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Galway 2020 group summoned before meeting of city council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chairperson of Galway 2020 and other representatives are to appear before a meeting of the city council next week.
Councillor Padraig Conneely organised a meeting between the Economic Development, Enterprise and Culture Strategic Policy Committee and the 2020 group for next week. (17/6)
However, at a meeting of the local authority this week (11/6), councillors felt that the Galway 2020 representatives should come before the full council with a progress update.
At a meeting of the city council this week, several councillors expressed concern about the lack of information lately on Galway 2020.
Councillor Mark Lohan said the city council is providing funding to the campaign and therefore should get an update 2 to 3 times a year.
The county council has also provided funding for Galway 2020.
Councillor Michael Crowe told the meeting that there seems to be a ‘vacuum’ in the public realm in terms of information relating to the 2020 campaign, since it was announced that Galway had won the bid.
He added that any organisation which is reluctant to come before the local council makes him feel ‘uneasy’, but CEO Brendan McGrath says the 2020 team has been willing to attend the council but had difficulty scheduling.
Councillor Michael Cubbard said Galway 2020 had initially encompassed so much positivity but is now quiet and there are comments from people in Limerick saying they’ll ‘take over if Galway fails.’
Councillor Frank Fahy said there is no signage around the city to indicate that Galway won the bid for 2020 and now the campaign is ‘mired in negativity and controversy’.
British theatre director Chris Baldwin was appointed to the post of creative director of Galway 2020 last year – but recently resigned.
The meeting with the city council will take place next Tuesday (19/6) at 5p.m at City Hall, College Road.

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GMIT Innovation Hub secures funding to support next wave of start ups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT’s Innovation Hub has secured funding to support the next wave of start ups.

Innovation centres set to be part of the planned Connacht-Ulster Alliance have been allocated almost half a million euro in funding.

All three of the CUA Innovation centres received grants with the GMIT Hub receiving two grants totaling over 177 thousand euro.

Letterkenny IT’s CoLab received an allocation of 150 thousand euro while Sligo IT’s Innovation Centre received over 146 thousand euro.

The funding announced through Enterprise Ireland aims to ensure the Enterprise Centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-ups.

Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland with a formal application expected before the end of the year.

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Government Ministers to meet over plan to exit Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government ministers will meet this morning to discuss exiting Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The national 14 day incidence rate is estimated to be 108 cases per 100 thousand, however both Donegal and Louth have rates of over 200.

252 new cases were confirmed nationwide last night with five cases notified for Galway.

NPHET will meet tomorrow and is expected to be cautious in it’s approach to re-opening the country.

The Government would prefer to move directly to level three, with a decision expected on Thursday or Friday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the situation is still volatile.

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Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.

The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.

Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.

However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.

On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.

The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.

An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.

The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.

The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.

At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.

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