Newcastle West primary care health centre will create 100 full-time jobs

first_imgWhatsApp A computer generated image of the Newcastle West Primary Care CentreCONSTRUCTION on a new primary care health centre in Newcastle West commenced this week with up to 100 people currently working on site.The development is located at Station Road, Newcastle West and the completed building will employ around 100 full-time staff from both the public and private sectors when fully operational.The building will extend to about 45,000 square feet over three floors with 120 car parking spaces when it is completed in early 2022.The HSE will occupy the majority of the Centre along with Tusla, a GP clinic, a new pharmacy and a café.Accommodation will include provision for a general practice clinic, public health nursing, dental, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, ophthalmology, psychology, mental health, speech & language therapy and diagnostics.During construction up to 100 people will work on site and when fully operational, Newcastle West Primary Care Centre will employ around 100 full time staff from both the public and private sectors.Local TD and Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan said he was delighted to see that the construction of the primary care centre at Station Road in Newcastle West has started.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is a fabulous development for Newcastle West and for the wider County Limerick area. It will enhance the primary health care offering for patients across the county, and will allow for improved diagnostic for people on a much more local basis, and as a result will help the overall health care delivery in Limerick,” Minister O’Donovan enthused.“Having a centre of this scale in the town of Newcastle West will make the town an even more attractive place for people to live and invest in and I am sure it will be welcomed by everyone across the community. I look forward to the completion of the centre and I wish those who are building the centre well in the time ahead.” Email NewsHealthNewcastle West primary care health centre will create 100 full-time jobsBy Alan Jacques – December 4, 2020 1905 Advertisement Twittercenter_img Linkedin Facebook Print Previous articleCity shoppers invited to walk in a window wonderland at ChristmasNext articleBumper Christmas Auction in Sixmilebridge this weekend Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

