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FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611Vol.31. No.3528 August - 3 September‘19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3…
FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611Vol.31. No.3528 August - 3 September‘19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3 TITLESEASTDUBLIN’S1No.FREE NEWSPAPERSNew steps to target DART thugs IARNRÓD Éireann has launched a new text alert service for DART customers to report incidents of anti-social behaviour on board trains and at stations. The initiative is among a number of steps being taken by the company in response to ongoing concerns about passenger safety on the DART. Customers can now report any issues to a live-monitored securityNEWS PAGE 3JOIN US, RIGHT NOW!This week’s ‘From the Archives’ page features a fascinating photograph of Grafton Street from 1910, plus an array of interesting old press clippings.NEW TILE CENTER NOW OPEN IN SHOWROOM MASSIVE SAVING IN NEW REFURBED STOREJaker & Co Saturday 30 NovemberIntroducing Digital Membership from Member First.The Best Men Friday 6 DecemberJoin us anytime, anywhere.The Beat BoutiqueSaturday 7 December & Saturday 14 Decemberwww.mfcu.ieMember First Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Continued on page 2Memory laneEven though new technology is helping with the design of safer cars, our dependency on smartphones is posing a serious risk on our roads.#OutOfTheBluethe next generation credit unionthe message has been received and will be provided with a link with further details of how the text alert system operates. The new service is being publicised on displays on board DART carriages and in stations. It will be further extended to Dublin commuter routes in the coming weeks. It is one of a range of measures being taken by Irish Rail toARCHIVES PAGE 55OPINION PAGE 4‘Seabin’ launch Phone rage An innovative device called a ‘Seabin’ was launched in Howth last week to help remove plastic waste from the harbour.centre by texting the word TRAIN, followed by location, carriage number (if possible) and details of the incident to 51444. The DART security centre, which will be staffed at all times during service operational hours, will then be able to make contact with security teams, Iarnród Éireann personnel or gardaí, as appropriate. Passengers will receive an automated response to confirm thatFOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACTevents.dublinairport@carlton.ie or +353 1 866 7500150 HARMONSTOWN ROAD, RAHENY, DUBLIN 5 TEL: 8511700 Email web@davies.ie By online now at: www.davies.ie2NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 28.08.19New steps to target DART thugs From page 1 tackle anti-social behaviour issues, which include: • Significant increases in the number of security patrols; • New CCTV on board DART, and completing installation of in-cab screens; • Strengthened cooperation and planning with gardaí, both for specific events, and for response to incidents; • Joint operations with gardaí; • A recruitment process underway for a senior security specialist. A company spokesperson said: “We have listened to and responded to customersin launching the new text alert service. It provides a discrete means of alerting us to any ongoing incidents so we can liaise internally and externally to respond. While the overwhelming majority of journeys on our services occur without incident, we are determined to ensure that we reduce the number of incidents for the benefit of those who travel with us and those who work for us.” Meanwhile, local Independent TD Tommy Broughan has received an update from Irish Rail in response to complaints about wheelchair accessibility and ongoing issues with broken liftsat some train stations, including Howth Junction/ Donaghmede. In a parliamentary response to Deputy Broughan, the chief executive of Irish Rail, Jim Meade, revealed that the cost of repairs to the lifts at Donaghmede had reduced from €46,000 in 2017 to €1,850 in 2018 due to the installation of the lift passenger call remote monitoring system in 2017. This system had been installed to help reduce vandalism and anti-social behaviour issues. However, repair costs in 2019 have already reached €3,390. The system works by locking off the lift andsecuring it until it is called into service. During 2018, there were 12 lift callouts and six up to the end of July 2019. Deputy Broughan was also informed that there were four misuse calls where doors had been forced open in 2018. This year, there have been two misuse calls due to rusted door tracks that had to be replaced.” Deputy Broughan said he welcomed the fact that Irish Rail introduced a measure to reduce