Good evening I’m John Byrne and this is Dublin South Fm News. In todays top story..
A South Dublin woman has brought proceedings in relation to the Governments publicly funded campaign in the Children Referendum before Mr Justice Paul McDermott at the High Court today.
Joanna Jordan of St Kevins Villas, Glenageary Road Upper, Dunlaoghaire has claimed that the Government’s campaign used ‘blatant psychological manipulation’ to secure a ‘Yes’ vote.
Ms Jordan campaigned for a ‘no’ vote in the November 10 2012 referendum and wants to bring s petition challenging the result.
She told the high court that the governments campaign amounted to a grievous interference with the peoples sovereignty, the basic concepts of democracy were at issue and it breached the constitution.
She claims that the governments €1.1m spend of public monies on a “one sided” information campaign amounted to clear disregard of the limits of the constitution.
The Amendment was passed in 2012 with 58% in favour.
Two men were stabbed this morning and one woman was assaulted in separate incidents on Grafton street. A man was discovered shortly afer 1 am with stab wounds on the south Dublin city street.One victim was stabbed in the chest , a second man suffered stab wounds to his back and side..Both are still in hospital.A 25 year old man has been arrested and has appeared in court today.Leon Wright with an address at St Teresa’s gardens faces 3 counts of assault causing harm, two charges of robbery and possession of a knife.He will appear In court again next week.
The cost of groceries are still rising a survey shows today.Many household items cost nearly 9 % more than 2011. Biscuits, Rashers, Dogfood and breakfast cereal all saw the biggest increase of 30-40% with some items nearly doubling in the last 2 years
Out of 53 products checked..20 stayed the same and only 5 dropped in price.
”Deaf Sports Ireland are pleased to announce that there will be a sponsored 5km Fun Run (or walk if you prefer) at 10.30 am on Saturday the 27th of April in Phoenix Park in aid of the 2013 Deaflympics and the Irish Deaf Team.
If you would like to take part in this event to have some fun and support a good cause at the same time email Lorelei at: firstname.lastname@example.org to register or to get more info
WEEE Ireland, the Irish compliance scheme for electrical and battery recycling, is holding a free recycling event in Nutgrove Shopping Centre, Nutgrove in association with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.This free WEEE Ireland event allows people to get rid of any household electrical equipment and batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.Anything in the home with a battery or a plug can be recycled at these collections. Waste collection specialists from WEEE Ireland will be there on the day to help you send your toasters, vacuum cleaners, fridges and every other electrical item imaginable to a better place.
For further information on all future recycling events in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, or to find your nearest civic amenity site, please log on to WEEE Ireland’s website www.recyclefree.ie
Tonight will be very windy with some showers overnight. Strong to gale force south-west to westerly winds will gust 90 to 110km/hr and later veer westerly. Lowest temperatures of 5-7 degrees. A bright, fresh, breezy day with sunshine and scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 10-12 degrees with fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds.
Good evening I’m John Byrne and this is Dublin South Fm news..In today’s top story
The Fate of the Croke Park deal is uncertain today after the country’s biggest union SIPTU voted against it.. Members of the Union rejected the deal by 53.7 % to 46.3 % despite a recommendation from the union’s leadership that the deal be accepted. This makes Siptu the 10th union to vote against the deal while only 5 so far have accepted it. It is still possible for the Croke Park deal to be passed but without the support of the country’s biggest union it looks unlikely.
If the deal was accepted it would run for 3 years starting in July and attempt to save a total of €1 billion euro through pay cuts and allowances and increase in hours. SIPTU president Jack O Connor said the vote reflected the sense of grievance among public service workers.. He added’ We urge the government not to proceed with the legislation as it would inevitably precipitate a major confrontation.
Today see’s the opening in the Dundrum town centre of Irelands first digital banking store. AIB’s the Lab which stands for Learn about banking is focused on helping customers to maximise their use of existing and emerging technologies in banking services..As well as this it will also provide the majority of day to day banking sevices and will be open 7 days a week at normal retail hours..The Lab is located on the 1st level of the Dundrum town centre across firm Marks and Spencers.
ISPCC Childline has launched an appeal to help them to answer more calls
Childline has seen a huge increase in demand over its 25 years; in 2011 it received 829,258 calls, but due to lack of funding only 523,804 of these could be answered. As Ireland’s only 24 hour listening service for children, it is a vital service for these young people who feel they have no where else to turn. It is appealing to all women to take part in the Flora womens marathon and to don the red childline t shirt to help them raise much needed funds..
The deadline is approaching fast with the last applications being taken on 24th april.For more information on how to run the mini marathon on the june bank holiday weekend for Childline call Rita on 1850 50 40 50.
The Dundrum Gazette is looking for young student writers to write for them..If you think you have what it takes to be a young budding writer contact them at www.gazettegroup.com
There will be a free electrical waste recycling day this Saturday at nutgrove shopping centre from 10am to 4pm..Bring all your unwanted electrical and electronic items including batteries down for free disposal.
It will be dry at first tonight but wet and windy weather will spread from the southwest later. There will be some heavy rain and winds will become strong and gusty southeast to south. Min temperatures of 6 to 7 degrees.
Tomorrow will be wet, with rain or showers occasionally heavy and prolonged. Winds will be strong occasionally gusting gale force mostly southerly. Max temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.
That’s all from the Dublin South Fm news team..Now it’s back to studio 1
Good evening I’m John Byrne and you’re listening to Dublin South FM News..
In today’s top story. A Senior Welfare official from the Social Welfare office in Dun Laoghaire has today been jailed for 16 months for fraud. Brian King 48 was managing the office in 2010 and 11 when he purposely overpaid 25 welfare recipients before contacting them and saying the overpayment was a mistake. The department of social and family affairs became aware of the scam when they received a tip off in an anonymous letter. Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the thefts resulted from Kings gambling problem.
Sonas, A charity that provides housing, refuge and support to women and children experiencing domestic violence, is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of the effects of verbal abuse on women in Ireland. The campaign is called Killing me softly with his words and the communications officer from Sonas housing Paula McGovern spoke to Dublin south fm today.
There will be a meeting tonight in the Willows Pub Dundrum hosted by TD Shane Ross in relation to the property tax and it’s implications for the people of south Dublin..Shane Ross spoke to us at Dublin south fm earlier about how he feels about the property tax and why he’s hoping for a big turnout from south Dublin tonight.
Community Notices There will be a fundraiser tonight in the Coach House Ballinteer in aid of the James Gill Cancer Fund.There will be live music and spot prizes on the night including a chance to win a trip for two to Wembley Stadium to see England V Ireland play a soccer match.For more details or for tickets call Jim Davidson on 0862591412
IT will be dry tonight with clear spells developing.. Some fog patches possibly forming.. As it turns cold temperatures will drop to 1 to 2 degrees.
Tomorrow will start brightly but rain will develop by late morning and will persist for the rest of the day. Highest temperatures from 11 to 12 degrees
That’s all for Dublin south fm news.. Now it’s back to studio 1.
Dublin South FM’s outdoor events team were up at the Red Cow Hotel today where students from more than 28 schools and education centres across Dublin, Wicklow , Wexford, and Kildare as well as Limerick, Westmeath, Carlow, and Offally met today to speak out about the social issues that most concern them and present their solutions for tackling them. The young people spoke out on issues ranging from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome and Farm Safety, to Food Poverty and school stress.
Global Research vessel Tara arrives in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
And finally, a boat involved in the first-ever attempt to make a global study of marine plankton arrived in Dun Laoghaire harbour yesterday,
The French research schooner Tara has travelled 115,000 kilometres and visited 50 countries over the past two-and-a-half years, on a mission to further the understanding of the effect of climate change on planktonic ecosystems.
The vessel is berthed at the East Pier and is open to the public to visit today and tomorrow afternoon.
A collection of images taken on board Tara is also displayed along the Pier.
Survey reveals one in five children exposed to dangerous content online
A new survey has revealed that at least one in every five children has seen potentially dangerous content online, including websites which promote anorexia and suicide techniques.
