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CEO admits West North West Hospitals group broke tendering rules over controversial report

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO of the West North West hospitals group has admitted the group broke National Financial Regulations in choosing Noel Daly’s company to compile the controversial report on maternity services.
D&F Health Partnership was selected to carry out the review in November 2013 at a cost of 20 thousand euro plus VAT and Noel Daly resigned as chairman of the hospitals group earlier this month
National Finance Regulations require that expenditure between 5 thousand and 25 thousand euro be subject to market testing and that this is carried out through the receipt of three written quotations.
However, in a response to city councillor Padraig Conneely, CEO Bill Maher acknowledged that only one written quotation was received.
The Director General of the HSE has requested that the Internal Audit function carry out a review into the procurement of these services
An internal auditor visited Galway University Hospitals on May 20th to examine documentation and interview various managers at the West North West Hospitals Group.
The internal auditer subsequently reported the findings to the director general of the HSE.
Councillor Padraig Conneely says in light of today’s acknowledgements, Bill Maher’s position as CEO of the hospitals group is ‘untenable’.

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Young climate action campaigners to gather for ‘Fridays for Future’ demonstration in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Galway climate action protestors will gather in the city tomorrow afternoon for a demonstration.

It’s part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ campaign – a worldwide movement of student led strikes to protest the lack of significant climate action by government.

The strike will take place in Eyre Square at 1.30pm.

The instigator of the world movement Greta Thunberg says ‘we can’t change the world by playing by the rules because the rules have to be changed’.

Catherine Mc Donagh is one of the local organisers and also a leaving cert student at Scoil Einne in An Spideal.

She told Galway Bay FM news, students have strong opinions on why they want to protect their environment and their future.

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Search for man missing from Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in finding Nicolas Couch, who is missing from the Athenry area

The 39 year old has been missing since Monday (sept 20)

Nicolas is described as being 6 feet 2 inches in height, of slim build and with blue eyes and greying hair.

When last seen, he was wearing dark jeans, a blue polo top and a black bomber jacket.

Gardaí and Nicolas’ family are concerned for his well-being.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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1,355 new COVID-19 cases nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,355* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 286 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 59 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

“Our ongoing analysis of the epidemiological situation has informed the NPHET recommendation to evolve public health management of school settings from Monday next.

“The resumption of in-person education was associated with a significant increase in the numbers of children referred for testing in recent weeks. This increase was driven by the screening of asymptomatic children who had been identified as close contacts. This action was precautionary and was due to the diligence of parents and guardians bringing their children for tests. Despite significantly increased testing in this age group, there has only been a relatively modest increase in the detection of cases. We have also seen the associated positivity rate decrease from 16% to 5% which is very reassuring.

“Both nationally and internationally, the evidence tells us that schools are a low risk setting for the transmission of COVID-19 among school-going children and, as such, now is the right time to evolve our contact tracing approach, while maintaining the infection prevention and control in place in educational settings.

“NPHET will continue to monitor the trajectory of the disease. It is important that we all continue to adhere to the public health guidance and to protect each other by washing our hands, the wearing of masks where appropriate and by keeping our distance from each other to limit the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

“I would urge parents to keep children who are unwell and who experience the common symptoms of COVID-19 home from school and to contact your GP if you have any concerns.”

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