THOUSANDS of people took to the streets of Navan yesterday to protest against cuts at their local hospital. The Save Navan Hospital campaign said it had received the support of more than 50 community groups in the county.
The campaign, according to cathaoirleach Peadar Toibin TD of Sinn Fein, has three simple objectives: to meet the Health Minister; to reverse the "severely damaging cuts" being implemented; and to get the Government to live up to its 2011 promise that no A&E service at the hospital would be removed until the new regional hospital was built.
Funeral mass for journalist Noel Dunne
The removal will take place tomorrow of soccer writer Noel Dunne, 79, a former football correspondent with the Evening Herald and Irish Independent, who died last Friday. The removal will take place from Quinn's of Glasthule to the Star of the Sea Church, Sandymount, arriving at 9.50am for 10am mass and followed by cremation at Mount Jerome Crematorium. He is survived by his wife Norma, and daughter Anne-Marie and family.
HSE warns Norovirus is in circulation
The HSE yesterday warned that Norovirus, the gastrointestinal equivalent of the common cold, is circulating in the community at present. Cases have been recorded in a number of hospitals around the country in recent weeks. The principal symptoms are nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Education on mental health 'is needed'
The stigma surrounding mental health issues is "extremely hurtful, causes prejudice, excludes and marginalises people, and, above all, it stops people giving help and being supportive", Fine Gael TD and president of the Irish Association of Suicidology Dan Neville said yesterday.
Mr Neville said it also stops families and those suffering from seeking help and support, and limits the lobbying for the much-needed services that have been badly neglected over the decades.
Speaking at the Seminar on Suicide in Ireland, hosted by the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland at the European Parliament Buildings in Dublin, he said the stigma regarding mental health and suicide is "often subtle, but extremely damaging and is deeply ingrained in Irish society". He said: "While there have been limited improvements in recent years, there is an urgent need to inform and educate society to understand issues around mental health and suicide."
Members of the public have been urged to become aware of how to recognise and prevent potentially fatal skin disease, with a free public meeting on melanoma taking place on Thursday, November 22, at 6.45 pm in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Among those taking part will be consultants David Gallagher, Patrick Ormond, Paul Connellan and John Crown. Professor Marin Sznol of the Yale Cancer Centre will also speak.
Launch of pendant inspired by Heaney
It is a unique piece of jewellery based on the words of Seamus Heaney, which have been worked into a pendant by designer Alan Ardiff. Pictured at the launch are Sonya Lennon and Mr Ardiff. All profits from the sale will go to support the Writers' Centre, Dublin. See www.writerscentre.ie and www.alanardiff.com