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    Isolated Farmers

    The Inishowen peninsula in Donegal is one of the wildest and most beautiful places in Ireland but there is a downside too, isolation, loneliness, the lack of a public transport service, the closure of a number of garda stations and post offices and now a threat to the Now Doc medical service.  Valerie Cox has been to Inishowen.

    Young Carers

    The 2011 census revealed that there are over 6,000 Young Carers under the age of 18 in Ireland.  However, this could be higher as recent research carried out by the University of Nottingham estimates 28,000 young carers here.

    Valerie Cox has been meeting some of those young carers.

    Sam Norris 

     Jamie Mooney

    Mary Condon O'Connor

    Family Courts

    Valerie Cox has been to Dolphin House to the Family Courts, she told Sean of the stories she heard while there. 

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    Mortgage Difficulties

    Seven years ago, the Phoenix project was set up to work with people who were in serious financial difficulties and in danger of losing their homes.  We have spoken since then with several people who have been helped by the organization but this week Valerie Cox has been visiting some of the homes of those struggling to keep their homes.

    The Phoenix Project urgently need donations, fundraisers and sponsors. Their details for anyone who wants to make a donation or who needs help: 

    Website www.phoenixproject.ie

    Phone number 1850 203 040

    Email address support@phoenixproject.ie

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    Divorce Courts

    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.

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    Rare Blood Disease

    Last week we brought you the story of Mary Gorman, the 57 year old woman who suffers from a rare blood disease - Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria or PNH. There is a drug available to treat the disease but the HSE is refusing to fund treatment for Mary and six other sufferers in the country.

    After that broadcast, two of those sufferers got in touch with us, one of them a fifteen year old schoolgirl from Donegal. Valerie Cox has been talking to them. She first met with Maeve McGill and her family in Donegal and John Duggan who spoke to Valerie about their lives and their struggles to try and get the drug given its expense.  

    Read More on John's situation here in the Meath Chronicle.

    Divorce Courts

    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.

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    HSE Refusal

    to fund life-saving blood drug...

    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.

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    The Family Courts

    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.

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    The Merrion Vaults

    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.

    Located in Hospitality House, off Merrion Square you can contact Merrion Vaults at info@merrionvaults.ie

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