29th November, 2001
Notice Board


Question My daughter started work six months ago. Now that she has reached 18 her employer is still not giving her the full minimum wage. Is this right?

Answer Under the National Minimum Wage Act 2000 from 1st July 2001 people under 18 must receive at least £3.29 per working hour. Once the employee is aged 18 they must receive at least £3.76 per working hour for the first year they work,. then they must receive at least £4.23 per working hour for the second year they work.
As your daughter started working when she was 17, she must receive at least £3.76 per working hour from her 18th birthday until she is 19, and then £4.23 per working hour until she is 20. After this 2 year period she will be entitled to the full minimum wage, currently £4.70 per working hour. If she changes jobs within the two year period her new employer can pay her the reduced minimum wage only for the remaining unexpired part of the two year period, and once she has completed the 2 year period she is entitled to the full minimum wage even if she changes employer.
Further information is available from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Lo-Call 1890220222, or from Cobh Citizens Information Centre, Parish Centre, Roches Row, Cobh, Tel 4814422.


by Con Foley


Hop Island
After crossing the bridge at Rochestown Cross and then passing the houses of St. Gerard's Place on the Passage Road, one comes to a tongue of land jutting out to the water. This tongue of land bears the curious name of 'Hop Island.' "Close to Douglas is a delightful spot known as Hop Island. This picturesque place was formerly the property and residence of Mr. Boland, a dancing master, who in the language of Moore,
'Told us for heaven or for money's sake
What steps we were through life to take.'

Be this however as it may, it appears that the island took its name from this gentleman's profession."
The Irish name is Illane Roe or Red Island. "It is so called (1748) because it belongs to a dancing master of Cork (Mr. Boland), who has contrived a fishery between him and the opposite shore that yields much profit. Upon a French chart of Cork Harbour circa 1690, it is called Red Island (Illane Roe in Irish). After Mr. Boland's death, Hop Island became the residence of Mr. De La Maine and subsequently of Anthony Edwards the printer, who published various interesting local works, 'Orange Songs,' 'New Edition of the Cork Remembrancer."
Speaking of the same place, Windele, the antiquarian, had this to say; "Little tufted Red Island now almost better known by the name of Hop Island, from having at one time been in the possession of a family of the Delamains, members of which formerly taught dandng at Cork. In the Sarsfield papers of 1529, it is mentioned that John Roche annually paid to Philip Roche of Barryk six pennies for Insula Roffam juxta Rochestown." The Delamains were another Huguenot family who fled from France.

The 'Drydeen'
'Drydeen' is a corruption of the Irish word droichidin, which means a little bridge. The name 'drydeen' is given to what is now the first laybye on the Rochestown Road after leaving Douglas, where the County Council straightened out a dangerous bend. As the road dips to this spot from both sides there is very often a certain amount of flooding there, in heavy rain. The 'drydeen' itself was a type of water culvert.

"The Unknown Soldier"
On the grass verge outside Fort William House there is a gravelike mound. Up to some years ago, it was covered with stones, like a low elongated cairn, but now it is completely overgrown. It is claimed locally that this mound marks the grave of an unknown soldier who was wounded at the Battle of Kinsale, I 6()1 and who succumbed to his woi]nds at this spot. His comrades buried him there and covered the grave with stones. The local people who know this spot, never walk on the mound. They will go further and say that, even the cattle being driven along the road, avoid it!


Continuing with Kenneth O’Connor ( Lic.AC, AC, C. Ac. China, M.A.I.Ac.) on his visit to China

