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“You’re supposed to learn from mistakes” Frustration after councillors meet hospital representatives

THE failures of University Hospital Limerick, which recently broke Irish records for patients waiting on trolleys; was the background to a behind closed doors meeting between UL Hospitals representatives CEO Colette Cowan, Chief Clinical Director Paul Burke and Clare County Council on Monday. Councillor Tom McNamara was one of those who attended but he didn’t accept all that he was told. “They outlined the reason for the overcrowding, they said there was an MRI scanner down and they need a second one. They said that 25 beds extra were opened up when the 17 closed, which we found hard to believe. You know in your heart and soul if 25 beds were going up in Limerick Regional Hospital, there’d be a big fanfare. From what we can gather from below, there weren’t 25 beds open. How come if there were 25 beds opened, when the 17 closed, the numbers on trolleys jumped up to 81?” A few years ago the …

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New Ennis Chamber President relishes role

2019 is not a bad time to become president of Ennis Chamber, as Gwen Culligan is doing, with the town’s economy in a relatively sweet spot, while still strengthening and improving. Gwen is co-owner of the County Boutique on O’Connell Street, with her sister Maeve Flouch, and it is a family business that goes back to the 1960s. The business was a huge part of Gwen’s childhood. “Our playground was O’Connell Street. After school, at lunchtime from school and whatever, we’d be there. I’m from Clon Road, so we’re real townies,” she laughs. Her mother worked in the business right up until her death in 2005. Gwen was away for a number of years working in AIB but has been in the shop for around 30 years now, placing her at the heart of Ennis commerce. She has also been active in the chamber for quite a long spell. “I’ve been involved in the chamber on and off for years. …

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HSE failures continue 10 years on

TEN years ago this month, 24- hour emergency department services in Ennis closed and services in the region were reconfigured, despite dire warnings that the HSE’s new plan would not work and could, in fact, prove disastrous. When one looks back at the reports from that time, it is very striking how prescient the people who made the objections were but even they surely could not have believed that things would be so bad so long later. On Monday, Clare County Council passed a motion of no confidence in Minister Simon Harris, after 81 people were left on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) last Wednesday. In The Clare Champion of April 3, 2009, Clare TD Pat Breen opposed the new acute model and, at the time, he felt far more moderate figures were also terrible. “Patients have been left on trolleys for extended periods. There were 17 people on trolleys in Limerick on Tuesday and 28 people on Monday,” …

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Gardaí Launch Investigation into GAA Coach

A GARDA investigation is underway into a Clare underage football coach, who is suspected of sending ‘graphic images’ to a number of boys he coached. Gardaí have confirmed that they are currently interviewing relevant parties, after a complaint was made to them through a GAA club last week. It is understood that the man at the centre of the allegations is in his mid- 30s and has been involved with the GAA as an underage club coach. He is also believed to have been involved in coaching national school children and has represented his club as a player. It is alleged that images, which were believed to be graphic in nature, were sent directly to a number of individuals under the age of 16 by phone. For more on this breaking story see this week’s edition of The Clare Champion.

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Wilde Irish Chocolates Jumbo Egg Basket

Super Easter Competition

We’ve teamed up with Wilde Irish Chocolates to give one lucky reader the chance to win a fantastic Jumbo 1kg Easter Hamper. Pick up a copy of this week’s ‘Champion to enter. From tomorrow, we’ll also be giving away an Easter Egg a day for the next six days in our Eggcellent series of giveaways. Keep an eye on our page from Friday.  

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Body recovered at Cliffs of Moher

A body has been recovered from the base of the Cliffs of Moher, during a search for a missing woman. A search was launched late on Saturday night for a missing tourist believed to be in her 40s. The body was recovered on Sunday afternoon and was taken to University Hospital Limerick for formal identification and post mortem.    

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Woman’s body found in Ardnacrusha

MAYORSTONE Gardai in Limerick are investigating following the discovery of a woman’s body in Ardnacrusha on Friday. The woman was discovered close to a stream, near Ardnacrusha Power Station. The  deceased woman is believed to have been in her 60s. Meanwhile a teenager, who was surfing in Spanish Point has been hospitalised, following an accident on Friday evening.The teenager is being treated at University Hospital Limerick.  

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New €6 million Ennis school will “stand the test of time” -Taoiseach

  The development of a new state-of-the-art Ennis primary school will “stand the test of time” for future generations, according to An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Speaking at the official opening of Scoil Chríos Rí, Cloughleigh, Ennis, on Friday morning, the Taoiseach told students and staff they had an “incredible campus” with “wonderful new school buildings”. The new modern spacious facility has resulted in the demolition of old prefabs and the provision of high-tech equipment in each classroom for the 210 pupils and 26 staff. Deputy Leo Varadkar said he was delighted to be present to open these “magnificent school buildings”. The Taoiseach said this modern new learning space was a credit to everyone in Ennis and the country. He said all the Oireachtas members who were present on the day including Minister of State, Pat Breen, Deputy Joe Carey, Deputy Timmy Dooley and Senator Martin Conway were all strong advocates for the county. The Taoiseach was also joined for the …

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