4th April, 2002
By Cllr. Deirdre
Readers, At last months Area Road Meeting we received a report on Public Lighting (the Cinderella of Local Authority Programmes!!!) by that I mean its the poor relation in the larger scheme of things. The total budget over the four years 2000 to 2003 is 1.1M euro, 66% on Replacement of older Mercuries and 33% on New Lights. The Mercury replacement programme is progressing, the number of mercuries to be replaced in 2002 in Carrigaline is 259 which is a drop in the ocean really. The ESB contract requires replacement of bulbs every two years and minor repairs to lighting units. It does not include replacement of lamp units or the repair of other types of damage, accidents, cable faults etc. The cost of these 'non contract repairs for 2001 was approx. 100,000. So readers, you can see why I call it the Cinderella of Local Authority Programmes.
We submitted requests for lighting and in Douglas these are as follows :
Kenington Close Grange Hights
Alderbrook Est Frankfield Douglas
Woodview Pinecroft alleyway/laneway
Amberley and Oakview Est.
Church Road Douglas
Opp. Douglas Community Park
Old Church Road
Strand Road to Murphy's Pub
Cut and Cover Tunnel
Water Tower to Golf Course
There are move but I don't have space here but if readers wish they can contact me if they have further requests for lighting in these areas. (Ph. 4363318).
Planned Expenditure on New lights throughout the Division over the four years 33% of 860,000 =3D 286,000 (E363,150) There are a number of proposals for individual allocation per Councillor which will be discussed and decided upon at the next meeting. For instance, Councillors could identify individual priorities within their areas which would obviously be of of general public benefit and collectively agree the more expensive projects. The cost of lights on existing poles are E320; and E1600 on new poles. Ducting cost approximately 38 per metre. A scheme of new poles and ducting would cost between 100 to 130. It is important that we decide the issues at next months meeting if the Engineers are to place orders which will allow installation in time for next winter.
I was delighted to receive a letter from a young constituent named Shane who has written to me outlining his ideas of what amenity he and his friends would like to see in the Douglas area. He has outlined a number of very good points: when he and his friend are trying to enjoy their sport (great for fitness and flexibility etc) they are moved on. They feel they have nowhere to go to enjoy what after all is a ligitimate sport in other countries. Surely, it is better that we encourage them to socialise and play in our community rather that encouraging them to go to 'town' as he calls it. Anyway, I am going to follow up by meeting them to hear their views. After all, it is fundemental to the Governments National Childrens Strategy that we consult with children regarding their environment. Thanks Shane for contact me.
Council Engineers have examined the wall at Rectory Carrigaline Road, it appears that the wall is sound but they are looking at the cost of installing a railing there also. I am waiting for residents to come back to me regarding the erection of a railing in Shamrock Park leading from Grange Erin and Council have agreed to installation and location of Children at Play sign in the Meadowlands Rochestown.
There is a great committee in the shape of Passage West Development & Environmental Committee. At these meetings I get the opportunity to discuss many aspects of the future of Passage West with local Town Commissioners; Residents; Reverands; and the newly formed Business Association. I also have to wear plated armour when they inform me, in no uncertain terms, that they feel Council is dragging its heels!!
However, the Council like to work with communities who come up with ideas and are willing to assist them where possible in enhancing the environment, I have passed on various requests from residents to the engineers and I have no doubt that they will be successful in the projects. I enjoy going to these meetings because we all try to work together with only one agenda - to get projects moved on for the benefit of Passage. I usually get a 'cup of tea' afterwards and a certain Town Commissioner's other half has a wicked line in humour!. Is any wonder I love being a local politician.
Passage West is totally underrated in my opinion. The waterfront is a huge asset and in the Douglas Traffic Study a proposal for a river ferry to City may not be as outlandish as people think. I have a mental picture of the sun shining on colourful houses and shopfronts, bunting, flowers, walkways and riverfront activity. It deserves every help and with a bit of imagination and a positive committment Passage West will go from strength to strength.
