Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard that many Gardai stationed in the Galway Gaeltacht are unable to conduct their roles through Irish.
The matter was raised by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv, who asked the Justice Minister to commit to addressing the situation.
He said every Garda stationed in the Connemara Gaeltacht – including up to superintendent level – should be fluent in the Irish language.
Deputy O’ Cuiv also asked for clarification on plans to relocate the superintendent position from Clifden to the city, under a new national policing model.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv told the Justice Minister that Connemara is a distinct region and should be treated as such.
Speaking in response, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan was not drawn on the future of the superintendent in Clifden – but denied the Government was pursuing a policy of stripping rural areas of services.
However, Minister Flanagan offered that they are committed to the Irish language and pledged to look into its use in the Gaeltacht.
Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.
Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.
Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.
The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.
The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,
Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.
Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.
The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.
The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.
Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today: