This year will mark the twentieth anniversary of our referendum on divorce, that was in November 1995 and the following June the legislation was put in place. Since then almost 100,000 people have been divorced. Valerie Cox has been to Phoenix House in Dublin to see how the Divorce courts operate.
Almost three years ago 57 year old Mary Gorman from Ballinakill in Co Laois was diagnosed with a rare blood disease – Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria or PNH.
There is a drug available to treat the disease – Eculizumab - but the HSE has refused to fund it for Mary Gorman and six other new sufferers, saying the manufacturers are charging too much. Yesterday the issue was raised in the Senate when Senators John Whelan and Thomas Byrne called on the Minister for Health to make the treatment available to all PNH sufferers. Valerie Cox has been talking to Mary Gorman.
It’s just a year now since the Court service opened the Family Law courts to the media and in that year it has given us an insight into how these courts work, how the Judges make their decisions and of the stress and difficulty of some of the people who attend these courts.
Valerie Cox has been back to Dolphin House over the past couple of weeks, and first she spoke of the case of a very expensive First Communion dress.
One of the interesting new businesses emerging from our concerns about security and robberies and break-ins to our homes is a Vault for safekeeping our valuables. A new purpose built vault has been opened in the Merrion Square area of Dublin and Valerie Cox has been to have a look.
As we've heard, many of the young patients in the hospital are here for a long term stay. Valerie Cox met some Michelle Dowd, a Sligo woman who is in the Transitional Care Unit with her 7 month old son, Kyle.
Kyle was born on 9th May this year and has spent almost of his life in Crumlin after he was diagnosed with tracheal stenosis, this means that his osophagus is being supported by air while it gets the chance to grow. So, in this interview you will hear the noise of the air pump. Kyle was born with a hole in his heart but then the doctors in Crumlin realised there was another problem.
The Transitional Care Unit is a step down frpm ICU or a High Dependency Unit as the clinical nurse manager, Rachel Wallace, explains.
Christmas is the busiest time of the year at our airports but did you ever think about how all that traffic in the sky is controlled? Well we sent Valerie Cox to Dublin Airport to find out more about Air Traffic Control.
The plight of Ireland’s homeless people was brought home very forcibly with the death of a homeless man – Jonathan Corrie – in the shadow of Leinster House at the beginning of December. In the wake of his death, there has been a public outcry, plans for emergency accommodation and long term plans to provide homes for people living on the streets and in hostels. Valerie Cox has been to one of the centres where the homeless congregate, the Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street, Dublin 7.
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The run-up to Christmas is a very special time and nowhere more so than in Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin where many of the patients are preparing for what may be their last Christmas. Valerie Cox has been to meet some of them.
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Christmas is all about families and being surrounded by loved ones but for some people, it can be a logistics nightmare. Some of the cases involving estranged parents came before the family courts in Dolphin House this week and Valerie Cox was there.