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Fine Gael councilor has said doesn't that he understand why a HSE hospital manager is 'afraid to talk to the Wexford'. people of The Borough Council wrote a letter to the HSE Network Manager Richard Dooley asking him to outline why he met people to discuss the future of St. Luke's Hospital in Kilkenny when he wouldn't meet a Wexford group. The letter was sent on the suggestion of ClIr. Jim Allen of Fine Gael. Mr. Dooley's reply explained that the meeting he attended in Kilkenny was with the Patient Partnership Forum of St. Luke's Hospital. He attended at their request to inform them about the current project and its progress. 'I intend to meet with and brief the Patient Partnership Groups in all acute hospitals regarding this project', he said. 'I don't understand why he is afraid to talk to the people of Wexford. Our hospital is just as important as any other hospital in the region', commented Cllr. Allen.
(Source: The Wexford People)

Acclaimed film director John Boorman is to be honored next month at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (IFTA) when he will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Boorman (77) who has lived in Wicklow for almost 40 years is a celebrated director, producer and writer. Last week Minister of State, Martin Mansergh praised Mr. Boorman's work throughout his expansive career. 'John Boorman has deservedly received many accolades over his long career. However this Lifetime Achievement Award from Ireland will also celebrate John's impact and influence on the early years of our film industry playing a vital role as Chairman of the original Irish Film Board and also as Chairman of Ardmore Studios.' Born in England in 1933 John has had a pivotal influence on the Irish film industry and was an intrinsic force in the development of what the industry has become today. He served as Chairman of the first Irish Film Board and was chairman of the National Film Studios (now Ardmore Studios) until 1982. In these roles John Boorman nurtured the careers of countless Irish directors, writers, producers, actors and crew through encouragement, support and inspiration.
(Source: The Wicklow People)