According to research commissioned by the EU Kids Online network, about 14 per cent have also been exposed to sexual images while browsing the internet.
The researchers for ‘Towards a better internet for children’ said one of their strongest conclusions is that “existing reporting tools do not work”. They say that the industry needs to do much better given that only one in ten children reported their problems through an online mechanism.
Suicide rate increases by 7% - males at higher risk
Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office show that the number of recorded suicides in the Republic increased by 7 per cent in 2011.
The number of suicides registered last year was 525, compared with 490 in the previous year.
The 2011 figures also saw a rise in male suicides, which accounted for 84 per cent of all suicide deaths.
Commenting on the figures, the Irish Association of Suicidology said that given the impact of the economic downturn, especially on young males, it was not surprising that men were so at risk to suicide.
It also issued a reminder that there is always help available to anyone, male or female, suffering emotional distress or feeling suicidal, including through the Samaritans or their family GP.
Food Safety Authority recommends display of calorie counts on menus
A report from the Food Safety Authority has called for calorie counts to be displayed on menus in restaurants, bars and cafés.
The report, which recommends that the labelling scheme should be introduced on a voluntary basis initially, follows a national consultation earlier this year during which over 3,300 submissions were received by the FSA, 80 per cent of which came from consumers.
The Authority made its recommendation after the public consultation indicated that 96 per cent of consumers wanted the calorie labelling.
Guidewire Software to create at least 10 new jobs in Dublin
The software company Guidewire has announced it will create at least ten new jobs in Dublin with the establishment of a new consulting centre.
The software developer provides operational systems to over one hundred insurance companies throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the US, and already employs 25 people at its premises in Blanchardstown.
Figures published today by the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people on the Live Register rose again last month. The CSO said that on a seasonally-adjusted basis, an extra 2,700 people joined the dole queues in June, compared to the previous month.
The number of people signing on now stands at almost 452,000, bringing our standardised unemployment rate up to 14.9%.
The Small Firms Association described the figures as “disappointing, but not surprising”.
Letters are being posted to hundreds of thousands of people who still haven’t paid the controversial €100 Household Charge.
The reminders are the first of three warning letters from local authorities.
Responding to the news, Cllr Ruth Coppinger of the Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes said: ‘We say to the more than one million people taking part in the biggest boycott in over a century not to be bullied. The majority of home-owners - 52% - have not registered, a historic level of civil disobedience. One million people can’t be brought to court.’
Meanwhile, Oireachtas officials are considering whether the use of Dáil travel expenses to travel around the country to campaign against the Household Charge is within the rules as it was confirmed that Joe Higgens used Dail expenses to fight the household tax.
Irish people planning on working in Australia will be faced with new visa restrictions from today.
A number of occupations have been removed from the official skills shortage list including bricklayers, floor tilers and chemists, who will now only be able to apply for a skilled permanent work visa with sponsorship from an employer or state government.
Anyone who has already lodged an application for a permanent work visa will not be affected by the changes.
Sinn Féin Counncillor Cathal King was elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council
Sinn Féin Counncillor Cathal King was elected Mayor of South Dublin County Council at the council’s annual meeting in Tallaght yesterday afternoon.
Accepting the role, King said he takes on the responsibility with “great pride and pleasure”.
His nomination was proposed by fellow Sinn Féin colleague Maire Devine and seconded by Labour’s Eamon Tuffy.
King intends to use the office to highlight the issue of mental health in the area and plans to facilitate a gathering of interested groups and individuals to develop well-being strategies for all age groups.
Gardai have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to a collision on the Red Luas line last night.
The incident happened near the junction of the Naas and Davitt roads near Inchicore at around 5 past 8 yesterday evening.
A woman in her 30s remains in a serious condition in hospital after she was hit by a tram at the Black Horse stop.
Gardaí are asking anyone who was travelling on the Luas line or in the vicinity of the Black Horse stop between 7.45 and 8.15pm to contact them at the Sundrive Road station on 01 666 6600 or the Gardai Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
Sinn Fein have confirmed that martin McGuinness will meet and shake hands with the Queen of England in Belfast next week.