vandalism of the lift at Howth Junction/ Donaghmede station. “Access to the lift is of huge importance to people with mobilityissues and those travelling with young children in buggies,” he said. “I have received many complaints over the years about these lifts being out of order. “While the reduced repair cost is welcome, it does highlight the need for the station to have a constant presence of security personnel. Wheelchair users should not be blocked from accessing any public transport and Irish Rail and the Minister for Transport have a responsibility to ensure that transport is available to all who need it, when they need it.” The Dublin Bay North TD added: “This smallThe text alert system is now operational on the DART. improvement is welcome but much more needs to be done. I hope to seeaccessibility measures being provided for in Budget 2020.”Miss Ireland finalist to host brunch for children’s charity A MISS Ireland 2019 finalist from Sutton is putting the final touches to a charity event which will celebrate mental health and inner beauty. Megan Hurley (19), who is Miss Dublin North, will host ‘Beauty, Inside and Out’ in Marco Pierre White’s Courtyard inDonnybrook on Saturday, August 31. Proceeds from the brunch, which runs from 12 noon-4pm, will go to children’s charity Variety Ireland. Tickets are priced €35. The busy young woman is also gearing up for a Breast Cancer Ireland outreach programmewhere she will visit Irish transition year students and promote awareness of the condition and the importance of early detection. The Blackrock College business graduate balances her philanthropic work with part-time positions at SPIN 1038, 98FM and VERVE Marketing in their respective promotions teams. Megan has been greatly inspired by her mother, Aisling Hurley, who is CEO of Breast Cancer Ireland. “She is an incredibly successful woman and empowers women every single day in the work that she does with Breast Cancer Ireland andbeyond,” Megan says. “She has given women, diagnosed with breast cancer a new lease of life and a friend forlife. She doesn’t realise that the work that she does changes the lives of hundreds of women every day. She truly istrial to champion inner confidence and self-care. 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Dublin, K34 DV78 01 215 0200 info@bartrahealthcare.ie www. bartrahealthcare.ie/loughshinny3NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 28.08.19'Seabin' launched in Howth A NEW initiative to remove plastic waste from the sea was launched in Howth last week. The ‘Seabin’ is the brainchild of local man and marine enthusiast, Rowan Byrne, who used crowd funding to support the project. He also received sponsorship from his employer in the UK, Mott McDonald, along with the assistance of the Harbour Master in Howth, Harold McLoughlin. Last week, the Seabin was placed in the water in Howth and it will then be maintained and emptied by the harbour authorities. The initiative is also supported by Howth Tidy Towns. Harold McLoughlin, Howth Harbour Master, said: “Everyone knows just how important the sea and the marine life in there is to us. We hope this Seabin will have a big impact on the amount of rubbish floating around in the local area.” (ABOVE) Howth Harbour Master Harold McLoughlin and Rowan Byrne point to the Seabin recently placed in Howth Harbour. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLASenator Noone added: “These initiatives also highlight the issues regarding environmentally beneficial products that are taxed at the full 23 percent of VAT. We should be doing everything we can to remove barriers to products that will help us tackle one of the biggest challenges our generation faces.” “The Seabin removes litter and waste from the water and within minutes it was visibly working. This not only shows its effectiveness but also the scale of the problem we must combat. A widerSenator Catherine Noone rollout of such measures, with cooperation between Government and communities, can help us meet our climate responsibilities.”Ghostbus Kids TourPost office progress A NEW post office is set to open in Clontarf in the autumn. An Post has confirmed that the new post office will replace the former facility on St Gabriel’s Road, which closed in January. Work is underway on the new post office at Nolan’s of Clontarf on Vernon Avenue, with the project scheduled for completion in October. Customers in the Clontarf area are currently being catered for at Killester post office. Meanwhile, the post office on Berkeley Road is set to close on September 2, with customers being facilitated at Phibsborough on the North Circular Road. However, this closure is intended to be temporary as An Post says it is