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  • Homeless family finally get accommodation in Tallaght

    Author Mary Dennehy

    IMG 2867A HOMELESS family faced with a daily, five-hour round trip to school are this week looking forward to September 1, after they secured accommodation in Tallaght.

    As reported in last week’s Echo, Karen Sutton and her 4-year-old son Ciaran have been homeless since January and last month were placed by the local authority in a hotel in Santry, which is approximately 25km away from their hometown of Tallaght.

    Karen’s son Ciaran is starting school in Sacred Heart Junior National School this September, and faced a 6.30am start each morning – which involved two buses and a Luas.

  • Over 10,000 local families struggle to meet school costs

    Author Mary Dennehy

    Girl-doing-homework-008MORE than 10,000 struggling families across Tallaght and Clondalkin are being supported by St Vincent de Paul (SVP) with back-to-school costs – with the charity expected to spend more than €100,000 assisting parents with fees, books and uniforms.

    Demands on parents locally have been exasperated in recent weeks, as more than two-thirds of families are left waiting for the Government’s back-to-school grant – a payment which, according to SVP, only covers around 25 per cent of a child’s back-to-school costs.

    A spokesman for SVP told The Echo: “There is huge demand on SVP at this time of the year as parents struggle to meet back-to-school costs.

  • Residents fear that ‘waste facility’ will cause problems

    Author Maurice Garvey

    AN application for a waste facility permit on proposed cemetery land in Lucan – has led to concerns in the community over the nature of works involved.

    Esker Lawns Cemetery Ltd submitted the application to South Dublin County Council for the waste permit and intend to carry out remediation works at Cherbury Park Road – including the excavation of 22,000 tonnes of soil and importation of clean soil.

    Directors at Esker Lawns Cemetery include Brian McElroy, of Brian McElroy Funeral Directors.
    Mr Richard Butler, Senior Town Planner and Landscape Architect, spokeman on behalf of Esker Lawns Cemetery Ltd, said that: “Planning permission was granted for a new lawn cemetery at Esker in 2012. The development will make sustainable use of an under-utilised urban site that is currently in poor condition.

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  • Second arson attack on school inside four months...

    Author Maurice Garvey

    St Ultans School Fire01 resizedVANDALS set fire to St Ultans National School in Cherry Orchard – causing thousands of euro worth of damage and putting a counselling room out of commission.

    It is the second arson attack on the school in little over four months, after extensive damage was caused to a new €400,000 extension last April.

    The latest attack occurred just as staff were busy preparing for the first day of school this week, and represents another sickening blow for the community.