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City CEO raises concerns over volume of sandbags taken following storm Callum

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council CEO, Brendan McGrath, has severely criticised people who took away more sandbags than they needed from the supplies provided by the City prior to the arrival of storm Callum recently.
Mr McGrath also said that a total of €15m. would be needed to install adequate flood protection in Galway City.
The City CEO aimed his words at people whom, he said, took away far too many sandbags in the lead up to storm Callum.
Brendan McGrath said there was evidence that some people loaded up trailers even though there was no great risk of flooding in their area. 7,000 sandbags were provided by the City Council.
The CEO said City Council staff had done great work and put in long hours in preparation for the storm which he accepted was not as severe as had been feared.
Mr McGrath said any suggestions – which he had heard – that there was an over-reaction were without validity.
Up to 960 properties are presently at risk of flooding in the City and the CEO said that €15m. would be needed to give adequate protection.
Phase one of a proposed plan would give protection to 750 of these properties but that is dependent on State support and finances.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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