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Is Smoking going up in Smoke? – The future of Tobacco

Is Smoking going up in Smoke? – The future of Tobacco Now before we go any further I don’t want anyone thinking I’m some sort of an anti smoking campaigner, in fact if anything, up until very recently I would have enjoyed nothing more than my morning cup of coffee and my morning smoke. ... 

The Greyhound Strike

The Greyhound Strike The following is an opinion piece by Mr Alan Finn and does not necessarily represent the views of the FRG. On Tuesday 17th of June 2014, workers who turned up to do their shift work at the Greyhound plant in Clondalkin, where met by management who had new contacts for them to sign.... 

One Parent Family Payment Changes

One Parent Family Payment Changes The One-Parent Family Payment is a means-tested payment, which is made to men or women who are caring for a child or children without the support of a partner and are under the age of a state pension entitlement. Changes in the guidelines for the One Parent Family Payment... 

Ireland has talent! So what’s wrong with our TV?

I could often be accused of taking a pop at Irish made productions but it’s not the people who work on these productions where the problem lies. In fact, if you look at the credits on most Hollywood blockbusters I think you might be surprised to see how many Irish names will appear, without a... 

Dublin in The Rare Old Times

But was the rare old times really that long ago?, I mean I’m not old, I’m in my forty’s (early forty’s actually) but the Dublin City I grew up in has changed almost beyond recognition, so what if I was in my sixty’s or even in my eighty’s, how would the city look to me then?... 

Mrs Brown’s Boys:Local Hero’s come home, But at what cost?

There’s been many so called Irish success stories over the last couple of decades, but what is success? Revenue? If so, I have to bite my lip and bow to the likes of Jedward, West Life and the entertainment values of every five year old in the country (that’s entertainment?), which led to a... 

Dublin 8’s South West Side – The City’s New Bohemian Quarter

Bohemian, the term is used synonymously with risqué cultural expressions, avant-garde galleries and cafes, the undercurrent and perhaps reaction to, mainstream culture.  The term is seldom used derisively and often seen as a positive, to be Bohemian is to be daring!  The strict definition of the... 

Dublin’s Elected Mayor – Democracy On A Hairpin

The Green Party were the first of the main political parties (and I use that term loosely given their present circumstances) to propose the idea of a directly Elected Mayor for Dublin.  It is an idea that immediately caused controversy, governments, as a rule, are usually quite reluctant to devolve... 

Is there a difference?

If I asked you or anyone else to take me to a drug pusher, where would you take me if you knew? Would it be some little flat, hid by towering complexes with blocked up stairways? Or would it be an off licence or a pub? There is a difference you may say, but I believe that there really isn’t when you... 

NINTENDO’S LINK TO THE PAST IS STRONGER THAN EVER

  Everybody’s Favourite Super Mario When I think of computer games, I immediately think Nintendo.  Growing up, I was always a Nintendo kid.  I spent hours playing Mario, Zelda, Starfox, and Super Metroid, to name but a few.  A lot of the games I grew up playing lent themselves to being... 

The Value of Community Employment (CE Schemes)

Community Employment or C.E. as it is more commonly known is a Department of Social Protection (DSP) scheme that is designed to bring people who are aged 25 years or over and in receipt of a DSP payment for a year or more back into the labour market. Participants of C.E. schemes are primarily sponsored... 

Homeless In Dublin: One Man’s Real-Life Story

Have you ever been homeless? I was in the summer of 2006, and it wasn’t a great situation to be in, in fact, it was the loneliest time of my life. I was actually put out of the family home and I sought help from the outreach services which are run by the Dublin Simon Community, they put me in touch... 

Poets Corner: Mind, Body and Soul

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

What’s Your Ideas For A New Public Park On Cork/Chamber Street?

I have campaigned with Sandy Hazel of the Cork Street Park campaign (who spearheaded this campaign) to have a wasteland site converted into a park. Due to public support, and the response this campaign garnered, and with many community groups being involved, the Dublin City Council (DCC) has agreed... 

Poets Corner: Everyone’s Fault But Mine

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

Saved By The Bible [Short Story, Fiction]

Joshua Wills was a travelling sales rep selling household goods, including small kitchen electric gadgets. He was eager to move on and didn’t want to offend the little old woman, but took her parting gift-a bible, and put it in his shirt pocket. It wasn’t a bad day so far he had sold nearly €100.00... 

The New Children’s Hospital May Impact Jobs + Nutrition

I agree totally that the children’s hospital coming to the James’s campus is great for the area and will lead to regeneration, investment and employment. My issue lies with hospital management who have been looking to bring in ready cooked meals from the UK as a cost cutting exercise, since... 

New Houses and New Hope for St Teresa’s Gardens

PRESS RELEASE: On Wednesday the 9th October 2013 Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’ Sullivan gave her commitment to funding regeneration in St. Teresa’s Gardens over the next three years. This marks a fresh beginning for everyone living and working in the flats complex and provides renewed... 

An Taisce Questions D8 Site For National Children’s Hospital

TO: Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Government Buildings, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. 30 October 2013 Re: New National Children’s Hospital C.c. the Tanáiste, Minister for Health & Children, Cabinet colleagues of the aforementioned, Chair of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, Chair of the... 

Value Of Fuel Allowance Wiped Out By Increases

With energy bills increasing by over €500 in the past three years the value of the 2013/2014 Winter Fuel Allowance which begins on Monday (7 October) has been effectively wiped out, according to St Vincent de Paul. Brendan Hennessy of the SVP Social Justice team pointed out that the most recent increase... 
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