In Practice

first_imgE.C. Deeno KitchenSeveral years ago when my University of Florida classmate, John DeVault, was running for president-elect of The Florida Bar, he asked me to arrange for him to meet the lawyers in the state attorney’s office here in Tallahassee. Our State Attorney Willie Meggs was gracious in introducing John to his staff though he made no endorsement. Later, Willie told me privately that John was a fine man, but surprised me by saying, “I really don’t like lawyers a lot.” That evening, I called my oldest friend, John Overchuck in Orlando. John’s as good a trial lawyer as I know. After reviewing my discussion with Willie, I surprised myself in saying to John, “Brother, there are a whole lot of lawyers I don’t like, either.” He agreed.Some of the finest people I’ve ever known are lawyers, particularly trial lawyers. They are sincere, talented, conscientious, and generous. But the more I think about it, the more I realize that the public is not totally wrong about its perception of lawyers. An old friend from Taylor County told me many years ago that when two lawyers go to court, one of them must be lying. We know that’s not so, but there are reasons why the public ranks lawyers along side used car dealers in trustworthiness.In the last few years, the trial bar has grappled with issues relating to the topics of ethics and civility. During my 35 years at that bar, I’ve given more and more thought to those things myself. I want to share some of those thoughts, while admitting up front that in both areas I’ve been a repeat offender; hopefully, not so egregious as some.Let’s start with the premise that a central role of a trial lawyer is simply to tell the client’s story better than the client would be able to tell it. Using the old use of the word, we are their champions. As we all know, some tell stories better than others. We have been trained to use courtroom procedures to tell the client’s story persuasively. We don’t, however, change the story. We don’t tell it falsely. We tell it truthfully, and we tell it courteously. I believe that we are more persuasive if our audience knows us to be truthful and courteous. How can we persuade others of the justness of our client’s cause if we are perceived as untrustworthy jackasses instead of champions? The late Edward R. Murrow of CBS News said it well: “To be persuasive you must be believable; to be believable you must be credible; to be credible you must be truthful.”My old Webster’s dictionary defines “mentor” as a trusted counselor or guide, a tutor, or coach. Most of us have had mentors in our lives and professional careers. We could all use more. I practiced law for a year and a half with my late father-in-law, William Gautier of Volusia County, who died over 30 years ago. He was really the only father I ever had. Any judge or lawyer who ever knew him would still take his word over most people’s checks. For 19 years I was honored to practice law with Robert Ervin, a former Bar president, and Wilfred Varn, a former United States Attorney here in Tallahassee. There was my partner, Joe Jacobs, whose pastor said at his funeral: “Were there more lawyers like Joe Jacobs, there would be fewer lawyer jokes.”For 18 of those years, former Gov. LeRoy Collins, Florida’s greatest governor, was in our firm. If you look up the word “integrity” in the dictionary, you might find Roy’s picture. And, of course, there was my mother, Rose Deeb Kitchen, one of Florida’s first 150 women lawyers, who exposed me to everything I should know about ethics and civility before I ever went to law school.I had the opportunity to learn to practice law and try cases the “right” way. My failings are my own and not those of my mentors.While ethics and civility are interrelated, they are not the same. A lawyer can be ethical and obnoxious; or an absolute fraud, yet a delightful human being. So I’d like to deal with them separately, though realizing that in the final analysis if one lacks ethics or civility, the lawyer is flawed.Let’s talk about ethics. With rare exception, this is the easy one. Most of us should have learned these things well before law school. Over the years I’ve reduced ethics to the following:“If it ain’t so, don’t say it, and if it ain’t right, don’t do it;” “You’re never right when you’re wrong, and you’re never wrong when you’re right;” “If you have to ask whether it’s right to do it, don’t;” and lastly, “You know when you’re right, and you know when you’re wrong.” (There are, of course, ethical issues that evade these simplistic statements. A long time ago, I interviewed a client in the Leon County Jail accused of a stabbing murder. He handed me a letter opener he said he found in his cell. He told me to get rid of it because it was dangerous. Think about that for a minute. That’s why the Bar has a hot line. I may never tell you how I handled that one.) If we abide by the simple colloquialisms listed above, however, we will maintain a good reputation for ethical conduct. A stellar reputation for ethical conduct is just plain good advocacy. If you are trusted, you will be believed. If you are believed, you will persuade. Who will believe — and be persuaded by — someone they don’t trust?The late Bud Robinson of Jacksonville, another classmate of mine and one of Florida’s great trial lawyers, was also a mentor to me and to many others. The last time I saw him before his death, he told me: “Deeno, never ever take a cheap shot. No case is worth it. Win straight up or don’t win. Remember, you’re going to be a trial lawyer the rest of your life.”There is also this civility thing. To me this is the harder one. The Florida Bar Oath of Admission includes: “I will abstain from all offensive personalities….” The Bar’s Creed of Professionalism clearly states: “I will abstain from all rude, disruptive, disrespectful, and abusive behavior and will at all times act with dignity, decency, and courtesy.” Please read these quotes again and look for any exception to the civility requirement. There is none. There is no time when it is acceptable to engage in offensive personalities, or to be rude, disruptive, or disrespectful. There is no time when abusive behavior or lack of courtesy is acceptable — never.I’ve heard lawyers say, “I’ll treat my opponents as good as they treat me.” Well, that’s just not good enough. If it were justified to act uncivilly because our opponent did, then we could often justify incivility. The Hatfields can justify killing the McCoys and the McCoys can do the same. We see it all over the world, and it’s amazing how often lawyers try to justify their own incivility for just such reasons. Here are some examples I’ve seen personally in the last year: One of our fine lawyers, in a discovery dispute, told me he said to his opponent: “You were a jerk when I met you and you’re a jerk now.” I asked myself, when is it acceptable to say that to your opposing counsel? The answer is, never.A good trial lawyer I know was leaving a federal courthouse in the middle of trial with his client when the opposing counsel walked past them and said: “F… you.” I asked myself, when is it appropriate to say this to your opposing counsel, whether or not a client is present? The answer is, never.Finally, in the middle of my own trial I was in disagreement with my opposing counsel over a pretrial understanding concerning the admissibility of certain documents. My referring counsel said to my opponent: “All the rumors about you are true; you can’t be trusted.” I asked myself, when is it appropriate to say this to your opposing counsel? The answer is, simply never.Aside from being inappropriate, how could any of this conduct benefit a client’s case? How could this conduct ever improve your client’s position? The answer is, never.It should be clear that ethical conduct is good advocacy, that civil conduct is good advocacy. After all, in most of our cases, criminal and civil, there comes a time when we must try to reason with opposing counsel in an attempt to settle our differences. We all know this is much easier in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.Judge William Hoeveler of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida once said that when a jury renders a verdict based on the law and evidence, our system of justice gets a little bit better. But if a jury renders a verdict based on something other than the law and evidence, our system of justice gets a little bit worse. That concept applies somewhat to trial lawyers’ conduct, as well. When we handle our client’s affairs before our courts in an ethical and civil manner, our system of justice gets a little bit better, and if we handle those matters in an unethical or uncivil manner, our system of justice gets a little bit worse. It can truly be said as to each of us, when our time at the Bar is over, our system of justice will either be a little bit better or a little bit worse because of our efforts — it will not be the same.Those are my thoughts. I’ll leave you with this: If you can’t be ethical and civil because it’s the right thing to do, then at least do it because it’s good advocacy and benefits your client. No, on second thought, do it because it’s the right thing to do. Deeno Kitchen is a board certified civil trial lawyer and practices at Kitchen, Judkins, Simpson and High in Tallahassee. He can be reached at [email protected] In Practice Where have all the mentors gone?center_img August 1, 2003 Regular Newslast_img read more