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international / consumer issues / news report Wednesday November 17, 2010 01:35 by Sean Clinton   text 2 comments (last - friday november 19, 2010 18:27)
Blue Nile censors its Facebook page to avoid having to answer questions about the provenance of their so-called conflict free diamonds. read full story / add a comment
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dublin / consumer issues / other press Friday October 01, 2010 11:30 by Andrew   text 4 comments (last - sunday october 03, 2010 15:01)   image 1 image
Last night in Dublin former US president Bill Clinton told an invited gathering of 575 of the richest 1% of Ireland's population that they were the greatest problem facing the world. They paid over 2500 a head to hear this as they chomped down on "Atlantic salmon, Connemara lamb and lemon posset, washed down with Chablis Domaine de la Mandeliere 2007 and Chateau Les Roches Gaby 2001." read full story / add a comment
Petroseige in effect!
mayo / consumer issues / news report Wednesday September 29, 2010 17:58 by RSC   text 1 comment (last - thursday september 30, 2010 17:09)   image 3 images
Activists occupied the roof of the Shell garage at 122-156 Walworth Road, Camberwell, London, around 3pm on 25/09/10 in solidarity with the people of Rossport, County Mayo, Ireland, who are resisting Shell's destructive plans to build a pipeline through their community. read full story / add a comment
Getting the raw Cowen
national / consumer issues / news report Wednesday September 15, 2010 19:42 by Seán Ryan and Madam K   text 32 comments (last - tuesday september 28, 2010 11:44)   image 15 images   video 3 video files
A man of the people. Flawed yes. But a man of the people all the same. Some alcohol, some nudity and some public urination, we take to the streets with Brian Cowen to say sorry. read full story / add a comment
THE NEW 'R' PLATE..
national / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Saturday September 04, 2010 13:06 by Ceibhfhionn   text 8 comments (last - monday october 04, 2010 17:11)   image 1 image
By april 2011,what the new (or not so new) road user will need before applying for their test is £1,125 euros,and a lot of time on their hands,as they will be expected to undertake 20 lessons,after completing their theory test,which will set them back an extra 50 euros.

Not everybody passes their test on the first round,and the driving testers,sometimes have the wrong attitude and no people skills,and will just fail you for the smallest slight non endangering mistake. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / event notice Friday September 03, 2010 16:21 by AIMS Ireland

AIMS Ireland is delighted to announce a joint committee meeting and seminar day with AIMS UK which will take place on September 25th at the Teachers' Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1 read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / event notice Friday September 03, 2010 16:16 by AIMS Ireland
AIMSI are delighted to announce that a public lecture on the subject of Midwife-Led Care will be taking place at NUI Galway at 7 pm on Monday, September 27th. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / other press Wednesday August 11, 2010 19:41 by Sean Crudden   text 25 comments (last - sunday september 25, 2016 09:01)
What jumps out at me about the recent report by PNA (Psychiatric Nurses Association) to the Minister of Health is that it underlines a definite antagonism between providers and patients in the mental health services. It conveys graphically and in a rather stock way a strong underlying sense of fear and loathing of mental patients. Undoubtedly relations between patients and nurses can assume knife-edge proportions at times. And it is, as we all know from human experience, at times of heightened tension or drama that basic and fundamental motivation emerges clearly in the spotlight. I believe Mr. Kavanagh (general secretary of PNA) when he says nurses in their hundreds have been injured by patients. I am sure he, too, can remember the names of John Carthy and Anthony Burke. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Thursday July 29, 2010 11:23 by Tracy Donegan
1 in 4 babies will be born by caesarean in Ireland. Experts estimate that 1/3 of Irish caesareans are
avoidable. As the HSE announces a caesarean reduction strategy more Mothers are questioning the rise
in surgical birth.

A must read for all expectant Mothers. Tracy Donegan’s latest guide to birth in Ireland explores the
epidemic of surgical births in Ireland and the growing number of women choosing VBAC (vaginal birth
after caesarean). The Irish Caesarean and VBAC Guide provides answers to the many overwhelming
questions associated with caesarean birth and VBAC. read full story / add a comment
dublin / consumer issues / opinion/analysis Sunday July 25, 2010 15:22 by Declan Cullen
Gormley's mad proposals need to be halted.

