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Dublin City Council has allocated €100,000 for free period products in their 2020 budget.

Period products will be made available in all council buildings, including libraries, swimming pools and community centres.

Labour councillor Rebecca Moynihan proposed the initiative.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“With over 50% of young women and girls struggling to afford products; homeless women not being able to afford or indeed access sanitary products regularly and women in direct provision having to fight to get adequate products, it is so important that this initiative has received cross-party from councillors on Dublin City Council,” she stated.

“If the Government were serious about eradicating period poverty they could take two serious actions in the next budget. Firstly, they could introduce free sanitary products in schools. It is a scandal that young girls are missing school because they cannot afford sanitary products. 

“Secondly, the Government should examine the VAT on sanitary products that aren’t pads and tampons. Having a broad choice of products available at a lower price point benefits all women.

“Periods are not a luxury for women and girls. It is a part of everyday life and we need to make life easier for those who may be vulnerable positions,” she stressed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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You can join the fight against period poverty by donating period products to Homeless Period Ireland.

They have numerous drop-off points across the city, such as:  Tropical Popical, Waxperts, UCD, UL, IADT, Bella Baby, National Maternity Hospital.  An up-to-date list of drop off points can be found on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Christmas should be celebrated in the comfort of your own home. You should be with your nearet and dearest during the most wonderful time of year, but some people aren't so lucky. One Dublin couple had to spend their son's first Christmas in hospital so they are urging the public to help raise vital funds for sick children by hosting a Christmas Jumper Day.

Sarah-Jane and Seán Preston's one-year-old son, Seán Óg, spent his first Christmas in Crumlin Hospital, but this December the family are looking forward to spending Christmas at home. Over 150,000 children go through the doors of CHI at Crumlin every year and one in 100 children in Ireland are born with a structural heart defect.

“We found out our little baby Seán Óg had a congenital heart defect at our 20 week scan.” Sarah-Jane shared. “We were completely shocked as we had never heard of it before and we didn’t know how serious it was. Three days later it was confirmed that our little baby had multiple defects, but we wouldn’t know the full extent until he was born.

"We didn’t know if he would survive the pregnancy let alone the birth so we tried to enjoy every second we had. He continued to grow and when he was born he was transferred to CHI at Crumlin straight away. During the night Seán Óg was struggling to breathe and had to be ventilated to keep him alive. I got out of hospital the next day and finally got to see my little boy properly for the first time.”

The team discovered that Seán Óg had eight heart defects in total, with three of them being rare. He had his first heart surgery at two days old and was christened in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) when he was a day old.

“The nurses caring for Seán Óg were absolutely amazing.” Sarah-Jane said. “They treated him like he was their own and I trusted them 100% which made leaving him a little more bearable. Seán Óg responded really well to the surgery and he was allowed home at six days old. One of the nurses from ICU came up to the ward before he went to give him one last cuddle which was so touching.”

Seán Óg wasn’t due his next surgery until he was around eight months old, but at Christmas his little heart was failing so he needed his operation sooner. He had his open heart surgery at four months old and just four days before Christmas. He responded really well and got home within a week.

Sarah-Jane described how special the staff made her baby’s first Christmas in Crumlin – “Santa visited him and left him presents, I was left a big hamper and there were presents waiting for his big sister when she came to visit. These are the special moments that stand out and they are facilitated by the incredible fundraisers who give their time and energy to making sure that they’re doing all they can for sick children. Christmas dinner was also provided in the restaurant so we could have dinner as a family which was so important to us and something we are so grateful for.

"Every single staff member from household staff up to consultants made our stay as comfortable and special as it could be. The support we received went way beyond the operating theatre and we are so grateful for everything so far. Nobody wants to spend Christmas in hospital but it was such a festive atmosphere that it didn’t feel like we were in hospital at times.

"It’s not just the incredible heart centre that fundraising has supported, it’s the little things too, like a present for our little girl who spent Christmas day in the hospital with her sick brother.”

Seán Óg has a tough road ahead of him and needs another open heart surgery when he’s around three, but he’s doing really well – “He’s such a happy little eight month old boy. We will be forever grateful to Crumlin hospital for saving our little boy especially, Mr. Jonathan McGuinness who is Seán Og’s surgeon, and Orla Franklin, his cardiologist.

We will never ever be able to express our gratitude to CHI at Crumlin, the staff and the fundraisers who saved our baby, but we will continue to help out in any way we can.”

Email Sinead Nolan at christmasjumperday@cmrf.org to learn more about Christmas Jumper Day and how to get your school or company involved

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Frank and Honest Gourmet Coffee Company is delighted to announce its mission to plant 3,000 native trees in Ireland by Christmas. Frank and Honest have teamed up with hometree to plant the native trees in Moy Hill Farm in Co. Clare. 

Together with hometree, their commitment is that the native trees being planted will not be cut down or sold for the duration of the tree’s lifetime.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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To join Frank and Honest on its mission and help them to achieve this goal, it’s very simple… You buy a reusable cup, They plant trees.

