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An Garda Síochána

Concerns Over Garda Resources In Swords

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Darragh O’Brien has said that the appalling murder of a Dermot Byrne in Swords earlier this month, was a heinous crime which has no place in our community. He said, “Public order issues are becoming more and more prevalent as Swords continues to emerge as an…

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Clifford Lee

Rush Playground Must Be Opened

Local senator, Lorraine Clifford Lee (FF) has said that the situation regarding the out of use playground in the Seabrook estate in Rush must be urgently rectified to avoid any further disruption for families in the area. Clifford-Lee told the County Leader, “It is bitterly disappointing for homeowners and new…


Europe

Do It!

The division within the EU on the Refugee Relocation Scheme is about to be ruled on. The European Court of Justice will consider the submitted opinion of their Advocate General in the coming weeks. The issue was referred to the Court by the Government of two Member States, Slovakia and…


childcare

Concerns Over Failure To Inspect Local Foster Carers

Local TD, Louise O’Reilly, who is her party’s Health spokesperson, has raised her concerns over findings by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) which uncovered that four out of five foster carers in Tusla’s North Dublin Area, which covers the North County have not been reviewed within the required…


Europe

Help Ireland Win In Europe

Fine Gael spokesperson on EU Affairs, Senator Neale Richmond announced last week that the application period for the March ’18 intake group under the European Commission traineeship is now open. Richmond says that the window of opportunity to apply remains open until 31st August. He is very enthusiastic in his…


Waterways

Smith Calls For Protection Of Our Waterways

Local councillor, Duncan Smith (Lab) who is a keen angler, has described the latest fish kill on the River Tolka as another example of the vulnerability of our urban waterways to pollution. Smith, who is leading a community angling initiative at Usher’s Lake in Swords, was a junior member of…


Europe

Austerity Pays Off For Greece

It seems that Greece is now well on the way to restoring its economy. Following financial improvements and reduction in the economy, the European Commission will recommend to the European Council to end the disciplinary procedures. A spokesperson said, “Our recommendation to close the Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece is…


Ambulance

€25m On Ambulances Unacceptable – O’Reilly

Local TD and Sinn Fein Health Spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has expressed disappointment at the misuse of taxpayers’ money on private ambulances. O’Reilly, told the County Leader, “The HSE spend over €25 million on private ambulances over the past five years. This does not constitute value for money and the money…