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Continued calls for end to bed closures at acute unit in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Psychiatric Nurses Association is calling for an end to the bed closures in Ballinasloe pyschiatric unit until replacement community services have been provided.

The phased closure of the 22-bed unit at St. Brigid’s Hospital began on Monday with the transfer of five beds to the acute psychiatric unit at UHG in the city.

A protest was also held in the city demanding a rethink of the reconfiguration plans.

The PNA argues that the HSE decision runs contrary to commitments made in the national ‘Vision for Change’ document.

Group spokesperson Michael Hayes says the HSE needs to invest in extensive community services in the region.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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