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The idea of a property tax in Ireland has been on the agenda for many months now. The introduction of a property tax was one of the conditions of the IMF/EU bailout . These are some of the details of the new Household Charge or Property Tax that will be introduced as part of the 2012 Budget – from January 2012. The 2012 charge will be €100 a year – but it will be increased in 2013 Property Owners not occupiers will be liable for the charge. Tenants will not have to pay it. Billing: No bills for this household charge will be sent – the charge will be on a self declaration basis. Registration and payment can be carried out online when the website is up and running. The Household Charge is an interim measure to be put in place until a full property tax system is worked out. The Household Charge/Tax is supposed to be used by local authorities to help fund local services such as fire and emergency services, libraries, street cleaning, lighting, planting etc. Up until now the Exchequer has contributed to the funding of these services – but now some of the funding will be collected through the introduction of this hosehold charge. The Household Charge is expected to raise about €160 million a year – but there will be costs incurred in administration and collection of the charge. Money raised will be paid into the Local Government Fund and will be allocated back to local authorities by the Minister in General Purpose Grants. The liability date will be January 2012 and households will have three months to pay. Late payment penalties will apply of €10 a month. If charges remain unpaid a charge will remain attached to the property – if a property is sold the new owner becomes liable for outstanding monies. Registration for the charge will be done either online or by post. Payers will be able to pay a one off payment online or by post or spread the payment quarterly by direct debit . The following properties are exempt from the Household

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Charge : 1. Properties that are part of the trading stock of a business (not sold or not generating an income ); 2. Properties owned by local authorities and approved nonprofit housing bodies and rented as “social housing” 3. Property Owned by Government/HSE; 4. Properties Owned by a Charity; 5. Properties where commercial rates apply; 6. Properties where a person is forced to leave their house due to long-term mental or physical infirmity (elderly person that has moved into a nursing home). The following households will have the charge waived : 1. Those in receipt of mortgage interest supplement (i.e on very low incomes) 2. Those in certain category 3 and 4 unfinished housing estates (Estimated to be less than 400 estates) Category 3 is where a receiver has not been appointed and the developer is still in place but effectively inactive . Category 4 is where the development has been effectively abandoned and is posing serious problems for residents .


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Cllr Brian Lawlor has welcomed the announcement this week by Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government that South Dublin County Council will pilot the new ‘Fixyourstreet’web site. Fixyourstreet will be a publicly accessible web site with associated mobile technologies on which non emergency issues such as street lighting, drainage, graffiti, illegal dumping, road and footpath maintenance can be reported. The pilot will run for a period of three months in South Dublin County Council, whereby technologies developed by the Council will be tested in a live working local government environment. “I am extremely pleased and proud to acknowledge South Dublin County Council’s continued work towards the delivery of quality customer service”, said Councillor Lawlor. “The Council already provide a range of online customer care facilities, social media presence, and location based services to a quarter of a million people, 90,000 households and over 6,000 businesses through their website . As part of the pilot phase South Dublin County Council with the support of the Local Government Management Agency will be working with a number of other local authorities on this initiative. This pilot

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Opening Up of Postal Market Today the President signed into law the Communications Regulation (Postal Services) Act 2011 which transposes the EU Third Postal Service Directive and marks the final step in opening the market to full competition. The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte, said that *“the enactment of this legislation represents an important milestone in the development of the postal sector and represents a fair and balanced approach to liberalisation.”*

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The Minister concluded that whilst the migration away from post to electronic communications presented a significant challenge for the sector, he said he

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volume of almost 20%. I would like to take this opportunity to commend the manner in which management and union in an Post are cooperating to meet this challenge and diversify into new products and services”* Pat Rabbitte said. The bill also enables almost €10 million to be transferred from the TV license revenue to help fund TG4.

