*Cllr Ann Norton. Photograph: Gary Collins Five years on from bursting onto the political scene in Clare, Cllr Ann Norton has no intentions of leaving public office just yet.
*Marie McMahon. Photograph: John Mangan A North Clare woman has spoke publicly for the first time about the horrifying last days endured by her deceased husband on a trolley at University Hospital Limerick.
*Jennifer Hynes speaking at Sunday’s protest. Photograph: John Mangan An Ennis woman in full-time care who suffers from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and asthma had her phone stolen when admitted to University Hospital Limerick in the past fortnight.
*Dr. Des Shearer. Photograph: John Mangan A Junior Doctor working at University Hospital Limerick has criticised Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for failing to visit hospitals during his recent trips to the Mid-West.
*Patricia McNamara addressed the crowd at Sunday’s protest. Photograph: John Mangan A retired nurse who also experienced life as a hospital patient recently has declared there “is no privacy or dignity” for individuals receiving medical care at University Hospital Limerick (UHL)
*Crowds from Sunday’s protest. Photograph: John Mangan Approximately 250 people attended a protest in Ennis on Sunday afternoon voicing their frustrations loud and clear with the current health care offering in the Mid-West of Ireland.
*Some of the crowd gathered at the January 2017 protest. Photograph: Martin Connolly A group behind a protest taking place this Sunday are “demanding” the reopening of the accident and emergency unit plus the upgrade to a model three hospital at Ennis General Hospital.
US President Donald Trump is expected to visit Co Clare in June according to reports.
One Ennis woman whose daughter spent six days in hospital last week has declared she would avoid going to University Hospital Limerick even if she was dying.
€19.5m in funding has been allocated to University Hospital Limerick for the upcoming construction of 156 beds.