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Enabling works at Portuncula Hospital to begin this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

The Seanad has heard that enabling works for the creation of a new 50 bed unit at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe will begin this year.

This follows concerns over the future of the plans in light of the overspend on the new National Children’s Hospital.

Galway Roscommon TD Eugene Murphy expressed fears that these plans could be pushed down the line.

In December, The HSE stated it was considering the inclusion of a new 50 bed unit at Portiuncula Hospital in the 2019 Capital Plan.

The Health Minister is currently finalising the Capital Plan with the HSE, though no commitment has yet been given.

Galway Senator Maura Hopkins raised the matter at the Seanad this week – highlighting the need for works to progress as soon as possible.

The Seanad heard that the HSE has informed the Department of Health that tender documents are being prepared for the project – with a view to progressing the procurement process and commencing an enabling works contract this year.

Galway Senator Maura Hopkins has welcomed the announcement and says it’s now about ensuring capital funding is obtained to deliver the project.

The government has said that the 2019 Capital Plan should be finalised in the coming weeks.

Minister of State for the Department of Health, Jim Daly, says the project at Portiuncula Hospital is at a more advanced stage than other projects in the country:

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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