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FOUR HSE WEST STAFF LOSE JOBS DUE TO ABSENTEEISM

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The HSE West is working to tackle absenteeism, with four members of staff losing their jobs in the last 12 months due to inappropriate use of sick leave schemes.

The figures were discussed at last evening’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting where Cllr Padraig Conneely highlighted that the 4.4 percent figure for GUH for 2012 was still above the national target of 3.5 percent.

Regional Director of HR Francis Rogers told members that 90 percent of staff off sick in the West in 2012 were certified by a GP.

Mr. Rogers told Galway Bay fm news that in the West area in 2012, 13 thousand return-to-work discussions were held with staff, one thousand had trend reviews and over 200 were suspended from the sick leave scheme.

He added that trends involving single sick days such as Mondays and Fridays surrounding bank holidays are not the common case now but ARE being monitored and dealt with

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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