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Brigid Keogh (Nee Belton)

obits_image_4Brigid Keogh (Nee Belton) Clygeen, Legan, Co Longford. Friday January 26th peacefully in the excellent care of the nurse and staff of St Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford. Beloved wife of Charlie, devoted mother of Anne Marie (Johnston), Gerard and Joseph, sadly missed by her brothers and sisters, Robert, Pat, Anne (Donohoe), John, Gerard, Catherine (Geoghegan), […]

Michael Madden

obits_image_11Michael Madden Killaster, Ballinagare. Thursday January 25th peacefully at University Hospital, Roscommon. Reposing at The Sharkey Funeral Home, Frenchpark on (Sun) evening from five o’clock. Removal at half past six to the church of the Sacred Heart, Ballinagare arriving at seven o’clock. Mass of the resurrection on (Mon) at eleven o’clock, followed by interment in […]

Sr Columba Rattigan

obits_image_8Sr Columba Rattigan Sisters of Marcy, Loughrea, Co Galway and formerly Carrick, Ballymore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Thursday January 25th peacefully in the Manor Nursing Home, Edgeworthstown. Predeceased by her parents Patrick & Mary, her brother Hugh and sister Francis. Loveingly remembered by her Mercy Community, her brothers Harry & Pat, relatives and friends. Reposing in […]

Local TD says minority government may not be able to legislate for abortion

Peter BurkeA Shannonside TD believes the current minority government will face huge challenges if it tries to legislate for abortion after a referendum on the 8th amendment. Almost one in five people say they’re more open to the idea of legalising abortion than they were a year ago according to an Irish Times/MRBI poll which shows […]

Career breaks, teacher shortages and the eighth

joefinneganshow  Grab a cuppa, relax and take a listen to our panel as they debate the week’s top news stories. Our panel this week include Longford/Westmeath FG TD Peter Burke, Cavan/Monaghan FF TD Niamh Smyth and Editor of the Leitrim Observer Claire Casserly.  

HSE clams funding made available to address concerns at Suaimhneas centre

Primary careThe HSE claims that funding has been provided to respond to a number of concerns raised in a recent Hiqa report into a centre for adults with intellectual disabilities in the northwest which also serves Leitrim. Inspectors found three major non-compliances in their report into the Suaimhneas centre in Sligo last October in areas such […]

HSE confirms northwest rehab and recovery unit to close this March

The Mental Health Commission is concerned about the care being provided at a unit in St John's Hospital in Sligo (Photo: Google Maps)The HSE has announced the rehab and recovery unit at St John’s Hospital in Sligo will close in March. It follows a number of very critical inspection reports from the Mental Health Commission, which banned new admissions or transfers to the unit which also serves Leitrim in November 2016. Since then, many of the residents […]

TD Peter Burke will only support repeal of 8th Amendment if alternative text proposed

Peter BurkeLongford Westmeath TD Peter Burke has admitted he will not support the repeal of the 8th Amendment unless it is replaced by other legislation which gives rights to the unborn. The cabinet is to meet on Monday of next week when it is understood a draft of the proposed text of any referendum on repealing […]

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