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    Free GP Care

    Starting from today, children under six are entitled to free GP care with doctors who have registered for the scheme.

    In some areas of the country however, there has been a low uptake of the scheme. Only 19 per cent of doctors in South Tipperary have registered. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been out and about in Clonmel talking to parents about the scheme, also one of those GPs, Dr Martin Rouse joins Sean. 

    Read More: Everything you need to know about free GP care for under-sixes, Fiona Reddan, The Irish Times, 30th June 2015

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    DCC Plans for City Centre

    A new proposed plan would have a major impact on transport in Dublin city centre, including wider footpaths, more pedestrianized streets and restrictions on cars in certain areas. These proposals are part of a public consultation that runs until July 16th and our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at the issue.

    Following Brian's report, Eamon Ryan, leader of the Green Party and Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs at AA Ireland joined Sean to debate the issue. 

    For the full report, a summary report and details on how to take part in the consultation see: www.dublincity.ie/TransportStudy

    Contact Brian O'Connell here.

    Read More: Radical plan seeks to take cars out of Dublin city centre, Tim O'Brien, The Irish Times, 10th June 2015

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    Portlaoise Hospital

    Last week saw claims and counter claims about the future of Portlaoise Hospital. I’ll be joined shortly by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Laois Offaly TD Charlie Flanagan, and local Fianna Fail TD Sean Fleming.

    Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been to Portlaoise to get a sense of how strong local feeling is regarding the future of the hospital.

    Read More: Complex surgery to be transferred from Midland Hospital, Portlaoise, RTÉ, 3rd June 2015

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    Child And Adolescent Mental Health (Part 2)

    Yesterday our reporter Brian O’Connell brought us details about issues within child and adolescent mental health services, or CAMHS as they are known. We heard about lengthy waiting lists, about the suspension of some services, and how staffing levels in others are operating below what has been agreed. Firstly Brian reminds us of some of the issues he discovered, Sean was later joined by Minister Kathleen Lynch.

    Contact Brian here

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    Child and Adolescent Mental Health

    Now today and tomorrow our reporter Brian O’Connell will bring us a special investigation into child and adolescent mental health services - CAMHS. 

    Today we heard about one family’s experience, and also some new information about staffing shortages and suspension of services in some areas. Brian began by telling us what CAMHS is and why it is important.

    Contact Brian here.

    Read HSE response here.

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    Hospital Outpatient Waiting Lists

    Despite Government assurances, outpatient waiting lists have grown steadily in the past 12 months. Our reporter Brian O’Connell has been looking at the issue and speaking to some of those on the waiting lists.

    Later,  Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer, Chairperson of Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children gave his reaction. 

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    Dementia

    Dementia describes a range of conditions that cause damage to our brain. I can affect memory, thinking, language and our ability to perform everyday tasks. A pilot project in South Tipperary has been one of four nationally to look at new ways of helping persons living with dementia remain at home for longer. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some of those being helped by the project.

    Contact Brian here

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    Marriage Equality Referendum

    With just days to go until the country votes on whether or not to allow same sex marriage, our reporter Brian O’Connell has been getting the views of people in two areas.

    Contact Brian here

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    St. Nicholas Trust

    They say that prisoners do time on the inside, while their families do time on the outside. The St Nicholas Trust was set up in response to the needs of relatives of people sent to prison. Our reporter Brian O’Connell met with some families the trust has helped and also spoke to people about the challenges families face when a loved one is jailed.

    St. Nicholas Trust - Support for the families of prisoners.

    Contact Brian here.

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    Páidí ÓSé Bronze Statue unveiled

    This Saturday, a life-size bronze of one of GAA’s most iconic footballers, Kerry’s Paidi O Se, is due to be unveiled outside his home in Ventry.

    The finishing touches are currently being put to the statue in the foundry of sculptor Seamus Connolly in west Clare.

    This week our reporter Brian O’Connell visited the foundry with some family and friends of Páidí. 

    Contact Brian here.

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