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Call to allow addiction counselling service remain at Merlin Park

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Galway bay fm newsroom -The Health Service Executive is being urged to accommodate users of the addiction counselling service within the grounds of Merlin Park Hospital.

The Counselling Centre was destroyed by a fire last month and two teenagers were arrested in relation to the incident.

However, a large amount of confidential client information was destroyed.

The HSE announced that the service, which caters for about 50 people per day, would be moved to the Department of Psychiatry at University Hospital Galway.

However Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames says she has been contacted by many service users who want the service to remain in Merlin Park.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Senator Healy-Eames says people are more comfortable in the previous setting

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Green Party Chair Pauline O’Reilly says decision to suspend two TDs was ‘necesssary step’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Senator and Chairperson of the Green Party Pauline O’Reilly says a necessary step was taken in the suspension of two TDs, over a vote on the national maternity hospital.

Green Party TD’s Neasa Hourigan and Patrick Costello have had the party whip removed and have been suspended for six months.

The parliamentary party agreed to the proposal last night, after the TD’s voted against the government in the Dáil.

They backed a non-binding Sinn Féin motion calling for the National Maternity Hospital to be built on public land – it passed after government TDs abstained.

The decision to suspend the two TDs means the government majority in the Dáil has now been reduced to one.

Galway Green Party chairperson, Senator Pauline O’Reilly, says unity is essential when it comes to voting.

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Galway TD one of seven who joined Geoghegan family protest

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD was one of seven TDs from seven different political groups who joined a protest by the Geoghegan family at the gates of the Dáil today.

Catherine Connolly joined the family in calling for a new public inquiry into the environmental and health impacts of Aughinish Alumina’s factory in Limerick.

The issue was also raised with the Taoiseach earlier today by TDs Paul Murphy, Matt Carthy and Mattie McGrath.

Deputy Murphy highlighted new evidence he claims discredits the previous investigations into serious animal and human health problems near the factory.

This new evidence includes a previously unpublished letter by the IDA and notes of their private meeting with Aughinish, which Deputy Murphy says proves the IDA ‘sought to influence’ the outcome of the health investigation.

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Local TD tells Dáil crisis in homecare leaving older people in their beds all day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The ongoing home care crisis is leading to older people staying in bed all day.

Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane told the Dáil 412 people in Roscommon and Galway have been approved for home care hours and are not receiving them, as there is no carer.

She argues there is clearly a recruitment and retention crisis in the home care sector.

It comes as the government has established a workforce advisory group to examine the issue and make recommendations.

However, Deputy Kerrane argues, the group is not due to report until September, and families cannot wait.

She says it’s heartbreaking that some older people are staying in bed all day as a result of the crisis.

Speaking in response, Minister of State for Older People Mary Butler said efforts are underway to try to make homecare a more viable career choice.

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