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Alternative proposal for controversial city building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A prominent city building, which is at the centre of an appeal to An Bord Pleanála could be used as a medical centre.

Hanley House at The Crecent, is a mixed-use building, with a vacant ground floor and residential units on the three floors above.

City Planners had granted planning permission for Mark and Damien Hanley to change the ground floor of Hanley House into a restaurant.

However, an appeal against this decision was lodged to An Bord Pleanála.

In the meantime, John Lally, an intended leasee for the unit, has separately applied for planning permission for a medical centre at the same location.

City planners are due to decide on this proposal for Hanley House in September.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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Galway East Fianna Fail Minister Defends Simon Harris In Cabinet Leak Controversy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway East Junior Minister has pledged her support to the Higher Education Minister who is at the centre of claims he leaked Cabinet information.

Opposition TD Matt Carthy used Dail privilege last night to claim Simon Harris leaked news of the Katherine Zappone appointment to journalists.

A spokesperson for Minister Harris says this was a clear misuse of Dail privilege and it’s untrue.

Speaking on Galway Talks earlier, Fianna Fail Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte voiced her support for her Government colleague.

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Oranmore Nursing Home Among 11 Facilities Nationwide Found To Be Non Compliant with HIQA Standards

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Oranmore Nursing Home has been given until the end of this month to improve standards at the facility after a HIQA report highlighted a number of areas of concern.

The Health Information and Quality Authority inspected 26 care facilities across the country with Inspectors finding non-compliance with the regulations and standards at 11 facilities including Brampton Care Home in Oranmore village.

The unannounced inspection took place at Brampton Care Home on May 27th when 65 residents were receiving care at the nursing home.

10 of the residents spoke to the inspector and stated that the standard of the service at the home had deteriorated in the previous 5 months with staff shortages, the quality of food, noise levels from ongoing building works at the home and communication from management being a cause for concern.

Brampton Care Home was found to be in breach of 8 of the 11 regulations considered on the day of the inspection.

Areas of concern for HIQA included staff having access to appropriate training and staff supervision, especially at weekends. Also inspectors noted that residents did not feel they were being listened to and No independent advocate was made available to facilitate residents meetings.

Under quality and safety, the report states that poor supervision and oversight of care was reflected in the nursing documentation reviewed and the observations of the inspector on the day of the inspection.

Governance and management, the notification of incidents, and Risk management were also flagged as areas for improvement.

Brampton Care Home was found to be fully compliant in the areas of health care and infection control and substantially compliant in the area of staffing and was given until the end of this month to correct the concerns highlighted.

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