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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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Cllr Mitchell disappointed Sugarloaf SAAO Rejected

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Wicklow County Council on Monday rejected putting a Special Amenity Order on The Sugarloaf by a margin of 14 against and 4 in favour. ‘I am very disappointed at this decision as the Sugarloaf is a great recreational area and an SAAO would give it added protection’. Council officials have put a great deal of effort over some years into drawing this up. Originally it was to cover quite a wide area but the rejected proposal had been reduced so that it excluded all houses and quarries. Some years ago…

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Irish Rail considering ways to allow Breeches Bridge to remain open

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Following my meeting with Irish Rail engineers they are now considering how to allow pedestrians across this safely. A long term solution might be to replace the bridge deck with one having a separate pedestrian path. This has to be designed and costed and could not be implemented before next year. Funding would have to be found. As a temporary measure, when they fence the rail line in September they might allow bridge access through gates with extra signs and instructions for the train to whistle. In some cases birdwatchers,…

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Greystones Harbour. GUBOH’s desire for more meetings will delay opening

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I have seen GUBOH’s press release and am writing to correct some errors in it. Guboh state that there is no starting date for the works yet we were all told that work had started. Possibly Guboh misheard. I do not support the request to open it in August before it can be made safe. This approach would endanger the public. The hoardings at the North end are required to contain noise and dust from the extensive works on The Medical Centre and green area. These residents have complained about…

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Charlesland and Kilcoole left out of new Bus Information System

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A new bus information system is currently being trialled in Dublin Centre. Once tested and live it will be spread out to the suburbs. However only 13 locations are being considered for North Wicklow, way below the percentage of population in the area. ‘We seem to get ignored in Regional Initiatives and it is essential that we get more of these displays’. These signs show the next 4 busses arriving at the bus stop and the time to arrival, similar to DART stations. They are useful especially further out where…

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Pension Levy Unfair on Private Sector

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The 4 year ‘temporary’ pension levy has been introduced in an unfair way. The people with the best pensions, Ministers, Senior Public Servants and Judges pay nothing while those with the lowest Direct Contribution pensions pay more. This is very unfair on private sector workers most of whom are on DC pensions. Those with the second best pensions, Direct Benefit, will have the levy cost paid by the employer. DB schemes are mostly in the Semi- States and Banks as only they can afford them. Taxation should treat all workers…

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Fianna Fail has destroyed the economy

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Greystones Fianna Fail Mayor has criticised FG for not providing jobs already and for Commercial rates increases. Where has he been in recent years and during the election? In Government for 10 years FFs mad policies have destroyed our economy and jobs, it will take FG the best part of a decade to sort it out and make Ireland competitive again. Commercial rates have risen because FF cut the grant to Wicklow County Council to replace domestic rates. Business is now contributing 90% of the amount that the Government does…

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FF Budget attacks low paid workers more than Social Welfare, this is daft.

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The Budget means that a worker on the current minimum wage loses €17 a week, twice as much as those on Social welfare. This is a huge disincentive to work and is totally wrong. The lowering of the tax bands and the Universal Social Charge in combination severely attack the low and medium paid, destroying jobs. In contrast FG’s proposals reduced tax on the low paid, to encourage work, by leaving the tax allowances and reducing VAT on labour intensive services such as repairs, hairdressing, hospitality. This would be funded…

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