This Week on NewsFour: March 28 – April 4

*** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ** DUBLIN : 29/3/2016 ; MINISTER VARADKAR LAUNCHES ORGAN DONOR AWARENESS WEEK 2016 (2-9 April) AS IKA CALLS FOR SECOND KIDNEY TRANSPLANTING HOSPITAL. The Minister for Health Leo Varadkar officially launched the Irish Kidney Association’s Organ Donor Awareness Week 2016 (2-9 April) at the Mansion House, Dublin 2 today, Tuesday, 29th March, where he met members of the organ donation and transplant community including medical staff, patient advocate groups and patients. The Irish Kidney Association, while applauding the transplant programmes for Kidney, Heart, Lung and Liver, claimed there is an urgent need for a second kidney transplanting hospital to meet the spiralling demand for kidney transplants and combat massive future strain on the exchequer.  Predicting that the 2000 number of people on dialysis now will be 3000 in ten years’ time there will be an estimated additional cost of €50 million per year. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT :  Gwen O’Donoghue, Connect Communications, Mob 086 8241447

Alan Gleeson from Listowel, Co Kerry a member of the Garda Siochana working in Coolok, Dublin. His first kidney transplant, which he received when he was 16 years old, eventually started to fail when he reached his early 30s. He commenced early morning haemodialysis treatment at Beaumont Hospital in October 2014 which he continues with while on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography.

Organised by the Irish Kidney Association, Organ Donor Awareness Week begins on April 2 and will run until April 9. The national launch took place at 12.30 p.m. on Tuesday 29 March at Mansion House, Dublin.
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Celebrate Irish Youth Music at the Aviva
On Saturday April 16, some of Ireland’s most promising musical talent will come to the Aviva Stadium for the Irish Youth Music Awards.
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Cinema Roundup April 1st
The Irish Film Institute opens a new season of classic science fiction with the excellent cold war British chiller The Day the Earth Caught Fire. After the US and USSR detonate nuclear missiles, the earth begins to move towards the sun. Can the planet be saved? Not just a great sci-fi flick, it’s also arguably the greatest depiction of journalism ever seen on screen.
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