FINE Gael have been left red-faced today – after a former Green Party election candidate posted a press release online showing how a well-known Fine Gael politician had vowed to retain services at Lifford Hospital – and was backed by Health Minister James Reilly.The move comes a few days after the HSE said it wanted to close beds at the facility and began a three-month public consultation.John Duffy from the Green Party insisted: “Making promises that can’t be kept has consequences. Populist politics from FF has ruined the hopes of a generation and FG continue the false promises.” The original Fine Gael press release was posted on the party website 14 months ago in November 2010 under the headline: ‘FG will retain services at Lifford – Lifford Hospital offers a vital lifeline and must be retained.”Speaking on a visit to Lifford Hospital at the time the Fine Gael Donegal South West bye-election candidate, Cllr. Barry O’Neill, gave “a firm commitment that Fine Gael in Government will keep the Hospital open, stressing the importance of maintaining the facility which acts as a vital lifeline for local communities.”Cllr. O’Neill met with the management, staff and members of the Save Lifford Hospital Campaign to discuss the proposed suspension of services which were then put forward by the HSE.“I recently visited Lifford Hospital with the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Health, Dr James Reilly, who, during his visit, stated that the further downgrading or threat of closure of the Hospital must be avoided,” said Cllr O’Neill. “Today I am giving a firm commitment that Fine Gael in Government will keep Lifford Hospital open, ending once and for all the threat that hangs over staff and management as well as those who rely on it for care.“Tomorrow (Thursday) Dr. Reilly will be questioning the Minister for Health, Mary Harney, in the Dáil through a Priority Question, at my request, on Lifford Hospital..“Lifford Hospital is a local community hospital which provides vital support and healthcare to the people of the Finn Valley. The facility offers a lifeline to the sick, the elderly and carers, who have campaigned vigorously for the retention of services.“All of the community hospitals in Donegal have had their services significantly scaled back over the years with most now offering day care, respite and convalescent facilities, as is currently the case with Lifford. Because of the large geographical scale of Donegal it is imperative that patients can be near their families during times of illness and poor health. This is especially true where the elderly are concerned.“The uncertainty surrounding the future of the Hospital is causing widespread fear and anxiety and must be brought to an end. People feel their lives are on hold with the continued threat of closure hanging over them. Fine Gael is the only Party with an ambitious and credible plan to deal with our struggling healthcare service. Through FairCare we will deliver a healthcare system that works for all and meets the needs of the sick, the elderly in every community.” REVEALED: HOW FINE GAEL ELECTION CANDIDATE PROMISED TO RETAIN LIFFORD HOSPITAL SERVICES was last modified: February 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A hairdresser has managed to raise a staggering €3,142 for Crumlin’s Children Hospital in just one day.Jenna McLaughlin from Loose Ends Salon in Ballybofey decided to donate the cash in honour of little Brian McMenamin.Battler Brian was born in May 2010 but passed away just six months later in November of the same year. Jenna said she wanted to pay tribute to the staff of Crumlin’s Children Hospital.And she certainly did that!Jenna says all her customers responded magnificently and she was delighted she was able to raise so much cash. JENNA LEAVES NO ‘LOOSE ENDS’ AS SHE RAISES €3,142 FOR CRUMLIN was last modified: April 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Crumlin HospitalLOOSE ENDS
Chelsea left it late but came from behind to beat Watford 4-2 and avoid a third straight defeat in the Premier League on Saturday.Pedro had given Chelsea the lead in the 12th minute with a superb curling strike but Abdoulaye Doucoure leveled on the stroke of halftime and Roberto Pereyra put Watford in front four minutes after the break.Watford wasted a number of chances to extend its advantage before substitute Michy Batshuayi headed in the equalizer.Cesar Azpilicueta gave Chelsea the lead three minutes from time and Batshuayi doubled his tally in stoppage time to secure victory for the defending champion.Big win!!! Great spirit from all! Come on @ChelseaFC ??? #KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/hmutJWC35t- Csar Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) October 21, 2017Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s relief was clear as he passionately celebrated Azpilicueta’s goal with fans.”We had to dig in until the last minute and we showed our spirit,” Azpilicueta said. “It wasn’t our best game but we got an important win for our confidence after three games without winning.”We started really well and had chances to score the second. The confidence was a bit lower because of their second goal but we didn’t give up. It’s a big win for us. We know it’s a long season and will have ups and downs but this is the first step to get the confidence up.”Chelsea leapfrogged a point above Watford into fourth place. It is six points below leader Manchester City, which hosts Burnley later.”It was a really unfair result. We were in control most of the time,” Watford coach Marco Silva said. “We didn’t create a lot in the first half but we controlled the match. In the second half, for 35 to 40 minutes, I saw one team playing.advertisement”We had clear chances to finish the match at 3-1 but they achieved an unfair result. I think everyone saw this on the pitch.”Chelsea was without a win since September after league losses to City and Crystal Palace. Conte’s side had also chucked away a two-goal advantage in drawing with Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday.The hosts took a controversial lead when they were awarded a corner despite the ball appearing to have come off the foot of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.The short corner was pulled back to Pedro who curled a fantastic strike in off the top left hand corner of the goal frame.Watford was the better side for much of the first period and netted a deserved equalizer in first-half stoppage time.Chelsea failed to properly clear a free kick and it went out for a throw-in which Jose Holebas launched into the area. David Luiz attempted to head the ball out but it dropped down for Doucoure to fire home through a crowd of players.Watford began the second half much as it had ended the first and took the lead early on when Richarlison picked out an unmarked Pereyra, who drilled the ball past Thibaut Courtois.Richarlison missed two easy chances either side of the goal and Watford had further chances to extend its advantage before Chelsea made it pay for its profligacy.Calling for Batsman ? ??I got yall ??????? pic.twitter.com/tFPHP4sFO5- Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) October 21, 2017The home side leveled in the 71st when Batshuayi headed Pedro’s cross from the right into the far corner.Another substitute, Willian, had a hand in Chelsea’s third as he crossed for Azpilicueta to head home.Batshuayi secured the victory in the fifth minute of stoppages as Watford conceded possession and he held off Miguel Britos to lift the ball over goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.
A local fugitive with a lengthy criminal history was arrested this (Thursday) morning in South Sioux City.Alan Adams was located and taken into custody in the 400 block of W 19th Street by South Sioux PoliceAdams was wanted on a warrant for a parole violation in Iowa.Officers and Dakota County Deputies. surrounded a residence and police and a Nebraska State Trooper entered the house and found Adams in a third floor attic crawl space.Adams surrendered without incident and was taken to the Dakota County Jail on charges of Resisting Arrest and Obstructing an Officer.