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Sister act claim €500,000 lottery prize

Sister act claim €500,000 lottery prize

| February 26, 2017

Two lucky sisters who spent their day on a shopping spree in Limerick city got an unexpected bargain when they scooped €500,000 in the EuroMillions Plus draw on Friday 17 February. The two sisters, who wish to keep their identity private, purchased their winning Quick Pick selection ticket at Gleesons Newsagents on Henry Street in […]

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Community Day unites people of Limerick

Community Day unites people of Limerick

| February 26, 2017

Limerick people got their chance to have their say on a range of local issues at a Community Day in Limerick city on Wednesday 22 February. The Community Participation Network, Limerick (CPN) organised the event to allow people to meet with their local Public Participation Network representatives to discuss the accessibility issues affecting them in […]

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Strong opposition to closure of Veterinary Lab

Strong opposition to closure of Veterinary Lab

| February 25, 2017

Fine Gael TD Tom Neville has aired his concerns about the potential closure of Limerick’s Regional Veterinary Laboratory in Meelick. Speaking in Dáil Eireann, Deputy Neville said: “I have received representations from people in the County Clare side of Limerick relating to the veterinary laboratory there. We would strongly oppose its closure.” Fine Gael TD for […]

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Tesco workers shouldn’t lose Family Income Supplement, says O’Dea

Tesco workers shouldn’t lose Family Income Supplement, says O’Dea

| February 24, 2017

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has called upon the Minister for Social Protection to ensure that no Tesco worker loses their Family Income Supplement (FIS) as a result of engaging in legal, official strike action. “There is now a very real possibility of the Department of Social Protection cutting off Tesco workers’ FIS payment as […]

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Jobpath preventing people from taking work

Jobpath preventing people from taking work

| February 24, 2017

Deputy Maurice Quinlivan has criticised the Jobpath scheme, stating that it “does not make sense, economically, morally or socially.” Speaking in the Dáil chamber the Sinn Féin TD said,“JobPath is undermining the viability of other schemes such as Community Employment (CE) and Local Employment Services and in a number of cases is preventing people from taking work.” He […]

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New A&E will open in May, confirms Health Minister

New A&E will open in May, confirms Health Minister

| February 24, 2017

  Health Minister, Simon Harris, has confirmed that the new state of the art A&E at UHL will open this May, and not deferred to October as had been previously mooted. Responding to a query from Limerick Senator, Kieran O’Donnell, Minister Harris gave a public commitment to opening a new, fully-operational, department in three months […]

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Staff shortages mean trolley crisis likely to worsen, warns Quinlivan

Staff shortages mean trolley crisis likely to worsen, warns Quinlivan

| February 24, 2017

  Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has said it is unacceptable that patients are still suffering on trolleys in UL hospital, one of the biggest hospitals in the State. “Through a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Health, I have received the figure on the ‘Full Capacity Protocol’ and its usage in Limerick,” said Deputy […]

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New Shannon services will boost local economy

New Shannon services will boost local economy

| February 24, 2017

The CEO of Limerick Chamber, James Ring, has said that the announcement of four new services for Shannon Airport shows the relevance of the region from a tourism and business perspective. Welcoming the announcement, James Ring said:  “This is another great day for Shannon.  The very fact that a new airline (Norwegian Air International) comes […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| February 23, 2017

It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at There’s something I have to tell you, something I know you’re not going to like. It’s going to upset you, maybe even disgust you, but it’s time I came clean, time I revealed my dirty, shameful secret. So here goes. I don’t really like rugby. I’m […]

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Minister welcomes Shannon’s new transatlantic services

Minister welcomes Shannon’s new transatlantic services

| February 23, 2017

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD has welcomed the addition of new transatlantic services from Cork and Shannon this summer. “This announcement from Norwegian Air International (NAI) is a significant and welcome development in the transatlantic aviation market and will further assist tourism growth in the Mid and South West,” the […]

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