Date Published: 11-May-2013
Debates on abortion are making up a large part of the annual gathering of the Irish College of GPs being held in Galway city
Several motions call on the Government to legislate for abortion in the case of rape, incest or non-viable foetal anomalies.
Junior Health Minister Alex White is addressing the conference which is also highlighting the fact that a plan to introduce free GP care for people with long term illnesses was meant to be in place by March of last year
The Government says are legal problems are delaying the plan
Meanwhile, an organisation supporting the needs of gay, lesbian and bisexual people has welcomed the publication of new guidelines for GPs, in treating lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.
The document was launched today at the gathering of GPs in the Radisson Hotel
Call for direct donations to city charity shops
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.
It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.
However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.
Man pleads guilty to city robbery after 8 years
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A 41-year-old Galway man has pleaded guilty to the robbery of cash from a city shop eight years ago.
Joe Walsh, of 15 Gaelcarrig Park, Newcastle, pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to the robbery of €2,800 cash from the Mace shop on Shantalla Road, on July 29, 2005.
The facts were admitted in a second charge of causing criminal damage in the shop on the same date.
Judge Rory McCabe directed the preparation of a probation report and adjourned sentencing to October 15.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.