First tonight we heard from Dr. Mike Watts, a mental health service advocate, about a feasibility study which seeks to test the feasibility of an Out Of Hours Crisis Cafe for those in distress or mental health difficulty. This is being funded in part by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and will involve the statutory and voluntary sector in mental health service delivery.
Ger Comerford is the local Central Executive Committee (CEC) representative for the Garda Representative Association. New organisational arrangements for the Gardaí have been announced and a press release gave some information, although it has to be said that this was not shared officially with the GRA. One with major implications for Carlow & Kilkenny is the proposed merger with Waterford with serious force management issues. Ger spoke about the GRA response and their call for what they term an Optimum Number Survey which they contend will better service the needs of the service. This will be discussed at the GRA conference in April where the Commissioner will be in attendance.
We repeated the interview with Dr. Sarah Doyle, a Kilkenny based Consultant in Public Health Medicine. This was first heard on KCLR Live this morning.
Emma Uí Bhroin of Glór Ceatharlach spoke to us about what people can do to improve their levels of spoken Irish as we approach Seachtain Na Gaeilge.
We also had a quick word with John ‘Shark’ Hanlon, a Kilkenny based trainer who is at the Chtltenham Festival.