Quinn Insurance staff face job cuts.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

An email from the administrator this afternoon to the staff of Quinn Insurance suggests that not all the jobs there are viable.

Dear All

We welcome the Financial Regulator's decision yesterday to allow limited re-entry to  the UK market for provisional drivers. This re-entry is only in some of the areas in the business plan that was submitted to the Financial Regulator. We will continue as a matter of urgency to liaise with the Financial Regulator in relation to other UK business lines submitted in the business plan and will keep you updated accordingly.


Council spends €36,488.95 to webcast meetings but is anybody is watching?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fingal County Council will spend €36,488 this year to broadcast 120 hours of council meetings on the Internet. The information was supplied in response to a question I had about the cost of webcasting the monthly council meetings, the various local area meetings and the number of viewers they attracted.

This works out at €304 per hour. Bear in mind that the figure given is just the cost of the contract with the UK company that handle the webcasting. There are council staff costs that are not included such as the cost of operating the equipment and preparing the meetings. 


A tale of two Leaders

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Interesting contrast between the Leadership shown by Enda Kenny and the complete absence of it from Labour’s Eamonn Gilmour on the Croke Park Agreement

Fine Gael l
eader Enda Kenny sets out his party’s view on the Croke Park agreement – “given that the timescale extends beyond the timeframe of this Government. In our pre-budget proposals we set out a much fairer solution to achieving the reduction in the public service pay bill.


ABP approves Lynam Development

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

An Bord Pleanála have given the go ahead to the high rise development by EP Lynam Properties Ltd  (FW09A/0019) on the Clonsilla road.  The site, which is at the Link road across from the funeral home, was considered by many to be unsuitable for four and five story apartment blocks. The appeal was submitted by Portersgate Residents Association with the assistance of a professional planner.


Council golf courses deep in the red.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fingal County Council’s two municipal golf courses have lost almost €610,000 over the last three years. Responding to a question from Cllr. Kieran Dennison (FG) the Manager revealed that in 2007, before the economic crash, they recorded a loss of €54,000. A year later the two courses were €328,278 in the red and managed to lose another €227,216 last year.

The Elmgreen Golf Centre at Castleknock has an18 hole golf course, 18 hole pitch and putt course and 24 bay driving range. It costs an average of €1.3m to run but recorded losses over the three years totaling €389,755.

The Corballis public links golf course at Donabate costs €1/2m to run. In 2007 it managed a profit of €26,887 before running up losses over the three years of €220,112.

Golf courses all over the country are finding the going tough but it is surprising that even at the height of the boom in 2007 the council’s courses were losing money. Action should have been taken in 2008 to stop the rot. Instead they increased expenditure rather than reduce it and again last year, they spent more than they took in the previous year. 

The Council now seems to have finally thrown in the towel when it comes to managing their courses and have sought tenders for management services for 2010 but it is likely to be the second half of the year before this is in operation.

The real question here is whether the council should be running golf courses at all. Even during the boom there was no shortage of courses around Dublin and for those willing to travel prices were reasonable. If it means subsidizing them to the tune of €300,000 per year then the answer is no. 

The Council also operates a 9 hole, par 3 golf course and pitch and putt course at Malahide Demesne. No details were given for this.


Remarks at the Rally for Toyosi Shitta-Bey

Saturday, April 10, 2010

On Saturday I was asked by the Shitta-Bey family to speak at a rally in Dublin in houour of their son Toyosi who was stabbed to death the previous weekend. 

Friends we are rallied here today to make something positive from the tragic loss of Toyosi Shitta-Bey.

Toy’s killing demonstrates once again how cheap life has become in the Ireland of today. This was a crime against the whole community, an offence against society.

Last night I asked Toyosi’s parents what message they would like me to convey to you.


Garda appeal for calm following fatal stabbing of teenage boy

Monday, April 5, 2010


Irish Times - Mon, Apr 05, 2010

"Local Fine Gael councillor Kieran Dennison said he was shocked by the details of the incident, having spoken to several witnesses.

