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Botox clinic planned for kids with palsy



Enable Ireland is bidding to establish the country’s first botox clinic dedicated solely to the treatment of children with spasticity – a common symptom of cerebral palsy.

The provision of such a service would be of benefit to over 30 children who currently receive care at the organisation’s Galway services centre, as well as an estimated 150 in the wider Connacht region.

The clinic, which would be based at their children’s services centre on the Seamus Quirke Road, would mean that families currently having to travel to Temple Street, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, or the Central Remedial Clinic in Dun Laoghaire – for a treatment that takes under five minutes to complete – could be cared for on their own doorstep.

To provide this service, the charity needs to raise €50,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine which enables those administering the injections to do so precisely and accurately.

Spasticity is the severe tightening of muscles and joints. It causes extreme discomfort and restricts mobility for those with the condition.

The injection of botulinum toxin injections into the muscles of children suffering with spasticity is life-enhancing and provides enormous relief by easing muscle contracture and preventing bone deformities.

Mary O’Gorman, an Enable Ireland volunteer, explained that the transportation of children with poor mobility to Dublin can be very distressing, especially given that they are not guaranteed that they will have the treatment when they get there.

This is due to the heavy caseload of these clinics, something which could be greatly reduced by the opening of a Galway centre.

“I believe that services should be available locally if at all possible and these families could benefit from reduced waiting times,” she said.

Children usually have this treatment done on a monthly or bi-monthly basis by a doctor. Mary pointed out that it is common practice in other countries to have the injections administered by specialised physiotherapists – with one such physiotherapist already based at the Galway centre.

“It has been the case in the past where various organisations in Galway have had the equipment first and then they don’t have the staff – we’re the opposite here in that we have the staff; we just need the ultrasound machine,” she said.

Some of the services provided by the organisation in Galway include a consultant paediatrician, an occupational therapist, a psychologist, a social worker and a speech and language therapist.

Adding a botox clinic to this would only improve the already outstanding standard of care they provide, but also allow medical professionals and families involved gain familiarity and build relationships.

Botox has been used in the treatment of medical conditions for over 20 years, for everything from migraines to, in this case, the relief of muscle contracture.

The €50,000 needed to purchase the ultrasound machine will be acquired through fundraising and it is hoped that people will give generously to improve lives and give comfort to children with disabilities.

“In the year of the 1916 commemorations, it would be great to help children with disabilities; let’s make Galway proud in 2016,” Mary said.

Donations can be made by dropping into Enable Ireland on the Seamus Quirke Road, in the Enable Ireland Charity Shop on High Street, or by visiting and clicking on ‘donate now’.


Plan for ‘world-class’ campus with potential for 10,000 jobs at Galway Airport



From this week’s Galway CIty Tribune – A proposal to transform the former Galway Airport into a ‘world-class’ business and technology campus has been drawn up by Galway County Council – with the potential to create up to 10,000 jobs.

The plan, which was compiled as part of the Draft County Development Plan, proposes a multi-million-euro investment in the 115-acre site owned jointly by the County and City Councils.

According to the vision document, the airport site at Carnmore could become a key economic driver that would “attract and secure long-term investment in Galway and the western region, and underpin the development of the Galway Metropolitan Area”.

Among the sectors identified as potential occupants are renewable energy, biodiversity, food science and logistics.

Some of the structures included for are a ‘landmark building’; commercial units; park amenity and recreation space; a renewable energy park; and a multi-purpose leisure facility.

A contemporary development with the potential to accommodate emerging industries is promised, with projected employment numbers ranging between 3,500 to 10,000 over time.

However, county councillors raised concerns at a meeting this week that the proposal they had seen in the Development Plan had been ‘sitting on a shelf’ since last March – and they still hadn’t seen what was dubbed ‘the masterplan’ for the airport site.

Cllr Liam Carroll (FG) told the Athenry Oranmore Municipal District meeting that the recent news that Oranmore was among the locations being looked at by multinational tech giant, Intel, put fresh focus on the future of the airport.

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Work expected to start on Galway City cycleways next summer



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The first six projects in the city’s major new cycle network are expected to begin construction by next June.

In an update on developments that are in train to improve the lot of cyclists, councillors at this week’s local authority meeting were told that the Martin Roundabout (near the Galway Clinic) would next be changed to a junction and the BusConnects, involving priority bus lanes from Moneenageisha to University Hospital Galway, were advancing.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has approved a raised cycle lane north of Railway Bridge on Doughiska Road South and for a shared street south of the bridge.

Eglinton Canal will turn into a shared cycle and pedestrian path. Four weeks of public consultation on both of these is set to begin in October, with the projects set to go to detailed design and tender following final NTA approval.

Ballybane, Castlepark and Bóthar Stiofáin Roads will also go to public consultation for “raised adjacent cycle schemes” a month after that.

The six projects are expected to begin construction by the end of June or early July next year.

Millars Lane is currently in preliminary design stage after clearing works were carried out last November.

Options are being examined and parking survey prepared for Threadneedle, Bishop O’Donnell, Dr Mannix, Devon Park, Salthill Road Upper and Lower Roads with input and designs from the Parkmore Strategic Framework awaited for the Monivea and Doughiska North Roads.

Active Travel Schemes had been approved in principle by the NTA for Ballyloughane and Clybaun South Roads, involving pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, signalisation of junctions and the integration of safe school routes.

Cllr John Connolly (FF) noted that the first quarter of 2021 was when some of these projects were to go to construction, according to a previous timetable.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Pamela’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Racecourse Park and Ride a non-runner for Christmas in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The lack of a park and ride service this Christmas will drive shoppers out of town at a time when businesses are struggling to recover from months in lockdown, the Mayor has warned.

This is after it was revealed that the City Council has failed to secure an alternative location for the service – with its usual base at Galway Racecourse out of action due to the ongoing vaccination programme.

The service, which had previously operated for the three-week period in the run up to Christmas, enabled motorists to park their cars in Ballybrit and take a return trip by bus to town at a cost of just €2 – taking hundreds of cars out of the city centre.

The Mayor, Cllr Colette Connolly, said it was ‘completely ludicrous’ that it would not be in operation this year, in a city that was already gridlocked with car traffic.

“I think that it is a retrograde step not to proceed with the Christmas Park and Ride because we know what will happen – we’ve seen before what happens at the Corrib Centre around Christmas where traffic backs up and people get stuck in the car park,” said the Mayor.

This would result in shoppers from outside the city avoiding coming in, while others would go to other towns and cities to avoid traffic misery.

“They will go to Limerick or to Dublin, which is only two-and-a-half hours away. They will go to Athlone, because they may as well go there, rather than spend two hours sitting in traffic on Lough Atalia,” added the Independent councillor.

In Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath’s report to councillors, it is stated that “it is looking unlikely that Galway City Council will be able to run the Christmas Park and Ride in 2021”.

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