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Future care plan sought after closure of Ballinasloe psychiatric unit

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The HSE is being urged to provide staff at St. Brigid’s hospital in Ballinasloe and local GPs with a plan for people who present at Portiuncula Hospital with suicidal thoughts.

22 acute beds at St. Brigid’s psychiatric unit will be closed by the end of the year.

However, the HSE says 22 beds will be maintained in Roscommon and 35 beds in Galway city.

Local Councillor Tim Broderick says there is concern about the lack of a service for acute care in Ballinasloe for people with mental health issues.

A meeting between HSE management and unions was due to take place this week, but it was cancelled as the HSE says a key member of staff had to take unexpected leave.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm News, the HSE says it welcomes the opportunity to  work with staff representatives and a meeting with unions is being rescheduled.

Speaking on ‘Galway Talks’, National Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, Noel Giblin, says there is no plan to deal with patients, once the acute beds are closed

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Ballinasloe Senator to host online meeting on new funds for farmers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ballinasloe Senator Aisling Dolan will this week host an online webinar with information on new funds available to farmers.

Also in attendance will be Minister of State for Research and Development, Farm Safety and new Market Development, Deputy Martin Heydon.

The event will focus on a number of topics, including the Accelerated Capital Allowance, Brexit, the extension of certain farm schemes and farm safety.

The hour-long free webinar will take place via Zoom tomorrow Tuesday January 26th at 7pm.

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20% of Galway workers received State income supports in November

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 20% of Galway workers received State income supports in November.

CSO figures published by the Irish Independent, show that counties on the west coast, where a large section of the workforce is employed in the service and hospitality industry, have been hit most severely by COVID-19 job losses.

20% of the workforce, nationwide, is now on benefits due to the pandemic.

More than 45 per cent of workers in Kerry were on State benefits during the last lockdown.

This was followed by Dublin, Louth, Wexford and Carlow which had more than 40 per cent of their labour force on income supports in November.

The counties with the lowest level of workers on supports were Roscommon, Laois, Meath, Kilkenny , Offaly and Cork with approximately 30 per cent reliant on benefits.

20 per cent of the workforce were unemployed during November – Kerry had the highest unemployment rate and Kilkenny the lowest.

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Galway city and Ballybane deemed ‘moderated littered’ in IBAL litter league

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city and Ballybane have been deemed ‘moderately littered’ in the final litter survey of 2020 by business group Irish Business Against Litter.

Galway is ranked in 19th position in the litter league, while Ballybane was ranked in 26th place.

Kilkenny retained top spot, ahead of Killarney and Ennis.

According to the report, litter levels continue to rise nationwide, with fewer than half of the towns surveyed deemed clean.

The An Taisce report sees Galway city rise in its previous rankings with just under half of the sites surveyed getting the top litter grade.

Top ranking sites included Heather Grove, IDA Mervue Industrial Estate, Liam Mellows GAA Club, Lough Atalia Road Children’s Playground and Bon Secours Hospital.

Two of the seriously littered sites were Market Street Car Park and Galwegians Rugby Club with evidence of ‘long-lie’ litter.

Some improvements were noted at Ballybane including the grounds of St. Brigid’s Church.

IBAL spokesperson, Conor Horgan says standards of cleanliness are slipping generally in towns and cities…..

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