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Sunday 19 January 2020

€100,000 boost for drug detox unit

THE country's only mother-and-child drug detox unit has been given a financial reprieve thanks to a €100,000 cash grant from the Department of Health. The unit in Coolmine, Dublin, recently had to tell the 20 mothers on the waiting list that it was not taking any more clients.

Chief executive Paul Conlon warned that if mothers could not access the unit, there was a very high risk it would put their lives and the lives of their children in danger. Yesterday, Junior Health Minister Alex White announced additional funding of €100,000.

Farmer gored by bull, inquest hears

A FARMER was found dead in a pool of blood inside the front door of his house after being gored by a bull. Damien Connolly (52) had managed to stagger back to his home after being attacked by the animal last June, an inquest in Carrickmacross heard.

Declan Connolly gave evidence of the grim discovery of his brother's body at the farm in Tullynaegish, Castleblayney. A verdict of accidental death was returned.

Magician backs shirt protest

MAGICIAN Keith Barry has joined a campaign that plans to hand over more than 20,000 shirts to Taoiseach Enda Kenny to symbolise how much the county of Waterford has lost in recent years.

The Waterford Gives a Shirt group is outraged at the loss of VEC and IDA offices and a possible amalgamation of local authorities. After being presented to Mr Kenny, the shirts will be sold to a cloth recycling facility and the money donated to charity.

Irish Independent

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