This marks the next step in Frank and Honest’s sustainable journey. It was the first national coffee brand to move to 100 percent compostable takeaway coffee cups in 2018. This Christmas, they want to encourage the purchasing of reusable coffee cups.

Not only will customers get 20 cent off their coffee every time they bring their own cup, but now Frank and Honest is also pledging to purchase and plant native trees.

It’s more important than ever that we take care of the environment and making small daily changes is the easiest way to make a positive impact. With this in mind, the purchase of reusable cups encourages the move to our sustainable future and is in line with the brand’s overall mission. Join Frank and Honest and be part of giving the gift of native trees this Christmas.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hometree’s commitment is to plant trees that are to be enjoyed by all, humans and animals alike. Their motto is simple, #moretreesplease. The land is managed by Moy Hill CSA farm and their promise is that the trees will not be sold or cleared. The native trees that are planted by hometree are Alder, Rowan, Willow, Birch, Oak, and Scots Pine.

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Gardaí in Bridewell, Co. Dublin are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 18-year-old Robbie Moore who was last seen at his home in the Cabra area, Dublin 7 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.

Robbie is described as being between 5’ 11” – 6’ in height, of broad build with blue eyes and black hair.

Robbie left his home on a grey bicycle carrying a black rucksack on his person.

Anyone with any information that can assist in locating Robbie is asked to contact Gardaí in Bridewell on 01 666 8200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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A 13-year-old girl is in a critical condition after a machete attack in Co. Fermanagh. The PSNI have launched an attempted murder investigation.

It is understood that a group of men entered the home last night and attacked two of the occupants with machetes. The teenage girl and a 41-year-old woman were in the house at the time.

The 41-year-old  woman was stabbed in the leg but has since been released from the hospital. The teenager is in a stable but critical condition after she received multiple stab wounds.

There was also a baby in the house but they were uninjured.

The police were called to the house in Trasna Way, Lisnaskea at approximately 9.15pm last night.

Detective Sergeant Keith Monaghan stated, “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for those involved and we are determined to find the men responsible.”

He urged anyone with information to contact detectives in Enniskillen.

The number to call is 101 and the reference number is 1650 16/11/19. You can also call Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

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An Post has today launched its Click&Post online sending & online returns service. The new digital service is a quick and easy way to buy postage online, whether posting a single parcel, sending lots of packages, or returning unwanted purchases.

Click and Post allows customers to print off a label at home or download it directly to their phone for printing at the post office, then simply drop off their item at any post office or parcel locker.

The launch of Click & Post also marks a parcel price reduction for sending to the UK and Ireland, with prices reduced as much as 30 percent to the UK when sending larger items, making it easier and cost effective to Send Love this Christmas and all year round.

Click & Post eliminates the stress of posting small and large packages all over the world with its fool proof step by step guide to help users calculate their postage costs. The handy weight guide will help users match everyday household items with weight bands.

  • Two litres of milk is the guide for a 2kg package
  • If you’re finding it hard to gauge 150g, look no further than your smartphone
  • A can of soda weighs 390g which is the same as a man’s woollen scarf or a shirt
  • A bottle of wine weighs 1.25kg (remember that liquids do not make the cut for international postage!) this is about the same as a large hardback book
  • A small jar of jam weighs 340g and is about the same as a pair of ladies slippers.

 As well as the weight guide, An Post also has some top tips for packing and preparing parcels to ensure that your package gets to its destination safely and without delay. A  return address in the top left hand corner is essential on every parcel and is even more important at Christmas time, so that if for some reason your parcel can’t be delivered, An Post can get it back to you safely.  

Some other tips, which may seem obvious but are often forgotten including:

  • Remember to use proper packing tape – and watch those sharp edges, best wrap any pointy items in a layer tissue paper and use extra tape on the corners.
  • Always use block capitals when handwriting addresses this festive season

An Post Click & Post also makes returning online shopping even faster and easier. With the new service, users can book a return and choose to have their item collected or drop it off at their local post office or parcel locker, all through the online portal.

Speaking about the An Post Click & Post service, Garrett Bridgeman, Managing Director, An Post Mails and Parcels said, “An Post’s Click & Post is a new online service, designed to meet the needs of customers’ daily lives. It is is an incredibly user-friendly service that makes posting and returning packages even easier for our customers. We know that this new online option will relieve a little bit of stress for our personal and small business customers, giving them some valuable time back, especially in the busy weeks ahead.”

Find out more about Posting for Your World with An Post Click & Post by visiting www.anpost.com/post-parcels/click-and-post

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Gardaí in Dún Laoghaire are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the whereabouts of 14-year-old Emma McAlinden who was last seen this morning, Thursday, November 7, 2019 at approximately 9am.

When last seen Emma was walking in the area of Shanganagh Park, Shankill. Emma is described as being 5' 5" in height, slim build with long red hair and brown eyes.

