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Every child has the right to sleep in peace this Christmas: ISPCC appeals to the public for support The ISPCC is appealing for public donations to help ensure that they are here for the thousands of vulnerable children who will contact Childline 24 hours a day all over the Christmas period. Through the vivid depiction of a vulnerable child’s story at Christmas in a new radio ad and the expectation of over 1,000 contacts to Childline on Christmas Day alone, the charity is calling on the public for support.

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For most children, Christmas is a magical time to have fun and spend time with family. For others however, the reality is very different and Christmas is a time for sadness, fear and loneliness. Through its work, the ISPCC knows that Christmas can bring unwelcome stress and trauma for children; their family may not be around, they may be subjected to more abuse, violence and isolation. Alcohol abuse in the home can also have a hugely negative impact on children. Each year as the demand for ISPCC services increases, the Childline service continues to struggle to answer every call, with almost 35% of calls going unanswered. One child’s call unanswered is one too many. Today the ISPCC also launches a new, more accessible, user friendly website, with a variety of ways to get information, access services and support the charity. The ISPCC depends on the Irish public for the vast majority of its funding .....Continued on page 2

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Don’t Forget Your Breakfast! 48 % of young Irish adults (aged 18 - 34) are skipping breakfast.

It’s a well known fact that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet a study carried out by Centrum Multivitamins, which looks at the diets of Irish people, has revealed that almost half (48%) of young Irish adults skip breakfast on a regular basis yet three quarters (74%) believe their diet is good, very good or excellent. Countless studies highlight the benefits associated with starting the day with a healthy breakfast in managing weight, improving concentration and general well being. Breakfast essentially breaks the eight hour fast after sleep, providing the body with much needed energy and nutrients. The research also shows that over half (56%) of Irish women diet at least once per year, however, health and nutrition expert, Sarah Keogh is clear that eating breakfast can assist in weight loss by speeding up metabolism thus burning more calories. ‘There is a common misconception amongst people young and old that in order to lose weight you need to cut out meals or food groups. On the contrary, a balanced diet is essential in shifting excess weight and ensuring it stays off. Not only does a healthy breakfast speed up your metabolism but it also gives you more energy, meaning you can do more exercise,’ said Sarah. Sarah also revealed that International research studies highlight how difficult it is to replenish your diet with the necessary vitamins and minerals throughout the day if you cut out your breakfast. 72% of people are not getting their recommended allowance of fruit and vegetables Page 2

Every child has the right to sleep in peace this Christmas ....cont from page 1 and is calling on the public to be as generous as possible in these difficult times. Whether it’s a Christmas donation, a letter from Santa or buying a Holly Badge from a volunteer, any support is greatly appreciated and will go to ensure that ISPCC can listen to and support as many children as possible. No gift is too small to make a difference. Lloyd Byrne Director of Fundraising, ISPCC said “ISPCC relies on the generosity of public and corporate donations for over 90% of funding. In fact the Childline service which we expect could get up to 1,000 contacts on Christmas Day alone receives absolutely no government funding. We understand that times are difficult for everyone but purchasing a Holly Badge, Christmas cards or donating any amount over the phone or on our website can make a massive difference to children in need of support this Christmas” The ISPCC would like to take this opportunity to wish all volunteers and supporters a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

For more information on how to support the ISPCC log onto www.ispcc.ie or call 1850 50 40 50

The research also shows that over half (56%) of Irish women diet at least once per year, however, health and nutrition expert, Sarah Keogh is clear that eating breakfast can assist in weight loss by speeding up metabolism thus burning more calories.

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€62 million funding for flood risk management in 2012 says Minister Hayes Brian HayesTD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of PublicWorks (OPW) announced detail of a programme of major capital works for 2012. The Minister said,“I very much welcome the allocation by the Government of €45 million per annum for flood risk management and mitigation in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment MediumTerm Exchequer Framework for the period 2012-2016.The total allocation of €225 million for capital flood relief measures over the 5-year period of the framework is greater than the total spent on such measures in the past 10years.Thisallocationisadditionaltotherelatedcurrentexpenditure provision for maintenance by the OPW of completed arterial drainage schemes and collection of flood flow data, for which €17m has been provided in 2012.” “Atatimewhendifficultdecisionshavetobemadeinordertoadhereto thecurrentseverefinancialconstraints,thisverysubstantialallocation underlines the Government’s recognition of the serious personal and economicimpactoffloodingandtheimportanceitattachestoaddressing the problem,” The Minister concluded, “My Office will continue to operate in 2012 the Minor Flood Mitigation and Coastal Erosion Works scheme under whichlocalauthoritiescanapplyforfundingforsmallscalemeasuresto address localised flooding and erosion problems in their areas.

