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    Interesting poll by Fine Gael

    Will be interesting to see what comes out on top.

    Think it will be health[img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]

    Galway mothers waiting five months for antenatal scans

    11:25 Friday March 23rd 2007

    Health service management has confirmed that expecting mothers in Galway are having to wait up to five months for their first scan.
    Initial antenatal appointments are being given at between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy, compared to the recommended period of 12 to14 weeks.

    The news follows the revelation that patients attending Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda are waiting until the fifth month of pregnancy to see an obstetrician.

    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

    from the FG website ...

    <table summary="News Details" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><t><tr><td valign="top"><h1>Why are FF afraid of a Friday Election? - O'Dowd</h1></td></tr><tr><td valign="top"></td></tr><tr><td id="text" valign="top">

    2004 Friday election saw turnout increase by a sixth

    Gael Environment Spokesman, Fergus O'Dowd TD, has described the
    Taoiseach's comments that holding polling day on a Friday does not work
    as complete and utter rubbish and do not tally with the statistics
    which show turnout in the European and Local Elections increased
    massively when voting was switched from a Thursday to Friday.

    is Fianna Fáil so afraid to hold the General Election on a Friday when
    it is clear that it benefits voters and the numbers going to the polls

    "The Fianna Fáil Leader's comments that Thursday voting
    is better are just not true and do not stand up to scrutiny. In 1999,
    the European and Local Elections were held on a Thursday with a turnout
    of 50.21%. However, when the 2004 European and Local Elections were
    held in 2004 were switched to a Friday, turnout rose dramatically to
    58.58%. With the number of people voting increasing by a sixth when
    polling is held on a Friday, the question again has to be asked, what
    are Fianna Fáil afraid of?

    "Is it our young workers forced to pay
    exorbitant rates of stamp duty or sky-high rent and who vote in the
    place of their upbringing? Is it parents who face sky-high childcare
    fees and often are only able to find a bit of free-time on a Friday? Is
    it Ireland's college students who will not be able to travel and vote
    on a Thursday or is it simply, the people who are angry at the Fianna
    Fáil/PD Government's incompetence in the health service and inability
    to fight crime?

    "Every voter must be given the maximum
    opportunity to vote and Friday polling is one way to do this as is
    opening the polls earlier and closing them later. Holding the election
    on a Thursday will effectively disenfranchise thousands and Fianna Fáil
    must answer the question of why they think it is beneficial to
    disqualify so many from the vote."</td></tr></t></table>


      I though the election was planned for FridayMay 18th [img]smileys/shock.gif[/img]I certainly hope that it is not on a Thursday [img]smileys/mad.gif[/img]