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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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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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