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Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties have bod­ies that func­tion dif­fer­ently from the so­cially “nor­mal” body. “To­wards a Con­sid­er­a­tion of All Bod­ies” is a plat­form for artists with dis­abil­i­ties to en­gage and ex­am­ine this propo­si­tion through in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary per­for­mance. Artists Hugh O’Don­nell, Mairéad Folan and Phil Kenny will per­form a piece re­spond­ing to their ex­pe­ri­ence of in­ter­ac­tions with their fam­i­lies, peo­ple on the street, in pub­lic spa­ces and work and when ac­cess­ing ser­vices and build­ings. This will be held in The Lab, 1 Fo­ley Street, Dublin 1, on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 7th, at 1.30pm. Tick­ets in ad­vance on from eventbrite.ie.

Chronic ob­struc­tive pul­monary dis­ease (COPD), more com­monly known as bron­chi­tis or em­phy­sema, is a lung con­di­tion whose pri­mary symp­toms are breath­less­ness, per­sis­tent cough and reg­u­lar ch­est in­fec­tions. Pa­tients, car­ers and fam­ily mem­bers can at­tend a free con­fer­ence on COPD in the Royal Col­lege of Physi­cians, Kil­dare Street, Dublin 2, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15th. Ex­perts will fo­cus on fu­ture treat­ments while par­al­lel work­shops will show peo­ple how they can look af­ter them­selves bet­ter. See also copd.ie or call 086-0415128. To speak to a res­pi­ra­tory nurse spe­cial­ist, call the COPD Na­tional Ad­vice-line on Free­fone 1800-832146 (Mon­day to Fri­day, 9am to 5pm).

South Dublin County Coun­cil is one of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to or­gan­ise al­ter­na­tive events to the tra­di­tional Hal­loween bon­fires. “Bulbs not Bon­fires” is a scheme in which com­mu­nity groups are given flower bulbs to plant in their ar­eas as a re­ward for pre­vent­ing bon­fire dam­age to open spa­ces in their com­mu­ni­ties. Free passes to Bal­ly­mount Civic Amenity Cen­tre are also given to en­cour­age re­cy­cling. Speak­ing about Hal­loween, South Dublin County Coun­cil mayor Cllr Mark Ward says: “Hal­loween is about hav­ing fun but we must also re­mem­ber the haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with the cel­e­bra­tions. We can all work to­gether to make it a safer time for ev­ery­one by not con­tribut­ing to il­le­gal bon­fires which are an un­nec­es­sary bur­den on our busy emer­gency ser­vices, An Garda Síochána and coun­cil staff. A huge amount of money is spent ev­ery year on clean­ing up af­ter these bon­fires; this money could go a long way to­wards mak­ing pos­i­tive changes in our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Con­struc­tion Safety Week runs from Oc­to­ber 22nd- 26th. Or­gan­ised by the Con­struc­tion Safety Part­ner­ship Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee , the aim is to re­duce ac­ci­dents on work­ing sites by pro­mot­ing health and safety stan­dards. Con­trac­tors are en­cour­aged to or­gan­ise safety talks and raise aware­ness of health and safety on build­ing sites. See also cif.ie/safety-week.

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