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The Spar Great Ireland Family Run

The Spar Great Ireland Family Run – A Day For The Whole Family The Spar Great Ireland Family Run will be taking place again on the 11th April 2015 in the Phoenix Park. There will also be a Mini event for the 3-8 year-olds and a Junior event for 9-15 year-olds. The 10k run through the Phoenix Park... 

Hospitals to Establish Penalty Point System for Hygiene

Hospitals to Establish Penalty Point System for Hygiene A new report has asked this very question and has found health services less than adequate. During February 2014 and January 2015 the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) inspected cleanliness and hand hygiene practices in 49 out of... 

Leo Pushes Urgent Appeal to Amended Misuse of Drugs Act

Leo Pushes Urgent Appeal to Amended Misuse of Drugs Act The Court of Appeal ruled on the 10th March 2015 that the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 is to be amended, as the Act was found to be unconstitutional after a High Court judgement that was made in May 2014.  The High Court found that successive Governments... 

Time to Rehabilitate St Audoen’s Park?

Time to Rehabilitate St Audoen’s Park? St Audeon’s Park, situated next door to the historic church of the same name, off High Street, has come into the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The historic grounds have, in recent years, become a hive of activity for drug users.  It is believed... 

Irish Water Spends €650,000 on Advertising

Irish Water Spends €650,000 on Advertising Irish Water is going to spend €650,000 on producing an advertising campaign persuading customers that clean water doesn’t simply fall from the sky. Rothco created the campaign and it will be advertised on television, the radio, the press, in the cinema... 

Exciting New Play “Ode to Marianne” in the Parochial Hall

Ode to Marianne Written & Produced by Elizabeth Tuffy A two part short play… a tale of two sisters, Marianne and Patricia… a tale of love, loss and grief… Hear Marianne’s story… a normal girl, on a normal day in the park…with a secret? …the day she went missing. And... 

St Patrick Looking After The Irish – Local Tourism Increases

St Patrick Looking After The Irish – Local Tourism Increases There were huge crowds gathering outside Guinness’s Storehouse today as the anticipation for the St Patrick’s Day Festival continues to grow.  Lines of tourists stretched down Robert’s Street to the top of Echlin Street waiting... 

Iveagh Markets Reopening Delayed Until 2018

Iveagh Markets reopening delayed until 2018 The Iveagh Markets are not going to reopen until the spring of 2018 according to a recent interview between the online paper “The Liberty” and developer Martin Keane (Viewable here).  Liberties native Keane, stated that he wants to have the €90 million... 

SIXY STUFF FROM LIBBOS BOYS IN BLUE

SIXY STUFF FROM LIBBOS BOYS IN BLUE LFL Saturday Premier Division Liberties FC 6-0 SDFA Despite several absentees the Libbos lads in their light blue kit put on a six star show last Saturday in the Phoenix ‘Wind bowl’ Park! This was no mean feat…although the Libbos were on a run of... 

Nurses were paid €75,000 in overtime last year

Nurses were paid €75,000 in overtime last year – Nurses were paid €75,000 in overtime last year – Gillian Kelly asks the question, are our nurses overworked?  A nurse was paid almost €140,000 after working overtime last year.  Nurses have to do overtime because of shortages in staff. ... 

Dole Numbers Are Dropping

Dole Numbers Are Dropping The number of people on the Live Register fell by almost 43,000 last year.  There are 355,124 people claiming the Dole now compared to 398,069 this time last year.  A report from the Central Statistics Office was sent to Jobs Minister Richard Bruton yesterday and he said... 

ALL NIGHT NCT TESTING

ALL NIGHT NCT TESTING 24 hour testing started this week in Dublin’s Northpoint test centre as part of response to a growing backlog in NCT bookings. This four nights a week service will be shared with Deans Grange test centre and is part of a number improvements to existing services that include... 

The Rise of the Irish Craft Beer – Where Next?

The Rise of the Irish Craft Beer – Where Next? – Seamus Raftery discusses the rise of the Irish Craft Beer out of the Recession In their book “Slainte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer and Cider”, Caroline Hennessy and Kristen Jensen called the ongoing craft beer revolution on... 

NEW POWERS TO SPEED UP HOUSE BUILDING

NEW POWERS TO SPEED UP HOUSE BUILDING Presently the supply of new housing in the Dublin area is not matching demand and this is serving to pump up house prices in the city.  It’s widely believed that developers/property speculators are deliberately slowing work on new estates so as to profit... 

Elderly patients been kept in hospital due to lack of funding

Elderly patients been kept in hospital due to lack of funding Half of elderly patients who are well enough to be discharged from hospital and need to convalesce in a nursing home have to stay in hospital due to a lack of funding.  Some of these patients are waiting for a bed to become free in the National... 

Higher PRSI for top earners proposed in Government report

Higher PRSI for top earners proposed in Government report A Government report said that increasing the employee rate of PRSI from 4 to 5 per cent for higher earners would affect 250,000 employees and yield €60 million. An unpublished Government report is proposing a higher rate of PRSI for those earning... 

WATER PROTEST HIT RIALTO AND LIBERTIES

WATER PROTEST HIT RIALTO AND LIBERTIES Dave Carr reports on the tense standoff between water protesters and Gardai In Rialto Early on Monday morning the residents of Rialto Street awoke to the rumble of trucks and heavy footfall. Somewhere in the region of 30 to 40 Gardai and as many water company employees... 

Focus on Homeless Children

Focus on Homeless Children – In this article, Gillian Kelly explains why Focus is more than ever concerned with the homeless children problem in our city Focus Ireland is concerned that homelessness is becoming more prevalent in children due to rent increases.  Recent figures show that over... 

Demolition of flats at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8 begins

Credit to the Tallaght Photographiy Society member – Ray Mallon Demolition of flats at St Teresa’s Gardens in Dublin 8 begins St Teresa’s Gardens, beside the Coombe Maternity Hospital is going to be demolished due to a €12.5 million Dublin City Council social housing regeneration scheme. ... 

D8 Planning Updates – Week Starting 02/02/15 – 06/02/15

  The planning permission updates for the period 02/02/15 – 06/02/15     COMMERCIAL:   Area Area 2 – South Central Application Number 2151/15 Application Type Permission Applicant Como Properties Co LTD Location 75-78 Cork Street, Dublin 8 Proposal Mixed use development... 
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