Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardai have carried out less than two dozen roadside drug tests since the practice was introduced 18 months ago.
Figures released in a Dáil response to Deputy Tommy Broughan reveal huge discrepancies in areas across the country.
While 268 drug-tests were recorded in Co. Kildare since April 2017 – just 3 tests were carried out in Co. Louth during the same period.
Gardai across Galway conducted just 22 drug driving tests in the past 18 months – compared to over 28 thousand breath tests.
The revelation follows a high-profile media campaign warning motorists of the dangers of drug-driving – and the chances of getting caught.
Conor Faughnan of AA Ireland says it’s a pity the tests are not happening in larger numbers.
For more on this story tune in at 2pm…
Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.
Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.
Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.
The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.
The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,
Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.
Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.
The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.
The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.
Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today: