Galway Bay fm newsroom – New rules for busking in the city will come into effect at the start of January.
The controversial regulations have encountered some delay.
In January this year, officials received legal advice stating the whole process was to be restarted as the original proposal did not contain a commencement date.
The bye-laws were finally passed by councillors at their meeting last evening and caused division in the chamber.
It means amplification and acts that attract large crowds, known as ‘circle-acts’, will be banned during key business hours.
Fianna Fail councillor Peter Keane says the concerns of local businesses had to be considered.
Mayor Mike Cubbard was one of 5 members to oppose the bye-laws and says he fears it sends out the wrong message. To hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
NUIG researchers make history with medical drone delivery
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
NUI Galway researchers have made history after completing the first delivery of diabetes medication using a drone.
It took the device just over 15 minutes to fly the medicine from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór.
Researchers say recent severe weather events, including storms Emma and Ophelia, demonstrated the need to develop a way to deliver medicines in all circumstances.
Professor Derek O’Keeffe, who led the project, says it’s crucial that people with diabetes have access to lifesaving medicine at all times.
12 Galway medical projects set to benefit from €2.6m in government funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 12 Galway medical projects are set to recieve a combined 2.6 million euro in Government funding.
Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the 122 projects which are to be included in the Sláintecare Integration Fund across the country.
The biggest local award with a share of 700 thousand euro in funding is for elder care with Galway city, Tuam and Athenry to become the new pioneer sites for integrated care programmes.
Programmes designed to deliver integrated care for type 2 diabetes in Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea and parts of Cork have been allocated a combined 515 thousand euro.
Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, Primary Care Galway will receive over 330 thousand euro for a heart failure integrated care project.
Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.
The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .
The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.
The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.