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Shoe-ly a winner: Local man gallops to a photo prizeCABINTEELY Inpho Sports Agency photographer Donall Farmer (cen-tre) galloped to victory with his shot, Lucky Horse Shoes, at the AIB Pho-tojournalism Awards 2013 recently, where he picked up second prize in the Sports Action category.
Micheal Chester, president, Press Photographers Association of Ire-land and Denis OCallaghan, head of branch banking, AIB, presented Donall with his prize, complimenting him on his lucky shot (inset).
Additional councillors could cost 700,000
BAIRBRE NI BHRAONAIN
A HEATED debate took place at a meeting of Dun Laogha i r e -Ra thdow n County Council (DLRCC) last week when it was revealed that the addi-
tion of 12 new councillors may cost the council in the region of 700,000.
Proposals to restructure local government were revealed last October, with a recommendation to increase the number of
DLRCC councillors from 28 to 40.
Councillor Gerry Hor-kan (FF) asked if the addi-tional costs would necessi-tate cuts in services in the county.
In response, deputy
county manager Kathleen Holohan said: We are not in a position to give a rea-sonable estimate of what it will all cost, [or] what serv-ices may be cut.
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EnvironMEnT Company pull back for now
Providence resources Plc has surrendered its foreshore drilling licence for an exploratory well in the Kish Basin off Dalkey island
surrender of oil drill licence is welcomedLOCAL politicians and conservation groups have been reacting posi-tively to the news last week that oil and gas exploration company Providence Resources Plc has surrendered its foreshore drilling licence for an exploratory well in the Kish Basin off Dalkey Island.
Providence Resources made the decision to sur-render the licence, which was issued by Minister Jan OSullivan at the Department of the Envi-ronment last September, ahead of a judicial review by An Taisce, which was due to take place in the High Court on February 19.
Counci l lor Denis OCallaghan (Lab) wel-comed the news by say-ing: This is great news. There was huge opposi-tion to this project by residents and environ-mental groups along the coastline.
I now look forward to amending legislation to
further protect our coast and foreshore.
Cllr OCallaghan said that many people had contacted him with their concerns over the drill-ing and thanked them for their patience.
On the conservation side, Stephen Vard, of Dublin Bay Concern, said: It is great news; we should celebrate. People-power has worked.
An Taisce was pursuing legal action after the area and its environs were des-ignated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) by Minister of Heritage Jimmy Deenihan in December.
Despite numerous calls on Minister OSullivan by conservation groups, politicians and locals to
have an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) completed ahead of any issuing of any explorato-ry licence, the EIA was not obtained, and the licence was granted to Providence Resources.
Since the licence was issued, numerous groups, including Dublin Bay Concern and Save Our Seashore, demonstrated in Dun Laoghaire and outside the Dail against the foreshore drilling.
SAC designation came in response to EU regu-lations to protect por-poises that congregate in the area.
A judicial review was then granted to An Taisce in relation to another EU directive relating to the need for an EIA for such a site of conservation.
John Harnett, chair, An Taisce, said: An Taisce will be liaising with its legal team to discuss what further actions are
necessary at this point, and to ensure that these essential changes to Irelands legislation are made to ensure that the Irish environment and its people are afforded the full protection that the EIA directive provides.
As the judicial review approached, Providence Resources decided to pull out of the drilling for the moment, and voluntarily surrender their licence.
In a statement, Provi-dence Resources said that once clarity on Irelands compliance with an EIA directive is achieved by the minister, the company will reapply for a new licence.
Tony OReilly, chief executive, Providence Resources, said: Whilst it is frustrating that this situation has arisen and caused a delay to our planned activities, we feel it is in the best interests for all concerned to sur-render the licence and allow the Government to make the necessary
amendments, and we can then make a new application to carry out our planned programme.
Despite the delay to the planned drilling activities, we remain very excited about the poten-tial of this exploration prospect.
ClarifyCllr Victor Boyhan
(Ind) said: In light of the statement issued by Providence Resources, I would ask the Minis-ter for the Environment [Phil Hogan] and Local Government to clarify what elements of the EUs EIA directive have not been transposed cor-rectly into Irish law, and to indicate a timeframe for this essential legisla-tive work to be done.
Responding to the surrender of the licence, Minister OSullivan said she would review the EIA regulations in question with a view to removing any difficulties that may exist.
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Call for a brief for Callinan Dun Laoghaire-Rath-down county councillors have called on Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, to meet with councillors and the coun-cils planning department to brief him on proposed development in the coun-ty ahead of the planned closure of two garda sta-tions in Stepaside and Kill OThe Grange.
Councillor Lettie Mc Carthy (Lab) said: I can only assume the commis-sioners office was not fully briefed in relation to planned and future development for the area served by Stepaside.
Debate over 700,000 cost of new councillorsA heATeD debate took place at a meeting of Dun Laoghaire-Rath-down County Council last week when it was revealed that the addi-tion of 12 new council-lors to the elected rep-resentation in the area may cost the council in the region of 700,000 a year.
The 12 extra coun-cillors are due to be assigned to DLRCC before the 2014 elections as part of Minister for environment, Commu-nity and Local Govern-ment, Phil hogans local government reforms.
Counci l lor Gerr y horkan (FF) said that each new member would cost the council about 27,751 in direct costs each plus extra support costs of 27,920 which brings the total addition-
al cost up to 668,052 for the first year. horkan asked the manager if this expense would neces-sitate cuts in services in the county.
Kathleen holohan, deput