Salary top ups at St Luke’s

Following the recent revelations about salary top ups at the CRC paid for from fundraising income, it has now emerged that other hospitals had this practice including St Luke’s. The last two CEOs before the HSE took over the hospital in 2010 received salary top ups from money raised for patient services. The Campaign has written to the Friends of St Luke’s about this shocking news and will post the reply when received on the website.

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St Luke’s Reunion in Donegal 2014

The reunion/get together takes place June 6 ,7 and 8 at the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal. Charlie McGettigan  (remember him with Rock’n'roll kids winning the Eurovision?) will entertain us on June 7th. Cost is €65 per person per day for bed and breakfast and DINNER.  Contact Joe Guilfoyle to book 051 376461 or

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St Luke’s Reunion June 2013

Donegal was the sunniest place in Ireland weekend June 7-9, 2013 when St Luke’s supporters enjoyed their sixth Annual Reunion at the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran.

Joe Guilfoyle, Chairman of the Save St Luke’s Campaign and organiser of the event, speaking at dinner on June 8, dedicated the weekend to the memory of Olive Stanley Wetzel, who was Vice Chair Person of the Campaign committee, for her trojan work to save St Luke’s.

Olive’s mother Ruth attended the function along with her brother Cyril and his wife, her sisters Ann and Elizabeth and brothers-in-law, along with nieces and nephews.

Enid O’Dowd presented an award to Joe (see picture gallery) on behalf of the committee for all his hard work for St Luke’s over recent years.

After the speech and the presentation, Kathy Durkin and her band entertained.

Our thanks are due to Ken Begley who drove the bus with the large contingent from Waterford and who also looked after the outings to Derry and to Knock, and to Waterford companies PENROSE CRYSTAL and GLOBAL INK for donating raffle prizes.

Such a great time was had by all that Joe Guilfoyle has already taken 16 bookings for 2014!

Click on gallery to see pictures of the event including some views of beautiful Donegal.

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St Luke’s Reunion May 2012 in Bundoran, Donegal

The 5th annual St Luke’s reunion for patients, families and Luke’s supporters in general took place in Bundoran May 18-21, 2012. There were also trips to Derry, Killibeggs, Donegal town and Beleek Pottery.

Click on Galley to see some pictures of the weekend.

Our thanks to Penrose Crystal who once again generously provided their beautiful product for awards and prizes; and also to the Great Northern Hotel who provided the wine with our dinner on the big night Saturday 19th when presentations were made.

We were happy that 13 family members of the late Olive Stanley Wetzel were able to attend.  Olive was our Vice Chair and worked tirelessly for St Luke’s. She died just before Christmas. Her brother Cyril Stanley accepted an award on behalf of the family. Together with his sister Elizabeth Nicholson, he showed some fancy steps on the dance floor where Muriel O’Connor entertained us.  Muriel was so popular in 2011 that we had to have her back.

Other awards went to Ann Caddye, widow of Danny Caddye from Letterkenny, and to Tina O’Reilly, radiologist at St Luke’s.

Some of us were impressed by Joe Guilfoyle’s performance towards the end of the dance. Maybe he should sing the Irish Eurovision entry in 2013?  Our thanks are due to Joe for all his hard work organising the event.

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St Luke’s supporters reunion May 2012

All St Luke’s supporters are invited to a reunion in the Great northern Hotel Bundoran, weekend of May 18-20 2012.

Dinner and dancing on saturday night May 19.

Contact Joe Guilfoyle 051 376461 before 31 March for details. Special rate at the hotel for St Luke’s supporters.

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Olive Stanley Wetzel RIP

Olive died today December 18 after a long battle with cancer. She was Vice Chair of the Campaign to Save St Luke’s and a tireless campaigner as the politicians in Offaly in particular will know.

Our thoughts are with her husband Helmut at this difficult time.

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Buy our book as Christmas gift

The Campaign book ‘Cancer in a Cold Climate:the shafting of St Luke’s Hospital’  is available in bookshops or directly from the publishers Price €15.

It is also available as an ebook.

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Campaign queries fundraising with Friends of St Lukes’s Board

Further to the post below questioning whether some of the  the funds raised by the charity Friends of St Luke’s actually go the the new cancer units at James’ and at Beaumont, the committee has written to Peter Byers, Chairman of the Friends board about this, stressing that the public must be clear where their money is going.  The Board meets next week on November 15 and their reply will be posted on this website.

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Funds raised for Luke’s Rathgar may go to other cancer centres!

Below an extract from a flier produced by the Friends of St Luke’s advertising the annual Paddy Cole concert:

‘This great hospital is now part of the St Luke’s Radiation Oncology Network, incorporating also the new ‘state of the art’ centres at St James and Beaumont Hospitals. While continuing to support St Luke’s Hospital, the Friends of St Luke’s will also be raising funds for the other centres, in order to meet the needs of all patients who attend the Network.’

Now why do these new ‘state of the art’ centres need funds?

Can people who raise money for St Lukes, Rathgar insist that their money is ring fenced for it and not the ‘bunkers’ at the other centres?

Is this a way of the HSE using the goodwill towards St Luke’s Rathgar to get money to help the basic running costs (salaries, heat etc) of the two new centres?

We don’t know the answers to these questions but we hope to find out.

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Put a Luke’s supporter in the Park

There is a campaign underway to bring Luke’s supporter Senator David Norris back into the presidential race. Visit to sign an online petition. Campaigners were in Grafton Street today and in all major centres with petitions. David will be on the late late Show on Friday Sept 16th.  This is about democracy – the people should decide who they want for president. Email your own TDs asking that they sign his nomination papers in the interests of democracy.

David’s team told us that now that FG have removed the whip on their members, and now that FF are not running a candidate it may be possible to get the necessary 20 signatures of members of the Oireachtas on his nomination papers.

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