Galway Bay fm newsroom – A group of campaigners from across Connemara are preparing to take a case to Europe amid concerns over a lack of ambulance cover in the region.
A series of meetings have taken place across Connemara in recent weeks to discuss the escalation of the long running campaign.
The North Connemara Ambulance Steering Group is expressing frustration with the lack of progress on the issue despite vigorous campaigning since October 2014.
It’s alleged that ambulance response times in North West Connemara can frequently reach up to, or exceed, three hours waiting time.
The campaigners say they will now contact their MEP’s to work on their behalf in Europe, and to get information on European Law and their rights with regard to emergency services.
The group is also gearing up for a major protest in the city next month.
Spokesperson Patricia Keane says that their options both locally and nationally have been exhausted and it’s time to bring it to the next level.
Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.
The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.
The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.
The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.
Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.
Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.
Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.
It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.
HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.
Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.
Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing
Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.
The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.
Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.
Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.
Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.
Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.
Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.