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Consultation to begin over closure of Ballinasloe unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Health Minister Kathleen Lynch has agreed to start an intensive consultation process around the closure of acute beds at St Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe.

A deputation met with Minister Lynch in Dublin last evening following a major protest in Ballinasloe last weekend.

The Health Service Executive is planning to close the 22-bed acute care mental health unit at St. Brigid’s in Ballinasloe.

However, the HSE says the closure will take place on a phased basis and will mean just 7 beds are taken out of the Galway/Roscommon mental health service in the long term.

Minister Lynch told the meeting she wanted the best services for the region, but in delivering the ‘Vision for Change,’ it’s inevitable that some acute beds would close.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the consultation was exactly what was needed to reassure people about the future of mental health care services in the region.

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Groups and individuals across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon take part in the Galway Simon Sleep Out

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Groups and individuals across Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have been taking part in the Galway Simon Sleep Out to raise awareness and vital funds for Galway Simons homelessness prevention services.

In 2021 A staggering 1,511 people, which included 563 children were supported by Galway Simon’s Services and the organisation is are themselves for the winter ahead and an even greater demand for their services.

In Galway there were organised Sleep Outs on Shop Street, Salthill, Oranmore, Loughrea and at galway United’s home ground of Eamon Deacy Park while many others took part by sleeping out in their own gardens with friends and family.

Ronan Lardner was with the Sleepout in shop Street and he spoke to Galway Simon CEO Karen Golden as the Sleepout was about to begin.

Ronan Lardner then spoke to Karen once the Sleep Out had finished and she started by saying that it was an incredible night.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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