Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Children’s Minister says she doesn’t believe last weekend was the first time the Pope has heard about the Tuam Babies.
Katherine Zappone has written Pope Francis a memo outlining the details of the case following her meeting with the Pontiff at the weekend.
Pope Francis promised to review the letter in a press conference he held on his return to Rome after his visit here at the weekend.
Minister Zappone says it was clear the Pope knew what she was talking about when she mentioned Tuam.
Concern over considerable drop in admission rates at Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over a considerable drop in admission rates at the Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG.
The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level by Councillor John Connolly.
He notes that occupancy rates last year were down considerably, with over two thousand less patients passing through the unit compared to 2019.
He has asked if this was due to limitations on capacity as a result of Covid-19, but an immediate answer was not available.
Councillor Connolly says the sharp drop in admittals is a cause for concern and clarity is needed.
Councillor Connolly says the real issue is that people who need help could potentially be unable to access the service.
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Shannon masterplan set to see major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A masterplan for the Shannon is being unveiled today and includes a major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna.
The Shannon tourism masterplan sets out to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region by 2030 and aims to boost visitor numbers by 400,000 over the next 9 years.
The re-development of Connacht Harbour in Portumna would include a significant expansion of the number of mooring berths in the harbour for public use.
There would also be the addition of a canoe step for access to the Lough Derg Blueway; additional onshore facilities such as seating and picnic areas; a new cycle and walking trail linking Connacht Harbour to the town and Lough Derg Blueway.
The masterplan would also provide additional parking facilities to the existing car park and improved visual impact of the harbour by creating a sense of arrival in the town.
The project is led by Waterways Ireland with Fáilte Ireland and 10 Local Authorities along the River Shannon and Shannon-Erne Waterway.
Three key themes are identified in the plan, The Shannon, Mighty River of Ireland, Shannon Journey’s and Adventures and The Natural Timeless Shannon.
Work to commence on new cardiothoracic ward at UHG in May
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are to get underway on a long awaited new cardiothoracic ward at UHG in the coming months.
The HSE says funding approval is being finalised for the project, with work earmarked to begin in May.
The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level
The Forum previously heard of repeated delays to the project due to challenges in finding alternative locations for the existing services at UHG.
Cardiothoracic surgery involves the treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax – which are typically conditions of the heart and lungs.