Robert Mallet plaque – Killiney beach

It was a bleak morning, this morning, on Killiney Beach for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque to Robert Mallet, the father of seismology. In October 1849, aged 39, Robert, and his son John, who was a geology student at TCD, decided to carry out a remarkable experiment on Killiney Beach. They wanted to prove…

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Kevin O’Higgins plaque vandalised

Disgusted to see that the plaque commemorating Kevin O’Higgins near the place where he was assassinated in 1927, at the corner of Booterstown and Cross Avenues, was vandalised last week, for the second time since it was unveiled by An Taoiseach. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has ordered a replacement, but consideration will have to be…

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Daffodil Day

Not a nice day for Daffodil Day volunteers today. The Irish Cancer Society has confirmed that they will still be out there, so if you see them, please support the cause by buying a daffodil. If you can’t/don’t want to make it outside today, you can still text DAFF to 50300 to donate €4 to…

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Gay Mitchell not to contest European elections

Gay Mitchell not to Contest European Parliament 2014 Elections Speaking in Strasbourg, Dublin MEP Gay Mitchell said today (Thursday, 14 th March) he will not contest the 2014 European Elections. “When I first stood for the European Parliament in 2004 I did so at the request of the Party Leader, as Fine Gael had only…

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dlr Business Promotion Fund 2013

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has established a €70,000 Business Promotion Fund in 2013 to assist recognised business groups, with €11,000 allocated to each of the Blackrock, Dún Laoghaire and Ballybrack local electoral areas. Grants of up to a maximum of 75% of proposed expenditure will be payable in respect of promotion and marketing activities…

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Primetime (RTÉ 1) – gender quotas

I appeared on RTÉ 1 television’s Prime Time last night with Miriam O’Callaghan, Senator Averil Power and former Ministers Gemma Hussey and Mary O’Rourke, to discuss gender quotas in Irish politics. Watch here.

Cycling news

Greenway leaflets – DLRCoCo has produced two cycling leaflets for two mainly off–road routes in the County. These are the Slang River Greenway (Dundrum to Marlay Park) and the Sandyford Cycle Route (Leopardstown Road to Drummartin Link Road). The leaflets provide details of key features along the route including the route length and cycling time,…

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LAMA Awards – Laura Lynn Foundation

I was delighted to have nominated the Laura Lynn Foundation for a Local Authority Members’ Association Award on Saturday night, and really pleased for them when they won not only their category (2013 Healthcare Building of the Year), but the overall award.

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