He said there had not been many racist attacks, but racism did exist in the area. “Racism is something people have in their hearts,” he said.


Irish Times - Mon, Apr 05, 2010

GARDAÍ HAVE appealed for calm in Tyrellstown, west Dublin, following the fatal stabbing of a teenager on Friday night.

Angry friends of Toyosi Shittabey (15), originally from Nigeria, smashed the windows of a car yesterday afternoon on their way back from a rally held in the teenager’s memory.

Garda spokesman Supt John Gilligan urged people in the area, one of the most ethnically diverse in Ireland, to “take a deep breath, take a step back and let the gardaí do their job”. Supt Gilligan said there was not a history of racial tension in the area, and he described the stabbing incident as “truly exceptional”.

Locals will gather at 1pm today to hold a rally at Hartstown Community School, where Toyosi was a third-year student. A candle-lit vigil is to be held this evening.

About 300 local people took part in a procession yesterday from Tyrellstown Plaza to Mount Eustace Crescent, where the stabbing occurred.

Tributes were paid to Toyosi and prayers were said at the scene during a rally at the spot where he was killed. The Nigerian ambassador, Dr Kemafo Nonyerem Chikwe, attended the rally.

A message was read out from President Mary McAleese expressing her condolences over the attack.

Tributes were also paid to Toyosi from Shelbourne Football Club. The youngster was on their books and he also played for Insaka-Ireland Football, the football club for African children in Ireland.

Several youngsters had to be restrained during the rally from attacking people they believed to be associated with the killing.

Toyosi and four of his friends were on their way back from the National Aquatic Centre on Good Friday night at about 8.10pm when the stabbing took place.

Local TD Joan Burton said the incident was not typical of the Tyrellstown area and she praised the “excellent relations” between Irish and non-Irish nationals who live in the area.

Local Fine Gael councillor Kieran Dennison said he was shocked by the details of the incident, having spoken to several witnesses.

He said there had not been many racist attacks, but racism did exist in the area. “Racism is something people have in their hearts,” he said.

However, Bobby Kuti (16), who was with Toyosi when he was killed, said they had been subjected to “loads” of racial abuse in the past.

“This is where we live,” he said. “He had been living here 11 years. We thought we were safe here. It is not like we went to some mad place where we weren’t supposed to go. It has gone too far.”

Patrick Kabangu (17) from Congo said: “Racism is hiding everywhere. It is in the schools. Everywhere in Ireland is racist, it is just being hidden. This country is crazy.”

Yesterday, Blanchardstown gardaí community liaison officer Sgt Vincent Connolly appealed for witnesses to continue coming forward with information.

“I just wish to say to the people, if they have anything to say to us, please call us,” he said. “We cannot do it without you.”

Anyone who may have witnessed these incidents, who may have information or who may have seen a Black Nissan Qashqai in the general area is asked to contact gardaí at Blanchardstown on 01-666 7000, the Garda confidential line on 1-800-666-111, or any Garda station.

© 2010 The Irish Times


County Development Plan

Friday, April 2, 2010

The County Development Plan is now at Stage 2.

This stage sees the publication of the Draft Fingal Development Plan 2011-2017 and the second period of Public Consultation. The Manager will prepare a report on all submissions received for presentation to the council in the autumn.

You can make a submission to the Draft Development Plan 2011-2017 by 14th June 2010.
Submissions can be made online from April 12th or in writing to:

Senior Executive Officer
Planning Department
Fingal County Council
Main Street
Co Dublin


Applications for Arts Funding.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

An application for funding under the Council's Community Arts Funding Scheme has been received from the organisation listed below. It is proposed to make funding available to this organisation, in accordance with the conditions of the scheme, up to the amount set out hereunder:-

  AMOUNT                     GROUP 

Duo Chagall     Three Day Classical Music Festival             600.00
Blanchardstown Youth Performing Arts Programme        1,000.00
                                                                                     TOTAL:  1,600.00

* The award of funding should represent the difference between income and expenditure for each event, up to the amount recommended.


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