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City Council to consider proposal for proof of waste management by social housing tenants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tenants in social housing in the city may have to provide proof of a proper waste management system at their household within one month of their tenancy.
Councillors are to vote at next month’s city council meeting on whether this should be made a requirement.
A motion was proposed by Councillor Pearce Flannery at this month’s council meeting that in order to be granted tenancy, a prospective tenant must have a contract with a waste management service.
However, officials rejected the motion on the grounds that homeless people applying for tenancy will not be able to have a contract before they have an address.
Following this, Councillor Declan McDonnell reworded the motion so that tenants would be required to provide this proof within the first month of their tenancy.
Councillors will vote on the motion next month after Mayor Niall McNelis requested it be postponed.
If it’s passed, tenants in social housing will be required to prove they either have a contract with an authorised waste collector, they use a neighbour’s service with consent of the neighbour, or they directly deliver their waste to an authorised waste collector.

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Galway Consultant calls on Government to use the lessons learned during the pandemic to modernise our hospitals

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway Consultant Respiratory Physician is calling on the Government to use the lessons learned during the pandemic to be more ambitious in modernising our hospitals.

Dr Michael O’ Mahoney says some of our hospitals are now barely tenable as acute healthcare facilities.

The Oughterard consultant highlights how the pandemic has emphasised the lack of critical care and non-invasive ventilation beds in our hospitals , which still rely on multibed units with few single rooms.

Dr O’ Mahoney says the current plan of building three 500-bed elective hospitals to add to the system is woefully inadequate.

Speaking to Galway Talks earlier , Dr Michael O’ Mahoney says the pandemic has shown that existing hospitals need to be modernised to provide more single bed rooms to help prevent the spread of infection.

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Chairperson of Galway City Vintners hopeful the majority of restrictions affecting hospitality sector will be removed by March.

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The Chairperson of the Galway City Vintners says he’s hopeful that the majority of restrictions affecting the hospitality sector will be removed by March.

NPHET has been meeting to make a series of recommendations to Government for exiting restrictions.

It’s expected the curfew on hospitality will be lifted as early as next week, full capacity sports grounds will be allowed along with increased capacity at live events; while a roadmap for the return to the office is also due.

An easing of Covid restrictions will happen ‘within days’ according to the Public Expenditure Minister.

Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar Galway who is also Chair of the Galway City Vintners Federation says publicans want to get back to normal trading as soon as possible.

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Galway TD challenges Minister in Dáil over exclusion of carers from healthcare bonus

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A Galway TD has challenged the Minister for Public Expenditure in the Dáil over the exclusion of family and home carers from the pandemic bonus.

Frontline healthcare workers are to be given a 1 thousand euro bonus to recognise their efforts throughout COVID-19.

However, under the current plans, home and family carers are not eligible for the payment.

Addressing Minister Michael McGrath, Deputy Mairead Farrell pointed out they lost everything during the pandemic at very short notice.

She argued without their efforts, the Government would have been in a very serious predicament.

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