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Ethics registrar review into distribution of central government funds in Tuam district finds no further action necessary

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A review referred by the ethics registrar into the distribution of €180 thousand of central government funding in the Tuam Municipal District has concluded that no further action is necessary.

The emergency motion requiring the investigation was led by Fine Gael councillor Andrew Reddington and supported by Independent councillor Karey McHugh and Fine Gael councillor Pete Roche.

The matter has now been jointly considered by the County Cathaoirleach Peter Keaveney and the Chief Executive of Galway County Council Jim Cullen who have concluded there was no contravention of the ethical framework for local government.

The core issue relates to a motion passed at an April meeting where it was alleged that the €180 thousand was unfairly divided between four councillors and that the details of the projects contravened the direction set out by the Minister.

Regarding the division of the funds, the review stated the decision taken was based on a motion put forward, voted upon and duly carried at the Municipal District meeting – and in that regard complied with the requirements set out in the Minister’s letter.

A further question was raised as to whether the projects outlined in the proposal contravene the direction of the Minister.

The review stated the municipal district exercised its discretion in the allocation by majority vote.

It further stated it would seem easier to contend that the funds have been used in whole or in part for something additional, rather than not.

Either way, it was stated it is not something that could be regarded as a contravention of the ethical framework for local government, or contrary to the code of conduct for councillors.

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UHG emergency department under pressure due to high levels of activity

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The UHG emergency department is under pressure today due to high levels of activity, and insufficient bed capacity

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the Saolta Hospital Group warns there is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and regrets that patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed for ongoing treatment

It adds that the hospital is committed to treating everyone who presents at the ED but must do so strictly in order of medical priority.

Given the volume of patients attending the Emergency Department, the hospital is asking the public to contact their GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

In addition, the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.

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Urgent action needed to address ‘tsunami’ of delayed care at Galway’s public hospitals

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: There are calls for urgent action to address what’s being described as ‘a tsunami’ of delayed and missed care’ which has left Galway University Hospital with the highest number of patients on waiting lists in the country.

Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she has obtained new figures which reveal waiting lists at Galway University Hospital are now close to 60,000.

Urology and general surgery are particularly impacted as more than 4,000 people remain on lists for each service, with more than 45% of urology patients waiting over a year.

The data also reveals that there are 51 consultant posts not filled on a permanent basis, with 30 vacant in Galway University Hospital group.

Deputy Farrell says an urgent plan is needed to catch up on missed care since the pandemic took hold and the HSE faced a cyber-attack

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13 Covid 19 patients receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 13 Covid 19 patients are receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals.

10 of the patients are being treated for the virus at UHG, with three receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Three patients are receiving acute care in the ICU at UHG, with one patient receiving ICU attention at Portiuncula Hospital.

About 33% of all Covid patients in ICUs nationwide are vaccinated, according to the Intensive Care Society.

66 people are in critical care units with the virus – while there are 291 in hospital.

Dr Alan Gaffney, the vice-president of the Intensive Care Society, says the ICU figure has been static in recent weeks….

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