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Concern not all recommended roles filled from independent maternity report at Portiuncula Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

Concerns have been raised that not all recommended roles arising from an independent report into maternity services in Portiuncla Hospital, have been filled.

In a parliamentary question response to Galway East Deputy Ann Rabbitte, the Saolta University Health Care Group stated that the appointment of a Peri-natal Pathologist, Sonographers, and Consultant Obstetricians/Gynaecologists are all outstanding.

These positions were some of the key recommendations included in the Walker report which was published in May 2018.

The review was commissioned by the Group Chief Clinical Director following a preliminary review which was undertaken by the Saolta Group into the care provided to six women.

In relation to the pathologist post, Saolta states it will be advertised at the end of the first quarter of 2020.

While, the group also states there is a national shortage of sonographers.

With reference to consultant obstetricians or gynaecologists, the hospital group states there are two joint appointments between GUH and Portiuncula which will be advertised in the coming weeks.

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Plan to upgrade Claregalway GAA pitch can move forward after appeal is withdrawn

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A plan to upgrade the GAA pitch in Claregalway can now move forward after an appeal has been withdrawn.

The project at Lakeview was appealed in December due to concerns including the possible impact on nearby residents and on any future residential developments, as well as the impact of floodlighting.

The plan led by Club CLG Bhaile Chláir na Gaillimhe involves the upgrading of the existing grass field to an artificial all weather pitch as well as upgrading lighting to provide eight floodlights.

It will also provide a play area for children.

County planners granted permission for the project in early December with a number of conditions.

One had stated the floodlighting is to be cowled and directed onto the all-weather surface pitch.

It was also stated that the hours of operation were to be from 9am to 9pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 8pm at weekends.

An appeal to An Bord Pleanála with concerns over a number of areas, has now been withdrawn so the project can now move forward.

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Public meeting of City Joint Policing Committee to be held in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee will be held in Knocknacarra next week.

The JPC serves as a forum for consultation, discussion and recommendations on matters affecting policing across the city.

The discussion at the upcoming public meeting of the City JPC will focus on the strategic goals outlined in the 4 year strategic plan 2017 to 2020.

These are to promote the safety of all road users in Galway City; to enhance community safety responses with a view to crime prevention; to reduce and prevent anti-social behavior in Galway City; and to support community engagement models of practice.

Members of the public are invited to attend to express their views – they’ll also have the opportunity to put questions to the Joint Policing Committee on general policing matters.

The public meeting of the JPC will take place at Knocknacarra Community Centre next Tuesday evening at 7.

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Oral hearing told 61 submissions on ringroad plan relate to traffic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Day two of the Galway City Ring Road hearing heard statement of evidence in response to traffic and transport objections and submissions.

The statement of evidence was presented on behalf of Galway County Council by Project Director for Systra Limited, Andrew Archer.

61 of the 296 submissions and objections to An Bord Pleanala regarding the N6 Galway City Ring Road development relate to traffic.

The key traffic issues include increased traffic on local roads, whether stand-alone solutions can solve traffic issues and whether the scheme will help public transport.

In relation to a stand-alone public transport alternative to the Ring Road Development, the analysis presented by Transport Planner Andrew Archer, argues that it is not appropriate in isolation but should form part of a holistic transport solution – as included in the Galway Transport Strategy.

In the case for the introduction of Light Rail Service or Tram for the city, the analysis presented found it was no suitable due to insufficient demand and a lack of population density.

The positive impact of the proposed road development, as put forward by Mr Archer, argues that the project will achieve improved journey times for both private vehicles and public transport.

Up to a 10 percent decrease in overall city traffic will be achieve during peak times – including a 38 reduction in heavy good vehicles passing through the city.

A 10 percent decrease in public transport journey times.

Journey times from the east to the west of the city will be 44 percent faster.

43 percent less delay times across the city network and a 17 percent reduction in average journeys during peak times.

The evidence presented in this morning’s session states that the N6 GCRR development will provide the required capacity for all modes of transport in Galway to support economic growth into the future.

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