I would like to wish all of you a very happy Easter. All we need now is a bit of sun and with a bit of luck we'll get it. I'm off to put manners on weeds! 'Til next week, take care of yourselves.
DEIRDRE FORDE MCC. ph. 4363318
Chamber of Commerce News
Cork Chamber of Commerce has provided Internet training to over 100 companies in the last year. This training has been very business focused and cost effective. The following training courses are now on offer. Early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.
On 24th April a 1 day Internet Marketing Course at the cost of 220. This course ensures your website is seen by your target audience. Learn how to promote your website and blend your on-line strategy with your offline marketing strategy. Given by a professional marketer, this course will cover all you need to know to market your website successfully.
On 25th April a 1 day DreamWeaver Course to build your own website at the cost of 250. This course shows you how to design, create and maintain your website using Macromedias Dreamweaver software.
For more information on these courses and to book your place please contact Renate at the Chamber, tel 4509044
Aengus Fanning to address Chamber Lunch
Aengus Fanning, Editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper will address the first in a new series of Business Lunches sponsored by Vodafone to be held at Jurys Hotel on Friday, 5th April. Always a colourful and sometimes controversial character, it promised to be a great event. Early bookings are advised. Reservations to Helen at the Chamber, tel 4509044 or email email@example.com.
Sourcing European Business Partners
The introduction of the Euro, the subsequent development of the Internal Market and a more widespread use of e-commerce is making it easier and more profitable for businesses to expand beyond Ireland.
Perhaps you are a manufacturer looking for new suppliers or distributors or a retailer looking for new distribution agreements with foreign manufacturers and interested in the new business opportunities offered by EU enlargement. New partners can be sourced by contacting Cork Chambers Euro Info Centre which is one of a network of over 300 Euro Info Centres (EICs) throughout Europe. As these EICs are either based in local Chambers of Commerce or governmental business organisations ensures a professional environment for creating contacts between clients or members. Advice on Internal Market policy and legislation which is in place to protect businesses once new partnerships are created is also available from the EIC.
For further information contact Kate or Tegwyn at the Cork Euro Info Centre, tel 4509968/4509044.
ANIMAL CARE SOCIETY
The animal care society does trojan work in
caring for and finding homes for abandoned and mistreated animals
as well as those whose owners can no longer look after them. The
following are just some of these animals for which the society
are are seeking good homes.
Six, all male collie puppies which are 10 weeks old and innoculated, Tel: 021-4319532 after Saturday.
Also sought is a very special home for a gentle ,calm and elegant one year old Lurcher bitch, she is neutered and house trained. This dog loves attention and would make a perfect companion, Tel 021-4371383.
The Animal Care Society has lots of dogs and cats needing homes, for further information call 021-4551781.
PART TIME WORKERS MISSING OUT ON HOLIDAYS
The Citizens Information Call
Centre received over 11,000 calls from people in Cork and Kerry
last year and almost one third of those calls were from people
wanting to know about their rights at work.
One of the most frequent problems that we come across says Judy Bamford, manager of the Call Centre is that of part time workers whose employers have informed them, quite incorrectly that because they only work for a couple of days a week, or perhaps mornings only, they are not entitled to paid holidays. These difficulties tend to be highlighted at this time of the year when we are heading into the holiday season, and with a number of public holidays coming up.
All employees, no matter how little or how infrequently they work are entitled to paid holidays and the legal minimum is four working weeks a year on a pro rata basis. There are also nine public holidays in the year and as long as you have worked for at least forty hours in the five weeks leading up to a public holiday you are entitled to benefit, even if you are not normally scheduled to work on that particular day of the week. However, we would like to point out that Good Friday is not a public holiday, and there is no legal requirement for anyone to have an additional paid day of on that day.
New legislation came into effect this year that gave additional rights to part time workers, who now have the same rights as full time workers with regards to company pension schemes, redundancy entitlements and most other areas of employment legislation.
