Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Hospital breast cancer misdiagnosis renews concerns over Irish Health Service

A series of breast cancer misdiagnosis at the Midlands Regional Hospital at Portlaoise, Co. Laois, have put once again the Irish Health Service (HSE) under scrutiny.

A series of breast cancer misdiagnosis at the Midlands Regional Hospital at Portlaoise, Co. Laois, have put once again the Irish Health Service (HSE) under scrutiny.

The HSE announced last September 2007 a review of about 3,000 mammograms and 2,500 breast ultrasounds after it was found that several women were wrongly given the all-clear for breast cancer.

On November 7 it emerged that Portlaoise Hospital had been warned in December 2006 about the age of the mammography machine and advised that poor image quality could result in the missed or delayed diagnosis of a tumour.

Later in November 2007 the Health Service Executive came again under fire for failing to confirm the extent of the cancer test review at Cork University Hospital.

The Minister for Health, Mary Harney, announced that a report by the Health Service Executive on the misdiagnosis of cancer patients at Porlaoise Hospital was underway.

Fine Gael and the Irish Labour Party said the Minister for Health had to be accountable for the manner in which women undergoing cancer tests had been treated, and tabled a motion of no-confidence in the Irish Parliament.

The Fianna Fáil - Progressive Democrats - Greens coalition government defeated the no-confidence motion by 84 votes to 73.

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