continuing to seek interested parties to operate the service.Senator Catherine Noone (FG) has hailed the introduction of the Seabin in Howth Harbour as an example of what can be done around the country. “This initiative highlights environmental measures that can be taken to immediately begin cleaning our environment of pollution,” she said. “The efforts of local people like Rowan, with the support of Harbour Master Harry McLoughlin, Howth Tidy Towns and crowd funding, demonstrate that we can all show leadership on climate change issues.”Rated ‘Excellent’ onDublin’sspookiest children’sattraction! €10S & M GIF TCARD Tours Every Saturday Use promo code “fright” for 15% discountdodublin.ie4OpinionNORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 28.08.19Smartphones are making drivers stupid bumper. If I had been forced to brake suddenly, she would have rear-ended us, putting all our lives in danger. Editor Either this driver was very stupid Dublin People Group or very distracted. I came to the t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com conclusion that she had completely zoned out and was most likely checking social media updates on her phone. SOMETIMES it can be difficult to I was probably not wrong. A identify bad driving in Dublin as we recent survey carried out by Liberty tend to be stopped in traffic jams quite a bit, particularly when on the Insurance found that 67 percent of Irish motorists admit to using their M50 or in the city centre. phone while driving, with one in four It’s really only when you traverse browsing the internet and reading the country that poor driving habits texts. are laid bare. Such was the case last It also found: week when I drove back to Dublin after a weekend in the west of Ireland. • 45 percent admit to multi-tasking while driving, including eating or We were making good time, applying makeup; while staying within the speed • A quarter of Irish motorists (25 limit. Suddenly, a car pulled up percent) admit that their phone is dangerously close behind us, as if it one of the biggest distractions while was about to overtake. But no - the driver just sat on our tail for the next driving; • 42 percent of Irish drivers admit half an hour or so. She backed off to breaking the speed limit when slightly when I put my hazard lights running late as opposed to 36 percent on but after a minute had returned of UK drivers; to within a couple of feet of my rearTONY McCULLAGHPhones are a dangerous distraction when driving. PHOTO: BIGSTOCK • Over three in five (61 percent) of motorists in Ireland admit to glancing at incoming text messages and/or calls on their phone while driving; • A further nine percent of Irish motorists say they drive aggressively, tailgating other vehicles and/ or cutting other drivers off when running late. Irish drivers’ phone usage isn’t just limited to texting or emails.Approximately one in five drivers in Ireland (21 percent) admit to using social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram and/or dating apps while at a stop sign or red light. Over one third (39 percent) read emails, texts and/or browse the internet while at a stop sign or red light, versus just 24 percent of UK drivers. The proliferation of smartphones and our obsession with social mediahas had an extremely negative effect on our daily lives. It’s somewhat ironic that while new technology is now used to make our cars safer, it’s our addiction to gadgets and the need to stay connected to every single cyber utterance that could prove fatal on our roads. One thing’s for sure: smartphones are certainly making us dumber drivers.€500 OFFUP TO €300 OFFComposite Doors & Side when yo u vist our Showro oms, Limited Off erFull House of ors Windows & Do OrderedWINDOWS & DOORSHighest Quality Windows & Doors Phone: 01 8970777 • Mobile: 086 8970777 • www.dbestwindows.ie 15YR GUARANTEE ON OUR ELITE 1,000 RANGE • HOME IMPROVEMENT GRANTSUnit 16 Seatown Business Campus, Swords (Beside The Bathroom Renovator) Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday, Saturday by appointment only. T&C Apply5NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 28.08.19Tony Gregory’s 10th anniversary marked AN EXHIBITION celebrating the life of legendary politician Tony Gregory is current running. A household name in Dublin, the late Independent TD struck the famous ‘Gregorydeal’ with then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey in 1982 which led to improved housing conditions and support for people living in the city. This year is the 10th anniversary of his death. To mark the occasion,the Gregory Group have organised an exhibition, which was launched this month in the Charleville Mall Library in North Strand. The