives and large circle of friends. Rest in peace.

LEONARD (nee English) (The Burrow, Portrane, Donabate) May 8th, 2014 (peacefully), at home after a long illness bravely borne, Peggy (late Nursing Staff St. Ita’s Hospital), beloved wife of the late Frankie; deeply regretted by her loving sons Francis, Sean and Declan, daughter Aîne, sisters Jane, daughters-in-law Paula and Alison, grandchildren Darren, Liam, Coral, Alex and Tiernan, relatives and a large circle of friends. Rest in peace.

MURPHY (Lusk, Co. Dublin), 3rd May, 2014, tragically, doing what he loved. Noel (Smurf), sadly missed by his partner Lana, children, Jayla and Leon, mother, Ger, father, Noel, sisters, Lisa, Sinead, Melissa and Vanessa, brother, David, nephew Ryan (Giggs) godson, Sean, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. Rest in peace.

BEGGS (Carrickboy, Longford/ Skerries, Co. Dublin) 7th May, 2014, peacefully at home, Larry, sadly missed by his family and friends. Rest in peace. D’ARCY (nee Kirwan) Ella (Chalfont, Malahide), May 7, 2014 (peacefully), at Bon Secours Hospital, beloved wife of the late Pat; sadly missed by her loving son Paul, daughter-in-law Inga, sisters Marie, Antoinette and Bernadette, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends and wonderful neighbours. Rest in peace.

BOURKE (Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) The death has taken place of Jane Bourke, late of Altamira House, Liscarrol, Co. Cork (and former nurse of the Mater Hospital) at her residence in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Beloved daughter of the late Tom and Carrie and much loved sister of Caroline, Neville, Anne and the late Owen. Deeply regretted by her loving family, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

MCLOUGHLIN (Skerries, Co. Dublin/ Finglas, Dublin) Joesph (Joe) peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Rush Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Lily and dear father of Joe, Carol, Brian, Des and Valerie. Sadly missed by his loving sons, daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends. Rest in peace.

CASEY, (nee Teeling) (Newlane, Darcystown, Balrothery, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin) peacefully

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Fingal County Council We, Chantal and Kieran Murray intend to apply for permission for development at 62, Bunbury Gate Crescent, Swords, Co. Dublin. The development will consist of the provision of a dormer window to the side of the existing dwelling. The Plannning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during the public opening hours of 09.3016.30 Monday-Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal,Co Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the Application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of a fee of €20, within the period of 5 weeks, beginning on the date of receipt by Fingal County Council of the Application, 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 the right to grant permission. Fingal County Council Retention Permission is sought by David Wrigley & Dr Carol Mooney-Wrigley for an existing stainless steel handrail to the front entrance ramp at No.1 Railway Avenue, Malahide, Co Dublin The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority during the public opening hours of 9.30 16.30 Monday - Friday at Fingal County Council, Fingal County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co. Dublin. A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the planning authority on payment of the prescribed fee of щ20, 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 Retention planning permission sought by James

Boylan for entrance door to main house, porch to granny flat and Sun Room to rear at St. Margaret’s, Dublin Road, Skerries , Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the planning authority 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 I Deirdre Walsh intend to apply for full planning permission for development at this site address: 56 The Vale, Skerries Rock, Skerries, Co Dublin to consist of minor amendments to previous granted permission Ref No. F13B/0084 to include: amendments to the roof profile, the raising the ridge height, the removal of proposed second floor rear balcony and all associated site works. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euros), within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Fingal County Council of this application. Fingal County Council The trustees of Malahide Golf Club Mr N Corr, Mr M Lenihan, Ms O Shannon, Mr K Goss, are seeking planning permission at Malahide Golf Club, Beechwood, The Grange, Malahide, Co Dublin, for a new single storey locker facility comprising of a storage area only. The Planning Application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council We, Tom & Helen McCabe, intend to apply for permission for development which consists of the replacement of the existing waste water treatment system with a new waste water treatment system and associated site works at Wimbletown, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the planning authority during its public opening hours, and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of the application. Fingal County Council Planning permission is sought consequent on the granting of Outline Permission Reg. Ref. F10A/0472 for the construction of a one and half storey

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dwelling on Site 3 as per Schedule 2 Conditions and Reasons of the Notification of Grant of Permission and Grant of Outline Permission Final Grant Order Number PF/1087/11 at Kilsallaghan, Swords, Co. Dublin for Mr. David Buffini. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority during its public opening hours and a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Swords Laboratories Ltd intends to apply for Planning Permission for the following proposed development at their existing manufacturing facility, Watery Lane, Swords, Co Dublin. Construction of a temporary entrance for ground clearance works and underground monitoring tank. The temporary entrance is for the purpose of providing construction traffic access onto the site during the construction of an underground storm water monitoring tank. It is proposed that the temporary entrance will be in place for a period of not longer than 24 months and on completion of the construction works the site boundaries, public footpath, verge and carriageway will be restored to their current position and appearance. This application consists of a variation to a previously permitted development on an activity for which a license under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992 (as amended for the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003) is required and will be notified to the Environmental Protection Agency. The development consists of modifications to an establishment, namely a lower tier Seveso site within the meaning of the European Communities (Control of Major Accident Hazards involving Dangerous Substances) Regulations 2006. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Fingal, Co Dublin during its public opening hours (9.30-3.30 Monday to Friday), and a submission or observation may be made to the authority in writing or payment of the prescribed fee (20 Euros) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the authority of this application. Fingal County Council Permission for a revised dormer bungalow type dwelling (including integrated garage) and all associated siteworks to that approved under Reg. Ref: F14A/0067 at rear of ‘Sunnydale’, Tower Street, Rush, Co. Dublin. Signed T. & T. Artaud. This application can be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy during the public opening hours of 09.30 16.30 Mon.-Fri. at the offices of Fingal County Council, County Hall, Main Street, Swords, Co. Dublin . A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of €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 Permission is sought for detached dormer dwelling, on-site waste water treatment unit and percolation area & associated site works @ Dermotstown, Naul, Co. Dublin for Fionnuala Rogers. 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