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FE E RPART OF DUBLIN PEOPLE MEDIA GROUP Tel: 01 8621611UNRIVALLED WEEKLY DISTRIBUTION ACROSS OUR 3 TITLESBelle of the ballIrish Cancer Society Ambassador and comedian Des Bishop got to grips with a Lamborghini Huracan along with Belle Walsh (5), from Swords, and her father, Garda Mark Walsh, to announce that the Irish Cancer Society will be the official charity partner for Cannonball 2019. See story on Page 15. PHOTO: MARK STEDMANJOIN US, RIGHT NOW!EAST7 August - 13 August ‘19Vol.32. No.32DUBLIN’S1No.FREE NEWSPAPERSIrish Rail vows to act following lift protest IRISH Rail has vowed to undertake a maintenance programme to address issues at its stations that are impacting greatly on people with disabilities. The newly formed ‘DART Access for All’ group held a major protest outside Clontarf DART Station to highlight the lack of access to the DART for wheelchair users. The protest highlighted the issue of lifts being continually out of service at some stations on the DART line, denying equality of access to people living with a disability and those with mobility difficulties. Members of the groupSEE OUR SPECIAL FEATURE ON COOLOCK Page 17-24are demanding that lifts for wheelchair access to stations be fixed immediately. Bernard Mulvany, a People Before Profit representative for Clontarf and a disability rights activist, initiated the campaign. Mr Mulvany, whose daughter is a wheelchair user, told Northside People: “The group is calling for DART station lifts to be working so that people living with a disability have access like everyone else. “If this means that there needs to be extra staff at the DART stations to protect the lifts from being vandalised, thenthat’s what needs to be done. “Open and free access to public transport should be a core part of the Government’s commitment to tackle climate change. “The Government says that people should be cycling or walking more and leaving cars at home. This is not an option for people with disabilities. Public transport is vital for them.” Mr Mulvany said the group is also planning to raise the issue with Richard Bruton, “the Minister who has the portfolio for Climate Continued on page 2NEW TILE CENTER NOW OPEN IN SHOWROOM MASSIVE SAVING IN NEW REFURBED STORE#OutOfTheBlue Introducing Digital Membership from Member First.Now open for Respite, Convalescent and Long-term CareJoin us anytime, Situated in North Dublin near Skerries 123 all single ensuite rooms Built to highest standards Fully HIQA compliant Large landscaped gardens the next generation credit unionMember First Credit Union is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Blackland, Ballykea,01 215 0200Skerries, Co. Dublin,info@bartrahealthcare.ieK34 DV78www. HARMONSTOWN ROAD, RAHENY, DUBLIN 5 TEL: 8511700 Email By online now at: www.davies.ie2NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 07.08.19Bathing water concerns raised Members of the ‘DART Access for All’ group pictured during the protest at Clontarf DART StationIrish Rail vows to act following lift protest from misuse which have impacted on ongoing reliability, and we are Action”. also rolling out a lift call “This campaign is only system which will ensure beginning,” he added. lifts are monitored to In a statement to prevent access to those Northside People Irish who seek to vandalise or Rail said it is currently undertaking a programme damage equipment. “Both investment of preventative works and lift call have, maintenance to address for example, greatly some lifts where “we improved reliability of lifts have experienced issues at Howth Junction. with recurring faults and “We update our app, misuse”. website and station “This does mean in information screens with the short term, there is a higher than usual level of details of issues to ensure customers can plan when availability issues,” said issues arise.” a spokesperson for the The spokesperson said company. their staff works to ensure “However, this will that lifts re-enter service ultimately improve reliability over the coming as quickly as possible. “In most instances this weeks. will happen same day/ “We apologise for within 24 hours,” the the issues experienced, spokesperson said. particularly in locations “However, where where there have been specific part replacement recurring issues. We are or major works/repairs confident that the works currently taking place will are required, it can take longer. improve reliability. “We would welcome the “Lift issues opportunity to meet with predominantly arise Continued from page 1‘DART Access for All’ to discuss the issues raised. “We also have a Disability Users Group which ensures we engage with and consult representative bodies for customers with disabilities.” The spokesperson added: “Separately, there will also be a more significant programme of investment in lift replacement over the coming years, which will see new and more durable units installed.” Speakers at the protest included blogger and wheelchair activist Sean O’Kelly, disability rights activist Kate O’Brien and wheelchair user Saoirse Smith who was recently trapped on a DART due to a lack of staff to assist her. Representatives from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC), Irish Wheelchair Association and organisations involved with disability services, also supported the protest.Clontarf Private Nursing Home5-7 Clontarf Road | Clontarf | Dublin 3T. 01 833 5455 | E. www.silverstream.ieNORTHSIDE councillor Donna Cooney (GP) attended a meeting with Irish Water officials recently to discuss issues surrounding frequent sewage contamination of Dublin bathing waters from the Ringsend treatment plant. Cllr Cooney, who represents the Clontarf Local Electoral Area (LEA), was among the Dublin City Councillors to put questions to the company at City Hall. The meeting was held on foot of an emergency motion tabled by Cllr Cooney and her Green Party colleague Cllr Claire Byrne at the July 1 meeting of Dublin City Council. Cllr Cooney, a yearround sea swimmer, said Dubliners want answers from Irish Water and has vowed to vigorously protect Dublin Bay. "I truly believe sea swimming is an amazing experience and so good for your health and wellbeing,” she said. “It’s also free and increasingly popular - as highlighted in the RTE documentary ‘Vitamin Sea’. We had over 900 bathers interested in swimming at our event on Bloomsday and it was nearly cancelled due to a sewage leak. “Also, a bathing restriction was in place during the enormously popular kite festival on Dollymount in June.” Following the meeting, Irish Water said it was pleased to have the opportunity to engage with Dublin City Councillors on the operation of the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant storm water overflow system. “The Ringsend storm water overflows are designed and operated in line with international best practice in order to safeguard public health to prevent the sewer network from backing up and causing flooding of roads and properties during heavy rainfall,” said an Irish Water spokesperson.  “The overflow containsA bathing restriction had be put in place at Dollymount Beach for a time in June. FILE PHOTO: DARREN KINSELLA wastewater that is highly diluted with rainwater and has been screened and settled to remove debris – a form of primary treatment. “Irish Water notifies Local Authorities and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of any incidents or overflow that occur at the plant that could impact the receiving waters. “The Local Authority collects information on bathing water quality on a regular basis and, in consultation with the HSE, provides information and guidance on using bathing waters and about any prohibitions.” Irish Water also outlined it plans for the upgrade of the Ringsend plant. “Irish Water is investing over €400 million in the staged upgrading of Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant,” said the spokesperson. “This investment will allow the plant to treat the increasing volumes of wastewater arriving at the plant to the required standard and capacity. “This project will enable future housing and commercial development and ensure that Dublin is able to sustain continued growth.”Cllr Donna Cooney (GP) attended the meeting.1/2 PRICE SecondarySCHOOL BOOK FOR SALE* Good Quality * 2nd Hand Secondary School Book Available * Great Value * FREE Delivery Budget Books ClontarfRing Michael at(01) 83358393NORTHSIDE PEOPLE EAST 07.08.19Local students get into the groove for music programme   STUDENTS from three Balbriggan secondary schools took part in a music programme at a local university last week.  The students learned exciting new performance skills and techniques centred on groove, at the Dublin City UniversityBerklee College of Music School which returned for its second year. DCU, in partnership with Berklee College of Music and Fingal County Council, organised the three-day programme.  The aim was to give over 90 teenage music aficionados access to some of Ireland’s most highly regarded performers and teachers based in DCU’s School of Music, and faculty from one of the world’s most prestigious schools in the field of contemporary music, Boston-based Berklee College of Music. Almost 30 studentsfrom DEIS schools were nominated to take part in the programme free of charge. Furthermore, students had the opportunity to showcase what they learned at a final day concert and audition for a scholarship to attend Berklee. Speaking about this year’s DCU Groove School, Ronan Guilfoyle, Director of the Centre for Jazz Performance at DCU, said they were delighted to partner again with Berklee to deliver three days of wonderful music making opportunities for some of the most talented young musicians in Ireland. Nicole Martin, a participant of last year’s programme who was also awarded a five-week scholarship to Berklee, said: “I had a brilliant experience last summer at DCU’s Groove School. Ilearned a lot and met new friends with similar music interests and goals. “It gave me an opportunity to meet the lecturers I study under at the moment in the DCU Jazz programme as well as getting a taste of what studying music performance would be like in a university setting. “I also felt my technique and approach to playing in an ensemble improved during the three days. “It had been a dream of mine to study in Berklee so I was really taken aback when they announced my name as winner of the fiveweek scholarship in Boston. It was really amazing to meet great teachers over there and to learn from them.” Loreto Balbriggan, Educate Together Balbriggan and Ardgillan Community School were among the schools thatStudents Magdalena Pekalska (Educate Together, Balbriggan), Eve O’Bryan (Educate Together, Balbriggan), Cliodhna Bowers (Loreto Balbriggan) and Noah Makris (Educate Together Balbriggan) took part in this year’s event. took part in this year’s prgramme. The students explored a wide span of musical areas,Lecture sessions enabled encompassing theory, ear the students to learn about training, improvisation, ensemble performance and various performance skills and techniques centred instrumental instruction.on groove and style, while ensemble classes will allow them to put everything into practice.NOW WITH ORDrop in to us in the Pavilions or Donaghmede Shopping Centre T&Cs apply. See Subject to availability. Offer available to new customers only. 12 month contract. 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The Northside quarter is due to be anchored by a new cutting-edge City Library surrounded by cultural facilities. It was planned that the area would become a landmark destination in the city and transform the north city centre. Planning permission for the new library was granted by An Bord Pleanála just three months ago but the council has now been advised that that private fundraising needed to complete the project could take over three years to obtain, and that there is no guarantee itwill be successful. The council has vowed that development of the library will go ahead, but the other elements of the project including a public plaza space and restoration of Georgian houses have been shelved. The project is overseen by the Parnell Square Foundation, a charitable trust set up to raise funds and finance the project with the support of Dublin City Council and property company, Kennedy Wilson. The funding model needed 55 percent of the project to be funded by private philanthropy through the Foundation but consultants have identified a number of obstacles to a successful private fundraising campaign. Dublin City Councilchief executive, Owen Keegan, has written to city councillors to inform them of developments, which he has described as “most disappointing and unwelcome”. Councillor for CabraGlasnevin, Cllr Gary Gannon (SD), called the news “disappointing but somewhat unsurprising”. “This was an integral development to revitalising the Northside of the city,” he said. “It’s time for this project to be taken in house by Dublin City Council and for Minister (for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform) Paschal Donohoe to follow through with capital funding. “Having a functioning library in our capital cityAn impression of the Cultural Quarter at Parnell Square. shouldn’t be dependent on philanthropic funding. “This is a bad outcome for the city and some leadership needs to be shown here.” Sinn Féin councillor Janice Boylan also described the news as "deeply disappointing". 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