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Galway towns waiting over double approved ambulance times

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Ambulance waiting times across the county are hitting an average of 20 minutes – over double what they should be.

That’s according to the latest figures from a HSE commissioned report.

Oughterard, Headford, Tuam, Ballinrobe, Gort, Portumna, Glenamaddy and many other areas across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon are located too far away for ambulances to reach critical patients on time.

The report, as seen by The Irish Times, was issued by UK consultancy firm Lightfoot Solutions after a number of problems with response times to calls were lodged.

It established that the National Ambulance Service needs an extra 750 staff and 250 ambulances to respond to emergencies on time.

Yet even with those resources, they would still be unable to meet specific targets due to poor access to rural parts of Ireland.

The target for life-threatening calls and emergencies is currently set at eight minutes by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA).

Areas in Galway, Roscommon and Mayo are at particular risk of delays because ambulance depots are located too far away to reach the critical target.

No more than 54.4 per cent – just over half – of a total of 445,356 people in this area could be reached on time. That leaves over 203,000 at risk based on HIQA standards.

Ten ambulance depots serve the region, and a radius of 14 kilometres driven at 100 km per hour is the assumed requirement to reach them within the allocated time frame.

The only electoral divisions within the three counties to reach that limit are Clifden, Carraroe, Galway, Loughrea, Ballinasloe, Roscommon, Boyle, Castlebar and a small portion of Belmullet – ten areas in total.

That leaves a staggering nineteen key areas in the region lying outside of the 14 km radius.

See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Minister is asked to deliver on sheep supports

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Stephen Canavan: More sheep supports needed.

FUNDING for the Sheep Improvement Scheme (SIS) needs to be nearly stepped up to bring into line with the rate of payment under the new Suckler Cow Scheme, Galway IFA Chairman said this week.

The told the Farming Tribune that he had asked Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue during his recent visit to Galway to seriously review the rates of payment in SIS, which currently works out at €12 per ewe.

“A suckler cow is classed as one livestock unit while seven ewes are also one unit. Yet the SIS payment for a sheep livestock unit is way under half what will be paid out under the new SCEP and BEEP-S schemes,” said Stephen Canavan.

He added that the IFA had been lobbying for a long time for an increase in the ewe payments but the increase of €2 per ewe – €10 to €12 – was no more than a token gesture.

“We know full well how important the new schemes will be for suckler farmers but we need an equivalent payment for sheep.

“As things stand, the payment for a sheep livestock unit (€84 made up 7 X €12), is completely insufficient. We have consistently called for a €30 per ewe payment,” said Stephen Canavan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Dressing for the hazy days of summer

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Concepts sundress €44.99

Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

The minute the sun comes out, I reach in my wardrobe for my tatty cut off denim shorts and my humble collection of sun dresses.

There’s nothing that screams summer as a pretty sun dress, which can be worn day or night, depending on shoes and accessories.

I am still obsessed with jumpsuits for the hot days as well, but the shops appear to be favouring midi dresses this Spring Summer 2023, which are versatile as they can work into autumn paired with a pair of chunky boots instead of sandals with a cardy or denim jacket thrown over.

Florals are still a huge trend this year as are crochet dresses, which can be worn over a longer slip to give cover to the underwear.

Look for dresses that can be worn casually as well as dressed up for a wedding or party to save on the pocket.

White dresses and are dead popular as is the colour hot pink, which makes me smile when I wear it.

If you’re not a fan of, why not try a dress with, which are everywhere, particularly on slip dresses cut on the bias.

Tie-dye patterns and geometric prints are a fresh way of updating the summer wardrobe.

Mini skirts and mini dresses aren’t as easy to pick up this season, but the midi and maxi dresses are trending to lean silhouettes.

A collared or tunic is a good choice for work and then heading out on the town afterwards.

If you’ve managed to get a tan without stripes unlike me, you may want to show off the shoulders in one of the many strapless numbers adorning the rails if bra support isn’t a priority – one shoulder numbers are very on-trend.

S/S 23 runways had a fierce amount of draped dresses with ruching, which look terribly classy. Good for hiding those extra pounds on the hips too.

With the sun looking to stay out a while longer, get out those sun dresses while you can.

Here is a trawl of dresses that might tickle your fancy from Born in Galway City, Tuam and Loughrea, Love It in Tuam, Loughrea and Oranmore, Modella in Corrandulla, Standún in Spiddal and Oughterard and Concepts in Oranmore and Moycullen.

 

 

 

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Corofin United round off fine campaign with cup final glory

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The Corofin Utd team which captured the Joe Ryan Cup by defeating Cois Fharraige in the final at Eamonn Deacy Park. Front row, from left: Richard Whelan, Barry O’Donovan, Trevor Collins, Darragh Fahy and Dylan Wall. Back row: Nathan Kearney, Dylan Canney, Johnny Keane, Ross Tierney, Mike Farragher and Karl Higgins.

Corofin United 4

Cois Fharraige 0

Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

BASED on statistical evidence this Joe Ryan Cup final produced a comprehensive victory for Corofin United, but at Eamonn Deacy Park on Wednesday night, the evidence on the pitch was less clear cut as Cois Fharraige certainly gave as good as they got in a entertaining contest that brought the local soccer season to a finale.

One up at the break as Dylan Wall got their opener, Corofin’s second just four minutes after the restart was the turning point as Barry O’Donovan applied the finish before two subsequent goals killed off the contest as it put a meaner look on proceedings that the Connemara side deserved. However, in front of a sizeable crowd, Corofin had more of a cutting edge as they made the most of the opportunities that came their way.

No doubt, the winners had long forgotten their opening game in the competition when they had just a Jonathan Keane goal to show for their efforts in a 1-1 draw after extra time with lowly Renmore B, but aided by the saves of Dylan Canney, they advanced by 3-2 in a penalty shoot out.

Of course, Corofin followed this up with a 3-2 away victory over Moyne Villa in the semi-finals and would have been the fancied team going into the decider. Cois  Fharraige had seen off Cregmore/Claregalway by 7-0 and this was followed up by a Seamus de Búrca winner in a 1-0 derby success over Mac Dara.

After a tentative opening as both sides probed, it was Corofin United who made the breakthrough on 14 minutes when Nathan Kearney did all the good work down the right and the inrushing Dylan Wall got the touch to his cross to make it 1-0 from close range. Cois Fharraige threatened a response, as Seamus de Búrca sent Chris Ó Biadha through on goal, but Canney made the first of many smart saves to deny him.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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