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Elective surgeries cancelled, Tubber NS closed

TUBBER National School is to remain closed for at least a week, while elective surgeries in the Mid West are being cancelled, with a visitor ban at the major hospitals. In a statement on its Facebook page yesterday the school said, “We had a visitor to the school last Thursday who was in contact with the coronavirus covid-19. We were notified by HSE this morning. Tubber NS is currently closed on a precautionary basis. No one in school is displaying any symptoms currently.We will reopen next Friday, March 13, pending advice from the HSE.” Meanwhile, UL Hospitals Group has announced the cancellation of all elective surgeries and outpatient appointments across all six sites on next Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10. The affected hospitals are University Hospital Limerick, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, St John’s Hospital and Croom Orthopaedic Hospital. A visiting ban is in place at all six hospitals. All patients whose appointment or procedure …

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Dedicated Covid-19 helpline for the Mid West

UL Hospitals Group and HSE Mid West Community Healthcare have said they are working closely with Public Health colleagues in tracing contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). A new helpline with the number 1890 300046 has been launched today to provide information and support to the public in Limerick, Clare and North Tipperary who are considered a casual contact or close contact of confirmed cases in the Mid West. It will be open each day from 10am to 5pm. The information and advisory team has been established as a local point of contact. The National HSE Live helpline number is 1850 24 1850. All general queries should be directed to the national helpline number. A HSE statement this afternoon said, “The people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus infection have been interviewed in depth by the Department of Public Health and their contacts who are at risk of infection have been identified. This is contact tracing. During the …

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Wynne defends partner’s cannabis oil use for epilepsy

NEW Clare TD Violet Anne Wynne has come under scrutiny since her election and a video has been circulating on social media in which her partner spoke about using THC oil from cannabis to deal with epilepsy, something that is illegal. Asked for her position on the issue, Deputy Wynne said, “We [Sinn Féin] have said that in cases where every alternative has been ventured and tried, we would be open to medicinal cannabis in those circumstances.” Deputy Wynne said that conventional medication had not worked for her partner but the use of THC made a difference. “My partner has been with neurologists for the last several years trying to figure out medication suitable for him, for his make up. We all have our individual differences and while medicine might work for the majority of the population, there are instances where it causes problems. “He doesn’t have any medical experience, just his own personal experience of his condition. For him …

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CDSL Fined by FAI For Bringing Game Into Disrepute

THE Clare District Soccer League (CDSL) have been fined and warned by the FAI for bringing the game into disrepute. The FAI conviction relates to the banning of Shannon Town FC’s Jordan Downes in December last, for six months, because of social media comments he made about the CDSL committee, due to their perceived support for the now-disgraced former FAI CEO John Delaney. The FAI, at a disciplinary hearing in its headquarters in Abbotstown, concluded that the CDSL didn’t follow FAI protocol in dealing with the incident and broke FAI rules. Stuart Gilhooly, solicitor of the League of Ireland players’ union, the PFAI, represented Downes and said that none of the required procedures were followed when he was banned. He branded the CDSL’s handling of the situation a shambles, saying, “that it would be unbelievable if it appeared in an episode of Father Ted. That’s how shambolic and ludicrous it is. Anybody involved in the whole process should be deeply …

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Two more confirmed Covid-19 cases

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has this evening been informed of seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Two are associated with close contact with a confirmed case in North Clare. Four are travel related from Northern Italy, four males from the east country. One case of community transmission, a male from the south of the country, is associated with Cork University Hospital and a risk assessment is underway There are now 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

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Nervousness following Covid-19 diagnoses

THERE is nervousness around Clare as last night it emerged that four cases of the Covid-19 virus have been detected in the county. Three schools have been closed as a result, along with a day care centre, all in the North Clare area. It is understood that the four cases are all in one family and their diagnosis came following a recent trip to Italy. It has been reported that one of the four worked a shift in the emergency department of a hospital since returning to Ireland. This morning, students at the University of Limerick were advised that if they had been in the Emergency Department of University Hospital Limerick on Wednesday, February 26 in Zone A between 10am and 2pm, they should self-isolate for a week. It is understood that four of them were in the specified area at the time. In a statement to The Clare Champion, University of Limerick said it has fully adopted health advice …

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Major Fire on Abbey Street, Ennis

AN investigation has been launched after a serious fire at a retail premises on Abbey Street in Ennis overnight. Four units of the Fire Service attended the scene and battled the blaze for five hours. The Fire Service Control Centre confirmed the crews were dispatched at 2.26am and wrapped up their operation at  7.38am on Thursday morning (March 5).

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