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Connemara native to take seat in U.S State parliament

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara-native, will again take a seat in the Maine State Parliament in the U.S following her victory in this week’s elections.
Margaret Craven has previously chaired the Health and Human Services committee in the Maine State parliament and she says her focus will continue on that field.
Ms. Craven – formerly Margaret Connolly from Letterard in Carna – has a professional background in health care and human services.
She previously served in the State Parliament between 2002 and 2014 when she retired to care for her late husband.
Margaret has told Galway Bay fm that her initial focus will be on the integration of alzheimers service into all aspects of health care in Maine.
Her most recent visit to Ireland was for the opening of the Emigrants Commemorative Centre in Carna this year.
Meanwhile, Michael Brennan another candidate in Maine – a State with which Connemara emigrants have a long connecton – won his way back into representative politics this week.
A former Mayor of Portland, the largest city in the State, Michael Brennan’s grandmother was from Inishnee in Roundstone and he has many relatives in west Connemara.

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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