Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Childrens’ Minister is being urged to step in and immediately lift the threat of closure against the Time4Us family centre in Shantalla.
The facility, which opened 10 years ago, aims to offer a safe meeting point between children and parents who do not live in the family home.
It’s used by some 40 families across Galway – but management announced earlier this year that the centre would be forced to close at the end of this month.
A local campaign is underway to ensure the doors remain open and has involved high level meetings with local politicians and Tusla.
Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly says good progress has so far been made in terms of viable options for the future of the centre.
However, Deputy Connolly says further progress is not possible unless the threat of closure is lifted.
Senior Cabinet Minister to visit Galway today for series of engagements
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senior Cabinet Minister Heather Humpreys is set to visit Galway today for a two-day series of engagements.
The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Minister for Social Protection, and temporary Minister for Justice, will embark on a series of engagements from this morning.
Minister Heather Humpreys will start her two-day visit with a tour of Aerfort Chonamara in Inverin.
She’ll then visit Inis Óirr to view the pier and engage with local groups, before travelling to Inis Meáin for further engagement with the local community.
She’ll return to the mainland this afternoon for a range of events – including the launch of a tourism marketing campaign for Connemara and the islands, a sod turning on Doire Iorrais Bridge, and the opening of a laboratory space in the gteic hub in An Spidéal.
Tomorrow morning, Minister Humphreys will also visit the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry before making her way to Knockdoemore to view the Lackagh Walking Trail.
1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”
“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”
City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.
“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.
Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.
The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.
The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.