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Claregalway autism centre makes changes following HIQA inspection

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A residential centre in Claregalway for people with autism has undergone a series of improvements after a HIQA report found it to be non-compliant across 10 areas.
Following an announced inspection in March, HIQA outlined a series of issues with social and healthcare, management of medication and health and safety.
Autism West Ltd has provided a residential service in Claregalway for five people with autism for the past 16 years.
After an inspection in March this year, HIQA set out an action plan of urgent improvements to be carried out at the centre, which the service had agreed to implement.
Following a board meeting yesterday, Autism West Ltd has issued a statement outlining the changes that have been made at the centre.
These include the engagement of a fire safety consultant and a health and safty consultant.
Management says health and safety issues have been resolved following a full risk-assessment and the implementation of new evacuation and record-keeping procedures.
Staff have also received training in the administration of medications, and each resident has been assessed for medical, psychological, dietary and speech and language needs.
Autism West says it has re-decorated its premises, and trained all staff members in safe hygiene practices.
The organisation says all procedures and practices are monitored and reviewed on an ongoing basis.

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LISTEN: Galway TD calls for Help To Buy Scheme to be extended to vacant properties

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to extend the Help To Buy Scheme to cover vacant properties.

Raising the matter in the Dáil with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Sean Canney said there are vacant properties “splattered” around every town and village.

He asked if cabinet would consider expanding the scheme to help return these properties to the market:

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar accepted it’s a logical proposal and said the issue is being considered.

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Four people injured in Road Traffic Collision near Moycullen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Four people have been injured in a three car road traffic collision that happened this morning near Moycullen.

Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of the accident which occurred on the N59 near the Wildlands this morning at approximately 10am.

The four people were taken to University Hospital Galway for treatment of injuries that are non-life threatening.

Motorists travelling on the N59 are warned that there are major delays on that road at the moment as Gardai continue their investigations with the road expected to be reopened around now.

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Emergency Services at the scene of a Serious Road Traffic Collision near Moycullen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – It is understood that emergency Services are currently at the scene of a Senior Road Traffic Collision on the N59 near Moycullen.

There are reports that three vehicles have been involved.

The collision is believed to have taken place near the Wildlands Adventure Sports Centre. A kilometre from the village.

No further information is available at this time

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