In the Irish Mail on Sunday, edition June 22, 2014, a joint article from Niamh Griffin and I was published analysing the datasets of prices for public and private nursing homes in Ireland from 2009 to April 2014. (I’ve also uploaded the private nursing home dataset on this website as well.)

The analysis in the article found that 75% of public nursing homes had decreased and 75% of private nursing homes have increased in price since 2009 but public ones are still charging, on average, 40% more than private nursing homes.

The article listed the top three most expensive and least expensive counties for both public and private nursing homes. I’ve compiled the complete list of averages per county below:

County Price
Co. Roscommon 873
Co. Monaghan 909
Co. Waterford 922
Co. Kilkenny 1020
Co. Kerry 1034
Co. Wexford 1037
Co. Mayo 1047
Co. Sligo 1049
Co. Meath 1061
Co. Carlow 1088
Co. Limerick 1127
Co. Tipperary 1141
Co. Westmeath 1145
Co. Cavan 1173
Co. Galway 1217
Co. Clare 1244
Co. Longford 1246
Co. Donegal 1257
Co. Offaly 1257
Co. Cork 1258
Co. Leitrim 1286
Co. Wicklow 1295
Co. Louth 1327
Co. Laois 1363
Co. Kildare 1554
Dublin 1665

2014 public nursing home average prices (per week per bed), listed in ascending order

County Price
Co. Monaghan 1,006
Co. Roscommon 1,009
Co. Carlow 1,033
Co. Waterford 1,098
Co. Sligo 1,104
Co. Kerry 1,171
Co. Mayo 1,177
Co. Meath 1,182
Co. Wexford 1,196
Co. Cavan 1,247
Co. Tipperary 1,251
Co. Westmeath 1,255
Co. Offaly 1,276
Co. Leitrim 1,286
Co. Clare 1,308
Co. Donegal 1,314
Co. Cork 1,327
Co. Laois 1,339
Co. Wicklow 1,367
Co. Galway 1,386
Co. Kilkenny 1,396
Co. Longford 1,411
Co. Louth 1,432
Co. Limerick 1,568
Co. Kildare 1,651
Dublin 1,851

2009 public nursing home average prices (per week per bed), listed in ascending order

County Price
Leitrim 730
Donegal 733
Roscommon 754
Offaly 760
Westmeath 780
Galway 782
Tipperary 783
Limerick 786
Wexford 789
Mayo 791
Clare 799
Kerry 814
Carlow 819
Longford 835
Sligo 841
Monaghan 846
Cavan 848
Kilkenny 861
Waterford 874
Laois 891
Louth 903
Cork 905
Meath 911
Kildare 970
Wicklow 986
Dublin 1093

April 2014 private nursing home average prices (per week per bed), listed in ascending order

County Price
Donegal 653
Roscommon 679
Leitrim 693
Offaly 696
Westmeath 705
Mayo 716
Carlow 726
Longford 735
Limerick 739
Wexford 740
Tipperary 743
Galway 746
Clare 748
Kerry 752
Cavan 783
Kilkenny 784
Waterford 795
Monaghan 796
Sligo 810
Louth 841
Laois 843
Cork 863
Meath 871
Kildare 922
Wicklow 964
Dublin 1058

2009 private nursing home average prices (per week per bed), listed in ascending order

As you can see from the tables above, counties in the western seaboard of Ireland tend to be cheaper, which is supported by Gerald O’Nolan, health economics lecturer at University Limerick, who said: “There is also a geographical issue, in that property and labour costs are affected by location, if you compare Dublin with Leitrim.”

From the data compiled from HSE, 90 public nursing homes(out of 116) have decreased in price since 2009. For those that have decreased in price, the average decrease was 14.85%, or €167. 23 public nursing homes (out of 116) have increased in price. The average increase was 6.08%, or €88.23.

328 private nursing homes (out of 440) have increased in price since 2009, the average being 10.17%, or €75, while only 64 (out of 440) have decreased in price since 2009, the average decrease being 2.7%, or €21.16.

I have plotted the highest and lowest prices for each county for both public and private nursing homes.

private highest price private lowest price public lowest price public highest price

As shown in the graphs above, Kildare has actually the most expensive lowest priced public nursing home service at €1,455 per week while Waterford has the cheapest public nursing home service in Ireland at €430 a week. Those in Monaghan can expect to be paying at most €978 for a bed at a public nursing home.

The public nursing home that has decreased the most in price since 2009 is the Royal Hospital in Donnybrook, Dubin. They currently charge €1,255 per bed per week, but they had been charging €1,984 a week five years ago, a €729 difference.

Simpson’s hospital in Dundrum, Dublin, was the private nursing home to increase its price the most. They now charge €1,080 but they had been charging €825 in 2009, a €255 difference.

The most expensive public nursing home is Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6. They charge €2,518 per bed per week, however this is much cheaper than what they were charging in 2009. They had been charging €3,182 per week five years ago. A spokeswoman for OLH said: “Under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal) the HSE pays Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services €1365 per week per occupied bed. The actual cost is €2518 per week per bed and currently Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services uses its own resources to meet the balance.Under the legislation all the NHSS( Fair Deal) payment will cover is basic bed and board.”

“What the NHSS (Fair Deal) figure does not pay for and what our residents receive is full medical and nursing care, drugs, equipment such as motorised wheelchairs and treatments including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, aromatherapy, art and music therapy. The service we provide at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services is over and above what is delivered in a traditional nursing home setting,” she said.

St. Joseph’s Centre in Clonsilla, Dublin is the most expensive private nursing home, which costs €1,395 a week and had cost €1,335 a week five years ago.

A spokesperson from St. Joseph’s Centre said: “Meeting the needs of our cohort of residents, in a person centred manner, demands a high ratio of staff to residents as their needs are of both a physical and dementia related nature, and the activities required for socialisation are specifically dementia focused.”

It should be noted that these prices nursing homes charge would often include additional health and care services which are not covered under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (Fair Deal). Under Fair Deal, only bed and board, and basic health and care services are covered – cost from additional services would be recouped elsewhere such as fundraising efforts or through the patients’ medical cards, if they have one.

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So it’s the end of July and I just realised I haven’t updated this since February!

So I’ve finished my masters course and currently on my internship in the Irish Mail on Sunday.

I have to say: this is the first job I’ve ever had where I wake up every day and am excited about going to work! That’s not an easy feat. Everyone is friendly, accommodating and willing to help, and that can only be a good thing. This is definitely the best part of the course.

I’ve had four articles published in three weeks. The biggest of which was a two page spread about the worst streets, times and days to get clamped in Dublin City. It was even talked about on The Sunday Show on Newstalk!

Below is an image the two page spread:


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Lately I’ve been thinking about my choices in life.

This was the result of receiving a phone call last week from the Irish Film and Television Network about going to an interview for a journalism internship.

I applied for the role not knowing or expecting anything from it. I was so taken back that some employer actually called me back that I stammered through the phone call and finally turned it down because I was in full-time employment at Dublin City University.

I thought about what I had done for about ten minutes and decided to call them back to see if they could arrange that interview — after all this could lead somewhere and, whilst not a permanent role, was why I was doing this course.

The HR person said that I didn’t seem too keen on the role and had given the interview to someone else in the ten minutes between the first and second phone calls.

Well, at least the decision was made for me but that got me thinking: “What if this role lead to something big?” That I’ll never know, but made me frustrated that I was still in the course — I mean, after all, I already completed one year at the journalism course at Griffith College, Dublin.

If I wasn’t doing this course, I’d have been free to go to the interview and perhaps get the job, but that is over-thinking the situation so I forced myself to stop.

For now, I’ll just have to knuckle down and work hard.

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December has been a veeeeery busy month (are you seeing a trend here? :-/) full of academic trips, assignments, present buying and entertaining.

First off, I was in Brussels on the 7th, 8th and 9th December for a local/provincial media trip to the European Parliament and European Commission. It was an all-expenses paid trip that I got from winning the EU Communications Challenge back in July.

There were 17 of us in the group meeting and getting seminars from MEPs of different countries. The group was really nice and I got along with all of them (hi guys!).

Me posing at the Commission

It was a really entertaining and educational trip, and I would recommend anyone interested in EU politics to visit the Parliament and Commission.

Then a group of us from my masters course went to the RTE newsroom where we were shown how the RTE News: One O’Clock edition was made.

We were brought into the actual studio where Una O’Hagan does her news presenting, then to the control room where news editors control the flow of the program, then to the newsroom where stories are got. We also got to see other studios in the RTE building such as the Late Late Show.

Watch out Una O’Hagan!

Assignments featured heavily in December, the most fun one being the Emergency Simulation where we, along with PR students, pretended there was an emergency. We had to get information from the PR students, and the PR students had to try their best to control unruly journalists from mobbing them.

This will be my last post in 2012, so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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I’m the editor of www.crime.ie!

Update time! November has been an extremely busy month for me, what with assignments, work and being involved with www.crime.ie as their editor.

In my couple of weeks at www.crime.ie, I’ve learned much more about news writing and what’s news-worthy than I have in the previous two months doing my masters at DCU, and the one year stint doing the BA Journalism course at Griffith College Dublin — of course it would be like that, there’s only so much you can learn in the safe environment of a classroom. I’ve learned how to comfortably deal with the Garda Press Office and people in general, which is an essential skill.

In saying that, the masters programme has gotten me off my arse and out and about reporting things a lot more than I would have at Griffith, so that’s good.

As well as that, I also got a new laptop. I bought a second Macbook Pro from Ebay pretty cheaply and it runs like a warhorse!

Oh and let’s not forget the journalism conference organised by the European Parliament in Brussels in two weeks. I’ll be going at full speed from now until Christmas. Hopefully there won’t be any mental breakdowns.

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This article was published at www.wpmu.org on the 21st June, 2012.


It’s obvious that at WPMU.org we’re WordPress crazy. We advocate the use of WordPress, and are delighted when large corporations decide to take advantage of the power and flexibility provided by WordPress.

It may seem obvious that more and more media and news corporations are starting to use WordPress as their CMS given that more and more plugins, themes and developers have started to develop on this system, but there are still many big news corporations who use other CMS or proprietary systems.

We will show you some European and Asian news corporations that are run either completely or partially on WordPress.

My Telegraph

My Telegraph is the social networking part of The Telegraph newspaper that operates in the UK. My Telegraph allows its users to start their own blog through The Telegraph’s own installation of WordPress.

Le Monde

The French national newspaper Le Monde powers their blogs with WordPress. Le Monde has a blog for many of the hot topics that are occurring on a continuous basis around the world, with their reporters and analysts providing their own opinions on subjects that matter to them.


TheJournal.ie is an Irish online-only news organisation run on WordPress. TheJournal.ie reports on Irish and international issues and have separate WordPress sites for their business, sports and light news sections.


Dawn is one of Pakistan’s most well-read English-language newspapers and is hosted by WordPress VIP. Their online section is run by WordPress and the website also has an Urdu version.

Express and Star

Express and Star is an English newspaper operating in Wolverhampton, England. Their readership reaches 100,000 people daily and most of their online operations run on WordPress.

Featured image courtesy of NS Newsflash

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