Galway Bay fm newsroom – A study of the economic and social impact of the air service on the Aran Islands needs to be wide-ranging, according to a Galway Senator.
Senator Fidelma-Healy Eames has asked Gaeltacht Minister, Dinny McGinley to ensure the study includes the impact of an air service on island business, education and emergency services.
The Aran Islands air service is operated under a PSO – public service obligation contract.
The tender for a one-year contract was advertised recently and the Department is due to announce an operator for the service shortly.
Islanders are concerned about the future of the service which has already been reduced from a 3-year to a one-year contract.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Senator Healy-Eames says the study needs to take all aspects of the air service into consideration.
Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.
The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.
The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.
The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.
Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.
Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.
Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.
It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.
HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.
Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.
Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing
Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.
The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.
Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.
Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.
Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.
Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.
Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.