Emma was wearing her school uniform which is a grey jumper, grey and red pin stripe skirt, black jacket and carrying a black school bag.

Gardaí and Emma’s family are very concerned for her whereabouts.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dún Laoghaire Garda Station on 666 5000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Gardaí in Mullingar have called for the public’s assistance in finding Janelle Quinn. The 17-year-old girl has been missing from Mullingar, since Friday, November 1.

Janelle is described as being 5’ 4” in height, of broad build with long brown hair.

Anyone with information or anyone who can assist the Gardaí in locating Janelle is asked to contact Gardaí in Mullingar on 044 938 4000 the Garda confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Ana Kriégel’s parents have asked the public to always remember their daughter and to keep her in their thoughts.

The two teenage boys who murdered their daughter were sentenced earlier today. Boy A was sentenced to a term of life for the murder of Ana. He will serve an initial 12 years and the sentence will then be reviewed.

Boy B was sentenced to 15 years but his sentence will be reviewed after eight years.

The boys were 13-years-old when they lured Ana to an abandoned building in Lucan and brutally murdered her.

Ana’s parents spoke outside the Central Criminal Court after the two boys were sentenced.

Her father Patrick said, “Justice has been served for Ana. The judge has decided on the sentence and that duty lies with him alone.

“For our part we can only say that forever is not long enough. Please remember Ana and keep her in your heart somewhere,” he shared.

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Her mum Geraldine expressed her gratitude for the Gardaí and public’s support: “We would like to express out extreme gratitude to Mark O’Neill and his team in An Garda Síochána who put everything they had into finding those responsible for Ana’s murder; Síobhán McIntyre, our liaison officer, for holding the family up through all of this pain; Brendan and the legal team; the jury and the judge; the media for being so understanding; the victim support unit; our family, our friends and our neighbours.”

“And thank you to all of the wonderful people out there who supported us and kept us going,” she added.

Ana was 14-years-old when her life was cruelly taken away from her.

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Gay Byrne has passed away at the age of 85, RTÉ has confirmed. 

RTÉ Director-General, Dee Forbes, today paid tribute to Mr. Byrne: “We are all greatly saddened by the passing of Gay Byrne who has been a household name in this country for so many years. Gay was an exceptional broadcaster whose unique and ground-breaking style contributed so much to the development of radio and television in this country.

"Gay’s journalistic legacy is as colossal as the man himself – he not only defined generations, but he deftly arbitrated the growth and development of a nation. Ireland grew up under Gay Byrne, and we will never see his like again. My deepest sympathies to Kathleen and his family.”

Born in Dublin on August 5, 1934, Gay Byrne grew up on the South Circular Road. He started work as a newsreader and continuity announcer on Radio Éireann in the late 1950's before moving to Granada Television in Manchester, where he worked on a variety of shows, interviewing acts including The Beatles.

For a time he commuted between Dublin and UK, working for both the BBC and RTÉ, but came back to Ireland full time in the late 1960’s as presenter and producer of The Late Late Show. The programme went on to become the world’s longest running chat show.

Gay Byrne also presented a long-running radio show on RTÉ Radio 1, first known as The Gay Byrne Hour and then The Gay Byrne Show. The show had a close relationship with its listeners, many of whom wrote to or phoned Gay to comment on the issues of the day, and with their own stories. He won a Jacob’s Award for the programme in 1976.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Over his long career Gay presented The Rose of Tralee, The Calor Housewife of the Year competition, as well as a range of special programmes. Gay Byrne presented his final daily radio show in 1998 and his final Late Late Show the following summer. However he did not retire from public life, becoming the chairman of the Road Safety Authority and presenting other acclaimed television shows, including The Meaning of Life.

Gay also returned to his first love –  radio – and presented Sunday with Gay Byrne. His loyal listenership on RTÉ lyric fm shared in his love of big band and jazz programme.

Gay is survived by his wife Kathleen, their daughters Crona and Suzy, and their families.

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A man in his twenties remains in custody after the body of a boy was found in Limerick on Sunday evening.

Gardaí discovered the body of a boy, believed to be 11-years-old, in the Ballynanty area of Limerick City.

The young boy was found with numerous injuries shortly after 7pm. He was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

Gardaí arrested a man in his 20s after finding the boy. He is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Henry Street Garda Station.

They stated that they’re investigating all of the circumstances of the boy’s death.

The scene is preserved for a forensic and technical examination. The State Pathologist will carry out a preliminary examination later today.

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A sentence hearing for the two boys who murdered Ana Kriegel will take place next week. 

The hearing will include a summary of evidence and a statement by Ana’s parents.

It is believed the hearing will take a full day.

Boy A and Boy B were 13-years-old when they lured the young girl to a desolate house in Lucan and murdered her.

The boys, who are now aged 15, were found guilty of murder earlier this year. Boy A was also found guilty of aggravated sexual assault.

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