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Shannon among cleanest towns

The latest survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) shows Shannon to be among the cleanest towns in Ireland. Shannon is positioned sixth in the ranking of 40 towns and cities and deemed Cleaner than European Norms. Ennis also recorded one of its best results in years, in 14th position. While nearly all of Ireland’s main towns are now clean, pockets of our major cities continue to suffer from significant levels of litter, The study, conducted by an Taisce, showed only two of 25 towns surveyed to be littered, but 7 of the 8 bottom places in the rankings to be occupied by city areas. IBAL says councils need to concentrate on those specific areas where the problem is worst. Of Shannon, An Taisce reported: “Shannon has scored very highly, with eight out of the ten sites surveyed getting the top litter grade. The N19 Approach from Shannon Airport and Exit 8 on N18 coming from Limerick were …

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UL Hospitals extends visiting times

UL Hospitals is extending its general evening visiting times from October 12 next in response to patient feedback. In University Hospital Limerick (UHL), Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital and Croom Hospital general evening visiting times will now be from 6pm to 9pm instead of 6.30pm to 8.30pm, an extension of one hour. General daytime visiting hours will remain as before, from 2pm to 4pm. UL Hospitals encourages the presence and participation of visitors as family and friends provide important emotional support to patients and are invaluable as members of the care team. To help further understand patients’ needs, UL Hospitals carried out a comprehensive survey. Results of the survey revealed that patients wanted extended visiting hours to make the hospital more accessible to their family and friends in the evening. Speaking about the extended visiting times, UL Hospitals Chief Operations Officer Noreen Spillane said, “Our patients have told us that visiting times with friends & family is the most important part …

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Just 1/4 of Clare on Facebook

A NEW survey has found that only a quarter of people in Clare are on Facebook. Each of the 26 counties in the Republic were included in the survey carried out by eightytwenty.ie, which showed that 25.6% of the Banner’s population are on the world’s most popular social network. This is way lower than Dublin, where three quarters of people are on Facebook, and not only that but it is far less than neighbouring Limerick, where just over half of the public have signed up. The only counties with lower Facebook penetration are Mayo (24.5%), Laois (24.83%), Roscommon (19.04%) and Leitrim (18.87%). It also carried out a study of Twitter activity in Ireland during July. By looking at the 5% of tweets that were posted in Ireland and geo-tagged in July they identified where most Twitter activity comes from. These figures didn’t take account of the Twitter users who don’t tweet, but indicated what counties most tweets were coming from. While …

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