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“A Rockin Xmas”

Tallaght Student wins Texaco Art Competition

Don’t forget to come to see one of the events of the Festive Season and its nearly on your doorstep. Electra Stage School presents “A ROCKIN XMAS” in the Kilnamanagh Community Centre on Fri 16th and Sat 17th Dec. This is a brilliant show full of Dance, Song and comedy. Entertainment to suit all age groups. €10 for adults and only €6 for children and OAPs. Come along a have a great night out. Doors open 7.30pm.

ShaneO’Hanlon,age10,fromSt.Joseph’s Special School, Tallaght, a budding artist whose work entitled ‘Scarecrow’ will feature in the 2012 Texaco Children’s Art Competition calendar which is currently being distributed through their service stationscountrywide.Congratulationsto Shanewhospaintingfeaturesonthecalenders content page. Other students work to appear on the calender are for the month of February is a work entitled ‘Kitty’ by 6-years old Simone Gibbons, a pupil at Rathdown JuniorSchool,DunLaoghaire.September’s illustrationentitled‘StoppingNearKillary Harbour’is by 14-years old Robbie Glynn fromSt.Conleth’sCollege,Ballsbridge.The month of November sees a work entitled ‘An Foraois’by Oisin Martin, age 11, from Scoil Neasáin, Harmonstown.

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Christmas Party Nights” in the Maldron Hotel Tallaght

Walsh slams 100% increase in of Burial fees in South County Dublin. Tallaght Central FF Councillor, Éamonn Walsh has challenged the Labour/Sinn Féin controlled Council’s budget proposal to double the price of a purchase of a grave space at Bohernabreena , Esker , Saggart and Newcastle from € 1200 to € 2400. ‘The Council has proposed the doubling of prices from purchase of burial rights to interment of ashes. Many people make enormous efforts to set aside some of their savings for their funeral arrangements so as not to burden their loved ones left behind. I will be strenuously opposing this measure. Walsh says‘I am minded of Brendan Behan’s quip that Kilbarrack’s graveyardwas‘thehealthiestgraveyardinIrelandbecauseitwassonearthesea’anyonewantingtobeburiednearthemountainsoughttothinkagainwith these exorbitant increases’.

Be prepared to be spoiled this holiday season if you attend “Christmas Party Nights” in the Maldron Hotel Tallaght featuring a Legends of Vegas Show followed by a DJ. Startingtheeveningwithcocktails. Entertainmentwillbeprovided afterascrumptiousfour-course mealinthismodernandstylish hotel. Maldron Hotel Tallaght and Leisure Centrecurrentlyemploys60staff,andGeneral Manager Rishnoor Kaur said:“At Maldron HotelTallaght we are all here to welcome you.With a reputation for a warm friendly smile and great service, we can offer you so much more with complimentary car parking”. We want you to enjoy your experience with us, from meeting with friends for a coffeeandchat,catchingaquickbreakfast

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beforeanearlymorningmeetingtorelaxing over an evening meal and a nice glass of wine. We serve a variety of food throughout the day, to suit every appetite. Maldron Hotel Tallaght offers a relaxing experience in the comfortable, familyfriendly surrounds of Stir Bar and Restaurant. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Tallaght Stadium and Dublin Mountains. Guestsstayingatthehotelhavefullaccess to Arena Leisure Centre, which includes a 20 metre indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, kids pool and fully equipped gymnasium. The hotel offers a variety of party options for events such as Communions, Confirmations and birthday parties. You can choose from sit-down meals, buffets and finger food, please visit the hotel for more information or contact us on 01 4685400. Carvery lunch is served from Monday to Fridayofferingavariedselectionoffreshly prepared dishes to suit all tastes, or enjoy the keenly priced bar & restaurant menu from 2.30pm to 9.30pm daily. www.maldronhotels.com/hotel-tallaght

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Tallaght Express is delighted to introduce our new Columnist. Ask Alice is our new regular Agony Aunt and you the reader will be able to send your questionstoherataskalice@tallaghtexpress.com.AlthoughAlicewillfeature in our paper Tallaght Express is not responsible for any comments or answers. Below are a few tips from Ask Alice.

