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Safeguarding adults in health care

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the Mental Health Commission (MHC) are today (Wednesday) hosting a seminar in the Law Society of Ireland on the safeguarding of adults in health and social care services. The seminar, Adult Safeguarding: Promoting Rights, Health and Wellbeing, aims to raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable, and provides attendees with the opportunity to discuss how Ireland can better promote the rights, health and wellbeing of people at risk of abuse or harm. Addressing over 200 delegates, HIQA CEO Phelim Quinn announced that HIQA and the MHC are developing joint national adult safeguarding standards. “These standards aim to minimise and prevent the abuse and neglect of at-risk adults. This must surely be our aim, every bit as much as reporting and investigating abuse when it takes place”. Mr Quinn added, “These standards are just one part of the solution, however. The State must acknowledge its responsibility to protect …

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Magnificent minors back in Munster football final

Clare 1-9 Tipperary 2-4 ON a magnificent evening for Clare under-age football the county minor team qualified for their second successive Munster final, following a two point win over Tipperary in Thurles. The game started 22 minutes late due to the late arrival of the Clare bus at their pick up point in Ennis but they did the business on the field, particularly in the second half. Shane Meehan kicked the decisive points from play in the closing minutes, while Kevin Keane raised the crucial green flag for Clare following a Chibby Okoye pass. Tipperary led 1-2 to 0-4 at half-time, with Meehan pointing two crucial late frees, won by Mark McInerney and Thomas Kelly. Tipperary wing forward, Max Hackett, put away their goal in the tenth minute. He was left completely free in front of goal and expertly netted Kevin Hayes’ pass. Thomas Kelly was the first Clare man to raise a white flag, while Emmet McMahon landed a …

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Information event on Clarecastle wastewater project

Irish Water is working in partnership with Clare County Council to end the discharge of untreated wastewater to the River Fergus from the Clarecastle area. At an information event on Wednesday, May 16, between 4pm and 8pm at the Old Clarecastle National School, Irish Water will unveil its plans to stop the discharge of the equivalent of 1,600 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater into the River Fergus every day from the public sewer network in Clarecastle. The plan includes the construction of a new rising main and upgrades to an existing pumping station to take wastewater from Clarecastle to the Clareabbey Wastewater Treatment Plant where it can be treated before being returned safely to the environment. “The provision of a new sewerage scheme for Clarecastle will help to improve water quality in the river, enhance of the area’s amenity value and will act as a platform for social and economic development. The project will also help ensure that the water …

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World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

Today (Tuesday) is World Red Cross Red Crescent Day and the Irish Red Cross Society, which is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is joining the global celebration. On this day, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement comes together to thank all its volunteers who willingly give their time, energy, expertise and effort to help others. Just recently, at the Volunteer of the Year Awards, the Irish Red Cross recognised the efforts of our own volunteers here at home, and those who have particularly excelled in their field were presented with awards. Irish Red Cross work at home includes first aid and ambulance cover, mountain and lake search and rescue services, and health and social care programmes. The society is also playing a key role in resettling Syrian refugees in Ireland and also runs a restoring family links programme. It is also the responsibility of the Irish Red Cross, like all national Red Cross …

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Flying it at Shannon Airport

Over the May Bank Holiday, Shannon Airport had its busiest weekend of the year so far in what is expected to be its best season in a decade. With almost 150 weekly departures, Shannon’s expanded summer schedule for 2018 includes new transatlantic, European and UK services and is set to deliver more passengers at the airport since it separated as an independent. This weekend alone saw Delta Air Lines recommence its daily JFK service and with Air Canada to kick off its new Toronto service in four weeks’ time, Shannon will have its busiest transatlantic schedule for 17 years, with eight services operated to seven destinations. With passenger numbers already up by 5% in the first quarter, the gains are being felt across all markets. The UK, also up in the first quarter, is showing its resilience despite Brexit concerns and is set to grow further as Ryanair launches Liverpool and Bristol services, as well as increase its Manchester frequencies, …

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Recruitment drive for Edwards

EDWARDS Lifesciences expect to begin filling some of the 600 jobs it is creating next month, while they have appointed a plant general manager to oversee the investment of €80 million. The California-based company recently announced it is opening the plant in the Mid-West, although it has not as yet said exactly where it will be. It has an interim facility in Shannon. Nathan Tenzer has been named as plant general manager for the new operations. He will have responsibility for leading its management and engineering function and delivering on the company’s strategic objective of expanding its global supply network of delivery components for transcatheter heart valve therapies, where open heart surgery would previously have been the norm. He has worked for Edwards for more than 15 years, while for the past two, he has held the position of senior director of engineering in an Edwards manufacturing facility near Salt Lake City. “I am excited by the opportunity to establish …

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Tourist dies after SatNav gives ‘wrong directions’

A Polish tourist was killed in a car accident near the Cliffs of Moher two years ago after a driver was confused because his SatNav told him to go in the wrong direction. At Ennis Circuit Court, counsel for the State, Lorcan Connolly, said the State accepted that Grzegorz Barski’s SatNav telling him to go straight on instead of taking a right for the Cliffs of Moher at a junction was a contributory cause in the fatal accident on May 31, 2016. In the crash, the front-seat passenger in Mr Barski’s car, Grzegorz Frydrych died while a motorcyclist, Charles Killeen, who collided with the car, suffered head injuries, including a fractured skull and multiple broken facial bones and was hospitalised for one month. Mr Barski, (36), of Jugback Crescent, Swords, Co Dublin pleaded guilty to careless driving causing the death of Mr Frydrych and careless driving causing serious bodily harm to Mr Killeen. Mr Barski’s car collided with Mr Killeen’s …

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All go for Clare Civil Defence

THE Civil Defence unit in Clare is among the most active in the country, with members taking part in 32 different activities in the first three months of the year. Civil Defence volunteers are on standby to assist in a range of activities – from missing person searches to manning sporting events. In fact, one of the roles played by the Clare Civil Defence this year related to a search for a missing person in Clarecastle on January 30. The overall figures were confirmed just days after all of the country’s response agencies were honoured at Dublin Castle for their response to Storm Emma and Storm Ophelia. Among the workers present at the event on Tuesday were staff from Clare County Council, the Defence Forces, Civil Defence, National Ambulance Service, Irish Water, the Coastguard, An Garda Síochána, the HSE, the ESB, the fire service and other volunteer groups. It was confirmed at the event that the first Saturday of September will now be known …

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