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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
Report of the Stillorgan Leisure Working Group
At the February 2015 Meeting of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, it was agreed that a Working Group be set up to consider options surrounding the future of Glenalbyn Swimming pool, and to report back to the Council with their recommendation.
The Working Group considered the four following options:-
1. Construct a new facility on the Glenalbyn site
2. Refurbish the existing facility on the Glenalbyn site
3. Develop a new facility on an alternative site in Stillorgan Village
4. Do Nothing
with Option 3 being the preferred option of the Working Group.
The full report and recommendations can be viewed on the link below.
Very few politicians ever go on television to confess failure. But that’s what Minister for Finance Michael Noonan did, a few years ago. He wasn’t confessing political failure. He was confessing personal failure: the failure to manage what happened to his beloved wife, Flor, when she developed Alzheimer’s disease. He didn’t get it right, he said. he tried hard, but he missed countless opportunities to get it right.
In that emotional interview, Michael Noonan personified thousands of people right around this country whose wives, husbands, fathers or mothers have developed this form of dementia. Nobody gets it right. That’s the reality of it.
Families experiencing Alzheimer’s disease in one of their members do their best, but, like Michael Noonan, find it’s never good enough. That’s because the disease is as individual in its manifestations as are the people it afflicts, and because what are later recognised as the early signs don’t arrive, at the time, with notification attached, so spouses and children of the sufferer go through phases of bafflement and irritation. The phrase “a bit confused,” sounds benign and manageable, but the first evidence of that confusion tends to take the form of sporadic mis-steps that don’t clearly add up to a problem, let alone a diagnosis.
Something gets put in the wrong press. Or brief panic happens over a mislaid wallet or purse. Or a good driver misjudges a simple task they have undertaken a million times before.
Each of the instances gets dismissed as akin to what could happen to any one of us in a moment of inattention, and things go on. But then, the instances get more serious, their seriousness often masked by the lack of an explanatory pattern. A mother puts the kettle on the gas ring. Fine. Except that it’s an electric kettle and the placement does no good to either the kettle or the cooker. Or, when the purse goes missing or seems shy on change, the owner becomes convinced that her children or grandchildren are stealing from her.
If the progress of Alzheimer’s were predictable as a smooth slope, relatives would get the message early and manage superbly. But it is neither like a smooth slope or a flight of stairs. It loops back and forth and has catastrophic sudden losses.
“Looking back, I blame myself so much for how I handled the early stages of my mother’s dementia,” one friend told me this week. “I just regarded it as a mixture of attention-seeking because of loneliness after my father’s death and lack of focus. I kept lecturing Mam about making lists and using sticky notes to remind her of things. ‘Come on,’ I would say, ‘concentrate.’ I just didn’t get that while she would faithfully make notes, she then wouldn’t remember that she had made them or where they were or what they related to. I found so many of those notes when I was cleaning up her house after she went into the nursing home, and every one of them was like a stab of guilt.”
Another aspect to the problem is the irregular capacity of sufferers from the disease to rise to the occasion, to now and then gather together the strands of their pre-disease personality. One Alzheimer’s sufferer went undiagnosed for years because, whenever she was brought to the doctor by her son, she would charm the boots off him and seem totally competent. Looking back, her son does not blame himself for the slow diagnosis, but he does feel deeply culpable for the fact that he kept arguing with his mother. The pattern was fully developed when his twelve year old son, after a visit, asked him “Why are you always fighting with Granny?” The question rocked him into a realisation that he was turning into a hectoring critic, determined that his mother should go back to being what she had always been if she just made more of an effort, and forced him to acknowledge that she wouldn’t, that she couldn’t, and that he needed to take a very different approach.
This week, like every other week in the calendar, husbands, wives, sons and daughters will make the decision that living at home is no longer possible for their beloved relative. They will research nursing homes and their relative will be admitted to one of them. It is, at one level, a solution to a dire problem, but at another level, it feels – on both sides – like a betrayal, even if it’s objectively the best possible option.
The single most important thing, when someone you love gets Alzheimers, is to draw on the available help and experience of others. And to know that, no matter how hard you try, like Michael Noonan, you won’t get it all right. That’s the reality of it.
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Speaking at the launch of AMD awareness week, Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire, Mary Mitchell O’Connor called people to get tested, making the point that around 75-80% of blindness is preventable. The Your Defining Moment Campaign was launched in Dublin this morning.
“This is a wonderful initiative and an initiative that is very close to my heart. It pains me to hear that every year in this country about 7,000 more people will stop seeing some or all of these beautiful things and more, bringing the total number of people suffering from AMD in Ireland to almost 100,000.
“Creating awareness of eye conditions such as AMD and encouraging testing is vital and I am delighted that the mobile testing unit will be testing for AMD in my own Constituency at Dún Laoghaire LexIcon this week
“Today we can all make a difference by encouraging our friends and family to take control of their vision health.
“The key message that we must all leave with today is that awareness is key. Awareness leads to screening and treatment, an ultimately blindness prevention.”
Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire Mary Mitchell O’Connor, has said that a new law, which will clampdown on repeat burglary offenders, will make a significant difference in tackling crime in Dun Laoghaire. Deputy Mitchell O’Connor was speaking following the publication of the Criminal Justice (Burglary of Dwellings) Bill 2015 by the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald.
“Garda Síochána data shows that 75% of burglaries are committed by the same 25% of burglars. It is clear that it is the same few who are causing trauma for many, and that the deterrents in place up until now were not enough. This new Bill is targeted at those repeat burglars who have previous convictions and who are charged with multiple offences.
“The new Bill will mean that where a burglar is being sentenced for multiple offences, the District Court will impose consecutive jail sentences. This new law will also allow the courts to refuse bail for offenders who have a previous conviction for domestic burglary, coupled with two or more pending charges.
“I am confident that targeting repeat offenders has the potential to significantly reduce the number of burglaries being committed here in Dun Laoghaire and across the country.
“Home is the place where we should all feel most safe and secure. This is why Minister Fitzgerald undertook a review of how the criminal justice system treats burglaries.
“This Bill is designed to keep repeat burglars off the streets and to improve the safety of our communities.
“In addition to the new legislation €700,000 has also been allocated to An Garda Síochána for the purchase of specialist vehicles to support the Gardaí in tacking highly-mobile criminal gangs, including those involved in burglaries.
“I hope that the Bill will be passed by the Dáil and Seanad as early as possible, so that this law can be implemented to tackle burglars affecting homes and families in Dun Laoghaire”.
I hope you had a restful and relaxing summer.
I would like to invite you to a Public Meeting on Educating our Children for the Future. This meeting takes place in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney on Thursday, September 17th. It promises to be an interesting evening.
It will start at 7pm sharp and finish at 8.30pm. There will be a Q+A session after the guest speakers’ presentations. If attending meeting please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, September 15th.
DLR Glasthule Opera is here again promoting Irish singers, conductors and directors. The casts are drawn from singers who are in various stages of their career and development from international names to those aspiring to be professional singers.
DLR County Council is committed to supporting the arts and continues to do so even in these dark days of economic gloom. We gratefully acknowledge their support.
September 2015 is their big date for a spectacular bill of Mozart at his best. They welcome back some of Glasthule’s favourite singers – Sinead Campbell Wallace, Doreen Curren, John Molloy and introduce soprano, Maria McGrann and tenor David Lynn with the one and only David Brophy – our favourite conductor.