Galway Bay fm newsroom – A group of protestors opposed to the closure of a 22-bed acute psychiatric unit in Ballinasloe pushed a hospital bed from Galway Cathedral to University Hospital Galway earlier this afternoon.
The group of almost 50 people carried banners which read ‘Hands off our Hospital’ and handed a letter of protest to HSE management at the city public hospital.
It comes ahead of the first transfer of the psychiatric beds from Ballinasloe to the UHG campus next Monday.
Meanwhile, senior clinical staff in East Galway are still seeking an independent external review over the decision to close the unit.
HSE management say the move is part of the implementation of vision for change.
These protestors in the city today told our reporter Úna Molloy that they feel it is a ludicrous decision.
New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.
The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.
The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.
Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.
The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.
Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.
The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.
He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:
Protest at County Hall over lack of engagement on Athlone-Galway Greenway
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- A protest has taken place at County Hall over an alleged lack of engagement with local residents on the planned Athlone to Galway Greenway.
A preferred route has emerged which goes from Athlone through Shannonbridge, Meelick, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara and into Galway City.
But local residents and landowners argue there’s been no meaningful engagement and they’re still “in the dark” about many aspects of the development.
At County Hall today, they carried banners with a wide range of slogans, including “No trust means no Greenway”.
These people voiced their concerns about what route may be taken between Kinvara and Kilcolgan: