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Call for postal services to remain in rural Galway and Roscommon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-Roscommon T.D is demanding that services offered by post offices continue to be available in rural towns and villages.
Deputy Micheal Fizmaurice says the closure of many post offices in Galway and Roscommon is an “attack on rural Ireland.”
His comments follow a public meeting held in Athleague this week on the rural post office network in Galway and Roscommon.
The Independent TD says the services could be offered in shops and credit unions to ensure that money is still spent in rural areas.
A representative group for areas affected has now been set up to examine ways of saving threathened branches.
Deputy Fitzmaurice says it’s important that postal services are made available to fuel local businesses.
A former Communications Minister says more government services should be put into post offices to protect the remaining network.
Fianna Fáil says the closure of 159 services is unacceptable and will disproportionately affect the elderly and vulnerable within the community.
But An Post says they are necessary to secure the future of the network.
Former Communications Minister Eamon Ryan says additional services should be allocated to the post offices.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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