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Families to be represented on new Portiuncula maternity unit steering group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A steering group, including representatives of families/patients, is to be set up to implement all recommendations arising from a review of maternity services at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The HSE has announced that the external review is now complete, and is being examined by legal experts.
Since April of last year, the independent external review has examined 18 cases relating to events which took place at the hospital between 2008 and November 2014.
The review was led by Professor James Walker from the Department of Obstetrics at Leeds University.
The Saolta hospitals group has unreservedly apologised to all of the families involved for failings in the care provided to them.
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, and presented to the families involved and published.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the HSE says the new steering group will work to ensure that the the recommendations contained in the review of maternity services are implemented.

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348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.

41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.

13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.

That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.

She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.

It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.

In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.

Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.

The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.

Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.

However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.

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Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.

The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.

Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.

The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.

Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.

While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.

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