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City public meeting to discuss ending Direct Provision system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting to discuss bringing an end to Ireland’s direct provision system will take place in the city tomorrow (15/1).
The event is organised by the Galway Anti-Racism Network, which claims the system is demoralising and barbaric.
There are currently two centres in the city hosting asylum seekers – the Great Western off Eyre Square and the Eglinton in Salthill.
Tomorrow’s meeting will be addressed by speakers from the Movement of Asylum Seekers and will include an exhibition of the Asylum Archive.
It’ll take place at the Harbour Hotel at 7 tomorrow evening.
Organiser Joe Loughnane says asylum seekers are effectively being abandoned under the current system.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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Boil water notice lifted for Salthill estate hit by E-Coil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A boil water notice issued for the Ard na Mara estate in Salthill following the detection of E-Coli has now been lifted with immediate effect.

The notice was issued last week after the deadly bacteria was detected in the water supply in the area of Ard na Mara, as well as a section of Dalysfort Road.

Irish Water says as a result of continuous flushing of the water main network and verification monitoring of the water supply, the notice has now been lifted.

Customers are being advised that drinking water can now be consumed as normal.

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