€400k bill for patient
MORE than €400,000 a year is being spent to provide security for a single patient at a psychiatric unit. The middle-aged male patient has been in long-term care at the Acute Psychiatric Unit in Ennis and requires round the clock security attention.
Yesterday the HSE confirmed that two security officers provided security 24 hours a day over the 365 days of 2013 to ensure the safety of the patient and staff at the Ennis unit. The full cost of the security for last year was €408,351.78.
CLINTON TO VISIT DERRY
FORMER US President Bill Clinton will visit Derry next week to honour John Hume's contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.
Mr Clinton will address an open-air gathering in the city's Guildhall Square on Wednesday, March 5, and is expected to attract large crowds reminiscent of his historic visit to the city in 2001. The University of Ulster is hosting Mr Clinton's visit, during which the former American president will also launch a new book entitled 'Peacemaking in the Twenty-First Century'.
NATION'S FAT STATS
THE fattest county in Ireland is be uncovered in April, following an investigation by the HSE.
Detailed information on the geographic location of the most obese areas is to be unveiled in a couple of months. It follows a request by a Limerick councillor for a breakdown of obesity figures in order to identify Ireland's fattest community or town. Latest figures for Ireland show that 39pc of adults are overweight and 18pc are obese.
JFK FOR BRIDGE HONOUR
LIMERICK City Council has passed a motion renaming Shannon Bridge in honour of former US President John F Kennedy, to help foster Irish American tourism and business links.
President Kennedy was made a Freeman of Limerick when he visited the Treaty City in 1963. The council also voted to rename Merchants Quay as Brian Boru Square.
COURT OF APPEAL POST
THE Government has announced Justice Sean Ryan as the President Designate of the new Court of Appeal.
The newly established Court of Appeal was passed in a referendum last October. It will deal with the long delays in appeals and will hear most of the appeals from the High Court which are being referred to the Supreme Court. Justice Sean Ryan (66) studied in UCD and King's Inns. He was first called to the bar in 1972, and has served as judge in the High Court.