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City public meeting to discuss Ireland’s future

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this week to discuss the development of an alternative vision for Ireland.
Galway City Community Forum has teamed up with the Claiming Our Future initiative for the event.
The movement brings together members of society together to discuss equality, environmental sustainability and accountability.
The meeting, which will take place at the city museum from 2.30p.m to 4.30p.m on Friday, will centre around the topic of ‘claiming our republic’.
Ann Irwin from Galway City Community Forum says the meeting is open to anyone with an opinion of how our future should be developed.

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258 people now listed as homeless across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of homeless people in emergency accommodation has increased by almost 24 per cent in a year.

There are now almost 11,800 people homeless, including 258 people in County Galway.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing 11,742 people, including 3,373 children, now find themselves homeless.

It’s an increase of almost 24 per cent on the same month for last year.

The data, for the week of February 20th-26th, show there were 8,369 adults in emergency accommodation, an increase of 23 per cent on the figure for February last year.

In Dublin, there are 8,588 people, including 2,576 children, living in homelessness.

Meanwhile this month’s figures, when compared to January, remain relatively unchanged.

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Man missing from Loughrea located safe and well

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man missing from Loughrea since earlier this week has been found safe and well.

25 year old Shane Walsh was last seen in Portumna on Wednesday 29th March, prompting a Garda appeal.

Gardaí have now confirmed he’s been located safe and well.

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UHG third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country this month, with more than a thousand patients without a bed.

The INMO says nationally, overcrowding records were broken once again for the month of March.

Almost 13,000 admitted patients were treated on trolleys this month, and over 440 of those were children.

The INMO says this was the worst March since it began counting in 2006, and overcowding levels cannot be allowed continue.

At UHG, 1,048 patients were without a bed, with a further 207 patients at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The worst figure was recorded at University Hospital Limerick, where more than 2 thousand patients were waiting on trolleys.

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