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Helena & Helen’s Gardening Advice Dear Helena & Helen, I have a corner in my garden where the neighbour’s tree is blocking all the light and nothing will grow there. Can you give me any suggestions as to what I can do? It is directly outside my dining room window and I would love it to look pretty. Dear Janet, Dependant on the size of the area you are trying to cover the following are a few planting combinations that would work for you. Acer ‘Bloodgood’ (Japanese Maple) would make a lovely backdrop to the corner, this particular variety has a rich purple foliage. In front of this we would plant Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart) which flowers in early spring with pink and white flowers, Evergreen ferns, these give a lovely softening effect. Astilbe fanal produces the most amazing claret red plumes in early summer. Geraniums in variety (perennial type not bedding) these come in a selection of leaf and flower colour. Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ this has a rich plum coloured leaf which would pick up the colour of the Acer and bring the corner together. Anemone ‘Serenade’ produces double pink flowers in late summer going through into the autumn. This selection of plants would give you colour for most of the year. Dear Helena & Helen I am just back from my holidays and my garden is looking very dull, do you have any ideas how to brighten it up? Dear Niamh, Introducing colour to your garden is not problem to us, actually it is our specialty. The following

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would be a few of our favourites; Alstroemeria, the Princess Lilies, these varieties only grow to about a foot in height and produce flowers all summer long in a selection of colours. Anthemis ‘Tinpenny Sparkle’ is a daisy which has large white flowers all summer long. Fuchsia, the hardy type, flower from July right through the autumn. Nepeta faasenii produces a soft blue flower with silver foliage. Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’ has a strong yellow daisy flower which holds up very well to heavy rain.

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Government’s commitment to correct the public finances, we must make every effort to effect significant savings by whatever means we can. Having studied the success of a similar initiative in the UK, I am keen to also secure dividends for the Irish State. The total value in 2010 for all procurement by the State was €15bn. That is not sustainable. I believe that procurement savings must be part of our deficit reduction programme ”. The initiative will be based on an analysis of monies expended by Government. It is proposed to approach the top suppliers to the State and reach agreement on a dividend that they will return to the State.

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Minister of State, Mr. Brian Hayes T.D. has announced his intention to initiate discussions with top suppliers of goods and services to Government with a view to negotiating a dividend to the State. Minister Hayes stated: “Given the

Minister Hayes continued: “I am looking forward to the co-operation of those suppliers that have benefited greatly from State contracts in recent years. In addition, I will be seeking recommendations from suppliers, suggesting areas where further potential efficiencies/savings can be achieved within the public sector. I will also use the initiative as an opportunity to enforce the message that a multiplicity of prices being charged to different public bodies

Children’s Hospital Fund Raising The National Children’s Hospital Tallaght are organising a fundraising trip to the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford in August 2011. The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford is the biggest cycling event in the Irish cycling calendar with over 3000 cyclists taking part each year. We are asking 20 lucky riders to raise a minimum fundraising target of €500 to take part in this special challenge which includes the following: 1. Training plan and training advice 2. Entry into the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford (includes jersey and goodie bag) 3. Full support from Hibernia Cycling Tours cyclists on the road 4. Overnight hotel accommodation near the start and finish in Dungarvan 5. 2 course dinner on Saturday 27th August 6. Pre-event breakfast on Sunday 28th August 7. Lunch on completion of the event

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and agencies by the same supplier will no longer be acceptable. The initiative, co-ordinated by the National Procurement Service of the Office of Public Works, will be introduced as a cross- Government measure. I have already obtained the agreement of the Cabinet to proceed as outlined”. The Minister concluded: “The State, as the biggest purchaser of goods and services, must take a new approach to public expenditure when it comes to purchasing from suppliers. In taking this initiative, I want suppliers to understand the intent of Government. I am determined to obtain better pricing from our key suppliers. Major private sector firms demand these savings on an annualised basis, there is no reason why the State cannot obtain reduced prices on the same basis. Suppliers need to understand the new situation we face and I look forward to meeting them face to face and to hearing their suggestions”. Letters have now issued with a view to commencing discussions on this proposal in September.

