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Calls To Close Portrane Facility

Local Labour Party representatives, Senator Brendan Ryan and Cllr Gerry McGuire have called for the closure of the controversial Grove Lodge homeless unit in Portrane. This follows a meeting with local Health Manager, Pat Dunne. Speaking to the County Leader, Senator Ryan said.”We stressed that as far as the residents…


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Local Councillors Enjoy Junkets

Councillors in the North County are still attending lavish conferences despite our cash strapped local authority cutting events and services throughout the region. In records obtained by the County Leader, Balbriggan’s two independent councillors are leading the way in being some of the big spenders in the North County this…


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Development For Opening Of St Joseph’s

After 12 years of campaigning for a new 60 bed residential development for patients of St. Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Services (IDS) at St. Ita’s Hospital Portrane, Senator Brendan Ryan (LAB), told the County Leader, “I am pleased to have been informed by the HSE that the residential development including the…


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Kennedy Slams An Post For ‘Anti-Business’ Move

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Michael Kennedy, has criticised An Post’s decision to end all weekend mail collections and to charge businesses for collecting mail from the sorting office. Deputy Kennedy, who has been contacted by a number of local business people in Swords and the surrounding areas, said, “It is…


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Kennedy Slams FG For Muck Up

Local Fianna Fáil TD, Michael Kennedy, recently lashed out that Fine Gael’s decision to allow Frank Flannery hang on to his position asDirector of Operations for the party, despite his controversial comments that Fine Gael ‘could do business with Sinn Fein.’ Speaking recently, Kennedy said, “People have a right to…


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Council Puts The Breaks On Green Initiative

While Dublin City Council were attempting to break records in Ireland’s first bike week, the North County’s local authority snubbed the Green Party backed initiative. The week, which has been backed by the E5 million in funding for cycling infrastructure, saw an estimated 1,000 people pack into a section of…


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Mayor You Go!

Labour Councillors, Ciaran Byrne and Tom Kelleher were named mayor and deputy mayor of the Council in an agreement that saw them walk hand in hand with the Socialist Party at the Council’s AGM last Friday. Elected from the Balbriggan Ward, Ciaran Byrne is beginning his second term as a…


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Greens Wiped-Out In Local Elections

There were tears of joy and disappointment as the results of the 2009 local elections in the North County streamed out at the National Show Centre in Cloghran where the count was held on June 6. While the tears of Joy were red and blue as the Labour and the…