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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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Fine gael Policy of completely Re-Inventing government Welcomed

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Derek Mitchell welcomes Fine Gael policy of completely Re-Inventing Government. Fine Gael has issued a series of deep reform policies for the Public Service, the biggest change since the State was founded. This includes: Abolishing the Senate and 20 TD’s, Abolishing 145 specified Quangos to reduce the burden on business and cut costs, Cutting the Core Pay of 650 Senior Civil Servants and replacing failed ones, Recruitment of some senior ones from outside the public Service due to the mess the Depatment of Finance has made of the ecconomy, Increasing…

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Harbour Open Day a success

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Derek Mitchell very pleased with Harbour Open Day on Saturday. A large number of Greystones Residents visited the Open Day on Saturday morning, helped by the good weather. Sispar staff explained what was happening and the features of the harbour. I spoke to many and they were impressed by the scale of what has been achieved, though many are keen to have the hoardings down as soon as possible.

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