The group will be taking on the ‘Kelly Coast’ 90km route. The Kelly Coast exits the start area close to Dungarvan Sports Centre and heads for Abbeyside, Barnawee Bridge and the open road. The route is designed for the touring cyclist who has possibly decided to step up the training regime this year. It is an extremely scenic route, but covers quite hilly terrain and your training programme should reflect this!! To register for this event download the registration form here and post to The Fundraising Department, The National Children's Hospital, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Call the Fundraising Office on 01 414 2375 if you have any questions or queries on this event or email

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Tallaght Express wrestling or tease you in a way that hurts or is not funny. Domestic violence can have major effects on victims not to mention the physical injuries that can occur. There is also feeling of embarrassment, exhaustion, confusion, loss of confidence, low self esteem, depression, isolation, and inability to trust others later on in life. Although you may feel there is nothing you can do, or they will change, they more than likely will not change, and the sooner you leave the better for yourself and your children. There are many reasons why people do not leave violent relationships such as their partner threatened to kill themselves, they are afraid, they think it will get better in time, they feel partially to blame, they are still in love, they are afraid of being alone, they feel when their abuser is nice they are wonderful, they feel there abuser is extremely jealous which indicates his love, they feel sorry for their abuser. While these reasons may seem valid at the time they are not going to change the fact that you and your children are subjects to domestic violence. This also has many affects on your children and it may even affect their view of life as they get older and start their own relationship. Now let’s look at our safety plan which you should prepare in advance. • Have a mobile phone in your possession at all times • Call the police if you have been attacked or are about to be attacked • Hide emergency money, keys, important documents such as passports, marriage certificate, photographs of previous injuries, medical cards, PPS cards, child benefit book, bank cards etc. Leave all of these with a friend and keep them out of the house, that way if you have to leave suddenly you don’t have to run around finding things nor do you have to go back. • Get an answering machine to screen calls for if the abuser begins to harass you by telephone. Now let’s look at what to do during the attack. • If your life is in immediate danger – leave right now • Your safety and the safety of your children are most important • If you suspect an attack is about to happen be prepared and leave with your children and go to a neighbour or friend, or if you can’t leave call or text a friend and tell them to call the police if you cannot do it yourself. • Defend and protect yourself as much as possible • Call for help. Scream as loud and as continuously as you can • You have nothing to be ashamed of, the abuser does


Domestic Violence Domestic Violence is an emotional, verbal, physical, or sexual abuse of a person within a close or intimate relationship. There are other types of domestic violence surfacing these days such as social isolation, ridicule, intimidation, manipulation, financial control, and deprivation. Domestic violence affects many other relationships than that just of marriage or partnership. It also affects children, partners, families and households. This is a crime that occurs in every class, income level, culture, and educational background and even children can be abused under the same headings. Domestic violence is sometimes seen as a power or control by one person to another. There are five main types of domestic violence and they are as follows: Physical: This type of abuse is self explanatory. It includes pushing, pinching, squeezing, kicking, slapping, choking, punching cutting, tripping, burning, pulling hair, holding down, and the throwing of objects. This type is usually easy to prove given the marks that are left on one’s body. Emotional: People don’t realise that this is a form of abuse, and examples are blaming or accusing you, shouting at you, saying hurtful things to upset you, forcing you to listen, abusing pets or children to get your attention, giving you the ‘silent treatment’, driving dangerously to intimidate or frighten you, and destroying important belongings. Verbal: Again some of these are mentioned above including shouting at you, sexual or other name calling, threatening you with a weapon, blaming or accusing you, saying hurtful things to upset you and not allowing you to put your argument forward. Social: This is a newly recognised form of abuse and examples are refusing to help you when you are sick or pregnant, isolating you from the outside world, giving you the silent treatment, manipulating you with lies etc. Sexual: Most of these examples are self explanatory such as rape, unwanted sexual contact of any sort, holding you down, sexual name calling, forcing you to dress or perform in a sexual way that you find unpleasant, forcing pregnancy, being exposed to pornographic material against your will etc. Economic: Again this is a newly recognised form of abuse which includes excluding you access to the family finances. Giving you ‘pocket money’, not allowed a bank card or access to funds, questioning you every time you require money and then seeking proof of what you spent it on etc.

