Galway Bay fm newsroom – COPE Galway has called on the Government to prioritise the building of additional social housing.
In its pre-budget submission for Budget 2019, COPE Galway has also raised serious concerns about the number of new social housing units currently being built by local authorities.
The local charity last year supported 1,012 adults and 576 children affected by homelessness in Galway.
Latest figures reveal 499 in the West region were reported as homeless or in emergency accommodation at the end of June.
This includes 83 families with 207 children, and 163 single people.
There has also been an increase in the numbers of those aged 18-24 in the west region, up from 30 for the same week in 2017 to 39 this June.
Tune in at noon to hear more on this from Martin O’Connor of COPE Galway…
Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.
Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.
Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.
The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.
The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,
Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.
Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.
The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.
The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.
Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today: