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FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611Vol.23. No.66th Feb - 12th Feb ‘19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3…
FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP www.dublinpeople.com Tel: 01 8621611Vol.23. No.66th Feb - 12th Feb ‘19UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3 TITLESWESTDUBLIN’S1No.FREE NEWSPAPERSMetrolink delay fears Pictured annoucing the Hill Street celebration is Lord Mayor Nial Ring with Amina Zheng (10), Anna Zheng (9), Fiona Weng (9) and Lisa An (11) in traditional Chinese dress. PHOTO: CHRIS BELLEW/FENNELLHill Street hooley! BE PART OF THE FUTUREWe’re looking for people who care about their community and who have ideas about the future. We want to hear from people from all walks of life, and you don’t even have to be political. If that sounds like you, get in touch.text INFO to 0857049415 noel@noelrock.ieSean TYRRELLNoel ROCK TDTWO Northside Fine Gael TDs are calling for the Metrolink project to be separated into two phases to avoid delays that could emerge on the Southside. Dublin Fingal deputy Alan Farrell and Dublin North West representative Noel Rock want priority given to development of the rail link on this side of the Liffey. While the project has caused issues on the Northside, most noticeably over plans to use sports grounds at Na Fianna and Home Farm as tunnel depots, proposed road closures in Ranelagh-Rathmines and arguments over where the underground section ends have irked Southsiders.The FG TDs last week called for the project to be divided into north and south phases to ensure the project moves on as quickly as possible. However, their pleas have so far fallen on deaf ears as Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, quickly poured cold water on the suggestion The TDs told Minister Ross they believe dividing the project into two phases would mean work could begin on the Northside, giving time for the arguably more contentious Southside issues to be ironed out. “The Metro project to link the city centre to north Dublin will provide Continued on page 2THE Dublin Chinese New Year festivities have begun and this Saturday (February 9) there’ll be a special celebration taking place on Hill Street in Dublin 1 from 2-7pm. The Hill Street Family Resource Centre (HSFRC) is hosting a free family-friendly event that will showcase live performances from local Chinese talent, as well as traditional interactive Chinese workshops. 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You can be assured your meal will arrive within an indicated time relating to your order.2NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 06.02.19Hill Street hooley Metro delay fears “It should be a major Continued from page 1 flights from Dublin source of pride to the to Beijing and Hong people of Dublin that Kong bringing our two of events that began on our Chinese New Year February 1 and runs until countries even closer celebrations are among together,” he said. February 17. “I look forward to seeing the biggest in Europe. The programme “It is heartening to see what good fortune the includes talks, visual the festival grow each Year of the Pig will bring. arts, performance, film, “Since 2008, the Dublin year, with the programme music and many familyfriendly events – including Chinese New Year Festival for 2019 arguably the best to date.” has been a platform the one at Hill Street this The Mansion House will weekend – for the cultural for celebrating cultural be among a number of differences between celebration. buildings across Dublin China and Ireland and Festival highlights that will light up red as include a performance by forging new connections part of the festivities. world-renowned guitarist that bond us together. Xuefei Yang on Sunday February 17 at 3pm at the Freemason’s Hall. The Spring Festival Gala event taking place on Saturday February 16 from 7.30pm-9pm at the Convention Centre promises a spectacular evening of performance. Adding to the artistic diversity of traditional Chinese dance, arts and instrument performances, the gala will also feature acrobatics, Peking opera and the world heritage act of sword dance. Dublin Lord Mayor, Nial Ring, has sent his best wishes to members of the Chinese community in Ireland and everyone celebrating Chinese New Year. “2018 was a wonderful year for Chinese Irish relations, with the The festival includes lots of entertainment, including introduction of direct traditional workshops and live performances.Continued from page 1“The needs of north Dublin cannot, and an integral link between must not, be forgotten communities in Ballymun or pushed aside when it and Santry with the city comes to the delivery of centre,” said Deputy Metro.” Rock. Deputy Farrell also “The Southside squabble believes developing the should not be allowed to rail link to the airport is derail this project. badly needed to support “The fact is that both commuters and the Northside has airport passengers. significantly less “It is essential that a transport infrastructure, rail link is established particularly in terms of to the airport from the rail links compared to the city centre, particularly south of the city. to support those who “The possibility of issues commute every day for with the planned route from the city to Sandyford delaying delivery of Metro to Dublin North West, and on to the airport is wholly unacceptable. Deputy Rock called for the northbound phase of the Metro project to be separated from the southbound phase to allow for its delivery as soon as possible. “This is of the utmost importance for local residents in Ballymun, Santry and surrounding communities,” he added. “Separating this project into two distinct phases would be a recognition of the need for greater public transport infrastructure for the north side, and would work to bring such infrastructure on par with the south side.work or education, and for the benefit of the 31 million passengers who use Dublin Airport,” he said. “Any delay in the provision of Metro to Swords and Dublin Airport due to difficulties with the Southside route selection would be wholly unacceptable. “The transport infrastructure the people of north Dublin, and the growing Swords community both require and deserve must bedelivered.” However, speaking in the Dáil last week, Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, wouldn’t be drawn on the proposal and pointed out that NTA had already considered thousands of public submissions on the preferred route. “I am happy to inform the house that a further round of public consultation will take place shortly on this preferred route," he added.Children of Lir Gymnastics ClubProfessional Tax Training for all your Irish payroll queries.www.ipass.ieDublin 15Enhance Your Career with one of our QualificationsNow enrolling for classes starting February Certificate in Payroll Techniques – QQI Higher Education, Level 6 Special Purpose Award Certificate in Employment Law Distance/Online Learning Option available Full list of venues at www.ipass.ieEmail: ask @ ipass.ie Tel: 01 408 9100Term 3 Starts 18th February 2019 MONDAYS & SATURDAY• General Gymnastics Beginner - Advanced • Womens Artistic Gymnastics **NEW** CHEER-LEADINGFRIDAYSOne evening per week• General Gymnastics Beginner - Advance • General Gymnastics Teens • Womens Artistic GymnasticsFor a brochure text PAY followed by your email address to 51444Display Squads participate in Gymfest’s Home & AbroadClass details: www.lirgymclub.com Contact us: 087 8787111 • Email us: childrenoflirgc@gmail.com3NORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 06.02.19Bohs benefit from girl power BOHEMIAN FC’s girls’ section is in a hurry after going from 0 to 60 in just a few short months. After Athlone Town, Bohemians – founded in 1890 – is the second oldest club in the League of Ireland. Despite that, before last year, Bohs had never fielded an underage female team. That run ended last April in Ringsend when 12 girls aged between six and 11took part in two friendlies against Cambridge YC. Since then, they have accelerated their growth to the point that they are now fielding six teams. Bohs Youth Director Conor Emerson said: "We are delighted to have developed such a thriving girls section in such a short space of time. “The group of volunteers who have stepped in to bring this about have done an amazing job. Theirexpertise and energy are a big addition to our club. “We are particularly excited about our new Under-17 League of Ireland girls’ team and see it as the pathway towards a Bohemian FC women's senior team.” There are now almost 60 girls with the club and on Tuesday January 22 they came together at the Oscar Traynor Coaching & Development Centre, the regular training baseThe club hopes the girls will progress through the underage teams and eventually play for a Bohs women’s senior team.for the club’s under-14, under-16 and youths teams. The under-14s were previously with Kilmore Celtic and came under the Bohs umbrella last summer to try to ensure there was a pathway to the FAI’s new Under-17 Women’s National League. Kilmore’s All-Ireland winning under-15 side had previously broken up after losing players to clubs in the new national league.for two ht stay te A 4 nig ites, Lanzaro u s a u q at A sy of courteT&CsWhile the League of Ireland team will play on the Oscar Traynor Road, the remaining teams host their fixtures in Inspire Fitness, Cabra. That is also the training base for the under-9, under-10 and under-13 teams. The under-13s is the newest addition and played their first Metropolitan Girls League fixture against Swords Manor on Sunday February 3.SWORDSWINns.ie totook on the mammoth task of establishing a girls’ section while other much wealthier League of Ireland clubs have neglected to do so. “We had 23 girls on the Emerging Talent Programme in the summer, our League of Ireland team has three under-16 internationals, we have a lot of up-andcoming coaches and the whole girls section is absolutely flying.”Almost 60 girls came together at the Oscar Traynor Coaching & Development Centre for training on a recent cold, January evening.7 DAYS A WEEKavilio Visit pClub coaches were determined that would not happen again but, with Kilmore not having the required facilities, they moved en bloc to Bohs with two older sides quickly formed. In December, Bohs received the welcome news that they have been accepted into the league for the 2019 season. Girls coordinator Frank Darby said: “It is great credit to Bohs that they2 HOURS FREE PARKINGPAVILIONSenterapplyGO AND LOVE YOURSELF Over 90 great shops, restaurants and cafésRun away together VALENTINE’S DAY THURSDAY 14TH FEB#SLICEOFFASHIONpavilions.ieNorthside People 1/2p 156mm tall x 260mm wideUEAYHOD LIS IS4OpinionNORTHSIDE PEOPLE WEST 06.02.19Now we have to queue for parking at our hospitals private route where the very same doctor can see you within a matter of weeks. If it’s then determined Editor that you need a CT scan or MRI – Dublin People Group just to rule out anything sinister and put your mind at rest – you t.mccullagh@dublinpeople.com also need to be prepared for a long wait. In the face of such worry and WHEN it comes to our health service, uncertainty, many patients will also opt to go private and pay for the scan there’s a lot of waiting involved. themselves. Emergency departments in You can’t put a price on peace of particular are not for the squeamish. mind – unless, of course, you have And even if you manage to get no health insurance and simply can’t through this hellish experience, you afford it. may end up languishing on a trolley These days, you have to queue just in a corridor until a hospital bed to get into a hospital car park. On two becomes available. occasions last month, I personally It’s no fun being an outpatient either. You could be waiting months, witnessed