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Forum hears some of 17 women identified in smear test audit as having died were from Saolta western region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some of the 17 women identified in the smear test audit as having died, were from the HSE regional Health Forum West catchment area.
The audit was raised by Forum Chair and Tuam area councillor Mary Hoade at a meeting of the group at Merlin Park Hospital.

In the cases of 209 women nationwide, the audit found that their screening test could have provided a different result and recommended earlier follow-up.
At the forum meeting, several members questioned if any of the women involved in the smear test controversy were from western counties, including Galway.
Saolta Group Executive Chairman Tony Canavan told the meeting some of the 17 women who have died nationwide are from the HSE western region.
This covers six hospitals across seven sites from Letterkenny University Hospital to UHG.
Mr. Canavan said hospitals in the region are working with the serious incident management team to ensure all women affected are contacted.
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Green light for mixed use development in Knocknacarra, despite residents’ concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A controversial plan for a mixed use development at a brownfield site in Knocknacarra has been given the thumbs up by An Bord Pleanála.

The project, which includes a restaurant and bar, is led by Highcross Developments Limited and had been the subject of an appeal by a residents’ association.

Permission had been granted by the city council in June for the construction of a restaurant/bar, two retail units and six apartments at the site at the junction of the Clybaun road and the Western Distributor Road.

The plans also involved the demolition of an existing two-storey detached dwelling and the construction of a mixed use building over a basement to the height of four storeys.

The development was designed to feature a mix of two and three bedroom apartments and 72 carparking spaces at a site opposite the Clybaun Hotel.

In an appeal from a residents’ association, concerns were raised that the site is currently zoned for residential use and it was argued the development’s non residential activities are not in keeping with the Galway City Development plan.

Other issues highlighted in the appeal included over commercialization of the area, noise concerns, parking and the design of the building itself.

An Bord Pleanála has approved the development with 18 revised conditions.

One states the proposed vehicular entrance off the Western Distributor Road is to be omitted and provision is to be made for an entry/exit point on Clybaun Road.

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Galway to share in 50 million euro national fund for walking and cycling projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is set to avail of a €50m fund announced by Government to create more walking and cycling routes in rural towns and villages

The scheme from the Department of Transport is open to local authorities outside Ireland’s main urban centres.

County Councils are being asked to identify convenient and direct routes for active travel modes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Eligible projects could include new footpaths or cycle tracks, bicycle parking, repair of existing infrastructure, improved crossing facilities and design work for future pedestrian or cycle bridges.

Local authorities have until January to supply a list of projects after which point the exact amount of funding awarded to Galway will be revealed.

Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughten says the focus is on promoting active travel in rural communities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Pocket sized card of mental health supports to be rolled out in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pocket-sized card containing key contact points of support for those who find themselves struggling with their mental health is to be rolled out in Galway.

It’s part of ‘Connecting for Life’, a suicide prevention action plan for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

The initiative forms part of a drive to reduce suicide from 2015 to 2020, and sets out a vision of an Ireland where fewer lives are lost through suicide, and where communities and individuals are empowered to improve their mental health and well-being.

The ‘Numbers If You Need Them’ cards are being distributed in the coming weeks.

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