Dear Alice, Sometimes I think I am going crazy. I am 22, have a lovely, caring boyfriend and I have just started a really challenging new job that I love. The problem is that sometimes I seem to be taken over, out of the blue, by a really weird panicky feeling. I get a pain in the back of my head and I can’t think or breathe properly. Then I start to sweat and shake and just want to run away and hide. Sometimes my throat goes dry and feels really tight and I can’t think how to get out of this. I read about panic attacks in a magazine. Lilly Dear Lilly, This does sound like a panic attack. If you have figured this out you are half way to fixing it. Well done you! Although panic attacks can feel so dreadful and frightening the importantthingtorememberisthattheycanbemanaged andwillgo away altogether. Firstly, whenthepanic attack happens realise that it is not life threatening, talk yourself down, know that this has happened before and you have comethroughitafterashorttime.Thenyouneedtotalkto someone you trust – parents, older relative, doctor, manager.Alsotherearemanyoptionsforlowcostcounselling. The main thing is to talk, work out if there is a pattern or triggertothepanicattacks,somethingthatmakesyoufeel uneasy or worried. It will help to bring your feelings and worriesoutintotheopenanddealwiththem.Inthemeantimerelaxationandbreathingtechniqueswillhelp.Caring for yourself, healthy diet and light exercise will also help. Dear Alice, I am just turned 18 and I am two months pregnant. As soon as my boyfriend found out he dumped me. He says this is my problem – not his. I cannot consider abortion. I can’t tell my parents cos they would kill me. I have no one to talk to and I don’t know what to do. Jessica.

ornothedoeshavearesponsibilityhere–legally,financiallyand emotionally.Hemaysurpriseyou.Finallyrememberyouarenot alone.There’s lots of help out there.Your job is to stop worrying, stop putting it off and just do it!! You will be glad that you did. Dear Alice, I love my boyfriend and we are great friends. We moved in together 3 months ago. At first everything was great. We share housework, bills, shopping and so on. Ok – so what’s the problem. He has gradually stopped taking care of himself. His clothes are scruffy, he doesn’t wash and to be honest he stinks. I hate having him in my bed and can’t bear the thought of having sex with him. I have dropped hints, been direct, bought gallons of men’s lynx and open the windows even though its Baltic outside. I don’t want to split up but I cannot understand why he can’t spend a few minutes in the shower each day. He spends hours in the pub every day but can’t take time out to wash and change his clothes. Help .... Yvonne Dear Yvonne, It is so difficult to be around someone who does not attend to personal hygiene never mind attempt intimacy.You have tried thehints,thedirectspeech,thefreezingbreezeandthecosmetics.There does not seem to be much left except go for the direct speech on a new level. Try something like “I love you but your lack of hygiene is ruining our relationship.You need to shower andputoncleanclothes.”Short,sharpshock–statementoffactnotopenfordiscussion.Ifyourepeatthiseverydayorafewtimes a day for a week and he still does not wash then you need to give him an ultimatum to show that you are serious.The fact that he spends long periods in the pub could point towards problem drinking. Often when someone begins to misuse alcohol, one of the first things to go is self care. He may not be ready to look at this and you can’t fix it for him. You could seek support for yourself,forexample,AL-Anonandshareyourexperienceswith people who have been through the same thing.

Dear Jessica, First thing – you just have to sit your mother down, take a deep breath and tell her. She will be upset at first, maybe angry. Give her a little bit of time to take in the information. You will find her love and concern for you will win out over her upset. Let her tell your Dad if you really feel you can’t. Better to tell them sooner than let them find out later. When it is not a secret anymoreyouwillfeelrelieved.Rememberthey will want what is best for you and will help you. The fear is far worse than the reality. Next step – see your doctor. Get all your dates, scans and appointments set up.This will help you accept andacknowledgetherealityofyourpregnancy and plan for it and the baby. Third step, speak to your boyfriend.Whether he likes to admit it

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Looney: Threatened Education Cuts a Betrayal of Labour Values Cllr Dermot Looney, a Labour Party Councillor on South Dublin County Council, hassaidthatmootedcutsintheeducationbudgetare‘anathema’toLabourvaluesand willhitdisadvantagedchildrenandcommunitieshardest.CllrLooney,whoworksasa primary school teacher inTallaght, has called on LabourTD’s to stand firm against cuts targeted at special needs children and areas of disadvantage. “Threatened cuts of up to 2,000 Special Needs Assistants (SNA’s) would amount to a scandalous betrayal of Labour values in Government,” said Looney. “The previous administration capped the total number of SNA’s at 10,575 in lastyear’sbudget.Now,thethreatenedplansto cut almost 1 in 5 SNA’s would lay waste to great advancesmadeinspecialneedseducationand bring us back to the bad old days of ignorance and neglect.” “Approximately 6,000 SNA’s are currently employed in a mainstream primary education systemcateringforabouthalfamillionpupils,in additiontoapproximately2,000eachinpost-primaryschoolsandspecialschools.Theconservative spin being put out that SNA’s are some sort ofluxurybeliesthemodern,progressiveeducation system we need for economic and social recovery. Withdrawing SNA’s will impact not onlyonthechildrentowhomtheyareassigned; it will negatively affect the time and attention teachers can give to all pupils.”

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“Putting up to 2,000 SNA’s on the dole is exactly the kind of ‘butchery’ that Labour rightlywarnedagainstinthegeneralelectioncampaign.Similarly,areturntoclasssizes of the past as threatened is anathema to the Labour values our party is supposedly in Governmenttoprotect.Ireland’saverageprimaryclasssizeof24isalreadythe7thhighest in 29 OECD countries. The proposed increase in the pupil-teacher ratio of 2 will, according to the INTO, result in the loss of 800 primary teachers.” “The mooted pupil-teacher ratio increase at post-primary level to 20:1 will mean the loss of a similar number of teachers and will, according to theTUI, mean one less teacher or 33 less class periodsperweekinasmall-mediumsizesecondaryschool.Subjectswhichalreadyattractsmaller numbers – including key ones for economic recovery such as Honours Maths, languages or science subjects – may be culled, resulting in further-diminished prospects for our young people.” “There are also major cutbacks threatened to Youthreach training programmes, which provide second-chance education and training to early school leavers, primarily in areas of socioeconomicdisadvantage.Theeconomicandsocial costsoftheseheadlinecutbacks–alongwiththe suggested cuts and fee increases at preschool, third and fourth levels – will hit young people in working-class areas the hardest.”

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Thinking of Buying a Puppy TheDublinSPCAwouldliketomakeanurgentappealtoanyonewhoisconsidering purchasingapuppy/dogforChristmasandaskthemtopleasebevigilantwithregard to where this puppy/dog comes from. Every day, we deal with people regarding animal welfare issues and it concerns us greatlywhenwereceivecallsfrompetowners;especiallyatChristmastime,whotell usthey’vepurchasedtheirpetfromthebackofsomeone’scarorboot,onlytofindthe animalhasbecomedangerouslyillveryquickly,oftendyingwithin24hoursofthem getting it home. We’ve received a number of calls relating to such incidents in the past week. Because of this, the Dublin SPCA has issued the following guidelines. If you are looking for a puppy/dog this Christmas (or at any time of the year), please go to a shelter and adopt one. If you decide not to adopt from a shelter and opt to go to a breeder, then follow these simple guidelines:

»»Researchdogsthatinterestyouandfindoutwhichbreedisright for you and your family/environment. »»Go to an IKC registered, licensed breeder. »»Insist on seeing the puppy’s parents – examine and check for temperament/mentalandphysicalcondition/eyeproblems/other related health problems specific to your breed of choice. »»Inspecttheenvironmentwherethepuppy waskept and never, ever agree to meet the breeder half way or in a car park; at a petrol station, on the side of the road,etc, insist on visiting the premises. We cannot stress this point enough. »»Askaboutinheritedconditionsfromtheanimal’sparents/grandparents. »»Does the puppy come with a veterinary certificate of health? Speak to the vet. »»Dogsareadultslongerthantheyarepuppiessomakecertainyou arefamiliarwiththeadulttypeofyour chosen breed. Rememberit’simportantyoumaintaingoodcontact with your puppy’s breeder and understand you’re committingtothisanimal’scarefortherestofitslife. Aresponsible,registered,breederwillwelcomeyour commitment. If you’re uncomfortable or have any concerns, contactyourlocalanimalwelfareshelter.TheDublin SPCA can be contacted at 01-4994700 However, if, having read our guidelines, you still wish to go ahead and purchase a puppy/dog from somebody you’ve met in a car park, petrol station, side of the road, etc., then please take the following precautions in the event your puppy suddenly becomes ill. »» Get the car make, model and registration number. »» Pay special attention to the person selling you the puppy; physical description, any identifying features/details, etc., For more information log onto www.dspca.ie or email me at miriam.kerins@dspca.ie © Miriam Kerins, Head of Education, Communications and Public Relations, Dublin SPCA

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Christmas Tree Safety As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire-smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow large very quickly. Picking The Tree -Chooseatreewithfresh,greenneedlesthatdonotfalloffwhentouched.Thebranches should bend and not easily snap. Placing The Tree -Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1–2” from the base of the trunk. -Makesurethetreeisatleastthreefeetawayfromanyheatsource,likefireplaces,radiators,candles,heatventsorlights.Aheatsourcetooclosetothetreecausesoneinevery five of Christmas tree fires. -Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. -Add water to the tree stand daily. Lighting The Tree -Uselightsthathavethelabelofanindependenttestinglaboratory.Somelightsareonly for indoor or outdoor use. -Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connectnomorethanthreestrandsofministringsetsandamaximumof50bulbsfor screw-inbulbs.Readmanufacturer’sinstructionsfor number of LED strands to connect. One of every threehomeChristmastreefiresarecausedbyelectrical problems -Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. -Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. After Christmas -Get rid of the tree after Christmas or when it is dry. -Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage,orplacedoutsideagainstthe home. -Bringoutdoorelectricallightsinsideaftertheholidaystoprevent hazards and make them last longer. Ps. This is just a little advice wepickedupandhopefully it will be helpful.

