Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Anti-Racism Network is calling for an immediate review into the two Direct Provision centres operating in Galway City.
The organisation claims there are long-standing issues over conditions at the Eglinton Centre in Salthill and the Great Western Centre at Eyre Square.
It’s calling for the Government to employ an independent agency to investigate the operation of both centres and allegations of human rights violations.
Campaigners have long claimed that living conditions – including accomodation, food and access to amenities – are extremely lacking at centres nationwide.
GARN Spokesperson Joe Loughnane says the residents feel that their concerns are largely being ignored.
Mr Loughnane claims one man who was evicted from a centre in Galway following complaints was forced to seek assistance from a homeless charity.
He says greater transparency on the operation of all Direct Provision centres is needed.
Work is underway to repair the traffic lights at University Hospital Galway
Repairs are now underway to repair the lights at University Hospital Galway.
An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages yesterday evening had advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff were aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday.
Galway Bay FM News now understands that the contractor is now at the lights but repairs are expected to take some time.
Visiting restrictions currently in place in Galway Clinic
Visiting restrictions have been put into place in The Blackrock Health Galway Clinic
The clinic confirmed to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that due to the influx of seasonal flu and Covid-19 infection, visiting is restricted throughout the hospital.
This has been done to protect at-risk patients.
Visiting hours at the hospital are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and only one visitor is permitted to attend per patient with a time limit of 15-20 minutes.
Speculation is rife in the United States that Marty Walsh is to leave politics
News is emerging from Washington that Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, may shortly be leaving his position in the United States government to take up a powerful advocacy and administrative role in the National Hockey Association of America (NHLPA).
Walsh, a son of emigrants from Carna and Rosmuc, is the secretary for Labor Affairs in the US Government putting him in the eighth position behind the president.
He is also a former Mayor of the city of Boston.
He is also known to be a close personal friend of the president.
It is understood that all members of the player’s union board in the Hockey Association of the United States and Canada endorsed an effort yesterday to recruit Walsh to head their union.
According to sources close to Marty Walsh, details are being discussed.
In terms of money, the deal is very significant – running into millions of dollars per year according to some reports.
Walsh has been in conversation with President Biden in recent days.
It is all a big surprise but Marty Walsh may not be cutting all ties with politics.
He would be coming back to Massachusetts where he could possibly contest a United States Senate seat in the future.