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Demand for Saolta bosses to attend city forum to answer for ‘shocking’ report into Portiuncula maternity services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CEO and Clinical Director of the Saolta Hospital Group are being urged to attend this month’s meeting of the HSE Health Forum – to address ‘shocking’ failings in maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital.
That’s according to forum member and city councillor Padraig Conneely, who says someone must be held accountable for the findings of an independent report published last evening.
It found that serious errors in management occurred in ten cases, that would have probably made a difference to the outcome for the babies concerned.
Of the 18 cases reviewed overall, six involved situations where the baby had died.
Councillor Conneely says Saolta CEO Maurice Power – and Clinical Director Pat Nash – must attend the May meeting of the Health Forum West in the coming weeks.
He’s sent a letter to both officials demanding their presence at the meeting at Merlin Park on Tuesday May 22nd.
Cllr Conneely has previously been critical of CEO Maurice Power for not attending the gatherings.
Speaking to NewsBreak, he says he’s eager to put some vital questions to the officials on behalf of the public.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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