Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta
A petition to save the only community nursing home in the city is to hit the streets on Saturday. Councillor Catherine Connolly says it is time to “stand up and be counted” in relation to the threat of closure of St Francis Nursing Home in Newcastle.
With the support of patients’ families, Cllr Connolly will be pounding the city centre streets tomorrow to kick off a campaign to keep it open and to raise awareness of what is happening at the facility.
The HSE announced some months ago that they would be phasing out the home and eventually closing it, but Cllr Connolly said that management had already started proactively encouraging families to relocate their loved ones to private nursing homes.
Cllr Connolly has campaigned for years for the home to be kept open as it is the only public nursing home in the city. There were moves last year to relocate the residents in St Francis to a unit in Merlin Park hospital, but that was strongly resisted and it didn’t happen.
There used to be a five year waiting list for a bed in the home such was its popularity. There are currently 30 long term beds and 20 day beds to facilitate day patients and in recent years there was a physiotherapy facility established on the premises.
“I have received the most urgent representations in relation to patients in the home from families who are extremely worried at the proposal by HSE management to move patients to private nursing homes and close down the facility,” Cllr Connolly said.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.