Weekly news from around the 32 counties of Ireland
(Source: The Irish Times)
It’s a case of nearly there but not quite for the women of Co Leitrim. Despite years of being promised a BreastCheck service the reality is far different than what had been envisioned with many now facing journeys of five or six hours into other counties for their scans. "I'm not physically able to make that trip to Roscommon for my screening. I've been very sick over the past few years and my doctor says that I'm not physically able to such a long journey by car," Manorhamilton woman, Josie Reilly said last week. Having battled four cancer diagnoses over the last number of years and having spent two years in hospital - only getting out December last year, the five hour return journey to Roscommon Town has effectively been ruled out
(Source: The Leitrim Observer)
There is continued confusion over the proposed M20 motorway with the National Roads Authority confirming that it has been deferred, and Cork County Council - the leading Authority for the project, saying that everything from their point of view remains on track.
According to the NRA the proposed multi-million euro motorway between the cities of Limerick and Cork has been postponed due to a lack of money. Sean O'Neill, head of communications at the NRA said that the M20 had been "reprioritized" due to lower traffic volumes compared to other schemes also awaiting funding.
(Source: The Limerick Leader)
The Irish All Ireland Hot Air Ballooning Championships are set to return to Ballymahon in September 2010 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. While the event will be hosted at Newcastle House in Ballymahon, organizers are keen to point out that the event will be county based and that plans are in place for a number of festivities in north Longford, Longford town as well as in Ballymahon.
(Source: The Longford Leader)
Pharmaceutical company Becton Dickinson (BD) have announced they are to make 22 employees redundant. In a statement on Tuesday last , the company, which currently employs 126 people, said the decision had been 'difficult but necessary' in the current economic climate. BD manufactures medical supplies, including insulin delivery products. BD is facing a challenging and very competitive environment globally and as a result we have taken a number of strategic and business actions there are designed to position the company for long term growth and to fund investments for the future,' said the company statement. 'These decisions were difficult but necessary and unfortunately they will result in a headcount reduction of 22 people at our plant in Drogheda.'
(Source: The Drogheda Independent)
Ballina’s €6 million education center officially opened its doors last week. The special schools, St Dymphna’s and St Nicolas’, which are now both situated adjacent to the former site of St Dymphna’s old school on a joint campus site, are ushering in an exciting new era in education in the north Mayo capital. While both schools will share the one roof they retain their own identity at the exceptional education campus. The new schools come equipped with classrooms with designated computer areas, libraries, resource rooms, multi-purpose rooms, spacious OT, Physiotherapy and Speech & Language rooms, modern kitchens and dining facilities, PE Hall, playing fields and basketball courts. Locally-based Junior Minister, Dara Calleary congratulated the staff and students, saying: “This is truly a momentous week in the history of both St Dymphna’s and St. Nicholas’ Special Needs Schools with the opening of their school.
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RE: chuck - too bad the IRA got labelled "terrorists" because they didn't wear "acceptable" soldier uniforms. Al Queda-please noteRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
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Aliciarose: the priests running the school probably gave him the benefit of the doubt. But when you publicly set a bad example for young people youIrish students told “No Irish Need Apply” to Chicago for summer 2014
Chuck - Any one of those could be the right one! Good one! :)