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Official figures mask real scale of suicide crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 20-Apr-2011

A suicide support group has claimed that official statistics for suicide in the county ARE well short of the reality – and that the stress of our economic downturn has meant that the past few months have been their busiest since they were set up almost a decade ago.

Paul Kelly, CEO and founder of Console, said that the current recession is taking its toll on people and that some people are on the verge of suicide.

Console, which offers support to people traumatised by suicide recently opened a helpline to people having suicidal thoughts.

Mr Kelly said that in recent months calls to this helpline had increased by 13%; many of the callers were people affected by the recession.

“Just this morning I took a call from a woman whose house was being possessed. Many of the people calling us are being affected one way or the other by the economic crisis.

“And it is not just anecdotal. The statistics show that suicide rates have increased in this country.”

Figures given to a meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum last week showed that suicide rates in Galway was below the national average with10.3 in every 100,000 deaths recorded as suicide in 2007.

But Mr Kelly said that these figures were old and that Central Statistic Office figures showed suicide had increased since then.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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