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ISPCC welcomes proposed publication of child abuse reporting legislation TheISPCCwelcomesMinisterFitzgerald’sannouncementthatlegislationconcerningthereportingofchildabusewillbepublishedafter Christmas. The ISPCC has been calling for a number of years for a legislative framework to be put in place to enhance child protection and the management of reporting concerns.This proposed legislation is an importantstepinthedevelopmentofamorerobustchildprotection system. The ISPCC concurs with the Minister for Children’s assertion that child protection is everyone’s concern, with every person having an obligationinensuringthesafetyandwelfareofchildren.Inthepastit hasbeenevidentthatguidelineswithoutthenecessarystatutoryand administrative framework are in themselves not enough. Caroline O’Sullivan, Director of Services, ISPCC stated:“We all have a legal and moral duty to protect all children in Ireland. ISPCC very muchwelcomestheproposedpublicationofnewlegislationwhich willenhancethedevelopmentofamorerobustsystem,toensurethe reporting of concerns and provide for the better protection of children today and in the future”

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Minister Rabbitte Welcomes Latest Benchmark Study On Digital Switchover 87% Now Aware Of Digital Switchover, 35% Aware Of Date Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D. has announced research which reveals that 87% of Irish people are now aware of the digital TV switchover and 35% areawarethattheanalogueTVnetwork will be officially switched off in October 2012.These encouraging results come from the latest Millward Brown Lansdowne benchmark study on the Digital Switchover which was carried out in November. The research reveals that awareness levels of the Digital Switchover among Irishpeoplehaveincreasedby10%since DCENR launched a public information and awareness campaign last October which included a newTV campaign featuring iconic broadcaster, Gay Byrne. Even more encouragingly, the latest study highlights that only 11% of Irish peopleaged65+remainunawareofthe Digital Switchover, a figure which represents a 25% drop since the last body of research in September. Only 6% of 55 – 64 year olds remain unaware of theDigitalSwitchover, down some 21%onSeptember’s figure. Interestingly too, the research showsthatjust11% of rural dwellers are unaware of the switchover as compared to 13% of their urban counterparts. Minister Rabbitte said,“As I stated when welaunchedourinformationandawareness campaign in October, it is Important that we help people, particularly those people still unaware of the Digital TV Switchover, to understand what it is, its many benefits, when it is happening and where they can go for guidance. It is really encouraging to see that our campaign is having real impact, particularly among older people and rural dwellers who are most affected by the switching off by the analogue TV service next October.”

The study also reveals that the date of the analogue TV switch off - Wednesday 24th October 2012 - also seems to have cut through with some 35% of Irish people correctly stating that this will happen next October. This figure representsasignificant22%increaseon September’s figure. Minister Rabbitte said,“These findings clearly indicate that our campaign is working and that the key messages are reaching those who need them most. TheGovernmentremainscommittedto continuingtodriveawarenessofdigital television and the switching off of the analogue TV network on October 24th next year. This is a very positive thing for Ireland and will offer TV viewers a number of additional benefits, such as clearer picture and sound quality, more TV channels, radio channels, information services and high definition TV. “ Anyonewhocurrentlyreliesonanaerial

“Face Bank” in Old Bawn Community School Thursday the 1/12/2011 marked the official launch of “Face Bank” in Old Bawn Community SchoolTallaght.Thebank hasbeenintroducedas a student project through the“A.I.B Build A Bank” challenge and has got off to a great start with manystudentsaversopeningtheirfirsteverbank account in the hope of learning the art of saving and financial management. The bank is operated and managed by leaving certificate L.C.V.P, Business studiesandAccountingstudentswhoaswellaslearninganddevelopingtheir experienceinaservicedrivenenvironmentaregainingexceptionalfinancial servicesexperienceandskillsthatwillassistandcontributetotheiracademic course work for their state exams. P Ryder The day of the launch was a massive success which involved live entertainmentandintroductorygiftsallwatchedbyanaudienceofoverfourhundred studentsandstaffaswellassomeveryspecialguestsfromthelocalbusiness community. TheschoolwerealsohonouredbythepresenceofMayorCatriona Joneswho cut the ribbon and inspired the students with her positive words. Thebankiscontinuingtogrowfromstrengthtostrengthandthestudentsare lookingforwardtotakingpartinthecompetitionfinalstowardstheendofthe year. Pictured at this special occasion are Ms Jennifer Grey (Vice Principal),Mr. Philip Murphy( A.I.B Tallaght),Mr Paul Ryder ( Business studies teacher Old Bawn C,S), Killian Morris,Shane Quinn,Kelly Dean,Vanessa Mulhall,Cian Duff, ( All Face bank team),David Verdon(A.I.B Student officer),and Mayor Catriona Jones.

