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REPORT INTO ATHENRY BASED LECTURER PUBLISHED

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Date Published: 15-Apr-2008

The HSE has published a report into procedures that allowed an Athenry-based lecturer remain in his job at Athlone IT after he was convicted of sexual assault charges in Holland.

Dr Niall McElwee, of Rockfield Athenry resigned from his position in July last year after it emerged that he had been convicted of the offences in Amsterdam in June 2004.

He was head of the Child and Youth Care Learning Centre at AIT.

The Department of Justice here became aware of the incident in the summer of 2004 – the Dutch authorities wrote to the department offering it the pportunity to prosecute Niall McElwee in this jurisdiction.

However, the department did not notify the Midland Health Board or the Department of Health about the convictions.

Niall McElwee continued to work as a lecturer in childcare policy for another three years

The report is critical of personnel within the Health Board, who became aware of the incident and did not inform the designated child protection and social work personnel in accordance with the Children First Guidelines.

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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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