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City councillors to debate draft budget for 2019

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors will gather in City Hall on Monday to discuss the local authority’s draft budget for 2019.
The budget, to be presented by the executive, provides for 87.7 million euro in expenditure, an increase of 9.5 million euro on the 2018 budgeted figure.
The proposed draft budget for 2019 has been compiled on the basis of no proposed increases in rates or local property tax.
Commercial rates are listed as the largest source of revenue income with 36.9 million euro forecast in the draft budget.
The Chief Executive’s report states 75 percent of the city council’s revenue expenditure is derived locally from rates in addition to local property tax and charges derived from locally provided services.
The council has not varied the rate of LPT since its inception in 2014.
The draft budget provides for no increase in charges in locally provided services with the exception of a proposed 10 percent increase in the cost of new burial spaces, which is estimated to yield a further 30 thousand euro.
Housing and building is forecast as the greatest expenditure for 2019 at over 27 million euro.

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€4.4m funding for ‘Shape-shifting’ implant medical device led by University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €4.4m in funding has been awarded for a ‘shape-shifting’ implanted medical device led by University of Galway.

The funding from the European Union is for the SMARTSHAPE project – which aims to provide continuous blood pressure monitoring.

Hypertension is the leading global contributor to premature death – but there is no clinical standard of monitoring beat-to-beat blood pressure outside hospital settings.

The SMARTSHAPE consortium is led by Professor William Wijns, Research Professor in Interventional Cardiology at University of Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Wijns explains how this device will benefit patients

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Councillor hits out at ongoing issues of pungent smells of sewage in Gort town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is slamming the lack of action over what he describes as pungent smells of sewage in Gort town.

Councillor Joe Byrne says the odour has escalated in the past 12 months and he claims Irish Water will not address it.

It comes as the town had a boil water notice lifted last month which had been in place since early December of last year.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Byrne explains the impact it’s having on the community:

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UHG had second highest average trolley waiting numbers over winter

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway recorded the second highest on average for trolley waiting numbers over the winter months.

According to the Irish Independent, on average, 32 patients were left waiting daily at UHG.

It’s just behind the highest which was Cork University Hospital with an average of 35.

Meanwhile, Portiuncula Hospital, despite having its worst ever January for overcrowding, recorded one of the lowest figures in the country for patients left waiting over a day for a bed across all winter.

44 people were waiting more than 24 hours at Portiuncula – the lowest was in St Luke’s in Kilkenny, with 27 patients left in that position.

Today, 19 people are waiting for a bed in Portiuncula and 46 in UHG

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