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FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 86216118 May - 14 May ‘19Vol.32. No.19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3…
FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 86216118 May - 14 May ‘19Vol.32. No.19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3 TITLESEASTDUBLIN’S1No.FREE NEWSPAPERSA walk Meeting hears in the about water park quality concernsMayor of Fingal Cllr Anthony Lavin (centre) pictured with members of the Rush 38th Scout Unit at the opening of the new Rogerstown Park on a site that was once a landfill. See story Page 18. PHOTO: SON PHOTOA PUBLIC information meeting was held in Coolock last Thursday night for residents to voice their concerns about the quality of drinking water in the area. Details supplied to a national newspaper recently through a Freedom of Information (FOI) request show that lead levels some 12 times above the legal limit have been discovered in parts of Coolock. Cllr John Lyons (People Before Profit), who hosted the meeting, which was attended byNEWS PAGE 2FEATURE PAGE 19-22ARCHIVES PAGE 47St Anne’s ParkPortmarnockMemory laneA local election candidate has raised the issue of cracks that are beginning to show in a beautiful sculpture in a tree at St Anne’s Park, Raheny.See our feature celebrating the stunning coastal suburb of Portmarnock and the wonderful community spirit that exists in this Fingal jewel.Enjoy a nostalgic trip down memory lane with Northside People’s hugely popular ‘From the Archives’ page of old stories and photos.HEADSTONES BY ROBINSONSapproximately 40 people, said he wrote to Irish Water twice in one week seeking further details into the matter. Cllr Lyons, who represents the Beaumont-Donaghmede Local Electoral Area (LEA), described the development as a very serious public health issue. He said: “To date, the public still does not know if the lead levels were caused by the presence of lead in the public mains or the private distribution system, and how extensive is the presenceof lead in the water supply: confined to a small area or widespread? “I have requested that Irish Water host a public meeting in Coolock to address these questions, and the many more, residents in the area may have. In a statement to Northside People, Irish Water said that since it was established it has been “working hard” to improve and safeguard the quality and supply of drinking water. Continued on page 14NEW TILE CENTER NOW OPEN IN SHOWROOM MASSIVE SAVING IN NEW REFURBED STOREHeadstones Inscriptions Renovations Cleaning Grave accessories Phone: 01 8470600 Unit 2, Eklad Park, Malahide Road, Ind Estate, Coolock, Dublin 17 www.robinsonstone.ie150 HARMONSTOWN ROAD, RAHENY, DUBLIN 5 TEL: 8511700 Email web@davies.ie By online now at: www.davies.ie2NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 08.05.19Concern over cracks in tree sculpture in Northside park CRACKS are starting to form in a sculpture at one of the Northside’s top amenities, according to a candidate for the local elections. The sculpture in a 10-metre tall tree - ‘Peace Tree or 'Tree of life' - is located at the corner of St Anne’s Park, Raheny, at the junctionof Clontarf Road and Watermill Road. Cathal Haughey (FF) said: “A few years ago, Dublin City Council decided this 200-year-old dying Macrocarpa tree should be transformed into something special. “They commissioned Tommy Craggs (sculptor)Artane, Beaumont, Clonshough, Coolock, Darndale, Kilmore, Santry and WhitehallA determined voice on Dublin City CouncilCllr. Alison Gilliland 086 6015154 | alisongilliland.ie@gmail.comVintageIreland.euAntiques &Vintage Fair Sunday, 12th MayClontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin 3 11am - 6pm Discounted Admission €2.50 Download the Vintage Ireland Android App or Find us on FacebookNEW NAME, NEW IDEASJEFFJOHNSTON Iarrthóir Toghcáin Áitiúil - Barda Chluain Tarbh Local Election Candidate - Clontarf Ward 086 835 4008j.johnstonFG@gmail.com@jeff johnston Working for you in Clontarf with Cllr Naoise Ó MuíríJeffJohnstonFGto transform the tree into a work of art that has since been enjoyed by visitors, tourists and commuters every day who visit and drive by. “The tree contains sculptures of many of the animals and wildlife of the surrounding St Anne's Park and Bull Island. “However, people have started to notice a crack forming in the middle of the famous tree. Mr Haughey contacted the Parks Department at Dublin City Council to raise this issue. The city council said the cracks are considered natural and inevitable and it would “not be possible to fill the same”. “The cracks will open and close as the tree dries and swells with the changes in the weather,” said the spokesperson. “This is a natural sculpture with a limited life expectancy which we hope to extend for a good number of years with regular treatmentswith finishing oils." Mr Haughey described the sculpture as an amazing piece of art and said it has become a landmark for the area. “I know people are proud to have this sculptured tree that attracts visitors from far and wide and is seen by commuters every day,” he said. “When I noticed the crack start to form I thought it should be raised with the council as in fairness they were the ones who took the initiative to turn the tree into what it is today. “I'm glad the Parks Department have confirmed they will be continuing to work on the tree to restore it for as long as possible. Hopefully we can enjoy this piece of art for years to come.” Mr Haughey, a grandson of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey, will be contesting the Local Elections in the Clontarf Local Electoral Area.Cathal Haughey (FF) points out the cracks in the sculpture in St Anne’s Park.Darkness Into Light on this weekend LOCALS in a number of Northside areas will be holding events this weekend to raise funds for suicide prevention. Pieta House’s Darkness Into Light 5k walk will be taking place at over 168 venues throughout the country on May 11, including Skerries, Malahide Castle, Clontarf and the Phoenix Park. Over 200,000 people are expected tocome together in the pre-dawn hours in 19 countries across five continents to take part in the global movement that seeks to remove the stigma around suicide and self-harm and spread the power of hope in Ireland and around the globe. Last year, 38,509 in Dublin people walked in solidarity with the event, and Darkness Into Light walkers raised €6 million, of whichACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICE We offer a range of accounting, tax and bookkeeping services including: • Income tax returns (Form 11) for sole traders, landlords and company directors • Accounts preparation for sole traders and landlords • Financial statements preparation for audit exempt companies • Corporation tax returns • Bookkeeping service€800,000 was raised across international venues. Pieta House, proudly supported by Electric Ireland since 2013, is calling on as many people as possible to join them to raise much needed funding and awareness for the prevention of suicide and self-harm and the promotion of positive mental health. To find your nearest venue and for registration, visit www.darknessintolight.ieHaughey Local Election Candidate083 417 7516 cathal.haughey2@gmail.com 19 Maypark, Malahide Road, Donnycarney, Dublin 5 @Cathal Haughey @Cathal.Haughey2For a free initial consultation please call087 057 8516Cathal“Strong Voice Sensible Politics”3NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 08.05.19Marion Kelly, St Anne’s City Farm, shows Maranda, the chicken, to Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRAPHYPictured at the official opening of the new City Farm in St Anne’s Park were Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring with twin sisters and volunteers Lynn and Ella Spitzer Beirne ( 10), from Raheny, and ‘Moses, the 17-year-old Shetland Pony. PHOTO: CONOR MCCABE PHOTOGRAPHYAnimal magic at St Anne’s Park ONE of the Northside’s top amenities has added a new attraction that will be enjoyed by hundreds of visitors this summer. Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring officially opened the city’s first urban farm at St Anne’s Park, Raheny. The farm, which is free to visit, is open to the public five days a week all year round. It is typical of community led farms in other international cities in that it is entirely run by volunteers from the local community on a non-profit basis. Volunteers manage and care for the animals, whichinclude two pigs, chickens, three goats, a guinea pig and ‘Moses’ the Shetland pony. The ethos of St Anne’s City Farm is not to be a ‘petting farm’ but a place where people can learn first-hand about animal husbandry, growing food, cooking food, sustainable living and reconnecting with nature. It is intended that the operations of the farm will be fully sustainable with a zero carbon footprint. The Lord Mayor said the farm will be an incredible amenity for the local community and DublinBarron DarylDonaghmede LEA | Peace Commissionercity. “The farm will give children and adults from the city an opportunity to learn about raising animals, growing food and seeing other farm based activities in an urban setting,” he said. “The farm adds yet another brilliant amenity to the wonderful recreational facilities that already exist in St Anne’s Park and we should all congratulate Dublin City Council and thevolunteers who gave such commitment to ensuring the delivery of this great project.” Marion Kelly, from St Anne’s City Farm, said: “We believe that every child and grown-up should have access to a garden and that everyone in the garden is equal. “By providing a safe and open space for people to share what they know and learn from others, we strive to empower peopleJOE NEWMAN The People’s Councillor“Working to improve the lives of Swords residents while making Swords an even better place to live work and play”Represen�ng Swords Electoral AreaFresh New Voice For Dublin 085 7555 436 dbarronff@gmail.com Daryl.Barron.FF @DarylBarronVOTE No. 1through knowledge and creating. We are so excited to open our doors.” Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services in Dublin City Council, said: “Therewere many submissions to the recent Dublin Climate Change Action Plan public consultation that recommended promoting communityinitiatives around local food production. “The urban farm in St Anne’s Park responds to that desire in the community.”WELCOME LOAN discounted rate for first-time borrowersMinimum loan €10,000New & existing membersJOIN & APPLY TODAY www.mfcu.ie#OutOfTheBlue(01) 851 3400the next generation credit unionin the local elec�ons, 24th May, 2019WARNING: If you do not meet the repayments on your credit agreement, your account will go into arrears. This may affect your credit rating, which may limit your ability to access credit in the future.Ph: 087 245 7729 Email: mail@joenewman.ieMember First Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. Lending criteria, terms and conditions apply.4OpinionNORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 08.05.19We need to respect the art of court reporting TONY McCULLAGH Editor Dublin People Group t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.comBACK in the 1980s, when I was a wannabe reporter, I did a week’s work experience in the Four Courts with the Irish Press. Each day, I would shadow the paper’s court reporter, Paul Muldowney, watching him take copious notes in shorthand as we sat together in the press gallery. I found it next to impossible to follow what was going on, aslegal eagles took to their feet and spewed out what was incoherent gobbledygook to my young ears. When the morning’s proceedings had finished, we’d go back to a small office in the vast belly of the Four Courts where the veteran reporter would bang out his story on a typewriter before phoning it in to a copytaker in his newspaper. When I read his report, I was struck by the level of skill required to work as a court reporter. How was it possible for him to write such an accessible and concise account of the proceedings we had just sat through? How had he heard things that I hadn’t? That week, I learned that an understanding of law and the mechanisms of a court caseThe Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublinwas required for the job. But even more important was the need for accuracy, balance and fairness. As a journalist, there is nothing more daunting than getting it wrong when covering a court case. An error in a court report has the potential to land a media organisation in serious trouble or could even collapse a trial. Courts are not slow to threaten newspapers with contempt proceedings if it’s believed a case could be jeopardised by inaccurate coverage. To this day, I still have huge admiration for court reporters and their ability to break down often complex cases into compelling,readable articles. RTÉ reporters such as Vivienne Traynor and Orla O’Donnell are masters of their craft when covering court cases for television and radio. Newstalk’s court correspondent, Frank Greaney, is also a standout broadcaster and his coverage of both the Belfast rape trial and recent Tipperary murder case was exceptional. In my view, he is one of Ireland’s most accomplished journalists and a rising media star to watch. Given the amount of professional skill and care involved in writing a court report, it is highly concerning that many stories are now debased20% OFFTriple Glazingcopy from ad id 21602for May Change grey background on logo OnlyWINDOWS & DOORSto white & move up huge sale section to showHighest off pic belowQuality itWindows & DoorsPhone: 01 8970777 • Mobile: 086 8970777 • www.dbestwindows.ie (LANDLINE MAY HAVE INTERUPTIONS DUE TO REFURBISHMENT)15YR GUARANTEE ON OUR ELITE 1,000 RANGE • HOME IMPROVEMENT GRANTSwhen they appear on social media. In recent years, I have been genuinely shocked at the legally dubious (to put it mildly) and vulgar nature of some of the comments posted under court reports that appear on my Facebook newsfeed. It’s for this reason that we don’t post court reports on Dublin People’s social media platforms. Until such a time that robust legislation or proper regulation is in place to deal with the problem of unregulated comments on social media, there is a compelling argument to be made for restricting the publication of court reports to print or broadcast formats.All Windows come with BFRC A Rated CertificateHUGE SALE ON COMPOSITE DOORS €1,650 From OnlyDeposits taken5NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 08.05.19Man jailed following attack Declan Brennan A man who broke another man's arm using a hammer has been jailed for two years. Rasvan Stefanescu (33)of Richmond Avenue, Fairview, was drinking at a party in his then partner's house when he got into a row with the victim. He met the man in public by chance thenext day and told him “you're lucky there is CCTV here because I would have killed you”. He followed the victim and told him he would wait for him and made further threats. WhenART EXHIBITIONthey reached a car park Stefanescu pulled out a hammer and struck the victim on the back and tried to hit him on the head. The victim put his hand up in self-defence and the hammer struck his arm, breaking a bone in his