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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

The Irish Family Planning Association and CervicalCheck will launch the Pearl of Wisdom campaign on Sunday, to mark the start of European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week. The campaign highlights the importance of women aged 25-60 attending for their free regular smear test. The Pearl of Wisdom campaign is supported by RTÉ broadcaster Maura Derrane. As part of the campaign, women with experience of screening and treatment will share their stories to raise awareness of the importance of screening. In Ireland, 300 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year and over 90 die from the disease. Regular screening allows for detection of abnormalities at the pre-cancerous stage, when they can be easily treated. The test is free, only takes a few minutes, and can be accessed from over 4,500 registered practitioners nationwide. During European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (January 22 -28), women are asked to check when their next test is due or to book their first test by visiting …

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Doonbeg locals are ‘fond’ of Trump

AHEAD of Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Doonbeg parish priest Fr Joe Haugh has offered his unequivocial backing to the New York-based billionaire. In a joint interview with The Times [UK] and German newspaper Bild, US President-elect Trump said Doonbeg was a “magnificent property” but added that “now, I couldn’t care less about it”. He made his comment in the context of his frustrations with EU bureaucracy. “They were using environmental tricks to stop a project from being built. I found it to be a very unpleasant experience. To get the approvals from the EU would have taken years. I don’t think that’s good for a country like Ireland,” he commented. However, Fr Haugh insists that Mr Trump’s comments were not demeaning towards his business in West Clare. “Doonbeg is now out of his agenda. He has to concentrate on the USA. That’s what he means. He’s not downgrading Doonbeg or anything. …

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Brothel uncovered in Ennis estate

TWO people have appeared before a sitting of Ennis District Court charged in connection with the running of a brothel from a housing estate in Ennis. Celia Galan (40) and David Navaro (49), both with an address of 47 Drumroe, Rathbogue, Limerick are charged with living on the earnings of prostitution. The charge alleges that on July 23, 2016 the defendants did knowingly live in whole or in part on the earnings of the prostitution of another person and aided and abetted that prostitution. At Wednesday’s sitting of Ennis District Court, Inspector Tom Kennedy, prosecuting, outlined that gardaí were alerted that a brothel was being run from 5 Station View on the Quin Road in Ennis. He said gardaí followed up and both defendants were arrested and questioned in relation to the matter. He said the charges before the court “forms part of allegations they are facing”. The matter was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who directed that …

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Luring German visitors to Clare

Tourism Ireland in Germany kicked off its busy programme of promotions for 2017 with a strong presence at this week’s CMT (Caravan, Motor & Tourism Fair) in Stuttgart. Tourism Ireland is joined at CMT by 14 Irish tourism businesses, including Shannon Heritage. The nine-day travel fair, which attracted 220,000 visitors in 2016, provides a valuable opportunity for the participating Irish companies to showcase and sell their product and to communicate what is unique about Clare, the Shannon Region and Ireland as a great holiday destination for German travellers.

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Carbon monoxide risk with stoves

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is urging householders to review the building regulations relating to heat producing appliances to ensure stoves and flues are installed correctly. The rising popularity of stoves in recent years has led to an increase in emergency callouts to stove-related domestic fires and incidences of carbon monoxide build-up in the home, according to the fire service. Adrian Kelly, Clare chief fire officer, said, “Fires can occasionally be due to the poor installation of stoves and flues. Some of these fires have caused substantial damage to the surrounding building and consequently, have put lives at risk. “Stoves burn at very high temperatures and therefore, the appliance and the flues need to be installed correctly. They should be clearly spaced from any timber or combustible materials. Insulated flues that pass through ceilings and walls need to be spaced and/or encased correctly.” Current guidance advises that when a new heating stove is installed, carbon Monoxide detectors should be …

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Consultation on new homecare scheme

A consultation process in respect of establishing a new statutory homecare scheme is to launched in a matter of months, Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee has announced. Also a review by the Health Research Board (HRB) of the way in which homecare services are funded and regulated in four other European countries, which was commissioned by the Department of Health in 2016, is to be published shortly. Minister McEntee said, “My priority is to ensure that our older people get the best care possible. For many that care can be provided in their own homes, surrounded by the people and communities that they love. Unfortunately, as a country, the only statutory scheme we have in place at present to care for our elderly is the Nursing Homes Support Scheme, a Fair Deal. I am determined to change this and to establish a new statutory homecare scheme. “Homecare is an increasingly important part of the …

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Heritage and culture free online

Points of heritage and cultural interest, along with biking and hiking trails in County Clare, feature in a new online resource, which provides free web access to details on the built, cultural and natural heritage around Ireland and offshore. HeritageMaps.ie has been developed by the Heritage Council working over the past 18 months with National Biodiversity Data Centre, the Discovery Programme, Compass Informatics and local authorities, including Clare County Council. Featuring over 150,000 mapped points of interest and 600 datasets displayed in map form, the viewer allows users to create customised maps and explore a vast range of Ireland’s heritage including pilgrim paths, burial grounds, museums, archaeological sites, maritime collections and walled towns, all from their phone, tablet or desktop. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, commented, “Heritagemaps.ie should appeal to a wide audience and will be of use to people of all ages, from heritage enthusiasts, to school children and professional planners. It’s great …

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Religion’s role in school entry addressed

Plans to reform the school admissions system in relation to the role that religion can play in that process have been outlined by Education Minister Richard Bruton. In a speech at a seminar organised by Equate, a campaign group in this area, Minister Bruton stated that he believes that it is unfair that preference is given by publicly-funded religious schools to children of their own religion who might live some distance away, ahead of children of a different religion or of no religion who live close to the school. The Minister also stated his belief that it is unfair that parents, who might otherwise not do so, feel pressure to baptise their children in order to gain admission to the local school. Minister Bruton set out four possible approaches for dealing with the issue, in primary schools in the first instance, including: A catchment area approach, prohibiting religious schools from giving preference to children of their own religion who live …

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