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Night falls in Bourton-on-the-Water with the Christmas tree in the background.

Cracking Christmas in the Cotswolds

Just before Christmas my humans took me for my regular Christmas trip to Dublin and I was excited to meet all my friends in Mutt Ugly doggy day care and to take a trip around town to see the lights. Although I didn’t get to see the moving crib this year, I was smuggled into a lovely pub off Grafton Street and when the barman finally spotted me, he came over with a bowl of water so I took it that I was in the clear. It helps to be cute. The following morning I got us all up very early as I had a surprise for my humans. On my trawls through the world wide woof, I’d come across a company called Pets Pyjamas, who specialise in doggy holidays and I’d used my bone allowance to book us all Christmas in the Cotswolds. I directed them through the dark streets of Dublin (one woof for left, two woofs for …

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Lahinch drowning victim lost his son in 2018 drowning

The man who passed away on Sunday, having been pulled from the water in Lahinch, was the father of Shay Moloney who drowned in a quarry close to Ennis on May 31, 2018. Fran Harding died in hospital having been taken from the water by an Irish Coastguard helicopter. He had got into difficulty while swimming. A range of rescue services attended. Mr Harding was subsequently treated at University Hospital Limerick, where he passed away.      

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Arrest made after car collides with house on Kilrush to Kilkee road

A MAN has been arrested after the car he was driving collided with the front of a house at Lisdeen, on the main Kilrush to Kilkee road earlier today The car crashed into the porch of the house after leaving the road at approximately 1.30pm today and the sole occupant of the house was uninjured. Upon arrival, Gardaí found the vehicle unattended but the driver was found a short distance from the crash site and arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. A section of the N67 was closed while gardaí, paramedics and members of the fire service carried out examinations and secured the area. The car was taken from the scene by gardaí and the man is currently being detained at Kilrush Garda Station.  

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Fatal road traffic accident on N68

Gardaí attended the scene of a fatal road traffic collision on the N68 Kilrush to Ennis road today, (Friday) at approximately 4pm. The incident involved a collision between a car and a truck. The driver of the car, a female in her 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was later taken to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem will take place. The driver of the truck was not injured. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly any road users travelling in the area at the time of the collision who may have camera footage to contact Kilrush Garda station on 065 9080550, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Can FG retain both Clare seats?

TO hold the two seats it has will be the objective for Fine Gael in this county in the next general election. While Pat Breen and Joe Carey have worked the oracle three times in a row (2007, 2011 and 2016), there is no doubt that holding both seats will not be easy in 2020. In 1992, 1997 and 2002, the party had to be content with just a single seat in Clare, during what was a fairly glum time for Fine Gael overall, as it held power for just two and a half years, after Labour ditched Fianna Fáil in the mid nineties. Following a mauling in the 2002 election the party’s long term existence was in doubt, before a dramatic resurgence. Narrowly denied power in 2007, the party still won back a second seat in Clare, and avoiding going into government proved a blessing in disguise as the Irish economy was about to be cruelly exposed. The Breen …

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UHL trolley crisis-“It’s like a war zone”

AS Wednesday morning broke there were 63 people waiting for treatment on trolleys at UHL. Outside the beleaguered hospital’s front door some of those coming and going were happy to share their views and experiences of the region’s failing health system. One man, who didn’t want to be named, has been at the hospital for several days with his 86 year old mother. “She came in on last Wednesday morning at 2am and she was on a trolley until Friday night. She got a bed then, but she has been moved a few times since, she got moved from a private ward to the hall, to a ward and now she’s moved again today.” It is a very poor way to allow an elderly woman be treated, he says. “She has to be helped to the bathroom, she can’t do things herself. Her dignity is gone, she’s just thrown on a trolley and left there. She has to be helped …

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Government backtrack on RIC commemoration plans

THE government has announced their decision to “defer” an event on January 17 to commemorate the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP). The decision follows widespread criticism of the proposed commemoration, including from Mayor of Clare, Cathal Crowe, who had said he was going to boycott the event. “As a Government, we have at all times sought to have a national programme of commemorations that is authentic, sensitive and inclusive. However, given the disappointing response of some to the planned event on January 17, I do not believe that the event, as planned, can now take place in an atmosphere that meets the goals and guiding principles of the overall commemorative programme.  Therefore, I am announcing its deferral,” Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “I know that, regrettably, this decision will be a cause of hurt and upset to many people. I commit to proceeding with an alternative commemoration in …

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92 patients on trolleys at UHL

A total of 760 admitted patients are going without beds in Ireland’s hospitals this morning, the worst-ever figure since records began. University Hospital Limerick (UHL) has also broken the daily record for an individual hospital, with 92 patients on trolleys. The previous highest figure was 82, also in UHL. The number of patients on trolleys this morning would more than fill the largest hospital in the state, St. James (707 beds) or take more than twice the equivalent of Letterkenny University Hospital (333 beds). The previous worst-ever day was March 12, 2018, when 714 patients went without beds. Meanwhile, visiting has been banned at University Hospital Limerick until further notice as the hospital continues to manage high volumes of patients with influenza. “As flu can be carried in to the hospital, it is necessary with immediate effect to impose these strict visitor restrictions. We apologise for any inconvenience or anxiety the restrictions may cause patients and their loved ones. However, …

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