Linkedin NewsCommunityUrgent appeal for family hit by motor neurone diseaseBy Bernie English – February 24, 2020 2738 Previous articleCrack cocaine supermarkets causing chaosNext articleWeekend Siamsa le jazz piano quartet Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Jer and Jackie with their children Noah and FayeA YOUNG Limerick family who has been struck by the tragedy of motor neurone disease are set to benefit from an online appeal to restore a 300-year-old house.Jer Spillane (39) was diagnosed with the incurable disease last November and already he has lost the use of his hands and arms.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Married to Jackie, they have two children, Noah (7) and Faye (4) and with carpenter Jer now out of work and Jackie facing the prospect of giving up her SNA job in a school to be his carer, the family is facing financial ruin.Jackie is originally from Kilbehenny in County Limerick and the couple are trying to restore an old family farmhouse there in preparation for Jer’s inevitable deteriorationClose family friend, Jennifer O’Sullivan told the Limerick Post why she and others have started a ‘Go Fund Me’ campaign.“The family has been renting a house for the last ten years but there is no downstairs bathroom and the doors are not wide enough for a wheelchair, which Jer is going to need sooner or later.“There is no question but he will be in a chair but we’re hoping that it will not be before they can do up the Kilbehenny house to cater for his needs.“There’s no heating system in the house. It’s 300 years old and it’s not suitable for a wheelchair but it is a place they can call home.“The cost of doing it up to a standard that is suitable for someone in a wheelchair has been estimated at €150,000. They don’t have money and they can’t get any kind of loan or mortgage because Jer now has no income and Jackie will have to give up her job in time,” Jennifer explained.Nor can the family avail of any of the disability grants for renovations as they would have to have owned the house for a year.The family has already endured huge bereavements, losing three of their parents and Jer’s only sister who died in a drowning tragedy.“They are such a lovely close family who have suffered so much already. This is heartbreaking. They’re devoted to each other and their children,” said Jennifer.“This disease shouldn’t happen to anyone and certainly not to such lovely people”.In the first three days of the campaign, almost €18,000 was raised from generous donors.“We’ve been blown away by the response and we’re so moved by people’s generosity. But every euro counts and we have a long way to go. This is a heartfelt plea to give them a home where Jer can make the best of his life with his family.”See https://www.gofundme.com/f/jer-spillane-fund Email Print Advertisement
News County Manager sorry for billing those who already paid Household Charge Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – October 23, 2012 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous articleLetterkenny businesses to lose out with scrapping of Town CouncilNext articleShot fired at house in Derry News Highland County Manager Seamus Neeley has told Donegal County Council that the amount of central government funding being lost to the council will not be as much as feared, but will still exceed a million euro.Mr Neely told members that the council is still expected to balance its books, and it is in that context that preparations are being made for Budget 2013 in the face of what he termed considerable and significant challenges.He repeated his call on people to pay the household charge, and apologised to people who received letters recently despite having paid, and especially to the families of people who were sent letters after their deaths. Facebook WhatsApp
Stock Image.BUFFALO – An Ohio woman was indicted Monday after allegedly trying to have sex with a 15-year-old from Jamestown last year.The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that Priscilla Vogelbacher, 37, of Oregon, Ohio, is charged with enticement of a minor and two counts of interstate travel with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.Prosecutors allege that between November 2018 and June 2019 Vogelbacher developed a relationship with the teen over the internet and lured them to engage in sexual activity.Vogelbacher is also accused of making two separate trips from Ohio to Jamestown, to have sex with the 15-year-old. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
If you live work or play in Broward County, officials have some news for you.The county’s nighttime curfew has been extended, they announced Wednesday.However, residents will no longer be legally responsible for making sure their guests wear masks.The changes came in an order signed by County Administrator Bertha Henry.It extends the county’s curfew, which runs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily, through at least this Monday.The curfew, which was imposed two weeks ago, was originally set to expire on Saturday.Broward Mayor Dale Holness said it could be extended further, although there is no consensus on how long to extend it.The curfew is “something we believe has worked for us in reducing the number of parties that were happening overnight,” Holness said. “As a result of actions that we’ve taken, we’ve seen some leveling off of the spread of the virus.”In addition, Broward’s mask mandate remains in effect, albeit with a slight change.The new order clarifies that residents are not required to wear the coverings inside their homes, nor are they responsible for making their guests wear masks.State rules still prevent gatherings of more than 10 people if they are not from the same family, but guests are now responsible for wearing masks if social distancing is not possible.The policy change came days after a Broward County resident sued the county over the provision that made people responsible for their guests’ behavior.#Broward Mayor @HolnessD9 announces new County Administrator Emergency Order 20-23 https://t.co/tFn80a5dnR— Broward County Commission (@browardinfo) July 29, 2020 That lawsuit claimed that the requirement violated constitutional protections against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.Violators of the mandate were subject to civil and criminal penalties, including a $1,000 fine for each violation.In another change announced Wednesday, rules for safety signs in English, Creole and Spanish also will now apply to all businesses, rather than just to restaurants and retail shops.On a related note, a recent crackdown by the Broward Sheriff’s Office on parties and “roving car clubs” is helping to curb violence and the local spread of the virus, according to Sheriff Gregory Tony.“Two weeks ago, we launched an enforcement operation which was twofold,” he said. “One, reducing the large parties that were occurring where we had got to the point where 1,100-plus calls for service had come in through the Sheriff’s Office related to these parties.”The efforts also targeted what Tony referred to as “roving car clubs,” where groups of people would drive 20 and 40 cars through the county and congregate for parties. Some of those events would end in violence, he adds.Deputies responded to and broke up 13 gatherings; issued 260 citations; arrested 25 people on charges such as grand theft and driving under the influence; and seized three guns. Sheriff Tony said all of the incidents were resolved without violence.He added that the enforcement operations will continue for the time being.The Florida Department of Health reported Wednesday that Broward has 52,970 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 638 deaths.