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Construction of new UHG unit to start this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom  – The chief operating officer for the Galway/Roscommon hospital group says work on a new 75 bed unit at UHG is likely to start in the middle of this year.

Tony Canavan told a meeting of the regional health forum that construction would take 18 months.

He added that as a result options were currently being considered to facilitate the closure of the 17 bed St. Rita’s ward.

A cost benefit analysis is also underway for submission to the national capital steering group to replace the existing emergency department at UHG.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade told the forum the facility was built to cater for 100 patients, and during the month of January there was almost 250 patients presenting.

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Plans for €100m investment at Tynagh power station near Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans for a major €100m development at Tynagh power station near Loughrea.

It’s proposed that a 299MW gas-fuelled power station will be built on the site, alongside the existing 400MW power station.

The Tynagh power station is 80 percent owned by a Czech firm which acquired the stake in 2019.

According to the Irish Independent, the proposed new €100m project would be a 299MW gas-fuelled power station.

It would be used to provide back-up electricity to the national grid when renewable energy is insufficient to meet demand.

It’s reported An Bord Pleanala has agreed that the planned development does not constitute a strategic infrastructure development.

As such, a planning application can be lodged with Galway County Council, which is expected to happen next month.

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NUI Galway to launch partnership promoting culture, learning and research on islands and the west

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway will this morning launch a new partnership promoting the islands and the west as places of culture, learning and research.

It’s a joint partnership with Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oirr.

This morning’s launch will see 21 uniquely decorated currachs placed on display on the NUI Galway campus as part of a special exhibition celebrating Culture Night.

It’ll showcase works by artists John Behan, Jennifer Cunningham, Ger Sweeney and Áine Philips.

The launch will take place at the Quad at NUI Galway this morning at 11am.

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Jadotville veterans gather in Galway city for 60th anniversary of famous siege

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville will gather in Galway City later today to mark the 60th anniversary of the infamous Congo battle.

A small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville on the 13th September 1961by Katangese forces.

The Irish soldiers resisted attacks for five days but were eventually forced to surrender and held as prisoners of war before being released.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden of Renmore Barracks this afternoon at 3pm to mark the 60th anniversary of the final day of the siege, with 8 Jadotville veterans expected to attend.

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