The abusive incident phase: From the previous phase a big fight erupts to the point where your partner explodes, and sometimes becomes violent as a result and you or they may inform the other that the relationship is over. The conflict resolution phase: Your partner begins to apologise and tries to explain their actions, then you may begin to share feelings, and go into denial that there is a problem and you both make excuses in your head to try convince each other that it will get better. At this stage you both may begin to make ground rules for the future and you may be required as the victim to take some of the blame as to why the abuser has abused you. You may feel your partner was under a lot of stress and you didn’t help because you wouldn’t listen or you were talking to someone else etc. The honeymoon phase: You may feel like you are falling in love again, get back together and you both have a passion for each other again. The only problem is these are phases of what is sometimes a vicious cycle that happens again and again until you break the cycle for good. Most abusers have low self esteem and may find it hard to trust others maybe from a childhood incident. They can be jealous and possessive, and always try to control you. Maybe they were brought up themselves in a family of violence. They usually go into denial often and blame others for their mood swings and temper. Sometimes they isolate their victim, and sometimes this is drug or alcohol related. There are occasions when abusers try playful

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• After the attack get away if you can, and seek medical assistance • Tell the medical staff who done this and have it recorded • Remember to get the name of the staff who treated you • If no medical assistance is available you can go to a public place where the abuser will be seen following you and keep screaming or go to a neighbour or friend, use your mobile phone or get access to a

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The above are just some examples of the type of abuse that goes on however they are certainly not exhaustive. The next thing to be aware of is the cycle of such abuses and how they occur. There are 4 phases of the abuse cycle and they are as follows: The tension building phase: You feel like you are walking on eggshells, and you start to be criticised. You feel like you are doing your best to get everything right but your partner still keeps getting mad at you.

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How to Achieve Success with Social Media By Phil Stubbs of PR Social Media Services, Tel: 086 1519090 Traditional marketing will never go away- it has a habit of sticking around. I still get random surveys through the mail, physical coupons as well as those oh so annoying clothes collection stickers. Internet Marketing started emerging, intertwining and aiding traditional marketing into moving to a new medium. But there’s also a new animal in the 21st century… and that animal is Social Media. It’s hard sometimes to reach through to companies who have been around for a long time; it’s hard for them to see the value in having an online presence. It’s the fear of the unknown, I suppose. Some have gotten their feet wet in the past, but it’s only recently that companies are really taking the plunge into internet marketing and social media. We recently attended a Social Media Means Business Conference in Tallaght Stadium, which was run by South Dublin Chamber of Commerce and South Dublin County Council. It was aimed at local businesses in an effort to grow awareness of Social Media and its use in business. It was blatantly obvious from the questions being asked at this Conference, that businesses have a long way to go to enable them to implement a Social Media Strategy within their Company, effectively. It was a very informative and helpful Conference and follow up sessions have been organised for local businesses to receive some basic training on Social Media. What exactly are some ways to achieve success with social media? • Diversify your social media. Users have different preferences and you don’t want to lose out on conversions by not appearing on a widely used platform. Social media monitoring of your brand can be utilized across all platforms. • With that said, don’t ONLY use social media and neglect an actual web presence. A stable website, updated regularly, should always be available. Don’t rely only on Twitter, Facebook etc. • Engage your followers and fans. Nobody likes a one sided conversation- you need to reply and let them know that you’re there. • Maintain a constant and steady persona. Social media mood swings are the equivalent of “in real life” mood swings. They aren’t pretty. Keep your personal problems out of your interactions. • Regardless, you need to humanize

