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Karol O'Shea from Wexford spoke to Colm on air about the proposed closure of the Wexford Women's Refuge for a 13 week period from September to December this year due to a lack of funding. There is some concern that when there are temporary closures like this that they may become permanent. The HSE have proposed this closure as the Refuge has overrun its budget for the year already. At the moment there are four families living in the centre.
A protest march is planned for Saturday afternoon at the Quay in Wexford at 2.00 p.m. and Karol is hoping that as many people as possible turn up to support the Centre.
Paul Williams talks about his article in today's Independent about the John Dundon conviction yesterday of the murder of Shane Geoghegan.
Dundon's conviction for the murder of Shane Geoghegan yesterday was a good day for law enforcement and an even better one for the people of Limerick. As he starts his life sentence, joining his relations and associates behind bars, the gardai in Limerick have won another spectacular victory – and the relatives of the dead have had some kind of closure. The Dundons were directly linked to most of the 20 gangland murders.
The Dundon brothers, John, Gerard, Dessie and Wayne returned from the UK in 2000. They teamed up with their cousins the McCarthys with just one ambition: to dominate the city's underworld. They inherited their bloodlust from their father Kenneth, a convicted killer. Inflicting pain and fear was what they did best – even as children. Wayne Dundon once beat his own mother so badly that she was hospitalised for three weeks.
Various health insurers have launched a string of special offers in a bid to capture customers as thousands of people are about to renew their policies. The firms are offering half-price cover for children, discounts for adults and lower prices of those who buy policies online.
They are also hoping stripped down policies will lure young families back into the market after many families have been forced to drop health insurance in the current climate.
What this means is that for the first time in years consumers are set to see a cut in the cost of cover which has been rising significantly over the past five years.
Sinéad Ryan, Consumer Jounalist, explains and for further information check out http://www.hia.ie/
Presenter: Colm Hayes