exhibition is running until Friday, September 27.The photo below, featuring Tony Gregory with a Moore Street trader, appeared in Northside People in 2005. Gregory was a renowned champion of Dublin’s street traders.Your New Kitchen Delivered!Your New Kitchen Delivered! Quality Pre-Assembled Kitchen Cabinets Delivered Direct to YOUR home. Our Kitchen Cabinets Include the following:+Cabinet Door(s)Kitchen CabinetThe late Independent TD, Tony Gregory, pictured with a Moore Street trader in May 2005. PHOTO BY DARREN KINSELLAWorking group to examine illegal use of scramblers TWO working groups are to be established to deal with drug dealing and the illegal use of scrambler bikes, Dublin’s new Lord Mayor has confirmed. Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) made his comments following a meeting with the Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, which he described as an encouraging first step. “I believe that Dubliners want to have confidence in the gardaí but they need to see action on these issues for that to happen,” Cllr McAuliffe said. “Non-stop, flagrant drug dealing is bad for our city and damaging to our reputation. “All the stakeholders need to step up to themark, and I am hopeful that An Garda Síochána, supported by Dublin City Council and working with other State agencies, can find and implement solutions to this challenge.” He added that dangerous scrambler bike use is terrorising communities across the cityand it cannot be allowed to continue. “My party has published legislation on this matter, but I also want to work with the gardaí to see if other measures can be deployed while that bill is being debated to stem the growing fear residents have for these bikes,” he continued. “A multi-agency++ Soft Close HingesCabinet LegsOur Kitchen Units and Doors are Made in Ireland! 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This OFFER* ends on August 30th 2019.Cllr Paul McAuliffe, Lord Mayor of Dublin approach is needed to deal with these twin challenges. I am confident that progress can be made and I feel that the Commissioneris determined to further increase public confidence in the gardaí. I look forward to supporting him in that endeavour.”Unit 45 Grange Avenue, Baldoyle, Industrial Estate, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 D13 X924 Tel: (01) 8063445 or (01) 8167518 www.kitchens4u.ie info@kitchens4u.ie *Terms and Conditions Apply*Dishwasher offer for full pre-assembled kitchen orders only!6NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 28.08.19Model railway is on track in Malahide FINGAL County Council has announced that the contract for the operation of the Fry Model Railway Museum in Malahide has been awarded to Shannon Heritage. The restoration and extension of the Casino building in the town was completed in April, paving the way for the installation of the railway to its new permanent home. The Casino building has been vacant since 2004 but thanks to significantinvestment from the council, as well as a generous bequest from local resident Michéal Gaffney, it has been restored to its former glory. The Casino Model Railway Museum brings to three the number of Fingal County Council Heritage properties managed by Shannon Heritage. They have managed Malahide Castle and Gardens since 2012 and took on the managementof Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate last year. The Fry Model Railway was initially constructed in the 1920s-1930s, and developed and modernised to become the largest model railway collection in Europe. The railway includes models of stations, landmarks, locations and Irish landscapes from throughout the 20th century. Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien said thePictured at the announcement were (from left): AnnMarie Farrelly, interim chief executive, Fingal County Council; Niall O’Callaghan, managing director of Shannon Heritage; Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien; and Emer O’Gorman, Director of Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Development, Fingal County Council. PHOTO: SHANE O’NEILL, SON PHOTOGRAPHIC LTD. project is one of the most eagerly anticipated in the Malahide area. “I am delighted to learn that it will be open to the general public shortly,” he said. “The restoration and conservation of the Casino building was completed earlier this year and now, with the awarding of the contract to Shannon Heritage, this wonderful historic building will soon be open for everyone toenjoy. “It will be a great addition to the town, not only for local residents but also visitors to the area. “It is also timely to remember the generous €1.5 million donation from th
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