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Protests in Clare and Limerick over poor state of health services

PROTESTS are being planned to highlight the state of local health services, particularly the situation at the region’s main hospital where the number being treated on trolleys frequently exceeds 100 people daily. The Mid-West Hospital campaign is organising a day of action starting at the former Debenhams store in Limerick this Saturday at 1pm. The following Saturday, May 21, at 2pm there will be a protest at the Square in Ennis. A former election candidate for Sinn Féin, Noeleen Moran said the Mid-West Hospital campaign is not aligned with any party, and wants to get support from across the community. “It goes back to 2019, we had the first public meeting in the Old Ground. There’s a mixture of people from all political parties and none, and trade unions are supporting it too. “It started because of the level of overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick, there was a need to do something. “Marie McMahon was one of the founding members, …

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HSE and health advocates at odds over Shannondoc staffing

UP to 46 Clare general practitioners are participating in ShannonDoc’s out-of-hours services, according to the HSE’s Mid-West Community Healthcare. The level of cover provided by Clare GPs was queried by the Reinstate ShannonDoc Committee (RSC) recently. Noeleen Moran of The Reinstate Shannondoc Committee (RSC) claimed there was no GP available in Clare after midnight from January 7 to January 12 inclusive. In addition to this period, Ms Moran stated there was no doctor in Ennis after midnight on January 4, 12 or 14 either. “Not alone are centres in Ennistymon and Kilrush closed, centres at Ennis and Miltown Malbay and are not operational on some nights after midnight. The out- of-hours service in Limerick is being stretched to cover the whole of county Clare as well. Ms Moran said the RSC find it hard to accept there are as many as 46 GPs participating in providing out-of-hours GP care in Clare. “If this was the case, we would not have …

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Overcrowding protocol concerns at UHL

EMERGENCY measures, to manage overcrowding, has been used at the region’s main hospital, on average, every second day of the year to the end of September. The situation has been compared, by a member of the HSE West forum, to rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. Figures, obtained by the Irish Patients’ Association, show that the Full Capacity Protocol was deployed at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) on 184 days. The protocol involves putting extra beds on wards and in corridors, and only the acute facility in Waterford invoked this so called ‘last resort’ more often. Councillor Cillian Murphy described the protocol as “a nice fancy name for overcrowding”. “When I hear of a solution being described as ‘low cost, high impact’, my cynicism button lights up,” he said. “When something is low cost, it is rarely high impact in a positive way. We need to get to the root of the problem and, in my view, that means getting more …

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Moran on election trail for Sinn Féin

NOELEEN Moran, who polled more than 4,000 first preference votes as a Sinn Féin candidate in the last general election, will be aiming to win a seat on Clare County Council in next year’s local elections. At a recent election convention in Lisdoonvarna, Ms Moran was selected to run in the new North Clare Constituency. Noeleen, from Ballyvaughan, narrowly missed out on a seat in the West Clare area in the 2014 local elections. She also ran for Sinn Féin in the 2016 general election and the strong showing copper-fastened her position as one of the party’s key figures in the county. “There are a number of important issues that need to be addressed for the people in North Clare, among them housing, health, decline of rural services; we face big challenges in terms of investing in upgrading our public infrastructure, as well as addressing environmental and traffic management issues,” she said Ms Moran said it is important to address …

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McKee to run for Sinn Féin

SINN Féín’s sole Clare County Councillor Mike McKee is to run in the next general election. He will be joined on the party’s ticket in Clare by Noeleen Moran, who ran in 2016. The party is clearly hoping that a two-candidate strategy, which has not been attempted here by them in any recent election, can deliver a seat. Sinn Féin are to hold their selection convention on this Thursday night but, with only two candidates nominated, this is a formality. While they have not won a seat in Clare for generations, nor even come close since the party’s revival after the Good Friday Agreement, it is far from impossible that they will do so next time out, with the party polling between 14% and 18% nationally. In addition, they are set to go into the next election without Gerry Adams as leader. While Adams is Sinn Féin royalty, a sizeable cohort of voters in the South have never warmed to …

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Annoyance as Ennis flood relief works still some time off

FRUSTRATION is being voiced this week as work on the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme seems unlikely to begin for some months yet. Hopes that the work on the €4.7 million project would get underway in the middle of the year have already long been dashed. In a statement, Clare County Council stated that the matter is currently with the Office of Public Works (OPW). “Clare County Council has forwarded the tender report to the OPW, who are the funding authority for the project. The tender award process will proceed once approval is received from the OPW.” It is understood that work may not start on the project for another 10 weeks. Former Sinn Féin local and general election candidate Noeleen Moran contacted The Clare Champion this week after receiving a number of documents relating to the scheme under Freedom of Information. These indicate that it had actually been hoped work on the project would get underway as far back …

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No one elected after 10th, SF’s Moran eliminated

NO one was elected on the tenth count, so Noleen Moran bows out and her 5,601 votes will now be distributed. Results of the tenth count; Breen (FG)  +95   7,910 Carey (FG)  +113  7,535 McDonagh (FF) +90  6,229 McNamara (Lab) +135  6,090 Moran (SF) +128   5,601.    

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Sinn Féin red faced over leaflet “mistake”

  Sinn Féin election strategists in Dublin have been left red faced after mistakenly publishing a leaflet claiming their Clare General Election candidate, Noeleen Moran is a local county councillor. Householders in Clare were left feeling somewhat confused when a general election pamphlet seeking a No. 1 from “Cllr Noeleen Moran” was dropped through their letterbox. Although the Ballyvaughan woman secured 1,050 votes in the last 2014 Local Elections when she ran as a Sinn Féin candidate in the West Clare Municipal District, she was not elected to Clare County Council. Speaking to the Clare Champion on the canvass trail on Friday afternoon, Ms Moran described the reference as a “typographical mistake”. The election leaflet also stated the information was printed by local Sinn Féin Councillor, Mike McKee, whose Shannon address was also included. However, Councillor McKee insisted that he did not print these leaflets, which were published by party headquarters in Dublin. Councillor McKee explained his name was included …

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