News from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Kildare Nationalist)
Kilkenny's streets are now home to more than double the number of heroin users as they were 12 months ago. New statistics from the Health Service Executive show that the number of people injecting heroin in Kilkenny has almost doubled in the past 12 months. The HSE's Drug Misuse report for 2008 shows that the percentage of drug users injecting had risen from 4.8% to 7.6% by the end of 2008. The report relates only to drug users who have received treatment for drug or alcohol abuse in Ireland. In 2007, 15 people who were treated had been injecting heroin. Last year, this number spiked to 29.
(Source: The Kilkenny People)
A training program aimed at helping the unemployed is to be set up in Portarlington by Laois VEC which has had to cut training in Abbeyleix. VEC CEO, Anne O'Keefe confirmed that 20 Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) training places would be provided in the Portarlington Adult Education Centre (PAEC) this year. VTOS scheme provides of a range of education and training courses aimed at people out of work. "As Portarlington is the second largest town in the county and has in excess of 2,500 people on the live register, a decision was taken to provide a VTOS program in PAEC. But the move will see places cut in Abbeyleix. The Laois VEC meeting was told that because the allocation for the county is capped at 100 places, there will be 20 less place in the Abbeyleix Further Education Centre, this year," said the CEO.
(Source: The Laois Nationalist)
The community of Drumkeerin was shocked last week to learn of the death of James Forde, Liskellew Upper, Drumkeerin. Mr. Forde's unexpected death occurred on September 17 after he had attended to his sheep and cattle. Due to the difficult terrain, the Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue Team were deployed in order to remove the remains of Mr Forde.
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)
Four out of every five inmates at Limerick Prison have abused drugs, and prison officers believe that "little or nothing can be done" to stem the supply, a new report has claimed.
And prisoners and their families feel "demeaned" by the care on offer from the Health Service Executive, the study claims. Now a list of recommendations is to be presented to the Government in a bid to stem the scourge of drugs in the 300-inmate Prison – and provide a much improved support structure for inmates.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)
One of Longford's most well known and popular men passed away last week following a short illness. Gerard McGrath of Lamagh, Newtownforbes died peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Thursday last. He was the beloved husband of Bridget (nee Kane) and dearly loved father of Robert. He is best known as the friendly man who co-owned and worked in McGrath's Texaco beside the Red Cow Roundabout along with his brother Tom. They opened their very successful business venture in 1994 and according to his family he loved working there and enjoyed meeting people day to day. His family said: "Gerard enjoyed the simple things in life; walking in Strandhill, card games, a round of golf, an occasional pint or two over a chat.
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