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The “woefully outdated” buildings at Antrim Health Centre have become “a health and safety nightmare” and are no longer fit for purpose, a concerned GP has warned.

Dr. Allen McCullough has long campaigned for fresh funding for the town's “Cinderella service,” but while millions are poured into the Area Hospital the Health Centre has to make do with a trickle.

The complex is now 40 years old – and it does not look good for its age – and while remedial repairs are being carried out to the aging flat roofs, medics agree that the Trust is applying a sticking plaster to a gaping wound.

And with mounting concerns about limited disabled access, of water streaming down walls and the inevitable impact on the standard of care, Dr. McCullough has prescribed an urgent injection of cash for a new building.
[Source: Antrim Guardian]


The remarkable recovery of young Zoe Fearon from Camlough has taken a further step forward after she was transferred to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, to continue her recuperation.

Last month nine-year-old Zoe fell seriously ill and had been treated in the Intensive Care Unit of the Royal Belfast Children’s Hospital since. Her condition had been described as critical and her family maintained a bedside vigil, willing her back to health.

During this time, support and well wishes poured in from across the country and further afield as little Zoe’s plight grabbed the attention and emotion of the public.
[Source: The Examiner Newspaper]


A Carlow landscape gardener has been awarded a prestigious silver medal at Ireland’s premier gardening festival Bloom 2012.

Deirdre Pender from Russellstown wowed judges and thousands of visitors to the festival alike with her garden in the medium garden category entitled Machnamh/Reflection.

“I am delighted with my silver medal, as the competition has been very strong this year and I hope the public enjoy my garden,” said Deirdre. Inspiration for Deirdre’s garden was drawn on the ancient Celtic connection between hazel trees and water to create a space for both quiet contemplation and relaxing social interaction in the one setting.
[Source: Carlow Nationalist]


The High Court has last Wednesday confirmed the appointment of a provisional liquidator to a Co. Cavan based bath and shower screen manufacturers that employs 52 people.

Flair International, which has debts of $5.7m, sought the appointment of a provisional liquidator in the interest of the company's creditors and with a view to protecting some of those employed with the firm, the court heard.
[Source: Irish Examiner]


Since Aer Rianta International (ARI) came under the Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) control in 2004, it delivered profits of around $207 million, according to the eight DAA annual reports published since.

This doesn’t include items such as the $397 million raised through the sale of ARI’s shareholding in Birmingham Airport in 2007.

During 2010 and 2011, ARI recorded profits of over $63 million on its overseas operations, a sum that is understood to be around half of Shannon’s overall debt.

ARI was the brainchild of Shannon-based executives and they are angry Shannon is on the cusp of losing all connection with ARI, following last month’s Government decision that Shannon will leave the DAA structure, with ARI set to remain part of the group along with Dublin and Cork airports.
[Source: Clare Champion]


While all Irish eyes will be focused on Poland during Euro 2012, one Corkman will be more concerned with what is going on at the Metalist Stadium in Kharkiv in the Ukraine. Martin Galvin from Newcestown has been overseeing the development of the pitch at this 40,000 capacity stadium that will be home to Group games for Holland, Germany, Portugal and Denmark.

Since arriving in Kharkiv in March 2011, Martin who works with STRI, a leading consultancy firm, has been responsible for digging out the old pitch and establishing the pitch from seed.

"Basically we dug out the old pitch in April last year and completely replaced it with underground heating system and ventilation because the weather here drops down to -30 degrees on occasions and we even had -27 degrees in February, It's a very demanding climate and it's 32 degrees today."

The Metalist Stadium is the only one of the eight venues being used for Euro 2012 that was developed with seed, as all the others are turfed or sodded.
[Source: Cork Independent]


MP Mark Durkan has welcomed the news that Niche Drinks is to invest $16m in a new build whiskey distillery in Derry which will create a number of construction and indigenous manufacturing jobs in the city.

He said: “This is a very welcome investment by a local company of proven performance.