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yourself as well. Share tid-bits here and therebuild your personality. Just don’t be erratic. • Offer useful information not related to your company or yourself. Sharing is a huge benefit that comes along with the internet. If you’re interested in seeing a company who has a great online presence, look up Lady Umbrella on Twitter. They have great customer engagement; always posting up content and interacting with followers, as well as being nice, personable and entertaining. Social media has a constant learning curve. As new platforms arrive, we’ll have to adapt and learn what works best for ourselves and our business. While it’s hard to go wrong


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when leaving yourself open to customer engagement- you can lose out by not having that be a part of your brand. We’re all guilty of doing things wrong on Twitter, Facebook or whatever else we’re using. Sometimes we might flood our followers with tweets and posts every 2 seconds, and other times we won’t even be there at all. It’s like you’re either spamming someone’s phone every 2 seconds, or you’ve disappeared off the face of the planet. Follow the guidelines I put up above and you should have a nice solid foundation for building your company’s brand using social media.

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During the week of 18th-22nd July St. Mark’s Community School in Springfield, Tallaght hosted the Springfield’s Got Talent Show. This talent show is one of the many holiday supports/interventions St. Mark’s School Completion Programme and Tallaght Youth Service co-ordinator together each summer within the school. This year we had 45 participants who were all pupils of St. Mark’s Senior National School and St. Mark’s Community School. There were also some children participating who are transferring

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from primary to post primary this September. The age group involved was 11-17years. The idea of these supports/interventions is to offer each young person who participates the opportunity to take part in a workshop that they would not otherwise do. This week the workshops were Drama/Dance, Run the Show and Sport. This year many of the students who opted for sports last year took part in the Drama/Dance

and Run the Show. This is excellent as it has enabled our young people to accomplish new skills. The Drama and Dance Workshop encouraged comedy, confidence, self esteem and a sense of being ok in their own skin. Our Run the Show workshops surprised us all.

From the first opportunity the young people involved had the stage organised. One young person who would normally prefer to be in the backgroud took centre stage and was one of our two masters of ceremonies for the evening. We found a new talent with a very young student who is amazing with the lighting system. The show was recorded by another boy from the group. We also had an opportunity to practice our skills with Djembe drums from Senegal in West Africa. Our sports workshops had a fab week, ending with a visit to Tallaght Stadium to meet the Leinster Rugby Team and lift the Heineken Cup. Our show was brilliant, and each year I am amazed by the talent our young people have. I look forward to working with them all again in September when we return to school. Jean Gilmore St. Mark’s/St. Maelruian’s School Completion Programme

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Pets on Tour Travelling with your pet We’re all excited in the education office this week; well it’s a bank holiday weekend and some lucky colleagues are heading off to sunnier climes. With that in mind, I want to remind pet parents to make every effort to ensure their pets have a safe and happy experience when travelling to and from that holiday destination; whether it’s by road, sea, rail or air. Remember, travelling can be stressful for both you and your pet; I know, I’m one of those people who bring their dogs everywhere, in fact, poor holiday planning has been be listed as grounds for divorce in our house! However, with thoughtful preparation, you can ensure a safe, happy and comfortable experience for everyone.

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landline. Just take your children with you • If you have nowhere else to go you can find the number of a refuge in your area at the back of this book. • Save a friends number in your phone as ‘A’ so they are easy to find in your phonebook. While domestic violence is a very scary situation to be in you must where possible keep in mind the gathering of evidence which you may need to reprimand your abuser. You or a friend should save torn or bloodied clothing from either of you, leave the scene as it was until the police arrive if your abuser leaves, damage to property should be photographed, and photos of any injuries that occurred. Even if you don’t want to call the police, take the pictures and leave the camera with a friend should you wish to call the police in the future. It’s no harm to have these things, you never know when you might need them. If an incident has occurred the police do have the powers of arrest and where necessary they can arrange a court hearing the following day. There are many options available to a victim of domestic violence once the matter has been subjected to the Family Law Courts and they are as follows:


