Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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Thanks for the link Dowlingm, on the Nenagh to Limerick rail link.
I’m really looking forward to see the commuter rail project to go ahead as soon as possible
Especially now the Nenagh is a fast growing satellite town of Limerick I would like to see improvement on the line Its in need of repair and modernisation.
there’s is approximatley 6,000 vehicles who join the N7 every day en route to limerick
Bringing total traffic figures on the N7 to around 14,000 vehicles a day!
Well over a thousand houses be earmarked over the new few years to Nenagh.
There are currently over 700 houses been constructed this year and early of next year.
The Population is around 7,000 at present and could easily reach 10.000 with all these houses been built. This rail investment is well overdue. Great stuff 🙂
On the recent pics above of Williams street…
Yeah I agree Anto, 😮
There are quite a few significant buildings on Williams street, yet again (like Oâ€™Connellâ€™s street), on a main thoroughfare in the city, that is left underused and look bland and run down.
Yet another shop closed its doors on the street
Other news in relation the Ul developments,
City Council backs UL medical school proposal
Noonan annoyed that Education Minister has made no commitment
LIMERICK City Council unanimously supported a motion to back the University of Limerickâ€™s proposal for the establishment of a new type of graduate-entry medical school this week.
Proposed by Cllr Pat Kennedy, the motion was supported by all the city councillors, including the Mayor, Diarmuid Scully, who welcomed the initiative.
If given the green light, the graduate-entry school will admit students who have firstly undertaken a primary degree in other disciplines and works, based on recent experience of similar graduate entry courses in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
Cllr Kennedy said that the background to this “innovative and imaginative proposal could be seen from the fact that it is now widely acknowledged that the current system of medical education and training was and is highly unsatisfactory, resulting in an alarming drop-out rateâ€.
Both the Minister for State at the Department of Health and Children, Tim Oâ€™Malley and Limerick East TD and chairperson of the Dail Public Accounts Committee have been actively campaigning for a positive outcome on this proposal.
However Deputy Noonan said this week that the Minster for Education, Mary Hanafin, is “deliberately blocking the making of a speedy decision on the issueâ€.
Explaining that he is “deeply disappointedâ€ with the reply he received to a parliamentary question from Minister Hanafin recently, Deputy Noonan said that she is “non-committalâ€.
“I would have expected that as a senior minister from the region she would have put her weight behind the University of Limerick. But there is no commitment from her that the medical school will go ahead, no decision time or information on what funds will be available,â€ he said.
Minister Hanafinâ€™s reply stated: “The University of Limerickâ€™s proposal is but one of a number of proposals being presented as a response to this development. It would not be appropriate for me to comment further on this until such time as the Government has deliberated on the matter.â€
Highlighting the benefits of a graduate entry medical school, Cllr Kennedy continued; “Students enter medical schools at 17 or 18 years of age without an appropriate aptitude test or an interview to gauge if their personality is suited to the profession. 590 points is what is currently required for entry into medicine but the dropout rate in the profession is alarmingly high amongst medical graduatesâ€.
Of 507 graduates, traced by the Medical Education and Training Group, chaired by Professor Patrick Fottrell, who graduated in 1994 and 1999, only 50 per cent of the graduates were practising medicine in Ireland and 20 per cent were not practising medicine at all.
Cllr Kennedy stressed that there is a growing medical manpower shortage and an urgent need for a much greater number of training places for Irish doctors.
“The excellence of Irish doctors is unquestioned and Irish medical schools have enjoyed a well-deserved reputation. However, it is strongly suggested that the existing system needs to be complemented by the development of an additional stream of medical education and training based on the graduate entry of students who have firstly taken a primary degree in other disciplines. This additional stream of medical education and training could best be developed on a green field site at UL, and would not easily fit on the existing system,â€ he said.
Cllr Kennedy said that the Government recognised the problem when it set up the study group, chaired by Professor Patrick Fottrell, former president of NUI Galway.
That report recommended that graduates from other disciplines be offered 40 per cent of all medical student places, and that the number of training places for Irish and EU students be more than doubled to a total of 725 places per annum.
Deputy Noonan is also calling on all representative groups in the region, Trade Unions, IBEC, leaders in education and on other politicians to support this cause.
At the recent conferring ceremonies at UL, Professor Roger Downer, president, University of Limerick, also stated that: “the possibility of a medical career must be open to existing graduatesâ€.
Commenting on the graduate entry type of medical schools, which operate abroad, he said: “Students are admitted to medical school following the completion of a primary degree and although high academic achievement is required, admission is based also on the personal qualities, which are deemed essential for a successful career in medicine.â€
Professor Downer said that he sees the UL proposal as part of the solution to the current shortage of doctors here, adding that the proposal is not intended to prevent the expansion of existing medical schools, as UL is not in competition with them.
“The final decision will, of course, be political but I hope common sense will prevail,â€ he concluded.