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international / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday September 01, 2007 09:34 by Sean Crudden   text 1 comment (last - tuesday september 11, 2007 18:59)
Increasingly the patient is no longer seen as a passive recipient of medical treatment. Attempts are being made, at least at an ideological level, to involve patients more in the design of medication and to lend some weight to what patients really think of medication and how it is affecting them. Naturally there are life saving chemicals like penicillin, insulin and cytamen (for vitamin B12) but there is a plethora of more optional drugs on the market not least a whole cabinet of neuroleptic drugs. From my own observations as a patient for over 30 years attending clinics and hospitals throughout that period it is unclear whether many of these drugs have an authentic role in (a) preserving life or (b) in improving the quality of life of the patient. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Wednesday August 08, 2007 13:41 by Emer McGann   text 1 comment (last - sunday august 12, 2007 12:31)
Rooming in’ involves the care of a newborn infant in a cot near the mother’s bed instead of in a nursery during their hospital stay. This has very many positive advantages for the mother and baby in terms of bonding and getting to know the new baby’s routine in the early days of its life and also the instant availability of the mother for feeding, a recognised bonding time be it bottle or breast. Rooming in also has many advantages for maternity hospitals in terms reduction in requirements for nursery spaces in hospitals and therefore, reduction in numbers of staff required to supervise the nurseries and take care of the infants. Most Irish maternity hospitals operate a full rooming in policy but the question is - Do Irish Maternity Hospitals support rooming in? read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / other press Wednesday August 01, 2007 11:04 by Greenie   text 3 comments (last - thursday august 02, 2007 14:38)
The government has announced a new tax for oil and gas finds read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Monday July 23, 2007 17:59 by Jene Kelly
Concerned about the current situation in Ireland’s maternity service? Over-crowded and under-staffed hospitals….poor facilities….lack of mother-friendly birth choices…. long wait times…. Poor post natal support… high rates of induction, intervention and c-section…. difficulty booking first choice care preference.... conveyer belt maternity care…etc… AIMS Ireland seeks new members and volunteers. read full story / add a comment
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international / consumer issues / other press Monday July 16, 2007 20:20 by Linker   text 4 comments (last - saturday july 21, 2007 20:16)   image 2 images
Community media advocates are demanding that Mexico's congress proceed with major
reforms to the Federal Law on Radio and television that would allow for diversity in the
medium. This is spearheaded by Article 19 , the National Centre for Social Communications
(CENCOS) and AMARC Assoc.of Community Radio Broadcasters and IFEX , International
Freedom of Expression eXchange. read full story / add a comment
Sean Crudden
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday July 14, 2007 15:04 by Sean Crudden   text 4 comments (last - sunday july 15, 2007 12:23)   image 1 image
The dilemma for The Progressive Democrats now is whether to try to ride out the storm with the old crew or to change course under a new leadership? read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Friday June 29, 2007 10:37 by AIMS Ireland
“Every woman deserves to have her mother in the delivery room with her” I remember reading these words on rollercoaster.ie years ago from a young scared Irish woman due with her first baby. Her heartfelt plea for help…her desperation for ANY suggestion ….of ANY possible way that she could persuade her maternity hospital to make the exception to the rule and allow her mother and husband in with her for the labour and birth. Likewise I remember the replies of other women…women who have gone through it before…women who dripped with cynicism because they too would have liked this choice but knew what her outcome would be. The pain, confusion and fear of that sad, sad post have stayed with me over the years.

Unfortunately it looks like very little has changed for women in some areas of Ireland . While many maternity units around the country are receptive of additional birthing partners and Doulas, the Dublin hospitals remain unresponsive.

AIMS Ireland has decided to look deeper into this issue.
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international / consumer issues / other press Monday June 25, 2007 10:11 by MaxKeiser.com
"If you don't do anything else this month, you need to go watch this special on how rigged the so-called "free" markets are.

It's clear, concise, amusing in a wry, quirky way...and terribly sad, as it shows that it is simple to explain all this in a comprehensible manner, and yet it isn't by the supposedly fair US media. Commentator Max Keiser does a remarkable job in describing how completely ugly this is, and arrives at the same conclusion I did - playing in a rigged game is a fool's errand."

- Bob O'Brien's Sanity Check
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national / consumer issues / news report Sunday June 17, 2007 14:31 by John McDermott
Various goings on, re the Soldiers of Destiny and their new Broccoli Brotherhood. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / consumer issues / other press Wednesday June 13, 2007 13:54 by iosaf   text 11 comments (last - monday october 20, 2008 04:40)   image 3 images
I was stunned by the implications of this little story I just spotted on RTE. It seems Dublin hasn't had an IKEA before. How did you escape the stylish homogenous cheaply produced and easy to assemble look ?

Will the FF/Green coalition have any influence on peoples' need or want for such furniture & interior bits and bobs? read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / event notice Tuesday June 12, 2007 13:52 by Michael O'Callaghan
Co-hosted by the European Parliament Independence/Democracy Group and the GM-free Ireland Network.

15 June 2007, noon – 3pm
European Parliament Office
43 Molesworth Street
Dublin, Ireland read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / other press Monday June 04, 2007 18:13 by Laboristo
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international / consumer issues / other press Monday May 28, 2007 05:19 by staff report   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 29, 2007 23:03)
The singularly profit driven Corporations have lied and lied regarding food additives, tobacco and climate changing pollutants. They only respond to VERY LARGE financial disincentives. A drive to sign up whole populations for a class action against these polluters is a great start for future mental and physical health.

This action may also reveal the combination of additives in foods and the water supply that impairs the human will. Never before in human history have entire populations become so subservient, helpless and passive in the most alarming circumstances. The apathy and complacency witnessed today in the face of horrendous illegal wars, pollution induced climate change/GLOBAL warming, to name the two most catastrophic events, is beyond comprehension.

Hit them hard and hit them in the pocket, the "class" of the action should include the entire population -- you and your children have been poisoned! read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday May 23, 2007 04:50 by Michael O'Callaghan
The current Fianna Fáil / PD Government’s litany of lies and broken promises on genetically modified (GM) food and farming have exposed Irish farmers, food producers, food exporters, retailers, restaurants, and consumers to years of contamination by illegal and/or toxic GM ingredients. read full story / add a comment
The street leading to the pier from the main intersection in Omeath
louth / consumer issues / event notice Sunday May 13, 2007 14:44 by Sean Crudden   text 2 comments (last - saturday june 02, 2007 20:54)   image 6 images
Meetings of IMPERO (Irish Mental Patients' Educational and Representative Organisation) take place twice yearly usually in April and November. read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / press release Sunday May 13, 2007 00:37 by SDLP Youth
SDLP Youth move to support European Initiatives to reduce exorbitant roaming charges. read full story / add a comment
galway / consumer issues / event notice Tuesday April 24, 2007 09:40 by JC   text 2 comments (last - friday april 27, 2007 23:51)
Following a very successful publicity campaign and public protest the serious issue of the Galway water crisis, how it is being handled, and how it is affecting the households of Galway, is now being highlighted. Outside City Hall, at a demonstration attended by 300 Galway residents, a letter of immediate demands was handed personally to the City Manager Mr. Mc Grath, and to those elected representatives that joined the protesters in solidarity. read full story / add a comment
Worst Minister for health ever
national / consumer issues / news report Tuesday April 17, 2007 10:06 by J Aubrey   text 79 comments (last - wednesday october 03, 2007 15:59)   image 2 images
This is the update:-

*INO and Psychiatric nurses will continue to highlight inequity in the
health system. They will use their votes in the General election.

*Impact are planning a clerical workers strike which the health unions will
support.

*The consultants are refusing to re-negogtiate salaries and this is being
buried by the gutterpress behind the nurses strike.

*The junior doctors of Ireland are the only ones in the EU who have to
a 60-70 hour week. read full story / add a comment
Chavez, Ahern,  Bachelet, Merkel
international / consumer issues / news report Tuesday April 10, 2007 12:28 by NN   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 12, 2007 20:31)   image 1 image
Venezuela has an interesting relationship with the energy giant Shell. They actually force them to pay taxes, and when they submit estimates which the govt doesn't believe, they audit them and present them with a bill. Today they told Shell to pay back over thirteen million dollars that the company was trying to weasel out of from 2005.

The Irish government, of course, has a more compliant attitude to the big energy companies... read full story / add a comment
sligo / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Friday April 06, 2007 13:15 by Union member   text 6 comments (last - monday april 09, 2007 13:13)
Sligo Borough Council voted down a motion condemning the governments policy which will tax aid speculators to build a private hospital on public land beside Sligo General Hospital. This is the first Council to endorse what amounts to the beginning of the privatisation of the Health Service. read full story / add a comment
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