Galway Bay FM Newsroom
Following the huge attendance at a protest march through Ballinasloe yesterday (Sunday) regarding the proposed closure of a 22-bed acute care mental health unit at St Brigid’s Hospital the protesters will picket outside the Dail on Wednesday.
Crowds of well over 1,000 people marched through the streets of Ballinasloe and those involved included members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) and the East Galway Mental Health Action Group.
Noel Giblin, National Secretary of the PNA who was one of those who addressed a rally after the march in St Michael’s Square said there is huge anger at the proposed closure of the unit which will put pressure on services that are already stretched at Galway’s University Hospital (GUH) and at Roscommon Hospital.
Move to downgrade Galway County Council role in veterinary duties
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A move toward downgrading the County Councils’ role in veterinary duties was described by County Councillors yesterday as another step towards the centralisation of services.
This week’s council meeting was told that the principal role in veterinary and food inspections would be the remit of the Department of Agriculture and Food, in the future.
It was a day of disquiet as Councillors complained strongly about what was termed a lack of access to Council officials, and to services, that had been available in the past. Council CEO, Jim Cullen defended the role of the Council personnel and pointed out that they are short-staffed.
Councillors expressed further frustration at the news that the Council is likely to lose its role in veterinary services in the County and City. The local Councils heretofore had responsibility in areas such as animal welfare and health standards.
Councillors Donagh Killilea and Declan Geraghty stated that the Council was well able to do this job and Councillors Jim Cuddy and Jimmy McClearn warned that the proposed change was another step in robbing local authorities of their role and status.
Mary Hoade and Thomas Welby advised Councillors to make submissions to a Maynooth University study on the work of County Councillors.
A process known as the Moorehead report shows Councillors worked 17 to 18 hours per week, at most, a statistic refuted by Galway Councillors.
Man hospitalised following incident with Gardai in Eyre Square
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A man has been hospitalised following an incident with Gardai in the Eyre Square area of the City yesterday afternoon.
At approximately 2.10, Gardaí attended the scene of an incident where a male in his late 40’s injured himself with a weapon and proceeded to abuse and threaten members of An Garda Siochana.
The man was disarmed and taken to A&E as no ambulance was available at the time.
The Injured party required surgery and hospitalisation.
There are no further details available at this time.
LISTEN: Step forward for plans for new National School in Tuam
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to build a new amalgamated National School campus in Tuam.
The plans will bring together St. Pat’s, Mercy and Presentation National Schools at a 14-acre greenfield site.
It’d be a 32 classroom development, accommodating more than 800 students, 75 teachers and 30 SNA’s.
Deputy Sean Canney says the new school is important to the provision of primary education in Tuam: