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City council prepares for wave of data access requests ahead of new regulations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city official has warned that the local authority may have to process a high number of data access requests, after new regulations come into force later this month.
General Data Protection Regulations will be introduced on May 25th and will strengthen data protection rights across the EU.
Galway City Council’s Head of IT Alfie Jones told councillors a nominated GDPR lead has been assigned in every section.
He added that the local authority still has a path to travel but is ahead of the curve in comparison to many others.
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Galway Arts Festival’s Paul Fahy receives top level French cultural award

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The director of the Galway International Arts Festival – Paul Fahy – has received a top level French cultural award

He was named as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a title granted to artists who promote French culture and heritage across the world.

The long established honour is in recognition of Paul’s significant work in the arts, the promotion of France-Ireland relations and the contribution of his work to the cultural influence of France in Ireland and beyond.

Previous recipients include actors Cate Blanchett, Jude Law and George Clooney; filmmaker Tim Burton; dancer Rudolf Nureyev; authors and Ireland’s Van Morrison, Neil Jordan and most recently Garry Hynes in 2022.

The ceremony took place at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin with Paul’s family and colleagues from the arts industry in attendance.

Paul Fahy says he’s thrilled and the award is an acknowledgment of the work he does with all arts organisations

Paul explains the similarities between France and Galway’s artistic cultures

Paul Fahy pictured with French Ambassador to Ireland H.E. Vincent Guérend.

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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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