16th May, 2002
SIMON COVENEY, TD., WRITES
Violent crime has increased significantly. People are more fearful of being attacked now than ever before. In this Election campaign locally crime is high on the agenda. I wont go into town at night, I wouldnt feel safe there, Id rather socialise closer to home now, noted one resident to on the canvass trail. This reaction is not uncommon, as the fear of crime is now significant in many areas.
We were promised zero tolerance by Fianna Fail five years ago but in truth this concept never made the slightest impact. We have to be tough on crime and make it clear that violence will not be tolerated. The core elements in Fine Gaels method of tackling crime immediately involve Close Circuit TV, increased policing with a better equipped force, improved late night transport, a statutory identity card scheme and night courts.
However, for a long-term answer to stem the growth in violent crime we need to tackle the root causes. We want to expand Youth Diversion Schemes nation-wide. These schemes are particularly successful in diverting away from crime young people aged 8 to 16, who are seen to be at risk of falling into a life of crime. These schemes currently operate but only on small-scale in particular locations.
We must provide after-care for young offenders to ensure that progress made during the process of rehabilitation is not wasted.
We must establish local Consultative Policing Committees. To tackle local problems effectively, communities need to be able to influence policing priorities. These committees will allow Gardaí, local politicians and local youth representatives to meet and discuss together to decide on the best way to reduce crime.
We must put statutory protections in place for the victims of crime, including the right for victims to be kept informed of the progress of an investigation and the right to submit a victims impact statement to the court before sentencing.
We must also reduce the levels of alcohol and drugs consumed which is a major factor contributing to public disorder.
The issue of street violence and crime needs strong political leadership as well as energy and commitment by a minister to make a positive impact. Fine Gael can provide that leadership where the present Government has failed.
Huge response to Students' Charity efforts
Douglas Community School students have raised almost 10,000 for charity in the past few weeks. Three different groups collected for charities of their own choice and the cheques were presented to the charities at the school today.
One of the fifth year Leaving Cert Vocational Project classes organised a charity soccer match between staff and pupils and raised 1,077 for the Cork University Hospital Sick Children's Fund. A second LCVP class in fifth year raised 4,236 by organising a Jump for Joy day for the first and second year classes and that sum goes to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. A final sum of 4,632 was announced for the Trócaire Lenten Fast, in which 140 students participated, which goes towards development work in Trócaire's projects.
All of the fund-raising was done by the students getting sponsorship from family and neighbours and great credit is due both to the students themselves and to the classes in the school who organised the events.
People of Cork - Golf of Chernobyl
The Chernobyl Orphans Fund Golf Classic of 2002
will take place on Thursday 30th May at the Cork Municipal Golf
Club. The cost for a team of three is just 150 and this
includes lunch. An array of fantastic prizes is on offer
including weekends at 5 Star hotels, green fees at top class Golf
Courses, Televisions etc. Advertising at T Boxes and Greens are
also available at 100. Interested players are advised to
please contact us with requested time, we are also seeking a
sponsor for the event, we appeal to Cork Business people to call
us at the Chernobyl Office on 021 4307328.
We are presently working with the infants and children at the Pediatric tuberculosis Hospital in the Chernobyl affected area of Ukraine. This hospital houses many abandoned children suffering from TB and also inflicted with many other illnesses. It is our intention to bring facilities of this hospital into the 21st Century, with the help of others we can achieve this difficult task.
As a. result of the constant effect of low doses of radiation, the number of cases of cancer, mental fatigue, nervous and psychiatric disease and genetic mutation rises ever year. We must continue to help those that suffer as result of the Worlds Worst Nuclear Disaster.
Elena Corcoran Executive Officer of the Chernobyl Orphans Fund
KILNAGLERY RESIDENTS Litter Clean
Up, Saturday 18th. May. Meet Factory Units (Carters Corner) Bring
Garden Gloves, working clothes advisable. Inquiries Michael
Swimmimg on Thursday mornings with Pauline. Waterarobics on Friday mornings.
Saturday 18th May. Trip to Grenagh to Ghosts in the Sunshine
Monday 25th worknight in the Day Care Centre @ 8PM Inquiries 4373861
There will be an exhibition of Irish Lace Fans in the Titanic restaurant in Cobh on Sunday 19th may from 12 noon to 4PM
CURA, Cork who are situated in 34, Paul St. provide free counselling services to any woman experiencing a crisis pregnancy or anyone effected by it i.e. boyfriend, parents, friends etc. It is a voluntary service with forty five volunteers who are specially trained in this area. CU RA's primary objective is to ensure that any woman who is unhappily pregnant has immediate and easy access to the help which she needs during her pregnancy, the birth of the baby and following the birth. The first response CURA offers is to listen and offer emotional support.
CURA services include a free pregnancy test at its drop in centre. POST ABORTION COUNSELLING is also available by appointment. Other services include, accommodation and referral.
The Centre also runs a Schools Awareness Programme. Members of the team travel throughout the county raising the awareness of students to the services offered by CURA.
Clients of CURA will be treated with the utmost consideration and respect.
ALL OUR SERVICES ARE FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL.
You can reach CURA at our local telephone number 021-4277544 or on our national Help-line Number 1850 622 626.
Frankfield Petanque Club
Mixed Doubles Boule Competition sponsored by Complete Cuisine and Loftus engineering takes place on 25th and 26th may at Frankfield Golf Club Complex. Details 021 454 6008. Spectators and new members welcome.
Frankfield Flower and Garden Club
Frankfield Flower and Garden Club will host Carla Blake as their guest on Wednesday may 22nd 8PM in Grange / Frankfield Community centre.
Carla will speak on gardening including, the growing of lilies, clematis, making compost, taking cuttings, etc. She will bring along slips and examples of what is in bloom in the garden.