forearm. Dublin Circuit CriminalCourt heard the victim was out of work for two months and lost a substantial amount of income but had made a full recovery from his injuries. Stefanescu pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Tyrellstown Castle in Blanchardstown on July 14, 2014.Stefanescu's lawyers told Judge Melanie Greally that the attack was an out of character and an isolated incident and that Stefanescu sincerely regretted his actions. Judge Greally suspended the last 18 months of a three and a half year prisonsentence. She ordered that a sum of €3,100 offered by Stefanescu in compensation be paid over to the victim. The judge noted that Stefanescu has no other convictions for violent offending, is now in stable employment and has taken a responsible attitude to fatherhood.Cllr. Seán PaulMahon Pupils at Northbay Education Together School, based in Kilbarrack, had great fun recently while putting their masterpieces together for a fundraising art exhibition. The event proved to be a big success.Please continue your preference for Issued by the Director of Elections, 65/66 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2. Printed by PDVisual. Unit 80, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Dublin 24.WHITEMy Vision for Dublin The decisions taken by the European Parliament in the next five years will impact on our city and the people who make it their home.ALEXI am determined that Dublin should be a great city in which to live, work and raise a family. I have a clear vision for our city: • as a pioneer on climate action • ending inequalities and providing homes for our people • protecting workers’ rights in the gig economy • promoting creativity and the arts • enhancing public engagement in the development of our cityAlex WHITuEblin My vision for Dable planet er Europe | sustain liveable city | fairFor further details on My Vision for Dublin visit: alexwhite.ieVOTEfollow @AlexWhite4EUliveable city | fairer Europe | sustainable planetRacheal Batton24th MAYFOR EUROPE6NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 08.05.19Primary care centre opens in north inner city LOCALS in the north inner city have received a boost following the opening of the Summerhill Primary Care Centre (PCC) as part of Project Ireland 2040. A progress report on the rollout of Primary Care Centres nationwide was also published. Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, jointly opened the new facility. Speaking at the event, Minister Harris said: "The opening of Summerhill Primary Care Centre, thePrimary Care Centres have a key role to play in delivering on our vision of a reformed health service and are designed to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time largest one in Ireland, demonstrates that the move toward primary and community care envisioned by Sláintecare is becoming a reality. “Our core objective is to shift the majority of care to the community setting, and this will helpus reduce waiting lists and waiting times and ultimately meet our goal of improving population health. "Primary Care Centres have a key role to play in delivering on our vision of a reformed health service and are designed Minister for Health Simon Harris, local man John Kelly and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the official opening of the Summerhill Primary Care Centre. PHOTOS: TOMMY CLANCYPAULCLARKEINDEPENDENT New Start? Vote ClarkeVote #1Representing ARTANE + BEAUMONT + COOLOCK + KILMORE + WHITEHALL + PRIORSWOOD + SANTRY and surrounding areas Contact details email: paul@paulclarke.ie Phone or text: 087 2215999HOST FAMILIES WANTED!to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time.” Minister Donohoe said: “The provision of community care at this location, including dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work services, is having a significant impact on the people of Summerhill and the surrounding area, because people are able to have their healthcare needs met closer to home.” Minister Donohoe said the Government is committed to continuedinvestment in the development of primary care infrastructure across the country, with further centres either being developed or in planning stages. “This is guided by a recognition that the best health outcomes can be achieved by reorienting our health services towards primary and community care settings where people’s needs can, for the most part, be met locally, with high quality acute and emergency care provided in the appropriate acute hospital settings,” he added. Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the official opening of the new primary care centre.Host an international student with EF!BernardAND TURN YOUR SPARE ROOM INTO CASH > Host for 2 or more weeks > The opportunity to host multiple students > Prompt weekly paymentsMULVANYENQUIRE TODAY!CALL US ON: 01 611 4220 or email: accommodation.dublin@ef.com Visit us: www.ef.com/host-family Like us: www.facebook.com/EFIrelandHostFamiliesYOUR CANDIDATE FOR CLONTARFVote #17NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EA
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