Department of Health reveals progress in fight against obesity

The Department of Health has today published its progress report on the 10 year obesity framework ‘A Fitter Future for All’ 2012-2022.
L-R in front: H.U.G.S members Suzanne Gallagher, Catriona McLaughlin, Bernie Murray, Thelma Tracey, Mary Doherty, Martin Mullan, Marie-Anne Gallagher, Siobhan Nicell, and Caroline Deane. At back, Maureen Collins, Manager, Pink Ladies, and Michelle McLaren and Rosaleen McMonagle.

Open invite to those caring for a loved one to join H.U.G.S. support group

A project delivering support and solidarity for local people who have been taking on the role of caring for a loved one, has been officially launched in Derry.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Maol�osa McHugh and Mayor of Limerick, Stephen Keary, gathered with Western Trust Chief Executive Anne Kilgallen, Director Teresa Molloy and Board Chairman Niall Birthistle back in November to unveil a special Life Candle sculpture on the grounds of St. Columbs Park House to commemorate organ donors.

Plans to double number of organ donors by year 2020

Local people have been urged to register as organ donors and tell their families and friends about their wishes.

Campaigners back in 2015 creating a 'Chain Along The Foyle' from the Peace Bridge to Craigavon Bridge to highlight the lack of service for people with depression/in crisis in the north-west. DER1815MC154

Council ‘hopeful’ over Crisis Service funding

Derry and Strabane District Council have said it is ‘hopeful’ that the outstanding £60,000 needed to sustain a new pilot Crisis Intervention Service will be secured.

Sinn Fein MP Elisha McCallion

Intervention to rescue Lifeline service welcomed

The Public Health Agency has confirmed that arrangements have been made to ensure the Lifeline helpline continues to run past March despite attempts to secure a private sector operator failing.

Dublin based Jesuit priest Father Peter McVerry SJ pictured previously at Veritas Bookshop, Shipquay Street, Derry. DER1616GS032

‘I can get any drug delivered quicker than a pizza by a 13-year-old on a bike’

Father Peter McVerry has told local councillors that drugs were now endemic in every village in Ireland as he called upon politicians in the North not to repeat the mistakes made south of the border.

Jacquie Loughrey.

Taking action for your own health and well-being

The co-chairperson of Derry’s Pink Ladies/ Pink Panthers has urged people to take a closer look at the food and products they use every day to help safeguard themselves from cancer and other health conditions.

(L-R)  Pink Ladies Manager Maureen Collins and Co-Chair Jacquie Loughrey pictured with Dr Lisa Connolly, Queens University, Belfast and Margaret Cunningham, Facilitator, Pink Panthers at the World Cancer Day event in Derry.

Pioneering chemical research and potential impact of Brexit

The local academic at the helm of groundbreaking new research into potentially dangerous mixtures of chemicals, said the work being undertaken may inform future legislation, as she attended a World Cancer Day event in Derry.

Mark H Durkan.

PIP review poses more questions - MLA

Foyle SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has welcomed confirmation that Personal Independent Payment (PIP) claims here are to be reviewed but said that there were more questions needing answers.

The meeting will address the problem of rats around the Bogside area. (File Picture Jim Stark,

Rat infestation ‘horror stories’: meeting organised

A “major” rat infestation across the Bogside area of Derry will be addressed at a meeting organised by Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue tomorrow (Wednesday).


First look: Plans for Arntz site in Derry

Those behind plans for a £100m development at the former Arntz site in Derry have spoken of their delight after planning permission was granted for the entire project.

MP for Foyle, Elisha McCallion, is calling for Orkambi to be made available to patients in the North of Ireland.

Foyle MP wants Orkambi introduced to help people with cystic fibrosis

Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has called for the introduction of the drug Orkambi as treatment for Cystic Fibrosis in the north of Ireland.

Western Trust Adoption and Permanency Team members calling for adoptive parents to give a child a forever home from left to right are: Anita Birney, Social Work Manager Adoption; Clare Scallan, Senior Social Work Practitioner; Sheena Kelly, Senior Social Work Practitioner and Ailish McGirr, Social Work Student

Urgent appeal for more adoptive parents

The Western Health and Social Care Trust is calling for adoptive parents to provide a forever home for children in the Western Trust area, with an information event in Derry next month.


VIDEO: Council promoting alternatives to driving to work in Derry

Derry City and Strabane District Council have commissioned two short films to encourage commuters to consider their alternatives to driving to work.
Christina Glenn, left, and Michelle McLaren, right, pictured with Maldron Hotel staff, from left, Linda Folan, General Manager, Chiree Bowen, Front Office Manager, and Taleesha Clarke, Sales & Marketing. DER0318-133KM

Cervical Cancer awareness event in memory of Sorcha and Trisha

The Pink Ladies and Team Sorcha have issued an open invite to everyone to come along to their Cervical Cancer Awareness Afternoon, being held this year in memory of Sorcha Glenn and also the founder of Jamie’s Journie, Trisha Harkin.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Cooper.

Parties urged to unite to secure Medical School

Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper is urging all political parties to get behind the lobby to ensure the planned Medical School remains on track.

Local fitness instructor, Kevin Harkin explains how to get rid of 'stubborn' body fat.

HARKIN'S HEALTH KICK: Getting rid of 'stubborn' body fat

This week I’m covering another topic that I commonly get asked about on the gym floor.

Vanessa Nelis, Western Trust Fostering Recruitment Officer and Charlene OConnor, Western Trust Specialist Fostering and Recruitment Team are appealing for people to consider making a lasting New Years Resolution this year to open up their home and heart to a child in need.

Urgent appeal for foster carers

The Western Trust’s Specialist Fostering and Recruitment Team has issued an appeal for people to consider making a lasting New Year’s Resolution this year – to open up their home and heart to a child in need.

Medical care. (Picture Andrei Tsalko - Fotolia)

‘Consider alternatives’ to Out-of-Hours

Local people have been urged to examine potentially more suitable alternatives to GP Out-Of-Hours following a rise in the number of people using the service over the winter.

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