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County SICAP programme to be kept in one lot despite strong opposition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The entire county, including Connemara and the islands, is to be treated as one lot of the purposes of the SICAP programme from 2018-2022 despite strong opposition.
The City and County Council are seperately seeking tenders for the administration of the Social Inclusion and Community Activiation Programme for the next five years.
It follows controversy over the decision to treat the entire county as one lot.
FORUM Connemara had raised concerns for the future communities in Connemara as a result of the decision.
SICAP aims to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through engagement with disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies.
The deadline for submission of tenders to the County Council is September 29th.

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Local reps to meet with HSE today over future of Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatvies are to meet with HSE senior personnel this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last week, informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Yesterday, almost 600 people gathered at Clifden Town Hall to voice their concerns of the situation.

The Clifden District Hospital was established in 1935.

Since then it has served a wide area of Connemara from Leenane in the north to Carna in the south of the district.

A message from the HSE on Friday that the remaining four patients, who are in the older age group, must leave the Hospital by this Monday has sparked fears that the end is in sight for the hospital.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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