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Customers disappointed at closure of Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre

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Customers have expressed their disappointment following Bank of Ireland’s announcement that it’s to close its branch at Galway Shopping Centre in July.

The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.

The 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.

A spokesperson for Bank Of Ireland says this is the first such closure for Galway city and no further closures are planned.

The spokesperson adds that Bank of Ireland is committed to Galway and has vowed to retain its national network footprint of 250 branches.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news,  the Bank says while it is not a decision it  takes lightly, there is nothing unusual about merging branches across the network.

The bank has outlets in Eyre Square, Mainguard Street, Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue,NUIG, Salthill and Oranmore.

The branch at Galway Shopping Centre will close on July 12th and customers are now being advised of the merge.

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Cervical Check campaigner leads tributes following death of Oranmore woman Patricia Carrick

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tributes have been paid following the death of an Oranmore woman who was one of those impacted by the negligent reading of a smear test.

Patricia Carrick died peacefully at her family home in the early hours of today.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year and underwent treatment, but suffered a relapse in February.

Earlier this month, the HSE and MedLab Pathology Ltd apologised to Mrs. Carrick in the High Court over the negligent reading of a smear test in 2016, and for the consequences and distress caused.

The Taoiseach Micheál Martin also offered a formal apology to Patricia Carrick and her husband Damien, as well as their four children.

Cervical Check campaigner Vicky Phelan told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that Patricia has fought a long battle and can now rest in peace.

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Galway firm rolls out private COVID-19 testing service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway firm has announced a COVID-19 private testing service as part of an expansion of the firm’s clinical laboratory facilities in the West of Ireland.

Complete Laboratory Solutions is one of Ireland’s largest privately-owned contract laboratories and is based at the Tuam Road in the city.

The private testing service is designed to support proactive asymptomatic screening for COVID-19 and is relevant to all sectors including those that require employees onsite.

Swabbing for clients takes place on a weekly basis onsite, with tests analysed at CLS laboratories and results available in 24 hours.

Any positive tests are reviewed by the CLS clinical consultants and shared with the GP of the person swabbed, with the patient’s GP alerted immediately as well as the local HSE Public Health Department.

Participants can also be provided with certification for travel purposes within a three-day timeframe of the test taking place.

The service is available to both private industry and public health in Ireland.

Evelyn O’Toole is founder and Chief Executive Officer of CLS – she says that by combining best in class technology and systems, the firm has achieved 100 per cent detection level accuracy for its PCR COVID-19 testing service.

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Cathaoirleach renews call for decisive action on dealing with control of horses at Headford Road hotspot

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – County Cathaoirleach James Charity has renewed his call for robust legislation to deal with the control of stray horses at various hotspots.

It comes as a dead foal was taken from an area of commonage or private land and dumped at the roadside adjacent to the N84.

Councillor Charity became aware of the incident on Saturday evening and it’s understood the animal is to be removed today.

The Independent councillor argues there should be a single body to have overall responsibility for dealing with such incidents and that the body requires teeth to enfore legislation.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the incidents occur at the same hotspots and without decisive action will continue.

The Cathaoirleach says animal welfare and road safety are major concerns at the N84 location and it’s time to get to grips with the situation.

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