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Clr. Meaney was commenting on figures which showed the bill for such drugs in the HSE West had climbed from $1.53 million to $1.74 million between 2009 and 2010. Limerick accounted for the highest bill in the region in 2010, at $397,000.

[Source: Limerick Leader]

Longford Fine Gael TD James Bannon has hit out at the Minister for State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health, Roisin Shortall, over her apparent refusal to debate the issue of funding for St. Christopher’s Services in Longford.

The Legan TD claims he has tabled a Topical Interest Motion on funding for St. Christopher’s no fewer than 27 times and on each occasion the topic has not been selected for debate. Deputy Bannon has resubmitted the motion once more last Thursday in a final attempt to get the issue debated before the summer break.

[Source: Longford Leader]

Local musician David O’Dowda recently had a piece of music he composed and sang on accompany the trailer for new Jessica Biel film “The Tall Man.”

David is originally from Ravensdale but moved to Manchester in 1999 to study music in Manchester College which is where he now lives with his wife and son.

Since then he has done his fair share of gigging, has led Manchester-based six-piece band Table who released an album entitled “Songs You Can Sing” in 2009 and has toured with Peter Gabriel on his 2004 “Still Growing Up Tour.”

[Source: Dundalk Democrat]

Owners of caravan campsites in Mayo say their business is on its knees due to the number of camper vans who park overnight along the side of the road and refuse to pay for their facilities.

The caravan park owners are particularly annoyed about the growing number of camper vans that park just outside their premises and use the campsite’s facilities without paying. They have called for Mayo County Council to put an end to the practice and are seeking the introduction of bye-laws to stop overnight parking of caravans, camper vans and tents on the roadsides in the county.

[Source: The Mayo News]

Parents of deaf children last Tuesday complained that the problem was "almost a hidden disability" in Irish society.

The comments were made as a “hero” award to recognize contributions from the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities was launched July 17.

Jimmy Geraghty, father of Noel Geraghty (8) from Navan, Co. Meath, who attends St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys in Cabra, Dublin, said the deaf in Ireland faced barriers.

"We need a lot more awareness especially in relation to sign language interpreters, access for the deaf community. People seem to know more about other disabilities in Ireland but always seem to forget about the deaf community," said Mr. Geraghty, whose son donned a Batman costume. "It is almost like we are a hidden disability, of sorts."

[Source: Irish Independent]

Experian, a global information services company, has released its Business Health Index for the first six months of the year in the Republic of Ireland. Monaghan is number one with an index score of 118 while Wicklow is at the bottom with a score of 96. An index higher than 100 indicates that a county has a lower percentage of companies at risk than the average. Dublin is ranked 20th with a score of 98. Fifteen of the 26 counties have a Positive Business Health Index Score.

[Source: Irish Times]

Two men stole a historic artifact and dumped it in a bog because it was of no financial value to them, a court heard last Wednesday.

At Tullamore District Court both were sentenced to 240 hours’ community service in lieu of 10 months in prison for theft of the Precious Shrine of St. Manchan from St. Manchan’s Church, Boher,

Ballycumber, Co. Offaly, on June 1. Thomas Roche (39), Boyne Meadows, Edenderry, Co. Offaly, and Bernard McCarthy (37), Foxdene Gardens, Clondalkin, Dublin, examined the shrine after stealing it and dumped it because they thought it was worthless. Insp. Kieran Keyes said no decision has been made about whether the shrine, currently with Gardaí (police), will be returned to the church or go to the National Museum of Ireland for safekeeping.

[Source: Irish Times]


The Ambulance Service has apologized to the family of a 19-year-old girl, who died after she was taken to hospital via an indirect route.

Elaine Curley from Creggs in Co. Roscommon died on the two-hour journey from the scene of a car crash which should have taken around an hour and 20 minutes.

A local person directed the ambulance down a bog road and it was also diverted from Portiuncula Hospital in Galway to UCHG, which added extra time.

[Source: Irish Examiner]

The appeal by the owners of the Lissadell estate in Co. Sligo against the rejection of their claim that no public rights of way exist across certain routes in the estate may be heard at the Supreme Court early next year.