If you have any queries about this, or any other aspect of your personal rights and entitlements you can contact the Citizens Information Call Centre on lo-call 1890 777121
from 9.30 to 6.30 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Broadly speaking there are two types of depressive illness: endogenous and reactive depression. With endogenous depressive illness, people tend to exhibit mood variations from mild depression to that deep black despair where one might state I can't see any light at the end of the tunnel". There can be an inability to make decisions, feelings of self-doubt, guilt and sleeping problems. Physical symptoms may include backache, constipation, loss of appetite constant headaches etc. Even though endogenous depression would normally have no obvious external cause some physical disease such as influenza sometimes can trigger it. Reactive depression on the other hand is normally associated with a traumatic emotional experience such as a bereavement, the break up of one's marriage the loss of a loved one etc. Reactive depression more often occurs in young or middle aged people and is frequently accompanied by the symptoms of anxiety neurosis. There can be an inability to get to sleep or one may have feelings of shame or guilt and so on. Generally speaking reactive depression is less serious than endogenous depressive illness, however both endogenous and reactive depression may prevent a person from expressing the depth of misery and despair they are experiencing. If one is experiencing a deep period of depression that is chronic for more than a couple of weeks, then it is important to contact your doctor. It is also important to note that because we are all subjected to both positive and negative influences we are susceptible to becoming depressed for one reason or another. If we succeed in a particular goal we are naturally happy. However if we become chronically ill or experience great disappointment then we are apt to experience depression. The problem being that this is the very time when we need all our resources to help tackle an illness more effectively. It is important to understand that in certain circumstances it is normal to become temporarily depressed. Psychotherapy can help a person to deal with and release repressed emotions and plan for the future with a renewed feeling of hope and optimism.
Declan Cronin (Apex Clinic)
supports the introduction of Bylaws to
stop the consumption of alcohol in public places.
Deputy Simon Coveney said to-day that he supports
the introduction of Bylaws by Cork County Council in conjunction
with the Gardai to outlaw the consumption of alcohol in public
places, except in exceptional and agreed circumstances.
These Bylaws would be implemented in areas agreed between the Gardai and the County Council. The purpose of such Bylaws will be to stop so-called Cider Parties and the consumption of alcohol in parks and on the street. The Southern Committee of Cork County Council has already recommended that the Bylaws be adopted by the full County Council and that they will be reviewed every 12 months. This will ensure that their effectiveness could be gauged and that the Bylaws could be improved on an annual basis should the need arise, said Deputy Simon Coveney.
The new law would provide for two offences. The first being the consumption of alcohol on the street or in an open space, and the second to be in possession of alcohol on the street or in a public place with the intention of consuming it there. The penalties that are being proposed are fines of up to 1,000 euro and the Gardai will have the power to confiscate containers of alcohol. The Gardai can also impose an on the spot fine of 30 euro.
I believe that this new Bylaw will assist the Gardai in ensuring that the consumption of alcohol in parks and other public places will be reduced and that the type of anti-social behaviour that sometimes leads from such activity can also be tackled concluded Deputy Coveney.
...IN THE DOG HOUSE
(continued from last week)
From David Jones in South Korea
Their defiant mood is typified by one high-ranking government information official, who entertained Seoul-based foreign correspondents at the capital's most exclusive dog restaurant. The pro-dogmeat lobby has found its champion in a patriotic 'nutrition expert', Professor Yong-Geun Ahn -'Doctor-Dogmeat'. Barely a week now passes without him appearing on television or radio to extol the 'proven' medical benefits of dog flesh, and urge Koreans to fight back against 'cultural imperialism'.
'Eating dogmeat is Korea's own inherent food culture,' trumpets Dr Dogmeat, who has written a 347-page book on the subject. 'It is only westerners who tell us it is barbaric. Theirs is a racist, anti-Korean viewpoint.'
When I spoke to the eccentric professor this week, he claimed to have conducted surveys showing that 80 per cent of Koreans had tried dog. Once, it was eaten primarily by older people, but proponents suggest it could become the new fad-food of the young middle classes. It is said to be increasingly popular among younger people, particularly overworked executives, who use it to boost their energy, and young women, who believe it improves their complexion.
