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An Post defends decision to transfer staff in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Post is defending its transfer of 31 staff to a new Delivery Service Unit in Loughrea.

Galway East T.D Paul Connaughton says he’s opposed to a move which would see 13 staff from Athenry relocated to Loughrea.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm News, An Post says it’s part of a national programme to improve the efficiency of its mails collection and delivery operations.

According to An Post, postal staff in Loughrea, Kylebrack, Craughwell and Tynagh will move to the new Loughrea Delivery Service Unit at Cottagehill Business Park.

The facility will include a purpose-fitted mails processing operation with customer and staff facilities.

An Post says the move has been fully agreed at national level by the company and union representing staff.

The move to Loughrea DSU will involve 18 postal staff – 13 from Loughrea, 3 from Kylebrack and Craughwell and one each from Woodford and Tynagh.

Early next year, 13 staff currently based in Athenry will also move to the new centre in Loughrea.

An Post says it has been upgrading local mail delivery operations into larger purpose-built facilities for a number of years.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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