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A GAY, lesbian, bisexual and transgender support service is hosting a weekly workshop to promote mental wellbeing for young LGBT individuals. Rainbow at Red Ribbon Project will take place every Saturday from 11.30 -12.30 at its premises on Cecil Street. According to the group, up to twenty per cent of young LGBT people are missing school because they feel threatened or afraid. Their aim is to provide a safe, welcoming, and open space where young people can be themselves and make friends. There is also an adult group every Tuesday from 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Further information can be had from Patrick on (061) 310101 or email:

LIMERICK has again been found to be ‘Moderately Littered’ according to the final results of the Irish Businesses Against Litter 2012 survey. The city was ranked 38th out of 42 urban areas surveyed, falling just below the European average. Inspectors identified serious litter problems at two sites in the city which were awarded a grade ‘D’ – the lowest grade given by IBAL.
A site on the Dock Road was said to have been “used as a wasteground” while several basements on O’Connell Street had, according to inspectors “all manner of litter present in very high quantities”.

FIANNA Fail TD Willie O’Dea has said that an external review of the new student grant processing system, SUSI, will do nothing to help the hundreds of Limerick students affected by this year’s grant crisis. He called on Education Minister Ruairí Quinn to establish a temporary independent appeals mechanism until SUSI comes under the Ombudsman’s remit in June. “We don’t need a review to tell us that this system has been a complete mess and has caused real hardship for hundreds of Limerick students and thousands of other students nationwide”, he declared.


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A CHINESE restaurant in county Limerick has been prosecuted for breaches of hygiene regulations and fined a total of €3,000. The Golden Mill Chinese restaurant of Sarsfield Street, Kilmallock and its owner, Ms May Chung, were fined €750 for four contraventions and breaches detected during HSE inspections on July 18 last year. Costs of €667 were also awarded against the owners for the breaches of EU food safety rules.