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  • 60 expressions of interest for council housing scheme

    Author Maurice Garvey

    DUBLIN City Council have received over 60 expressions of interest for three mooted housing sites in the city, including a 8.2 hectare site in Cherry Orchard.Cherry Orchard hospital lands 3
    The local authority confirmed the details prior to discussing a report on the Dublin City Council Housing Programme 2015-17 at the South Central ACM last week.
    Plans to build four houses on open green space at Croftwood Gardens to alleviate anti-social problems, are included in the report.
    The land in Cherry Orchard is seperate to the council's Housing Programme, but refers to the 8.2 hectare site behind Cherry Orchard Hospital.

    For more on this see page 10 of this week's Echo.

  • Apartment complex set on fire as part of family feud

    Author Conor Gallagher

    A MAN will be sentenced later for setting an apartment complex on fire as part of a family feud and causing almost €400,000 in damages.Thornfield fire-1
    Patrick Maughan (29) set the fire outside an occupied flat in the complex while a family with two young children were inside. There were no injuries aside from smoke inhalation but 31 people, including children, had to be evacuated. Some of the residents had to climb over their balconies to escape.
    After the fire 20 apartments had to be repaired and the residents were in alternative accommodation for eight months. The company who owned the complex incurred a total loss of over €500,000 in repairs, lost rent and rehousing costs.

    For the full story see page 6 of The Echo.

  • Five and half years for distributing and producing child porn

    Author Sonya McLean

    A man who was watching a young boy being sexually abused by a convicted sex offender on webcam has been sentenced to five and half years for possessing, distributing and producing child pornography.Dublin Courts-3
    Glen McGowan (38) met the Meath paedophile through a peer to peer file sharing computer programme called Gigatribe where a number of users were trading images, videos and texts containing child pornography.

    For more on this story see page 25 of this week's Echo.

  • Sports and community hall development at Adamstown

    Author Laura Lyne

    PROGRESS on the development of a sports and community hall for Adamstown Community College and the surrounding area is currently underway, as discussions between the developer and South Dublin County Council take place to determine the cost and feasibility of the project.
    This was confirmed during Tuesday's meeting of the Lucan Area Committee, in response to a motion that was tabled by Lucan councillor William Lavelle.Adamstown VEC 5
    Cllr Lavelle's motion called upon the Chief Executive of the council, Daniel McLoughlin, to present a etailed update on the steps and timeline for delivery of the hall.
    It also asked to examine the feasibility of the council acquiring the disused marketing suite building at Adamstown Boulevard for community groups and sports clubs.

    For more on this see page 4 of this week's Echo.