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A dispute has arisen as to whether the medical chart of a patient who later died of cancer was left lying in her consultant's tray for three months before he looked at it.

Sharon McEneaney (31), from Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, suffered continuous abdominal pain for a nine-month period while receiving treatment at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, before a crucial biopsy was carried out, which revealed a tumour in her abdomen was malignant.
The creche manager died eight months later in April 2009.

The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist who treated her, Dr Etop Sampson Akpan, is before a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee facing 38 allegations of professional misconduct following a complaint by Ms McEneaney's younger sister, Tanya.

Ms McEneaney was admitted to the hospital in October 2007 with abdominal pain but her cancer was not discovered until July 2008.

She had previously been treated at the hospital for neurofibromatosis, a genetically inherited condition that can lead nerve tissues to grow tumours.

The hearing heard how Ms McEneaney underwent exploratory laparoscopic surgery at the hospital on December 20, 2007, at which point a tumour was found.

She was then to undergo a CT scan in a matter of days to provide guidance as to whether it would be safe to conduct a biopsy on this tumour, but this did not occur until January 24.

The follow-up biopsy, which later revealed the malignancy, was not carried out until six months later on July 14 after an intervention by Ms McEneaney's local GP Dr Shane Corr and former TD Dr Rory O'Hanlon.
(Source: Irish Times)


Offaly local Development Company is bringing a Local One Stop Shop for Employment support to Daingean and Edenderry. This is for anyone out of work over 12 months, regardless of whether you are getting a Social Welfare payment or not. If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment this or any other benefits will not be affected in any way.

This local employment support offers you: free one to one advice on what supports & schemes are now available for the unemployed, free job seeking advice, and free computer training to assist in job seeking.
(Source: Offaly Express)


Thieves have stolen seven gates from railway level crossings in the northwest.

The 4.3m by 1.5m steel barriers were taken from junctions at Clonloo, near Boyle, Co Roscommon and Culfadda, near Ballymote, Co Sligo.

They were noticed missing early last Sunday morning and Iarnród Éireann workers moved quickly to secure the unprotected openings.

Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman Jane Cregan said the removal posed a big threat to lives.

“Obviously it‘s a very serious matter to have a live railway with no barriers for pedestrians or livestock,” she said. “This is something that we are taking very seriously, and indeed the gardai are investigating it.

“It could have caused a very serious incident and we are just happy that nothing happened.”

Ms Cregan said the thieves would have needed a trailer because of the size of the gates, and the operation would have taken some planning. “It would have been quite a big job to remove these,” she said.

While Iarnród Éireann has been targeted before for copper cabling, they have not had steel gates, which would be much less valuable, stolen.

The company said it was possible thieves wanted the gates for their own use or to sell on for use again or as scrap metal.

Gardaí in Boyle and Ballymote are investigating the thefts.
(Source: The Roscommon Champion)


A number of towns and villages throughout the county will share in a €25,000 pay out by Sligo County Council for their efforts in the county Tidy Towns competition.

The local competiton results are as follows: Best Kept Housing Estate A 1-30 Houses in Estate Overall Winner (€500): Hill Crest Park, Strandhill

Runner Up (€250): Culfadda Housing Association, Culfadda B 31-60 Houses in Estate

Overall Winner (€600): Gort na Sí, Coolaney

Runner Up (€350): Kiernan Ave, Collooney C 61+ Houses in Estate Overall Winner (€700): Ard Aisling, Tubbercurry

Runner Up (€450): Woodbrook Heights, Ballisodare

Best Kept National School Overall Winner (€300): Holy Family N.S., Tubbercurry

Joint Runner Up (€ 200): Mary Immaculate Girls N.S., Collooney. Joint Runner Up (€ 200): Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Ballymote

Best Kept Shop Front/Business

Overall Winner ( Plaque): Kennedy's Picture Framing, Tubbercurry

1st Runner Up (Plaque): Gormely's Corner House, Ballymote Best Kept Village/Town Overall Winner - Small Town (€1000): Tubbercurry, Overall Winner - Village (€900) Culfadda Joint Runners-Up (€ 800): Mullaghmore & Coolaney

A Special Merit Award was awarded to Hillview Drive, Ballymote Residents Association. A similr award went to St. Patrick's N.S, Calry, in recognition of their organic gardening project: