Hundreds to join hospital protest
HUNDREDS of people are expected to stage a massive rally this weekend to oppose the downgrading of a hospital.
A number of unions along with communities served by Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, are due to march tomorrow. The HSE is already creating a 'super general manager' in University College Hospital, Galway, which would assume control for Portiuncula and Roscommon hospitals, IMPACT's Padraig Mulligan said.
Dempsey looks to cut school runs
UP to 3,200 children a day will be on their bikes or walking to school under plans to cut the number of trips being made by car.
Transport Minister Noel Dempsey yesterday launched the country's first 'Smarter Travel' project in Dundalk where the local council aims to slash the number of car journeys made under 4km.
Work-safety case moved by judge
A DISTRICT court judge transferred a prosecution against a building firm to a higher court after hearing that a teenager lost four toes in a workplace accident.
Eamon Rogers (17) lost four toes when a concrete slab fell on his foot from a teleporter at Riverside Business Park, Quin Road, Ennis, Co Clare, on December 12, 2008. The Health and Safety Authority is bringing the prosecution against Oliver Taaffe Ltd, of Monreagh, Tubber, Co Galway. The case was adjourned to May 7.
McAleese appeals to elderly for help
PRESIDENT Mary McAleese wants senior citizens to "help Ireland find its feet again" by using their experience of living through tough times.
Also speaking at the 14th annual Irish Senior Citizens' Parliament, the group's president Sylvia Meehan, who won a 'Rehab People of the Year' award in 2009, agreed that older citizens had a vital role to play in the country's recovery.
In the Irish Independent on January 16 we claimed that John Delaney had stated that the FAI might not have gone ahead with plans to build Lansdowne Road if they had known that Croke Park would be available in the long term.
We now accept that this was incorrect and that John Delaney said that had Croke Park indicated that it would remain open in the longer term the FAI and IRFU could have looked into bringing the bigger games to Croke Park if the demand required it. The FAI and IRFU never considered not building the Aviva Stadium.