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    Family Court

    This morning we made another visit to Dolphin House and the family courts. But a recent change has meant the introduction of children to give the Judge their side of the story. Valerie Cox was there.

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    Floods Revisited

    The flood waters have receded, the clean up is underway and householders are assessing the damage to their homes.  Can they be fixed without insurance? Or will they be abandoned to the ravages of the River Shannon?  Valerie Cox has been to the Golden Island area of Athlone to meet some of the people trying to return to their homes.

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    Rural Crime

    Cattle rustling, the theft of farm machinery, attacks on rural households and robberies in small villages, they’ve all happened in the past year and have led to a series of public meetings around the country organized by concerned citizens.

    But could one of the reasons for all this be the decrease in Garda numbers around the country, particularly in the border areas?  Well the residents think so and the Gardai agree.  Valerie Cox has been looking at the problem.

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    Our Lady's Hospice, Harold's Cross

    A place of warmth, welcome, light and peace, that’s how Valerie Cox has described her visit yesterday to Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross in Dublin as they prepare for Christmas. 

    Visit their website here,  and their facebook page here.

    To donate to the hospice see here

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    Family Courts

    Courtroom violence, Valerie Cox describes the setting for Friday's attack on a judge at Dolphin House.

    Ben and Jake Connolly

    Last November we brought you the story of the Connolly family from Mountmellick in County Laois. Two of Nicolette and Terence’s three boys, Ben and Jake, both suffer from Allan-Herndon-Dudley-Syndrome, a condition so rare that they are the only two sufferers in Ireland.

    Both parents had to give up work to look after their children around the clock. And after they did, their mortgage fell into arrears. So the local community decided to fundraise for a purpose built home but now there’s a snag and a big bill that nobody expected because the taxman wants a cut. Valerie Cox has been to Mountmellick to find out what’s happened.

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    Rural Crime

    Last night more than 500 people gathered in Trim, Co. Meath in what was described as a fight back against the scourge of rural crime. Valerie Cox was there for us. 

    Crowds gather at meeting in Trim

    People lined up to speak of their experiences

    Shortage of Rural GPs

    Patients scattered across remote countryside, elderly people living alone and getting the flu jab out there. It’s all part of the work of a rural GP and yesterday Valerie Cox spent the day with Dr Martin Daly, a GP in Ballygar, Co Galway who is also on the National GP committee of the IMO.

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    Mortgages

    The latest figures from the Courts Service of Ireland reveal that banks have sought to repossess almost 4,500 homes since the beginning of the year.  We have reported here on many of those cases, from the courts and from some of the people in danger of losing their homes, who have decided to go public.

    This morning we brought you a good news story, of a woman who was on the brink of losing her family home, when a deal was done.  Valerie Cox has met her.

    Family Courts

    Paternity tests, a mother with a drug problem and ‘decent respectable people’ who couldn’t agree access to their children. These were all cases before the Family courts in Dolphin House, Valerie Cox was there.

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