long tailbacks into Beaumont Hospital’s car park. Some or even years, to see a consultant, of the frustrated motorists stuck in unless you are nudged down theTONY McCULLAGHBeaumont Hospital’s car park. PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA their cars may have been visiting sick friends or relatives, but others would have had appointments of varying degrees of urgency to attend. As a result, there was absolute chaos as people scrambled to find alternative parking in nearby residential areas. And when I say nearby, I mean at least a 20-minute walk away, heaping further pressure on those already late for appointments. The word fiasco really doesn’t do it justice. Having to pay for parking in a public hospital in the first place has always been a bugbear of mine. It may be a financial reality that hospitals have to charge to provide such facilities,but it always strikes me as somewhat immoral and insensitive – especially when it is often the case that you are dealing with people who may be in a vulnerable state, be they a patient with health issues or concerned relatives. It got me thinking about the scandalous cost overruns for the new National Children’s Hospital at St James’s and has made me once again question the wisdom of locating such a major facility in an area already choked with traffic congestion. As politically unpalatable as it may be, perhaps there is still time for a change of plan and look afresh at the Connolly Hospital option.There have been renewed calls in recent weeks for the Blanchardstown site, which is located just off the M50, to be reconsidered. It wouldn’t be the first time that the Government has had to go back to the drawing board - millions was also wasted on the scrapped Mater Hospital plan. Opponents of the St James’s location have not only raised issues of concern about potential traffic problems in the area, they also believe that parking facilities at the National Children’s Hospital will be inadequate. It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the health service when patients encounter a crisis before they even get out of their cars.JOIN NOW to get this amazing welcome offer New Player BonusI B N G0Deposit €10 and play with€40Buying? 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Dogs Trust is calling on Minister of State, Sean Canney, to review and strengthen the Dog Breeding Establishment (DBE) Act as a matter of urgency. It wants an amended act to introduce “robust measures” to clamp down on the unscrupulous breeders it says put profits before the welfare of the dogs in their care Executive Director of Dogs Trust Suzie Carley recently handed over the signatures to Senator Catherine Ardagh and Dublin Central TD Maureen O’Sullivan at Merrion Square. The petition followed Dogs Trust’s ‘How is that Doggie in the Window?’ campaign, which highlighted irresponsible dog breeding in Ireland. As part of thecampaign, the public was asked to take action by signing the petition to stop the cruelty. Speaking at the delivery of the petition Carley said public pressure and changes in attitudes toward animal cruelty had been recognised by our Government, but current legislation didn’t go far enough. “The publication of the Dog Breeding Establishment (DBE) Guidelines saw significant improvements made regarding the regulation of dogs and puppies being kept in breeding establishments,” she added. “However more needs to be done in order to clamp down on the cruelty and suffering of innocent dogs at the hands of irresponsible breeders. “To protect the welfare of mums, pups, stud dogs, as well as consumers, who all fall victim to unscrupulous breeders, we must have a robust legislative framework, adequateresources provided to the local authorities for inspection and tougher enforcement and penalties for those who do not comply.” Deputy O’Sullivan said that as a dog lover she found it distressing to think of how hundreds of dogs suffer every day at the hands of irresponsible breeders. “The Dog Breeding Establishments Act, which centred on regulating the dog breeding industry, was passed in 2010 and was a step in the right direction but it is now time the Act was reviewed to clamp down on irresponsible breeding,” she continued. “Without tougher enforcement of the Act and adequate inspections, unscrupulous puppy farmers continue to profit heavily at a cost to the dogs in their care.” Dogs Trust say thousands of dogs and puppies on puppy farms across Ireland are crammed into crowded,Pictured with the petiton are Fianna Fáil senator Catherine Ardagh, Independent TD, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Executive Director of Dogs Trust, Suzie Carley, with Stella, a French Bulldog who was one of 25 dogs recently rescued by Dogs Trust from an unscrupulous breeder. PHOTO: FRAN VEALE filthy pens, with little or no bedding or natural sunlight. They suffer from the torments of cruel confinement, boredom and fear.Mums are often locked away in horrendous conditions and kept as breeding machines, producing litter after litter for years on end and callously discardedwhen they get too old or are no longer of use. “They never get to enjoy any sort of life as a beloved pet,” a spokesperson said. “Puppies are oftentaken away from their mums and siblings too soon, missing out on a crucial phase of their development, which can lead to behavioural issues for years to come.”HOME MEAL DELIVERY SERVICEHOT & COLD DESSERTSFREE HOME DELIVERYWhy Wiltshire Farm Foods? We’ve been proudly supporting independent living for over 30 years. Delivering affordable, delicious and nutritious meals and desserts to our customers all over Ireland.Ordering meals is as easy as 1, 2, 3 1) 2)WILTSHIRE WILTSHIRE EST. 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The ethos of the club is ‘progress through participation’ whereby the athletes learn the fundamental skills of track and field e
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