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Cllr Mitchell welcomes new credit card size driving licences for January 2013

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The Road Safety Authority (RSA) will be processing new driving licence applications from next year, removing the function from local authorities, Fine Gael Councillor Derek Mitchell has stated. “A new plastic card licence will also be issued to new applicants from January 2013. This will hopefully reduce the incidents of fraud, and will also be easier for drivers to carry their licences in their wallets as the current ones are too large” he added. “Work is well advanced on preparing for the transition to the new system,” the Councillor added….

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Council collects 300 Refuse Sackfuls from N11

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The Council has mostly completed collecting the litter manually and with the suction sweeper truck and also weedkilling on most of the N11 which has cost €20,000 so far. Collected items include 20 bags of soiled nappies and 300 refuse sacks of general litter, a considerable quantity of which was on the central reservation where it is difficult to collect. Mostly it must have been flung from cars. ‘It is disgraceful that people are behaving like this and scarce public money is being wasted cleaning it up’

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Mitchell urges YES vote in ‘Good Housekeeping Treaty’

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Every householder knows that they cannot spend more than they earn for long. Yet as a country we have been consistently spending 8% more than we earn. This Treaty is primarily about the sensible national policy of ‘Living Within Our Means’ The election results in France and Greece will bring turbulence to the Euro Area with Greece probably having to leave the Euro in a chaotic way. Because our economy has been so messed up we are going to need the assistance of our EU friends, especially Germany, to get…

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Household Charge Deadline should be extended. ‘Tax Cheat’ T.Ds should be fined now

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Cllr Derek Mitchell said that the deadline for paying this should be extended by a month to enable people plenty of time to pay before penalties. There has been confusion in people’s minds. However I am very critical of left wing and Sinn Fein T.Ds being ‘tax cheats’ by refusing to pay. Many of them are paid over €100,000 a year from taxes paid by ordinary workers and it is outrageous that they refuse to pay their share and are urging others not to pay while taking their salaries. I…

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Mitchell asks Minister for Justice to Ensure Fines Collected

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About half of fines are not collected. This is a fraud on compliant citizens who pay fines on time and it damages the Justice System. At a recent meeting I asked the Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, to introduce a system of deducting unpaid fines from Wages and Social Welfare. It makes no sense for the Government not to be able to collect fines while paying people on a weekly basis. The Minister said that he would introduce legislation in the Autumn to enable fines to be deducted. The previous…

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Cllr Mitchell welcomes move to deduct Fines from Wages of T.D’s

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Some 17 TD’s are threatening not to pay the €100 Household Charge. It is disgraceful that TD’s, who are paid €90,000 a year by the State to make laws, should threaten non payment. The Government is introducing laws to ensure that fines can be deducted in small instalments from wages and social welfare as currently about 25% of Court fines for Criminal behaviour are never collected. At present the only alternative to non payment is to imprison them which is too drastic. I have lobbied to make fines deductable from…

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All Weather Sports Area for Newcastle and outdoor gym for Charlesland

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The Council will install a synthetic all weather surface on the tennis courts at Newcastle Community Centre. One court will also be marked out for basketball, 5 a side football as well as tennis. Also new tennis nets with retractable covers, goal posts and basketball hoops. Surrounded by new fencing this will cost €60k. In the Charlesland Sports centre an outdoor gym will be installed with bars and devices for step up, chin up, hamstring stretch, sit up, body curl, rope climb, parallel bars, hyperextension stretch and more. ‘I have…

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Anglo Irish debt should not be repaid

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This week Anglo-Irish Bank, with Government backing, is going to repay a Billion of unsecured long term bebt at great cost to the taxpayer. I dont think the Anglo bonholder payments due currently should be paid. Standing up to the madness of paying them would give the Government credibility with the markets that it could repay later secured Government debts and with the public for future harsh measures needed to balance the budget.

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Concern Travellers may be declared an ‘Ethnic Minority’

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Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter stated to a UN meeting that he is considering giving in to Travellers demands and defining them as an ‘Ethnic Minority’. I think this does not make sense as Travellers have the same Ethnic background as most Irish people but have decided themselves to live in a partly separate style. Policy needs to be changed to encourage Travellers to have more respect for the Community and their neighbours and to stay in Education longer. The present Multicultural policies create division and separate development like Apartheid…

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Over 5,000 People enjoy Fireworks at New Greystones Harbour

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Friday’s Culture Night saw the reopening of Greystones Harbour. Orchestras and Irish Music were playing from a stage. The highlight was a spectacular fireworks display from the ends of both new harbour walls and from a rope over the entrance. Over 5,000 people were there most sitting on the steps in a semi circle around the water which formed a great arena. Congratulations to Cllr. Grainne McLoughlin who organised the night. ‘Most people were surprised at the large size of the public space as they had thought of it as…

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