Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Ombudsman received over 250 complaints from the Galway public in 2016.
The office released its annual report in which it welcomes changes to the laws allowing people in Direct Provision to make complaints to it.
Last year, members of the public in Galway made 38 complaints about the City Council, and 35 about the County Council.
Six complaints were upheld against each of the local authorities.
3 complaints were made to the office of the Ombudsman during 2016 regarding NUI Galway – however, one was withdrawn and the other 2 were not upheld.
One complaint was made against the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board last year, but the office of the Ombudsman deemed the complaint to be outside of its remit.
Nationally, 3000 people complained to the Ombudsman during 2016 – 625 complaints were related to the HSE and social care services.
HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre
GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.
There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.
St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.
The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.
However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]
Appeal lodged over refusal of Ballinasloe housing development (News 4)
Galway Bay fm newsroom- An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala over the refusal of a minor housing development in Ballinasloe.
The developer had applied to build six homes on an infill residential site in the existing Cuil Na Canalacht estate.
But county planners rejected the plan, finding it would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainability development of the area.
An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in January.
Local TD says EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”
Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the EU threatening Ireland with legal action over turf cutting is a “step in the wrong direction”
The European Commission said unless action is taken to half the cutting of peat within Special Areas of Conservation, the state could be brought before the European Court of Justice.
It noted Ireland’s efforts so far but said the enforcement of bans appears to have stalled.
Independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, Michael Fitzmaurice says threatening legal action sours relations between the two parties: