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    Valerie meets Kyle

    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.

    Valerie visits the Heart Unit

    Valerie has been to the Heart Unit where she met a three year old who is waiting to travel to Great Ormond Street for a heart transplant. L

    Little Rionan Flanagan who is from Coolaney in Sligo.  His Dad, Conor, is staying with him in the Heart Unit.

     

     

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    Air Traffic Controllers

    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.

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    Homelessness

    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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    Hospice at Christmas

    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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    Family Courts

    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.

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    Families for Justice

    Yesterday we talked about Families for Justice – an organization comprised of families who have lost loved ones in violent circumstances and who say they have been let down by the judicial and political systems. Sean spoke with John McGuinness TD and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, who has taken an interest in these cases but first we took a look at two more cases, that of Mary Boyle and Shane O’Farrell. Valerie Cox has met their families.

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    Families for Justice

    They are some of the most high-profile families who have suffered terrible and violent losses and tragedies over the years. They have never been satisfied with the investigations into what happened their loved ones, they say they have been let down by the judicial and political systems. Now they have formed a group called Families for Justice to campaign for the answers they say they need to move on with their own lives. Valerie Cox has been meeting some of them.

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    Naas General Hospital

    Overcrowding and understaffed, that is the complaint coming from hospital staff around the country. A few weeks ago, Valerie visited Galway hospital to meet with staff there. Next Friday, members of the INMO working in the emergency department in Beaumont Hospital will hold the first in a series of lunchtime protests.

    But this morning we concentrated on Naas General hospital in Co Kildare where, during the month of October, 320 patients waited on trolleys for an in-patient bed, some of them for days, many of them frail and elderly. Valerie Cox has the report.

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    Mortgage Debt - The Phoenix Project

    The economy may be improving, employment figures are rising but there are still thousands of people who are struggling with debt and in danger of losing their homes. Valerie Cox has been to the Phoenix Project in Portlaoise to meet some of them.

    The Phoenix Project is located in Portlaoise but looks after people from all over the country. They are now facing the situation where more and more of their clients are dealing with the legalities of the banks trying to repossess their homes.

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