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Nuala hopes outlook is good for charity

RTE's NUALA Carey has put on her trainers and tracksuit to get people exercising their minds about Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

The weatherwoman lined out with some of the country's leading female politicians yesterday encouraging people to support the charity at this year's Dublin Women's Mini Marathon.

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is aiming to get 1,000 people to run for the cause in the event which takes place on June 2.

TD Regina Doherty, Senator Kathryn Reilly, TD Joan Collins, Senator Aideen Hayden and Senator Mary White have also teamed up with Ms Carey for the One in 1,000 initiative.

The RTE presenter said that 50 people are newly diagnosed with cystic fibrosis every year and "it's devastating to watch the huge impact that this can have on how people live their lives".

Mum of Lana (6) and Emily (8), both of whom suffer with cystic fibrosis, Zoe Woodward from Dublin's Balgriffin said more facilities were needed to address the condition here.

"We now need to develop dedicated cystic fibrosis inpatient and outpatient facilities in other locations, including Waterford, Castlebar, Drogheda, Limerick and Beaumont Hospital in Dublin," she added.


There are more than 1,000 Irish people living with the lung disease and Philip Watt, head of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, said we're one of the worst affected countries.

"Ireland has some of the most severe strains of cystic fibrosis and also has the highest incidence per head of population in the world, with three times the rate of the United States and the rest of the European Union," he added.