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Ennis woman organises seminar on chronic illness treatments

An Ennis woman, who is playing a key role in a new US group advocating radical  treatments for chronic illnesses, has organised a biomedical seminar to help Irish parents. A number of high profile guest speakers will provide information about new treatments, which apparently bring about improvements for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attentin Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) at the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis on Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.. There is no known medically proven cures for conditions like ASD and ADHD. Eileen Iorio, nee Jackson, who moved to America in 2004, became involved with Epidemic Answers (EA) having seen a trailer about the movie “Canary Kids” and her own first hand experience of witnessing how her son, Sean, who was on the ASD spectrum, benefit from these new treatments. The former Ernst and Young accountant, who lived in Cork from the age of 10 until she went to Limerick to study Business Studies in …

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Claims new partnership will KO POs

Carol Byrne THE Irish Postmasters Union (IPU) is to meet Minister Pat Rabbitte on Monday, amid concerns that a new partnership arrangement and possible change to the social welfare payment system will lead to the death of rural post offices. Speaking to The Clare Champion this week, Tom O’Callaghan, national executive member with the IPU for County Clare, said the new partnership between An Post and Tesco will signal the death of not only the post office network, but of rural communities. “I’m trying to get across to people the seriousness of where we are. If this is gone, it doesn’t come back. An Post and Tesco are looking at rolling out 10 sites that take the transactions like any other post office. A post office doesn’t get paid by salary, it is per transaction; the less transactions you do, the less you get paid. This is a direct threat on those post offices, which would wipeout rural Ireland. This …

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Aer Lingus taking legal action against SIPTU for losses

Owen Ryan SHANNON Airport, as well as Dublin and Cork airports, narrowly avoided closing last week after the courts granted an injunction preventing industrial action by SIPTU members. In the aftermath of that decision, Aer Lingus has announced it will be taking legal action against the trade union and its organiser, Dermot O’Loughlin, alleging that it lost millions due to the threat of strike. A statement from the airline said, “SIPTU’s decision on March 12 to stand down its work stoppage planned for March 14 was too little too late. The damage had already been done. The decision came less than 36 hours before the stoppage was due to commence. The cloud of uncertainty created by the strike has damaged Aer Lingus business and disrupted thousands of our customers. “The changes made to our flight schedule, to circumvent the planned strike, could not be undone at such short notice. Any further changes to the revised schedule would only have caused …

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Noel Gavin of Kilkee who is running in the local elections in May in the West Clare area.

Garda whistleblower joins IT group

Dan Danaher THE new non-party grouping, founded by a Loop Head community activist, has scored a  major coup in getting garda whistleblower, John Wilson, to run under its banner in the local elections. Retired garda John Wilson has joined the ranks of Independents Together (IT), which aims to provide a voice for people who feel abandoned and disillusioned by traditional party politics. IT, founded by Jim Connolly, has now secured 17 candidates spread over nine counties. Mr Wilson, from Cavan, a nephew of the late Tбnaiste John Wilson and a brother of current Fianna Fбil whip in the Seanad, Senator Diarmuid Wilson, was forced to retire after revealing details of penalty-point terminations. Frustrated by his inability to have his complaints dealt with as he wished within the garda complaints system, Mr Wilson last year took his information to a number of Dбil deputies, under the Garda Sнochбna Act 2005. He was supported by Mountnugent man, Sergeant Maurice McCabe, based in …

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Shannon effluent sampling failure

Dan Danaher SHANNON was one of 44 Irish towns that didn’t comply with mandatory effluent quality and sampling standards in 2012, a newly published report has confirmed. The Environmental Protection Agency report found that Shannon was one of the areas that “did not meet all the relevant mandatory effluent quality standards for biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, nitrogen and phosphorus”. The report said that Shannon failed to meet the standards set for effluent quality and pointed to “persistent failures”, in that at least 50% of the effluent samples from the town’s treatment plant did not achieve all of the relevant quality standards during 2012. It said that such a performance is “indicative of poor plant performance or overloading of the treatment plant”. In a statement, Councillor Sean McLoughlin said he was dissatisfied with the report, claiming it failed to adequately address concerns regarding odours coming from the Shannon Sewerage Scheme. The former Mayor of Shannon said, “The EPA has …

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National Lottery

Lucky seven share €8.3m Lotto Jackpot

A SYNDICATE of seven, who wish to remain anonymous, became instant millionaires when their numbers turned up trumps in the biggest  Lotto jackpot of the year. The syndicate have played Lotto each week for the last two and a half years and their winning ticket was bought in Miniters on Henry Street in Kilrush. It was a mixed-play ticket and a Quick Pick was the winning line that landed them the massive €8.3 million win. This week National Lottery Chief Executive, Dermot Griffin, presented a cheque for €8,302,204 to the delighted winners as they claimed their huge prize at National Lottery offices in Dublin. One of the lucky syndicate members spoke of the excitement the group has experienced since suddenly becoming Lotto millionaires. The spokesman recalled that when he heard that the winning ticket was sold in Kilrush, he logged on to the Lottery website and was in “total disbelief when I saw we’d won”. “I couldn’t focus on the …

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Shannon figures up 10.9% in February

Owen Ryan SHANNON Airport showed a significant year-on-year improvement airports in February, according to figures from the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). According to the IAA figures commercial terminal flights at Shannon were up by 10.9% last month, when compared with February of 2013. There were 1,122 enroute and airport commercial movements at Shannon last month, up from 1,012 in February last year. While Dublin also showed growth in February, Cork had a 5.3% drop when compared with February 2013. With Shannon rising and Cork falling the gap between the two airports narrowed considerably last month, with a difference of 352 movements last year cut to 170 in February 2014. In a statement the IAA said that terminal traffic (journeys that begin and end at an airport) at Shannon and Dublin is set to improve in the near future. “New airline services at Dublin and Shannon are set to boost Irish terminal air traffic. In particular, Dublin traffic will be boosted …

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Fair Deal cuts worry

AGE Action has this Wednesday called on the Minister for Health and the National Treatment Purchase Fund to urgently clarify what cuts are being made to payments to nursing homes under the Nursing Home Support Scheme, and if home owners are being encouraged by Fund officials to pass these cuts on to their nursing home residents. Correspondence publicised this week by the Irish Patients Association shows that the NTPF has offered one home a rate of  €1,050 per bed per week under the Fair Deal scheme – a cut of €60 per week.  The home owner claimed that the official involved in the negotiations suggested that the shortfall be passed on to residents by charging for social activities in the home. Age Action is extremely concerned by these claims, noting that nursing home residents on low incomes were already under severe financial pressure under the terms of the Fair Deal scheme.   It urged the Minister for Health to clarify the …

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