The occasion is an historic first for the North’s peace process.
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, said the decision had been taken after consulting with the party’s grass roots support.
The landmark occasion will take place at a cross border event in Belfast on Wednesday, to celebrate the arts and culture across the island.
President Michael D Higgins will also be in attendance.
Mr Adams, called for support for the meeting and handshake from republicans and nationalists saying it was a “symbolic and significant step” - and urged people opposed to the move to protest peacefully.
Ulster Bank to open This Weekend After Techinical Glitch
Ulster Bank has confirmed its customers will be able to access the funds in their bank accounts this weekend.
Sixty branches of the bank will open tomorrow, and possibly Sunday, to help resolve the backlog created by technical problems.
The company said a software glitch meant automatic salary and social welfare payments have not been processed, and it has estimated that at least 100,000 customers have been affected.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton earlier hit out at the bank, calling on them to open over the weekend if it is not fixed before then.
Eighty of the bank’s branches will stay open this evening until 7pm.
Chief Operating Officer of the Ulster Bank Group Ellvena Graham apologised for the problems, saying “We’re keeping a number of branches open until 3pm tomorrow to try and help as many customers as we can.”
Independent TD Mick Wallace is due to address the Dáil later on this evening. Mr Wallace has been given 15 minutes to speak to the House in reference to information about his tax affairs. The information will be used to decide whether or not there is jurisdiction to investigate the deputy’s conduct.
Number of Gardaí being disciplined and charged with criminal offences is increasing - Garda Ombudsman Report
The number of Gardai being disciplined and charged with criminal offences is increasing, according to the Annual Report of the Garda Ombudsman published today.
The Report shows that 154 gardaí were disciplined in the past year, 16 gardaí were prosecuted, six of whom were convicted and two of whom were jailed.
Of the 2,275 complaints received about gardaí last year, over one third related to abuse of authority. 25% of those who complained did so because they had been arrested, and most of the complaints came from north Dublin, Dublin’s south inner city, Cork city and Donegal.
Women's Aid reveals 25% increase in reports of child abuse in 2011
Figures released today by Women’s Aid show that there was a 25% increase in reports of child abuse in 2011.
According to the organisation’s Annual Report, over 2,000 of the 13,000 calls to its helpline last year were disclosures of direct emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children, in homes where mothers were also being abused.
The report also notes that almost 3,000 calls related to children who were witnessing abuse and violence against their mothers.
Women’s Aid Director Margaret Martin said the protection of children needs to be reflected in any changes to domestic violence legislation or family law.
Penalty Point review calls for higher points for speeding
Transport Minsiter Leo Varadkar has today published proposals for a review of Ireland’s penalty points system.
The Department of Transport’s review proposes to increase the number of penalty points incurred by drivers for using mobile phones while driving, as well as speeding or failing to wear seat belts, from two penalty points to three.
Simultaneously, it also outlines plans to cut the penalties for other offences like driving without a valid NCT, or dangerous parking – intending to reduce the penalty from five points, and a compulsory court appearance, down to three points.
The plans will now be sent forward to the all-party Oireachtas committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht, which will give its thoughts on the changes.
Those which survive the review process will then be incorporated into a new Road Traffic Bill to be published later in the year
Ceann Comhairle refuse Wallace request to address Dáil
Independent TD Mick Wallace has been refused permission to address the Dáil tomorrow to explain his non-payment of a VAT settlement with Revenue, and has stepped down as a member of the technical group.
Mr Wallace admitted last week he has made a €2.1m settlement with Revenue for non-payment of VAT, but he says the money is unlikely to ever be paid as his company is insolvent.
This morning he made a request of the Ceann Comhairle to allow him to make a personal statement in the house tomorrow afternoon.
The Wexford TD had signalled his intention to use that statement to clarify his position in relation to taxation issues, and how he proposed to continue to serve as a Dáil deputy.
But it has been confirmed the Ceann Comhairle has now written back to Mr Wallace denying the request.