Barring Order/Interim Barring Order A barring order is granted where it is in the sitting judges view that if he was not to grant it there would be a risk of significant harm to the victim and/or any dependent children. There must be sufficient grounds that the safety and welfare of the victim and her dependents requires the making of such an order. A barring order prohibits the abuser from violence or further threats of violence towards the family. The abuser is order to leave the family home until it expires.

your pet could be injured by flying objects. Cats should always be held in a carrier. Don’t allow your children to tease or annoy your pet whilst travelling. Never leave your animal alone in a parked car. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked car can turn into a furnace and very quickly, in a matter of minutes, heatstroke can develop, causing death. In cold weather a car can turn into a fridge, holding in the cold, causing the animal to freeze to death. Take along plenty of bottled drinking water from your own tap. Drinking water they are not used to could cause the animal’s tummy to become upset.

Bring along a travel bag for your pet and include things like: • First aid kit • Clean towel • Fresh supply of water • Paper towels • Poo bags • Treats • Favourite blanket/toys Above all, remember to try and enjoy your holiday because one bad experience for both you and your pet can prompt you to say what I’ve said so many times…”never again!”

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An Interim barring order is used when the victim makes an application for a barring order if the judge feels there is immediate risk to the victim and it is not possible to wait until to full hearing for the barring order. This order is granted on the day the victim makes the application for the barring order and expires on the day of the full hearing. The abuser does not have to be in court for an interim barring order to be made. This order also means the abuser must not use violence or threaten violence in any way until the full court date and they must leave the family home until then also. There are a number of people who are entitled to apply for a barring order and they are as follows: • A spouse/Civil Partner/Cohabitant • If you have been living with the abuser for a period of 6 months out of the previous 9 months immediately prior to the day you make your application • If you are a parent of the abuser and the abuser is over 18 years of age and is not a dependent and you own the home or you are on the lease. • A parent may apply for a barring order because of violence towards their child or a child they take care of. • The HSE in certain circumstances can apply for a barring order on behalf of a victim Barring order applications are heard in the District court. A barring order can be granted for up to 3 years depending on the nature of the case. If the barring order is broken the police can arrest and charge the abuser. Safety Order A safety order is an order which prohibits the abuser from further violence or threats of violence. It must be noted that unlike the barring order, a safety order does not oblige the abuser to leave the family home. There are a number of people who are entitled to apply for a safety order and they are as follows: • A spouse/Civil Partner/Cohabitant • If you have been living with the abuser for 6 months of the last 12 months immediately prior to the application of the safety order • If you are a parent of the abuser and the abuser is over 18 years of age and is not a dependent. • If you are over 18 and you are living with the abuser in a relationship which is not contractual, or two relatives living together.

Email: Web: • The HSE can apply for a safety order on your behalf A safety order can be granted for up to 5 years depending on the nature of the case When you apply for a safety order you can avail of a protection order at the same time. This order is a temporary order which the court can grant on the day you apply for your safety order. It will take immediate effect and will expire on the day of the hearing for the safety order. With a protection order the police have the powers to arrest and prosecute the abuser if they break the terms of the said order. If you apply for a barring order and seek an interim barring order at the same time as discussed above, and the judge feels the evidence does not warrant an interim barring order which will require the abuser to leave the family home immediately, then the judge can grant a protection order instead.

