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TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2013

Students awaiting grants can’t afford food By MARIA ROLSTON FOOD vouchers are being distributed to UCC students who are a waiting college grants and can’t afford to buy food. UCC students’ union welfare officer Dave Carey contacted all students yesterday informing them that vouchers were available. The Students’ Union at CIT is also offering financial assistance to students struggling to pay for food. Danny O’Donovan, president of the CIT Students’ Union, said he estimates that 1,250 CIT students were still waiting to find out whether their applications for grants had been approved. Applications were made before enrolment at college as far back as August 2012. Figures from the new student grants body, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), reveal that 5,575 students across the country — 28% of successful applicants — are still waiting to receive their first grant payment. The agency has been severely criticised in recent months for failing to deal with student grant applications efficiently. ● Continued on page 2.

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CLAIRE VOWS NOT TO LET TREATMENT HALT WEDDING PLANS

Cancer won’t ruin bride Claire’s day

Bride-to-be Claire Galvin. Picture: Emmet Curtin

A CORK woman battling cancer has vowed to go on planning for her dream wedding as she undergoes treatment.

Claire Galvin (right) was diagnosed last year and lost her hair during chemotherapy. But the bride-to-be defiantly insists: “I’m not going to let cancer get in the way of my wedding and will enjoy it for what it is meant to be...the happiest, most memorable day of my life.” The 29-year-old from Lissarda tried on bridal dresses at an Even-

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ing Echo photo-shoot as she plans her big day with fiancé Will Daly in December. Her looks included headwear specially made for women who have undergone chemotherapy. Claire added of the proposal: “It was as if his question had changed something in the air. I no longer felt sick.” Meanwhile, Glanmire woman Ann Dowley Spillane who suffers from inoperable cervical cancer, urged the young women of Cork to get a smear test.

As January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, she emphasised the importance of the examination. “It’s too late for me but for girls with their whole lives ahead of them, smear tests are vital.” ● Full stories: Pages 3, 22 & 23.

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