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Call to encourage utilisation of Portiuncula cancer patient bus service

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Cancer patients availing of treatment at Portiuncula Hospital are being encouraged to make use of a free transport service.

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Care to drive’ programme brings patients from their homes to and from their treatment at the Ballinasloe based hospital.

The volunteer led service has been in operation for a year and a half and has yet to be fully utilised with just 20 patients availing of the transport so far.

The initiative aims to assist patients who have been advised not to drive due to the aggressive nature of their treatment or for those who may have no family in the vicinity.

It’s hoped the service will be rolled out to GUH in Autumn this year as part of the national roll-out plan.

Programme Co-ordinator Gail Flinter says there are up to 50 volunteer drivers assigned to assist the Portiuncula service and patients who need the support should not be afraid to seek help.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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