to watch TV - approximately 250,000 households across Ireland - will need to takeactionbefore24thvtoretainaccess to TV services. Guidance on the Digital Switchover is available at www.goingdigital.ie, through LoCall 1890 940 980 (English language) and 1890 940 970 (Irish language) and through informationbookletswhichareavailableinpost offices and Citizen Information Centres throughout the country. The DCENR will shortly announce details of an outreach programme to support its Public Information and AwarenesscampaignaroundtheDigital Switchoverwhichwillengagewithcommunitygroups,voluntaryorganisations and charities throughout the country.

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The Day Santa Claus Died In The Liberties.

Sitting on the side seat of the bus I followed worry lines on the face of the woman opposite. She looked thin and drawn and showed furrowed lines worn deep by hardship. I studied her anxious apprehensive looks that I wasn’t aware of before and was confused and unable to interpret them as a seven tear old. She lit up a cigarette, drew deeply. Exhaling through her nose she created a constant blue veil of smoke about her face and fixed a gaze out the back door staring at the broken white lines vanishing back to the Greenhills in Tallaght where we lived. The smoke and her gaze through the back window concealed the constant flow of tears running down the valley of her nose which she continually wiped at her chin, with the back of her black leather glove, each time she raised her hand to inhale her cigarette. She was in another world, far removed from the safe haven she created for us. Her own world was full of harsh realities from life’s conundrums and crisis. I broke my stare, so she wouldn’t notice my curious attentiveness, and started spelling aloud mantra like the names of the adverts on the bus window, but I kept one eye on my mother’s troubled face. U-R-N-E-Y Urney C-H-O-CO-L-A-T-E-S chocolates J-A-C-O-B-’S Jacob’s B-I-S-C-U-I-T-S biscuits. B-I-S-T-O bisto K-I-D-S kids, B-O-V-R-I-L Bov-ril C-O-C-O-A, Co-co-a, M-O-R-E O-F-T-E-N I-T-’S A-F-T-O-N, G-O-L-D F-L-A-K-E S-A-T-I-F-I-E-S, ‘she must be smoking Gold Flake,’ for she now looks satisfied young and happy again I thought to myself studying her sternly, but now with my worries dissipating with each satisfied puff. The bus jolted at Cork Street, and stuttered round the corner into the Coombe. She fixed her scarf and nodded intuitively at me signalling she was about to alight from the bus. I followed behind her up Meath Street copying her steps and trying to avoid the cracks in the pavement. The Street was

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thronged with shoppers seeking the last minute Christmas Eve bargain reductions of the fifties. We followed the weekly ritual, visited St Catherine’s shrine where she allowed me light her few candles. She moved into a seat at the back of the church and knelt to pray. Clasping her face in her hands she bent over like an S-hook and shook rhythmically for a time in this foetal position. I in equal hushed tones identified the colours in the Churches magnificent stain glass windows r-e-d, y-e-l-l-o-w, m-au-v-e, g-r-e-e-n, b-r-o-w-n. Coming out of her prayerful trance she gave me a silvery sixpence ‘put that in the penny dinner’s box over there for the poor people’ she whispered. Just before we faced into the thronged streets again my mother knelt on the steps of St Catherine’s church to button my coat against the harsh east wind ‘Martin’ she confided’ there is some thing I need to tell you. Taking a deep breath, she blurted out in a whisper, ‘Martin, there is no such thing as Santa Claus and I’m depending on you to help me get the toys for the others and mind the bags while I visit your Dad in St Mary’s Sanatorium’. “That’s O K Ma”, she recounted I replied with a look of bewildered astonishment that she remembered to her dying day. ‘I won’t let on to the others’ I promised. I was scarcely seven years old when the magic of Christmas was replaced with tinsel, false snow and fake Santa’s. Not even Bovril could stop that sinking feeling I felt that day and anytime I pass by that spot. To this day, I still visit St Catherine’s shrine and light the candles. Now its for the repose of my mothers great soul and those of her generation who have passed on. She lived to see the millennium in, but not it’s Solstice out, for she was buried on its longest day. ‘The Little Flower’ penny dinners still thrive as needy to day as it was that day in 1957. But, whenever I hear the question where were you when Kennedy was shot or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, Mandella was freed, or when the Pillar was blown up or more recently when the Twin Towers collapsed? I reply, I don’t know, but I know where I was when Santa Claus died. Did you know he died in the Liberties? By Mervyn Ennis

