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County council plans to buy water services building meets criticism

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor is criticising the council’s plans to buy the building it’s currently leasing for water services.
The property at Centrepoint in the Liosban Business Park in the city houses the council’s water services and environment departments, and is due to go on sale shortly.
However, Councillor Jim Cuddy says that Irish Water is now responsible for water and sewerage services, and the council shouldn’t have to buy a building to house the services.
Director of Services Jim Cullen told councillors that Galway County Council will charge Irish Water a large portion of the central management charge.
He says buying the building as opposed to continuing to lease it could prove to be better value for money.
County Council management is now considering its options in relation to the purchase, and are due to return their finding to the council in coming months.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he doesn’t know why the council should have to purchase the building.

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  • Commitments to end direct provision are “slipping”, according to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. It says the Government is already missing deadlines for short term commitments.
  • Galway City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years. It’s on the site of the demolished Comer Machinery in 2005.
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National Broadband Ireland to host information event on rollout in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – National Broadband Ireland is to host a pop-up information event in Ballinasloe from tomorrow (Fri 17th).

The two day event will take place at Tesco Superstore in Menlo, Ballinasloe from 10am to 4pm.

The event aims to give the public an opportunity to learn about the national broadband plan, when high speed fibre broadband is coming to various areas in Galway and how households can get connected.

The NBI team will be on-hand to take registrations to enable future updates on the rollout in specific areas.

It comes as NBI currently has construction underway to bring fibre to 3,307 premises in the Ballinasloe intervention area.

These are in the townlands including Clontuskert, Ahascragh, Kilconnell, Liscapple, Aughrim, Carnakelly, Fohenagh, Riversdale, Dowras, Kiltormer, and Rosmore among others.

In total, there are 38,714 premises in the intervention area in county Galway, which includes homes, farms, commercial businesses and schools.

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UHG Has Second Highest Number of Patients on Trolleys In The Country

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway’s Emergency Department has the second highest number of patients waiting on trolleys at any ED across the country today.

According to the INMO’s trolley watch figures, there are 31 patients at the acute hospital’s Emergency Department in Galway city now awaiting beds.

UHG’s figure for emergency department patients awaiting beds is the second highest in the country, with only Cork University Hospital worse affected where 43 patients are on trolleys..

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