Crisis Pregnancy group welcomes declining rate of births to teens
THE HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme (formerly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency) has commented on the latest birth statistics released by the CSO, which show that the number of births to teenagers decreased from 2,019 in 2010 to 1,720 in 2011.
Since the establishment of the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in 2001, the number of births to teenagers has declined from 3,087 in 2001 to 1,720 in 2011. This equates to a decrease in the birth rate from 20 per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2001 to 12 per 1,000 females aged 15-19 in 2011.
Gilmore to speak at MacGill School
THE annual MacGill Summer School returns to the Glenties, Co Donegal, from July 22 to 27. This year's theme is Reforming and Rebuilding The Republic, with lectures on topics from the tribunals to the Catholic Church. There will be four sessions a day, starting at 11am. Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore will deliver the John Hume lecture at the opening on Sunday evening. For full details go to www.macgillsummerschool.com
Last chance to see 'Bamboo Cutter'
ONLY a few weeks remain to view The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter -- at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle --which closes on August 5. This exquisite display of 17th Century Japanese handscrolls has already delighted thousands of visitors. The public programme concludes with a lecture on Friday, July 27 at 1.10pm -- The story behind the tale; the restoration of 'The tale of the Bamboo Cutter', The Restorient Studio, Leiden. Kindly supported by the Embassy of Japan; free, no booking required.
CSO figures show suicide on the rise
FINE Gael Limerick TD and President of the Irish Association of Suicidology, Dan Neville, has described the 7 per cent rise in suicide figures for last year as extremely concerning. CSO figures show that 525 people died by suicide in 2011; 439 of them were men and 86 were female.
"These figures also reveal there were 65 undetermined deaths in 2011; combining this with the fact that there are many unidentified suicides means the real number of people who died by suicide last year is over 600," Mr Neville said. "Understanding why suicide rates are so high requires extensive research, but we can easily identify two contributory issues: the neglect of the mental health services, and the lack of suicide prevention programmes over the last few decades. Bearing in mind that up to 80 per cent of those who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health difficulty, this neglect of mental health services is nothing short of scandalous.
"The link between suicide and economic recession has been well established. Unemployment and the threat of unemployment is a leading predictor of suicide rates, especially in men. Those who are unemployed are two to three times more likely to take their lives than those in employment. Being out of work has a profound effect on a person, especially on the young and on those in middle age," he said.
Sport museum at the starting blocks
THE Government has taken the first step towards setting up a museum of Irish sport. Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Transport & Sport, Michael Ring, said: "It would be an excellent addition to Ireland's sporting and cultural experience."
Mr Ring has set up a committee, which he will chair, "to examine the feasibility of developing a museum of Irish sport", a spokeswoman confirmed. He believes "a Museum of Irish Sport would be an excellent addition to Ireland's sporting and cultural experience and has the potential to attract widespread public interest".
Support for such a museum has been growing. The Olympic Council of Ireland has said it would "have serious potential as a major tourism attraction".