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5 Things To Do After Christmas While the holidays are a great time to spend time with family, catch up on each other’slives,eatgoodfood,andswapgifts,let’sfaceit–eventuallyyou’reallcaught up and need some good activities for the rest of your time off. And if you’re anything like my family, you probably also feel a little broke once Christmas is over, so hereare5thingsthatwillhelpyousavemoney,whilekeepingeveryoneentertained. 1) After Christmas sales. I know I said it won’t break the bank – and I promise if you gettherightthings,thisisagreattimetoshop.Stockuponwrappingpaper,bows, and decorations for next year – this way you never have to pay full price for wrapping paper again. On a side note: anytime after Christmas is also a good time to stockuponyourwinterwardrobeasspringcollectionsarecomingsoon,sowinter is sharply discounted. 2) Go see a movie. Staying around the house for too long can make anyone feel crowded. So round up the crew and go out for a few hours for a movie. After all, this is a cheap way to get everyone out of the house for 2-3 hours. 3) Go sledding, skiing, ice skating, or have a snowball fight if we get the snow that is.That’s the beauty of winter right? Running around in deep snow is also a great way to work off all those extra calories from the holiday food. 4) Make homemade hot chocolate.While cooking is probablya chorebynow,hot chocolateisasimpleandclassicaldrinkthat’sgreatduringtheholidayswhilevisiting with family. 5) Board games.While this is pretty uneventful most other times of the year, it’s a great family solution that entertains a group of all ages.This is especially helpful if you have a large family, so stock up on a couple of games just in case.

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Intermediate Sudoku

Challenging Sudoku Fill in the blank squares so that each row, each column and each 3-by-3 block contain all of the digits 1 thru 9 If you use logic you can solve this puzzle without guesswork Need a little help? Thie hints on page 23 show a logical order to solve the puzzle. Use it to identify the next square you should solve.

CROSSWORD

Which of these numbers is the odd-one-out? Across 1. Vietnam (5) 5. The Philippines (6) 7. Italy (4) 9. Bulgaria (5) 10. Turkey (6) 12. Nepal (9) 14. Colombia (6) 15. Jordan (5) 16. Togo (4) 17. Venezuela (7) 19. Fiji (4) 20. Pakistan (9) 22. Ecuador (5) 23. Maldives (4) Down 1. Zimbabwe (6) 2. Portugal (6) 3. Iraq (7) 4. Iceland (9) 6. Samoa (4) 8. Oman (6) 10. Ethiopia (5,5) 11. Indonesia (7) 12. Afghanistan (5) 13. Uganda (7) 17. Egypt (5) 18. Liechtenstein (5) 19. South Korea (5) 21. Peru (4)

43 26 50 37 17 82 Rearrange the letters of the following phrase to give the name of a U.S. state: VIEWING A STIR Hereisaquotationwithallthespacesandvowelsremoved.Whatis the quotation? MNCNNTBTCRFLNTHCHCFHSNMS The following number has a rather special characteristic. What makes it unique? 8,549,176,320

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Crowe condemns decision to cut school guidance counsellors SinnFéin’sEducationSpokespersonDeputy Seán Crowe believes that the Government’s plans to cut guidance counselling in this week’s budget will have far reaching consequencesforyoungpeoplewhoneedsupport at school.

“Nowmorethaneverweneedguidancecounsellingservicesinourschools.The moratorium on assistant principal and special duty posts in schools means that therearelessyearheadsandpastoralrolesinourschools.Theofficesofguidance counsellorsinourschoolshavebecomeverybusywithstudentsneedingsupport on a personal, educational and career level. “This appalling decision by Minister Ruairí Quinn makes a mockery of Labour’s pastcommitmenttoensureyoungpeopleattendingschoolhavethepropersupportsavailabletoensuretheycanreachtheireducationalpotential.Hehaseither beenbadlyadvisedontheimplicationsofthislatestcutorhasnounderstanding of how our schools operate and it is an issue.

