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HIQA Probe Tipperary Infant Death

DelahuntA Co. Tipperary couple and their unborn baby daughter have become the latest victims of further apparent malpractice at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise. Earlier this year an RTE Prime Time Documentary revealed that four babies had died either shortly before or just after being born at this same maternity unit.

Mr Oliver Kelly and wife Amy Delahunt, both residing in Borrisoleigh, Co Tipperary, claim that medical staff failed to recognise that their baby daughter was in foetal distress when she went to the Portlaoise maternity unit in May of last year.

The couple became aware that their baby daughter had stopped moving and went to the Midlands Regional Hospital where a Cardiotocograph  Machine (CTG) or  Electronic Fetal Monitor (EFM) was used to monitor the unborn child’s heartbeat. Following this Amy was subsequently discharged; however the next day, following a routine appointment to Limerick Hospital, they were informed that their baby daughter was dead. Mary-Kate was delivered to the couple on May 28th, and taken home for two days.

The couple only recently learned that their unborn baby was the fifth such baby to die after apparent failure of care at the Midlands Regional Hospital Unit. The couple are understood to have received information via a Freedom of Information request just three weeks ago, and were horrified to learn that the report identified a number of care management problems, including the inability to read CTG data correctly.

Last January, RTE revealed the tragic deaths of four other babies at the maternity unit and now this fifth couple have come forward with their story. The Chief Medical Officer published a damning report which found the maternity unit unsafe and a HIQA investigation is now under way at the hospital.

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St Patrick’s College Thurles – RAI Seminar On Saturday

Reading Association O Ireland

Reading Association Of Ireland

Not to be missed, the Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Spring Seminar, in association with Tipperary Education Centre and St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, takes place in St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Saturday next, April 5th, 2014 from 9.30 a.m.1.00 p.m.

This practical seminar is aimed at parents, primary teachers and other educationalists working with pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class.

Presentations at this event will explore:-
(1) Teaching Spelling: (Presenter: Brendan Culligan, RAI Executive Committee.)
This session will examine spelling as a skill and what is needed to become a speller. It will look at reasons why children fail to progress as spellers and examine common spelling strategies.  With the aid of case studies, it will show how to detect difficulties and offer advice as to how these may be overcome.

Presenter: Brendan Culligan is a retired lecturer in English Methodology at Marino Institute of Education and a former lecturer in English Methodology at Froebel College of Education. He was a member of the D.E.S. Taskforce on Dyslexia. Brendan is a past-president of the Reading Association of Ireland and a past-secretary of the Irish Learning Support Association. Brendan has a particular interest in the teaching of spelling and handwriting and is the author of Improving Children’s Spelling and Spelling & Handwriting.

(2) Reading Vocabulary: Practical Strategies for Vocabulary Instruction in the Primary School. (Presenter: Gene MehiganMarino, Institute of Education and RAI Executive Committee.)
Because of the verbal nature of most classroom activities, knowledge of words and ability to use language are essential to success in these activities. However, while attention is often focused on developing the oral language ability of children the same does not always apply to teaching vocabulary in the context of reading.
This presentation examines the role of teaching reading vocabulary in a balanced literacy programme. Participants will explore approaches for teaching individual words, for developing word learning strategies and for fostering an awareness and love of language and words.

Presenter: Gene Mehigan is Principal Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning (Postgraduate) at Marino Institute of Education, with leadership responsibilities for Literacy Education and Continuing Professional Development. As Head of the English Department his lecturing responsibilities include the teaching of English methods to undergraduate and post graduate students. His research interests are in the teaching of reading, education provision in disadvantaged settings and in teacher education. Currently a member of the national executive of the Reading Association of Ireland he is also a member of the Early Childhood and Primary Language Advisory Group of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

Remember Date, Time and Venue
Date:         Saturday, April 5th , 2014.
Time:         9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.        Tea/Coffee: 11.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.
Venue:     St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

This seminar is being offered free of charge to all, but places are limited. To book a place on this seminar, please email (with ‘RAI Seminar 2014′ in the subject line) or book by phone with Michelle Percy (Tipperary Education Centre) on Mobile 086 6008860.

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Death Of Former North Tipperary Politician John Ryan


Late Mr John Joseph Ryan, TD.

The death has occurred today of former Irish Labour Party politician Mr John Joseph Ryan of 26 St Patrick’s Terrace and late of 91 Silver Street, Nenagh, at the age of 86.

John J. Ryan (born 17 June 1927) was first elected to Dáil Éireann at the 1973 General Election, as a Labour Party Teachta Dála (TD) for the constituency of Tipperary North.

Mr Ryan was re-elected at each subsequent General Election before eventually losing his seat in 1987. He was elected to the Industrial and Commercial Panel of the 19th Seanad in 1989.  During the 1992 General Election he again re-gained his Dáil seat, representing Tipperary North. Mr Ryan also served as Leas-Cheann Comhairle (Deputy Chairman) of the Dáil from 1982 until 1987. He retired officially from politics in 1997.

