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BREAKING: Woman allegedly stabbed in Longford town centre

Longford stabbing

Gardai are investigating after a young woman was allegedly stabbed in Longford town this afternoon.

The incident is believed to have occurred shortly after 4pm on the Main Street near the Post Office.

Eyewitnesses at the scene reported a woman had been attacked by a male and she suffered a head wound in the alleged incident

She was treated at the scene and is believed to be on her way to hospital for treatment this afternoon.

Anniversary mass for Alan Hawe this afternoon

Anniversary mass

An anniversary mass is to be held today for Alan Hawe, who killed his wife and children before taking his own life last year.

Yesterday marked one year since their bodies were found in the family home near the village of Castlerahan in County Cavan.

An Anniversary mass for Clodagh, Niall, Liam and Ryan took place on Sunday, with a separate mass being held for Alan Hawe today.

His body was exhumed from the local graveyard in May, after a request from Clodagh’s family.

Meanwhile, an inquest into the family’s deaths is expected to take place later this year.

Patient treated for Hepatitis B after blood transfusion

Blood transfusion

A patient is being treated for Hepatitis B after getting the virus through a blood transfusion.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has confirmed a case of transfusion transmitted infection of Hep B.

It says the donation was made in the window period when the presence of the virus cannot be detected even by the most sensitive tests available.

The IBTS says this is a rare one in two million event – and does not have any implications for blood that will be transfused in the future.

Centre Parcs CEO claims ‘poor exchange rate’ impacting on tourism

Center Parcs CEO

The Center Parcs CEO says the poor exchange rate could be the reason for the reduction in the number of British visitors coming to Ireland in the first half of this year.

Martin Dalby was reacting to figures released this week that show a drop of six percent in UK visitors to Ireland compared to the same time last year.

Ballymahon locals attended the third of a series of community for a with Center Parcs officials last night to get a further update on the Longford Forest project currently progressing in Newcastle Woods which is due to to open in 2019.

Mr Dalby claims the drop in British tourists visiting Ireland should have not impact on the Longford development…

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Dental services to be withdrawn in some Longford schools

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Concern has been expressed that dental services in several south Longford primary schools are to be withdrawn by the HSE in October.

Councillor Micheal Carrigy understands that the check up service for students normally carried out in schools in first and six class, will be now be carried out at centres in Longford town and Athlone.

The Fine Gael representative belives any change to the service in schools will be a major disruption to parents who will now be forced to bring their children for dental appointments during the week

The HSE has so far not responded to request for comment on the situation and Councilor Carrigy says the reasons he understands for the changes are not acceptable

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Trolley numbers up by a third at University Hospital Galway

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There’s been a 33% increase in the number of patients on trolleys at University Hospital Galway in just over 24 hours.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives organisation, there are now 47 people waiting to be admitted to the facility – that’s up from yesterday’s figure of 36.

At the midland regional hospital in Tullamore there are 24 patients on trolleys – that’s 6 less than yesterday, while at Mullingar it’s up 7 to 24, and in Sligo it’s up by 4 to 12.

On Monday University Hospital Galway implemented the full capacity protocol in its emergency department.

Roscommon woman appointed Taoiseach’s Aide de Camp

Aide de Camp Caroline Burke

Commandant Caroline Burke from Cloonfad, County Roscommon has been appointed to the position of Aide de Camp to An Taoiseach, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

She joined the Defence forces in October 1995 and most recently served in the Operations Division.

Commandant Burke has served on United Nations peace keeping missions in the Balkans, West Africa and the Middle East.

She described her new position as a huge honour representing the Office of the Taoiseach and the Defence Forces and is looking forward to carrying out the duties and engagements that the role involves.

Senator Frank Feighan has congratulated Caroline on her appointment noting she is a is a former player with the Michael Glavey’s club, which was the footballing home of the late, great Dermot Earley and former Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

 

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