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Councillors express full confidence in Galway 2020 following chaotic meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have passed a motion of full confidence in the leadership of Galway 2020 following a chaotic meeting at City Hall last evening.
The meeting was requested following concerns over an alleged lack of information in recent months on the progression of the €45m project – which is expected to generate around €400m for Galway’s economy.
The theme of Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture for 2020 is ‘making waves’ – but it was a storm that threatened to brew at City Hall last night.
Chairperson Aideen McGinley and Chief Executive Hannah Kiely were both on hand to brief councillors on what has been achieved to date and offer a timeline in the run-up to 2020.
It was admitted last evening that there were some ‘bumps in the road’ in the project – but an assurance was given that Galway 2020 is fully on track to be delivered as planned.
However, many councillors were less than impressed with the presentation and the questions and answers session that followed.
Key concerns included the availability of detailed figures on how much money has been spent so far, what it has been spent on – or what funding has been received to date.
The Chair and CEO pledged to return to City Hall with in-depth figures – and an assurance was given that the Galway 2020 team has strict audit and transparency measures in place.
This was supported by City CEO Brendan McGrath, who also sits on the board of Galway 2020
Another key issue raised was the lack of awareness among the public regarding the project and how many communities across Galway seemingly still know nothing to little about it.
Ultimately, the end result of last evening’s often chaotic meeting was a vote of full confidence in Galway 2020 and its leadership – with an agreement that more frequent – and more detailed – presentations will be given in future.

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GMIT Innovation Hub secures funding to support next wave of start ups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT’s Innovation Hub has secured funding to support the next wave of start ups.

Innovation centres set to be part of the planned Connacht-Ulster Alliance have been allocated almost half a million euro in funding.

All three of the CUA Innovation centres received grants with the GMIT Hub receiving two grants totaling over 177 thousand euro.

Letterkenny IT’s CoLab received an allocation of 150 thousand euro while Sligo IT’s Innovation Centre received over 146 thousand euro.

The funding announced through Enterprise Ireland aims to ensure the Enterprise Centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-ups.

Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland with a formal application expected before the end of the year.

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Government Ministers to meet over plan to exit Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government ministers will meet this morning to discuss exiting Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The national 14 day incidence rate is estimated to be 108 cases per 100 thousand, however both Donegal and Louth have rates of over 200.

252 new cases were confirmed nationwide last night with five cases notified for Galway.

NPHET will meet tomorrow and is expected to be cautious in it’s approach to re-opening the country.

The Government would prefer to move directly to level three, with a decision expected on Thursday or Friday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the situation is still volatile.

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Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.

The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.

Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.

However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.

On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.

The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.

An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.

The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.

The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.

At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.

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