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Patient rushed to Dublin as Galway hospital’s MRI switched off

A man who suffered a serious blow to the head after a fall was transferred to Dublin by ambulance because the MRI scanner at University Hospital Galway is turned off at weekends The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine that was needed to scan Corofin resident Trevor Martin is available at UHG – but it is…

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Christmas market organisers plan to avoid damage to park

The operators of Galway’s Continental Christmas Market have a plan in place to avoid a repeat of the “significant damage” caused to Kennedy Park, Eyre Square, last year. Milestone Inventive – the events company which runs the market on behalf of the City Council and the Galway City Business Association – has blamed the extreme…

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Builders back in business with plans for new Galway homes

Two of Galway’s biggest developers are attempting to kick-start housing construction in the city, with separate new plans for more than 80 new homes. The plans are for developments in the Clybaun area of Knocknacarra, and on Circular Road and are a bid to address the city’s chronic shortage in new housing stock. In the…

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Galway meeting to launch new drive against water charges

A fresh drive against the water charges is being launched at a public meeting in Galway tonight (Tuesday) amid a backlash against Irish Water who are seeking highly personal information from householders. The ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign comes to Knocknacarra with an information session planned to give householders facts about what can drive up the…

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Teens accused of Knocknacarra stabbing granted bail

Two youths, charged in relation to an incident in Knocknacarra at the weekend which allegedly left a young man with a stab wound to his liver, were granted bail at Galway District Court this afternoon. Despite the State’s objections, Judge Mary Fahy said that she had no option but to release the younger of the…

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Drink-fuelled students a main cause of street trouble

Large volumes of alcohol being consumed by young people and students in their houses or apartments before ‘they go out on the town’ is one of the main causes of drunkenness and public order problems, a senior Garda has warned. With a huge gap between the price of alcohol at off-licences and pubs, many young…

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More young motorists being arrested for drink driving

A growing trend in the city of younger people ‘chancing’ drink driving – as well as an increase in drugs usage by drivers – is a source of major concern for Gardai. The latest crime figures for the city indicate that more drivers in their early 20s are being arrested for drink driving, bucking a…

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Retail and residential units plan for Headford Road

One of the country’s biggest developers is behind plans for the construction of new retail units and apartments on the site of the former Esso station on the Headford Road. A company – which is ultimately controlled by developer and hotelier John Lally and members of his family – has sought permission to build on…

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Hospital waiting lists still in crisis

Galway University Hospitals continue to remain at or near the top of waiting list tables despite initiatives taken by management to address the issue. GUH, which includes University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park, took the top spot for having the longest adult in-patient and day case waiting list with 6,462 waiting for treatment in July.…

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Plans to have Thoor Ballylee back in business for Yeats’ anniversary

One of William Butler Yeats’ most famous quotes captured the pessimistic outlook of a nation. “Being Irish,” said Yeats, “he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy”. But this doesn’t ring true of the campaign to revive his ancestral home in Thoor Ballylee, as optimism abounds that the…

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