Deputy Crowe described as“appalling”the decision by Minister Ruairí Quinn to reduce the number of counsellors which he believes may also breach the 1998 Education Act. DeputyCrowesaid,“Lastweek’sannouncementbyMinisterQuinnwillmean manystudentswhorequireemotionalandpsychologicalsupportwillhavenowhere to turn in a time of crisis.The loss of these essential posts comes against abackdropinthealarmingriseintherateofsuicides,self-harmanddepression amongstyoungpeople.Addedtothisisthechallengesfacedbyteacherswho are in the frontline in dealing with bullying in the classroom. “TheMinister’sdecisionmayalsobreachSection9cofthe1998EducationAct which clearly states that one of a school’s functions is to‘ensure that students have access to appropriate guidance to assist them in their educational and career choices.’

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The Snake is back! Chrysler Group has confirmed that the next-generation Viper will go into production in late 2012 andthatitwillreopenitsConnerAvenueassembly plant to produce the vehicle, bringing nearly 150 jobs back to the City of Detroit.

The all-new Viper will also be the first vehicle launched exclusively as an SRT product which will not only allow SRT engineers to push the boundaries of theViper’s design and performance even further than before, it also potentiallyopensthevehicleuptoamuchwideraudiencethanwouldhave been the case if vehicle was to be marketed solely as a Dodge. SRTwillcontinuetodevelopultra-highperformanceChrysler,Dodgeand Jeepproductsandwillalsomaintainitsmotorsportprogrammeswhichare vitaltotheresearchanddevelopmentofnewtechnologiesandengineering solutions. SRTwasfirstformedin2002asChryslerGroup’shigh-performanceskunkworks and was primarily comprised of the engineers behind the original Dodge Viper. SRT, which stands for“Street and Racing Technology”, was taskedwithcreatingtheGroup’smostextremeandradicalvehicles,thefirst of which was the 2003 Dodge Viper SRT10. Since then a total of ten SRT modelshavebeenproduced,themostrecentbeingtheJeepGrandCherokee SRT8. SRT became a standalone brand in September 2011 and the all-new Viper will be the first official SRT model. The reopening of the Conner Avenue assembly plant reaffirms Chrysler Group’s commitment to Motor City and it is now the only car manufac-

turer with two assembly plants in Detroit.

Remember This One

Answers to this weeks puzzles on page 20 Intermediate Sudoku 43 - all the others are 1 greater then a square West Virginia A man can not be too careful in the choice of his enemies Oscar Wilde It consists of the numbers 1-9 in alphebetical order

Challenging Sudoku

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WETHEPEOPLE.IE/ TNS Radio.ning. com, Free community talks/ debt remedies/ solutions People are going through financial & mortgage difficulties, if this includes you/ your family you aren’t alone. If you want freely shared solutions/ free help to keep food

on the table and heating on while you are honestly struggling to pay debts/ mortgages read on we want to share them! Right now in winter/ Christmas you have a primary responsibility to your family first. Think: How can you honestly attempt to repay at the best of your ability if you or yours are going hungry,sick or tired through lack of food? What person could honourably testify in a court that you/ your child should go hungry/ cold because something outside your direct control has changed? Do not leave your homes under any circumstances! Help is available below for free. Stay in your homes/ Keep the electricity/ gas on/ Stay warm and well fed. Read on

Consider the following in relation to a family home

1. MORTGAGE IS A FORM OF CONTRACT.2. LAW IS MAINLY ABOUT CONTRACT. 3.PERFORMANCE ON THE CONTRACT.4.INTENT TO PERFORM ON CONTRACT. Currently people who can’t pay the full amount get scared and stop paying!Just keep paying (performing) whatever you can honestly afford, but multiply the intent say 10 payments of 80 euros (800) per month or more rather than one payment (800) . Pay what you can honestly afford, even if a fraction of the mortgage, just keep paying!Regularly! Do not stop! Keep all receipts/ lodgement slips; if payment is being refused bring a witness! Ask bank/ credit union/ ask for a hand written note acknowledging they refused your money. Keep it as evidence, remember pay little and often! it is almost impossible to get a judgement against you as you are providing evidence you honestly intend to pay. Keep all documents/ Lodgement slips/receipts share this info with your neighbours as you have a sovereign right to a home. Consider: Micheál O’Cearúil’s: “Bunreacht na hÉireann: A Study of the Irish Text” (Online) ARTICLE 41.1.1THE FAMILY LITERAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION The State acknowledges that the Family is the basic primary groupunit of/for society according to nature, and that it is a moral institution which has inalienable invincible rights which are more ancient and higher than any human statute. We need talk venues for this info, please help us to find them! Evidence/ videos/ help available free.. Look up ‘Mortgage Solution TnsRadio & WethePeople on youtube’ or TNS RADIO.NING.COM or WETHEPEOPLE.IE Or call Aaron: 0872297888 Darren: 0830020250

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