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Campaign to save nursing home takes to streets

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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.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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