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Buskers argue bye-laws will be less effective than voluntary code

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s busking community argues that new bye-laws to regulate the activity will be significantly less effective than the group’s voluntary code.

The new rules are set to come into effect at the start of January after they were adopted following heated debate at City Hall last evening.

They mean amplification and acts that attract large crowds, known as ‘circle-acts’, will be banned during key business hours.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Galway Buskers’ Community says the situation has created an ‘us and them’ environment in the city.

They argue it will also enable discrimination against the busking community by leaving interpretation of the bye-laws vague and open to abuse.

More at 4 as group spokesperson Niceol Blue says the voluntary code was effective and required buskers to keep their volume to a reasonable level…

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NUIG researchers make history with medical drone delivery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

NUI Galway researchers have made history after completing the first delivery of diabetes medication using a drone.

It took the device just over 15 minutes to fly the medicine from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór.

Researchers say recent severe weather events, including storms Emma and Ophelia, demonstrated the need to develop a way to deliver medicines in all circumstances.

Professor Derek O’Keeffe, who led the project, says it’s crucial that people with diabetes have access to lifesaving medicine at all times.

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12 Galway medical projects set to benefit from €2.6m in government funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 12 Galway medical projects are set to recieve a combined 2.6 million euro in Government funding.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the 122 projects which are to be included in the Sláintecare Integration Fund across the country.

The biggest local award with a share of 700 thousand euro in funding is for elder care with Galway city, Tuam and Athenry to become the new pioneer sites for integrated care programmes.

Programmes designed to deliver integrated care for type 2 diabetes in Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea and parts of Cork have been allocated a combined 515 thousand euro.

Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, Primary Care Galway will receive over 330 thousand euro for a heart failure integrated care project.

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Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.

The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .

The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.

The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.

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