Being a foreigner in Nanjing is a novelty, which soon wears off and you end up feeling like a monkey in a zoo at times. Everyone stares at you, even if they are driving a car, on a motorbike or bicycle. It's a wonder how they don't crash. The children and students just can't wait to practice their English with you. Step into a McDonald's and everyone points and watches your every move. This is where I met Andy. He is studying IT in university and is known by every English-speaking foreigner in the hospital. Andy starts his conversation by listing famous actors and every film they appeared in and asking do I know them. After about ten minutes of this he then moves onto music, but rather than just naming the bands and their songs he starts to sing them. So there I am, sitting in the middle of McDonald's in China, everyone is staring in my direction and Andy is opposite me singing Hotel California and wants me to join in. What can one do? Join in . - not likely, thankfully lunch was over and it was time to get back to work. We became good friends and he was very helpful to my group when trying to communicate with the locals.
Nanjing is a large city with a population between 4.5 and 6 million depending on whom you ask. It's a bustling city of wide streets and tall buildings and lots of people. I remember my father telling me stories of his childhood in Cork 65 years ago. In particular, about one man in Greenmount. He used to keep and slaughter pigs in his back yard and had to bring the pigs through his front door, hallway and kitchen to get to the backyard. Picture in your minds eye what life in Cork was like 65 years ago and the difference between then and present day Ireland. Nanjing is a combination of both. It's a city of skyscrapers and motorways, roads six lanes wide that go on forever. It's extremely clean, except for the rivers, has "manicured" gardens and parks. There are countless department stores bigger than Merchants Quay and eight storeys high. Buick and Lexus cars abound, 5 star hotels with 20 storey towers and of course "Dannys" Irish Bar, which is as Irish as Mickey Mouse. They have a row of cobbled paving slabs along each footpath to cater for the blind. Each set of traffic lights have a monitor attached displaying a countdown of how long the drivers or pedestrians have to wait for either red or green. The public transport is very cheap and you can buy prepaid bus fares just like phone cards, which you swipe each time you take the bus. The trains are extremely punctual and when they say they depart at 13.01 they mean it. At the same time just around the corner from the 5 star hotels you find the local people and their markets. There you can get anything from groceries and clothes to recycled electrical power tools. The local butcher will be sitting on a chair plucking the feathers out of the chicken he just killed in front of you. It's a city where past. present and indeed future live in harmony.


Congratulations to all those who came up with the right answer.

Last Week’s Answer. The flat tyre was in the spare

This Weeks Teazer: A train crossing from France into Germany
suffered a terrible accident exactly at the border. According to
international law in which country should the survivors be buried ?


Health strategy noes nothing to tackle breast cancer. Three out of four women want breast screening yet the new National Health. Strategy barely mentions the issue. Here we are finally with what is called a Health Strategy and yet women will still not be allowed to avail of the most effective form of diagnosis for the disease, even though the vast majority of us would.
Breast cancer affects thousands of Irish families yet it merits just two paragraphs in the so-called National Health Strategy.
The latest figures show that 199 women contracted the disease in Cork in 1997 yet to date there is no screening programme in the area. It is a life-saving service that should be a right for all women in the country.
Early detection hugely increases the chances of successful. treatment yet women are being left on their own to check for our biggest cancer killer.
And what do we get from the Minister - the promise of more "consultation' and a "revised implementation cancer plan" to yet again examine the problem.
We know the problem and the Minister himself acknowledges that one in five lives could be saved if screening was available to all. Yet there arc no plans to screen women under the age of 50 in the Health Strategy.
The latest Irish Cancer Society survey showed again that we want this service with an overwhelming 77 per cent of women over 25 saying they would avail of it. The Government says the Health Strategy was all about consultation. Women obviously didn’t come into that process.
Once more people's lives are being put at risk. The Government only last month launched yet another consultation process, this time on a plan for women and equality. Well it doesn't take a genius to work out that denial of a basic medical right is about as discriminatory as you can get.
Free mammograms should be available to all women of all ages.
Deidre Clune T.D.


They came into my garden
And killed my pretty flowers,
They poisoned them with evil
And then gloated there for hours.
I wanted to do something,
But somehow I was afraid,
Afraid of all the murder
And the mayhem they had made.
And so I stood a coward
In my corner of the room,
Crying in my sorrow
And hating all the gloom.
But then I spy the calendar
That’s hanging on the wall
And though my mind is in a daze,
I understand it all,
For after winter every year
Along comes spring and then
All my pretty flowers
Will grow and bloom again.

