4 Jun

Doyle fails in appeal to overturn conviction for Geoghegan murder

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Andrew Carey at the Criminal Courts of Justice, [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE MAN convicted of the murder of Shane Geoghegan is to remain in prison to serve his life sentence after the three Judge Court of Appeal ruled this week that the conviction was safe.Barry Doyle (30) with addresses in Portland Row, Dublin and Hyde Road, Limerick has failed in his bid to overturn the conviction after lodging 27 grounds for the appeal.Shane Geoghegan, the innocent Limerick rugby player who had been out watching a friendly international match earlier that evening, was returning home when a gunman approached and shot him several times just yards from his house in Kilteragh, Dooradoyle on November 9, 2008.Following a retrial, a jury at the Central Criminal Court found Doyle guilty of the charge and he was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan on February 16, 2012.In his submission to the Court of Appeal, the 30-year-old father of one claimed that admissions made following more than a dozen Garda interviews were obtained through duress.Martin O’Rourke SC, said that the welfare of Doyle’s partner and child were used against him after being told that his partner was being held in custody away from their sick child and that Doyle was told that he could “do something about that”.During the 15th such interview while in garda custody, Doyle admitted that he shot Mr Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking newsDoyle fails in appeal to overturn conviction for Geoghegan murder By Staff Reporter – June 8, 2015 794 Email Facebook Print WhatsApp In their ruling, the three judge court of appeal said that all of the appeal “submissions were fully ventilated and carefully considered by the trial judge. The many issues were re-visited in a hearing in this court that occupied two full days of oral argument and which were also explored in comprehensive submissions that were of great assistance to the court.Concluding the five minute hearing, Mr Justice Sean Ryan said that the “court is satisfied that none of the grounds of appeal can succeed. The trial was satisfactory and the conviction of Mr Doyle was safe.” Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Previous articlePICTURES – Allianz East Limerick Cumann na mBunscol hurling leagueNext articleGAA – Limerick’s Weekend GAA results Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSBarry DoylefeaturedShane Geoghegan Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedinlast_img read more

12 May

Many healthy returns

first_imgMany healthy returnsOn 1 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. HealthyReturn is part of a UK randomised control trial to help tackle the highincidence of long-term sickness absence in the UK. But does providing helpactually help?  By JanieBrownTheneed for better management of workplace absence is leading to occupationalhealth taking on a major role in the corporate, political and public agendas.Anew ‘Strategy for Workplace Health and Safety in Great Britain to 2010 andbeyond’ (see page 10) has just been announced amid growing alarm over thecurrent high rates of sickness absence.1In2003, an annual absence survey by the CBI and Axa PPP healthcare, involving 545companies across the UK, showed that in 2002, £11.6bn was paid to cover thesalaries of absent staff and up to £1.75bn, 15 per cent of that total, is fearedto be spent covering staff ‘pulling sickies’.2Lastyear, an article entitled ‘Fast-lane life leads to burnout’, suggested that therising number of sicknotes issued by GPs were “simply a reflection of thesteadily increasing burden at home and work”.3 The author went on to suggestthat employers must start to accept that prevention is better than cure. In thesame article, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, a GP in Harrow, north-west London, said: “Allemployers should have access to occupational health services, and theGovernment should fund this.”Providingstate-funded occupational healthcare to all UK staff would no doubt bring asmile to the faces of the 66 per cent of employees who currently don’t haveaccess to OH. But, it is widely accepted that no British government is likelyto create such a service without real and robust evidence that it would benefitmany. The HealthyReturn trial may go some way in providing that evidence.Healthyreturn pilotEngagingwith staff on sick leave is no mean feat. This is a group of individuals whohave nothing in common except their being off work, and the fact they will beattending their GP at some regular interval. They have also never beenresearched – until now.Launchedon 1 April 2003, HealthyReturn is part of a UK randomised control trialsupported by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health.The two-year study aims to attract 7,500 volunteers across the UK (1,600 inGreater Glasgow) to investigate whether offering a boosted service can help aperson regain their health and return to work.Theproject is nationally known as the Job Retention and Rehabilitation Pilot, andis the culmination of almost two years work. Partners and contractors acrossthe country have been involved in every stage of planning, and the researchtrial is now in full flow. In Greater Glasgow, the lead contractor is theUniversity of Glasgow and the project is headed up by one of its seniorlecturers and consultant occupational physician, Dr Ewan Macdonald. “Understandingmore about people who are off work sick and questioning what we can do aspractitioners to help and support them back to work has always been a priorityfor those in occupational health,” he explains. “Now, other healthcareprofessionals, business leaders and politicians are recognising the importanceof engaging with this sector of the population, too. What makes a person go offwork sick? Why do people lose their jobs through ill health? And what, ifanything, can be done to help prevent this?“Thistwo-year research project has the potential to help change the face of how wedeliver occupational health services across the country, and its results areintended to help shape future Government policy,” he continues. “It is thefirst ever study of its kind and, in my opinion, is a step in the rightdirection for the future of occupational health.”Collectingthe evidenceWhatdoes or does not help people regain their health and return to work following aperiod of illness is currently unknown. But HealthyReturn and its counterpartsaround the country aim to find out by collecting evidence that will allow theGovernment to reach sound conclusions on future health provision for thisgroup.HealthyReturnrequires people to volunteer to take part, which can be done by calling itsfreephone number – 0800 052 1012. Fully-trained operators at the contact centrewill guide callers through a computer-aided telephone interview, which is usedas a screening tool to determine a person’s eligibility to take part. Tobe eligible, a person must:–be employed or self-employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week–be currently off work due to illness, injury or disability for between sixweeks and six months–in the Greater Glasgow area, live and work within the following postcode areas:G1 to G84, ML1 to ML9, PA to PA14, FK1, FK4 and FK6 (for other areas, see box).Thoseeligible have their details sent to the National Centre for Social Research inLondon, and each one is randomised into one of four groups:–Healthcare–Workplace care–Combined–ControlWithinthe healthcare pathway, clients are offered a range of treatments, depending ontheir condition, designed specifically to help them. Someonewith lower back pain, for example, may choose a combination of physiotherapyand massage to treat their symptoms while a client with a problem of stress atwork might opt for counselling or life coaching. Importantly, every client isseen as an individual, and their action plan of treatments is drawn up withtheir consent and involvement, and is reviewed regularly to ensure itscontinuing relevance.Peoplewho are randomised into the workplace pathway are offered world-class standardoccupational therapy. The client is introduced to their occupational therapist(OT) during the initial assessment with their case manager, and the wholeprocess is explained to them at this point. At their next appointment, the OTcarries out a functional capacity evaluation (FCE), which is widely recognisedas the gold standard of all OT assessments. The assessment takes approximatelythree hours and looks at a whole variety of functions and tolerances, includingrange of motion and job simulation.Acloser look will also be taken of the client’s workstation and duties. Freespecialist help can also be offered at this stage in the form of occupationalhealth and safety advice.Thecombined pathway is, as the name suggests, a combination of both health andworkplace interventions. Any treatments offered within this pathway areentirely dependant upon the individual’s symptoms.Thecontrol group never comes into contact with staff at HealthyReturn, but arecontacted and monitored by the National Centre for Social Research.Macdonaldsays: “What this research trial offers eligible volunteers is immediate andfree access to a range of services, dependant on their condition and into whichpathway they are randomised. As a Department of Work and Pensions andDepartment of Health project, HealthyReturn can provide absolute guaranteesregarding the ethics and confidentiality of all the information gathered duringthe course of the study – something that is likely to be important to bothclients and clinicians alike.”Spreadingthe wordThebiggest challenge so far has been encouraging people to volunteer to take part.It is surprising that, with only 34 per cent of UK staff having access to anyform of occupational health, more people have not chosen to take part so far.However, it is recognised that raising awareness of the project and then encouragingthe required change in attitude and behaviour that makes people volunteer, isnot an easy task.Sofar, HealthyReturn has worked to engage with potential volunteers, GPs andother primary care professionals, OH professionals, employers (through HR, personnel,welfare and in-house occupational health), business organisations and union andhealth and safety representatives.Ata time when headlines such as ‘Sick-note system is a sham’ are common place,4and the BMA has a whole section of workshops and events in Scotland in 2004dedicated to employment law, surrounding issues such as sickness absence,5perhaps projects such as HealthyReturn will now start to play more of a part inhelping to shape the future of occupational health.JanieBrown is communications manager, HealthyReturnReferences:1.The Strategy for Workplace Health and Safety in Great Britain to 2010 andbeyond, www.hse.gov.uk/aboutus/hsc/strategy.htm2.CBI press release, Employers count the cost of ‘sickies’ as absence costs business£11.6bn – new survey, 25 April 2003, Owen Bassett, CBI Press Office3.Personnel Today, Fast-lane life leads to burnout, October 2003, Saudagar Singh,HR director, Npower4.BBC News website, Sicknote system ‘is a sham’, 22 December 20035.BMA Scotland newsletter, December 2003, BMA Workshops and Events, MhairiWeatherstoneThenational pictureMid-Januarystatistics show that 1,260 people have already volunteered to take part acrossthe country, and all service providers – including HealthyReturn – are nowcalling on occupational health professionals to help raise awareness of such animportant piece of research.Contactdetails for all projects:–Glasgow: HealthyReturn 0800 052 1012–Teesside/Tyneside: RouteBack 0800 052 4038–Sheffield: WorkCare Sheffield 0800 052 6528–Birmingham: WorkCare 0800 052 1659–West Kent: WorkCare 0800 052 1659 Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more