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Official figures mask real scale of suicide crisis

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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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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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