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Patient Can’t Move
AN elderly cancer patient who cannot get in or out of her home on her mobility scooter because of vehicles parking on her doorstep has expressed frustration at the Department of Environment (DOE).
Popping out of her Lisanally Lane home to get the simplest of groceries has become a real chore for 66-year-old Virginia Farnan as drivers park on the footpath, meaning she cannot maneuver the scooter out of her home.
Farnan has had three major operations in the last five years leaving her with walking difficulties. She was given the scooter six months ago but has had nothing but heartache since.
“Many people use this street for free parking. Only a handful of the cars are actually residents and the rest are workers or people who park here to go into the city,” she said.
“The drivers park right up on the footpath outside my door so I can't get out. If no one is parked when I'm leaving I worry the whole way home that someone will have parked outside my house while I was away and then I'll have to abandon the scooter somewhere.
“The DOE have been out to the house but say they can't do anything. They told me they can't install a drop curb because there's already one on at the top of the street.
“They say they can't make me a disabled car parking bay because I don't own a car.
"Even getting milk has become such a task and it's very frustrating. I'm worried I will hit someone's car and it's not like I can go around and ask the owner to move the car because it's not my neighbor's car.
“A sign could be put up to say 'Residents Only.’”
The Ulster Gazette
The Cost of Dying
CARRICKFERGUS is one of the most expensive places to get buried in Northern Ireland, according to a new survey published by the trade union GMB.
The union said the survey showed that Carrick Council charges £524 for a burial in a graveyard and £100 for a cremation, which puts the council in the top four most expensive councils for burial charges.
This compares with the cheapest place in Northern Ireland to get buried, Dungannon Council, which charges just £190 for burial in a graveyard and £45 for cremation. Next cheapest is Omagh Council which charges £245 for a burial.
At the very top of the list is Lisburn Council which charges £822 for a burial and £87 for a cremation for residents who die and are interred in the area. This is the highest burial charges in a council in Northern Ireland.
Belfast charges £645 for a burial and £636 for a cremation.
A WOMAN who allegedly fell on a wet floor while dancing at a Dublin nightclub with a work colleague has sued for damages.
Ciara O'Connell was allegedly dancing backwards to a song by Shakira in a style from the film Dirty Dancing when the accident happened at Copper Face Jacks on Harcourt Street, the High Court heard.
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