Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has supported the nomination of Senator Joan Freeman for the presidential election.
Eight members abstained from voting when her name came before the meeting last evening, however Senator Freeman won sufficient support to progress her campaign for the Aras.
As of last night there are now three people vying for the role of President of Ireland.
Incumbent Michael D.Higgins automatically qualifies as he is sitting President.
He will now be joined by Independent Senator Joan Freeman who last night secured the backing of Galway City Council.
Earlier in the day she gained the support of Galway County Council and Fingal County Council. She also has the nomination of Cork City Council since the beginning of this month.
Meanwhile Sean Gallagher rounded off his quest to run for President with excess support when he was nominated by five councils: Wexford, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Cavan.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.