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Galway 2020 artists and producers make 6 recommendations to CEOs of Galway city and county councils

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Today Friday October 5th, following a meeting with the Galway 2020 bid book producers and the Chief Executive Officers of Galway City and County Councils, the following statement was agreed:
“The bid book producers called the meeting to address a number of concerns. The meeting was very constructive and positive. We impressed the urgency of key matters. We’re satisfied that the matters raised were understood and it was acknowledged that some were already under consideration. We have made a number of recommendations to the Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils and they have committed to bringing these back to the board as a matter of urgency. We’re awaiting the outcome of the board’s discussion of those recommendations and they’ve agreed to further engage with us shortly.
The recommendations made were as follows:

Renew their partnership with the bid book producers
Utilise the existing expertise within the bid book to develop rapid, effective solutions
Work collectively with the group to renew the 2020 vision and programme
Address reduced artistic spend, the funding mechanism and cashflow management
Address communication concerns
Fill existing vacancies at board level with skilled and responsible leadership
The group welcomed the appointment of Patricia Philbin as CEO of Galway 2020 and look forward to working collaboratively with her.
The bid book producers and Galway 2020 are committed to working together in a collaborative approach to renew and reinvigorate the 2020 vision and programme. This however will need to be done within the confines of a reduced artistic spend.”

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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