Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week


Riedy said that dog waste is creating a serious public health hazard in areas like the Demesne, and needs to be tackled.

He added that parents have approached him with concerns about dog waste near playgrounds in parks.

Limerick Leader

Ready for Snow

Kildare is ready if we are hit with another big freeze this winter -- that’s the message from Kildare County Council.

Salt stocks are being stockpiled and the local authority is prepared to tackle a recurrence of last year’s conditions, which paralyzed many parts of the county.

A council spokesperson said, “Salt supplies have been centrally purchased by the National Roads Authority (NRA) and on behalf of the Department of Transport. These will be available for purchase by local authorities. The amount of salt required will depend on the severity of the weather.”

It has been revealed that 7,590 tons of salt were bought for Kildare last winter at a cost of €566,805.  Up to 6,000 tons were used to free the county from snow grid lock. Grit was also purchased at a cost of €29,214.

The local authority said personnel will be available to respond at the same levels as last year.  Priority routes for salting are currently under review but have not yet been finalized.

Sean O’Neill of the National Roads Authority (NRA) said there are 80,000 tons of salt in stock nationally from last year with a further 70,000 tons due to arrive over the next few weeks.

Reports that Ireland could be hit by severe winter conditions as early as the end of October due to the link between solar activity and cold winters, were greeted with skepticism by Met Eireann.

Last year, heavy snow and ice left many elderly people stranded in their homes and many workers unable to reach their places of employment. The army were called in to some Kildare towns to clear footpaths and assist meals on wheels groups to reach the most vulnerable.

Leinster Leader

Children’s Worries

Children feel less close to parents who work long hours, a survey has found.

Nine-year-olds also revealed they expect to feel peer pressure to smoke or take illegal drugs as they grow up.

A total of 120 youngsters and their parents were interviewed for Growing Up in Ireland, which is part of a larger study tracking the lives of 20,000 children.

Professor Sheila Greene, co-director of the study, said it offered youngsters the opportunity to give, in their own words, information on a range of areas in their lives.
"The design of this part of the study gives us a unique insight into the world in which nine-year-olds live and allows us to capture the diversity of children's experiences and circumstances," she said.

Researchers said key findings included that relationships between children and their parents were broadly positive, but youngsters felt less close to parents who worked long hours and were less available.

The study also found that parental separation had a considerable impact on children's routines.

The youngsters predicted that growing up would offer more independence and responsibility, but understood they might experience peer pressure to do things such as smoking and taking illegal drugs.

The study is being conducted by a team of researchers led by the Economic and Social Research Institute and Trinity College Dublin.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who launched its latest report, added, "The Growing Up in Ireland study is of critical importance as it provides a comprehensive and highly valuable evidence base which can be used to inform and guide our development and delivery of targeted and effective programs for children and young people."

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