More special needs cuts is austerity gone too far

Fri, Jun 21, 2013

The measure of a country is how it looks after its most vulnerable. That might include the elderly, the homeless, those who are marginalised from society, and children. It also includes children and adults with special needs, and the latest Government cuts in teaching hours for special needs students is an appalling attack on a section of society who do not always have the voice to stand up for themselves. They rely on others to ensure their rights are protected, and when the guardians of our society, the Government, let the austerity axe fall on them, someone needs to shout stop.

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A place to turn to in the aftermath of a suicide

Fri, Jun 14, 2013

When suicide strikes a family and community its impact is far reaching. First of all there is the suddenness of this tragedy, the realisation that the deceased is gone. Then there are funeral arrangements, a wake, the whole shaking hands process to be gone through before they are lowered to their final resting place or their ashes are scattered somewhere meaningful to the deceased and their family.

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Pat on the back for Enda and co

Fri, Jun 07, 2013

The bright sunshine which lightened the hearts of everyone this week was matched with some exciting news for the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar. The €11 million funding which was allocated to bring the facility up to HIQA standards, hopefully in time for the 2015 deadline, was greeted with genuine relief and happiness across the county.

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A monumental breach of trust

Fri, May 31, 2013

The harrowing and shocking scenes shown on RTÉ Primetime Investigates programme ‘A Breach of Trust’ on Tuesday night featuring a number of named childcare facilities repulsed and shocked the nation.

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People power prevalent at LEADER public meeting

Fri, Apr 12, 2013

People power can never be underestimated and when 400 people turn up at a public meeting in Mayo to support a cause that has changed so many of their lives, then a clear and concise message must be taken from that.

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Think before you type

Fri, Mar 29, 2013

Finally the issue of cyberbullying, which has devastated so many lives in this country, is getting the attention and headlines it deserves.

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The power of the high vis

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

You’d often hear people say look at your man with the high vis jacket. He thinks he’s running the show just because he’s wearing that. They scoff because he has the authority to tell them where they can’t loiter, much to their disdain. These remarks are usually heard at local community events where a group of organisers don the high vis to ensure the smooth running of the particular event. And there is always one dude who thinks he’s been handed the freedom of the village when he gets the high vis on his back.

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Frontline workers being hung out to dry

Fri, Feb 22, 2013

Ireland’s frontline workers are being hung out to dry by this Government. Members of An Garda Siochana, nurses, firefighters, ambulance personnel, and prison officers cannot and should not be targeted again for pay cuts, dressed up in any guise.

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Mayo is rising — let’s all rise together

Fri, Feb 15, 2013

To celebrate St Valentine’s Day the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre and up to 50 of its friends, family members, supporters, and survivors and simply anyone who loves women and girls, gathered on Market Square, Castlebar, to join the One Billion Rising campaign — the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

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The time for cynicism is over, embrace the Gathering and run with it

Fri, Feb 08, 2013

Mayo is leading the charge when it comes to the Gathering Ireland 2013 with 268 gatherings highlighted in an action packed calendar of events launched by Mayo County Council last Monday afternoon.

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