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OIrish D-Day veteran Pat Gillen (89) was this week awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, one of the highest military awards offered by the French government, for his role in liberating that country. It was bestowed upon him by the French Ambassador. Pat's one of the last Irish D-Day veterans - what a true hero.

hHOw can any one read of or watch the scenes from Aras Attracta Care Centre in Co Mayo without feeling anger and disgust? A society can be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. On the basis of what I witnessed in last night's Prime Time, this nation is failing badly. This sort of treatment is criminal behaviour and I'm glad to read that gardai are investigating.