Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod


A spokesperson from the Southern Trust said, "Unfortunately sometimes patients can become aggressive due to their underlying conditions.

"The trust can confirm that there was an incident in Craigavon Area Hospital which has been subject to a thorough investigation, and we have reviewed and updated policies and procedures for dealing with aggressive patients to protect themselves, other patients and staff.

"Thankfully such incidents are rare, but the trust takes attacks on staff and patients extremely seriously and we have a number of measures in place to ensure their personal protection.”
- Portadown Times

County Council pulls pulic toilets

Clare County Council has poured cold water over a proposed rebate on water rates for community and voluntary bodies who made their toilet facilities available in places where the authority wasn’t in a position to provide public toilets.

Councilor Martin Conway made this request at a council meeting on Monday where he presented a case to allow businesses in towns where no public toilets were available to receive a small reduction in water rates once people could use their toilets.

He explained there were towns and villages that were not serviced by public toilets where hotels, shops and other businesses made their facilities available to the public.

“I know in Ennistymon there would be 50 people a day coming to a facility in different establishments. I think the council should examine the possibility of providing a small rebate to businesses where it can be proven beyond all doubt that they are making their premises available to the public,” he said.

“I don’t think it is the money, it is a goodwill gesture, and I think they would have no problem in putting a sign telling the public that their toilets are available to be used if this was the case,”

He was supported by Councilor Richard Nagle, while Councilor Joe Arkins stressed there would have to be a sign outside any premises indicating toilet facilities were being made available once they received the rebate.

“I think we could get value for money on a project like this. The council could put a superloo in a place like Ennistymon and it might be paying ***20,000 a year to run a facility which only receives just one offering a week,” he said.

However, finance director of services Noleen Fitzgerald told councilors such a scheme would be difficult to administer as it would be very hard to identify one premises over another when it came to selecting a suitable location for the scheme.

“Under Article 9 of the EU Water Framework directive and the government’s water pricing policy, Clare County Council is required to charge the non-domestic sector the full cost recovery of water services,” she said.
- Clare Champion
High-end brothel bust

Two women have been arrested after Gardai uncovered a brothel operating in a four-star hotel which recently opened for business.

The Spanish and Brazilian women, who are both aged in their early twenties, were arrested in the Limerick Hilton Hotel last week.

It is understood that the brothel, which was operating out of a suite in the hotel, was uncovered after hotel staff noticed an increased amount of male visitors to the hotel, which opened for business last year.

Gardai were contacted and arrested the two women in the hotel after a surveillance operation.

It is believed that the women attracted considerable business since they booked into the hotel. They arrived in the city in recent weeks.

A number of items were seized from their room, including computer hardware and CDs. It is believed the women advertised their services on the Internet and were contacted by punters via mobile phone.

Limerick's Hilton Hotel was the seventh of the franchise to open in Ireland last May. It is located in the heart of Limerick city and has proved to be extremely popular. The venue has played host to major conferences and gala banquets since it first opened.
- Evening Herald