Its amazing how mad Minister John Gormley really is. He says that local councils can save 500 million euros in new reforms proposed that will affect vehicle owners.Its going to get so complicated and costly to own a vehicle in this state that most people will probably give up the dream of owning a car and content themselves with the fact that they will have to walk, or cycle depending on the distance. read full story / add a comment
galway / consumer issues / other press Sunday July 18, 2010 14:31 by gníomhaí
If you're based in Galway come and get good local food from the veg garden in Woodlands, Renmore
(beside Brothers of Charity and Gaelscoil Dara) read full story / add a comment
international / consumer issues / other press Tuesday June 22, 2010 13:15 by lazy   text 3 comments (last - wednesday june 23, 2010 17:05)

The true-blue Tories are having to *save* 61 BILLION between now and 2014 !!!

Interestingly they are cutting non-protected spends such as the NHS. Child Benefit will
not be taxed or means-tested but will be subject to a three year freeze. All eyes on the
Chancellor (who interestingly has Irish Connections) read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Thursday June 10, 2010 11:48 by AIMS Ireland
AIMSI Statement regarding scan misdiagnoses

The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland would like to offer its support to women affected by the ongoing scan misdiagnoses controversy. AIMSI offers support and information to women in their contact with the maternity services, and also assists women in registering complaints. Women can access AIMSI support services at: info@aimsireland.com OR support@aimsireland.com.

Women may also seek support through dedicated helplines which have been established in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda , tel 1800-200-529 and in University College Hospital Galway, tel 1800 252 016. There is also a general HSE information line: 1850-241 850.
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national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday June 09, 2010 13:38 by AIMS Ireland


Since October 2008, AIMS Ireland has been corresponding with Prof Brendan Drumm, HSE CEO to highlight the issue of consent-related practices within Irish maternity hospitals. AIMSI has repeatedly called on Prof Drumm and the HSE to review service user consent policy in Irish maternity services and for the creation and implementation of National Guidelines for Clinical Practice in Maternity Care . Further, these must include the publication of annual clinical reports and hospital statistics per unit and per individual consultant practicing within each unit. read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / event notice Tuesday May 04, 2010 17:52 by AIMS Ireland
AIMS Ireland, the Association for Improvement in the Maternity Services, would like to announce the new details of the re-scheduled Birth Healing Workshop for women in the Dublin area. We apologise to all concerned for having to re-schedule at such short notice. Our facilitators were unable to get back for the workshop due to the volcanic ash flight disturbances.

The May 29th Workshop is suitable for women who have suffered a distressing or traumatic birth experience and wish to take steps toward healing. read full story / add a comment
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cork / consumer issues / event notice Thursday April 22, 2010 11:20 by anarkitty   image 1 image
We will be screening part of the documentary: The Power of Community. This is a documentary about how Cuba, an isolated island nation, rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil, supplied by the former Soviet Union. The film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy. read full story / add a comment
mayo / consumer issues / event notice Wednesday April 14, 2010 13:30 by Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
AIMS Ireland are holding a Fundraising Yoga evening in aide of the Irish Guide to a Healthy Birth, a new resource booklet to help women and families make informed choices and explore care options during pregnancy and birth. read full story / add a comment
mayo / consumer issues / event notice Monday April 12, 2010 10:38 by AIMS Ireland
Yoga Evening with Esther Moser
Thursday, 22nd April, 8-10pm
Crann More Centre Ballinrobe
EasyYoga, Relaxation and Meditation

Suitable for Every Body & Mind read full story / add a comment
national / consumer issues / press release Wednesday April 07, 2010 15:34 by AIMS Ireland
A new survey carried out by AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, Ireland) found that 22% of women surveyed stated the care they received postnatally was “poor”, whilst a further 23% found the care to be only “average”. Furthermore, 23% of women rated the quality of information they received from their carer postpartum to be “poor”. By contrast, only 3% found their care during pregnancy to be “poor”. read full story / add a comment
Boycott Israeli Blood Diamonds
international / consumer issues / news report Monday March 29, 2010 22:35 by Freda H, Zoe L & Kev   text 2 comments (last - tuesday march 30, 2010 01:40)   image 1 image
The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today expressed its shock and dismay at revelations unearthed by Limerick-based researcher Seán Clinton in his recent exposé on the role of Israel in the global diamond industry. Mr. Clinton’s article, published last night on the respected Electronic Intifada website (http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11170.shtml), highlights how the industry deceives the public by playing up benefits accruing to poorer countries through the Kimberly Process – the stated aim of which is to eliminate ‘blood diamonds’ - while simultaneously hiding the fact that Israel, a state that has militarily occupied Palestine for more than 40 years, is the world’s biggest beneficiary of the diamond industry. read full story / add a comment
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