Check list for an application for a safety/barring order • Full names and addresses of both yourself and your partner. The address of where the abuser would likely be living if the barring order is granted. The address that you want the abuser to be barred from • The names and dates of births of all your children and weather any of your children suffer from any mental or physical disability • List of incidents of recent violence and if possible a list of violence over the previous years with evidence if possible • Try to establish dates of the most serious incidents of violence. Garda and hospital reports may be needed and dates are essential. If you can’t remember when these acts of violence occurred, think weather if was near a birthday, summer, occasion you may recall. • A physical description of the abuser • If your injuries are still visible, you should take photographs of them. These photographs should be dated and a name should be signed of the person who took the photo. • If you haven’t been to a doctor and you still have visible injuries you should visit the doctor and get a full list of your injuries. A full medical report including stress related illness is preferred but it can take up to 2 weeks, and costs vary but, in case of emergency a note from your doctor will do. It is better if you can get your doctor to give evidence in court on your behalf. • The names and addresses of all witnesses • Were there any previous orders? If there has been a history of barring orders during which the abuser was allowed back into the house by you, the judge may refuse to grant the order depending on the circumstances. • Any other documents or evidence you feel is relevant. • The police can be summoned to give evidence • If friends or family are reluctant to give evidence the abuser can be reassured that they were summoned to do so. So as usual if you have any questions or queries or you would like assistance implementing anything discussed in this or previous articles please do not hesitate to contact me. In addition we are very active online so please go onto facebook and type in Family Breakdown Support Services in the search and once you go onto our page please click like for our information videos which supplement these articles, and don’t for get to click suggest to friends and ask all your friends to like our page also. You can also find us on twitter by searching Familylawdublin. I can be contacted directly on 0860569822 or email and our website is So until next time take care and if you go online leave a comment that you read my article in the Tallaght Express.

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Dublin Community Games With less than two weeks to the start of the HSE Community Games National Finals, over 6,000 children from all over Ireland are putting in their final days of preparation and training before setting out on the journey to Athlone Institute of Technology. And once again Dublin will be highly represented on both weekends of the finals with hundreds of competitors taking part. Dublin competitors will seek national honours in 6

different sporting activities which include Cycling, Athletics, Camogie, Pitch And Putt, Basketball and Swimming. The draws for the team events see Connaught v Ulster in the first semi-finals and Munster V Leinster in the 2 semi-final. Dublin has drawn number 4 in the County Draw – this will affect the running order for all competitions, along with the lane order for Swimming and Athletics.

A full team of swimmers will travel to represent Dublin at the first weekend of the finals as they endeavour to emulate the performances of former participants Michelle Smith and Barry Murphy. Included on that swimming team are: Girls: U16 Backstroke: Aoife Crowley (Lucan); Butterfly: U16: Aine Rush (Lucan); Boys: U14 Freestyle: Ben O’Dwyer (Lucan); U14 Backstroke: Eoin Crowley (Lucan); U14 Breaststroke: Liam Douglas (Lucan); U13 Squad: Lucan (Eoin Crowley, Fiachra Bevan, Harry Thompson, Liam Douglas). Clondalkin will be flying the flag in the Pitch & Putt competition which is being held in Bealnamulla (off campus from AIT) on Saturday 13th. Due to a change in rules at the National AGM in February, provincial qualification was removed, and once Clondalkin emerged victorious from the county, they secured their spot at the National Finals. On that team are: Darren Gilligan, Adam Doyle, Alex Doyle, Sean Ryan, Sean McDonnell.

The first of two weekends action at the HSE Community Games National Finals gets underway Friday 12th with the opening concert at 8.00pm, including the reading of the pledge, the hoisting of the flag and lighting of the flame. The first competitions start on Saturday at 9.00am. Dublin will be represented that weekend at the Swimming, Cycling and Pitch & Putt competitions. Action resumes the following weekend on Friday 19th. For more information, contact Dublin secretary, Maureen Quinlan, 01 8728203, or check out


Kilnamanagh Under 16 team who did so well in the Dublin Cup football tournament at the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh recently. The team are now looking forward to the new season which starts in the coming weeks. Good luck boys. Delivered FREE to over 15,000 homes every two weeks


