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Dail is next stop for Ballinasloe protestors

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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.

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City Council assessing possibility of installing PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is assessing the possibility of installing a PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city.

The Local Authority has confirmed it’s received a number of representations calling for a rainbow coloured crossing and that the proposal is currently being reviewed with a decision to follow.

Council officials say if it goes ahead, the location will be selected by the engineering department with guidance from road marking contractors.

It comes as a rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing was recently installed in Dublin to mark PRIDE month which is currently ongoing.

Labour City Councillor Niall McNelis is calling for PRIDE crossings to be installed at the junction of Cross Street and in Eyre Square.

He says the proposal has the support of the local business community and it would be a very powerful symbol for the LGBT+ community in Galway.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Children’s Ombudsman received 48 complaints from Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Ombudsman for Children’s office received 48 complaints from Galway last year.

It’s annual report for 2020, entitled “Childhood Paused”, reveals that nationwide 1,187 complaints were received about services provided to children.

Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, says the figure of 48 complaints recorded in Galway last year is not very surprising based on population spread.

However, he says it shows there is still a need to work hard to let people in the county know about the existence of the office.

The main area of the public service complained about last year was education – accounting for 46 percent of all complaints.

New issues which arose included remote learning, lack of clarity over state examinations, calculated grades, children who feared bringing Covid-19 into high-risk households, and the impact on children with special educational needs.

Six percent of all complaints last year came directly from children – representing a doubling of the figure recorded in 2019.

The Ombudsman says this increase can largely be attributed to education issues, and is indicative of the level of upset among students.

It’s also noted that 100 percent of the children who made direct contact mentioned the impact of the pandemic on their mental health.

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75 broadband connections to be installed in Galway schools and community facilities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 75 broadband connections will be installed in Galway primary schools and community facilities over the next two years.

That’s according to Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte.

She says 10 primary schools will get their new broadband connection by the end of this year, while a further 38 national schools will be included in the rollout next year.

A further 20 public WiFi broadband connection points will also be installed this year at locations including the Ballinakill Community Centre in Kylebrack and Sylane Hurling Club.

Currently almost 40,000 premises in county Galway do not have access to high-speed broadband – this represents close to 30% of all premises in the county.

It comes as nationwide 4,000 homes and businesses have been reached in the first half of this year, out of a target of 115,000 set by National Broadband Ireland for the end of 2021.

23,000 premises have already been surveyed, and network designs for more than 174,000 premises have been developed since the project commenced.

Chairman of NBI David McCourt says the company will make up for lost time.

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