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4 Districts Fun Day A Great Example of Powerful Community Spirit

t was an action-packed weekend in Rathcoole and the Four Districts villages of Rathcoole, Newcastle, Saggart and Brittas. This year saw the 7th annual 4 Districts Fun Day take place. The successful event attracted over 1,500 people who came down to support the day. Speaking about the event, local Councillor Emer Higgins who helps organise it said, "It was great to see so many families (and their dogs!) having fun and enjoying the entertainment at our 7th Family Fun Day." "The event is volunteer-based, led by a committee of dedicated local people. We had everything from market stalls and music to inflatables, a reptile zoo and pet farm, a choo-choo train, toddlers area and a dog show! The wea

Rathcoole Teenfest Bringing Teens Together

Last weekend Rathcoole Teenfest kicked off in style at Rathcoole Boys FC. Teenfest is the brainchild of Rachel Boggans and her daughter Ellie, who wanted to establish a relaxed festival style, safe event for local teenagers. This year featured a glow disco, football darts, selfie mirror and BBQ. Everyone received a goodie bag with reminders on how to protect their mental health and look out for one another. “This is a fantastic and novel idea to celebrate our teens and their mental health. The 13-16-year olds often fall between the stools and events like this are invaluable for bringing teens together to have fun in a positive and friendly environment," said Cllr. Emer Higgins who helped to

Water fountain rollout needs to be faster and more ambitious

South Dublin County Council need to be more ambitious in their plans to install public water fountains, a Fine Gael councillor has said. Clondalkin councillor, and Dublin Mid West General Election candidate, Emer Higgins said the council’s roll-out of just one fountain and only a handful more planned is very disappointing. “Public water fountains are an excellent way to reduce plastic waste, encouraging people to refill reusable water bottles for free. “In terms of our Climate Action Plan commitments and improving our public realm water fountains must be prioritised by the council. “So far only one public drinking water fountain located between County Hall, the Civic Theatre and the Library

Cllr. Emer Higgins encourages budding filmmakers to bring their sustainable energy ideas to the big

Fine Gael Cllr. Emer Higgins is encouraging students from primary and post primary schools to enter this year’s SEAI One Good Idea competition. Students will create a one-minute film and campaign to inspire people to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. This year, four regional finals will be held in Omniplex cinemas around the country. Students will see their film on the big screen and present their campaign to a panel of judges. Regional winners from each event will then compete at the National Final in Dublin. The competition encourages students, their families and communities to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling climate change. Students will learn important s

Companies need to step up to the plate to tackle excess packaging

Companies need to step up to the plate and tackle excess packaging ahead of a planned crackdown on producers of unnecessary plastic waste, a Fine Gael General Election candidate, Cllr. Emer Higgins, has said. Under the Climate Action Plan the Government has pledged to incentivise producers of waste, especially packaging, to prevent waste and promote recyclable materials. Cllr. Emer Higgins explained, "A pilot ‘eco modulation fees’ scheme is to be rolled out later this year. This will essentially incentivize producers who reduce packaging and recyclable materials and penalise those who don’t. “With this welcome move very much in sight now is the time for companies to take the initiative and a

Time to consider compulsory litter warnings on cigarette packs

Litter warnings on cigarette packages could help reduce the serious problem of cigarette waste which is destroying our environment, a Fine Gael councillor has said. Fine Gael councillor, Emer Higgins, said it is clear we need to reassess our approach to the problem of cigarette ends which account for the majority of litter in Ireland. Cllr Higgins said: “We have seen welcome progress in driving down the number of smokers in Ireland. Last year the Healthy Ireland Survey found that the prevalence of smoking had dropped to 20pc.[1] “However, despite this success, cigarette waste still accounts for a massive proportion of litter nationally. “The 2018 National Litter Pollution Monitoring System R

Inclusion of Rowlagh Primary Care centre in HSE capital plan a welcome boost for local healthcare

Rowlagh Primary Care centre has been allocated funding under the HSE capital plan, a Fine Gael councillor has confirmed. Cllr Emer Higgins said the much-needed primary care centre will have a huge impact on local healthcare. She said: “It is excellent news that this primary care centre is included in the HSE’s three-year capital plan. The area will benefit hugely from having a top-class primary care centre. This project has been a long-time coming and it is imperative now that there are no further delays.” Cllr Higgins continued: “We have seen some trying to play politics with this issue locally and I hope this now ends. This is too important an issue to be scare-mongering for cheap politica


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