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HSE defends Shannondoc despite audit criticism

DESPITE an independent auditor’s report claiming Shannondoc had not operated “a robust enough system of internal controls”, the HSE has defended the service and said it is in compliance with the terms under which it receives millions of euro each year. Shannondoc is the out-of hours medical service to residents of the Mid-West. It significantly reduced services in Kilrush, Ennistymon and Killaloe in 2016. On Sunday, a protest march in Ennis at 3pm will highlight cuts to Shannondoc in Clare, along with seeking the restoration of a 24-hour Emergency Department in Ennis. Shannondoc recently filed its accounts for 2017 and, in these, Neil W Mulcahy of Limerick- based MGM Accountants wrote, “In our opinion, the company did not operate a robust enough system of internal controls during the period, leading to inadequate control over the purchasing and outsourcing functions”. He added, “This lack of control meant that we were unable to conduct a proper audit of regularity within the purchasing …

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Man’s body found in public toilet

  Foul play is not suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in a public toilet in Ennis this morning. The discovery was made at around 8am in the local authority owned automatic public facility at Abbey Street car park. The man is believed to be in his 30s. His body has been removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post mortem examination will be carried out. Gardaí say they are satisfied there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the man’s death. A spokesman said: “We are asking for anyone who was in the area of the Abbey Street car park last night, during the night or into early this morning to contact Ennis Garda Station (065-6848100) if they have any information.”  

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Ennis protest over health crisis

THE Friends of Ennis Hospital/Shannondoc group are planning a protest for Sunday, May 5, at 3pm. The group also say that some 2,000 people have signed its petition, looking for full A&E services in Ennis to be restored. Sunday’s protest is one of three planned across the region in the coming days, as public anger about the trolley crisis at University Hospital Limerick continues. “Our friends in Nenagh are arranging a protest on Friday, May 3, we will be sending representatives to Nenagh to lend our support. There is a protest planned for 1pm on Saturday, May 4 at City Hall, Limerick in relation to the ongoing crisis in UHL and we are sending a speaker to that meeting too. “We have several speakers lined up for Sunday who have personal experience of the horrors of UHL’s emergency department. We will also be reading into the public record a list of the local election candidates who have refused to sign …

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Trump Doonbeg hit by Storm Hannah

TWO holes at Trump International in Doonbeg have been adversely affected overnight by Storm Hannah. Sand from Doughmore Beach has covered holes one and 18 from tee to green. Work is ongoing today (Saturday) on the holes. The course is closed today as a result. Trump Doonbeg is currently seeking the go ahead from Clare County Council to proceed with coastal protection works. The resort was hit by significant flooding in 2014, which closed several holes for a number of months. Peter O’Connell

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Son’s wish to help inspired Lucy’s writing

WRITING about her experiences and feelings has been one of the most significant factors in Lucy Dineen coping since the sudden death of her son Robert on May 8, 2015, at just 25 years of age. Some time afterwards, Lucy and her husband Gerard walked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain to help them come to a greater understanding of their loss and Lucy kept a diary of her 38-day journey, which forms the basis of her book My Camino Through Grief. Speaking this week, as Robert’s fourth anniversary nears, Lucy, who now lives in Carrigaholt, says, “He had a long term illness. He had seizures and we struggled with what they were. We don’t know if the seizures brought on psychological problems as well. He suffered every year of his life really, from the age of 10. It was pretty much hope that kept us going every year until he died. He died in his sleep having one …

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Update: Storm Hannah hitting Clare

AT 10.30pm tonight, Storm Hannah is still hitting Clare hard. Shannon Airport has seen flights cancelled, while the Ryanair flight from East Midlands in the UK, which was due to land at 8.45pm, had to divert to Dublin, such were the weather conditions. The fire service in the Shannon area is working to remove a number of fallen trees and debris on roads, while units in Scariff, Killaloe and Kilrush have also been deployed to keep roads clear. Although a tree has fallen on the N67 near Crags Bridge, two miles from Lahinch, personnel are not in a position to remove it at the current time. Power outages have been reported in the west of the county, at locations including Quilty, Tullabrack and Miltown, while a wind speed of 153 kilometres per hour was recorded at Moneypoint. The public are asked to remain indoors and avoid travel until after the storm has cleared.

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