Mr Ryan’s passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Ina and his beloved children Gerry, Diane and Paula, his sister Ann, grandchildren Aoife, Niamh and Elaine, nephews and nieces, cousins, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at Ryan’s funeral home in Nenagh, tomorrow Friday, from 5.00pm with removal at 7.00pm, arriving at St Mary of The Rosary Church, Nenagh, at 7.30pm. Following Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00 noon, his body will be buried afterwards in Lisboney, (new cemetery) Nenagh.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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Thurles History Decays In Favour of ‘Dubline’

“Glory looking day, glory day, glory looking day,
And all its glory, told a simple way, behold it if you may.”
Lyrics Neil Diamond (Album: Jonathan Livingston Seagull.)

Rural Ireland and in particular Co Tipperary continues to be seen as the ‘Poor Relation,’ or ‘The Lower Order,’ and unworthy of  Dublin’s well healed bourgeoisie when it comes to Fáilte Ireland and the fair distribution of taxpayer public funding.

We learn in recent weeks that well over half a million Euro (€620,000 to be precise) is to be spent on developing a number of tourist attractions in our capital city, latter aimed at our discerning International visitors who are only encouraged to stand at the gateway to Ireland. These funded projects are to be part of “Dubline,” a proposed heritage trail which will run across Dublin from East to West along a route roughly selected from College Green to Kilmainham. Proposed tourism projects here in Thurles will once again go unrewarded, not for the first time, with not one single cent of our nations central funding being spent for future tourism promotion.

Amongst these five funded Dublin restoration projects is the repair of a bell, at a cost of almost €18,000, supposedly the first Catholic bell to ring in Dublin in nearly 300 years, breaching the then existing penal laws of the 16th and 17th centuries (same laws were largely ignored in the 18th century) while also providing secure exhibition space for a few miserable artefacts found on the Smock Alley site, latter which will now move from where they are currently housed in the National Museum.

(Note: Despite a meeting in January last, to present date and some nine weeks later, Thurles cannot yet get clarification on the possibility of returning the Derrynaflan Hoard back to its native county, same being required on loan for just two months, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its finding.)

Here in Thurles, during the years 1804-1862, Archbishop Thomas Bray and later Archbishop Patrick Leahy had no problem ringing the bell at the Big Chapel here in Thurles. The cracked bell at the Smock Alley Theatre, latter which only reopened in 2012, was built originally as a Theatre Royal and now in 2014 lends itself to the myth that Daniel O’Connell rang it to celebrate Catholic Emancipation in 1829. Natives here in Co Tipperary are being now asked to augment this ‘Freedom Bell’ myth, which will be acclaimed as the Dublin equivalent of America’s also cracked ‘Liberty Bell,’ latter that iconic symbol of American Independence, and in the case of the former, therefore worthy of €18,000 of Irish public funding just to remove a few splatters of pigeon poop with a power washer.

Continue reading Thurles History Decays In Favour of ‘Dubline’

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Thurles Hosts Fine Gael’s Tipperary Local Election Campaign

Thurles hosted the official launch of Fine Gael’s Tipperary local election campaign.

It was standing room only for the official launch of Fine Gael’s Tipperary local election campaign held at the Anner Hotel, here in Thurles on Friday night last.

With 23 candidates, the Fine Gael party is very confident that it has brought together the best possible team to represent Tipperary’s diverse communities. With the creation of the newly integrated Tipperary authority running alongside five municipal districts it is vital that a strong unified voice is heard in order that the council can continue to achieve its stated objectives.

Fine Gael, as a major partner in government, is best placed in creating synergies with Tipperary County Council by having as many elected representatives on the council, thereby creating a partnership that can only benefit Tipperary in both the short and long term.

The launch was held in conjunction with the Fine Gael Constituency Annual General Meeting (AGM) and was opened by Constituency Chairman Mr Michael Harty. Michael outlined the enormous amount of work and co-operation carried out by local party officers in ensuring the seamless transition from North and South Ridings and uniting them into a single authority. Special thanks was given to Lucy McCormack, Constituency Secretary for the trojan work undertaken by her personally in this process.

North Tipperary’s Mr Noel Conan TD addressed the local issues facing Tipperary such as infrastructure and unemployment and wished all of the candidates well in the forthcoming local elections. South Tipperary Minister Mr Tom Hayes TD spoke about national policy and the difficult decisions that have to be taken whether locally or nationally in safeguarding the new found stability and growth.

Mr Simon Harris, MEP candidate for Ireland South and representatives for both Mr Sean Kelly and M/s Deirdre Clune also addressed the meeting.
The night concluded with a sense of determination that no stone would be left unturned in the pursuit of representing the people of Tipperary.

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