The local community school in Ballyhaunis was the focus of RTE attention on Tuesday when students from the school started a "mini-riot". The riot was started when the teachers withdrew their supervision and substitution duties. Shrubs were uprooted, water damage was caused, an emergency door was broken and general mayhem occurred. Each student received a letter for their parents and now parents are involved in supervising. St. Gerald's College in Castlebar also was disrupted by the withdrawal of supervision although not on the same scale. All students except for third years and sixth years were sent home because of lack of teachers to supervise.
Mayo Band to Participate in Limerick International Band Festival
Castlebar Concert Band is to travel to Limerick on the 17th and 18th of March to play at the Limerick International Band Festival. The festival is organised by Shannon Development Company and is in its 32nd year. Over twenty-seven bands will participate from Ireland, the UK and the US. Castlebar Concert Band itself has been playing since 1964 and has travelled around Europe to many events. Their new uniforms will be worn for the first time in Limerick.
Alcohol-Related Admissions to be Segregated in Accident and Emergency
The Western Health Board is considering a new policy in regards to alcohol-related admissions. This policy would see the segregation of patients who are suffering from alcohol-related admissions from patients who are suffering from other casualties. The policy would also see a special alcohol treatment team put in place to treat these patients. The Board said that they would not be discriminating against people with alcohol problems but that it would be unfair to some other patients suffering from heart attacks or cot death to be beside people suffering from alcohol-related problems. The Board assured that patients with alcohol-related problems would still receive top medical care.