Ronnie McGinn


Christmas Fun Night
On Tuesday 4th December at Our lady of Lourdes N.S. at 7.30PM. Featuring; Jan hegenar, giving a demonstration on the art of making Christmas Finger food and Punch. Clare of ‘All that Blooms’ , Ballinlough will be giving tips on decorating our homes for the Christmas season – christmas Wreaths / Swags etc. Admission is £5 including a Prize draw for a magnificent John Rocha Vase. All welcome.

Carers Awareness Day
A large number of family carers in Cork provide a very high level of care at home for children with severe disabilities, frail older people or those who are terminally ill. They need to be constantly available because of the high levels of social and health care needed, most care 24 hours a day 7days a week and receive little or no recognition for the work they do The carers life centres around the person requiring the care, and many carers them selves are in poor health arising from the physical and emotional effects of long term high level care. By providing this care family carers saves the state billions of pounds every year.
A group of carers in conjunction with The Carers Association (Cork branch) and the Cork City Partnership have been working as a sub Committee to represent Cork Carers. The group was set up to establish and put together a day long seminar on Dec 3rd at Shandon Court Hotel, to highlight the issues and promote awareness around the role of family carers, and the problems they encounter on a daily basis in caring for their loved ones.
The carers feel very strongly about the lack of awareness surrounding family carers. In particular on this unique event when carers feel it is their time to do the talking. Should you be interested in helping us?
You can contact The Carers Association resource Centre. Penrose wharf Tel 4503581/4550030 or Alison Leo community Development Worker, Cork City
Partnership Tel 4302310 or indeed any member of the working group.

Chernobyl Childrens Project (Adi Roche)
Cork Outreach Group Race Night on tonight Thurs 29th November in the Dougcloyne Hotel at 8.30PM . Admission is free, all proceeds to go towards bringing 50 children to Cork next summer for one month. Doctors estimate that this four week holiday can boost a child’s immune system for up to two years.
These children will come from Gomel and surrounding areas. Gomel is the most highly contaminated area in the world, having suffered 90% of the fallout from the Chernobyl Accident in April 1986

Want to walk
But need encouragement / have no walking partners??? Feel like going for a walk?
If you are interested in going walking on a daily basis and could do with a bit of company Why not call this number. I'm new to Douglas and would love to team up with keen walkers for a brisk evening stroll. Phone Maire at 087 9948157

Christmas Pagent
The Scoil Niocláis Christmas Pagent will be held in the Church of the Incarnation, Grange / Frankfield this year on Saturday , 15th December at the 7.00PM Mass. The name of this year’s pagent is “The Smallest Angels”.
All are welcome

Scoil Niocla'is Annual Book Fair 2001
Scoil Niocla'is Parents. Association(SNPA) will be holding its Annual Book Fair in the crying room of the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield / Grange on Saturday 8th December after 7 p.m. evening mass. The Book Fair will also be on display after all Masses on Sunday 9th December. It will continue in the school from Monday to Thursday, 10th , 11th, 12th, and 13th December between 12.30p.m. and 1.30p.m. Its an ideal time to buy presents!
All are welcome!


Readers will be glad to note that at the recent Estimates meeting a provision of £300,000 was made for the commencement of the implementation of the Douglas Traffic Plan. This will be spent in areas of Douglas West and Rochestown Road. I will have more specific details at our next Area road Meeting on the 17 December I am glad that at last work will begin, however have stated to the County Manager that I consider this sum to be totally inadequate. He has agreed and stated that he would like to have been in a position to allocate more funds but because of the tightening up on the flow of funding he was somewhat constrained. I pointed out to him that Douglas has been the Goose that has laid the Golden Egg for many years for Councils coffers and this should not be forgotten. He has given a firm commitment to continuing with the Plan next year and subsequent years.
Deirdre Forde Cllr.


