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“The H.S.E. has informed me that they will be cutting x-ray cover at Louth County Hospital by 16 hours every weekend. The say that from now on the 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. service is to be cut to 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
“This is bad news for our hospital. It indicates that the Department of Health is willing to cut back on the services available to the public. The H.S.E. admits that no money will be saved with this latest move.”
[Source: Dundalk Democrat]
A new initiative that promises to bestow Ireland’s “warmest welcome” upon visitors to Castlebar in the year of The Gathering was launched by An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny on Saturday morning, April 6.
The unique initiative sees visitors given their very own local “welcome ambassador” to Castlebar by simply registering their details on lovecastlebar.com. The welcome ambassador will greet visitors on arrival, bring them on a tour of Castlebar and help them discover all the local hidden gems the town has to offer. As an added bonus and where possible, ambassadors will be equipped to assist visitors in tracing their Mayo roots. To date, over 100 Mayo natives have volunteered to act as ambassadors for the town.
[Source: The Mayo News]
The tradition of burying people in their own parish or village may soon disappear with the introduction of a major restructuring of the cemeteries service by Meath County Council.
As cemeteries in local towns and villages continue to fill up, officials have warned that it will not be possible in future for the council to provide replacement burial grounds throughout the county.
Cemeteries may in future have to be provided on a “regional” basis. However, although up to 10 percent of deceased people are cremated, the council has firmly ruled out the building of a crematorium in the county.
[Source: Meath Chronicle]
A parish priest was involved in the sexual abuse of some children in Donagh in the 1970s and 1980s, the B.B.C. can reveal.
Canon Peter Duffy, from County Monaghan, was an uncle of former Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy.
He died in 1994 and is buried in Donagh. The police have investigated cases involving three victims.
[Source: BBC News]
Offaly has recorded the biggest percentage drop in planning applications in the country in the first quarter of the year in comparison with the same period in 2012.
That’s according to the latest edition of the National Housing Construction Index compiled and issued by Link2Plans (link2plans.com).
The figures show that Offaly suffered another 48 percent drop in applications in the first quarter of 2013 with just 14 applications received compared to 27 for the same period in 2012. After Offaly, Limerick (39 percent), Wexford (36 percent), Laois (32 percent) and Carlow (32 percent) recorded the sharpest falls.
[Source: Offaly Express]
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