The evening will also include the annual decorative and horticultural show of the club
Members please note our outing is on June 8th. Names are now being taken.
Further Bealtaine events
Down Memory Lane with Vera Welcome
An hour of music and nostalgia.
Friday May 17th at 11.00 am. This is open to everyone
Wednesday May 22nd 11.30 am
Patricia Chalmers gives a talk on Tai Chi for older people.
Tai Chi, can perhaps best be thought of as a moving form of yoga and meditation combined. The aim of Tai Chi is to foster a calm and tranquil mind based on these exercises. It is easy to learn, safe and attested by thousands to relieve pain and stiffness of arthritis.
BATT O'KEEFFE, TD, WRITES
Cork to benefit from health
funding with new A&E Department and Radiotherapy Unit for
Cork University Hospital.
Fianna Fáil has been responsible for the most significant investment ever in Irelands health capital infrastructure. This investment will bring positive benefits to all sections of our health services and in particular to Cork.
Cork will benefit from funding which will allow for the progression of major projects which have been started. These include the construction, equipping or commissioning of Cork University Hospital Radiotherapy.
During Fianna Fáils term in office well over 500 individual projects throughout the health services have been initiated ranging from major acute hospitals to minor works at health facilities. We have provided funding to the Health boards to support a further range of initiatives in A&E Departments. This includes planning of a new A&E department at Cork University hospital.
Among the many significant acute hospital projects at planning and design stage around the country are Cork university hospital maternity Unit and cork university Hospital A&E Unit / Day Procedures Unit.
However it is true that our health system has many problems but these will be addressed. We are the only party showing and providing the full cost of implementing our promises on health.
In our policy document on heath we are pledging to:
· Build new hospital facilities and hire the doctors, nurses and other staff required to reduce and permanently end waiting lists for public patients.
· Invest in primary care, ensuring 24-hour GP cover, modernisation of facilities and the development of a new model of integrated primary care teams.
· End the waiting list for disability care places.
· Implement a major programme for developing community nursing.
· Ensure that the reform programme we have laid out is completed to deliver a high-quality health system for all which delivers value for money to the taxpayer.
Health is central to the work of FF in government. Since 1997, FF has provided a record 120% increase in funding for health and reversed years of historic under investment. Compared to 1997, we have over 4,000 more doctors, nurses, dentists and paramedics are delivering care, waiting lists are down 19%, there are almost 4,000 more day, residential and respite care places to help people with disabilities and their families. There are 500 more nurse training places and 1700 more nurses have been recruited.
Fianna Fáil has the policies and the funding to ensure that we have a world-class health service for all.
KATHY SINNOTT WRITES ...
The Creation of an Ombudsman for
the Health Service
So now that it is underway we are being told that solving the problems within the health service are not as complicated as it seemed to be in pre-election times
Is that Sinicism or is that only me? Well Im sorry but I have worked and campaigned in this area for over 20 years and I have seen first hand how non-user friendly our health service is. The bureaucracy that exists, and which looks likely to be continued, will never allow our Health Service to become user-friendly. We all complain that there are not enough beds, there are not enough specialists and there are not enough so on and so on.
However, once again we are being treated to the same litany of solutions that we are given election after election and as in the past I have no faith in any of these promises becoming a reality. Even if we were to elect a government that were to actually fulfill their election promises, an occurrence as rare as the dodo, would these promises have any real effect on the Health Service.
As I have consistently argued the main problem is that the level of bureaucracy is so immense that it will never allow the service to work to anywhere near its full potential. And as long as we allow this situation to continue we will have more and more people dying in the hallways of our hospitals due to the lack of beds or the lack of services.
Therefore, I am advocating the creation of an Office of the Ombudsman with direct responsibility for the Health Service. An Ombudsman would ensure finally the Health Service would not have to rely on successive governments whims and fancies when it comes to the implementation of services and facilities. An Ombudsman independent of the Government and the Health Boards would have the power to address the real problems and ensure that effective solutions would be implemented regardless of personal loyalties. He / She would also have the ability and the authority to address complaints in a fair and frank manner, a situation Im sure would please those of us that have had the misfortune of having to battle with the over inflated bureaucracy that exists today.
The History of Douglas by Con Foley
Cork to benefit from health
funding with new A&E Department and Radiotherapy Unit for
Cork University Hospital.Part 85 The Red and Whites
The "Red and Whites" was the local name for a small harrier club whose proper name was the Rochestown and Douglas Harrier Club as distinct from the Douglas Harriers. Their colours were red and white - hence the name. Their club room, with the title over the door is now the Legion of Mary Hall next to the East Village where Piper's Amusements used to be. The room was used by St.Columba's Boyst National School as an extra before the building of the new school in 1965. Dances were held, Wednesday and Sunday nights from 8 to 10:30 with an extension to 11p.m. on certain occasions! They had a three piece band with performers Tom Beale, Jack Beale and Michael Kenneally. Admission was 4p (old money, one and a half cents new money) on Sunday and 3p on Wednesday. One prominent member of the club - so I was informed - was John Manning, well known as a cross country runner.
The Augustinians in Douglas: Inquisition 31st Oct. 4th Jan. 1, finds that the friars were siezed of one-third part of a watermill called Ye Upper Mill of Douglas, that William White and his son, by writing dated 13th of Edward IV, granted to ye friary, a parcel of land in Shandon, near Cork. Aquisition Oct. 7th Jac., finds that the said mill was built by the O'Dalies and that the said lands of Ballibrackey contain by estimation, two acres and ye same did belong to ye friars.
It is intersting to note that in the 19th century, the White family, like the friars before them, utilised the water power to operate a flour mill in the same area. The mill was partially destroyed by fire in 1858 and production was never resumed.
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