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Environment Minister to review Galway quangos

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for the Environment is to conduct a review of quangos such as Galway City Partnership and Forum Connemara.
According to today’s Irish Independent, in some quangos around the country, up to one-third of public funding is being spent on salaries and administration.
The head of Galway City Partnership is on a salary of 94 thousand 550, the head of Galway Rural Local Community Development Programme gets an annual salary of 81 thousand 592 euro, while the boss of Forum Connemara receives a salary of just under 69 thousand euro.
The figures don’t include pension entitlements.
The various bodies aim to help small businesses and community groups.
Environment Minister, Phil Hogan is to carry out a root-and-branch review of such bodies across the country and hopes to align them with local authorities.
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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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