Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
By CIARAN TIERNEY
A state-of-the-art €1 million recompression unit at University Hospital Galway (UHG) has been closed for an indefinite period, forcing the Naval Service on standby to treat divers suffering from “the bends” over successive Bank Holiday weekends.
The Irish Coast Guard was forced to put the Naval Service on standby in case any divers got into difficulties throughout last weekend, because of the unavailability of the only hospital-based facility of its kind in the Republic.
Staffing and funding issues are understood to be responsible for the closure of the recompression chamber, or national hyperbaric unit, at UHG even though it only opened for the first time at the turn of the year.
HSE West have declined to comment on the closure throughout this week and any divers in difficulties would have been forced to seek treatment at the inferior Naval Service chamber at Haulbowline, Co. Cork, which has only limited facilities.
Otherwise, scuba divers with suspected cases of decompression sickness would be forced to seek treatment in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, or Plymouth in the United Kingdom.
Since the first chamber opened in Galway in 1976, a team of trained volunteers have backed up medical staff at UHG. That facility was closed down in 2008 and replaced by the state-of-the-art unit just this year.
“The problem is that this is the national chamber, but the funding for it does not come nationally,” said Dr Noel Flynn of UHG last week. “We are relying on a lot of goodwill here and we really do need to be independently financed. The National Hyperbaric Chamber should not come out of the hospital funding.”
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.