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INMO: No. Of People On Hospital Trolleys Has Surged.

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says the number of people waiting on hospital trolleys across the country has increased again today.

There are 33 people without beds at Naas General Hospital, up 37% on yesterday, and 393 patients on trolleys elsewhere around Ireland.

The INMO is holding its annual conference in Killarney this week.

General Secretary, Liam Doran

Calls HeardFor New System Of Car Insurance.

A new digital system to recongise number plates is being proposed to bring down the number of fatal crashes involving uninsured drivers.

Figures from the Road Safety Authority for the period 2008 to 2012, showed that a third of drivers involved in crashes in which someone has died had no insurance.

15 people died on Kildare's roads during that period.

Uninsured drivers cost the industry around €60 million a year, adding around €30 euro to each premium.

Kildare TD Calls For Designation Of Naas As Food Hub.

A Kildare TD is calling for Naas to be desginated a food-sector hub.

The town is home to the Kerry Group, The Queally Group, Green Isle Foods, and other companies providing ancillary services to the food industry.

Kildare North Fianna Fáil deputy, Frank O'Rourke, was speaking during today's Dáil debate on agriculture.

He says such a designation would "bring benefits for the whole industry".

Naas General Asks Patients To "Consider" Attending GPs For Inital Assessment.

The HSE's Escalation Policy is in effect Naas General Hospital today, following a 37% increase in the number of people being treated on trolleys there.

There are 33 patients without beds there today,  of whom four whom four are on gurneys in wards and 29 are on trolleys in the Emergency Dept.

Naas General is asking patients to "consider using their GP or Kdoc Service for medical assessment, where possible."

The situation is under continuous review.


KCC Holding Public Information Meetings On Draft Development Plan.

Kildare County Council is holding five public information meetings on the Draft Kildare County Development Plan.

The document, which will guide growth and development in the county between 2017 and 2023, has gone on public display today.

Submissions can be made on the document until July 13th.

Public information sessions are taking place  in Naas, Clane, Kildare Town, Athy and Leixlip, between June 2nd and 23rd.


Kildare Gardai Renew Appeal For Info. On Fatal Collision.

Kildare Gardai have renewed their appeal witnesses, following last Wednesday's collision in which a man in his thirties was killed.

The car the Carbury man was driving is understood to have left the Allenwood to Rathangan Road just after 5.30am on the morning of April 27th, and entered the canal.

Gardai at Naas are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 045-884-300.


Over 10% Of Penalty Points Issued In Kildare Were For Mobile Phone Offences.

Over 10 per cent of the penalty points imposed on drivers in Kildare in March were for holding a mobile phone while behind the wheel.

The Road Safety Authority says just over 36,700 points were imposed on the licences of motorists in the county during that month.

Of those, 3,850, were for mobile phone offences.


Landlords' Assoc.: New Regulations Won't Help Kildare Tenants.

The Irish Property Owners Association claim that new rules for landlords are not actually going to help tenants.

There are 11,500 households in Kildare living in private rented accommodation.

The new measures are aimed at reforming the rental market and providing greater rent certainty.

They'd require landlords to sign a statutory declaration if they want to evict a tenant because they plan to sell the house.

But Margaret McCormack of The Irish Property Owners Association says this really won't make much of a difference.


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