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Draft review into Portiuncula Hospital maternity services completed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A draft report examining the provision of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital has been completed and is being considered by legal experts.
The review was ordered in January 2015, after issues were identified in relation to the care provided to several women during pregnancy and labour.
The process was later expanded to take in a total of 18 cases.
The review is led by Professor James Walker from the Department of Obstetrics at Leeds University. He began the review in March 2015 but it has taken much longer to complete than originally thought.
After the draft report has been examined legally, relevant excerpts will be sent to staff to check for accuracy and fairness.
The Saolta hospital umbrella group expects this process to take place next week.
The report will then be finalised, presented to the families involved and published.
The families have already been given reports examining the care provided to them on a personalised basis.
It’s hoped the recommendations in the reports will be implemented in the coming months.

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TD says potential revisit of Athenry data centre plans brings fresh hope for future development of region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says an application by tech giant Apple seeking more time to build a data centre in Athenry brings fresh hope for the future development of the region.

Apple Distribution International has submitted an application for an extension of time to build a single storey data centre building on a site located at Palmerstown, Toberroe and Derrydonnell.

County planners are due to issue a decision in August.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the IDA and Tanáiste have been liasing with Apple in recent months to show the Government is still in full support of the project.

In 2018, the tech giant announced it was scrapping plans for the 850 million euro data centre, following lengthy legal efforts to block it on environmental grounds.

Previous planning permission is due to expire in September with the application seeking an extension until November 2026.

Deputy Cannon says the development gives hope that the data centre is still a possibility – and could play a large role in the future of the region.

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Local TD highlights impact of cancelled theory tests in areas without public transport

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has used the Dáil to raise concerns over how the cancellation of driver theory tests is impacting on rural areas without public transport.

Deputy Claire Kerrane said she’s been contacted by many young people in Roscommon and Galway who have been given dates, but subsequently had their tests cancelled.

She pointed out that in one case, a young person had their test cancelled seven times.

She argued that while the situation may be replicated nationwide, it is a particularly significant problem for people in rural areas where there are limited, or no, public transport options.

Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane urged Taoiseach Micheal Martin to speak with the Transport Minister to see if anything can be done.

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Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte vows to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has vowed to end long-term admissions of under-65s to nursing homes within six months.

The Ombudsman will today call for a date to be set for the practice to finish, when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.

Over 1,300 under-65s live in nursing homes at the moment – and Peter Tyndall is strongly critical of that.

Minister of State at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Integration Anne Rabbitte says she’s hoping to end the practice very soon.

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