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Staffing crisis: Elderly woman with broken hip waited nine hours for ambulance

Staffing crisis: Elderly woman with broken hip waited nine hours for ambulance
By Armagh I newsletter • Issue #53 • View online
Good morning, it’s Micheal with you here but I’m channelling my inner Mairead today (I actually wrote this email last night). We have a detailed piece on the staffing crisis at Daisy Hill and within the ambulance service. Some really alarming numbers…
On a lighter note, Mairead posed this question on Monday…Loughgall Park cottage – locked up for years, but what could it be used for? She writes:
For as long as I have been walking around Loughgall Country Park - several times a week for the past 16 years - one building has always intrigued me. It’s a cottage, perched above the lake and surrounded by trees, wild flowers and, at the moment, wild garlic.
In all those years, I have never once seen it open or known what its purpose was, which is a real shame as it’s in such a peaceful location. A plaque on the front says it was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund so there must have been a grand plan for it at some point.
It would be a perfect to rent out - whether to schools, youth groups, families or the many golfers, fishermen and leisure enthusiasts who use the park. Plus, it could be another income stream for the council, with the money it generates being used for the benefit of all ratepayers.
Armagh I contacted Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to see if they could shed any light on the building and if they had any plans for its future use. In response the council said: 
“The lakeside cottage located in Loughgall Country Park sits in an area leased to Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council. As part of the lease agreement it has been reflected by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) that this building should be kept operational.
"The council will be addressing responsibilities around this and other buildings in the leased area to identify future usage and potential income generators of which this building may be one. It is the council’s intention to bring the building back into operational order in the coming months. However, at this stage an exact use has not been identified.”
So, it looks like it could have a future after all, but what could it be used for? We’d love to know your thoughts.

The dormant cottage at Loughgall Country Park...
The dormant cottage at Loughgall Country Park...
Staffing crisis!
In the news:
Parents of Co. Armagh baby, who sustained multiple fractures to her ribs and leg, walked free from court today (Monday) after they were put on probation for a year.
Police attended the scene of a sudden death in Tandragee on Monday morning.
A young man has died as a result of a road traffic collision on the M1 motorway between Moira and Lurgan on Sunday night.
Tributes have been to John Cochrane – a man described as the “driving force” behind Craigavon City FC – following his sad passing on Sunday night.
Two new councillors have been welcomed to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council during their first meeting in the chamber.
A Keady man who punched a pensioner in the face when he tried to hijack her car has been handed a 32 month sentence.
Concerns have been raised over the ‘shocking’ scale of tree felling along Craigavon’s Lake Road.
Up to 22,000 bins were not emptied across the district due to staff sickness and industrial action.
Armagh Jobs
The Bawn Pantry in Hamiltonsbawn are looking for a chef.
Glenn Drums Recycling Ltd. is a family-run business and they require three general operatives.
Clarke Decorate are one of the longest serving business in Armagh City Centre and they need a shop floor person.
Check out the rest of the roles on
Our 10 out of 10s were: Jean Whyte, Keith Cunningham, Miss Warnock, Sharon Reid, Anne Rooney, Libby Wilson, Paul Hughes, Don McKee, Kevin Rooney and Rab Johnston.
See how you do with this week’s quiz. Next week’s will be the final one…for now. (I need a break!) And all our regular quiz-heads will need a break after next week’s too….bahahahaha!!!
Last weeks answers: Tower Hill; Carrigatuke Viewpoint; 1998, Irwin’s Nutty Krust; 2017; St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh; Camlough, Boxing; Milford; Markethill.
For now, I’ll leave you to get on with your day. Have a good one. Speak soon!
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