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Croke Park 2 in the spotlight at city conference

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The Annual Delegate Conference of the Civil Public and Services Union is underway in the city at the Clayton Hotel.

The conference of the largest civil service union will examine the impact of the economic crisis on lower-paid workers, and the implications of the rejection of the Croke Park 2 deal.

The CPSU meeting commenced in the last hour, and a private session is now in progress.

The conference is due to resume tomorrow morning at 9.15, and will continue until Saturday lunchtime.

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Councillor hits out at ongoing issues of pungent smells of sewage in Gort town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is slamming the lack of action over what he describes as pungent smells of sewage in Gort town.

Councillor Joe Byrne says the odour has escalated in the past 12 months and he claims Irish Water will not address it.

It comes as the town had a boil water notice lifted last month which had been in place since early December of last year.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Byrne explains the impact it’s having on the community:

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UHG had second highest average trolley waiting numbers over winter

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – University Hospital Galway recorded the second highest on average for trolley waiting numbers over the winter months.

According to the Irish Independent, on average, 32 patients were left waiting daily at UHG.

It’s just behind the highest which was Cork University Hospital with an average of 35.

Meanwhile, Portiuncula Hospital, despite having its worst ever January for overcrowding, recorded one of the lowest figures in the country for patients left waiting over a day for a bed across all winter.

44 people were waiting more than 24 hours at Portiuncula – the lowest was in St Luke’s in Kilkenny, with 27 patients left in that position.

Today, 19 people are waiting for a bed in Portiuncula and 46 in UHG

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Clifden Station house Hotel has bumper year but director says Golfgate brought no joy to anyone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden Station house Hotel had a bumper year in 2022, but in commenting on the accounts one director, Frank Forde, said Golfgate brought no joy to anyone.

The hotel operator, Western Railway Operations Ltd recorded post tax profits of just under 800 thousand euro.

The post tax profit for the 12 months to May 2022 followed a post tax loss of €1,500 in 2021.

The hotel was the location of the ‘Golfgate’ controversy in August 2020 during the early stages of the pandemic.

It resulted in two public figures, Phil Hogan and Dara Calleary resigning from their senior posts.

Two directors of the firm, hotel owner John Sweeney and his son, James Sweeney were two of the four defendants in a criminal prosecution concerning the staging of the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner.

The other defendants were Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish and former Fianna Fáil Senator Donie Cassidy from the Oireachtas Golf Society.

Last year all Covid-19 breach restrictions charges against the four were dismissed at Galway District Court by Judge Mary Fahy.

Judge Fahy said she was satisfied the organisers did everything to comply – not in a court of public opinion – but in the court of law.

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