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There was quite a kerfuffle last week with an embarrassing act of public stupidity by Kerry Co. Council. As you know, independent councillor Danny Healy-Rae put forward the ridiculous idea that people in rural Ireland should be allowed to drink and drive.
A mountain rescue team was given a helping hand during a mission in Letterfrack recently by utilising smartphone technology for the first time to locate a number of stranded hillwalkers and bring them to safety.
A new smartphone app launched this week by a local taxi company looks set to revolutionise the way in which people will book taxis. This app is available for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone smart phones.
A novel new project was launched in the Erris area recently. The project called HOPE (Healthy Options Project Erris) enables anyone who may feel a little isolated, or who might benefit from new social activities, to contact a project worker who will connect them with opportunities to bring this about. The project worker will meet with anyone who wants to improve their quality of life and together will design an individual plan of activity. It is the first such project in Ireland with a dedicated part time project worker delivering the initiative.
Hurricane Sandy hurricane did not stop the Mountain View company, which has officially shown the world its new tablets and smartphone.
A fundraiser being held in the city at the weekend aims to raise money for a nutrition clinic in Zambia, South Africa.
Croi has come a long way since it had that funding barometer sign outside the hospital, where passers-by could see just how much money it had to raise in order to give West of Ireland people a fair shot at surviving heart disease. Prior to Croi, if you had a dodgy ticker, you had to get on bone-rattling buses and cross the country in order to have your lifesaving surgery. Your chances of survival were reduced if you lived in the west. Back then too, the trauma of open heart surgery was so much more than it is today. Now, thanks to great leaps in technological advancement, bypasses and other invasive heart surgeries are becoming common and incredibly more lifesaving.
The HSE in Mayo strives to provide a comprehensive range of mental health services both in the community and at various hospital and primary care sites around the county. The mental health team includes a consultant psychiatrist, registrar in psychiatry, mental health nurses, as well as addiction counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, and social workers. Total confidentiality for patients and clients is guaranteed at all times.
On the day the abolition of town councils was to be discussed by the Cabinet, a Mullingar councillor suggested adopting a piece of technology that could speed up the council’s own demise.
There was good news for Mayo this week in the Government’s €2 billion stimulus package which included two Primary Care Centres for Mayo.