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
The group GLEN says many lesbian, gay or bisexual people are reluctant to disclose their sexuality to their GP – even where this is relevant to their care or treatment.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.