Valerie Cox on dramatic exchanges in the family courts
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.
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.
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.
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.
To donate to the hospice see here.
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.
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.
Presenter: Sean O'Rourke