The top four things you need to know – Thursday September 15th

The Chief Officer of Cork Kerry Community Healthcare is due to give his response to a petition to save the Owenacurra Centre later today.

Michael Fitzgerald will appear before the Joint Committee on Public Petitions at 1:30pm. 

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The funeral will take place this morning of two children who died in a car fire in Westmeath last Friday.

A criminal investigation is under way into the suspicious deaths of 2 year old Mikey Dennany and his5 year old sister Thelma.

Their mother Lynn Egar remains in hospital with non-life-threatening but serious injuries after being pulled from the burning vehicle by a passer-by.

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SIPTU has warned of further industrial action after the government failed to include the community sector and Section 39 organisations in the public service pay deal.

The union says they have not received a pay rise since 2008.

It says the workers provide vital services, caring for the vulnerable and maintaining communities. 

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The Health Minister says a new scheme providing free contraception will be expanded to include women in more age groups.

Since yesterday women aged between 17 to 25 can access free contraception as part of a Government plan to reduce the financial burden of sexual healthcare.


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