According to other experts, however, It is simply untrue that dog eating in Korea has a long tradition. Indeed, they say, it was not even eaten widely during the Korean War, when protein was scarce. But if Professor Ahn is right, and dog consumption is rising, then the politicians now trying to deny it are largely to blame. As a transparent sop to world opinion, two laws were introduced either side of the Olympics, each supposedly designed to stop dogs being used for food. The first, in 1984, placed a blanket ban on all 'disgusting foods'. The second, in 1991, made it an offence to slaughter any animal inhumanely or without good reason.
Since eating dogs is plainly disgusting, and since they were then routinely clubbed to death with sticks - a technique said to flood the meat with 'virility-enhancing' hormones - one might have thought this would, indeed, put an end to the entire shameful custom.
Not a bit of it. The fact is that the Government never bad any intention of enforcing these 'laws'. -According to the International Aid for Korean Animals lonely voice in a country where animals are routinely mistreated -the legislation was not even circulated to the police, nor is there any record of a dog-trader or restaurant-owner being prosecuted. As a result, the charity's organisers estimate, an astonishing two million dogs are killed and eaten in Korea every year. They are usually made into a stew-cum-soup, called Boshintang, which was on the menu at Ojoo, a speciality dogmeat restaurant in a Seoul hotel.
CUSTOMERS can also buy them roasted, barbecued whole for special occasions, or made into a very expensive herbal tonic, sold in the sort of plastic packs commonly used for soft drinks. 'Over the past ten years, the only thing that has changed is the method of execution,' says Kyenan Kum, 54, who founded with her sister, Sunnan, after their own pet was poisoned by dog-snatchers and sold for food. 'In the past, the dogs were usually hung up and beaten to death, but now that happens only behind closed doors, or in the remote rural areas. The dogs are usually electrocuted with prods these days.'
Kyenan used undercover investigators to compile a film on the dog industry. It shows an Alsatian being garrotted, while a Korean nurangi (yellow dog) - the preferred species for food - yelps in agony and clings upside down to a tree as it is pummelled with metal pipes.
The scenes were only marginally less harrowing when I toured several of the biggest dog markets this week posing as a buyer, with Kyenan and vet Dr Kyho Im.
Our journey started in Moran Market, in the Seoul suburb of Seougnam. Most of the food stalls were closed.
but the dog-traders are always open for business.
What struck me first, as we wandered among the dozen or so dog shops, was the utter silence. Each store was fronted by five or six cages, some containing as many as 20 thickly-furred 'yellow dogs', and yet there was not a whimper.
Like the majority of meat dogs, these creatures had been bred for the table on one of Korea's 500 or more farms. Perhaps the rumour was true that the farmers sometimes perforated their eardrums at birth to stop them barking. Or maybe they were simply frightened.
continued next week ...
A WELL KNOWN CORK INSTITUTION RETIRES
Pat Twomey has been the most familiar face in K.C.s
Fish n Chip shop in Douglas. He is a well known, respected
and much loved character.
He has been in K.C.s for almost thirty nine years while dishing out fish n chips there was always a joke thrown in (free of charge). He would be well known for his one liners.
While Pat knows half the population of Cork, it seems the whole of the country seem to know Pat. Even while holidaying on the Shannon, when people saw him on the barge, there would be shouts of plenty of vinegar or burger and chips there, please.
He is already filling his spare time very usefully. He has just returned from Bosnia where he helped bring a truck full of supplies to the less fortunate, through the very great work of Save the Children Fund.
He also enjoys his regular Sunday singing in the Lough Church Choir with his brother Michael and son, Paul. He has an unbroken record of service of fifty seven years to the choir.
He now has plenty of time to spend with Helen, his lovely wife of forty one years. And of course theres the seven grandchildren to fill his time.
His four children, Anne, Paul, Michelle and Lynn are very proud of him and wish him a long and happy retirement.
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