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Department to contribute towards councils €8 million deficit

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The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has agreed to give the county council a contribution towards a multi – million euro deficit for works in Connemara.

County Manager Martina Maloney told a meeting of the county council that the allocation was expected before the end of the year.

Galway County Council says the Department owes it over 8 million euro for the works at Caladh mor pier on Inis Meain and Kilronan harbour.

However, the Department claims its only obligation is to pay the original sum on the contracts.

The issue was first raised over a year ago, and efforts have been ongoing to recover money owed.

County Manager Martina Maloney says the Government Department has now agreed to give a contribution towards the deficit before the end of this year.

 

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Local senator calls for national monuments to celebrate independence heroes

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Local senator Sean Kyne is questioning why we have no national monuments celebrating our national heroes who fought for Irish independence.

He says it’s extraordinary that we have nothing to celebrate figures like Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, Cathal Brugha or Countess Markievicz.

Senator Kyne argues every other country has these monuments – and there’s no good reason that we do not.

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Galway now one of worst hit counties for COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is now one of the worst hit counties with COVID-19 cases.

Figures for the spread of the virus show the county had an incidence rate of over 280 per 100,000 in the past week.

That figure is based on free HSE PCR tests and does not include those who tested positive on a home antigen test or who had mild or no symptoms.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Sinéad Feeney, from Crescent Medical Centre, says we need to re-prioritise measures that we may have laxed on lately.

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Over 100,000 hospital appointments cancelled in Galway University Hospitals last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 100,000 hospital appointments were cancelled last year at UHG and Merlin Park last year.

There were 91 thousand 593 outpatients cancellations from Janauary to November 2021.

While just under 13 thousand appointments were cancelled by the Galway hospitals.

In a questions and answers session at the HSE West Regional Health Forum this week, the HSE said Covid-19 severly impacted appointments.

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