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Unfair Dismissal Hearing In Case Of Thurles Nurse

HospitalAn Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) have begun a hearing today in the case taken for ‘Unfair Dismissal’ by a Thurles resident nurse, previously employed at a Thurles Hospital.

The State Registered Nurse, named as Mrs Patrica Ó’Caoláin, formerly with an address in Tralee, Co. Kerry, who was dismissed last January, was present at the Tribunal hearing today.  During cross examination, the nurse strongly denied that she was suffering from a rare form of Cognitive Confusion (A brain confusion disorder found normally only affecting elected members of the Labour Party).

Also giving evidence at the tribunal’s hearing today were two current and highly respected local medical practitioners employed at the hospital; namely Dr. Sean Bradshaw (M.D.) and Dr. Mary Creighton (D.O.).

Medical practitioner Dr. Sean Bradshaw informed the Tribunal today that he believed nurse Ó’Caoláin was indeed suffering from a rare, and as yet, a little understood form of Cognitive Confusion. “She at all times appears incredibly confused,” he stated. “She carries out her written instructions totally the opposite to what was initially recommended for patients in her care. One week prior to her dismissal by the HSE, I told her to give a patient 2 milligrams of morphine every 10 hours. She gave him 10 milligrams every 2 hours, resulting in the near demise of her patient.”

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mary Creighton, also giving her evidence, stated, “Earlier that same week, I told Nurse Ó’Caoláin to give a patient one enema every 24 hours. Nurse Ó’Caoláin later tries to give the patient 24 enemas in one hour. The patient in question could have actually exploded were it not for the timely intervention of a ‘Jobbridge’ plumber, undertaking pipe leaking repairs, nearby in the same ward.”

Dr. Creighton went on to state that the decision to suspend and eventually dismiss Nurse Ó’Caoláin, came about following a blood-curdling scream from a passageway near Ward A2, on the second floor. Nurse Ó’Caoláin had earlier that day been given a written instruction by Dr. Creighton to “Prick the boil” of a patient.

The patient in question, aged 91 and a fully paid up member of the VHI, had been lying contentedly in the corridor, ignored on a trolley for over a week, prior to this intervention by Nurse Ó’Caoláin.

Solicitors acting for the HSE confirmed that the patient, identified at the Employment Appeals Tribunal as being Mr. John McAleese, a native of Littleton, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, now walks with a pronounced stoop; having totally lost the use of his vocal cords. A Solicitor acting on behalf of the 91 year old’s current wife; named as thirty seven year old Mrs Angela McAleese (nee Dwane), stated that presently a case was before the High Court, seeking compensation for ‘Sexual Aversion Disorder,’ (Persistent or recurrent extreme aversion to, and avoidance of, all or almost all, genital sexual contact with a sexual partner), brought about by Nurse Ó’Caoláin’s treatment of Mr. John McAleese, her husband.

Apologising to Mr McAleese, a spokesperson for the HSE agreed, during the hearing, that the present condition experienced by Mr McAleese was most likely brought about as a direct result of the boiling water administered to the patient’s lower abdomen by Nurse Ó’Caoláin.

The case before the Employment Appeals Tribunal is expected to continue for at least another week. Same is also expected to add even further problems in current talks on health issues by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil and is most likely to further effect efforts to form the next government.


Death Of Michael Farrell, Loughmore, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death yesterday, Thursday 21st April 2016, of Mr Michael Farrell, Brownstown, Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Archerstown, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

The passing of Mr Farrell is most deeply regretted by; his brother John and partner Nancy; his sister Pauline; his nephew Taffy and wife Ann; niece Nicola and husband Jimmy; sister-in-law Margaret; grand-nephews; grand-nieces; relatives and friends.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mr Farrell will repose today, Friday 22nd April 2016, at Egan’s Funeral Home, Thurles, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to arrive on Saturday morning to the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady, Loughmore, Thurles at 11:15am for Requiem Mass at 11:30am.

Burial will take place immediately afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Moyne Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Death Of Johanna Cowan, Templetuohy, Thurles

DeathIt is with sadness we learned of the death today, Wednesday 20th April 2016, of Mrs Johanna Cowan (née Wilson), Templetuohy, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Predeceased by her husband Martin, her daughter Peg and son Michael; the passing of Mrs Cowan is most deeply regretted by her loving daughter Ann, her sons Patrick and Martin, sister Peg, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends,

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Mrs Cowan will repose at Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, on tomorrow Thursday from 5:00pm. Removal will take place at 7:00pm to the Church of The Sacred Heart, Templetuohy, to arrive at 7:45pm.

Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 11:30am, with interment immediately afterwards in Templeree Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


Thurles Town Park To Be Officially Opened

Thurles town Park

A date for the official opening of the new Thurles Town Park has now been set. Same will take place at 3:00pm on Wednesday, April 27th, next.

This truly magnificent local amenity will be officially opened by Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, Cathaoirleach (English Translation – Chairperson) of Tipperary County Council and Councillor Mr John Hogan, latter Cathaoirleach of the local Templemore-Thurles, Municipal District.


Joe Healy Elected As New IFA President

Joe HealyA Dairy farmer from Athenry in Co. Galway, Mr Joe Healy, has been elected as President of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA), on the first count.

The post of ‘President’ became vacant following the stepping down, last year, by former President Mr Eddie Downey, after IFA members became angry following revelations of high salaries having been paid at Executive level. These same revelations sparked outrage amongst ordinary grass-roots members, which in turn brought about two high-profile resignations from within the organisation.

Mr Healy, initially regarded as the outsider, appeared almost immediately as the frontrunner, to take over as President of the Irish Farmers Association, when counting of votes began this morning; with first his preference votes appearing close to 50%.

Mr Healy, who promises more transparency and has pledged to rebuild trust within the IFA,  is possibly observed by his electorate as offering a clear swing away from the current IFA establishment; himself having never served on the organisation’s national executive.

Deputy President
Mr Richard Kennedy, a dairy farmer from Clarina in north Co. Limerick and past Limerick County Chairman, was deemed elected as the new IFA Deputy President.

Provincial Chairpersons
Mixed-enterprise farmer John Coughlan from Cork was elected Munster regional Chairperson (which includes Tipperary); while Mr Bert Stewart was returned (unopposed) as North Leinster-Ulster Regional Chairperson, as was indeed Mr James Murphy in South Leinster.