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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

Lord Mayor: I’m staying positive in cancer fight

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By ALAN HEALY THE Lord Mayor of Cork has spoken of his ongoing treatment for cancer, saying he is remaining very positive about his illness. Speaking on Daffodil Day, Cllr John Buttimer said he has been overwhelmed by the positivity shown by other sufferers and their families. He has also promised to try and improve conditions for others battling the illness, by raising issues with the Minister for Health, such as the high cost of drug treatments and patients having to travel long distances for chemotherapy. The 41-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he discovered a lump on his neck just before Christmas. He began chemotherapy at the start of February but has still managed to keep a busy Lord Mayor’s schedule, attending events across the city and chairing council meetings. “The chemotherapy is ● Continued on page 3.

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Cork city fire brigade personnel at the scene of last night’s flooding in Blackpool.

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Blackpool-ed! Flood waters rise four feet in city suburb

FURIOUS business owners in By RONAN BAGNALL Blackpool have lashed out at City Hall for its failure to issue a flood demand immediate action to address flood warning before their properties risks in the village. Up to four feet of water poured into propwere destroyed last night. They were today seeking an urgent meeting with City Manager Tim Lucey to

erties — many without flood insurance — leaving some business owners in tears as their livelihoods took another battering.

Around 15 businesses and homes were affected by the floods and two people had to be rescued by Cork City Fire Service from a local off-licence, which was badly flooded. Businessman Bill Dunlea, owner of the Coffee Pot café and chairman of the ● Continued on page 3.

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