The House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland has elected the Very Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Dean of Cork and Rector of St Finbarre's Cathedral, as Bishop of Clogher, returning him to County Fermanagh where he grew up.
Dean Jackson, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and St John's College, Cambridge, has been Dean of Cork since 1997 and, over his four years in Cork, has with lay people developed the outreach of St Finbarre's into the community of Cork City and Diocese and has also been hugely involved in the St Finbarre's Beyond 2000 project.
Michael Jackson was ordained Deacon in 1986 and Priest in 1987. He served as Curate-assistant in Zion Parish, Dublin (1986-89) and as Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Theology, TCD (1987-89). He was College Chaplain, Christ Church Oxford from1989-97 Dean Jackson is C of I Chaplain of The Cork University Hospital, The Bon Secours Hospital, The Mercy Hospital, The Erinville Hospital, Cork Institute of Technology and UCC. He is also a member of innumerable Church Boards and is deeply committed to the integration of young people into the church and to listening to their faith- stories. Dean Jackson is married to Inez, who is a doctor, and they have a daughter Camilla.
Bishop Paul Colton, speaking on his own behalf and on behalf of all in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, expressed delight at the news but added that Cork would be sad at the loss of such a very fine priest and dean.


Criticising the Commercial Rates increase of 6% for 2002 agreed by the Corporation, the President of Cork Chamber stated that once again the business sector will incur charges well in excess of inflation.
Pointing out that commercial rates at 35% (£31.2m) constitute the largest source of the Corporation's income, Mr Cashell stated “this unacceptable position is due to the hypocracy of Government which announced a rates cap of 7.5% while contributing only 3% to the Local Government Fund. In addition the Government preaches the need for on-going competitiveness in our economy and then proposes a rates cap at almost double the rate of inflation. The end result being that business costs will increase and thus add to inflation”.
Mr Cashell said “business is willing to pay it's fair share of the cost of local government but it cannot tolerate a continual structure where there is one standard for the public sector and one for the private sector”. He is calling on the Government to address the issue of adequate Local Government funding and consistency in it's budgeting.


By Josephine O’Herlihy Solicitor.

In the current economic climate it is unfortunate but necessary that employers have to make employees redundant. The terms and conditions relating to redundancy are governed by the Redundancy Payments Acts 1966 to 1991.

Most people are aware that redundancy arises where an employee’s job ceases to exist because the Firm or Company does not have enough work for that employee. It goes without saying that the employee cannot be replaced and before an employee is entitled to redundancy payment (which is paid by way of lump sum) that employee must have been in the employment of that employer for at least two years continuously and must be between the ages of 16 years and 66 years and have worked for more than 8 hours per week.

The lump sum redundancy payment (usually called “Statutory Redundancy”) is calculated as follows:

A half weeks pay for each year of employment if the employee is between the ages of 16 and 41.

One weeks full pay for each year of employment over the age of 41.

An additional one weeks pay irrespective of service.

It is important however to note that the definition of a weeks pay is subject to a maximum of IR£400.00 per week and this maximum has been effective from the 1st of April, 2001.

It is not generally known but employers are entitled to a 60% rebate of redundancy payments provided the employer gives two weeks notice of the redundancy to the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment.

The Protection of Employment Act 1977 imposes obligations on employers who are planning collective redundancies failing which, penalties are imposed. The main obligation is that an employer must furnish both the employees representatives and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment with 30 days written notice in advance of the first redundancy. The purpose is to ensure that every avenue has been addressed to try and prevent the redundancy.

Collective Redundancy can mean as little as 5 persons being made redundant over a period of 30 consecutive days so employers should ensure they are complying with this legislation.

Let’s hope that there will not be too many redundancies in the coming weeks and that the forthcoming Budget and the New Year will inject renewed confidence into the Economy.


To celebrate International day of disabled persons on Monday December 3, the Citizens Information Call Centre is launching an awareness campaign promoting access to employment for people with disabilities.
Any one interested in finding out more can contact the Citizens Information Call Centre on 1890 777121 or by e-mail citizensinformation@eircom.net Information can also be sent out in Braille or on audio tape.

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