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Q&A with Niall Murray – Ginetta Junior Championship Firhouse native Niall Murray who is the reigning Ginetta Junior Ireland Champion has enjoyed a good start to his 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship season in the UK. The young 16 year old who is about to enter 5th year at Colaiste Eanna Secondary School, has been very impressive so far this season with one fastest lap and two podiums, one of which included his sensational drive at Oulton Park in Cheshire, where he was the only driver to breavely choose slick dry weather tyres on a wet track. Niall has shown that in only his second season racing cars, he is a real force to be reckoned with. As we approach the next two rounds of the championship at the newly revamped Snetterton 300 in Norfolk, where the championship resumes after its summer break, we caught up with Niall at his family business base, Murray Motorsport in Walkinstown to get to know this new up and coming star a little better. Niall Murray in profile: Age: 16 Year at school: 5th year at Colaiste Eanna Secondary School Hobbies: Karting, Baskketball and Cycling Q: So Niall, how has your season been going so far? NM: It’s been pretty good so far. We are lying seventh in the championship, which is quite close to where we hoped to be. It’s been difficult having to learn new circuits each weekend and we’ve had to try and take full advantage of the Friday tests. Despite this we’ve still shown very strong pace on each track with some strong finishes. Q: What has been the highlight of your 2011 season up to this point? NM: Without doubt that would have to be Oulton Park! That was easily the best race of my life so far. I had to be careful on the warm

Niall Murray at Oulton Park in 2011 in his Ginetta G40 up lap to try and find what grip was there as I was the only car on slicks on a wet but drying track. After a couple of laps I discovered that slicks were the right choice and I had much more grip and pace than the rest. The only low point was being a little eager to get up the grid early on and contact at Lodge corner left me at the back of the pack. Once I got back on track I knew I had nothing to lose so I went for it. At one point I past up to six cars in one lap! During the race I felt top five was on the cards but to finish second was amazing! A fantastic feeling!

Q: Looking back to last year, you became the inaugural Ginetta Junior Ireland Champion, how has this experience stood to you this year? NM: Yes I learned an awful lot last year as I made the transition from Karting to Cars. The championship itself was well organised but also provided a lot of background assistance with PR skills and getting used to TV interviews and speaking with members of the media. This experience has been a massive help this year as I used to be quite shy with the media but now I feel much more comfortable in front of a microphone or camera. Competing in Ginetta Junior Ireland meant that I was used to the format for Ginetta Championships also, which

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put me at a major advantage joining the British Ginetta Junior Championship this season.

Q: You’re now at the mid point of the season in this 20 round championship, what are your hopes for the remainder of the season? NM: I am very confident that we now have a perfect setup on the car, which due to a lack of testing time has taken us a little longer to achieve. The aim is definitely for more podium finishes and hopefully our first race victory. I am confident that we are still very much on course to achieve our season goal of finishing inside the top five in the championship with a number of podiums and at least one race victory. Q: Your brother Eoin is an established and hugely successful saloon car racing driver, with many championship victories to his name added to his experience racing in the BTCC in 2006 and 2007, how does his experience and assistance benefit you? NM: His experience right from the beginning of my competitive career definitely has been a huge part of my success. Having raced for six seasons in the UK on most of the tracks on my calendar this year, he knows what it takes to not only be a race winner, but a champion.


Q: What are the plans for 2012 – is there any news you can give us? NM: All along our plan has been to do this championship as a two-year program. Our aim is certainly to return next year with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from this season. We have already started working very hard to put the plans and budget in place for next year despite being in the middle of the current season. I can confident that I can make a very serious assault on next year’s championship. Q: So the championship resumes next weekend at the newly revamped Snetterton 300. Will this new configuration, provide you with the level playing field that you deserve to prove yourself over the other competitors? NM: Having seen some photos and onboard videos, the new section looks to be quite tight and technical which is a style that I prefer. Naturally the new configuration should put me at much less of a disadvantage to the previous events which have all remained the same as they were last year. This, along with now having what we believe to be the perfect setup and balance on the car leaves me full of confidence of a strong weekend ahead.

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